Nicki Minaj Shows Off Huge Diamond Ring from Meek Mill on Instagram

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Nicki Minaj hopes to inspire women to ‘never take no for an answer’.

Nicki Minaj was the Big in Music honoree at VH1 Big in 2015 With Entertainment Weekly, which aired Monday night and celebrated the biggest entertainers and pop-culture moments from the year. “I’ve never met a woman that I couldn’t relate to, ever, and I hope that if I inspire a woman to do anything it’s just to never take no for an answer,” she said, speaking to what she hopes other women can take away from her experiences. “No matter what field you’re in, go after your biggest dream. You refuse to be backed into a corner.” To be applauded as a “force within the hip-hop community” by one of the most important rappers in the game — male or female — is just another of the amazing feats Minaj (who turns 33 today) has achieved in the past year. Do not allow people to tell you that you can’t do anything you put your mind to.” Queen Latifah presented Minaj, one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year, with the honor and spoke to her many recent hits (“The Night Is Still Young,” “Feeling Myself,” and “Truffle Butter”) as well as the success of her Pinkprint Tour. “Opinionated, outspoken, oh so d— original, Nicki, you not only broke the mold,” Latifah said. “You crushed it, you set it on fire, you threw it right back in the face of any of those fools who doubted you.” The “Anaconda” artist was grateful, and explained why she wanted Latifah, who apparently flew out just for the event, to present her with the honor. “[Queen Latifah] knows what it takes to be a woman in a male-dominated field and to kick a– and to build an empire and to do it gracefully and just be multi faceted,” Minaj said. “That’s what I want all women to do.” Hosted by T.I. and held at the Pacific Design Center on Nov. 15, the event also honored Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansair, Taraji P. The Trinidadian, Queens-raised Minaj released her album “The Pinkprint,” scoring hits with singles including “Anaconda” and “Feeling Myself” and gaining several award noms, most recently from the Grammys.

Of course, Minaj has always been outspoken and unafraid to call out double standards — in 2010 she famously skewered the sexist connotations of calling women “bitches” and men “bosses” for doing exactly the same things in business. She called out the unfair contrast between reactions to her barely-there bikini on her “Anaconda” album art, and thinner, mostly white women on the covers of Sports Illustrated or on Victoria’s Secret runways. In July, there was the Taylor Swift situation, wherein Minaj once again questioned the treatment of black female artists in the industry via her Twitter, prompting Swift to send her a peak white feminist tweet chastising Minaj for “pitting women against each other.” And of course, you can’t forget Minaj’s “Miley, what’s good?” moment at the MTV VMA’s in August, when she publicly confronted Miley Cyrus for earlier comments she made about Minaj in a New York Times interview. “If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that,” Cyrus said, adding, “What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. There’s a lot to unpack about her persona, including the fact that while bucking certain beauty standards she also conforms to many others (light skin, slim waist, straight hair). But as a current dominating force in hip-hop, Minaj sits in a precarious position where people want her to be brash and outspoken — but not too much.

They expect her to play into the “boss bitch” persona, but when it makes them uncomfortable or feel threatened, suddenly she’s being rude, aggressive, ungrateful, not very polite. Minaj may not be perfect, she may not be radical or deeply political, but her unapologetic insistence on existing in the mainstream on her own terms and expressing her opinions regardless of how she will be framed is refreshing.

In a pop culture landscape where so often black entertainers are encouraged not to ruffle feathers, Minaj’s approach is a reminder that it’s within every black woman’s power to change the narrative.

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