Melissa Harris Perry

EXCLUSIVE: MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry On #BlackLivesMatter, Nicki Minaj, & Rap’s Big Problem

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(AllHipHop News) MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry was recently honored by ImageNation’s Revolution Awards. As the recipient of the Ida B. Wells award — Perry, who does not label herself as a “journalist” — was flattered by the “huge honor.” Within this AllHipHop exclusive, Perry, discussed several controversial subjects.

Having earned her national platform though an unconventional route, Perry, had the courage to openly expound upon her beliefs. With a matter-of-fact demeanor, she mentioned that a lack of diversity in local and in national newsrooms has helped to skew the public’s perception of reality.

Other issues like the #BlackLivesMatter movement soon surfaced. Although she contends that it suffers from its “imperfections,” as did any other social movement, Perry does advocate its message. She stated, “clearly more disruptions, less status-quo, and more pushing back is relevant.”

As the topic of politics sashayed into the scene, Melissa made it clear that she’s less worried about Donald Trump being elected than she is with future representation on the Supreme Court. “The next President is going to get at least two to as many of four justices.” The convo wouldn’t be complete if Hip-Hop didn’t make its entrance.

As a first generation Hip-Hop supporter, the biased host broke down her beef with the worldwide genre. She said, “For me, the single biggest problem is, I just want to hear more women’s voices.” Soon she would demonstrate her inherent respect for Nicki Minaj’s “powerful” voice.

“So, I think about Nicki’s voice and how powerful it is to me, in part because Nicki plays these different roles. I like being able to move across between gender identities,” she revealed before adding,  “I like that Nicki will take your woman and your man, right. I like that Nicki can play soft and also play hard. Sometimes I need a woman’s voice to do that.”

Do you agree with Melissa’s stance that Nicki Minaj possesses a powerful voice that resonates with the public?

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  • ZUBU

    Not certain about Nicki being a powerful voice in hip hop, I don’t listen to her music so I can’t form an honest opinion….
    Beyoncé’s new song is powerful “FORMATION” Read the lyrics and Bey is dropping some heat…

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Sit the fu(k down

      • Q.

        Here’s a better one… AHAHAHAHAHAHA! #TLOE

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        lol ctfu I tried putt By my photo in but it wasn’t working for me. -1 for me.

      • Q.



      U think so ZUBU, IDK man, the song makes no sense, The outfits seems what all the hoopla about. JMO.

      • ZUBU

        She makes some nice references in regard to her culture; about women being strong; about police brutality, etc. Just my opinion…


        Nothing wrong with that, Maybe I’m looking too hard, LOL.

    • Papi Peligro

      They took all the air out that. Cause her video has similar images.


    She deserve the sound that you hear when you get a wrong answer on Family Feud.

  • Q.

    Agree and disagree with Melissa. Hip-Hop could use more female voices, yeah, but not the equivalent to these trap-zombie rap dudes. There’s only two Black female rappers getting radio play: Nikki and Dej Loaf. Nikki is a horrible example for girls, and Loaf came out talking about bodying n!gga’s whole famiies. So that’s two fails… We need more positive voices to balance out the bullsh!t. We could use another Lauryn Hill-type to shift the game with a voice of reason.

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