Recently, Nicki Minaj was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine. In the magazine, Nicki admonished the police for killing Eric Garner, but then turned around and gave a pass for artists for not speaking out publicly against important issues. Dr. Boyce Watkins takes Minaj and other rappers to task in a new video op-ed piece. Below is the quote and then the video.
“People say, 'Why aren't black celebrities speaking out more?' But look what happened to Kanye when he spoke out. People told him to apologize to Bush! He (Kanye) was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart. And now you haven't heard him speaking about these last couple things, and it's sad. Because how many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people before you say, 'Fuck it, it's not worth it, let me live my life because I'm rich, and why should I give a f**k?’”