Nicki Minaj Speaks On Police Violence & Criticism That Black Celebrities Are Not Addressing Social Issues
(AllHipHop News) Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj shared her thoughts on the ongoing race related issues taking place in the country. The creator of The Pinkprint album gave an interview with Rolling Stone where she was asked about police violence.
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"It's gotten to the point where people feel like there's no accountability," said Nicki. "If you are law enforcement and you do something to a Black person, you can get away with it."
There has been criticism that Black celebrities are not doing enough to address the issues of African-American and poor communities. Many performers have shown support for victims of police killings like Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York, but some of the people on the front lines of the protests have publicly called out famous entertainers for not doing more.
"We got all these Black athletes, Black rappers, all these one-percents, record label owners, CEOs - that's not saying nothing, that's not bringing nothing to the community. You're bleeding the community dry," St. Louis Hip Hop artist/activist T-Dubb-O told Rolling Stone. "The shoes we buy, the clothes we buy, the music we play, the videos we watch. You glorify being from the hood, but do nothing for it. You glorify being from the trenches. but do nothing for it. When they're killing us, you stand by silent."
Minaj addressed the complaints that celebrities should be more visible in confronting social issues. She contends in today's world Hip Hop performers that voice their opinion on these matters are shunned and attacked.
"I feel like when Public Enemy were doing 'Fight the Power,' we as a culture had more power - now it feels hopeless. 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," Nicki stated. "He 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."
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Watch activists speak on the situation in Ferguson and Black celebrities not speaking out in the video below.