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Nicki Minaj Talks Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter & More

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nicki-minaj-bb38-fea-2015-billboard-650Nicki Minaj gets political in her latest Billboard cover story.

In the mag, she offers her thoughts on Hillary Clinton running for president, President Obama’s prison visit, the Black Lives Matter movement, Sandra Bland and more.

Check out a few excerpts below:

On Hillary Clinton: ‘I Support Her As a Woman’

“I support her as a woman,” Minaj tells Billboard when asked about Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton. “Am I convinced that she should be the next president? I still want to be open-minded about everyone. Obviously, I identify with her struggles as a woman. I identify with the fact that when she’s in that room and there are nothing but men there — there’s sometimes something in her that must feel intimidated. But I think that she uses that and turns it into a strength. Because that’s what I’ve always done. And so I love her for sticking it out. She has gone through horrifying things, even within her marriage. She has been brave and weathered the storm. And continued being a boss. That’s something that every woman should feel inspired by, no matter if you’re voting for her or not.”

On Obama’s Prison Visits

As for the current commander in chief, Minaj lauds Obama for visiting prisons during his presidency. “I thought it was so important when he went to prisons and spoke to people who got 20 and 30 and 40 and 50 years for drugs,” she says. “There are women who are raped, people who are killed and [offenders] don’t even serve 20 years. I was blown away, watching the footage of him speaking to the prisoners. They never felt like anyone in the White House cared about them. I loved that he made them people again. Because we all make mistakes. I think about how many men may have made a mistake to feed their families and then had to pay for it forever.”

On the War on Drugs as ‘Slavery’

Speaking of the war on drugs that put many African-Americans behind bars for controversially lengthy sentences, Minaj states, “It has become slavery… I love the president for trying to be a voice for people who no other person has ever tried to be a voice for.”

On the Black Lives Matter Movement & Sandra Bland

Similarly, the Black Lives Matter movement has resonated with her. “I did research on the Sandra Bland case. That’s why it hit me so hard. I remember speaking to other women at the time. This could have been me. I’m a sassy woman. I may have given a little bit of attitude to a police officer. I could have never come home.”

On Trump’s ‘Hilarious, Childish’ Campaign

While she’s quite serious about racial inequality in America, she’s more amused about Donald Trump’s presidential run than afraid. (Note: Minaj spoke to Billboard about Trump prior to his call to ban Muslims from immigrating to the U.S.) “There are points he has made that may not have been so horrible if his approach wasn’t so childish,” explains Minaj. “But in terms of entertainment — I think he’s hilarious. I wish they could just film him running for president. That’s the ultimate reality show.”

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D’banj says he stands in ‘solidarity’ with the Nigerian youths who #Endsars

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D’banj has said he stands in solidarity with Nigerian youths who are condemning police brutality and raising awareness about the extrajudicial killings carried out by SARS operatives in Nigeria.

He wrote:

I know what it means to be in pain, , to lose a child and a loved one,so I know the pain my brothers and sisters are going through and my heart is heavy

I pray God grants us the healing and restoration we so deeply need in our country and that our lights can once again shine
As a Nigerian youth,I try my best to never give up especially when it seems the hardest, so I urge you to do the same.

I stand in solidarity with the Nigerian youth. I stand for restructuring of the Nation system
On that note,we move, we never give up,till we get to the top of the world!
ABUJA ;pls where is the location for the ?? #ReformtheNation #EndSars

I know what it means to lose a child - D

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Falz Has Appealed To #EndSARS Protesters Not to Lose Focus .

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In a post shared on his Twitter handle this morning, the Falz who is also a frontline organizer of the #EndSARS protest asked the protesters to remember it is a protest, not a party. He asked that there should be no Drugs, Alcohol and no partying at the protest grounds

 

Protest not party - Falz tells #EndSARS protesters derailing from objective of the protest

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BBNaija’s Ex Housemate Erica Tells FG To increase police salary

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BBNaija’s Erica has asked the federal government to increase the salaries of police officers.

The reality show star backed her call by sharing a photo of the salary structure of Nigerian police officers. Erica wrote; Dear Government of Nigeria, please increase police salary! #sarsmustend

 

Please increase police salary - BBNaijaPlease increase police salary - BBNaija

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