Nicki Minaj & The Angry Black Woman Stereotype

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So a few hours ago, I hopped on Twitter to do my daily posting when I am hit with headlines about Nicki Minaj "destroying" MTV and "attacking" Taylor Swift.

My first thought: dang, Nick, really?

To my surprise, these headlines came from a few tweets that Nicki Minaj put into the Twittersphere after being notified that "Anaconda" and "Feeling Myself" weren't being nominated for MTV Awards Video of The Year (Say what? We all know that Feeling Myself was fire by any standard.)


She and her fans continued with sentiments about how Black women are treated in mainstream media:










After Nicki's last tweet, Taylor Swift responded with the following:



Confused as to why Taylor Swift thought that the tweet was about her, Minaj responded by say:


Somehow, Ryan Seacrest and the rest of the media saw this as Nicki Minaj taking "jabs" at Taylor Swift, completely ignoring Nicki Minaj's original message about body shaming and misappropriation of the accolades belonging to Black women. Nicki Minaj's beautifully accurate message has now been overshadowed and will not be heard because she is seen as angry, a stereotype long attributed to black women. The funny thing is that Nicki Minaj has every right to be angry, but instead tried to use her voice to spread a well-needed message. The media obviously wasn't feeling her getting this message out and made sure to cover it in controversy and label her as an attacker of the "poor victim" Taylor Swift.

Who is going to really listen to the voice of a "destroyer" or an "attacker" or basically an "angry, Black woman"? The media knows EXACTLY what it is doing.

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