Nicki Minaj

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Praises Hillary

Praises Obama

Anti War on Drugs

Religion

Religious

29 Nov 2012

In an interview with Fuse, when asked what motivated her, Nicki Minaj said

Faith in God. I always speak to people who I think can encourage me. Even now, I speak to my pastor like "Can you just pray with me? I need some sort of guidance right now". My mother kept me in church when I was younger, so I never strayed far from that in terms of my belief, my faith and my drive. So I always believe anything and everything is possible if you really believe and if you really do the work.
Political Affiliation

Praises Hillary

10 Dec 2015

In an interview with Billboard, when asked about Hillary Clinton, Nicki Minaj said

I support her as a woman. 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.
Drugs

Praises Obama

Anti War on Drugs

10 Dec 2015

In an interview with Billboard, when asked about the war on drugs and Barack Obama, Nicki Minaj said

I do want to speak about something specific, which just melted my heart. 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. 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. [...] What it has become is not a war on drugs. It has become slavery. Or something crazier. When I see how many people are in jail, I feel like, “Wait a minute. Our government is aware of these statistics and thinks it’s OK?” The sentences are inhumane. I love the president for trying to be a voice for people who no other person has ever tried to be a voice for.
Summary

Minaj was born in Trinidad, a country of Hindus, Catholics, and Muslims. Her father was probably from a Muslim family, but Minaj seems to be more interested in using religion to advance her fame rather than for spiritual guidance.

She seems fairly non-political, occasionally promoting a feminist view, but otherwise not politically involved.

Editorial

Nicki Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and moved to Queens, New York when she was five years old.

We can be quite certain Nicki Minaj isn't Catholic! At the 2012 Grammy's, Minaj was widely criticized for her performance, which featured her saying a Catholic prayer before being exorcised while an alter boy prayed between her legs after making some funny business with a priest.[1]

It was likely some sort of criticism of the Catholic Church's recent scandals with pedophile priests. But more than anything, it was an attention-getter. She said:

"I would hope that people know at this point that I'm smart enough to know what I'm doing all the time. But I guess they still kind of waiver.[2]

When Minaj has spoken about the influence of religion during her childhood, she used the word "saved," indicating the possitibility that there was some born-again Christianity involved. She spoke of her father's recovery from serious alcohol and drug problems, with the help of religion:

He's still with my mother. He went to rehab and cleaned himself up. Eventually they started going to church a lot, and he got saved and started changing his life. He's away from drugs now. He doesn't instill fear in people anymore.[3]

Plus, she mentioned that her two heroes are her mom and God,[4] so some sort of Christianity is clearly important to Minaj.

Political sound bites at best

Minaj hasn't said much about politics, though she hasn't made any grotesque attempt to satirize it–yet.

The most me can discern about her political views is that she is pro-feminist, saying at a concert in her home country of Trinidad:

Go to school and stay in school. Ladies, don't depend on a man for anything. Get your own![5]

Oh, and perhaps she supports the idea of a focus on local economics?At the same concert, she yelled:

Localize it![6]

Although, based on her brilliant and eloquent critiques of society, philosophy, and religion up to this point, I would venture a guess as to say she just thought that was something clever to say.

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