The Influence of Nicki Minaj

When news broke yesterday that Nicki Minaj had endorsed Mitt Romney, I decided against taking it seriously.  After all, I was doubtful that anyone would ever consider taking political advice from Nicki Minaj.  There is nothing about her image that anyone to consider her to be socially conscious.  It is impossible to find a protest song within her largely successful catalog, which includes songs about sex, partying, and her various surgically enhanced body parts.  (Now that I think about it, songs of any substance are pretty rare within her overall body of work.)  Politics are just not a part of the overall brand that is “Nicki Minaj.”

Then, I was reminded by a conversation that I had with my pastor and one of the deacons after church on Sunday.  Somehow, we got on the topic of the ridiculous outfits that are popular among many young African American women around the country.  I’m generally talking about the multi-colored lacefront wigs, bright outfits that are a few sizes too small, and the occasional addition of colored contact lenses.  During that conversation, I told them that whenever my friends and I see one of those inexplicable hair and wardrobe combinations, we just look at each other and say “I blame Nicki Minaj.”  Indeed, the number of young African American women who take fashion tips from Nicki Minaj is pretty high.

That conversation made it clear to me that Nicki Minaj is one of the most influential African American women in the country.  For better for or for worse, she is the most successful female rapper at the moment boasting two platinum albums, several platinum singles, several successful collaborations, and millions of Twitter followers around the world.  Now, she is attempting to take her influence into the political sphere.  Judging from the tweets and statements over the past day, she has certainly managed to spark a lot of conversation.

Here’s a brief sampling of some of the more interesting tweets.

What do you think of the situation?

For more information, check out this article from the Huffington Post.

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Spencer T. Clayton is a typical millennial who believed his mother when she told him that he was capable of accomplishing great things (and as a result has amassed a large amount of student loan debt). When he isn’t blogging, he is either out with friends, writing and performing music, or busy working as an Executive Pastor and Consultant while simultaneously pursuing a PhD in Public Affairs.

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