Did It On ‘Em! Check Out Nicki Minaj’s Performance At The “Philly Fourth Of July Jam” (VIDEO)

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2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PAPositive vibes and no shade – That’s what Nicki Minaj was all about last night at Philly’s Fourth of July Jam.

YMCMB’s very own helped celebrate America’s birthday with a stellar performance at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia last night. Following performances of Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson, and Philly native The Roots, the rap Barbie took the stage by storm at the 4th annual free concert, which aired live on VH1. 

The leader of the Barbz showed plenty of skin in a black & gold bra with black leather sweatpants, while opening up with “Super Bass.” She then proceeded with her new single “Pills N Potions” off her upcoming album  The Pink Print. Her Barbz didn’t hesitate to sing along when she performed “Yasss Bish!!!” & Nicki threw in some of her classics, “Did It On ‘Em” and “Beez In The Trap.”

2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA

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Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande & Jessie J Releasing New Single ‘Bang Bang’


Hollywood Life

An epic musical collaboration is on the way from Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and Jessie J! ‘Bang Bang’ will drop on July 29.

In a collaboration we never knew we needed until it became a reality, Nicki MinajAriana Grande, and Jessie J are working on a joint single called “Bang Bang” which will be released on July 29 via Republic Records. Details below!

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My Answers to “20 Questions Every Woman Should Ask Herself” from O Magazine’s April 2014 Issue

Do I examine my life enough?

These days (and maybe after my recent 33rd birthday), I definitely have. I’m not a kid anymore so the things I could get away with in my 20s look a little pathetic in my 30s. But I try to be kind to myself and my pathway towards my ultimate goals. I’ve learned that this path isn’t necessarily linear and that’s okay.  I have had such amazing highs and opportunities but also had some soul-crushing lows and missteps. But both have made me the woman I am today. I’m perfect but I “live from the heart . . . seek[ing] to be whole, not perfect”. Thanks, Oprah!

Do I care too much about what people think?

To be honest, I used to be really reoccupied with what people thought of me. In school, I was a definite people pleaser, doing almost anything any adult or friend asked for. But then I realized something in college – doing all those things for others doesn’t always mean that you will get that same treatment in return. In fact, you could be abandoned at key moments in life where you really needed that parent/friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse. It has happened to me too many times. So I live more for myself and what feeds me emotionally, spiritually, academically, etc. If you happen to like what I like, that’s awesome! If not, no harm, no foul.

Am I with the right person?

In my dating life, I am currently “ridin solo” (thanks, Jason Derulo) because I just haven’t met the right person yet.  I know how that sounds. That sounds cliche but it’s the truth. I have been in relationships more recently a year ago but I was abandoned at a pivotal point in my life where I had no one else. That showed me exactly the kind of person he was and I couldn’t be with someone like that. He has tried to get back in touch with me but I just don’t trust him with my heart anymore.

What’s your deal breaker?

I would say deep ignorance, arrogance, lack of a healthy sense of humor, immaturity and lack of spirituality.

What do I really want to do all day?

I want to write for my favorite magazines like O, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Elle, Essence, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Latina, Shape and more. I want to be a speaker for TED Talks about education, mental health, and media. I want to collaborate in music projects with artists I admire like Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Babyface Edmonds, Quincy Jones, Robin Thicke, Alicia Keys, India Aire, Beyonce, Jay Z, Monica Jasmine, Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj and perform original music for audiences. I want to cover my favorite national and international concerts as well as local events as press like I did for this year’s Jazz in the Gardens in Miami Gardens, FL.  I want to publish influential books like Dr. Maya Angelou, Candace Bushnell and bell hooks that can change the world. I want to speak at conferences, urging young people to harnest their talents to make the world better. I want to write screenplays and own a production company like Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, and Wendy Williams, creating exciting projects for the masses to consume. I hope that dream is big enough!

How do I want to be remembered?

I think I would want to be remembered like the dearly departed Dr. Maya Angelou is being remembered now – as an educator, orator, poet, media icon, mother, daughter, auntie, mentor, advocate.

Do I say “Yes” enough?

YES! I believe I do more welcoming of opportunities than rejecting of them.

Do I know how to say “No”?

I have learned my limits and when I feel that my time is being wasted, I pull out that “No” real fast!

Am I helpless?

No, not particularly. I wouldn’t choose that specific adjective. Am I sensitive? Yes but I also try to be protective of my heart by limiting the kinds of people I associate with. So the people in my inner circle fill in the gaps that this “helpless” nature creates.

Am I helpful?

More than you will ever know! Actually, ask any one of my former students (many of whom I keep in touch with on Facebook). They are my living testimony with ages ranging from preteen to 30’s (yes, my age). 

What am I afraid of?

I am afraid that our culture will not shift to embrace all people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and mental health status. I am afraid that speaking truth to power may not change policy. But I remain hopeful and optimistic.

Am I paying enough attention to the incredible things around me?

I surely hope I am! I feel like I do especially in my current work environment in Miami Design District. I won’t disclose the name of school but I will say it reminds a great deal of my own high school on Key Biscayne.

Have I accepted my body?

This took a while to get to. I grew up being really skinny and really tall (I wear a Women’s 13 in shoes to this day) which made me feel very uncomfortable around my classmates and friends. I wanted to belong like any other girl and teenager (and be able to borrow clothes from my closest girlfriends). But I couldn’t because I needed larger sizes and most of my friends were much smaller than me. When puberty hit, my butt got bigger (look out J.Lo, Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea), my hips got wider, and my thighs got bigger. I had the body of a woman when I was 13 or 14. It was scary because I hadn’t evolved mentally and emotionally into the body I was inhabiting. It also didn’t help that I look like my glamourous and ageless mother. My parents dressed me down in preppy Ralph Lauren attire for years which made me even more strange to other students of color at my middle school. But eventually, I went to a high school that embraced diversity on multiple levels and I began to feel better about myself. The poem “Phenomenal Woman” by Dr. Maya Angelou also gave me a voice and made feel better about my new shape.

Am I strong enough?

Yes, I believe I am. I have already been through so much so far that I know that I can handle practically anything.

Have I forgiven my parents?

Well . . . that’s an ongoing process. Like President Obama has expressed in his memoir Dreams From My Father, I have learned that my parents have done the best they knew how to do. They weren’t perfect but they had perfect intentions. Unfortunately, sometimes life gets in the way of executing a perfect plan. So all we can do is accept our loved ones for who they are and pray/hope that they can do the same for us.

Do I want children?

Yes, I do. I am luckily. I am still in a good range to have them but I want my career locked in place first so I can provide for them properly.

Does what I wear reflect who I am?

Yes it does. When I started teaching college in my 20s, my parents begged me to wear the Hillary Clinton pant suits to work. I complied because I understood that I looked like my students so I needed to have a specific uniform that would set me a part. Now I’m a little more flexible. In faculty and business meetings, office attire rules. But when I go to events and parties, I wear a different wardrobe but I still keep my integrity.

What am I missing out on?

To be honest, a steady paycheck! Juggling part-time work can be a little challenging especially when people think that you can do some services for free! Yeah right! Social Media marketing IS a job!! 

Do I let myself fail enough?

In my 20s, I have failed alot and learned a great deal from those failures. Unfortunately, I think we live in a culture that frowns on failure. Failure is bad; therefore, you are terrible. NOT true! But learning and evolving definitely needs to be part of the equation as well.

Why are we here?

In my experience, I believe we are here to help one another. I know, that sounds very Disney Princess but I really believe that. Being a teacher reveals a microcosm of society where character is built and empathy can grow. But it’s up to us to instruct.

Side Pieces, Mistresses, Sisterhood, and Revenge – My Review of “The Other Woman”

Laurean D. Robinson, MA

I am going to be honest.  I have never been a major fan of Mondays. They come up unexpectedly after a long and exciting weekend of debauchery and fun.  Whether they show up like uninvited guests after a long Memorial Weekend (my birthday weekend) or creeping up on you like your stalker ex (we all have at least one), Mondays are notorious for being an uncomfortable transition into our workweek.

This sort of rings true for me in that I had an awesome opportunity to see a first-run movie that I have been unofficially “promoting” since I saw its trailer a few months ago.

The Other Woman stars the comedic dynamos Cameron Diaz and Lesile Mann (she also played the obsessively cool wife and mom from This Is 40) with the bombshell Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj (as a tough-talking assistant that steals the office scenes) joining forces to dole out a heap of much-deserved revenge on a philandering tech start-up consultant.


Not only is the guy cheating on Lesile’s wife character (the “Stepford” housewife in the uppercrust of Connecticut who has A LOT of time on her hands), but he’s cheating on Cameron’s character Carly, a shrewd yet fashionable New York lawyer with the biggest apartment I’ve ever seen AND the new hottie Kate Upton’s character. When does this guy SLEEP??

In any other circumstance, these women would have ripped each other apart with reckless abandon like the juicy catfights guys love watching at clubs and we women like to watch on reality television (hello, Bravo TV).  Luckily, they are much more intellectually elevated (or insanely ruthless, I couldn’t really make the distinction) by recognizing that it was the scumbag who deserved their venom a-la-First Wives’ Club/Waiting To Exhale. 

The Other Woman Cast Premeire

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. I even brought my brother to get the general male perspective on this potential “chick flick.”  He actually liked it! He enjoyed all the ladies’ performances, specifically mentioning Cameron Diaz and Nicki Minaj.  It seems the American public supports that same sentiment this past weekend. I hope that trend continues!


This Week’s #WCW – Cameron Diaz and Nicki Minaj

This Week's #WCW - Cameron Diaz and Nicki Minaj

With her upcoming “chick flick” with a bite movie, The Other Woman that opens this Friday, her new book, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body (yes, that is the ENTIRE title) and her own body of work in general (including the upcoming Annie remake and my favorites being There’s Something About MaryIn Her ShoesBad Teacher and the Charlie’s Angels franchise), Cameron Diaz definitely fits my criteria for #WCW.20140423-121935.jpg

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And then I thought about Ms. Diaz’s co-star, rapper dynamo and fashion maverick, Nicki Minaj. While she has been off the official music radar for much of this year (it’s only April), she is re-emerged through social media and finally at the MTV Movie Awards as a more natural and smoldering beauty. Her body conscious wardrobe and subtle makeup reveals the woman behind the persona(s) she creates in her album Pink Friday and her contributions to her Young Money projects.  So I couldn’t leave her out in this week’s #WCW.