“I know who I am,” @nickiminaj told @tmagazine. “I am getting Nicki Minaj figured out with this album and I’m loving her.” #NickiMinaj began her music career singing with various rappers and working odd jobs. Since then, she has demonstrated a discipline and intelligence that’s rare among other pop stars of her generation. As she prepares to release her 4th album — the title of which is, for now, a well-kept secret but is “super, super iconic” — @roxanegay74 interviewed her for @tmagazine’s annual Greats issue. As a person, @roxanegay74 writes, “I don’t know that anyone but her inner circle knows who Nicki Minaj really is.” This elusiveness is compounded by her catalog of performative alter egos, her use of accents and her dramatic makeup, outfits and wigs. “There is no point during our conversation where Minaj demonstrates anything but absolute self-awareness,” @roxanegay74 writes. “She pauses briefly before she answers my questions, as if calculating every possible outcome to everything she says. By the end of the interview, I am impressed by her fierce intelligence.” Read the full interview via @tmagazine. [: @patrickdemarchelier / styled by: @marieameliesauve.] #tgreats17 via @nytimes
49 years ago today, Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave the Black Power salute during the playing of the U.S. national anthem at the 1968 Olympics. Now, a documentary highlighting their brave act is in the works.
Known for speaking out against the social issues of today, Shadow and Act reports that entertainers and activists Jesse Williams and John Legend are teaming up to produce a documentary on the historical 1968 Olympic protest.
Titled, "With Drawn Arms," the project will focus on Olympic gold medalist and former NFL player Tommie Smith protesting racial injustice alongside Olympic bronze medalist and Olympic Project for Human Rights member John Carlos. At the 1968 Olympics, both Smith and Carlos used their platform to stand against racial oppression by raising their first, covered with a black glove, during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. (via @becauseofthem)