As much as Nicki Minaj has had to spend the last few months dealing with shitty stories about her partner and ex, the biggest story for her from over the summer was a fight with Miley Cyrus at the VMAs. Nicki addresses the spat (and, at least for now, appears to lay to rest accusations that it was faked) in a profile for the New York Times Magazine. Here's what she had to say:

''The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You're in videos with black men, and you're bringing out black women on your stages, but you don't want to know how black women feel about something that's so important? Come on, you can't want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn't not want to know that.''

Nicki is right, of course -- it's an articulation of empathy and shared pain and recognition of humanity as the core of the ongoing problem of cultural appropriation. While those thoughts were poignantly communicated, there are other parts of the profile that go to some... weird places -- you should read the rest of it. 
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