*Fantasia has been through a lot in the past few years and her walls finally came tumbling down when she reminisced about Whitney Houston.
The singer broke down on stage during a show in Trinidad on her birthday when reflecting on the late great diva and possibly looking at her own life.
“This year, we lost Whitney Houston … They just wouldn’t leave her alone. They did not understand that she was only human. We lose family, friends, all for the love of money. The only person who will never leave you is Jesus.”
*Trinidad’s government officials are scrutinizing Nicki Minaj and those behind her recent concert performance. According to reports, they are suspicious about her payment, which came to about $825,000 for her performance at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain.
The promoter, Project Records and Trinidad’s Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, put on the show, which also featured local talent.
The Boom Box reports that Minaj racked up the highest bill among all performers. $382,000 was spent on the Young Money Barbie and her entourage, with $60,000 for hotel rooms at the local Hilton. Other expenses included $150,000 on advertising, $75,000 on the venue, $32,000 to the Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago, $40,000 on other artists, and $26,000 for “cultural acts.”
Funds came from the youth development budget.
Many are saying she was overpaid and may have been a sabotaging move against the youth.
“All allegations are that a private individual is benefiting at the end of the day and putting money in his own pocket,” argued Diego Martin Central MP Dr Amery Browne. “That must be a concern to every single citizen and it is something the Government has to respond to. They have been very silent so far on this matter and they seem very offended when legitimate questions are asked about this particular project.”
But others are arguing that there was no cover up. Darryl Braxton of Project Records insists everything was legit.
“The show did not make any money. I did not make a cent. I am still owing money,” he said in an interview.
Minaj, who was born in Trinidad, left the country as a child to move to Queens, New York. Footage from the concert was featured on her MTV documentary ‘My Time Now.’
*Nicki Minaj opened up, revealing a new side of her life, including her father’s crack cocaine addiction.
The Young Money MC is the hottest topic of an MTV documentary called, “My Time is Now.”
She reveals some very intimate details about her life. Minaj showed a sensitive side when she shed a few tears at the mention of her grandmother, who died seven years ago. When asked if her mother would be proud of her, she nodded her head “yes” as she allowed tears to roll down her cheeks.
As a child, she lived with her grandmother in Trinidad until her parents sent for her in America. She shared that she was quite surprised by the harsh realities of Jamiaca Queens.
“(When I went to New York) I thought it was gonna be like a castle. Like white picket fence, like a fairy tale. I got off the plane and it was cold. I remember the smell. I could always remember the smell when I got out of the airport of the snow, and I had never seen snow. I remember the house. I remember that the furniture wasn’t put down. It was, like, piled up on each other, and I didn’t understand why, ’cause I thought it was gonna look like a big castle.”
She also shared how her father fell under the fist of drug addiction. The documentary airs on Nov. 28 on MTV.
*”Go to school and stay in school. Ladies, don’t depend on a man for anything. Get your own!” These were the parting words of advice from Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj to her young fans as she ended her first ever performance in the country of her birth.
The concert, tagged “The Localize It Concert” was held at the country’s national stadium (Hasely Crawford Stadium) and featured the biggest names in Trinidadian Music.
Minaj delivered an energetic set comprised of her most popular features as well as the two lead singles from her forthcoming album, “Pink Friday.”
Outfitted with a blonde wig and a Barbie doll dress with red leggings below, the 25-year-old singer performed for 45 minutes and spent an extra 20 minutes on stage interacting with the crowd after she performed all of her material.
“This is the most emotional show I’ve ever had to do,” Nicki said. “I don’t even know how I’m holding up. It’s been a long time coming back here and you guys have treated me so beautifully, I really couldn’t ask for anything more”.
Nicki came onstage with her entire Trinidad family after reuniting with them the previous day.
The rapper later told the crowd that she did not know how to wine (a dance Trinidadians do involving the gyrating of the hips), and subsequently invited several patrons from the crowd onstage to show her how to ‘wine like a Trini’.
Nicki further stated that she has never been to Trinidad for Carnival and is thinking about coming back for Carnival 2011, as she felt loved and welcomed.
Nicki left Trinidad when she was 5 years old and has since returned only once (seven years ago) for a funeral of a family member.