Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Education Benefactor

Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj (right) is promising to pay university tuition for dozens of fans after a promotional contest metamorphosed over Twitter.

Minaj’s transformation into educational benefactor took place when she unveiled a contest of the sort popular among celebrities seeking an online buzz.

Minaj invited her twenty million Twitter followers to make their own videos for one of her new songs for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas to see her perform at the Billboard Music Awards this month.

But when one respondent said she would rather have help paying tuition, Minaj agreed.
“Show me straight A’s that I can verify with your school and I’ll pay it. Who wants to join THAT contest!! Dead serious,” she tweeted.

Minaj soon had made promises in response to more than 30 tweets seeking help paying university tuition, which can be notoriously expensive in the US of A, or to cover student loans or textbooks.

Generous Nicki Minaj! Respect!

Minaj, who was born in Trinidad and raised in New York, won a spot at the city’s prestigious public LaGuardia High School for aspiring artistes and did not go on to university.

In March, the 34-year-old Minaj surpassed Aretha Franklin as the female artiste who has had the most songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart of top US singles. Minaj has landed 76 songs on the chart after releasing three singles in March, including her latest collaboration with superstar Drake.

Forbes magazine estimated that Minaj earned $20.5mil (RM86.1mil) in the 12 months to June 2016, making her the only woman among the year’s richest hip-hop artistes.

On Saturday, I was a speaker at Dr. Devi Menon's workshop "The Power of Language" organized by DivisIon D, District 102. My speech title: The Art of Speaking.

I believe it was a really good speech. What's more, it was impromptu.

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