Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are two of music’s best selling and most accomplished artists without a doubt. Their claim to fame wasn’t an easy journey. From an early age they discovered their love for the arts.
Nicki Minaj, a LaGuardia High School graduate is a theatrically trained actress. She initially auditioned for the school but was denied. Being denied devastated young Minaj. Her mother, Carol Maraj, urged her to audition again, however, she should do an acting monologue. That advice was evidently effective because she was accepted into the school. From migrating to Jamaica New York, Queens, Minaj had a rough childhood. She experienced mental and physical abuse, and witnessed her home being up in flames whilst her mother was in it.
Minaj released three critically acclaimed mixtapes prior to releasing her syndicated debut album, Pink Friday. Pink Friday exceeded the expectations. Minaj solidified her spot in the game with her multi-flow, witty and impactful lyrics. Who would’ve thought that the Trinidad & Tobago native would become such a monumental public figure? Today, Minaj resides at the top of the music food chain. She’s a co-star in “Barbershop: The Next Cut” which was the number one comedy in the nation. She’s also filming a sitcom centered around her life. The reigning queen of hip hop shows now sign of slowing down.
Now let’s discuss the bad gal herself, Rihanna. Rihanna is the epitome of “Black Girl Magic.” Rihanna’s claim to fame wasn’t easy at all and she has solidified her spot in the game. From being a trend-setter, fashion icon and music powerhouse, she’s a force to be reckoned with. Rihanna’s 8th studio album, Anti, is the fastest album to be certified platinum. Rihanna is the first Black woman to front a Dior campaign. She was also awarded with the Rock Star award at this years annual Black Girls Rock and is also the 2016 Video Vanguard Award recipient.
Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are both outspoken, resilient and accomplished businesswomen— Black women in charge.