Trinidad born international megastar, Nicki Minaj is one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential people in 2016. Minaj, born Onika Maharaj, remains in a state of disbelief over the accomplishment it seems, the artiste on Thursday night Instagram to post, “Won’t get over it. God is always working. Be careful,” beneath an image that showed her cover photo of the magazine blown up and strung high for all to see.
It’s definitely big news, TIME Magazine being the 11th most circulated magazine in the United States. A feature article written by Minaj’s musical mentor and friend, rapper Lil Wayne, reads, “I always wanted more for my artists and saw Nicki’s potential from the first moment I laid eyes on her. She’s reached far beyond everything I would have imagined. Man, she’s so influential and doing all the right things. She’s an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here on how to do it the right way. Her work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded these results. The scary thing is she’s still going. Ha! Nicki Minaj will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.”
Nicki who also stars in Barbershop – The Next Cut, has been documenting her excitement over the TIME achievement, via social media in recent days. TIME Magazine in its digital feature on the rapper was informed of two goals she set for herself. “Two of the things that I wanted to leave behind is I write my own raps. A man doesn’t have write down your thoughts. You’re intelligent to write down your own thoughts. And number two, I would become a mogul.”
Other people who’ve made it to this year’s list include, Jamaica’s star sprinter, Usain Bolt, Kendrick Lamar, Taraji P Henson, Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, Adele, Leonardo Di Caprio and US President Barack Obama. Beyonce Knowles, despite much media buzz in the past few months, did not make the TIME magazine list.
Koffee Leads The Way. Jamaica’s New Heroine Tells Fox News She Wants to Impact The World Positively.
Nineteen year old Mikayla Simpson is on a path of positivity. Koffee, her stage sobriquet, acquired and maintained since her High School days- the young, legend in the making who has reggae music’s Protoje and Chronixx as mentors, is bent on making a difference, with her God given talent.
Like her predecessor, Bob Marley, the young artiste who now has her own seven-piece band called The Raggamuffins, has soared to international acclamation in little to no time. Her breakthrough in 2017 was all she needed to essentially soar. The Apple iTunes ‘Up Next’ featured artist recently said, “I want to inspire the youth. I know I want to make a change and that’s something I stay focused on.” She says she sees herself as a tool that will be used for the continuation of reggae music and the Jamaican cultural legacy.
As Jaron Nurse Celebrates 2 Million You Tube Views, Steff London Did This:
For weeks, perhaps months… or maybe, even more than we even realize, the world’s been paying very close attention to global trends, trends that have taken many on a downward spiral of darkness in most cases. We’ve seen videos and photos across social media, of murders and sad outcries of family members, friends and hopeful leaders, but truth be told, the world’s chaotic scenes perpetrated across borders and plains, truly appears no where close to completion.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Jaron Nurse, a beacon of hope in a twin isle that’s been plagued by gang warfare and senseless crime, is but one person. ‘Fed Up’ is an anthem, a song that while masked with rhythmic similes that engage the youth, is truly, just one song amid countless others that preach the opposite. Two million views on YouTube, while a beautiful accomplishment for the young entertainer, is but a drop in the bucket- a far cry from what many argue, is needed, to bring Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the world, to a peaceful place of love and harmony, again.