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Nicki Minaj trend on Twitter ‘#NickiMinajIsComing’ As Barbz Anticipate Her Return

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Nicki Minaj trend on Twitter '#NickiMinajIsComing' As Barbz Anticipate Her Return

Nicki Minaj is currently trending on Twitter as her Barbz are currently anticipating her return. #NickiMinajIsComing,” her fans have hashtagged on Twitter. Last year, Nicki announced her retirement last year.

The “Super Bass” rapper took to her Instagram story on Thursday (Jan. 23) and shared a flier with her face on it that read, “Nicki Minaj Big Game Weekend,” along with a date and location.

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Nicki Minaj Instagram Story (Image: Instagram)

The flier is dated for “January 29th” and the address listed is “320 Lincoln Rd.” The flier also has MrJonesMiami.com on it alongside a telephone number with Miami’s area code “305.”

Minaj also tagged the man who is responsible for discovering her, Big Fendi. Check out some of the Barbz’s tweets below.

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Is Disney’s Cinderella Based On a True Story?

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The story of Cinderella has tremendous staying power in pop culture. It has been told, retold, and remixed, sparking the imaginations and fairy tale dreams of people across generations. The image of Cinderella is so incredibly powerful that it’s been used for everything from capturing the pain of losing Princess Diana to becoming a central theme in people’s weddings

As we look to a live-action remake of the classic version of the tale coming from Sony in 2021, it’s interesting to explore the origin story more fully. How did Cinderella come to be, and is she based on a true story? 

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There is a long line of modern-day versions of Cinderella

Even just within the modern era, we’ve seen several versions of the Cinderella tale. The classic Disney film many people think of when they hear the name was released in 1950, according to History. Disney was following up the successful blueprint that had brought Snow White to the screen, once again choosing to turn a classic fairy tale into a family-friendly experience. The Rogers and Hammerstein version of the tale aired on CBS in 1957. In 1997, Whitney Houston and Brandy Norwood remixed the tale with Disney. 

As Disney explored turning their classics into live-action versions, 2015’s Cinderella starred Lily James as the famous princess. Now Sony is working with an all-star cast (including Billy Porter as a genderless fairy godmother) to bring the magic to the screen once more. This latest version is currently in production with an expected release of early 2021

The story is much older than Disney’s version

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While it may seem like all of these iterations of the tale have a foundation in Disney’s classic animated version, the story is actually much, much older, according to Vox. Many people are aware that Disney borrowed stories from fairy tales. Disney’s inspiration was likely the Brothers Grimm version of the tale. These German brothers made it their lifelong work to collect fairy tales and folklore and ensure that they were passed down for generations. According to Britannica, their version was much darker and included the cheery, helpful birds pecking out the stepsisters’ eyes during the wedding ceremony. Ouch!

However, that’s not the original version, either. The Grimm Brothers likely got their version of the tale from the French writer Charles Perrault. He added the glass slipper, the pumpkin, and the fairy godmother we all know so well. Perrault, for his part, was borrowing from an even older tradition. The story of “Cenerentola” was found in a collection of Italian stories in the 17th century. 

Even that tale, however, is not the original. The basic story of Cinderella — a commoner facing oppression who rises into another social class through marriage — is a common trope that appears over and over again across cultures and geographical locations. As far as historians can tell, the earliest version of the Cinderella tale is from Ancient Greece and was written in the sixth century B.C.E. A Greek courtesan escapes her social position when an Egyptian king finds her shoe, which was conveniently stolen by an eagle and then dropped in his lap. 

Was there a real Cinderella? 

It’s hard to answer the question of whether there was a “real” Cinderella. The stories are obviously fantastical and full of allegory — even without the addition of magical pumpkins. There does not seem to be evidence of a real woman named Cinderella who married a prince to escape her station in life. However, the story of class struggles is definitely rooted in reality. 

We have seen this particular aspect of the tale recaptured and displayed across cultures and time periods. Pretty Woman showcases how a sex worker named Vivian Ward escapes her life of poverty by capturing the heart of a rich man. Pretty in Pink has Chicago teen Andie climbing out of her outcast status through her relationship with cool boy Blane. 

There may not be one single “Cinderella” we can point to as the real-life inspiration for the tale, but there are plenty of real-life examples of people finding romance across class lines and trying to adapt to the changes it brings. 

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George Floyd Row: Jennifer Aniston & Mark Ruffalo Call Out Mark Zuckerberg For Not Pulling Down Donald Trump’s ‘Violent’ Post From Facebook

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George Floyd Row: Jennifer Aniston & Mark Ruffalo Call Out Mark Zuckerberg For Not Pulling Down Donald Trump’s ‘Violent’ Post From Facebook

George Floyd’s killing sent shock waves across the world, and what followed is being witnessed by us all. What added more fuel to the fire was US President Donald Trump’s ‘insensitive’ tweet, and Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook not taking it down. Now actors including Jennifer Aniston and Mark Ruffalo have slammed the Facebook head honcho and asked him the reason for not pulling Trump’s post down.

The tweet by Donal Trump that glorified violence and justified George Floyd’s killing, read, “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”

As the tweet received backlash, Twitter was quick to pull it down. But Facebook still has the post up. There were reports that many Facebook employees requested Mark Zuckerberg to take it down. Joining them are FRIENDS fame Jennifer Aniston and Avengers star Mark Ruffalo.

Calling out Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Ruffalo wrote, “Dear Mark Zuckerburg, It is my hope that one day you will see how you are the greatest purveyor of double speak and arbiter of misinformation.”

He added, “I hope you will see that you are helping to destroy the world and finally do what is right for your children and all of the children. You built your empire off of our information, you owe us the truth.”

Jennifer Aniston, on the other hand, called out Mark Zuckerberg in her Instagram story. She put up a graphic that had messages from the people upset with the Facebook head honcho. Aniston even went ahead on and called him Donald Trump’s PR.

Meanwhile, according to the reports, Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he will soon review the process. He will be setting new rules for the company, to deal with harmful content being put up.

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Listen to Jay-Z’s new protest playlist, ‘Songs For Survival 2’

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Jay-Z has shared a new playlist of protest songs – you can listen to the playlist on Tidal now.

Featuring records by himself, Jay Electronica, 2Pac, Nina Simone, James Brown and Marvin Gaye, the list features seventeen songs and follows the first instalment of the playlist, which was released back in 2016.

The list comes a week after Jay-Z spoke out about the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota on May 25. Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis following an altercation with police officers. Floyd, who was African American, was killed when a white police officer appeared to kneel on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arrest.

Officer Derek Chauvin has since been sacked and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Three of his colleagues, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Keung are now all facing charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Since Floyd’s death, protests have erupted in the US and around the world.

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After calling Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on May 30 to further amplify calls for justice for Floyd, Jay-Z issued a statement on Roc Nation in the early hours of June 1 to further elaborate on his “very earnest conversation” with Walz and thank him for calling in Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to lead Floyd’s case.

“Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me — a dad and a black man in pain,” the rapper wrote. “Yes, I am human, a father and a black man in pain and I am not the only one.

“Now I, along with an entire country in pain, call upon AG Ellison to do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd to the fullest extent of the law.” Saying that this was “just a first step”, Jay-Z added: “I am more determined to fight for justice than any fight my would-be oppressors may have.

“I prevail on every politician, prosecutor, and officer in the country to have the courage to do what is right. Have the courage to look at us as humans, dads, brothers, sisters, and mothers in pain. And look at yourselves.”

Jay-Z and his entertainment company Roc Nation also took out full-page adverts in newspapers across the US earlier this week (June 2) dedicated to the memory of Floyd.

The advertisements contained a powerful quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. which the civil rights leader made during an address in Selma, Alabama in March 1965.

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