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Watch Videos: Nicki Minaj Releases New Videos; Reportedly Being Sued Over Boob T-Shirt Design


On Friday (May 4), Nicki Minaj finally dropped her hotly-anticipated videos for “Chun Li” and “Barbie Tingz.”

“Chun Li” is directed by Steven Klein and consists of a futuristic set-up. Minaj cruises through the city, taking out her enemies in the process. As for “Barbie Tingz,” handled by Giovanni Bianco and Minaj on the directorial front, the bodacious MC stymies her detractors with her steely bars and wild outfits. Whether she was a bright-haired puppet, or a funky b-girl, Minaj had no issues spewing venom alongside a troupe of dancers.

Nicki Minaj has also found herself in some legal trouble. On Tuesday (May 1), the folks at TMZ reported that a man named Isiah Simon is suing the rapper over an “inverted heart” T-Shirt design he says he copyrighted back on Valentine’s Day in 2015.

T-shirt designs in question side-by-side

According to the celeb news site, Simon says Nicki and her label Universal Music Group stole the design for his “I Love Venice Beach” merchandise. I

n a side by side photo the site posted, it can seen that Nicki’s “I Love Nicki” shirt bears a striking resemblance to Simon’s “I Love Venice” shirt. Both of the “inverted heart” designs resemble a pair of breasts.

Simon wants the UMG site selling the Nicki merchandise to be taken down, and he’s suing Nicki to stop further sales of the gear. He also plans to block the profits Nicki and the label have gotten and stand to get in the future. Nicki has yet to comment on this matter.

In related news, the Young Money superstar is now just a couple weeks removed from the release of her two comeback singles, “Chun Li” and “Barbie Tingz.” “Chun Li” has since made its way into the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10. Continuing her resurgence, Nicki teased U.S. tour dates a couple weeks back.

“US first,” Nicki wrote in a tweet. “Then ALL AROUND THE WORLD. BUT THERE’S another surprise you won’t know. Bwahaaahahaaaaaa,” she tweeted. “The ones at the tour will be elevated to Team Minaj ELITE. Yes, I’m leaning towards M&G’s. Only cuz my babies been so patient. But pls don’t hold me to it. Love, #ChunLi.”

Here’s hoping Nicki can settle her new legal battle.


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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