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Nicki Minaj vs. Her Old High School: She’s Not Telling the Whole Story About Declined Offer to Speak


EXCLUSIVE Apparently hip hop celebrity and former “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj is not telling the whole story about her offer to speak to the students at her high school alma mater. Minaj wanted to lecture the kids at New York’s LaGuardia School, aka High School for Performing Arts. The school declined, and Minaj took to Twitter denouncing them. (She wasn’t valedictorian, by the way.)

She’s also launched a barrage of anti-La Guardia press on various blogs.

Tonight, the school sent out this message to parents:

September 11, 2014

Dear LaGuardia Community,

It has been brought to our attention that Nicki Minaj is attempting to generate publicity for herself by posting negative information about our principal, Dr. Lisa Mars, and LaGuardia Arts High School.

The fact is that Ms. Minaj was told by the NYC Department of Education (DOE) that she would not be allowed to enter the school with a television crew. The DOE has policies in place to protect the privacy and security of all its students. I’m sure we all appreciate the strict enforcement of these policies with regard to the safety of our children.

Yes, Nicki’s offer wasn’t entirely selfless. She was planning on filming the whole thing. I don’t blame the school for saying no.

If it’s a PR war Miss Nicki wants, she’s going to lose. What if she had just played by the DOE’s guidelines? That would have been too easy.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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