In the midst of promoting new music and working on her acting chops, rapper Nicki Minaj wanted to add a bit of motivation to the students at LaGuardia High School in New York, but was denied access to visit by the school’s principal.
Yesterday, the highly successful rapper and entrepreneur tweeted her frustration about being turned down from speaking to the kids at her former high school.
“I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined. No need for me to inspire them, I guess. SMH,” Minaj tweeted. “That school changed my life and I wanted to pay it forward to the students there now. I was really looking forward to it.”
While Minaj said that the school declined her offer to speak to the students without explanation, reports are surfacing that the school denied the rapper because she wanted to bring reality show cameras along to her visit.
“We do not allow reality TV to be filmed on school property. For documentaries, any visit to a public school must be educational in nature and cannot intrude on instruction, and the decision about whether we can accommodate visits from celebrities is entirely up to the Principal who manages the property,” the New York City Department of Education told The Grio.
While Minaj has yet to respond to the reports of her wanting to bring reality TV cameras into the school, whatever the situation may be, we hope things work out where she’s still able to pay it forward to the community that helped to shape her success.