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Who is Onika Tanya Maraj? , The Tap and entertainment world knows her by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian hip hop recording artist. In August 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown.
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Minaj was born December 8, 1984 on December 8, 1984 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago to parents of Indian and Afro Trinidadian descent. She lived in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago with her grandmother until age five, because her parents were looking for a place to live in the Queens borough of New York City. Her mother would occasionally visit, and one day, when Minaj was five, her mother picked her up to move to Queens. According to Minaj, her father drank alcohol, took drugs, and once tried to kill her mother by setting the house on fire. She attended Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School 210, where she played the clarinet. She graduated from LaGuardia High School. At LaGuardia, a school specializing in music and the visual and performing arts, Minaj participated in the drama program. She had initially planned to sing at LaGuardia, but lost her voice on the day of the audition. She once worked at a Red Lobster restaurant in the Bronx.
2004–09: Career beginnings and mixtapes
Minaj created some mixtape tracks, and appeared in XXL magazine. In 2008 she won the Female Artist of the Year award at the Underground Music Awards. Minaj released Beam Me Up Scotty, another mixtape, in April 2009 which received positive coverage on both BET and MTV.
2010–present: Pink Friday
Minaj’s debut album, Pink Friday was released on November 19, 2010. A buzz single, “Massive Attack”, was released in April. In August, Minaj released “Your Love” as the first official single from her debut album. The single peaked at 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, 7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and topped the Rap Songs chart. Minaj became the first female artist to be included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List and the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002. In October 2010, Minaj became the first artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously.
In an interview with Vibe Minaj discussed her sexual image stating, “[w]hen I grew up I saw females doing certain things, and I thought I had to do that exactly. The female rappers of my day spoke about sex a lot… and I thought that to have the success they got, I would have to represent the same thing. When in fact I didn’t have to represent the same thing.” In an interview with Interview, Minaj commented on her sexual image again stating, “I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness, I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.”
While growing up Nicki was surrounded by constant trouble and fighting between her parents. To escape her real life problems she would create characters and live her life through them. In an interview with New York she stated, “[t]o get away from all their fighting, I would imagine being a new person. “Cookie” was my first identity—that stayed with me for a while. I went on to “Harajuku Barbie”, then “Nicki Minaj”. Fantasy was my reality.”
For her debut album, Minaj created another alter-ego named “Roman Zolanski”. She stated that in songs like “Bottoms Up” with Trey Songz it is not Nicki rapping, but instead Roman Zolanski, and claims that Roman is her “twin sister”. Roman has been compared to Eminem‘s alter ego Slim Shady, and on the song “Roman’s Revenge” from Pink Friday, Minaj and Eminem collaborate, using these alter egos. In songs such as “All I Do Is Win (Remix)” it is Nicki rapping. Minaj stated that on her debut album, fans will get to “meet” Nicki, Roman and Onika.
On November 18, 2010 Nicki Minaj assumed a different alter-ego named “Nicki Teresa”. Wearing a colorful scarf around her head, she went around as the “healer to her fans” as she visited them at The Garden of Dreams Foundation at Fuse studios in New York City.
While some songs and interviews have implied that Minaj is bisexual, she has said that she does not date nor have sex with women, but added in an interview with Out magazine, “I don’t date men either”. In an interview with Vibe she commented, “I just embrace all people of all lifestyles and I don’t tell them they are bad people. And I say girls are beautiful and girls are sexy and they need to be told that, and if they don’t have anyone to tell them that and mean it, I’m gonna tell them that. But I feel like people always wanna define me and I don’t wanna be defined.” She reiterated her dislike of being labeled in an interview with OUT, saying: “The point is, everyone is not black and white. There are so many shades in the middle, and you’ve got to let people feel comfortable with saying what they want to say when they want to say it.”
During an interview in the May 2010 issue of Details, Minaj was asked if she felt hip-hop was becoming more gay friendly. She responded, “I think the world is getting more gay-friendly, so hip-hop is too. But it’s harder to imagine an openly gay male rapper being embraced, people view gay men as having no street credibility. But I think we’ll see one in my lifetime.”
Award and nominations
- 2008 Underground Music Awards
- Female Artist of the Year (Won)
- 2010 BET Awards
- Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (Won)
- Best New Artist (Won)
- Best Group (Young Money) – (Won)
- Best New Artist (Young Money) – (Nominated)
- Viewer’s Choice: “BedRock” (Young Money feat. Lloyd) (Nominated)
- 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
- Best New Artist: “Massive Attack” (feat. Sean Garrett) (Nominated)
- 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards
- Rookie of the Year (Won)
- Made You Look (Won)
- People’s Champ (Won)
- Hustler of the Year (Nominated)
- Lyricist of the Year (Nominated)
- 2010 MOBO Awards
- Best International Act (Nominated) 
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Dolores Mae Wilson was an American coloratura soprano who had an active international opera career from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. Beginning her career with major theatres in Europe, she performed in six seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City during the 1950s. She is perhaps best known for originating the title role in the world premiere of Douglas Moore‘s The Ballad of Baby Doe at the Central City Opera in 1956. After abandoning her opera career, she embarked on a second career as a musical theatre actress; making several appearances on Broadway in the following decades.
(August 9, 1928 – September 28, 2010)
Tony Curtis American actor (Some Like It Hot, Spartacus, The Defiant Ones), died from cardiac arrest. he was , 85,
Tony Curtis was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s died from cardiac arrest. he was , 85,. He acted in over 60 films in roles covering a wide range of genres, from light comedy to serious drama. In his later years, Curtis made numerous television appearances.
Although his early film roles were partly the result of his good looks, by the latter half of the 1950s he became a notable and strong screen presence. He began proving himself to be a “fine dramatic actor,” having the range to act in numerous dramatic and comedy roles. In his earliest parts he acted in a string of “mediocre” films, including swashbucklers, westerns, light comedies, sports films, and a musical. However, by the time he starred in Houdini (1953) with his wife Janet Leigh, “his first clear success,” notes critic David Thomson, his acting had progressed immensely.
(June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010)
Greg Giraldo, American comedian (Comedy Central Roast), died from a accidental prescription drug overdose he was , 44
Greg Giraldo was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, and retired lawyer, died from a accidental prescription drug overdose he was , 44 Giraldo was best known for his appearances on Comedy Central‘s televised roast specials, as well as for his work on that network’s television shows Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil, and the programming block Stand-Up Nation, the latter of which he hosted.
(December 10, 1965 – September 29, 2010)
Giraldo was born in The Bronx and was raised in Queens. He attended Regis High School. He was the oldest son of immigrant parents from Colombia (father) and Spain (mother), and was raised Roman Catholic. He attended Camp Rising Sun, the Louis August Jonas Foundation’s international summer scholarship program. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Before becoming a comedian Giraldo worked as a lawyer, spending less than a year as an associate for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom  before changing his occupation. Despite his prior career, Giraldo rejected that persona and very rarely discussed his days as a lawyer.http://www.youtube.com/v/iPTowp3e77k?fs=1&hl=en_US
Giraldo performed regularly at the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan. Giraldo was a regular panelist on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Additionally, he was the star of the short-lived Common Law, and also starred in several pilots, including The Greg Giraldo Show and Gone Hollywood for Comedy Central. The New York Times has praised Giraldo as “a talented comedian with a winning personality.” In 2004, he was featured in the spoken-word Lazyboy song, “Underwear Goes Inside the Pants.”
Giraldo performed more than a dozen times on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and appeared regularly on The Howard Stern Show. He has also appeared as a member of the panel in the NBC show The Marriage Ref. He had two half-hour specials on Comedy Central Presents, wrote segments for Last Call with Carson Daly, and Giraldo was a panelist on Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time special.http://www.youtube.com/v/Z8hjzjCl2BQ?fs=1&hl=en_US
Giraldo said on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on July 7, 2005, that he had quit drinking alcohol. His series Friday Night Stand-Up with Greg Giraldo began on Comedy Central in late 2005 and ran until 2006. His CD Good Day to Cross a River was released 2006 on Comedy Central Records.
Giraldo appeared in Comedy Central’s annual roasts, roasting Chevy Chase, Pam Anderson, William Shatner, Jeff Foxworthy, Flavor Flav, Bob Saget, Joan Rivers, Larry the Cable Guy, and David Hasselhoff, as well as the TBS roast of Cheech & Chong.
Giraldo was a regular on Comedy Central’s television series Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil. Giraldo was one of the Advocates lobbying for their side to be considered the “root of all evil.” He won in two of his nine appearances. Giraldo served as a judge during season seven of the NBC reality competition show Last Comic Standing.
In 2008, Giraldo appeared in venues across the United States as the headlining act of the Indecision ’08 Tour, produced by Comedy Central. In 2009, Midlife Vices was released, his only one-hour special for Comedy Central.
Giraldo was married twice, telling an interviewer in October 2009, “I got married when I was 24. And that didn’t last very long at all.” In that same interview, he said he had been living apart from his second wife for a year and was in separation proceedings, and that his oldest son was age nine. At the time of his death, he had three children and was divorced.
On September 25, 2010, Giraldo overdosed on prescription medication. After he failed to appear for a scheduled performance at the Stress Factory, police officers found him in his hotel room at the Hyatt Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and rushed him to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in that town. TMZ reported that he had been in a coma for four days when his family had life support removed. He died on September 29, 2010.
- Lazyboy TV (2004) Asylum Records
- Good Day to Cross a River (2006) Comedy Central Records
- Midlife Vices (2009) Comedy Central Records
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Clifford B. Hicks American writer and editor (Popular Mechanics, Alvin Fernald series) died he was , 90
Clifford B. Hicks was an American writer and magazine editor, best known for his children’s books chronicling the adventures of Alvin Fernald died he was , 90.
(August 10, 1920 – September 29, 2010)
Hicks was born in Marshalltown, Iowa in 1920. He graduated cum laude from Northwestern University, then served as a U.S. Marine during World War II, earning the Silver Star. In 1945, he joined the staff of Popular Mechanics magazine, and became a special projects editor in 1963. He wrote the magazine’s Do-It-Yourself Materials Guide and edited the Do-It-Yourself Encyclopedia.
In 1959, Hicks penned his first children’s book, First Boy on the Moon, which was dubbed Best Juvenile Book of the Year by the Friends of American Writers. The next year, he wrote The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald, the first of a series of books about a boy who relies on his “Magnificent Brain” to solve problems. The books inspired a pair of two-part Disney television movies: The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton (1974), and The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper (1976).
Hicks wrote one non-fiction children’s book, The World Above (1965), which discusses the Earth’s atmosphere and the universe beyond. In 1971, he began the Peter Potts series, which follows the misadventures of a small town boy who often gets into trouble “by accident”. Hicks also wrote a two-act play, Alvin Fernald, Mayor for a Day (1992), which was based on one of his Alvin Fernald books.
On September 29, 2010, Hicks died at his home in Brevard, North Carolina at the age of 90.
Alvin Fernald series
- The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald – 1960 (illustrated by Charles Geer)
- Alvin’s Secret Code – 1963
- Alvin Fernald, Foreign Trader – 1966
- Alvin Fernald, Mayor for a Day – 1970
- Alvin Fernald, Superweasel – 1974
- Alvin’s Swap Shop – 1976
- Alvin Fernald, TV Anchorman – 1980
- The Wacky World of Alvin Fernald – 1981
- Alvin Fernald, Master of a Thousand Disguises – 1986
- Alvin Fernald’s Incredible Buried Treasure – 2009
Peter Potts series
- Peter Potts – 1971
- Pop and Peter Potts – 1984
- Peter Potts Book of World Records – 1987
Other children’s books
- First Boy on the Moon – 1959
- The World Above – 1965
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Joe Mantell was an American actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as “Angie” in the 1955 film Marty, which earned the Best Picture Award died he was , 93.
(né Mantel; born December 21, 1915 – died September 29, 2010)
Mantell appeared in Storm Center (1956) and Chinatown (1974). In the latter he played Lawrence Walsh, partner of private eye Jake Gittes. He delivered the film’s famous last line, “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.” http://www.youtube.com/v/_InKbCSJUXM?fs=1&hl=en_US
The character of Walsh reappeared in The Two Jakes. He had a small role in Hitchcock’s The Birds. Mantell appeared frequently in series television, including two episodes of The Twilight Zone: “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room” (in a starring role) and “Steel”.
Mantell was born in Brooklyn, New York to Polish Jewish immigrant parents. His name was originally spelled “Mantel” and accented on the first syllable, but at the beginning of his acting career Mantell added the extra “L” and changed the pronunciation to “Man-TELL”. On September 29, 2010, Mantell died in Tarzana, California, aged 94.
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