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Trinidad hits out at Nicki Minaj for ‘wasting its time’ and says Covid vaccine impotence claim is false

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Trinidad hits out at Nicki Minaj for ‘wasting its time’ and says Covid vaccine impotence claim is false

Nicki Minaj’s claim that her cousin’s friend was rendered impotent and suffered swollen testicles after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine was dismissed as “false” by Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister.

Government officials “wasted” their time “running down this false claim”, said Terrence Deyalsingh at a press conference on Wednesday, expressing his frustration over Minaj’s claims.

“One of the reasons we could not respond yesterday in real time to Ms Minaj was because we had to check and make sure what she was claiming was either true or false,” Mr Deyalsingh told reporters.

On Monday, the Trinidad-born star caused an uproar on social media that reverberated across the political spectrum and her own fanbase, known as the Barbz, when she shared the reason why she did not attend the 2021 Met Gala.

The event required its guests to be vaccinated, something Minaj expressed her apprehensions against, as she said she wanted to do enough research on her own.

Minaj claimed in a tweet that her “cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen.”

“Unfortunately we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim. It is – as far as we know, at this point in time – there has been no such reported either, side effect or adverse event (sic),” Mr Deyalsingh said, adding that the country’s ministry took such allegations seriously, “whether it is on social media or mainstream media”.

Minaj’s tweet has been roundly criticised, not just because it was perceived by many to fuel vaccine hesitancy, but also because of the unverified and speculative nature of the comments that were spread to her large global fanbase, according to many commentators.

Her comments come at a time of widespread global vaccine hesitancy and when the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago has been struggling to fight the phenomenon amid protests by a section of its people.

Last week, dozens of people protested against Covid vaccines at Queen’s Park Savannah, Trinidad, forcing police to take action, reported news website West Indies and Caribbean News.

At least two people were detained following the protests.

The island nation, which is inhabited by a little over a million people, has fully vaccinated 441,000.

The country has reported just over 47,000 total Covid cases since the beginning of the pandemic and has almost 3,900 positive active cases as of 16 September, according to official data.

Minaj, who has since defended herself over the criticism levelled against her, is yet to respond to the remarks made by Mr Deyalsingh.

The rapper’s comments have also elicited responses from the White House and the British government.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson said he was not familiar with Minaj’s work, but was acquainted with Nikki Kanani, the medical director of primary care at NHS England – as she favours vaccinations, unlike the Grammy-nominated rapper.

In the same conference, Mr Johnson’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty said Minaj “should be ashamed” for “peddling untruths”.

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Responding to the criticism, Minaj posted an audio message mocking the British prime minister using a fake British accent.

Anthony Fauci, one of the US’s top infectious diseases expert, also weighed in, saying “she should be thinking twice about propagating information” based on a one-off anecdote and not science.

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Dr. Dre Receives Divorce Papers At Grandmother’s Funeral

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Dr. Dre Receives Divorce Papers At Grandmother’s Funeral

Dr. Dre, the hip hop artist and super producer extraordinaire, was recently issued with divorce papers during the burial of his grandmother. This comes after a long period of conflict with his estranged ex-wife Nicole Young. Young filed for divorce from Dre in 2020 after 24 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. The extra 1.2 million Dr. Dre is ordered by the judge to pay to cover Young’s legal bills is the subject of the most current set of divorce proceedings being filed. While both sides allege different versions of events, it is true that Dr. Dre was present at his grandmother’s funeral or was served with the papers by a process server immediately afterward.

Dre claims he was approached while standing at the coffin of his grandmother, who he believes played a significant part in his upbringing. Dre was served in the parking lot after the funeral ceremony, according to Young’s attorneys.

 

Dre was hospitalized earlier this year after suffering a brain aneurysm. Dre’s home was targeted for a break-in while he was recovering from his brain injury. Dr. Dre is having a particularly difficult year in 2021 as a result of all of these occurrences, as well as his continuing divorce.

Dre released a clip of a song earlier this year after his recuperation from the brain aneurysm, which included words like “(Bitch) Trying to kill me with them lies and that perjury,” which alluded to both his disability and the pending divorce. Needless to say, this is not a painless divorce. Dre, along with longtime partner Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar, will headline the Super Bowl halftime concert next year. By then, the divorce proceedings should be in the rearview mirror. Quit

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Lil Yachty A Dad; Welcomes Baby Girl

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Lil Yachty A Dad; Welcomes Baby Girl

Lil Yachty went out and got himself a smaller boat.

Eminem just released a new Venom song.
The rapper Quality Control recently became a father for the first time. Despite his Southern roots, his daughter was born in New York City just a few weeks ago.

There isn’t much information about his daughter or her mother, according to TMZ, who broke the news, but we’re sure the new dad is overjoyed.

Whether you’re on cloud nine or not, business must go on.

He’s not only in the studio, but also out shopping for beats, according to his social media sites. On October 16th, he tweeted that producers should leave their beats in the comments. “Drop yo beat snippets under this tweet,” he added, prompting a flood of submissions.

“Bra I pray y’all n##### don’t quit yall day job c##….”, Boat couldn’t stop himself after listening to some submissions.

Following that, he announced his new single, “Believing,” on Instagram.

“On the @Pokemon #Pokemon25 album, new song “Believing” – listen NOW Link in bio”

Post Malone, Tierra Whack, Katy Perry, Vince Staples, and J Balvin all appear on Pokémon 25: The Album, which also includes Post Malone, Tierra Whack, Katy Perry, Vince Staples, and J Balvin.

“I’ve always been a major Pokémon fan and I leaped at the opportunity to be on the record,” he stated in September, after his involvement was confirmed. “I love the song ‘Believing,’ which I wrote for it, and I hope it motivates my followers to follow their ambitions.”

Now, we are sure he will also inspire his new daughter to chase her dreams too!

Lil Yachty

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Big Sean Goes Off In Freestyle Over Jay-Z, Drake & Kanye West Beats

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Big Sean Goes Off In Freestyle Over Jay-Z, Drake & Kanye West Beats

Big Sean stopped by Power 106 in Los Angeles to show off his lyrical prowess in a new L.A. Leakers freestyle.

The Def Jam rapper rapped for nearly nine minutes, delivering a bar Big Sean kicked things off by spitting on Jay-“Dear Z’s Summer,” setting the tone quickly a decade after his last freestyle for the L.A. Leakers.

“I’ve given up wishing for the best and am now insisting on results/ If good karma doesn’t land on it first, I deal with it. Relentless how I give it all but never give in/ Just like NBA players in my girl’s DMs/ Consistently firing rounds that will never go in/ F### it, I’m only interested in creating money that we’ll never spend. My entire life feels like my blessings are arriving on time. I still despise seafood, but I’m a sucker for oysters,” he rapped.

About two minutes in, the L.A. Leakers switched things up by having Big Sean cover Drake’s “Love All” instrumental. With Kanye West’s “Hurricane” track, Justin Credible and DJ Sourmilk rewrote the script once more.

“Everything I know now could’ve been added to the equation back then/

There’s nothing better than having it all, except losing it all and then regaining it.

I don’t need a casket when I die, I need a tomb/I don’t need a casket when I die, I need a tomb/I don’t need a casket when I die, I need a tomb/

My focus has returned, and now I’m being consumed/Yeah, I’m awake with the moon/Mother Nature, so what does it mean when I die and am buried? Sean Don rapped over the Yeezy track, “I’m going back in the womb.”

Big Sean finished the freestyle by rhyming over Nardo Wick’s “Who Want Smoke?” instrumental, which was produced in Florida. The Detroit native didn’t seem phased by the shift in pace, as he altered his flow and continued to spit bars.

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