Nicki Minaj Posts $100,000 Bail After Brother Charged With Rape Of 12-Year-Old

Nicki Minaj might look as though she is engaged, given that she is now wearing a very large diamond ring, but she assures her fans that she isn’t. Billboard reports that Minaj has confirmed that it is not an engagement ring – or maybe it’s the first of three? Because Minaj has some pretty specific guidelines for her boyfriend, Meek Mill, to follow.

“He and I are not engaged. But he said he would like to give me three rings before we get married. My birthday’s coming up, and he better get the new one, because he got [the first one] for my last birthday. So let’s see what happens.”

Apparently, Meek followed through with his promise. He posted a photo of the newest ring on Instagram.

Nicki Minaj also said that she and boyfriend Meek have been talking about having such a public relationship and even getting advice from Jay Z and Beyoncé.

“Yeah, we speak about it. We actually spoke with Jay Z and Beyoncé about it, too. After our show at [Brooklyn’s] Barclays Center [in October], we had dinner together. They were so giving with advice. I love them so much. It was just a beautiful conversation to have with people we love and we look up to as a couple. They’re so strong.”

It appears that as an individual and a sister, Nicki Minaj had better be strong, too. Daily Mail reports that Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, will be appearing in court after getting out on $100,000 bail, bail that Nicki Minaj herself paid. Maraj has been charged with the rape of a 12-year-old and was arrested on December 3.

Despite this setback in Nicki Minaj’s family, she is still doing some amazing stuff in the music industry and is being fully recognized for her contributions. In fact, she was chosen to grace the cover of Billboard’s “Year in Music 2015” issue. E! Online reports that Minaj posed topless for the photo, and she wasted no time posting the photo to Instagram.

But Nicki Minaj doesn’t just want to be known for her music. Billboard reports that the star truly wants an acting career, one on par with that of Meryl Streep. Minaj shares her love of Streep in her interview with Billboard.

“I want to do something very serious. Meryl Streep is one of my favorite artists of all time. She blows me away in just about everything she does. I love how she can go from The Devil Wears Prada to The Iron Lady – she’s so incredible in that. My dream would be to have that type of acting career, where I can do both things believably.”

Nicki Minaj is currently working with ABC to create a sitcom about her childhood and she narrates the show.

“I narrate this show, like Chris Rock narrates Everybody Hates Chris. It was little differences that made that show stand out. I want to have those nuances. My first day, I said to the casting director, ‘This will not be a cliched black show.’ “

She also revealed she is still involved in casting for the show and loving it.

“Two days ago I was in casting. I’m going back tomorrow. I found one girl who I’m obsessed with who might play me, and someone who could rival her. So I’ve been coaching them both. I do a beat, let them rap. I do little dances with them. It has been magical. I didn’t even know I had it in me, but I love children so much.”

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