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Gossip: Nicki Minaj Helps Dozens Of Fans Pay Their Student Loans; Ellen DeGeneres Bans Donald Trump From Her Show

Nicki Minaj took to Twitter on Saturday, May 6, to graciously offer to help dozens of fans pay their college tuition, student loans and bills.

The “No Frauds” rapper, 34, spent the night retweeting fans who were promoting her new single “Regret In Your Tears” and her upcoming Billboard Awards performance. Then, one fan upped the ante and asked Minaj to pay for his tuition — and things got interesting.

“Show me straight A’s that I can verify w/ur school and I’ll pay it,” she replied. “Who wants to join THAT contest?!?! Dead serious. Shld I set it up?”

Naturally, fans took advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and began sending screenshots of their GPAs, student loan statements and more. “I Have a 4.0 I’m In Medical School! I Wanna Join!!” one Twitter user wrote. Minaj replied, “Ok do u need help w/tuition or do u have a full scholarship?”
Another fan tweeted, “What about helping a fellow immigrant that wants to go to school?” The Trinidad native responded, “U want to go to college but can’t? How much do u need to get u in school? Is that the only thing stopping u?”

The requests continued rolling in throughout the night. “1k would be more than enough for my 3 summer classes help me Nic,” one student wrote. Minaj replied, “That’s it? I’ll send it tmrw. dm me ur bank info babe. Next!”
In total, the Grammy nominee offered to help more than 30 fans with their financial struggles. “Ok u guys. It’s been fun. Let me make those payments tmrw then see if I have any money left,” she joked. “I’ll do some more in a month or 2.”

Minaj has been a vocal advocate of education since the beginning of her career. In 2011, she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and told viral sensations Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland, “I just want you to stay in school, the both of you. Music is beautiful, but I want you to stay in school. Put your books first and singing second.”

Ellen DeGeneres Bans Donald Trump From Her Show: “He’s Against Everything That I Stand For

Ellen DeGeneres has she has no interest in having Donald Trump on her highly rated talk show.In a Today show segment, Matt Lauer asked the out icon if she wanted to have Trump on Ellen. After a brief pause, she responded, “Um, no.”

DeGeneres has had numerous politicians on her program, including a few arch-conservatives, but when Lauer asked “Why wouldn’t someone like you want to sit down opposite the president of the United States?” she gave a pretty straightforward answer.

“Because I’m not going to change his mind. He’s against everything that I stand for.”

The 59-year-old comedian revealed she did meet Trump once during an early season of The Apprentice, and even rode in his helicopter for a bit. But the two haven’t spoken since he went from game-show host to world leader.

“We need to look at someone else who looks different from us, and believes in something that we don’t believe in, and still accept them and let them have their rights,” she said.

Last Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of DeGeneres’ coming out on her 1990s sitcom.

“I wish I would have done it sooner—I wish I hadn’t waited so long,” she told Lauer, admitting she received death threats at the time and that her career went into a tailspin.

But, she said, the incident ultimately made her realize “I was strong enough to start all over again.”

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