Nicki Minaj may not be welcome at her alma mater, but another New York high school says it would be glad to have the rapper and actress visit its campus.
Hempstead Board of Education President Lamont Johnson said he has no qualms about Minaj visiting the campus and talking to the students.
“Hempstead School District, which has had some recent hardships, feels it would be a boost to their students,” said the district in a release, according to WCBS 880. Johnson said he had sent a letter to Minaj with the invite.
On Friday, Minaj said that her former school, New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, is barring her from returning to speak with students.
“I guess I’m not good enough,” Minaj said in a tweet. “That school changed my life and I wanted to pay it forward to the students there now. I was really looking forward to it.” Minaj said she had wanted to “inspire” the young minds who attend the school “but the new principal declined.”
The 31-year-old Grammy-nominated entertainer is known for her suggestive live performances and explicit lyrics, including her 2013 track with Lil Wayne, “High School.”
Hempstead High has no hang-ups regarding the singer, however.
“Hempstead School District, which has had some recent hardships, feels it would be a boost to their students,” the release reads. Johnson said he thought Minaj would take him up on the offer.
Johnson said he is confident Minaj will accept his invitation.
“I think we have a very good chance. I think she’s a person that’s shown that she didn’t forget where she’s from and I think Hempstead schools are similar to the area that she came from,” he said.