Watch Nicki Minaj Read Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise"


Nicki Minaj is most comfortable on stage with a mic in her hand, something we're reminded of when watching her incredibly potent reading of Maya Angelou's landmark poem, "Still I Rise." Minaj took the stage at A&E's Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, a benefit for United Way Worldwide to raise awareness of racial injustice. Sia, Miguel, Pink, and Morgan Freeman were some of the other celebrities in attendance, but it was reportedly Minaj who stole the show with her graceful and defiant reading of Angelou's words—words that echo louder than ever today. Watch it above.