5 Lunchtime Links: Nicki Minaj explains issues with Miley Cyrus and more

6/5/15 Suzanne Cordeiro / For American-Statesman Grammy-nominated hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj headlines day two of X Games Austin performing on the Super Stage at Circuit of the Americas.
(Suzanne Cordeiro)

1. Nicki Minaj explains issues with Miley Cyrus.

Along with a few other choice words, rapper Nicki Minaj ended her MTV Video Music Award acceptance speech with a question for Miley Cyrus –“Miley, what’s good?” Now that she’s had time to reflect, Minaj took an opportunity during a recent The New York Times Magazine interview to explain the details of her issues with the pop-star. After Cyrus said she didn’t respect Minaj’s comments on being snubbed from the “Video of the Year” category “because of the anger that came with it,” Minaj responded,”You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad.”

2. Hulu miniseries “11/22/63” filming in Dallas takes Dealey Plaza back to the 1960s, causes severe traffic disruption.

Downtown Dallas is being transported back to the fateful year of 1963 — except this time around there’s a lot more traffic. Street closures in infamous Dealey Plaza will continue through tomorrow morning as crews shoot Hulu-produced, J.J. Abrams-directed miniseries “11/22/63.” The series, based on a Stephen King novel of the same name, is set for release next year and tells the story of a Maine English teacher, played by James Franco, who travels back in time to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from killing president John F. Kennedy. Franco has taken to Instagram to document the filming process.

3. First track from Kurt Cobain’s “Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings” LP released.

You may have heard it all before — but not quite like this. The first official preview of upcoming album “Montage of Heck: The Home Recording,” accompanying acclaimed documentary about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, was released earlier this week on the album’s website. The song, “Sappy (Early Demo),” is an acoustic take on a song later released as “Verse Chorus Verse” for the 1993 “No Alternative” compilation album. It is one of several recordings Cobain made in 1988 while living in Olympia, Washington. You can solve the cover art jigsaw puzzle and listen to the track, here.

4. Grammar website ranks presidential candidates by their supporters’ grammar knowledge.

What do your political leanings say about your grammar? We’re not sure, but at least we’d know how to punctuate it. Grammar website Grammarly has ranked the presidential candidates based on the grammar prowess of their supporters, using Facebook comments left on each candidate’s official profile page. Supporters of Democrats came out on top, and you or may not be surprised to hear that the supporters of one crazy-haired Republican ranked dead last.

5. Voice actress found for newest Disney princess. 

One 14-year-old girl has something to share at sleepovers that is sure to make nearly every 14-year-old girl supremely jealous. Auli’i Cravalho of Oahu has been cast as the voice actress for the upcoming Disney animated film “Moana” that tells the story of a teen in the Pacific Islands 2,000 years ago. She will join the cast alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who will play the role of Maui.

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