Posts Tagged Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj’s butt and the politics of black women’s sexuality

Over at Ebony.com, Jamilah Lemieux has a good summary of why Chuck Creekmur’s open letter to Nicki Minaj raises a number of red flags.

Creekmur, owner of AllHipHop.com, penned the letter in response to Minaj’s cover artwork for her next single, “Anaconda.” She’s sporting a thong and a pair of Air Jordan sneakers and… not much else aside from her tattoos. Her ass is on full display. Creekmur was disturbed. Not that he thought Minaj was being exploited or that she felt this highly sexualized image was distracting from her talent. He was concerned for his daughter. He wrote:

“I’m trying to raise a young girl that will eventually grow into someone greater than the both of ...

Over at Ebony.com, Jamilah Lemieux has a good summary of why Chuck Creekmur’s open letter to Nicki Minaj raises a number of red flags.

Creekmur, owner of AllHipHop.com, penned the letter in response ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

Traveling while black.

Body as a second language: navigating queer girl culture on the autism spectrum.

“I think I’m speaking for a bunch of girls when I say that the idea that feminism is completely natural and shouldn’t even be something that people find mildly surprising.” Tavi Gevinson interviews Lorde over at Rookie.

After a nuanced column on gun control, this journalist was swiftly banished from the spotlight.

The whiter the school, the more diverse the promotional materials.

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Traveling while black.

Body as a second language: navigating queer girl culture on the autism spectrum.

“I think I’m speaking for a bunch of girls when I say that the idea that feminism is completely natural ...

Quick hit: Nicki Minaj endorses Mitt Romney? Also, Bonita Applebum dismisses claims of putting anybody on.

Sometimes, rap lyrics are clear. Other times they’re just oblique disses drawing from zeitgeist. Many times they’re persona pieces, a metafictional voice that is easily conflated with the actual identity of the MC who spits them. But I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this: NICKI MINAJ IS NOT ENDORSING MITT ROMNEY.

Speculation around the great watercooler that is the internets are drawing this leap of conclusion from a line Minaj’s verse on Lil Wayne’s latest mixtape, Dedication 4, where she says,”I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy bitches is f*cking up the economy.” The line falls in the category of oblique diss in my view (cringeworthy), not a patent endorsement of ...

Sometimes, rap lyrics are clear. Other times they’re just oblique disses drawing from zeitgeist. Many times they’re persona pieces, a metafictional voice that is easily conflated with the actual identity of the MC who spits ...

Nicki Minaj on sexism in the music industry

Nicki Minaj gives us some straight talk about double standards in the music industry.

There is a lot of room for feminist critique around Nicki Minaj’s creative, visual or verbal choices–but I lay off intense scrutiny because she is the only woman in popular hip-hop. That doesn’t mean those critiques aren’t valid, or I don’t see them, I just see her role as the only woman in mainstream hip-hop as patently unfair and probably dictates a lot of her creative choices.

And I totally appreciate what she is talking about here. For those that say we don’t need feminism anymore–watch someone who probably doesn’t identify as a “feminist” talk about sexism in her industry.

Transcript after the jump, thanks to reader Kelly.

Nicki Minaj gives us some straight talk about double standards in the music industry.

There is a lot of room for feminist critique around Nicki Minaj’s creative, visual or verbal choices–but I lay off intense scrutiny because she ...

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Women pop music stars need to change the subject.

Lately, I have been in a musical rut. It seems like a lot of singles released by women these days is chiefly concerned with one subject, and one subject alone: relationships with men. One indicator of this is the content of the top 20 songs sung or rapped by women on the Billboard.com. With titles such as “Love the Way You Lie,” or  “Your Love” it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what follows.

Though Rihanna is only featured on the song “Love the Way You Lie,” she delivers a chorus that paints the portrait of a woman in a violent relationship. While Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” is a song that hails one’s home state, it does so by ...

Lately, I have been in a musical rut. It seems like a lot of singles released by women these days is chiefly concerned with one subject, and one subject alone: relationships with men. One indicator of this ...