Nicki Minaj, Lil' Kim and the Curse of the Alter Ego

Why must black female performers adopt dual identities in order to express their sexual power?

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American society, irrespective of race or gender, has a difficult time unpacking the notion that black women's sexuality is not a product, not a gimmick, but something real, complex and authentic -- and only a tiny part of who any one of them might be.

In order to unpack the baggage that limits black sexuality, it's time for black women to have the courage to stop thinking outside of themselves.


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