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Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj Unleash Their Craziest Videos Yet

“Judas” was clearly a massive production, and I think it was well worth it. Meanwhile, “Super Bass” is clearly Minaj’s best video thus far, and her catchiest single yet.

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Such a Painful Black Girl Reunion: Oprah and Iyanla

As a middle school student, I remember reading Iyanla Vanzant’s One Day My Soul Just Opened Up and thinking who is this black woman to write such a book about spiritual recovery that did not mention Jesus Christ as the penultimate factor in spiritual rejuvenation. Yes, back then I was a burgeoning Christian fundamentalist who […]

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An Early Valentine’s Day Post: I am My Father’s Daughter

Next week is Valentine’s Day. So, I thought I would write an early post about it from the perspective of someone (i.e. me) who deeply desires “soul abiding” relationships, but who struggles greatly in that regard. So, you know what is troubling for me is to look in the mirror and see myself becoming like […]

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On the Use of “Honor Student”: Phylicia Barnes’ Disappearance

A gifted student from North Carolina who was visiting family in Baltimore over the holidays, Barnes was scheduled to graduate early from high school. She did not have a history of running away or being a troubled child. The Phylicia Simone Barnes’ story is one of profound sadness and injustice on many levels. We know […]

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Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday”: THE REVIEW

…it’s why Britney Spears can become a worldwide phenomenon despite never releasing an album that wasn’t hit or miss. Pop stars are like buffets; they only fail when they don’t cast the widest net possible. Nicki Minaj is the first female rapper to try and succeed at this, and that’s why she’s at the top of the game.

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Jay-Z on “Big Pimpin”: “What kind of animal would say this sort of thing?”

Now these are certainly not the most misogynistic lyrics Hip Hop has to offer (ever heard the N.W.A. song “One Less Bitch”?), but damn, that shit is amazingly harsh. And what’s even more amazing is that “Big Pimpin” is unquestionably Jay-Z’s biggest hit, and arguably the best single he’s ever released.

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Nicki Minaj leaks “Right Through Me,” Prepares To Take Over The Earth….

And if it isn’t clear to you already, let me emphatically state that Nick Minaj is going to be a superstar.

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Willow Smith’s Ridiculously Good “Whip My Hair”

Clearly channeling Rihanna, Willow effectively exudes the kind of confidence and attitude the song requires, but always acts her age. She comes off sassy and cute, like a hip hop Angelica Pickles, placing emphasis in all the right places while seemingly having a blast throughout. In other words, she can already do what takes most aspiring singers years to master.

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Do we still play Black Girlhood Games? Little Sallie Walker Vs. Nicki Minaj’s Vibe Magazine Cover

Little Sally Walker Sitting in her Saucer Rise Sally Rise Wipe your Blinking Eyes Put your Hands on your hip and let your backbone slip Oh, shake it to the very one you love the best I remember playing Little Sally Walker with the neighborhood girls. Each one of us had an authentic way of […]

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Are You My Daughter: A Mother’s Day Yearning

Daughters eased their mothers’ burdens – helping with the spinning, the grinding of grain, and the endless task of looking after baby boys, who were forever peeing into the corners of the tents, no matter what you told them. But the other reason women wanted daughters was to keep their memories alive. Sons did not […]

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