Nicki Minaj is not a woman who easily slides into the roles assigned to women in her industry or elsewhere. She’s not polished, she’s not concerned with her reputation, and she’s certainly not fighting for equality among mainstream second-wave feminists. She’s something else, and she’s something equally worth giving credence to: a boundary-breaker, a nasty bitch, a self-proclaimed queen, a self-determined and self-made artist. She’s one of the boys, and she does it with the intent to subvert what it means. She sings about sexy women, about fucking around with different men. She raps about racing ahead in the game, imagines up her own strings of accolades, and rolls with a rap family notorious for dirty rhymes, foul mouths, and disregard for authority and hegemony.

While Beyoncé has expanded feminist discourse by reveling in her role as a mother and wife while also fighting for women’s rights, Minaj has been showing her teeth in her climb to the top of a male-dominated genre. Both, in the process, have expanded our society’s idea of what an empowered women looks like — but Minaj’s feminist credentials still frequently come under fire. To me, it seems like a clear-cut case of respectability politics and mainstreaming of the feminist movement: while feminist writers raved over Beyoncé’s latest album and the undertones of sexuality and empowerment that came with it, many have questioned Minaj’s decisions over the years to subvert beauty norms using her own body, graphically talk dirty in her work, and occasionally declare herself dominant in discourse about other women. (All of these areas of concern, however, didn’t seem to come into play when Queen Bey did the same.)

kismaayo:

job interviewer: so…tell me a little about yourself :)
me: sure. i’m a virgo, INTJ, i love tank tops oh my god did you see the Anaconda video? that changed my life!
interviewer: bitch me too! the fuck. you got the job

(Source: salemoregon)

blackfashion:

Bishops
20
Shirt - Dashiki
Ghana
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blackfashion:

Bishops

20

Shirt - Dashiki

Ghana

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missjodie:

“I go through phases. Somedays I feel like the person I’m supposed to be, and then somedays, I turn into no one at all. There is both me and my silhouette. I hope that on the days you find me and all I am are darkened lines, you still are willing to be near me.”  ― Mary Kate Teske …………………..  📷 by Marielle Tepper

missjodie:

“I go through phases. Somedays I feel like the person I’m supposed to be, and then somedays, I turn into no one at all. There is both me and my silhouette. I hope that on the days you find me and all I am are darkened lines, you still are willing to be near me.”
― Mary Kate Teske
…………………..
📷 by Marielle Tepper

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niggasandcomputers:

richkidsofinstagram:

Party overload! #vcpoloclassic by annikaconnor

i don’t need to know any of the circumstances just know I FULLY SUPPORT THIS PICTURE

niggasandcomputers:

richkidsofinstagram:

Party overload! #vcpoloclassic by annikaconnor

i don’t need to know any of the circumstances just know I FULLY SUPPORT THIS PICTURE

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Everyone’s fucked up. You’ve just gotta decide what kinda fucked up you’re into.

-- (via masoeuretmoi)

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Lately I’ve been thinking about who I want to love, and how I want to love, and why I want to love the way I want to love, and what I need to learn to love that way, and who I need to become to become the kind of love I want to be…and when I break it all down, when I whittle it into a single breath, it essentially comes out like this: Before I die, I want to be somebody’s favorite hiding place, the place they can put everything they know they need to survive, every secret, every solitude, every nervous prayer, and be absolutely certain I will keep it safe. I will keep it safe.

-- Andrea Gibson (via theunquotables)

lovelyandbrown:

presentreign:

lovelyandbrown:

lovelyandbrown:

Went for a more natural look today.

ICYMI: I am rarelyyyyyyyyy like oh yes. I beat my face today but today is one of those days.

And I badly need a self esteem boost so. Go, me.

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE MOST HIGH?

LOOK AT HER. SHE’S RIGHT HERE.

These tags! Lol thanks bew