The Black Women: Nicki Minaj And Rihanna

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The black woman. A type of woman who comes with so many different definitions and stories. Stories that talk of times of strife and triumph, and yet, we so often here only one story. The story of the ignorant and abused woman with three children by three different men, none of which she is married to. The story of the whore, the weak woman constantly following after men who do nothing but brutalize her and bring her emotional and mental harm. Society has always pushed the world’s view of black women to this point, aided mostly by the rap and hip hop culture. Why not portray the story of the strong and independent woman? The woman with three kids, a loving husband, and a great job. Why is this never the story we hear and why would anyone want …show more content…
They sell albums by the truck load, songs that tell stories of drugs, alcohol, partying, and sex. Nicki Minaj is known for her incredible figure and lack of modesty about it, while Rihanna is a bit more modest, she still flaunts her wondrous lean physique. But, aside from all this, what message are they sending? They are telling the world that their bodies are for sale, and everyone is getting on board to witness what scandalous music video they will release next, what insane album cover that will offend millions, and what jaw-droppingly revealing outfit they will wear to their next award show. But what are they really telling the world about black women? These women and tons of other hip hop artists are slowly ruining the image of the black woman by making her seem as merely an object at the mercy of men and their sexual desires. In this essay I will examine two music videos, Rihanna and Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie and Nicki Minaj’s …show more content…
In this essay I will mostly be focusing on the protest and the opinions of black women against Minaj. Minaj has always been seen as a massive sex icon, and a woman who in my personal opinion has always put her assets to good use. However, many have said that there is a fine line between using what you have and exploiting yourself. Minaj’s Anaconda has sent the message to young black women everywhere that our bodies are objects, tools that men can use to get whatever they want from us. As black women are already known for being genetically gifted with voluptuous figures. Minaj exploits this by displaying her and all her dancers in the video with skimpy, tight, barely there outfits meant to show off their assets much as exotic dancers and strippers do while also including many other messages with obscene objects sending a negative impression of black women to the world. In the hip hop industry there is a common stereotype of the male obsessed and overly sexualized woman, called a “ho” or “jezebel”. Minaj is known for fitting this stereotype and being a constant display, promoting her young black following to do as such and making them believe in the culture that comes with the stereotype. The concept of these loose, promiscuous women who run after no load men whose only goal is to sexualize and abuse them. Showing the young women of our culture that they are

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