Demetria L. Lucas

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Why Nicki Minaj’s ‘Stupid Hoe’ Vid Backfired on Her Image

By now, I’m sure you, along with seven million other people, have seen Nicki Minaj’s latest video, “Stupid Hoe.” It’s the first track off Nickster’…

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When Is It OK To Lie To A Friend?

--Some version of this question comes up almost daily on my Formspring feed where I mainly answer questions about dating/ relationships (16,000 questions answered and…

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Leave Lace Front Wigs Alone!

Recently I attended a ritzy awards show for a women’s organization. I was speaking to a friend about something or another when she suddenly grabbed…

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Is 2012 the Year Hoes Stop Winning?

Pause. I don’t refer to women as “hoes.” It’s crass, judgmental and rude, and too, it’s a term solely created to police women’s sexual experience…

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Ariana Proehl + Single Black Women

It feels somehow wrong to write about Ariana Proehl. She’s the creator of a YouTube video calling for the “Death of the Tragic, Scientifically Le…

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The Purity Myth

--Over the weekend, I stumbled across the trailer for “The Purity Myth,” a documentary (available on DVD) based on author Jessica Valenti’s 2009 book of…

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The Female Bromance: Girl Crushes

Every girl needs a girl crush. No, not the type that fills male sexual fantasies with two (or more) women romping around in their undies.

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T.I. on Ride or Die Chicks

--Surely you’ve heard by now that in the year-end issue of VIBE, T.I. finally addressed 50 Cent (and others) who believed his wife, Tameka “Tiny”…

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The New “Real” Booty

I don’t usually go to the clubs. Not my thing. The last time I went a few months ago, the DJ was still shouting out…

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Is Lil Kim Still Relevant?

From VIBE--Last week, Lil Kim hit up Kay Slay’s Streetsweeper Radio show on Shade 45 to throw another pebble in the ocean, this time going…

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The ‘Occupy All Streets’ Saga

Last week, Jay-Z seemed like the latest rapper to take up the cause of the Occupy Wall Street movement. After Jay-Z and West wrapped u…

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What Your Exes Say and What That Says About You

Unless you married your high school sweetheart (and you’re still with him), you have an ex. And you know that there are few more awkward…

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The Case of Kind Words and Pretty Brown Girls

Last week, Rolling Out magazine released its latest issue, a cover story with D.C- based rapper Wale, whose much anticipated sophomore album, Ambition (his first…

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The Curious Absence of Gloria Cain

--Where in the world is Gloria Cain, the wife of GOP presidential candidate, ordained minister, and five-time accused sexual harasser Herman Cain? And what i…

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Life Goes On: Why Kim Kardashian’s Divorce Doesn’t Matter

Yesterday afternoon, social media and actual media alike went berserk with news that Kim Kardashian, 31, had filed for divorce from her 26-year-old ballplayer husband…