The Unravelling of Nicki Minaj

Published on: Oct 12, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round

It seems like everybody’s talking about Nicki Minaj these days, but for not-great reasons. A few weeks ago, the rapper invited controversy with a string of tweets full of vaccine misinformation. But there’s a much darker story unfolding. 

Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, have been accused of bribery and intimidation by a woman Petty was arrested for raping in the 1990s. We talk about why #metoo isn't just a moment and the importance of listening to marginalized victims with Dr. Jameta Barlow of The George Washington University. And we’ve got a few book recommendations just in time for the wrap of Hispanic Heritage Month. 


You’ll hear from:

Dr. Jameta Barlow, community health psychologist and an assistant professor of writing at The George Washington University

Carmen Alvarez, the bookstagrammer behind the @tomesandtextiles Instagram page. She recommends “Gods of Jade and Shadow” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Donna Johnson, the  bookstagrammer behind the @thisbrownegirlreads community and Instagram page. She recommends “Daughters of the Stone” by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa.


Check out more of theSkimm’s Hispanic Heritage Month book recs here

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