Beat-itude

So what is Missy if not a bitch? She's a fat black woman in control. And nothing succeeds in America like a fat black woman in control. Fat black women in control have come to symbolize the common sense of the nation (should it develop any). Look at Maya, Toni, Mahalia, Aretha, Jessye, Leontyne, Della, Martha, Latifah, Oprah, Star Jones. How about the sister who told Keanu what was what in The Matrix? Look at Joya's motherfucking Fun School.We were all raised on the aphorisms of fat black women. Missy, with the entrepreneurial sense of Babyface, the self-promotional image-making savvy of Madonna, the straightforwardness of Garth Brooks, and . . .

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Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott
Da Real World
The Gold Mind, Inc./EastWest

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6. . . .the lifestyle fascism of Martha Stewart, has already conquered the world. She could burp a rhyme— Lord knows she comes close sometimes— and to us mortals, it would sound like righteous thunder

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