The Feminist Power of Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé’s “Feeling Myself” - Ms. Blog
If Minaj and Beyonce are on the top of the industry mountain, they are not secretly plotting ways to shove the other off the edge and into the oblivion of irrelevance.
One could argue that the video embodies aspects of the “Carefree Black Girl” movement, which started as a Twitter hashtag and quickly caught on as a counter-narrative to the tired stereotypes and bigoted cultural tropes used against black girls and women. In an article for BuzzFeed, Hannah Giorgis discusses the importance of musicians challenging the expected narrative, mentioning Kelis, Erykah Badu, Trina, and Rihanna as prime examples. These women reject society’s insistence that black women can only live the tropes of the Jezebel, the Mammy, the Welfare Queen, etc., instead choosing the satisfaction of worry-free self-fulfillment.