As for Mimi, I’m willing to bet that years from now, she won’t have Anna Wintour tapping her for a magazine cover or E! clamoring to film her trip to Starbucks. Black women don’t always get to flounce their sexuality the way others can. Ours can be a burden that works against us, thanks to old racial stereotypes that date back to slavery. While other skin colors can often be free with their sexuality, sans explanation, the sexual freedom enjoyed by black women is met with judgment and, in turn, leaves us feeling obligated to justify our own sexuality. And so a black woman’s sex tape is never just a sex tape.
—Hillary Crosley, “If You’re a Black Woman on TV, a Sex Tape Is Never Just a Sex Tape”