UC Berkeley will offer a class on hip-hop star Nicki Minaj

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FILE – This Nov. 6, 2017, file photo shows Nicki Minaj at the 14th Annual CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Gala in New York City. The chart-topping rapper announced on Thursday, September 5, 2019 on Twitter that she “decided to retire and have my family.” In the tweet, Minaj took a swipe at her critics and asked her fans to “keep representing me, do this until I die.” In July, Minaj announced that she was hosting a show in Saudi Arabia to show her support for women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of speech. She also canceled her appearance at the BET Experience Concert earlier this year.Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

UC Berkeley is preparing to offer a course focused on hip-hop star Nicki Minaj in the spring 2023 semester, according to a tweet from the course teacher, Dr. Peace and Love El Henson.

The course, titled “Nicki Minaj: The Black Barbie Femmecee & Hip Hop Feminisms,” will be offered by the African American Studies department and will feature 90-minute lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

El Henson expressed his excitement about teaching the class in a Twitter thread. She said the class “is interested in thinking critically about you and your productions within the context of larger historical and social structures and hip hop feminisms.”

“I would like to stop” Minaj said in a tweet Thursday.

Minaj, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to New York as a child, burst into mainstream pop consciousness in the late 2000s with a fierce vocal style that often countered her colorful and fantastical fashion.

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