Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women

By T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting | Go to book overview

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“I SEE THE SAME HO”
Video Vixens, Beauty Culture, and
Diasporic Sex Tourism

Every other video …
I see the same ho

—TUPAC (featuring Nate Dogg, YGD Tha
Top Dawg), “All About U”

Watching the videos, you see the long curly hair
[and] think, “Man that would be nice to have
some long, curly hair.”

—SELA, eighteen-year-old undergraduate

Brazilian women are usually desirable, as often
women of mixed ethnicities are. … Our leaders
should make a law demanding intercultural
breeding to fill our planet … thus ending all the
world's problems.

—ASKMEN.COM, Top 99 Most Desirable
Women 2005

When Michelle “Micki” Burks decided to take on the role of eye candy in the nowdefunct rap-reggae group Ruff Neck Sound System's music videos “Stick by Me” and “Luv Bump,” little did she know that her decision would land her years later in the category of “video ho.” Her performances in the music videos did not involve provocative backside acrobatics, but her video

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