UC Berkeley To Offer A Nicki Minaj Course Next Spring
UC Berkeley will soon offer a lil’ something for all the super freaky scholars on their campus! But before your mind tours the gutter, the news is about a course based on the career of Super Freaky Girl mastermind Nicki Minaj.
And it looks like the rapper is down to pop in for a visit when the course begins in the 2023 spring semester. On October 6, a Twitter user shared the news and tagged the mogul. Less than an hour later, Nicki responded, “I’d love to stop by.”
Later that same day, the professor leading the course chimed in to thank Nicki and welcome her gesture.
“Awww, thank u so much for sharing this @tcmccr,” the professor replied to the tweet thread. “I’m so excited to be teaching AAS 140.2: Nicki Minaj: The Black Barbie Femmecee & Hip Hop Feminisms.” This spr 2023 @UC Berkeley. We would be hella happy & honored for u to stop by.”
aww, thank u so much for sharing this @tcmccr. and thank u so much for responding @NICKIMINAJ. i’m so excited to be teaching AAS 140.2: “Nicki Minaj: The Black Barbie Femmecee & Hip Hop Feminisms” this spr 2023 @ uc berkeley. we would be hella happy & honored for u to stop by! 💜
— peace and love el henson, PhD (she/they) (@dr_peaceandlove) October 7, 2022
Barbz Offer Their Support, Professor Thanks Them
According to the professor, whose name remains unclear, she created her Twitter account to respond to Nicki’s offer.
“p.s. I ain’t got no social media, BUT I hella just started a Twitter as soon as I heard about this thread,” the professor wrote.
And it appears that the Barbz, Nicki’s loyal fanbase, are just as excited about the course. In the thread, multiple accounts requested that the professor post the syllabus, record the lectures, and offer an online version of the course to the public. Others even shared coursework suggestions.
Can you post the syllabus when it starts so we can do the readings? I wanna follow along. I nnow this may be a bit much but feel free to record the lectures too 🤍🦄😂
— D ❤︎ (@nickixdestiny) October 8, 2022
You should do an online version available to the public or even let us apply to take the class online
— #TeamMinaj (@ImMinajin) October 8, 2022
Also, if you haven’t seen her already, the youtuber Blessing Mukosha has the most intellectual nicki minaj content ive ever seen. Specifically this video https://t.co/NNERKNPCJK was so eye-opening for me, i highly recommend😙
— Alec Minaj (@alec_minaj) October 8, 2022
The professor responded to the requests and suggestions with gratitude for their support.
“Barbz: thank y’all so much for the love & interest in my class! Words cannot capture my excitement & appreciation for y’all support. I feel so encouraged & I’m looking forward to sharing more details as they’re finalized,” she wrote.
Professor Asks Nicki Minaj For Her Insight
In addition to thanking Nicki and the Barbz, the professor also took the opportunity to see how else she could get Nicki Minaj involved. She asked the artist for her insight into the coursework.
“This class is interested in thinking critically about u and ur productions w/in the context of broader historical-social structure & hip hop feminisms. So having yo personal insights would be AMAZING! I’m finalizing things this fall & would love to talk more details w/u via DM,” she wrote.
At this time, it’s unclear if Nicki and the professor have touched base privately. But at least students can look forward to the possibility of meeting Nicki, along with producing work about her!