A king named Nicki: strategic queerness and the black femmecee

  title={A king named Nicki: strategic queerness and the black femmecee},
  author={Savannah Shange},
  journal={Women \& Performance: a journal of feminist theory},
  pages={29 - 45}
  • Savannah Shange
  • Published 2 January 2014
  • Art
  • Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory
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