Never Naked: The Lovesexy Cover as An Act of Resistance

The Lovesexy album cover presented Prince without clothing—but he was not naked. This presentation will discuss Prince’s cover photo in the context of “nudes” in Western, African, and Asian art traditions and how, in the presentation of his own body, Prince elevated a “style of resistance” for New Power Soul.

Monique W. Morris

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., founder and president of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), is the author of numerous public reports and scholarly publications, as well as four books, including the widely acclaimed Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016) and a forthcoming book on schools as locations for healing. Dr. Morris is also an Executive Producer and co-writer of a forthcoming documentary film on Black girls and school pushout. She is an appointed member of the OJJDP National Girls Initiative Expert Panel and the California Board of State and Community Corrections’ Committee on Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparity. Her work has been profiled by MSNBC, CSPAN2, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Essence Magazine, NPR, and PBS, among several other media outlets.

“It’s time 4 new education.” – Prince