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Adina Howard: Welcome To Fantasy Island (Elektra)

Miles Marshall Lewis, Vibe, August 1997

WHEN YOU'RE a sexually liberated sista like Adina Howard, erecting a scale on which to balance your acute holike tendencies and your astute, self-styled feminism is difficult. To some, her less-than-orgasmic debut, Do You Wanna Ride?, birthed Miss Howard (if you're nasty) as a poster model for sexual freedom — she's in charge of her punany. Others, however, dis her for helping affirm the "promiscuous black woman" stereotype. One is left to ponder whether that diametrical dynamic may have accounted for Adina's less-ribald tone on her new album, Welcome to Fantasy Island.

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