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Burlesque eventually paved the way for stripping, which led to the death of the original burlesque tradition.

In the 1990s, the neo-burlesque movement emerged — and Black women became central to its re-emergence.

Most importantly, burlesque allows Black women to take control of their sexuality — finally.

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"For Black women — sexualized or other — to intellectually take to the stage and own yourself, that is very revolutionary," HoneyChild told PBS. "The African-American woman's experience in America is very much one of sexual dominance or of being dominated. And so to perform and take that back and have that expression is a political act."