Rapper, Megan Thee Stallion has switched gears and is using her platform for more than music, she has decided to become an advocate for protecting black women and she’s not afraid of the repercussions of doing so.
In her most recent performance on Saturday Night Live, hosted by Chris Rock, the rapper used her performance to shed light on the injustices of black people but more so black women. Megan also uses the stage to criticize Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, for his shocking decision in denying Breonna Taylor and her family justice. Details on the performance can be read here.
Megan, has come to terms that she was a victim of an act of violence by a man. In a New York Times Interview, she elaborates on why she kept her silence. “My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends. Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted.”
Articles of clothing on a woman can simply become the topic of conversation. Megan discusses the attention she receives just by her clothing, and the misconception around her intentions towards that. “I choose my own clothing. Let me repeat: I choose what I wear, not because I am trying to appeal to men, but because I am showing pride in my appearance, and a positive body image is central to who I am as a woman and a performer.”
In the industry and pertaining to our everyday lives, Megan mentions just how women are pitted against one another. “Countless times, people have tried to pit me against Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, two incredible entertainers and strong women. I’m not “the new” anyone; we are all unique in our own ways.” Insinuating all women are all individual beings in their own ways.
Megan reflects on the black women throughout history who have paved the way, she says “Black women, too often in the shadows of such accomplishments, actually powered the civil rights movement.” the rapper mentions women such as “Alice H. Parker filed the patent for the first home furnace, or that Marie Van Brittan Brown created the first home security system” .
It is amazing what Megan is doing for black women who may not have a voice for themselves, and may not even see the potential they posses. We hope to continue to see her advocate for the injustices towards women of color.