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As. Megan continues, she talks about taking pride in her appearance — and not for the male gaze — but because a positive body image is “central” to who she is as a “woman and a performer.” She also notes how she’s been “vilified and disrespected” for choosing to capitalized on her sexuality, “to reclaim” her own power.
Finally, she scoffs at the notion there’s only room for one woman rapper at the top, writing, “In every industry, women are pitted against one another, but especially in hip-hop, where it seems as if the male-dominated ecosystem can handle only one female rapper at a time. 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.”
As Megan wraps up the piece, she names several influential Black women who she says she wished she learned about in school, including NASA research mathematician Katherine Johnson, Alice H. Parker and Marie Van Brittan Brown.
She ends with, “…. my hope is that Kamala Harris’s candidacy for vice president will usher in an era where Black women in 2020 are no longer “making history” for achieving things that should have been accomplished decades ago.
But that will take time, and Black women are not naïve. We know that after the last ballot is cast and the vote is tallied, we are likely to go back to fighting for ourselves. Because at least for now, that’s all we have.”
Read the full piece here.