In a stunning new essay for the New York Times, one of the world’s most sought after entertainers, Megan Thee Stallion, sets the record straight. The essay includes an accompanying video. “Why I Speak Up for Black Women” which is a must-read and a must-watch.
Megan Thee Stallion eloquently relates her personal experience being the victim of a violent crime at the hands of Tory Lanez, its immediate impact, and her ultimate decision to go public. She illustrates her awakening to the fact that violence against Black women is not always related to relationships.
Megan Thee Stallion’s writing for the New York Times expands beyond her personal experience. It is a call to action for all Black women. Megan is rare; a rapper that is actively embracing the LGBTQ+ space, after overcoming a backlash stemming from past homophobic remarks.
The accompanying video imagery features imagery that reflects the varying ways Black women present themselves in the world today. From cis-gendered to trans and gender non-conforming, a diverse cast was thoughtfully selected. Notable faces include fellow rappers Maliibu Miitch, and Abby Jasmine.
Lessons have been learned, and lessons are being shared by the global superstar. The document includes her recounting her fears, her willingness to accept criticism, and a powerful proclamation about body positivity. Megan states that ownership of sexuality is from self and being able to capitalize should not lead to vilification.
The full essay and short clip are timely pieces. As Megan notes in her shared opinion for the New York Times, Black women will assist the Democratic party in winning in merely weeks. This November, I invite you to vote for the interest of the greater good. Vote for what would make Black women’s lives better. Do something that makes them feel safe.