What does the phrase “The Future is Female” mean to you?
To me, the future is female means to watch out because women are taking over and coming stronger than ever. It means women are intelligent leaders who are capable of innovation and pushing culture forward. It means inclusion and integration rather than segregation.
What is a feminist to you and do you define yourself as one?
A feminist to me is someone who believes women are powerful and should be treated with respect and receive access to the same opportunities men receive. I identify as a feminist because I believe women should be treated with respect and are just as capable of leading others as men are.
What female leaders do you aspire to be like?
I think there are great qualities you can pull from various women to create who I aspire to be. In the non-music world, I aspire to be like Michelle Obama, I feel like she has many leadership qualities and carries herself in a respectable way. Christian Hip Hop is a small sector, so when looking at music as a whole I feel that Rihanna and Beyonce have done a great job in showing how to use music as a platform to jumpstart your business ambitions. I feel many Christian artists haven’t ventured off into the business world. Lastly, I love Christine Caine’s dedication to the faith and boldness proclaiming it to others.
Favorite female throwback song?
Destiny's child Independent Women & The Cheetah Girl’s Cheetah Sisters are classics.
In which ways do you feel like women have progressed in society?
Women have become more respected and it has raised the standard in the United States to show women are competent and capable of doing whatever they set their mind to. However, there are still many countries in which it is difficult for a woman to obtain an education. I believe that knowledge is power, so the lack of accessibility continues a pattern that keeps women marginalized. In addition, women in the US still face issues such as lack of representation in positions of power. This flows from companies, where only 38% of women are represented in management positions, to even the White House where we have yet to have a woman as president. Representation is very powerful in influencing the younger generation to believe it’s possible to achieve.
What are some challenges you personally think women still face today?
I think many of the challenges women face today are due to a lack of respect, understanding, and support. Males currently hold the majority of positions of power which results in a pattern of men making decisions for women based on what “they think” women feel, rather than the reality of what's beneficial for women. It's these patterns that lead to qualified women being passed up for promotional or inclusive opportunities in the workplace. In addition, women make 20% less than men for the same positions, making only $0.80 per $1.00 that men make. For women of color, the pay gap is worse, with women making 39% less, or $0.61 per $1.00 earned by men. We also see forms of unequal pay in sports. A topic of conversation currently is the pay gap between U.S. male and female soccer players. In some cases, we're seeing female soccer players are earning 38% of what these male athletes are earning, despite the women's team generating more profit and revenue for the U.S. Soccer Federation, and carrying a larger fanbase.
Have you ever had an experience where you felt like you were discriminated against based on your gender?
With Hip Hop being male-dominated, that’s a recurring theme. The area I’ve seen this the most is with shows. It’s a reoccurring theme of artists wanting to support their “bros”, which seems unproblematic at first. But when you begin to realize that the artists with the largest platforms are men, it leaves a reoccurring cycle of all men line ups.
What stereotypes do you hope to change about female rappers?
That we suck or are just “decent”, and that more than one powerful and lit female rapper can coexist at the same time.
How do you feel about stereotypes in hip-hop regarding the way women are portrayed?
If you look at mainstream music, women are objectified so much that it has become normal. They are viewed as objects and props to complete a music video. Artist wise, it’s still seen as “rare” and “shocking” when a woman is a dope rapper, which shows society thinks the majority of women are not good at it. I believe these things can be changed by having more women in the room when these songs are created and more women in positions of power at labels and in the industry in general. Even in Christian hip hop there’s a narrative of women being a “temptation” that’s reinforced over and over, but there hasn’t been a voice to speak on men’s problematic habits.
As a woman, what is the biggest message you want to convey with your music?
I think the message in my music goes beyond my gender. I simply want to inspire the world to pursue a life with Christ through quality unproblematic bops.
What’s your favorite hairstyle?
Gotta love my natural 4c afro, but when I don’t feel like managing my hair, I love wigs. You can catch me in some 24-inch natural wave hair as a go-to wig of choice.
What qualities/characteristics do you think all women should acquire?
I think the fruits of the spirit are a great starter pack (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control). However beyond that I think leadership, wisdom, and humility are great qualities.
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