Megan thee Stallion’s influence extends far beyond the music business – her clout now reverberates in the halls of the U.S. Congress.
The Houston, Texas rapper ended an amazing 2020 with a salute from powerful Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Meg caught the attention of Congresswoman Waters, thanks to the op-ed she penned earlier in the New York Times, shortly after she was allegedly shot by rapper Tory Lanez during a dispute in Los Angeles in July.
Megan was motivated to write the piece in the New York Times after the controversial shooting, which is still winding its way through courts.
Megan thee Stallion thanked a variety of black women, including Congresswoman Waters in the op-ed, which is titled “Why I Speak Up for Black Women.”
Megan Thee Stallion Speaks Up For Black Women In New York Tmes Essay
“Walking the path paved by such legends as Shirley Chisholm, Loretta Lynch, U.S. Representative Maxine Waters and the first Black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate, Carol Moseley Braun, 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,” the “WAP” rapper wrote.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters was impressed with the article and decided to pen a letter to Megan on official letterhead straight from congress.
“I read the op-ed you wrote that appeared in the New York Times recently and I can’t thank you enough for bringing much needed attention to the plight of Black women, not just here in the United States – but everywhere,” Congresswoman Waters wrote to Hot Girl Meg.
“You are so right that Black women have paved the way and have done so by leading with courage and bravery,” she wrote.
Congresswoman Waters said she was extremely proud of the chart-topping rapper for using her voice to uplift the black community, especially the women.
“While we are too often overlooked, there is no doubt that Black women are a glue for our families and communities, and a crucial part of the fabric of this country,” Congresswoman Waters continued. “We see that – in your career and your tremendous success, despite the obstacles that have come your way.”
Congresswoman Waters has been a longtime friend of the Hip-Hop community. In 1994, she defended Gangsta rappers as “poets” when during congressional hearings over the then-controversial new genre.
And she famously intervened and helped squash a DEA investigation into Houston-based label Rap-A-Lot Records back in 1999. More recently Congresswoman Waters named Tupac Shakur as her favorite rapper.
Check out Congresswoman Maxine Waters full letter to Megan thee stallion below:
I read the op-ed you wrote that appeared in the New York Times recently and I can’t thank you enough for bringing much needed attention to the plight of Black women, not just here in the United States – but everywhere. You are so right that Black women have paved the way and have done so by leading with courage and bravery. There is also this notion, which you touched upon, that we as Black women have the ability to bear a heavier burden than everyone else in this society, That notion contributes to the lack of care and attention to the issues that specifically affect us. While we are too often overlooked, there is no doubt that Black women are a glue for our families and communities, and a crucial part of the fabric of this country. We see that – in your career and your tremendous success, despite the obstacles that have come your way.
I write all this to say that I am so incredibly proud of you and how you have used your voice to uplift Black women. I know that Black women and girls everywhere thank you for the way you so fiercely have their back. I want you to know that I have your back, too. I hope that during these trying times you take comfort in knowing that I am fighting for you, and all Black women, every single day. Stay well, keep fighting, and take care. We need your voice in this fight.”
Member of Congress