Rapper Megan Thee Stallion and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersRemedying injustice for the wrongfully convicted does not end when they are released McCarthy says he'll strip Dems of committee slots if GOP wins House A presidential candidate pledge can right the wrongs of an infamous day MORE (D-Calif.) discussed building community, education, the hit song “WAP” and more in an interview published this week.
Asked by Harper’s Bazaar about building community among fellow Black women, the California lawmaker said that “We have to take people where they are, and we have to be honest with people about who we are.”
“If we put ourselves high on a pedestal somewhere, and we're talking about, ‘I'm your role model, and you got to do this and you got to act this way and you got to dress this way and you should be doing this,’ we're not being honest,” Waters told the magazine.
“When people need you, you come to their aid and it's not all always about money. I'm talking about just having the ability to have someone listen to you, that's hearing what you're saying, or you are sharing a moment that you experienced, that you want someone else to know about,” she continued.
Megan Thee Stallion added that she was encouraged by her mother, grandmother and other female role models while she was growing up.
“Now that I'm in a position where I felt like I have to give back to my community, my women,” she said.
The rapper noted that she is still pursuing a college degree and has donated to help fellow students pay their tuition through scholarship funds and other donations.
“I really wanted to be a part of other women's story where they're like, ‘I was going to give up. I couldn't do it. But guess what? Megan Stallion said I could, so I did,’” she said, adding that she has continued to pursue her own degree “for the women in my family who originally pushed me to go to school."
Waters responded that, “If you had grandma, great-grandma, and mama and all of that, I know what they said: 'Girl, get educated because they can't take it out of your head. They can't take it away from you if you get educated.' That's what they always said. Right? Get educated.”
The House Financial Services chairwoman also added that she has listened to Megan’s hit song with fellow rapper Cardi B, “WAP.”
“I said, 'Now that's audacity. That is audacity.' And that is the ability for women to take charge of what they want to say,” Waters said.
The interview released Monday is not the only interaction the rapper and the lawmaker have shared in recent months. In December, Megan shared a letter on social media that she received from Waters thanking her for bringing “much needed attention to the plight of Black women” with an op-ed that the rapper published in The New York Times explaining why she uses her platform to advocate for Black women.
“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,” Waters wrote at the time.