How Teen Rapper MC Soffia Is Using Hip-Hop To Empower Afro-Latinas
At the tender age of 11, Soffia Gomes da Rocha Gregório Correa has a whole lot to say. Under the moniker of MC Soffia, the Afro-Brazilian girl from Sao Paulo is using her musical talent to break down barriers in a society riddled with racism and sexism.
It may seem like a dense topic for the youth, but MC Soffia commands the mic with stellar ease and confidence. In her raps, she speaks to the Afro-Latina experience, about what it’s like growing up black in Latino America. Her rhymes, politically-driven and laden with tones of social injustices, also seek to empower and inspire other young girls of color. Her lyrics equally sing a message of defying Eurocentric beauty ideals and embracing the magic of being a black girl.
“They say [black girls] are ugly because they are black. They shouldn’t accept that, […] do not be ashamed,” said MC Soffia, who once cried to her mother about wishing she were white.
Soffia aims to continue to spread that message of self-love, via her mother’s workshop series, which teaches the gamut of the hip-hop culture (i.e. break-dancing, graffiti, deejaying). Soffia is currently an independent artist trying to raise money for her debut LP. With a message like hers, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches wind.
In the meantime, check out this feminist rapper in all her young glory, below. You can donate to her campaign of empowerment, here.