Black women are exceptional women and are integral to their communities and the nation as a whole. They’ve led movements, broke down barriers, shattered stereotypes, and shaped history in unimaginable ways. Through many efforts of improving the lives of our economy and society, many of their contributions are undervalued. Despite being underestimated, black women are still holding the crown. Nicki Minaj, Yara Shahidi, Megan Thee Stallion, and Gabrielle Union are just a few inspirational women who are currently making extraordinary contributions to the black community in the midst of a pandemic.
Minaj was recently nominated for Latin Grammy Awards from her collaboration with Karol G. Latin Grammys honors the best and brightest talent while reflecting on the contrast evolution of Latin music. Minaj’s nomination is her first two Latin Grammy nominations. To be a black artist that is diverse musically and recognized for her notable talent is iconic.
Shahidi, is also making history being set to play Tinker Bell in Disney’s live action 1953 classic Peter Pan and Wendy. Shahidi will be the first black woman to play the traditionally white role of Tinker Bell making history for young black girls who seek to see someone like themselves on television playing one of their favorite characters. Shahidi is also walking in footsteps of Halle Bailey playing Ariel in the Little Mermaid despite controversy of the role.
Lastly, Megan Thee Stallion and Union were named 100 Most Influential People in Time Magazine. Megan Thee Stallion has become a platinum selling artist with her viral hits “Hot Girl Summer” and multiple No. 1 songs in the past year, 'Savage' and 'WAP. Megan has influenced the music industry with her lyrics and presence putting pressure on the hip hop genre. Union has too influenced the community with her dedication to inclusivity and commitment to authenticity. She’s celebrated women and girls, queer and trans, and has called out the many unjustices that people of color face.
Black women are beautiful, amazing, fierce, strong yet femine, and resilient. Minaj, Shahidi, Megan Thee Stallion, and Union are just a few black women holding the crown and that we have grown to love and rely on, but also be influenced by. Black women are so valuable to the community and will continue to break barriers until we are valued and over-compensated for our notable talents.