Maxine Waters, Angela Rye and Dozens of Other Influential Black Women Pen Letter to Megan The Stallion Following Drake Diss

by Xara Aziz
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Several Black lawmakers and thought leaders are backing Megan Thee Stallion after a line in a Drake song appeared to diss her for being shot at a nightclub in 2020. The outpouring of support comes from a partnership with the Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium who have collaborated with several women to pen a letter denouncing violence against women. Among them include U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters, Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and social justice activist Angela Rye.

The letter was written after rapper Drake insinuated that the Houston rapper lied about getting shot in both her feet by rapper Tory Lanez outside of a nightclub. In the song called Circo Loco, Drake raps: “This bit*h lie ’bout getting shots, but she still a stallion.”

“You don’t deserve any of this, Megan. You deserve to be heard, to be believed, and most importantly, to be safe,” the letter reads. “There is no amount of power or prestige that can prevent a woman from becoming a victim of violence and there is no level of achievement that exempts women from our society’s complacency with that violence.”

Earlier this year, Megan The Stallion opened up about the night she says changed her life forever.

“He is standin’ up over the window shooting. And I didn’t even want to move. I didn’t want to move too quick. Like, ’cause I’m like, ‘Oh, my God. If I take the wrong step, I don’t know if he’s gonna shoot something that’s, like, super important. I don’t know if he could shoot me and kill me’,” she told Gayle King on CBS Mornings. She added that the rapper became apologetic after shooting her and offered “a million dollars if y’all don’t say nothing.”

Lanez pleaded not guilty to all charges, including felony assault with a semiautomatic firearm, personal use of a firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. The frightful event, she said, still remains with her and she is distraught that anyone could poke fun about the traumatic incident.

After the Drake song was released, she took to Twitter to express her frustration.

“I know I’m very popular but y’all gotta stop attaching weak a*s conspiracy theories in bars to my name lol Nigg*s nor ho*s EVER address me or @ me WITH a fact or receipts. I AM CLOUT BIT*H keep sucking my pus*y,” she wrote.

She then followed up with a tweet explaining how Drake appeared to mention the meaning behind her name.

“A stallion is slang for a TALL THICK WOMAN,” Meg expressed.

“Stop using my shooting for clout bit*h a*s Nigg*s!” she continued. “Since when tf is it cool to joke abt women getting shot ! You nigg*s especially RAP NIGGAS ARE LAME! Ready to boycott bout shoes and clothes but dog pile on a black woman when she say one of y’all homeboys abused her.”

“And when the mf facts come out remember all y’all hoe ass favorite rappers that stood behind a Nig*a that SHOT A FEMALE,” she exclaimed.

“People attack me y’all go up for it , i defend myself now I’m doing too much … every time it never ends and this did NOT happen until I came out and said I got shot … y’all don’t fwm okay cool fu*k it bye,” she concluded.

“Even in the midst of your own traumatic experience and healing, you recognized that other girls needed to experience joy and partnered with Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium on the inaugural Joy Is Our Journey tour impacting thousands of girls across the south,” the letter reads. “You have remained committed to the focus of mental health and well being in our community even when your own has been minimized, marginalized, and deemphasized. We want you to know that you are important and you matter to us and to millions of women around the globe. Your life matters. Your work matters. Your joy matters. You deserve joy. We stand with you.”

The letter was signed by the following people:

Dr. Brenda Allen, Lincoln University PA
LaTosha Brown, Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium
Laura Brown, LB Media
Tarana Burke, ‘me too’ International
Ethel Cain
Taylor Crumpton, Cultural Critic and Writer
Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, Terence Crutcher Foundation
Allisa Findley, Sisters of the Movement
K.C. Fox, Sisters of the Movement
Angella Henry, DJ Henry Dream Fund
Marc Lamont Hill, Temple University Professor/Journalist
Jessica Jackson
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chair, House Judiciary Crime Committee (Tx. 18th)
Renee Jarvis, Triangle House Literary
Alice Eason Jenkins, Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium 
Michelle Kenney, Antwon Rose II Foundation
Felecia Lucky, Black Belt Community Foundation
Tamika D. Mallory, Until Freedom
Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Margo Miller, Appalachian Community Fund
Carmen Perez-Jordan, The Gathering for Justice
Angela Rye, IMPACT Strategies
Dr. Topeka K. Sam, The Ladies of Hope Ministries, INC.
Beverly Smith, SiriusXM
L Joy Williams
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services

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