Summer Empowerment: Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, and Normani

As summer 2019 is ending all too quickly, it’s hard not to notice the amazing music that many artists have released recently. It wouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve heard a Lizzo song at a pool party or summer barbecue over the past few months. Many black female artists have been dominating the charts, with both confidence and empowerment for listeners.

First, let’s talk Lizzo. Although she emerged into popularity in 2019, Lizzo’s hit single ‘Truth Hurts,’ initially released back in 2017. Lizzo’s music reflects themes of self-acceptance and empowerment. It’s no doubt the single that earned her an initial spot on the top of the charts is ridden with lyrics of enthusiastic self-love and positivity, beginning with the now-famous words: “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% THAT bitch”

Her sole album, entitled ‘Cuz I Love You,’ features other popular hits like, ‘Tempo’ featuring Missy Elliot, and ‘Juice.’ Reactions to her music has been positive, hyping up her message of self-love and confidence.

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Ironically enough, I was talking about Lizzo with my friend the other day. She said, “I was about to not workout because I was sad, then I watched Lizzo’s tiny’s desk concert, and her motivation got me to get up and go workout.” 

Lizzo’s message of self-love has got my friends hyped up and moving, working and focusing on themselves. 

“If you can love me, you can love yourself,” she announces from the tiny desk. 

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Moving onto Megan Thee Stallion, a newer artist, has erupted with popular hits like ‘Cash Shit’ and ‘Hot Girl Summer.’ These two released, deemed ‘Power Anthems,’ have sparked a new trend for 2019. Many people have tweeted about enjoying a ‘hot girl summer.’ Less about actual looks, the idea of ‘a hot girl summer,’ focuses more on women accepting and owning their bodies.  

She told The Root in an interview further about the definition of a ‘Hot Girl Summer:’ “It’s about women and men being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up their friends, doing you.” 

Megan Thee Stallion is a full-time student at Texas Southern University, all the while topping the charts with unforgettable bangers. 

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Megan Thee Stallion, August 2019 (Noam Galai/Getty Images for MTV)

While most of the Fifth Harmony spotlight has been shining on Camilla Cabelo, a new break-out artist from the group has dropped music that’s been growing in popularity: Normani. Her song ‘Motivation,’ co-written by Ariana Grande debuts in the top 40 of the Hot 100. 

Released on August 16th,  Normani performed Motivation’s first solo performance at the VMA awards, August 26th. She became the first artist to win “Best R&B” at the VMAs since Beyonce’s 2006, “Check On It.” Her confidence, style and talent exude effortlessly in her music, as well as her ‘Motivation’ music video. It’s clear that her solo career is just beginning. 

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SO LISTEN UP HOT GIRLS:  if you haven’t heard any of these artists’ releases, I could not recommend them more. They’re full of empowerment, confidence, lyrics of self-love, and are absolute bops! On top of that, they bring representation to empowering, black female artists. Now, what’s not to love about that?

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A Wave of Empowerment: Let’s Talk About Strong Women

It’s March: Women’s history month. And as I’ve been busy with school and work, I’ve still been trying my best to dedicate time towards fueling empowerment for girls around the world, as well trying to motivate myself to stay inspired.

Something I’ve learned about strong, empowered women is understanding the utter importance of helping fellow women–and especially not putting others down. We have to do away with the cat fights, the name-calling, and any form of the hideous girl hate that seems so many people just give into. We have to help, we have to love, and we have to be strong. Hating on other girls does neither party a favor. And the wise words of Tina Fey’s character in Mean Girls, Ms. Norbury, once said–

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Which conveniently leads me to bringing up the recent #metoo movement. This is such a huge step. While it’s painful to hear such horrific, sad stories brave women everywhere share, there is also a comfort that comes with it, a sigh of relief. We’re no longer kicking these stories under the rug–we’re bringing them to the light and beginning the conversation that should’ve been started a long time ago. Because when we show love and support, we empower other women. And that brings us a little bit closer to gender equality in the world.

In honor of this revelation, and realizing the importance of empowerment, my friend and I began working on starting a new club at my college, ‘Girl Up.’ This is an organization that promotes the empowerment of young girls all over the world. Our goal is to full of fundraisers, events, projects, and learning activities that will benefit girls in need, by empowering them in both our own communities and adolescents in developing countries.

So, no satire piece today, folks. Just some good old food for thought. Hopefully some of you reading find creative ways to empower those around you, and make a positive impact.

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