Cate YoungBlack Feminism, Music

Mz007's "Important", Black Women, And Defiant Self Confidence

Cate YoungBlack Feminism, Music
Mz007's "Important", Black Women, And Defiant Self Confidence
 

"I'm coming through, bitch I'm gorgeous!" That's the battle cry of this up and coming rapper Mz 007. Yesterday I stumbled upon the music video for her single "Important" and I couldn't be more in love.

Firstly, the song is catchy as hell. I've been bleating "I'm important!" at random inanimate objects for a solid 24 hours now and I'm just getting started. I can totally see myself jamming out to this in a club, and it's already on my "pantless dance party" playlist. But the biggest reason I love the song is Mz 007 herself.

It may seem like overkill to even mention this, but having a fat, black woman boldly declare that she's important is a huge deal. When black women are being beaten by police officers, targeted for sexual assault, and routinely assumed to be prostitutes, we need the reminder that black women are people too. Our worth is routinely under fire, so a track like this is a nice reminder that we matter, regardless of the fact that society tries to convince us otherwise.

What I also find so affirming about this song is how incredibly defiant it is. We're all subjected to the media narrative of what it means to be a desirable woman in society, and due to racist double standards, black women are almost always at the bottom of that list. To have Mz007 embody the antithesis of the exalted ideal, (white, blonde and skinny) and still dare to identify with and vocalize her own worth is revolutionary and I love her so much for it. This video makes me think of Rihanna's media portrayal in the way her attitude is so clearly unbothered:

"I told the bitch, I'm fat. You ugly. I can fix fat. You can't fix ugly."

Let's not even get into how long and loud I laughed at that. Totally my new motto!

The video is a fun track that anyone can enjoy, but I can't help having just a little more fun knowing that Mz007 is empowering other black women who might happen across her music by daring to be unapologetically herself. Representation is such an important issue and I'm glad that she is carrying the torch for women like me by bravely defying society's rigid standards.