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.
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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.
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In the meantime, check out this feminist rapper in all her young glory, below. You can donate to her campaign of empowerment, here.