With midterms elections right around the corner, Cardi B is chipping in to close the gap of millennial voters who aren’t exercising their civic “right to vote.” The Bronx native closed out her set at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City on Saturday (Sept. 29) with a call to action for eligible voters — “especially the millennials.”
The moment was intended to be read from the teleprompter, but Cardi decided to speak from the heart. “It is our right to vote and nobody can take that right from us, unless you’re a criminal,” she said with a pause in potential reference to the disproportionate number of people of color who are stripped of their voting rights.
“We need to vote,” she reiterated. “Especially us, the millennials, under 25 and over 18, we need to vote. Last election, everybody took it as a joke, even me. I’m not even gonna’ front…I thought ‘that person ain’t gonna win’ and look where we at now.”
According to the Pew Research Center, millennials (ages 20-35) make up more than 25 percent of the electorate. Despite the electoral presence, fewer millennials voted in the 2016 election than in 2012.
Cardi’s political pep talk was not only timely, it was actually an introduction to a video message from Michelle Obama, who also encouraged everyone to get out and vote.
This year’s Global Citizen Festival, which was hosted by Naomi Campbell, featured a star-studded headlining roster that included Janet Jackson, The Weekend, Janelle Monae, and a special performance from John Legend.
Watch Cardi’s speech below.