>By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA
It was brought to my attention that a group of young girls wrote a letter that was made into a song, and later a video, addressed to rapper Lil’ Wayne.
I had to see it and hear it for myself. Through love, a concern for Black women and Black people, and a desire to change the current conditions we face as a nation of people- these young ladies reached out to Lil’ Wayne and asked him to stand up and change his ways; if not for himself or his people, then for his young daughter; and without saying, his other children.
Their group is called Watoto from the Nile, and the letter now song is called “Letter to Lil’ Wayne“. For those of you who don’t know Swahili (and my comprehension has fallen off considerably) “Watoto” means children. These young girls, the eldest is age 10, are rooted in a love and appreciation of their culture, heritage, and history; and it is clear that these impressionable young girls understand the power of language and imagery.They have been raised to consider themselves beautiful, Black queens of the future; but images, references, and endorsements for sex, drugs, and alcohol contradict what they have been taught. So their question to Lil’ Wayne directly and other rappers and entertainers indirectly is who should these young girls believe and follow. The message is deep and as clear as the waters in the Caribbean…we must stop the self-hate, forgive ourselves and others, and begin the healing process.
Watch this video yourself and see why this is one of the most powerful letters that I have heard….
Copyright 2011. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.
Watoto from the Nile “A Letter to Lil’ Wayne” retrieved from YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-T-FVR0WZw