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Megan Thee Stallion served as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live's season premiere (opens in new tab) this week, where she performed two of her hit tracks. Megan Thee Stallion (opens in new tab) performed "Don’t Stop" alongside Young Thug, but it was during her performance of "Savage" that the rapper had the words "Protect Black Women" projected on the wall behind her and the dancers.
Megan's message is particularly important in 2020 amid the Black Lives Matter movement, and following the grand jury's decision not to charge the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's murder (opens in new tab). There is also serious inequity regarding the impact (opens in new tab) the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Black communities (opens in new tab), and Megan has regularly spoken out regarding the dangers facing Black women right now.
Earlier this year, Megan revealed that she'd been shot (opens in new tab), later naming musician Tory Lanez as the shooter (opens in new tab). Of the terrifying incident, she wrote on Instagram (opens in new tab), "On Sunday morning, I suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me. I was never arrested, the police officers drove me to the hospital where I underwent surgery to remove the bullets."
"Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own," she wrote on Twitter. "It might be funny to y’all on the internet and just another messy topic for you to talk about but this is my real life and I’m real life hurt and traumatized."
Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own. It might be funny to y’all on the internet and just another messy topic for you to talk about but this is my real life and I’m real life hurt and traumatized.July 17, 2020
Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.
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