Princess Nokia Runs A Podcast, A Non-Profit And Is The Face Of A Major Fashion Brand
Rapper Princess Nokia, whose real name is Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, is the Boricua Bruja who refuses to abandon Puerto Rico during this extended crisis after Hurricane Maria. She is still fighting and raising money to provide aid to the devastated island.
For the last few weeks, Frasqueri has been working with NYC based non-profits to launch “Hood to la Genter.” This is a GoFundMe aimed to combine Frasqueri’s charitable efforts with the NGO’s organizing resources to actually help Puerto Ricans.
Here’s what we know about the cause and its champion.
Princess Nokia is a proud New York raised Puerto Rican woman.@princessnokia / Instagram
She grew up around East Harlem and the Lower East Side of New York City and was born as on June 14, 1992.
She is best known for her unapologetic feminist music.@princessnokia / Instagram
With lyrics like, “I love my little titties and my fat belly” under titles like “Tomboy y Bruja,” Princess Nokia has made herself known as a shameless intersectional feminist badass.
She even has a podcast called “Smart Girls Club” to talk about the realities of urban feminism.Soundcloud
She told VICE that Smart Girl Club is “a safe space for me to decompress and turn my anger and my dissatisfaction into positive outlets. And I think that’s why safe spaces are always important; it’s one thing to feel the anger, but it’s always about finding a healthy solution for it.”
She started making viral music when she was 20 but her album, “1992 Deluxe” is what has launched her career.@princessnokia / Instagram
She told The Guardian, “Growing up in the 90s was the coolest thing to me. Listening to metal with my gothic babysitter, dancing to Kriss Kross, hanging out and listening to the music at the block party downstairs from my house, the cartoons I’d watch, seeing black representation and Latina representation on Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, going to summer camp; oh, God, it’s so vivid, so significant.”
Princess Nokia’s mother died of AIDS when she was 10 years old.@princessnokia / Instagram
The rapper was in the foster care system after her mother died and dealt with abusive foster parents. She was in foster care between the ages of 9 and 16 until she could live with her grandmother.
Her foster mother was so physically abusive, she had to use makeup to cover a black eye in a school photo.@princessnokia / Instagram
Princess Nokia calls her a “succubus.” She ran away with “three dollars in my pocket and 75 percent on my cell phone battery” to live on the streets.
The FADER released a documentary called “Destiny” that shares Princess Nokia’s unimaginable life story.@princessnokia / Instagram
In the documentary, she shares what it was like growing up in the foster system. She thanks that queer community around her that helped her harness her true self, even amidst the chaos of her violent home life.
Princess Nokia identifies as bisexual and is an avid advocate of LGBTQ+ rights.@princessnokia / Instagram
That girl is a tomboy and it looks great on her. In “Destiny,” she sums it up pretty easily when she yells at her dad in the kitchen, “Dad, I always been gay, right? [Dad:] Yup!”
The artist has always been real about what’s going on in her life.@princessnokia / Twitter
Her feed is a real treat. Plus, she really does fight the Trump administration and racists in the flesh. She has no issue with being loud about the injustices she encounters in her day-to-day life.
She made headlines when she threw hot soup on a racist subway passenger.Evan Eddington / Twitter
It’s all on video. The person in question was shouting the “N” word on the train so passengers kicked him off at the next stop. When he tried to board the train again, Princess Nokia came at him with some hot soup. Dale.
The rapper has launched a relief initiative to help the still struggling Puerto Rico.@princessnokia / Twitter
In an Instagram video, Princess Nokia wrote, “When the government intentionally neglects and actively works to hurt our people for profit, it’s on us to organize and fight for our communities. We understand as working class and oppressed peoples living in America, we are struggling in so many ways under the same system that is hurting the people of Puerto Rico. But when we combine the little bit we’ve got as individuals, we can make a huge impact.”
“We know we cannot trust the government or the millionaire non-profits aligned with it to fight for our people.”@princessnokia / Instagram
How do we know? Because, “Almost a year after Hurricane Maria, the nation of Puerto Rico is still in a massive crisis. Puerto Rico has a higher poverty rate than any state in the U.S. Poverty has increased from 44 percent to 52 percent after the hurricane. Suicide rates have doubled.”
She even cancelled her Mexico City show to focus on her work for Puerto Rico.@princessnokia / Instagram
In the GoFundMe, the musician wrote, “It is expected that Puerto Rico will lose close to a half million people by next year, resulting in ‘brain drain,’ which means leaving the island without doctors, nurses, teachers, scientists, and other trained professionals.”
No wonder she’s taking time to focus on the island.
The fund has raised more than $7,000 of it’s $12,000 goal.@princessnokia / Instagram
This is a grassroots initiative. If every person with a dollar to spare donated it to the organizations that have always been closely tied to Puerto Rico, lo mejor.
Princess Nokia is inspired by her daughter.@princessnokia / Instagram
Caption: “The God Mother & Her Apprentice. Teaching her magic and self love every single day. Teaching her the importance of kindness, self esteem, and inner beauty. And what she teaches me… words could never explain. My little witch and old soul. My daughtaaaaaaaa, my twin ????✨????”
She’s been named the face of Betsey Johnson’s 2018 Fall Catalog.@princessnokia / Instagram
That means she’s bringing Boricua beauty even more mainstream. Princess Nokia has modeled for Calvin Klein and isn’t afraid to rap about it. (See: Tomboy)
She is also a big advocate for decriminalizing marijuana.@princessnokia / Instagram
I mean, there are the obvious reasons and then there is the fact that brown people are incarcerated far more often than white people for possession of marijuana.
While Princess Nokia gains worldwide fame, she isn’t turning her back on her roots.@princessnokia / Instagram
Somos Americanos, pero por siempre somos Latinos. With more Puerto Ricans fleeing the island for a better life on the mainland, we’re responsible for maintaining what’s left of our mami’s homeland. There’s nobody else.
She released a powerful PSA that tells the world we’re on our feet and we’re fighting.@princessnokia / Instagram
Caption Part 1: “Despite the attention Hurricane Maria has brought to the current struggle of my people in Puerto Rico, many are unaware of the centuries-long suffering Boricuas have endured in the form of colonialism. We created this campaign to spread knowledge on the poverty and exploitation Boricuas have survived under the boot of the US government.”
When you’re already sick about the negligence, get sick about Americans profiting off PR disaster.@princessnokia / Instagram
Caption Part 2: “This video is a call to act in speaking out for the independence of the Puerto Rican people and to support organizations working to actually help the people. We can not stay silent while Puerto Ricans continue to suffer under the colonizer American government, which consistently places profit over the lives of the people and silences those who rise up to defend the people.”
Princess Nokia wants you to know that you can help.@princessnokia / Instagram
If you want to help, you can donate to Hood 2 la Genter or donate directly to these organizations: Sol es Vida, el Hormiguero, Luis Llorens Torres projects, Urbe Apie, the Puerto Rico Trans Youth Coalition and el Centro de Apoyo Mutuo de Utuado.
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