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THIS 11-YEAR-OLD RAPPER IS EMPOWERING AFRO-LATINAS IN BRAZIL

The Afro-Brazilian youngster started rippin’ mics when she was just six years old, but she’s no elementary emcee. MC Soffia, who hails from Sao Paulo, uses music to discuss what it's like growing up black in a society where racial democracy is touted, but where racial inequality is the reality.

Whether rhyming about beauty ideals, education or the power of black girls, MC Soffia’s goal is to inspire and uplift other chicas like her.

"They say [black girls] are ugly because they are black," the young rapper tells Nós, Mulheres da Periferia in Portuguese. "They shouldn’t accept that. They should accept who they are. … do not be ashamed."