Many of us didn’t get the message it was okay to love our kinky, curly coils until we were full grown adults, and even then a lot of us still struggle to find beauty in what much of society doesn’t. It’s for that reason that it’s always refreshing to see a little girl who learned the lesson sooner than we did and MC Soffia is proof self-hate doesn’t last always.
The pre-teen daughter of Kamilah Gomes Pimentel, a hip-hop teacher at the Ncora Project located in Cotia, São Paulo, is already two steps ahead of the game, boldly taking to the mic to rap as a little girl in an industry dominated by men, and she’s chosen to use her lyrical skills to “spread the word” while “representing proud women” and doing so “with my afro hair” all along the way.
MC Soffia’s love of history and research comes through in her artistry and has been her means of coping with the racism she’s already had to deal with at a young age. After telling her mom she wished she was white because kids used to tease her about her “nappy hair,” Pimentel told her daughter she had to accept her skin and began taking her to hip-hop events. Now MC Soffia constantly reads up on the stories of proud leaders in African history and says she has the perfect response when people say hurtful things to her: “My hair isn’t nappy, my hair is curly. Nappy is your racism!”
Watch MC Soffia rap and explain her journey in the video below.