British rapper Dave took home this year’s Hyundai Mercury Music Prize for his debut album Psychodrama last week.
One of the standout tracks from the record is “Black,” a hard-hitting song that explores racial identity. The video features inspiring black British people, including footballer Raheem Sterling, fellow musician Stormzy, sprinter Dina Asher Smith and STEMettes founder Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon.
Speaking on Yahoo Finance UK’s Global Change Agents with Lianna Brinded show, Imafidon said, “It was really nice because the video and the music and the track itself is talking a lot about themes of racism, and women of colour, and black women specifically ... it’s fantastic to be appreciated as part of the culture.”
Imafidon used her early academic success as a child maths prodigy as the foundation to launch STEMettes, an initiative dedicated to getting more young women into science, tech, engineering and maths-related fields.
Since it launched in 2013, more than 40,000 people have been involved with a STEMette event. Imafidon was awarded an MBE for services to young women and STEM sectors in the 2017 Queen’s New Years Honours list.
“Music is something that is almost like a litmus for what’s happening and what’s going on in the culture,” Imafidon said. “Technology is such a big part of that that we should be part of these lyrics, that we should be part of those visuals, and it takes it out to an audience that might not have been looking for that kind of thing.”
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