Each month, Billboard Pride celebrates an LGBTQ act as its Artist of the Month. Our February selection: Atlanta-based rapper Kodie Shane.
20-year-old rapper Kodie Shane grew up with Barack Obama as president. That sense of security, she says, is why she always felt comfortable in her own skin as a queer black woman. But when she realized her little brother has known no other president, that’s when the weight of the current political climate, one led by Donald Trump, really hit.
“[People] think the world took two steps forward, but it actually took 10 steps backward,” Shane says from the lobby of her posh metro Atlanta apartment. “The president is making a lot of people feel like their behavior is OK. I saw another lady on Twitter talking to a black girl like, “What is wrong with your hair? That looks horrible.” Just going in on her. A lot of people felt like we ran the world for how long ... shout out to Obama. And now they run the world.”