Feministing Jamz video of the week: MALA by Maluca

A new song and video from jamz fave Maluca is here, and it is everything!

According to Maluca, a MALA is a bad bitch, unapologetic, a goddess. In the song, she takes all these things that people have said to her in the past as an insult and reclaims them: “pelo malo, pelo suelto, como una bruja.”

“Pelo malo” (that is, “bad hair”) is the super racist way many Latin Americans refer to afro-textured hair. Maluca is not only reclaiming this insult, but she follows it by saying “cada vez que yo tengo algo usted lo quiere”(every time I have something you want it) which is just brilliant commentary on appropriation.

Check Maluca getting her life in the most futuristic of all massage chairs in the video below!

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Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Verónica is a queer immigrant writer, activist, and rabble-rouser.

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