“VOTE. Just vote,” the icon tweeted while sharing a look at the cover, which features a bright blue ‘V’ superimposed over her smiling face as part of the word ‘vote.’
“Voting is so important because it is one way to show up for ourselves and our communities,” she added in her interview. “It’s an opportunity for us to honor our ancestors — those that were unable to vote because of racism and sexism — and elect people that we can hold accountable…In 2016, almost half of eligible voters didn’t vote. Each day since that election, we have lived with the consequences of that inaction. We need leadership that is ready to step up. We have to fight for each other and our shared futures.”
The singer also gave a shout-out to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, saying, “I am so proud of the young people organizing, particularly Black people, who are leading this movement. Everything feels so hopeless, but when I see the organizing power and the people who are leading this movement, I am hopeful because this is the future of our world.”
Carey then went on to tie the fight for racial equity to her own experiences growing up biracial, which she explores in her new memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.
“One of the very reasons I wrote my memoir was to ‘emancipate’ my racial identity — it has been a source of misunderstanding and near-debilitating pain,” she said. “There was no ‘one way’ to talk about it. It’s very complex. It’s not just about Black and white — which isn’t ever just Black and white. For me, it’s also been about class and abandonment.
“Identity politics are so personal and so pervasive — it’s not just what you look like, it’s about how you’re able to, or unable to, move through the world,” the superstar concluded. “I grew up as an outsider, and yet there are so many people who are still looking for a space that will accept and honor them as they are. The amplification of the racial justice movement, with support from a mosaic of backgrounds and identities, has been long overdue.”
Check out Mariah’s V Magazine cover below.