On Saturday, November 7th, after a contentious week of counting votes and baseless accusations of voter fraud, many of us let out a collective sigh as former Vice President Joe Biden was named President-elect of the United States. But for many BIPOC, the biggest news was Senator Kamala Harris being named Vice President-elect. In her new position, Harris will be the first woman, the first Black person, the first Asian and the first HBCU grad to serve as VP. Social media erupted after the historic event, with people selling hilarious t-shirts with messages like “My VP wraps her hair up at night” to inspirational images of little Black girls rocking afro puffs watching her deliver her acceptance speech on TV. The moment also inspired SoulBounce fave Eric Roberson who teamed up with rapper Tracey Lee to praise our new VP in a special remix to the song “Howard Girls.”
Howard University alumni Roberson and Lee breathe new life into “Howard Girls,” which was originally released in 2013 on Erro’s Music Fan First album and featured singers Brandon Hines, Geno Young and Aaron Abernathy and subsequently flipped by Tracey on his 2014 album Esq. The Revelation. For their 2020 remix to “Howard Girls,” Eric switches up his lyrics to praise Kamala Harris for being the VP and a proud graduate of The Mecca. And if anyone questioned her credentials, Tracey lays down all of her accomplishments and firsts, showing how Black women always show up and show out, but also have to be twice as good as their white counterparts. The fellas dropped the remix with a fun video of them performing against different images of Kamala and Howard University’s infamous Yard.
The “Howard Girls” remix is a dope ode to women who graduated from Howard University, Black women everywhere who continue to make the world go round and our Vice President-elect – who we hope will be our 47th President one fine day.