Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined Princess Nokia as part of Rolling Stone’s Fridays for Unity series.
This weekend, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Princess Nokia joined Rolling Stone‘s Fridays for Unity series, hopping on Zoom to interview each other. The two spoke about growing up in the Bronx, their alleged resemblance, and the state of American politics in the days leading up to the general election. Stream the full conversation below.
In addition to politics, the two women discussed traumatic childhood experiences, whether from anonymous social media accounts or in their real-life experiences.
“I really do believe that you and I do very similar work,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We both take our experiences growing up and the communities that we love to really shape our worldview in a political way. Your music is political, but it’s…also philosophical in who we are and how we deserve to exist in the world. But at the end of the day, we are uplifting our communities.”
Both women say they’ve received vitriol and condescension due to their young age in their respective fields.
“As if we aren’t aware of the world or know what we’re talking about,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “You get to a point where it’s so bad that there’s a very clear choice in front of you: You’re either going to believe all these horrible things about you or you’re going to choose yourself and believe in yourself … When you grow up without having a lot of those models in front of you, you question if it’s even possible.”