“My mother, a working class refugee who received asylum in England in the Eighties, along with my cousin, are the only two women responsible for hand-stitching these medals for the Palace.” MIA received a MBE from Prince William https://t.co/0ukGwk8D2v pic.twitter.com/7DwXlI6a0J— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) January 14, 2020
M.I.A. got her MBE for funding Youth Action International’s work to help youth break out of cycles of violence and poverty in war-torn African communities.
M.I.A. wrote: "Today I'm accepting this in honor of my mother who worked for minimum wage to give us a better life. As a working class first generation immigrant it's great to be recognised for my contribution. Having freedom to speak my truth and to do it through music has helped me speak for those who do not have those privileges. I will continue fight for those who are silenced or persecuted by others."
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