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Pride Profile: Ricky Simone, a hip hop, lesbian human rights activist with a mission

Ricky Simone is a hip hop, lesbian human rights activist. She performs hip hop music and poetry with thought-provoking content intending to inspire love and the liberation of oppressed communities.

“I grew up in Michigan in a poor family,” Simone says. “I knew I wanted a different life. I felt a rumbling in my soul, wondering why some people have things and others don’t.”