Athens Rapper Wins Seat on Local County Commision

Athens Rapper Wins Seat on Local County Commision

Linqua Franqa:At The Heart Of Hip Hop And Politics

Mariah Parker calls herself a linguist by day and a lunatic lady rapper by night. The latter is her Linqua Franqa persona, a woman who holds down the top seat in Athens, Georgia's hip hop scene. Recently she added to her resume by getting elected to the Athens-Clarke County Commission, becoming Mariah Parker, County Commissioner, something she sees as an utterly natural extension of her music. Tracks are The Con And The Can, 11 Names and Up Close.

Posted by GPB Macon on Friday, June 15, 2018

Mariah Parker, a 26-year-old doctoral student at the University of Georgia who also records and performs as the rapper Lingua Franca, has won a seat on Athens-Clarke County’s commission, where she’ll represent District 2.

Parker, a far-left progressive who won by only 13 votes, immediately stirred up controversy by refusing to be sworn in with her right hand on the Bible, instead demanding the Autobiography of Malcolm X for that purpose, on which she placed her left hand. She also raised her right hand not in an upright open position but in a clenched fist.

Since moving to Athens in 2014, Parker has promoted and performed at numerous hip-hop events there, increasingly involving politics. She released her debut album, Model Minority, last year.

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