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On October 6, 21-year-old Portland rapper Wynne attended the 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards in Miami, Florida. While in Miami for the event, Wynne got to mingle with phenomenal hip-hop/funk/soul artist Anderson .Paak, and by the looks of her Twitter activity, the "Buzzer" rapper also got her Malibu record signed.

Wynne will also appear in the BET Hip-Hop Awards' cypher video on

While it may seem weird to invite a white artist to an event meant to celebrate and showcase people of color, it’s really not that weird at all. Despite some factually untrue statements made by Clueless star Stacey Dash and our current racist president back in 2016, BET is known to recognize the contributions of non-Black artists as well. Iggy Azalea, Justin Bieber, Sam Smith and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are just a few examples of white artists who have been nominated in years past, and the latter two actually won.

Both via her music and online, Wynne has established herself as an ally to the empowerment of Black and brown people; her invitation is likely the byproduct of the artist being outspoken about issues of social justice, and her self-aware acknowledgement of the privileges she benefits from as a white, blonde rapper from Lake Oswego.

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