InspiHERed By spotlights phenomenal women in the Black queer community–everyone from artists to activists. Each week ELIXHER features someone whose personal journey and individual craft inspire us to dream bigger, laugh harder, and love deeper. This week, we catch up with Glennisha Morgan, a 25-year-old freelance journalist and blogger. The Detroit native and self-professed hip hop head is also the creator of TheFembassy.com, a website that pays homage to often overlooked female emcees. Last summer, Glennisha appeared on BET’s first documentary, “My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip Hop.” She also contributes to Clutch Magazine, Autostraddle.com, and Ikons Magazine.
ELIXHER: Tell us about your love for hip hop and your passion for writing. When and how did they begin?
GLENNISHA: I’ve been a hip hop head ever since I heard Warren G’s Regulate. The West Coast caught my attention and I’ve been in love ever since. It got to the point that I actually took the time out to teach myself the history and I’m still learning everyday.
Not to sound cliché, but I’ve been writing ever since I learned how to write. In the fourth grade I started out writing poems, plays, and short stories. In the fifth grade I joined my school’s first newspaper staff and I’ve had an interest in journalism ever since. From that year on I was always a part of my school’s newspaper staff. I had an internship with a local music magazine during my sophomore year of college and continued pursuing a freelance writing career.
ELIXHER: When and why did you create The Fembassy?
GLENNISHA: I was an avid fan of VH1’s Miss Rap Supreme. At the time I was so excited just to see female emcees get some type of attention. After the show went off air I thought to myself, “Okay. Now what? Someone needs to continue to shed light on female emcees.” I didn’t see anyone else doing something so that’s when I decided to create The Fembassy. I actually stole the title from the name of the hotel that the women stayed in on Miss Rap Supreme. July 2008 is when I made it official via Blogspot.
ELIXHER: How would you describe yourself in three words?
GLENNISHA: I’d have to go with passionate, ambitious, and creative.
ELIXHER: What’s the biggest misconception people have of you?
GLENNISHA: People tend to think that I have more clout than I actually do. I don’t know, maybe I just don’t realize it. Or I’m so humble and just grateful to be able to do some of the things that I’m able to. Some of my friends think that I’m a celebrity but I beg to differ.
ELIXHER: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to face and how did you overcome it?
GLENNISHA: I’m shy and I used to be really afraid to speak in front of large groups of people. A few months ago, I got asked to speak at a back-to-school event for children in Brooklyn. I was super nervous, but the thought of possibly inspiring children made me eager to do it. Once I got up on stage I was fine. Doing that made me want to actually do more public speaking.
ELIXHER: Who or what inspires you?
GLENNISHA: I find inspiration in so many different things and people. There are so many awesome women that inspire me just by being themselves. I can walk into a hip hop show and become just so inspired by the energy of the people. I’ve actually left venues before and went home crying because I felt so inspired. I’m truly like a sponge. I can easily soak up energy.
ELIXHER: What’s makes you proud to be a part of the Black queer community?
GLENNISHA: I love us because we are truly one of a kind. There are so many of us doing great things. Contrary to popular belief, we’re doing more than just vogueing and having sex with each other. We’re running nonprofits, creating media, running businesses, raising children, lobbying, standing up for our rights, and doing exactly what everyone is doing but, possibly better. We have to deal with so much because we’re double minorities and for the lesbian community we have three strikes against us. Yet, we’re still striving. So I’m very proud to be a part of the Black queer community and I just think we are a truly a beautiful people.
ELIXHER: What changes would you like to see in the Black queer community?
GLENNISHA: I would like for some of these crazy labels and double standards to subside. I hate how people of the LGBT community bring over heterosexual social norms into the LGBT community. It’s funny because you don’t really see some of these labels and so called rules within the Caucasian queer community. Caucasian lesbians tend to love and date whoever. They don’t necessarily care about who is a stud, femme, AG, or Dom.
ELIXHER: What’s next for Glennisha?
GLENNISHA: I’m currently working on a documentary about female emcees. Also, the artist that I manage, Mz Jonz has an upcoming album that’s going to be released April 12. It’s called “Here On My Own” and it’ll be available on iTunes. We recently released her single “Bang My Shit.” She typically really gets into her emotional side. But on this track she comes really hard, so it’s a bit unexpected. It’s a track to let people know the different styles she has.
ELIXHER: What’s next for the Fembassy?
GLENNISHA: The Fembassy has collaborated with Against The Grain Music and Yella Stud N Da South to present a midwest edition mixtape. DJ Dimepiece is mixing it. I’m excited because I’m from the midwest and a lot people sleep on us, but there is plenty of talent here. I’m also ready to take the website to the next level. I’d like to host some events that will take The Fembassy beyond the internet. I can’t say for sure what the event is going to be like right now but know that something is coming.