It’s a tough time right now, but a Buffalo woman is doing her part to keep you informed about the coronavirus all while putting a smile on your face.
Raven Baxter, otherwise known as Raven the Science Maven, is mixing science and rap music to spread a message about the coronavirus.
“This is a unique situation for a lot of people. Being asked to stay inside your homes for an extended period of time, your mind kind of just goes all over the place, my mind just went to a very creative space,” said Baxter.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the University at Buffalo student, who’s currently pursuing a PhD in science education, took a popular rap song called “Wipe Me Down” and put her own spin on it. She remixed it into her own song and video and gave people tips on how to make it through the coronavirus outbreak.
“The title is perfect for the practices that we need to take on for the pandemic. I want people to be aware of their surroundings and not be so careless, because the truth of the matter is that many people who carry COVID-19 may not show symptoms, so it doesn’t matter if you’re coughing or sneezing, everybody needs to stay home and take precautions,” she said.
It took Raven two hours to write the rap last weekend and a day to make the video. She posted it last Monday. After she posted it on social media, it went viral.
“Everything I do, I just try to do it for the good of to better humanity so I never really have many expectations, when I put something out I just hope that it reaches just one person, and in this case it’s reached hundreds of thousands of people,” she said.
The video has reached people of all backgrounds from scientists to students. Raven’s work is not only an outlet for information but inspiration. She strives for diversity in the science field.
“I feel like it’s given me a chance to connect with a lot of people who were looking for this type of representation. I had a mother who said that her 4-year-old daughter can’t stop singing it, it’s stuck in her head and then her daughter keeps telling her that she wants to be a scientist, so that means a lot to me,” she said.
You can expect to hear more from Raven very soon. She’s working on a rap album about science called “The Protocol” that could be released as early as May. You’ll be able to find it on all platforms.