Nina Simone + daughter
Congratulations to Feist, who just won the 2012 Polaris Prize
An excerpt from photographer, music writer and now author Laina Dawes’ cleverly written, brave, personal and yet incredibly relatable book - “What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal”
Writing this book, I found other black women who had felt rejected by friends, family members, or their communities because of their musical preferences.
At one point, I distributed a mass questionnaire, and nearly three-quarters of the replies described negative reactions to listening to heavy metal.
Many of the replies were predictable: “Many people say the style of music I like isn’t really music, it’s just loud noise. Or that I’m not black because I like rock or punk music.”
Others were encouraging: “Especially when I say I like rock, they think it’s like devil or white music. I find it hilarious. I revel in my musical tastes and find audio joy wherever I can.”
Some were unfortunate: “When I was younger, I was criticized for listening to ‘white’ music and told I was weird and [that] there was something wrong with me for being a black girl listening to rock ’n’ roll … [Then] I learned that black folks actually created it.”
by Laina Dawes [Courtesy of Bazillion Points Books, 2012. ]
“How do you keep so trim?”
“Do you plan to have kids any time soon?”
“Are you dating anyone at the moment?”
One could say the same for musicians, singer-songwriters and performers…
GQ’s man of the year gets a sharp suit while
GQ’s woman of the year gets a birthday suit.
GQ, you deserve the slow-clap of the day…
(via guerilla feminism)
The Toronto subway gets very empty around 1am #TTC (Taken with Instagram)