Callout for interviewees for Solange Knowles project

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I’m happy to announce I’m working on a long-term book project on artist and musician Solange Knowles and I’m currently looking for interviewees for the project.

I want to speak to individuals whose lives have been impacted by Solange Knowles and more specifically her latest album A Seat at the Table.

Get in touch if Solange’s A Seat at the Table impacted your:

  • Art
  • Politics
  • Activism
  • Music
  • Blackness
  • Black womanhood

Contact me here for more information.

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Essays to feature in Women Who Rock, out Oct 2018

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I’m happy to announce a selection of my essays will be featured in the upcoming music anthology Women Who Rock, edited by Evelyn McDonnell.

Published by Black Dog & Leventhal publishers, the book is a celebration of 106 musical artists covering a wide range of genres, showcasing the importance of women in music. Each essay includes a full colour illustration of the musical artist or group.

I wrote about Amy Winehouse, Aaliyah, Dusty Springfield, Erykah Badu, ESG, Poly Styrene, Ronnie Spector and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

To pre-order the book or read more about it please visit Hachette Book Group.

New essay to feature in new anthology On Bodies

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I’m happy to announce that I will be featured in the upcoming anthology from 3 of Cups Press, called On Bodies.

Featuring essays, poetry and prose, the anthology focuses on the relationships people have with their bodies. My essay focuses on the feeling of disconnection and desexualisation, and its connection with race.

On Bodies is currently crowdfunding to ensure they can put out this issue. If you have anything money to spare or want to pre-order the paperback or e-book version donate to the Kickstarter campaign.

Pre-order new collection of music essays Under My Thumb

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I wrote an essay for the upcoming book Under My Thumb: Songs that Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them edited by Rhian E. Jones and Eli Davies.

Under My Thumb is a collection of essays by female journalists writing about their favourite songs or artists who have problematic gender politics. The essays look at the contradictions and complex ways women love music.

The book features an my essay about Phil Spector and how his mistreatment of women around him played into his work.

The book is now available to pre-orderUnder My Thumb will be published on 17th October in the US and 19th October in UK.

 

Audio of Women Make Noise Discussion

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I took part in a panel discussion called Women Make Noise as part of the Off the Shelf festival in Sheffield. The discussion focused on women’s experiences of music culture and the industry and featured myself, Julia Downes, Alanna McArdle and Sarita Karr.

Here is the audio of the whole event which covered many interesting topics including the exclusion of black women in music, the experiences of being a woman in a male dominated band and the experiences of being a female house and techno DJ.

I don’t always get paid for my work, so if you’ve liked my pieces and want me to write more you can donate a couple pennies to keep me going in between paid work.