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New Podcast: BGS 14 – Black Girl Magic Can’t Stop Won’t Stop!

Netta essence cover     WE’RE BACK! DID YOU MISS US? :)

In episode 14 of Black Girl Squee, Inda Lauryn (@indascorner) and Didi Jenning (@dustdaughter) return from hiatus to celebrate a whole bunch of Black Girl Magic!

Inda Lauryn has a new story called Compromised on Amazon! Getchu a copy right here.

We talk about Tonya Pinkins and #BlackPerspectivesMatter.

We squee about Johnetta Elzie gracing the cover Essence Magazine.

More Black Women are joining the podcasting ranks – voices likeReagan Gomez Preston and @Kiddotrue are needed and welcome!

Support the Crowdsourcing Black Girls in Independent Media project here.

We also talk about Taraji at the Golden Globes and on Elle Magazine (which also shows up in Catch the Fade later).

In our main topic, we talk about Black Women Geniuses specifically in music from the 70’s to now. We have a few repeats in our DWIDPsegment, but we think you’ll enjoy it.

Support Inda’s creative endeavors here.

What Black Girl musical Geniuses did we miss? Let us know by tweeting us @blackgirlsquee, emailing us at blackgirlsquee at gmail dot com or sending us a message on our Tumblr. Leave us a review on iTunes and we’ll read it on the show.

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“If you scared, call that reverend” – Black Women musicians and sexual expression

The idea that Black women recording artists like Janet Jackson and Beyonce Knowles-Carter sing/write about sex to grab attention (from men) or to increase sales is annoying to me for several reasons. It feels intellectually lazy and dishonest and slightly hotep-ish with a sprinkle of respectability politics thrown in. Because women couldn’t possibly think about sex, enjoy sex, want sex, or want to talk about sex. No, it’s all just a premeditated attempt to attract male listeners because only men care about sex but they only listen to [pick a stereotypical genre of music].

Sure, some women artists are told to ‘sex it up’ more in their lyrics and onstage persona for record sales – Lil Kim comes to mind. But for some artists, it’s not a calculation. It’s just an expression of what they’re feeling at the time.

Consider the moment in both Jackson’s and Knowles-Carter’s lives just before their most sexual content dropped. Janet had secretly married Rene Elizondo was coming off two highly successful albums and tours for Control and Rhythm Nation 1814. She was at the peak of her powers musically. You can pretty much say the same for Beyonce, though she didn’t (and couldn’t) marry secretly. I really think the albums, Janet and Beyonce were borne from a place of personal contentment. Both women were in love with their partners and had earned great success in their careers due to their hard work and brilliance. Both albums were a celebration of that love and happiness, not a calculated cash grab.

 

I mean, I don’t know about you but let’s say I hypothetically met Oscar Isaac, (or Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Nicole Beharie or even if Gina Torres ever became single again) and one or more of them wanted to get chose. Let’s also imagine that they put it on me regularly and the shit was the bomb to paraphrase Sanaa Lathan in Brown Sugar. brown-sugar[Mmm, let’s just stay here for a minute. This is a nice hypothetical. Mmmm…] Okay I’m back. You think I ain’t gonna write about it, sing about it? Hell, I’d yell it from my bedroom window every morning. And y’all would just have to deal.

And let’s not act like both these albums were just 16-plus tracks all about sex either. Janet had playful tunes like “Funky Big Band” and a damn-near womanist anthem in “New Agenda”. Beyonce railed against the beauty myth in “Pretty Hurts” and created her own feminist anthem with “Flawless”. She opened up about her miscarriage on “Heaven”, then dedicated the album’s last track to her baby daughter, Blue.

It’s interesting that both Janet and Beyonce’s music didn’t get this sexually explicit until after they’d gotten married. Perhaps they did not feel safe expressing their sexuality so boldly without the cover of respectability that marriage gives Black women. And yet even that cover wasn’t enough to shield them from criticism. It’s almost like people can’t handle women (especially Black women) who want sex or enjoy sex. Maybe people are jealous of women (especially Black women) who find compatible partners with whom they have satisfying pleasurable sex. It’s much easier to shame or dismiss folks for expressing needs and desires that many (not all) of us have instead of letting people have their joy and moving on if it’s not for us.

It’s almost become reflex for people to police Black women’s expression of pleasure, of hurt, of anything at all. Which makes me wonder why people fear these expressions, these feelings and thoughts especially when they come from Black women. What makes these things inherently ‘dangerous’ when coming from us? But that’s another post. I’ve rambled enough for now.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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Corner Store Press

As many of you know I sometimes like to write the things. So I will be releasing a novella, Compromised, available on Kindle this Friday on Jan. 15th, 2016. Here is a brief synopsis:

Lisa and Danny found a strong connection when they met as teens and turned that connection into a relationship that saved them both. Until it fell apart when the past came calling. Their tumultuous history binds them as well as separates them. Years later, that past may bring them back together or drive them further apart for good.

Since I am also learning to make face claims, I chose two for Lisa and Danny:

Emayatzi Corinealdi and Brian Tee

And for good measure, here’s a preview of Compromised:

“Agent Mifune.”

Danny Mifune started toward his boss Lou Ochre. He could see the corpse just behind Lou, bloodied and mangled. The body had been run over…

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“Compromised” Novella Set for Release Jan. 15th

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Expanding The Black Swan Collective

Y’all, please support Inda in all her creative endeavors if you can. Inda has a LOT to offer!

PS. Hey girl, how can a certain podcaster/blogger get on your guest list? ;D

Corner Store Press

As most of you know, it’s been a tough time of things these past few months. Back in August, I finally got a job I liked and enjoyed only to be laid off about two and a half months later. I had some faith that it was only a temporary situation, but after almost three months, I’ve given up on getting that job back even though I still haven’t gotten an official word.

Fortunately, I kept my previous part-time job, but I don’t have hours again with that position until February. Even when I get those hours, the job grossly underpays and doesn’t give me enough hours. However, it’s all I have right now, so I stick with it.

Still, this has left me with much time to think about what I really want to do. Since I’m getting almost no work from my freelance editing/proofreading call, I’ve decided to…

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Allow me to reintroduce myself…

 

I just moved into a new place and I’m kinda stuck here until I can get my own set of house keys. So while I’m here, I might as well do some blogging, right?

I like the idea of reintroducing myself to new folks that follow this blog. I’m copying this idea from my buddy and BGS co-host, Inda Lauryn (a.k.a. @cornerstonepress). Here’s her reintroduction post. Check it out. Inda’s awesome.

Okay, so who am I? Continue reading

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