the book is forthcoming. by Danyel Smith. a history of black women in pop. from It Books/HarperCollins (2014). now writing. tumbling this stuff keeps me inspired, and keeps my brain sane.
Posts tagged women


Loving Solange’s twitter q&a.

I had begun to think my arrangments were not worth much, as no one ever wanted to pay for them…But the work paid off in the long run. Whenever musicians listened to the band they would ask who made a certain arrangement. Nearly always it was one of mine.
Already I had lost like 60 pounds then, I was exercising everyday…got down to a size 12…I got to Hollywood and they were like, ‘How do you feel being the big girl?’ And I was like, ‘Who are they talking to?’ I literally looked around like this is normal, this is fine, this is average, where I come from it’s totally fine, so I couldn’t understand.



'The music scene as it exists in these spaces isn't very accepting of women…'

…or feminists, or people who just like what they like but don’t have the liner notes memorized. This Pitchfork list is no exception and no surprise, but it is a sad reminder that 15 years may have passed, but the scene has stayed pretty much the same.