As many of our’s Hot Girl Summer come to a close, I felt it would be best to recap the music we have been blasting this past season! Here is a countdown of the some of the best femmes that dropped songs within the year. If you missed out on the festivities this summer, don’t even worry – I included dope femmes that give us music for all four seasons !
This young lyricist brings the punches on her tracks . On her latest EP released across platforms she unleashes the whiplash crazed tongue of hers in songs like freestyle and more- Listen here!
Sampa the great
Feel the gap of the vast Black Diaspora close listening to this rapper. Sampa infuses sounds of her home in Zambia , Africa Traditional Religion , speaking power of matriarchy with a flow that is a modern twist if Erykah Badu was a spokenwordsmith. Listen as she invites listeners to breathe, to dance, and to move into Action.
she is a personal fave ! this Buffalo Based Rapper lyrics encompasses her journey through mental health , love and navigating life as a Black femme in a male dominated society. Her content isn’t the only thing of value- her artistic take with beats and visuals are an additional treat. Stream her music here!
self- described as “high priestess of sounds. who create ratchet spiritual, channeling ancestors, fall into some higher spiritual dimensions.” Listen here! !
Megan Thee Stallion
Creator of thee Hot Girl Summer Playlist does not shy away from stating her worth is not for negotiation. and that her goals are for her to obtain. She does this all while giving us bops to twerk until our knees give out – give her latest album a Listen here!
Think Weird kid mixed with mad scientist typa vibe and you get one Whacky World. Tierra’s mastery of lyrics over dizzing beats will have your ears begging for more! Listen to her latest single!
Saweetie channels unapologetic Black Girl vibes as she plays with fun lyrics about what she likes and how she is seen. Give her a Listen!
This magical duo of conscious rappers focuses on their spiritual path intersecting with the current movement for Black Liberation. Become filled with nostalgia as they mix vibes reminiscent of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu with their own unique sound. Listen to their beautiful journey here!
Doja playfully dabbles with different beats and her flow giving us new flavors of music to move to. Listen to her latest music here!
I had to give a honourable mention to OG femme rapper Rapsody who released this ode to Black Women. It would be a great injustice to us if I bypassed her latest star studded album, Eve. Listen to her as she uplifts the memories of famous Black Women with songs like Sojourner and more !
Last month I stumbled across the cutest duo: Jennelle Eliana, an adventurous Woman of Color and her pet snake Alfredo, a spunky black eyed leucistic python. On her nineteenth birthday Jennelle made the decision to pursue van life to avoid the high rental cost in California and live a tiny life style that she had long been envisioning. On her YouTube channel where over 2 million subscribers tune in to watch her videos that last no longer than 20 minutes each Jannelle captures her daily journeys to a dope soundtrack.
I first came across Jennelle through a Black Girls Who Love Anime Facebook group. When I saw her decked out van equipped with a living space layout, I was intrigued enough to check out her youtube. I quickly became obsessed after watching her first two videos and am now devoted watcher and subscriber.
What I love most about Jennelle is her bubbly personality. I enjoy how she opens and closes each video in her own unique way and the incorporates humor into the climatic moments she encounters. I admire Jennelle’s willingness to be vulnerable and open with us her audience about her past struggles and current triumphs- she doesn’t shy away from being emotional . I was also drawn in by her humility as a young person who is trying to navigate life as an adult with all of it complexities and wonders and opportunities it presents. I find her and her channel an inspiring snapshot of what life has evolved into for us a People of Color and as Womxn: Exciting and scary. The fact that Jennelle is honest about the time she felt unsafe as a woman traveler and the means she takes to protect herself is a testimony of how Women and Femmes of Color must navigate our lives in this world.
Whenever I need a quick mid-day or night pick me up I turn to Jennelle and Alfredo so, if you haven’t caught on to watching – I invite you to do so Now! Signing off in the words of Jennelle “Toddles!”
2 WEEKS AWAY FROM THE BEAU FLEUVE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL AT SILO CITY!
Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival will host its 3rd Annual festival this summer on Sunday August 25th, 2019 entitled “The Ultimate Sunday Funday” at Silo City. Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival was created to celebrate the rich history of Buffalo’s arts scene and illuminate the resurgence of all forms of music , art , media and culture that resonates in and from Buffalo & WNY for one day only. Festival goers will experience a true multi-cultural experience serving as a melting pot of music, arts and culture.
This Year’s Festival will include attractions will include 3 performance stages of 30+ performers, Art Installations , Culture Exhibits , Fan Favorite Silent disco, Next Generation Festival of the Youth Stage Street-Art, Beer-Wine Garden , Food Trucks , Vendors Village , Attractions, Live to Air Podcast , Family Fun zone &more!
Festival Goers will be able to enjoy all mediums of art and music from Blues, Hip Hop, Rock, Country, Brass, Indie, EDM, R&B, Gospel, Soul, Trap and more. Some of this year’s performers consist of Headliner ZURI APPLEBY (Touring Bassist) who is currently on tour with National Recording Artist YUNA, CURTIS LOVELL (Neo Soul), MILLER & THE OTHER SINNERS (country), THE MOLICE (alternative), FLUSE (alternative) UNIVERSAL PHUNK (band) , FREAK THE MIGHTY (Trap) , HEATHER RUSSELL (Canadian R&B) , LOVE THE GENIUS (Hip Hop) and more.
Few new additions will be the “Next Generation Festival of the Youth Stage that will highlight youth musicians, poets, artist and entrepreneurs under 18. Ticket prices for all ages starting at General Admission tickets $10 also with a new group pack called “The Herd” that is buy 3 , get 1 Ticket Free. Sunday Funday Activities, attractions and games.
Beau Fleuve Music & Arts has been hitting the ground running in 2019 from hosting monthly events “Arts x Beats” Concert & Art Series to launching its Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Foundation , Sneaker Ball and recent announcement of development plans for the Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Center.
Also, special tees are available for purchase with a general admission ticket for $30.00!!!
No stranger to Flagrant City, my longtime childhood friend and current homegirl, Zuri Appleby (Bassist) born and raised in our hometown of Buffalo, NY is set to headline and close out the 3rd Annual Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival!!! Zuri, who moved over here to LA a few years back has been on tour with renowned National Acts such as Nick Jonas, Party Next Door, Brent Faiyaz, Duckwrth and NOMBE.
Zuri a renowned musician in the WNY area and comes from music family with her mother and Buffalo Public School Music teacher Linda Appleby and Father Rodney Appleby who also is a musician. Z, who just finished an International Tour with Yuna has been announced to close out this year’s Ultimate Sunday Funday Festival at Silo City.
WHAT: 3rd Annual Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival
WHEN: Sunday August 25th, 2019 – “Ultimate Sunday Funday”
Insightful, funny and raw. That just about sums up Episode #211 (like the malt liquor), of Drinking Partners Podcast, who sits down with my boy Thomas Agnew and his business partner DS Kinsel of the multipurpose creative space Boom Concepts in Pittsburgh, PA.
The guys cover everything from music, culture, influence, and more. The laughs were endless and the knowledge and experiences shared were very in-depth. It’s great to see the evolution of Thomas’ journey in entrepreneurship in the Steel city.
If you ever attended an event at Shadow Lounge with JENESIS Magazine then you’ll understand why this new fundraiser for Boom Concepts is so important.
When I heard of the death of X, I broke my social media hiatus to see how the news was effecting everyone. I have learned from Bill Cosby, Chris Brown and R Kelly that when bad things happen to notorious abusers, black folks still weep. X like Chris, Bill and Kelly represents our relationship with black men. And Xxxtentacion dying in a drive by in broad daylight is a reminder that no matter the wealth, fame, or clout one gets does not make anyone immune from gun violence that plagues our black community. His fans and family that survived him that are currently mourning his death, I am committed into feeling more deeply with them.
I want to be clear that I by no means condone the vicious violence of this young man or am I a X sympathizer.
Xxxtentacion expressed his emotions in his music that he was unable to do in a healthy way in his interactions in his personal life. His music was his safe place where his creation released his pain and traumatic experiences that he took pride in sharing so others would not feel alone. When I look at the lyrics of Xxxtentacion’s music I understand that it is relatable to folks, young boys especially – that battle through the same emotions of feeling sadness and anger without knowing how to sort through it in a healthy way. I look to these as reminders of how much farther we have yet to go. If its not our personal relationship with unprocessed pain and emotions, it is our proximity to folks in our lives that experience it.
`Xxxtentacion music was relatable to so many folks for its emotional content.’
I work with young black boys that have similar life experiences as Xxxtentacion – mothers that feel more like older sisters, fathers that are barely existent, and grandparents, family members or foster parents that have had to take of care taker roles. I see how they let their relationship with their parents and the community that is still active in their lives shapes them into the men they are growing into. I see how their sadness that they are not allowed to feel into leads to frustration of not exploring these feelings of rejected which in turn morphs into anger that cannot be tamed.
I’m more concerned about the impact of X’s life and the current wave of new rappers have on our youth that look up to them as leading role models of success. Black children seeing young black men that look like their older cousins and on their social media platforms portray lives that are similar to their current day to day lives with the illusion of more money inspire them to live their lives in the same manner.
As an adult I forget the impact that celebrities, musicians especially have on children. I grew up loving Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, and singers like that who inspired me to aim to define my own version of greatness.Today children look for the same.
It is our duty as adults to hold our youth’s idols accountable for their role they have on this new generation. Call them in more on their behaviors and call them out when their actions become problematic. X is dead, and all I have positively to say on his legacy creates a safe place for young male listeners to begin to explore their emotions. My hope is that we can let that door that has opened for boys to admit to feeling sadness and pain to us exploring more where this is coming from and introduce how to heal through their past traumas.
I am more focused on the future of our black community and how we are shaping the children that will become the leaders of that reality. I do not have the energy to imagine the possible future of Xxxtentacion living a reformed life as a healed person in our community, I rather accept and learn from his tragic reality : X let the trauma of his childhood shape him into an unapologetically violent person which lead to his early death. He was aware of his transgressions and knew that much of it came from his troubled past which was why he felt the need to focus on the youth.
“If worse thing comes to worst, and I f***ing die or some s*** and I’m not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceived my message and were able to make something of themselves and able to take my message and use it and turn it into something positive and to at least have a good life.
“If I’m going to die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least five million kids happy or they found some sort of answers or resolve in my life regardless of the negative around my name.” – Xxxtentacion, The Sun
Let us focus on raising our youth in healthy healing communities. Let’s focus on the women and femme survivors of the existing abusers in our own cities and communities- providing resources for access to safe havens, education on alternative interventions that do not require the police/law enforcement such as restorative justice and additional healing support. Let our black men work towards healing themselves and traumas while calling each other in when exhibiting toxic masculinity. This is the way we can at least begin to create our own sustainable community.