Lizzo!! Launching Music and Feminism to Greater Heights

(Don’t miss her Tiny Desk Concert where she performs Cuz I Love You, Truth Hurts and her last song where she also plays the flute in her song Juice! ) 

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Lizzo at 2019 BET Awards. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Lizzo, phenomenal singer, rapper and flute player is transforming music and launching feminism to greater heights with her body positivity, black lives matter energy and her message of self love. SHE. IS. PHENOMENAL. Her presence is captivating and her engagement with the audience draws you in, in this absolutely fun way. And she conveys understanding of her self and of society in a profound and to the point manner. Plus, she is a powerful singer and incredible musician. Duh.

In a music interview with NPR’s Terry Gross she talks about her early pursuits in music performance and music theory:

 “I am classically trained in music theory and music performance, so I have an innate ear and actually a highly skilled ear when it comes to frequency and harmony and dissonance and melody. So for me, it’s this thing that I can feel in my body. I’m almost like a tuning fork where if I hear the beat and I vibrate at the level that I’m supposed to, I know that that’s what I want to get on. And from being trained, I think it’s easier for me to speak a language to producers, and I can speak engineer to the engineers.”

She also unapologetically chats about feminism and body positivity: “”About 10 years ago, I made the decision that I just wanted to be happy with my body and I just wanted to be happy with who I am. That was the beginning of my journey with learning how to love my body. … You have to find that love for yourself deep down inside, underneath all of that questioning and ickiness.” Hell yeah, the importance of self love.

She is just incredible on so many levels.

Check out the full NPR music interview with her here, I highly recommend it.

 

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Albuquerque Hiphop Artist,Wake Self, Has Something to Say:

“Dear world. It’s so upsetting to me

that the economy has turned misogyny

into a revenue stream.” -Wake Self

Wake Self is a hiphop artist from Albuquerque New Mexico making waves. Check out their song, below, titled “Malala. ” This song, featuring singer Blu Samu, is packed with sharp social commentary about the treatment of women in the rap industry and in the media. Fellow New Mexico friends, you may see familiar New Mexico scenery.

 

Beyoncé’s “World-Stopping Music Video”

The internet is exploding with praise for Beyoncé’s new music video calling it “world-stopping” because people are stopping what they’re doing to watch it over and over. I know I’ve watched it over and over. I’m mesmerized by the incredible imagery, amazing dance moves and shattering baseline with kickass lyrics. But even more than that, this video is beyond awesome in how she celebrates being a black woman. As Ashley Weatherford, a New York editor, put it, “There’s often talk of what it means to be ‘unapologetically black,’ and this video is the blueprint. Lyric by lyric, she celebrates blackness.”  And specifically, it’s clearly an anthem for women. New York editor, Rembert Browne, said it too: “…the song’s so clearly for women.” (Which doesn’t mean guys can’t appreciate it too, because, let’s face it: Everybody’s going to love it.) The video also provides thought provoking imagery of the New Orleans hurricane disaster and the issue of police brutality. I could go on and on about how powerful and amazing this video is.

Leon Neyfakh from Slate.com said, “Beyoncé’s Surprise New Single Is Both a #BlackLivesMatter–Inspired Protest Anthem and an Absolute Jam”

This music video is in a complete category of it’s own: It defies all expectations of mainstream music. I love Beyoncé and this music video is absolutely incredible. 

Check it out for yourself: