Inda’s Corner: Celebrating Minnie’s Life and Legacy

*This is a re-upload of essay #9 from Nov. 2017, the 70th anniversary of Minnie Riperton’s birth.

Like most people, my introduction to Minnie Riperton was her timeless acoustic classic “Lovin’ You,” one of many songs she wrote with her husband Richard Rudolph. And, yes, that now famous high C impressed the hell out of me and made her stand out, especially as an adolescent in the age of Mariah Carey and every other Black female singer of the time who used that high note in the most gimmicky of ways in every R&B song. But I’d soon get familiar with the originator, the one who knew how to best use her operatic training in meaningful ways outside of opera.

But as I became more familiar and grew ever more enchanted with everything about Minnie, I realized something essential that must be said about her legacy: she was so much more than that high note. She was so much more than an R&B diva although it was fair to count her among the best. And unfortunately, she left us far too soon.

CSP Presents The Black Swan Collective: Episode #109

This week we have tracks from Big Joanie, Brittany Howard, and Kelsey Lu. Our throwback segment pays homage to an incredible talent gone way too soon. We also recognize one of our favorite alternative Black girls.

(Barely Audible) Music Under: “The Black Mother” by Georgia Anne Muldrow as Jyoti
You can find me on Twitter @IndasCorner, Mastadon @IndaLauryn, Tumblr at cornerstorepress.tumblr.com and my blog at cornerstorepress.wordpress.com. You can also check out the podcast I co-host with Didi (@dustdaughter) called Black Girl Squee (@blackgirlsquee) at blackgirlsquee.simplecast.fm as well as the new Inda’s Corner audio essay series also on Mixcloud. You can support me and the show at conceding2kismet@gmail.com.

Inda’s Corner: 20 Years of Macy

Saturday nights were spent with PBS and IFC. And with PBS, I found a show I absolutely loved. Sessions at West 54th. I’ve mentioned it in other essays, but when I decided to look back on two albums from this year, I realized just how essential that show was to helping me discover new music and/or finally see artists I enjoyed perform for the first time. Among those artists is one I feel is sometimes severely underrated: Macy Gray.

CSP Presents The Black Swan Collective: Episode #108

This week we have tracks from Lafawndah, Amber Mark, and Emeli Sandé. Our throwback segment continues our celebration of Pride this month with some pioneers.

(Barely Audible) Music Under: “The Black Mother” by Georgia Anne Muldrow as Jyoti
You can find me on Twitter @IndasCorner, Mastadon @IndaLauryn, Tumblr at cornerstorepress.tumblr.com and my blog at cornerstorepress.wordpress.com. You can also check out the podcast I co-host with Didi (@dustdaughter) called Black Girl Squee (@blackgirlsquee) at blackgirlsquee.simplecast.fm as well as the new Inda’s Corner audio essay series also on Mixcloud. You can support me and the show at conceding2kismet@gmail.com.