Once again, we are in the midst of an autumn of uncertainty and hope for brighter days as they get shorter and colder. But we’ll make it through again. In the meantime, grab your favorite cardigans and warm drinks and take some time to relax.
We made it to another summer solstice. As a new variant of the virus reminds us we are still not out of the woods yet, hopefully we can take some time to slow down and remember lessons we began learning a year ago. Blessed solstice, everyone.
It’s been five years since we lost His Royal Badness and his birthday has unofficially been declared Prince Day by fans. Over here, we’ve turned that day into the Afrofuturism showcase. However, we’ll do things differently from now on. With the end of The Black Swan Collective, we don’t do a regular show anymore, so on days such as this, we’ll offer playlists celebrating BlackFemGenius, Black women music artists Prince would have appreciated or show that same flare for creativity on their own terms. And quite frankly just women I like. And to kick it off, today we have a supersize show of some of the women featured over the years. So please enjoy the music and celebrate these artists while they’re still here.
Six years ago, I began this show inspired by the Black Lily to create a space to feature indie Black women in music in all genres and styles. And throughout these six years, I’ve had a lot of fun getting to know these artists and revisiting some of my favorites. But now it’s time to let go of the regular show. I’ll occasionally curate playlists when I feel the need, but I’ll be abandoning the radio format. So for now, on the occasion of Imani Coppola’s birthday and unofficial show anniversary, we’re having a small birthday/anniversary party featuring a handful of the artists I’ve enjoyed acquainting myself with over the years, beginning with the track heard every show but without my voice to annoy you. Until next time, farewell.
This week we have tracks from Meet Me @ the Altar, Rico Nasty, and Georgia Anne Muldrow. We have no throwback segment, instead focusing on the contemporary artists we’re enjoying right now as we say goodbye to the show.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.