Black Women In Rock (started on Tumblr on November 21, 2011) exists to challenge the typical representations of black women in both media and in public life. I showcase black women who make rock music, or who make music in a genre that is connected to (or an influencer of) rock music. I also discuss what it’s like to be a black woman musician (or a fan) in this scene.
When this blog was created, it was to fill a void left by blackwomenwhorock.tumblr.com becoming inactive. I wanted to continue on where the authors of that blog left off. I started this blog knowing only three or four women who were black rock musicians but, 6+ years later, more than 100 women who fit the bill have been cataloged on this site!
I hope that this blog will serve as a viable resource to black women rock artists and rock fans. Use the search bar to find a particular artists or concept — more than likely you will find what you are looking for! You can contact me with any questions, comments, or requests at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Curated Playlists: #BlackWomenInRock Playlists
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CREDITS (all links open in a new window)
Favicon image is of Sister Rosetta Tharpe (photo by Jan Persson)
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There is a documentary film by Sheila Jackson that uses the Black Women In Rock title, called Nice & Rough: Black Women IN Rock. Our blog is not related to her project, but I highly recommend checking her out. She has her own articles on the website as well as very good information. Her site is www.niceandrough.com, and her Facebook page can be found by clicking here (links will open in a new window).
This site is also not directly affiliated with Laina Dawes (author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal), but I am a fan! Check out posts talking about Laina’s work here (links will open in a new window).
Also, some posts lost their proper attribution in the import from Tumblr to WordPress. If you would like credit for a photo or video that belongs to you, please contact me at email@example.com with the link(s) of the post in question.
Many posts also had to be deleted to help with better organizing this website. The entire archive for Black Women In Rock as it existed on Tumblr can be found here: https://jaleesa-von-spooky.tumblr.com/archive/2016/10 (opens in a new window). Just scroll down to see all the posts! The username has changed, because I started using the Tumblr site as a personal blog after migrating BWIR to WordPress.