Happy Birthday BWIR: 6 years and running!

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On this day in 2011, I made a decision that would change my life forever. Black Women Who Rock was no longer being updated, but I still needed a place to gather together the 5 or 6 black women I knew who either did rock music, or were in rock bands.

I was still convinced that I was an outlier in my interest and love for rock music, and created the Black Women In Rock Tumblr blog (archive) to help fill the gap that was missing for me. The original tagline for the blog was Picking up where Black Women Who Rock left off, as a matter of fact!

6 years later (and a migration to WordPress) later, this blog is still kicking and has catalogued over 100 black women rock musicians. I hope to be here forever, helping to break this completely inaccurate conception that black women can’t sing rock and roll.

— Jaleesa