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Re: “The disappearance of black-girl R&B in 2011—except Heather Victoria

This is a super interesting article. And I def agree that r&b today is not the same r&b that I knew back in the 90s. To me, Usher had the last real r&b album that had mass appeal. But since you are defining a "black girl r&b", I must say that all of the artists you mentioned: Drake, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, even rappers like Wale with his recent hit, they all get their sound from that classic "black girl r&b." You can hear Aaliyah's influence all up in their music. Wale even sampled SWV on his last mixtape. So while its important to claim the "black girl r&b" sound, and its even more crucial to state that all of these new mainstream artists get their sound from Black women vocalists.

White Brits like Adele and Amy Winehouse and others are clearly inspired by female soul singers like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Etta James, and others. Its also important to mention that all American music is based off of the melancholy of Black women. Black women created the Blues, which is the foundation of American music, as they tried to escape patriarchal domination from their fathers in the South. I believe Angela Davis talks about this in her book Blues Legacies and Black Feminism." Its critical to give credit where credit is due, especially since the image of the Black woman in America is so maligned. I will definitely check out the artist you mentioned, Heather Victoria. Anyways, kudos to you for a dope article!

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Posted by Tia MoNique on 01/11/2012 at 6:10 PM

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