Before, during, and after times of hardship, many in the Black community create art to take in the pain and struggle and release a beauty that heals and teaches. Here’s a selection of works that have been of service to me and some people to whom I think you s…

Before, during, and after times of hardship, many in the Black community create art to take in the pain and struggle and release a beauty that heals and teaches. Here’s a selection of works that have been of service to me and some people to whom I think you s…

If I had to sum up my condition over the last few weeks, itd be exhaustion. Im tired. I told a friend this week that my soul feels like it needs to hibernate. Not only in grieving for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade but also in viewing what feels like hundreds of accounts of hotheaded police officers violently attacking protesters who are demonstrating against police violence. Once again, Im forced to confront the reality that Im not as free as Ive been led to believe. That our system is broken. That people want me dead, due to no fault of my own.
Before, during, and after times of hardship, many in the Black community create art to take in the pain and struggle and release a beauty that heals and teaches. Black creatives are always working, trying to find some understanding, envisioning a better world. Some of my most pleasant moments in the past few weeks were when a close friend and I just listened to music. We sat in its energy, each new song reflecting on our reality. Wed jump from Erykah Badu to 21 Savage to Rico Nasty to Buju Banton then back around again. From R&B classics to trap to gospel. Each twist in the playlist turns a new page in our own stories.
Heres a selection of works that have been of service to me and some people to whom I think you should pay attention. Some of these Ive loved for a while, other things Ive only discovered recently. I hope you find something here that speaks to you or at least livens up your day.
Noname
Instagram
Nikkolas Smith
Zouzouo Williams Obrou
BEAM
Instagram
Teddy Walton (Music Producer)
Instagram
Bryce Cobbs
Ciscero
Instagram
Gianni Lee
Ray Neutron
Instagram
Tierra Whack
Instagram
Smino
Instagram
Baby Keem
Website
Andre Nódoa
KOTA The Friend
Instagram
They Hate Change
Instagram
Angrygengars
Rico Nasty
Instagram
Kenny Mason
Instagram
Cary Fagan
Instagram | Puzzle Project (% to support Girls Who Code)
Photograph by Cary Fagan
Photograph by Cary Fagan
EarthGang
Instagram
Stina Aleah
Simpson
Instagram
Ari Lennox
Instagram
Ezra Claytan Daniels
Denzel Curry
Instagram
Shygirl
Instagram
Leighton McDonald
Brandon Gastinell
JID
Instagram
Dave McClinton
Channel Tres
Instagram
Matt Mcghee
Instagram
Adé Hogue
Koffee
Instagram
JPEGMafia
Instagram
Zack Fox
Instagram
Lucky Daye
Instagram
Father Nico
D Smoke
Instagram
Flo Milli
Instagram
G.L.A.M.
Instagram

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