I wrote this about being a woman/WOC in the workplace, but it can apply to many people, places and things. Why are we trynna win within systems built to keep us losing?! I say we build whole new systems — systems that work for, rather than against, us! All of us! Cool? Meet me at the park. Let’s plot. Just gotta finish this episode of “Married at first sight” and brush this purple yam outta my teef first....
Congratulations to @jessieware and all of these phenomenal artists on their @brits nominations, as well as to everyone who played a role behind-the-scenes to help get this music out there. (FOUR women up for album of the year! 💪🏽) Jessie, I’m so happy for you and that your vision and brilliance are moving people like they’ve moved me and everyone else who has had the honor of creating with you. Your music has grooved me out of all kinds of loneliness and timidity, and I know I’m not alone in that. Sending a cheers to you, and to all, tonight from afar. 💛...
@kuumusic’s “Gimme Your Love” is out now! This song is rooted in the forwardness that, too often, conservative pressures to be anything but pleasured and pleasurable, desired and desiring, hold us back from. It’s also a true story, but you’ll have to stream it to find out what about. 😉
Swipe for a preview and follow KUU, @alexmetricmusic and @ritontime to keep up with all of the music we’re making together. Now go forth and get freaky! 😘...
It took a partial lifetime and the shattering of every image of beauty that I had been sold by white supremacy, but I can now say that I am totally and completely in love with my hair. How nice it is to become ourselves.
“White parents” — song AND visual — out now!
I wrote and produced “White parents” about the fetishization and tokenization of non-white people, and how harmful it is to be an, “I date (insert race here) people” person or an, “I have (insert race here) friends” person but not be doing the internal and external work to shift your immediate and extended communities in the directions of true equality. Basically, what I’m saying is, you can fuck me or be friends with me and still be contributing to systemic racism. (Hi, ex lovers and friends!) The same goes for people who hire people of color, but never grant them the same value, access and respect as their white peers.
On a really personal level, this song and video are an ode to some of my exes and their families, who were okay with giving me the girlfriend experience, but who also eventually made it very clear that, come marriage time, I would not be the one due to differences in race and other factors systemically connected to race, like socioeconomic standing.
I really hope this song moves you, whether you’ve been fetishized or are the one with the fetish. Whether you’ve been tokenized or the tokenizer. Or even if you’re someone who tends to only have lovers and friends of the same race. We all need to examine the things we have been taught about people different from us that consciously and subconsciously affect everything from our love lives, to our social lives, to our work lives — to the terrible stories we keep hearing in the news. We’ve gotta stop breaking each other’s hearts.
Watch and listen to “White parents” via the link my bio! And please share it too. 💛...
This is the artwork for my new song, “White parents,” shot with one of my phenomenal managers, @oprahtheactress. Check in tomorrow for the early premiere on @consequence and Friday for the worldwide drop. 💛...
Humans beneath the stratosphere
Nothing but salt in someone’s tear
Nowhere, maybe we’re everywhere
I don’t care
We’re here now
(Poem that became a beautiful song I made with @synematik. We’ll share it with you, in some shape or form, one of these days! 📷: @oprahtheactress)...
Smile at strangers
Know your neighbors
Tell people you love them
Tell yourself you love yourself
Get really good at somethin’
Raise a houseplant
Name your houseplant
When birds sing, just listen
Learn how to forgive yourself
Get really good at livin’
An actual photo of my soul. Until it encounters someone sexist, racist, classist, ableist, homophobic, discriminatory, or in the business of fucking songwriters over financially, contractually, legally, illegally, or in any other way — including songwriters who use clout, privilege and intimidation to take more than their fair share. There are lots of all of the above in the music industry. Swipe for my soul’s reaction to them....
As a child, I spent most of my free time in trees. I’d sit atop my favorite mulberry tree for hours upon hours — journal in hand, my dogs chomping on the fallen fruits below. I’d accept the punishment for not coming inside in time for dinner just so that I could spend more time up high. I was never hungry anyway; I was surrounded by the best of the berries, only reachable by me, the bugs, the birds and the snakes that ate the birds. In trees is where I really started writing, and unknowingly meditating, and becoming certain of the interconnectivity of everything. People on both sides of my family either live or once lived in harmony and in conversation with nature. I’d hardly call this house I live in, and the paved streets I walk my dog on, harmony, but I do respect all living things, from the greatest to the smallest, and most especially my elders — including every old tree I encounter....
I wrote this poem in memory of the victims of the Vegas shooting. Reading it aloud, three and a half years later, is so frustrating given how little has changed and the events of the past week. Peace and power to the lives lost to gun violence in Boulder, those lost to gun violence and racism in Atlanta, to all of the mourning families, and to everyone else whose stories don’t make the news. We won’t hear the majority of sad stories. We won’t honor the majority of victims of gun violence, racism, hatred and abuse. This is more than a passing dinnertime conversation; and it’s gonna take more than a few days of online activism to make a difference. Are you committed to caring, and to action, all the time? I promise you have something special to add to the cause....
I’m committed to using my voice as a human and artist to speak deeply about what’s happening both outside and within. I can’t speak for everyone, but I can speak from my experiences. It’s my hope that my songs make some of you feel less alone than I used to feel, more empowered than I used to be, and more capable of building the beautiful world that you envision, and deserve to be, living in.
My debut album, “I’m not a mother, but I have children” comes out on June 18th — it’s 13 songs and 3 poems that I’m so excited for you to hear. You can now pre-order it wherever you buy music. <3...
For the longest time, I’ve envisioned making a video in which I repeatedly get slapped in the face to represent how external stressors and oppressors — including digital ones — impact our internal selves. The “There’s only so much a soul can take” video is out now! Thank you to the wonderful team of people who made my visual dream come true, and turned it into something even more than I could have imagined alone:
Shot and directed by @DPMikeyT
Produced by @thebenhoward
Edited by @ellenschwa
1st AC: @kristi.Hoi
Swipe up in my stories to watch!...
“There’s only so much a soul can take” is out NOW, and I can also now officially tell you that my debut album “I’m not a mother, but I have children” comes out on June 18th! “There’s only so much a soul can take” is a reminder that there’s power and importance in saying “Fuck you!” to the people and systems that fuck us; that while inner peace is aspirational, it’s also totally appropriate to admit that the state of the world has many of us tiptoeing our breaking points. Swipe for lyrics and credits, click the link in my bio for the full song, and check back tomorrow for another surprise. <3
Special thanks to @ZaneLowe and @hookdegan for the premiere and love on @AppleMusic. To my phenomenal coproducer, @spencer_stewart, and beautifully artful mixer, @michaelfreeman12. Also, massive love to my team for being such believers in music with a message....