‘This Is What It’s Like To Be A Black Girl Who’s Just Now Getting Into Music’: Auditioning for Blinds
It’s not the first time I’ve seen a song that’s been written by a Black person, and it won’t be the last.
I don’t think I’ll be the only one.
But I will say that a song written by Black people has never felt like something that I could do alone.
It felt like a community effort, and for that I’m grateful.
I think of it as a community project, and that’s why I feel like I’m not alone.
When I started writing for Blindside, I had a song about how I grew up in the inner city.
I remember thinking, “Oh my God, this is not what I thought it would be.”
And that’s because it’s not.
I was writing it to express my pain and struggle.
My brother was going through his own struggles.
My cousin was in the same position as I was.
We were all living in different neighborhoods and having the same issues, but the song wasn’t about our issues.
It was about my experiences.
So, what is it about our experience that made this song resonate with you?
It wasn’t that it was about black people or white people, but it was that the pain that I was going to go through and the experiences that I had with racism was just an aspect of who I am.
It’s how I relate to myself, and I’m sure it’s something that’s not shared in the songs of many other people of color.
That song felt like it was me speaking.
It sounded like I was talking to myself.
I was hoping that it would resonate with people who were going through similar struggles.
It just made me feel more alone and confused.
It wasn?t the only time that I heard a song in that vein.
In my hometown of Chicago, the song was called?
I’m Not Black?
I heard it when I was 17.
It came out on Soundgarden’s debut album, ?
The Only Way is Essex, and was recorded by the band ?
That’s why it resonates so much.
The song was a critique of race, and how it’s been misrepresented in pop music, especially when it comes to hip-hop and rap music.
What was it about Naeems music that was resonating with me?
It was the idea that black people are like other people, like other kids.
They’re like other children.
It?s about us being human beings, and we are not different from other people.
Naeoms voice, though, was a reflection of the experience I was feeling.
And that voice was a part of my inner journey as a Black girl.
And it made me realize that we don?t need to be judged.
I can do it all.
We are the children of our ancestors.
We are not a special race.
And yet, the way we are portrayed in the media and in our schools has made it clear that we are different.
We can do anything.
We?re not special, we?re just kids.
I felt that song resonated with me because I was hearing it from a Black woman, and because Nae?s voice was one that resonated for me.
It resonated because I had that experience as a child.
But the truth is, I wasn?ve felt that way for so long.
I grew out of it.
I learned to trust my instincts and to accept what I see.
I didn?t see it in the movies.
I saw it in my school and my music.
And my brother, my cousin, my family and the entire world of hip-hip culture.
We all have experiences, but we have a certain place in the world.
We have a culture.
It has shaped us and shaped our relationships with each other.
We don?re all different.
And we all have things that we can learn from.
That is our power, that is our strength.
And when we’re all equal, we can reach each other and be a part the community.
We will all have our moments, but there is no doubt that this is what it is like to be a Black kid who is just now getting into music.
I hope this helps you find a way to get out there and be heard.
My goal as a musician is to create a place where I can show people that I can be an artist.
But to do that, I need your help.
This article originally appeared on The Washington Times.
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