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Squirrel Food for The Powerful Soul – Part 3 of 8 postponed until late Janaury

Yes, I have decided that posting a review of five videos from the 25 Feminist Anthems is too much for me to manage in on evening and have any chance of getting proper sleep.  Thus, the next post on this topic will include three artists.

 

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The readership of this blog has also precipitously declined over the years.  I need to post more often with more intriguing topics.  My new goal is to get the readership of my blog up; start getting feedback, and see about releasing books,

Squirrel Food for the Powerful Soul – Part 2 of 5

 

 

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The list of the 25 Feminist Anthems are not ranked in the article on billboard.com  by Allison Stubblebine.   I suspect Allison was profoundly influenced by Madame Ghandi’s lyric, ” A world in which we are linked and not ranked!”    I do admit I am  extremely   competitive.  However; when I play to have enjoy the game I find peace, as well as joy.  I am especially fond of games that are cooperative.  I am presenting the list as Allison dropped them into the article.  The first segment is a direct quote from Allison Stubblebine’s article.   I will  quote the article description of the video, personally comment on the video,  provide a copy of the video for you to enjoy, provide the lyrics for the song, and finally I will provide herstory on the artist or group.

For me these are 25 women standing shoulder to shoulder challenging his story to make it our story.   No one is better than the other.  We are all different and we are all one.  When we stand together we are at greatest power.  These women across time and tide are launching bright fireworks of defiance and love to illuminate the darkness of ignorance and oppression. 

Remember, when you look across at a female coworker you are her sister.  Sisters raise one another up.  Sisters are wise.  I go to mine for advice and warm kindness on rough day.  We as wise women stand together.  Women are stronger together.  We as wise women listen and rebuke aggressors and opposition together.  We as wise women acknowledge one another.  Be the love you want to receive in the world.  Be powerful.  Choose words powerfully.   Choose your actions powerfully.  Choose your deeds with honor and love…. as our daughters (and sons) are learning how to Love Powerfully at our hemlines.

Much of the information will be compiled from other sources.  All sources which are quoted have links to their point of origin.  All authors, bloggers, images and intellectual property is retained by the originators of said properties.  Thank You for each of your work to support and empower women everywhere my sisters, aunts, mothers, and grandmothers.  

Here are the next five on the billboard.com article by Allison Stubblebine:

 

“Independent Woman” – Destiny’s Child

“Charlie, how your Angels get down like that?” All the honeys who are making money have to admit this song is a timeless feminist hit. Destiny’s Child had a common theme of buying their own things for themselves, and not needing to wait on a man to come around to do the same things (hello, “Bills Bills Bills”).”

by Allison Stubblebine 

 

Goddess knows this is the song that will pop into my brain and go for a wild ride on repeat at random points in my day.   I adore Destiny Child’s, “Independent Woman” song and the video.  Destiny’s Child is one of my favorite musical groups of all time.  Beyoncé is great, but the ladies made magic when they were together.  Having listened to “Independent Woman”   I feel this is highly important for all girls, young women who like to reference themselves as girls, women who feel that girl is their empowering term a Women who revel in womanhood, and women who have crones and revel in their power too.  This song speaks to all women of mind sets.

We as women may have differing strength and height challenges, but in most other respects we are of similar spiritual and capable functionality.  Yes, I am including the women who are transgnder in the women.

It is also of import for boys and men to hear that women do not have to have them in their lives.

I now realize, why I feel like such a rotten toe, as I feel I am not contributing half or at least paying for my car, etc.  I need to release the blame and shaming I am feeling around this issue and get on with claiming the power that I do have and am in process of using to create my life fully ALIVE, Enlivened and WOKE.

No going back to sleep.  I have a plan.  I am working the plan.  Rise early, Keep the faith, Stay the Path, Keep Devotions, Focus,  Get Help and Assistance as need, Rely on my sisters, Excercise, Spread Truth, Spread Love, Spread Hope, Trust in my Inner Voice, Value myself, Value my work, Value my Product, Value my ideas, and Repeat.  Oh and DANCE all by myself at least once a week.  More on The Plan, My Plan later after this series has concluded.  I gave my word that I would present the series of blogs and this I shall do!

Over all another excellent addition to the  list of the 25 Feminist Anthems by Allison Stubblebine.

 

 

Lyrics

Independent Women 

by Destiny’s Child

Lucy Liu
With my girl, Drew
Cameron D. and Destiny
Charlie’s Angels, come on
Uh uh uh
Question; tell me what you think about me
I buy my own diamonds and I buy my own rings
Only ring your celly when I’m feelin lonely
When it’s all over please get up and leave
Question; tell me how you feel about this
Try to control me boy, you get dismissed
Pay my own fun, oh and I pay my own bills
Always 50/50 in relationships
The shoes on my feet
I’ve bought it
The clothes I’m wearing
I’ve bought it
The rock I’m rocking
I bought it
Cause I depend on me
(If I want it)
The watch I’m wearing
I bought it
The house I live in
I’ve bought it
The car I’m driving
I’ve bought it
I depend on me
(I depend on me)
All the women, who are independent
Throw your hands up at me
All the honeys, who making money
Throw your hands up at me
All the mommas, who profit dollars
Throw your hands up at me
All the ladies, who truly feel me
Throw your hands up at me
Girl I didn’t know you could get down like that
Charlie, how your Angels get down like that
[x2]
Tell me how you feel about this
Who would I want if I would wanna live
I worked hard and sacrificed to get what I get
Ladies, it ain’t easy being independent
Question; how’d you like this knowledge that I brought
Bragging on that cash that he gave you is to front
If you’re gonna brag make sure it’s your money you flaunt
Depend on no-one else to give you what you want
The shoes on my feet
I’ve bought it
The clothes I’m wearing
I’ve bought it
The rock I’m rocking
I bought it
Cause I depend on me
(If I want it)
The watch I’m wearing
I bought it
The house I live in
I’ve bought it
The car I’m driving
I’ve bought it
I depend on me
(I depend on me)
All the women, who are independent
Throw your hands up at me
All the honeys, who making money
Throw your hands up at me
All the mommas, who profit dollars
Throw your hands up at me
All the ladies, who truly feel me
Throw your hands up at me
Girl I didn’t know you could get down like that
Charlie, how your Angels get down like that
[x2]
Destiny’s Child
Wassup?
You in the house?
Sure ’nuff
We’ll break these people off Angel style
Child of Destiny
Independent beauty
Noone else can scare me
Charlie’s Angels
Woah
All the women, who are independent
Throw your hands up at me
All the honeys, who making money
Throw your hands up at me
All the mommas, who profit dollars
Throw your hands up at me
All the ladies, who truly feel me
Throw your hands up at me
Girl I didn’t know you could get down like that
Charlie, how your Angels get down like that
[x3]
Songwriters: Mark Rooney / Samuel Barnes / Jean Olivier / Beyonce Knowles
Independent Women lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

 

Destiny’s Child

This powerhouse group has had a total of six women as members over the past.  The group started under a different name, Girl’s Tyme.

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Destiny’s Child performing during the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New OrleansLouisiana on February 3, 2013. From left to right: Kelly RowlandBeyoncé KnowlesMichelle Williams
Background information
Also known as Girl’s Tyme
Origin HoustonTexasUnited States
Genres
Years active 1990–2006
Labels
Website destinyschild.com
Past members Beyoncé Knowles
Kelly Rowland
Michelle Williams
LaTavia Roberson
LeToya Luckett
Farrah Franklin

Destiny’s Child was an Americangirl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised Beyoncé KnowlesKelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Formed in 1997 in Houston, Texas, Destiny’s Child members began their musical career as Girl’s Tyme, formed in 1990, comprising Knowles, Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, and LeToya Luckett among others.[1] After years of limited success, they were signed in 1997 to Columbia Records and Music World Entertainment as Destiny’s Child. Destiny’s Child was launched into mainstream recognition following the 1999 release of their best-selling second album, The Writing’s on the Wall, which contained the number-one singles “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Say My Name“. Despite critical and commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict and legal turmoil, as Roberson and Luckett attempted to split from the group’s manager Mathew Knowles, citing favoritism of Knowles and Rowland.

Both Roberson and Luckett were soon replaced with Williams and Farrah Franklin; however, in 2000, Franklin left, leaving the group as a trio. Their third album, Survivor, which contains themes the public interpreted as a channel to the group’s experience, contains the worldwide hits “Independent Women“, “Survivor” and “Bootylicious“. In 2002, they announced a hiatus and re-united two years later for the release of their fourth and final studio album, Destiny Fulfilled (2004). Destiny’s Child has sold more than sixty million records worldwide to date.[2]Billboard magazine ranks the group as one of the greatest musical trios of all time,[3] the ninth most successful artist/band of the 2000s,[4]placed the group 68th in its All-Time Hot 100 Artists list in 2008[5] and in December 2016, the magazine ranked them as the 90th most successful dance club artist of all-time.[6]   

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“Quiet” – MILCK

MILCK saw viral fame after her feminist battle cry at the Women’s March on Washington acquired millions of views in a short time. After an emotional start to the song, “Put on your face/ Know your place/ Shut up and smile/ I could do that” MILCK breaks out into the sweeping chorus, garnering strength with “I can’t keep quiet, oh/ A one woman riot.”

This space is for my impression of the song “Quiet” by  the Goddess MILCK…  HOLY SHIT, WOW, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  EVERY TIME I LISTEN TO “QUIET” I TEAR UP!  I get chills.  The video is both haunting and uplifting. The imagery is incredibly empowering.    I hope and pray that MILCK’s “Quiet” will start a Phoenix of women rising to sing out their new anthems.

I know in my soul that “Quiet” is definite contributing factor to the fiery explosion across all media, sports, and cinema burn understanding that abuse, grose sexual misconduct, and rape is utterly vile and unacceptable.  This anthem of hope have called to all the abused no longer have to be “Quiet”. They are stepping into the light and raising their voices, as if a choir shouting down demons.

A deeply moving selection for the  list of the 25 Feminist Anthems by Allison. 

 

 

Quiet

by MILCK

put on your face
know your place
shut up and smile
don’t spread your legs
I could do that

But no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, if I just lie still
Would I be that monster, scare them all away
If I let the-em hear what I have to say

I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

I can’t keep quiet
For anyone
Anymore

Cuz no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, take that dry blue pill
they may see that monster, they may run away
But I have to do this, do it anyway
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh I can’t keep quiet

Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
There’ll be someone who understands
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
Must be someone who’ll understand
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
There’ll be someone who understands
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now

I can’t keep quiet

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from Quiet, track released January 14, 2017
Written by Connie Lim and Adrianne Gonzalez
Produced by AG
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BIO about MILCK

….in her own words

“There’s a lot of fight inside MILCK.

After a decade of quiet independent releases and tireless gigs around her native Los Angeles, the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and poet MILCK confidently carried a generational anthem in the form of “Quiet.” Originally penned in 2015 with frequent collaborator Adrianne Gonzalez, the song provided a clarion call for people of all races, creeds, and colors who have suffered and survived gallantly in the face of trauma, trials, and tribulations with resounding piano chords and shuddering, soulful delivery.

“It’s unbelievable to think now, but I was initially told to hold the song,” she recalls. “I couldn’t keep compromising anymore though. It’s my story as a survivor of abuse. I was finally letting myself out of the chains. Recording ‘Quiet’ was a very genuine moment of therapy for me. It’s very real. I thought if the honesty healed me, maybe it can heal someone else? After the election, I said, ‘Fuck you’ and shared it.”

She shared it in the most beautiful way possible. Traveling to the historic January 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., MILCK teamed up with 25 female singers—whom she had never met before—and delivered seven acapella flashmob performances of “Quiet” on the streets. video of the flashmobs was captured by the award-winning director Alma Har’el and quickly went viral after being posted on her Facebook page, drawing over 14 million plays in just two days. By the end of the week, MILCK took the stage on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee for another riveting rendition as VICE, NPR, Refinery29, BuzzFeed, Associated Press, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and more extolled her. It ignited the #ICantKeepQuiet social media project as everyone from Emma Watson, Debra Messing, and Tegan & Sara to Tom Morello and Denis Leary shared the video. The initiative’s merchandise benefits the Step Up chapter in L.A., which provides after school and mentorship programs for underprivileged girls 13-18.

Crafting “cathartic pop” rooted in classical training and inspired by a pastiche of artistic muses ranging from Hemingway and Maya Angelou to modern art, this style defines her debut EP for Atlantic Records.

“Throughout all of those years struggling, a major label never felt like it could be a reality,” she admits. “I’m just being myself, and I don’t want to assume that I can sing for everyone. I want to sing what I feel. If people connect, that’s awesome.”

MILCK has been singing for as long as she can remember. Born to Chinese immigrants in the Los Angeles suburb of Palos Verdes, she enrolled in classical piano at six-years-old and opera classes at the age of eight. Honing her talents during high school, the budding artist headed to Berkeley for college, promising she “would try pre-med” and allaying some of her doctor father’s worries about a potential career in music. Inspired by everything from Frédéric Chopin, Tori Amos, and Elton John to Imogen Heap, Portishead, Radiohead, and Massive Attack, she experienced something of an awakening in the college’s underground piano rooms.

“I realized I could sing and play piano at the same time,” she goes on. “That opened the door to writing pop songs. I felt like I could finally express myself. I’m grateful for my classical foundation. The amazing thing about opera is I learned how to use my vocal cords to sing for hours without getting tired, but rather, becoming stronger. I had all of these tools and decided I would graduate, move to L.A., and get my ass kicked by the music industry.”

Performing under her given name, Connie Lim, she paid her dues tenfold. Throughout the next 8 years, she successfully financed an indie release via Kickstarter and built a sturdy foundation all the while weathering crumbling business partnerships and a series of obstacles. In 2016, she re-emerged under the name MILCK—her last name Lim spelled backwards and first two initials.

“I wanted to establish myself, so I did MILCK,” she explains. “It uses the name I received from my ancestors, but I’m changing it and making it my own, so I can actually be who I am. It’s taking accountability.”

She made waves with “Devil Devil,” which went on to receive high-profile syncs in Lucifer and The Royals as it racked up 925k Spotify streams and over 1 million YouTube views. However, the stark and shuddering, yet disarmingly catchy “Quiet” finally needed to be heard.

“I was pretty sad,” she remembers. “My management disappeared, and I felt like I hit rock bottom. I said to my boyfriend, ‘I lost my team. He looked at me and went, ‘But honey, you are the team.’ That really shifted my perspective. Shortly after that, I released ‘Quiet.

Hemingway wrote, “You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.” MILCK is quiet no more, and her honesty possesses the power to heal.

“I’d rather express than impress,” she leaves off. “When people listen to me, I want them to feel empowered. I want a catharsis. My ideal situation as an artist is to harness my voice so it becomes like the purest form of water. When I sing in a room, I want to wash people and the walls of all the pain and shit they deal with. I come from a family of doctors. Doctors are healers. I want to be a sonic healer.” ”

from MILCK website

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““Cinderella” – Play

Swedish girl group Play was singing feminist anthems left and right in their heyday. At the same time they threw down the damsel-in-distress trope in this hit, the group also released “Us Against the World,” another track about backing each other up and taking on the world together.” ”

by Allison Stubblebine 

 

Good goddesses that is very candy sweet Poppy GIRRRRRL Power Anthem. I freegin’ LOVE this song.  I just visited my dentist, or otherwise I would have had instant cavities!

I am very incredibly fond of the stanzas “My knight in shining armor
Is me;  So I’m gonna set me free.   The stanza that I am most fond of from Play’s “Cinderella” is “I can slay my own dragons” especially since I used to have a passion for Dungeon’s and Dragons, now Pathfinder, and D&D.  I also really love playing the warrior in plate mail.  Further I love fantasy novels where the princess saves the day or world or merely just the kingdom, oh and the effect of her heroinic efforts leads to other princesses following suit.

Every stanza is full of wonder and glee.  Cinderella makes me as the listener feel as I never have to ever consider being a Cinder ella; rather the knight slaying dragons.  The writers really honor and did justice to the audience of  Play, Play with their youthful exuberance and sas!   Happy Happy Joy Joy

A definitive happy happy win for the list of the 25 Feminist Anthems by Allison, presented by our youngest artists, dragon slayers, and righteous knights!

 

 

Cinderella Lyrics

Play

“When I was just a little girl
My mama used to tuck me into bed
She read me a story
It always was about a princess in distress
And how a guy would save her
And end up with the glory

I’d lie in bed and think about
The person that I want to be
Then one day I realized
Fairy tale life wasn’t for me

I don’t wanna be like Cinderella
Sitting in a dark cold dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and set me free

I don’t wanna be like Snow White waiting
For a handsome prince to come and save me
On a horse of white
Unless we’re riding side by side
Don’t wanna depend on no one else
I’d rather rescue myself

Someday I’m gonna find someone
Who wants my soul, heart and mind
Who’s not afraid to show that he loves me
Somebody who will understand
I’m happy just the way I am
Don’t need nobody taking care of me
(I will be there)
I will be there for him
Just as strong as he
Will be there for me
When I give myself then it has got to be
An equal thing

I don’t wanna be like Cinderella
Sitting in a dark cold dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and set me free

I don’t wanna be like Snow White waiting
For a handsome prince to come and save me
On a horse of white
Unless we’re riding side by side
Don’t wanna depend on no one else
I’d rather rescue myself
(Rescue myself, rescue myself)

I can slay my own dragons

I can dream my own dreams
(My own dreams)
My knight in shining armor
Is me
So I’m gonna set me free
I don’t wanna be like Cinderella
Sitting in a dark cold dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and set me free

I don’t wanna be like Snow White waiting
For a handsome prince to come and save me
On a horse of white

I don’t wanna be like Cinderella
Sitting in a dark cold dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and set me free

I don’t wanna be like Snow White waiting
For a handsome prince to come and save me
On a horse of white
Unless we’re riding side by side
Don’t wanna depend on no one else
I’d rather rescue myself

I don’t wanna be like Cinderella
Sitting in a dark cold dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and set me free
I don’t wanna be like Snow White waiting
For a handsome prince to come and save me
On a horse of white
Unless we’re riding side by side
Don’t wanna depend on no one else
I’d rather rescue myself”

Writer(s): Kevin Stuart James Savigar, Lindy Robbins “

 

 

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Play  is a four member young Swedish girl group that has had seven participants,  as some choose to pursue their college goals so that they could slay dragons and be knights.

 

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Origin StockholmSweden
Genres Popeuropopelectropopteen popbubblegum pop
Years active 2001–2005, 2009–11
Labels Columbia (2001–05)
Bonnier Music (2009–11)
Associated acts Destiny’s ChildAmanda LamecheDream StreetA-TeensB2KEden’s Crush
Website http://play-mania.com/
Past members Anaïs Lameche
Faye Hamlin
Emelie Norenberg
Rosie Munter
Sanne Karlsson
Anna Sundstrand
Janet Leon

Play was a Swedish pop girl group consisting of, in total, seven young women. Faye HamlinAnna SundstrandAnaïs Lameche, and Rosie Munter formed Play’s original line-up from the band’s formation from 2001 until late 2003. After founding member Faye left the group, fifth member Janet Leon joined Play to fill Hamlin’s position as lead singer.[1] In 2005, the group officially announced an “indefinite break” and split up.[2] At that time, Play had sold almost one million albums.[3] Four years later, in 2009, the group reformed with a new line-up of three members consisting of Anaïs, Faye, and the sixth and oldest member of Play, Sanne Karlsson. In February 2011, an official statement was made that Faye had once again left the group in 2010 and would be replaced by Emelie Norenberg.[4] It was announced in May 2011 that the band had separated for the second time.

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““Woman” – Kesha

Aside from all the other reasons to be absolutely stoked on Kesha’s most recent album Rainbow, which marked her long-awaited return to music making, “Woman” is the icing on the cake, ‘cause she “run this shit, baby.” ”

by Allison Stubblebine 

 

Very Brassy (pun intended)  Has a very brass tits kind of feel.  Ovaries to the wall action packed video.  I love the sassy brass horns.  I also feel the gold lamė cape and jumpsuit Kesha is  wearing is perfection.  I do not know if this is  the case, but this song makes me wonder if Kesha is a Destiny’s Childe fan, the lyrics are similar.  Kesha’s delivery has a sharper dangerous edge.  Where as, Destiny’s Child is pure in your face you better step up and own your power.

Overall “Woman” is an excellent addition for the  list of the 25 Feminist Anthems by motherfuking Allison, by the writer and singer Kesha.

 

 

“Woman” – Kesha

Lyrics
Let’s be serious, come on
This is a real, this is, excuse me?
Ok, shut up
I buy my own things, I pay my own bills
These diamond rings, my automobiles
Everything I got, I bought it
Boys can’t buy my love, buy my love, yeah
I do what I want (she does), say what you say
I work real hard every day
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, alright
I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, that’s right
I’m just having fun with my ladies here tonight
I’m a motherfucker
Mmm, yeah
Let’s drive around town in my Cadillac
Girls in the front, boys in the back
Loosey as a goosey and we’re looking for some fun
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, alright
I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, that’s right
I’m just having fun with my ladies here tonight
I’m a motherfucker
Mmm, yeah
Mmm, yeah
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
‘Cause I run my shit, baby
(I run my shit)
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
(‘Cause I write this shit, baby)
I write my shit
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
(‘Cause I run my shit, baby, I run my shit)
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
‘Cause I run my shit, baby, I run my shit
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
I run this shit, baby, I run this shit
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
(‘Cause I write this shit, baby, I write this shit)
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, alright
I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, that’s right
I’m just having fun with my ladies here tonight
I’m a motherfucker
Mmm, yeah
Songwriters: Kesha Rose Sebert / Drew Pearson / Stephen Wrabel
Woman lyrics © Cypmp

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Kesha at the premiere for Planes: Fire & Rescue in July 2014
Born Kesha Rose Sebert
March 1, 1987 (age 30)
Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S.
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
Home town Brentwood, Tennessee, U.S.
Parent(s) Pebe Sebert (mother)
Website keshaofficial.com
Musical career
Genres
Years active 2005–present
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“Kesha Rose Sebert (/ˈkɛʃə rz ˈsɛbərt/ KESH-ə ROHZ SEB-ərt; born March 1, 1987; formerly stylized as Ke$ha) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke‘s label Kemosabe Records. Her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on American rapper Flo Rida‘s number-one single “Right Round“. Kesha’s music and image propelled her to immediate success, with her debut album Animal premiering at the top of the charts in several countries. She achieved 3 more number-one singles, “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R” as a solo artist, and “Timber” as a featured artist. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, becoming respected as a songwriter. Warrior, her second studio album, was released in 2012, and spawned her eighth consecutive top-ten single “Die Young“. “Tik Tok”, at one point, was the best-selling digital single in history, selling over 16.5 million units internationally.

Since 2013, Kesha has been in legal dispute with her former producer Dr. Luke, in which a series of lawsuits (known collectively as Kesha v. Dr. Luke) were exchanged between the two parties. Kesha accused him of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and employment discrimination against her, while Dr. Luke claims breach of contract and defamation by Kesha. During this period, the singer only managed to release one single. She returned to music in 2017 with the release of her third studio album, Rainbow, and its lead single “Praying“; both of which garnered Kesha two Grammy Awards nominations.

Kesha has received several awards and nominations, including her win for MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010. As of November 2013, she has reportedly sold over 59 million records in the United States and 76 million records worldwide.[1][2]”

Early Kesha

 

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““The Future is Female” – Madame Gandhi (TT the Artist Club Remix featuring UNIIQU3)

This super recent track is packed with cold hard facts, like “We have to value girls more than their looks/ The biggest threat is a girl with a book.” Plus, the artist’s main goal in performing is to “make gender equality culturally even more relevant,” and that’s about as feminist as a goal can get.”

by Allison Stubblebine 

 

I almost posted the wrong lyrics and left out the powerhouse contributions of TT the Artist, MERRILL GARBUS, and UNIIQU3.   Queens all, these women are spinning the world to a make hersoty with The Future is Female – Club Remix.  Very techno with juicy lyrics.  The Future is Female – Club remix is reminiscent of some of the late work of Annie Lennox.  Though it stands apart as the Devas of Club Feminism.  I do not have the linguistic nuance of the street, so I will not attempt flattery in such a manner.  Brilliant work of art Ladies, Thank You.

A fine addtion to the  list of the 25 Feminist Anthems by  Madame Allison. 

 

 

 

Lyrics

The Future is Female

[MADAME GANDHI]
The Future is Female…

[TT THE ARTIST]
TT The Artist
UNIIQU3
Madame Gandhi
Remix!

[MERRILL GARBUS of TUNE-YARDS]
Power in what you say

[MADAME GANDHI]
The future is female means that…

[TT THE ARTIST]
Where my ladies at?

[MADAME GANDHI]
Future is Female
Singin’, Singin’
Future is Female

[TT THE ARTIST]
Where my ladies at?

[TT THE ARTIST]
Where my ladies
Represent
Around the world
Represent
This the anthem
Of the year
Shake it
Get up out yo chair
Work it ladies
Flip your hair
Hands up
Like yo don’t care
Time is near
We taking over
Step
By step
We getting closer
Talk the talk
Get the do
Bossed up
From head to toe
Suits to
Pumps
We run the show
We actin up
Kick down the door
If you feel me
Get on floor dance
Til you can’t no more
Party till you can’t no more
Female is future
Dats for sure

[UNIIQU3]
Making Strides
With my sister by my side
We killin it ( Yup )
Love Trumps Hate
Pussy so Magnificent
Diversity the key
Don’t care what your preference is
Fuck the system
Middle Fingers up
They ain’t running shit

Leave your pain the floor
Shake it off and drop it low
Feel the vibe and let it flow
I’m fab and fem you see the glow

[MADAME GANDHI]
How could girly ever be an insult?
All the women I know are ones moving culture
What would happen if we all would lead with a little less aggression more femininity?
We have to value girls more than their looks
The biggest threat is a girl with a book
The system must make room for all that we do
We’ve been bleeding each month till we gave birth to you!

To me, “The Future is female” means that no longer will female qualities be subordinated to male qualities
I want to live in a world that is collaborative
A world that is emotionally intelligent
A world in which we are linked and not ranked!

[MERRILL GARBUS of TUNE-YARDS]
Power in what you say

[MADAME GNADHI]
Don’t be afraid

[TT THE ARTIST]
We we we
We Run the club
Bring it back

[MADAME GANDHI PERCUSSION SOLO]

[MADAME GANDHI]
Future is Female
Singin’, Singin’
Future is Female

[TT THE ARTIST]
Where my ladies at?

 

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I heard Amy Poehler speak at the White House
Her words hit me hard like a light bulb
Fictitious depictions of girls must die out
If we want to live in a world that triumphs

I am just talking about loving the femme
I ain’t talking bout nobody else
Toxic masculinity has to end
I am just talking about loving ourselves

You can catch me singing these words
In a black Otherwild “Future is Female” t-shirt
Like AY! Me, I got something to say
Gender constructions just get in the way
I’ve been playing drums since I was like 8
The future is female, the future is great!

 

 

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Madame Gandhi

“Kiran Gandhi, born in 1989,[1] is an American Indian electronic music artist, drummer, singer and activist. She is also known by her stage name Madame Gandhi.[2] Her music career includes being a touring drummer for artist M.I.A.. Gandhi’s music and activism focuses on female empowerment and Fourth-wave feminism. She has performed at music festivals such as Bonnaroo and SXSW. In 2015, she ran the London Marathon bleeding freely on her period as a symbolic act to combat menstrual stigma around the world.[3] Her debut EP as Madame Gandhi was released in 2016. ”

 

More on Madame Gandhi

 

I am not satisfied with the limited amount of information on the extraordinary woman who is Kiran Gandhi so I have chosen to include information from her blog.

 

“The Future is Female has its own powers, and has already been such a symbolic journey in the past 4 months. It represents to me my belief in women being able to find their inner madame (the person who is authentically themselves and feels safe and liberated enough to do what they want and make the world a better place), it represents the potential that our next US president might be a woman, it represents a new era where we no longer use the world “feminine” as an insult. 

On Otherwild’s website, the herstory of the slogan is clearly explained:

The original “The Future Is Female” T-shirt design was made for Labyris Books, the first women’s bookstore in New York City, which was opened in 1972 by Jane Lurie and Marizel Rios. The photographer Liza Cowan took a picture of musician Alix Dobkin, her girlfriend at the time, wearing it in 1975. The photograph was done for a slide show she was working on called: “What the Well Dressed Dyke Will Wear.” 

This slogan has lasted through the decades and is reemerging as an empowering statement for all, as female-identified bodies and rights remain under attack. Inflexibile and compulsory sexual and gender binaries are used to oppress and deny people their humanity and agency. Otherwild believes in an inclusive, expanded and fluid notion of gender expression, identities and feminisms. We support liberation, embrace our trans sisters, and call for the end of patriarchal ideology, domination, oppression and violence. We believe that “The Future is Female” is the past, the present and the future, and is language that resonates.

25% of sweatshirt sale proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood.

In short, “The Future is Female” represents to me the notion that each of us possess a unique and individual mix of female traits and of male traits. That they are different and equally desirable. That we still, as a society, value male traits over female traits, using “effeminate” as an insult instead of a compliment, and setting desirable standards of success often based on male standards. For example, even to this day, some of the advice that is given to women entering the workplace is to “masculinize” – to become cold, or harsh, or play down emotions or wear a suit. Given that masculinity itself is a human construct, this advice sets women up to fail – it teaches us to not be who we are authentically, and it sets us up to try to achieve a standard that isn’t possible since we are not men. I want to live in a world where me being my authentic self, everything that comes with being female, with my mix of female and male traits, is what is desired. Me being my best self, is what is desired. To me, this is what “The Future is Female” means – it means we all, men and women, value both our female and male traits equally instead of playing the female down and exaggerating the male. It means feeling safe and free enough to be our authentic selves, without being insulted. It means we value collaborative power just as much as we value dominative power, it means we cherish emotional intelligence just as much as we value brute force, it means we find power in care and kindness just as much as we find power in self-centeredness and harshness. 

Rachel at Otherwild has taught me that the slogan means different things to different people. I am ok with that. Alix Dobkin, who wore the shirt originally in the 70s was a staunch radical lesbian feminist who was non trans-inclusive. For each person who wants to wear it, it does have different significance. It makes some angry too! They say, “the future has no gender!” or “this is reverse sexism!” For me, I do agree, the future has no gender, and that is baked in to the slogan already. In fact, if the shirt didn’t exist, i don’t know if we would be hearing people proudly respond, “the future has no gender!” anyway! I believe words are political, they get people thinking, shocked, angry, happy, self-actualized. This is politics at its finest, moving people forward. And to the point of the shirt being sexist, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Men have female in them, they must embrace it and love it instead of let society value constructed roles of masculinity only. ”  for more from Madame Gandhi’s Blog

TT the Artist

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TT The Artist

HER-STORY

From sketchbooks to rhymes performer, filmmaker,  creative director, community artist and designer, Tt The Artist prepares to paint the world with visual language. Through art and music, this artist creates a well-blended sound of hip hop, pop, club and EDM .

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, it was as a high school student when Tedra Wilson discovered her fearless approach to performance. A college-graduate from The Maryland Institute College Of Art (MICA) with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a concentration in video, Tedra  now known as “Tt The Artist,” postponed pursuing a career in music to make education her number one priority.

While attending MICA in Baltimore, MD, Tt became very involved within various community projects and student organizations within the Baltimore Community. Baltimore soon became Tt’s second home where she began to tap into her desire to express herself through the many creative outlets. Baltimore enabled Tt to test the waters and create a reputable name for herself within the local music scene. By the end of her junior year at MICA, Tt had successfully secured an internship at MTV Networks in New York, NY where she explored her interest in television production both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. After two years of living in New York City, Tt  returned to Baltimore to further pursue her passion in music. Tt showcased her innovative style through live, artistic performances at performance venues throughout the Eastcoast.

CAREER

At the peak of 2010, TT The Artist alongside Dj Devin Byrnes, Boston bred electro producer, opened up for dance, dj and musical performer Dan Deacon and psych-rock, synth-pop, hip-hop duo, Phantogram. Soon after, Tt teamed up with the well-known dance dj and producer, Will Eastman, and opened up for the electronic duo, Thunderheist at the trendy and hip performance venue the BLACKCAT, in Washington, DC.  Following her collaboration with Eastman, Tt performed for a massive crowd of hype, young, dance party goers at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, as a part of the Blisspop dance party series featuring International superstars Tittsworth and Nadastrom. ”

Much More on TT The Artist

Balitmore Sun article on TT The Artist

 

MERRILL GARBUS of TUNE-YARDS

 

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MERRILL GARBUS of TUNE-YARDS

About Merril Garbus

“Singer and musician best known for her musical project Tune-Yards. Much of her musical performances include on-the-spot drum loops, layered vocals and ukulele. She released her debut album Bird Brains on recycled cassette tapes. Her music is trademarked for her unique experimentation and rich artistic themes.

Before Fame

Before beginning her music career, she worked as a puppeteer for Sandglass Theater and then played ukulele for Sister Suvi in Montreal.

Trivia

She has made guest appearances on songs by artists like Citay, Afuche, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Family Life

She was raised in both New York and New Canaan, Connecticut. After working in Montreal, she eventually moved to Oakland, California.

Associated With

She signed to 4AD, a British label shared by Ariel Pink and Scott Walker.”

 

UNIIQU3

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 F. B. Bio UNIIQU3

“Genre
Jersey Club
Hometown
Newark, NJ
Record Label
NLV Records (Warner)
Insomniac Records (Interscope)
Affiliation
NLV Records
About
DJ // RAPPER // PRODUCER // VOCALIST
Biography
The Jersey Club movement is being hailed by music authorities such as FADER and VICE, being the next big wave in dance music. Thankfully, this movement has found it’s first lady to pave the way it into the future. UNIIQU3, born Cherise Gary began her music career as a sought-after vocalist in the club scene, and has recently solidified herself as one of the most electrifying producers in the game. From throwing some of Jersey’s hottest DIY events, like her signature event #135theParty, to now spreading the genre across the globe from Australia to South America leaving her impact wherever she goes.

Within the past year, she’s worked with Givenchy, Red Bull Sound Select, H&M, MTV, Boiler Room and more, to provide a unique experience to a variety of diverse audiences worldwide. Her records have been obliterating festival and club sound systems through the hands of some of the most influential people in dance music such as Skrillex, A-Trak, Diplo, Anna Lunoe, Nina Las Vegas, Sinjin Hawke. She’s also shared the stage with notable artists and DJ’s such as Rae Sremmurd, Kehlani, Skepta, Cashmere Cat and Hudson Mohawk to name a few. As a performer, UNIIQU3 is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser who moves effortlessly from hard-hitting bass music to hip-hop, R&B along with her own live cuts. She also had the opportunity to perform at Coachella and continues to hit festivals stages all around the world.

UNIIQU3 is the future of dance music, who continues to raise the bar by pushing the genre forward. She is on a mission to inspire others by proving to the world that you can do whatever you want as long as you work hard and stay true to yourself. Be on the lookout for her debut EP on NLV Records coming Summer 2017.”

For more on UNIIQU3

Turkey Day Delay

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So the Vegan is cooking the Thanksgiving turkey at her home for friends.   Just because someone is a vegan, does not mean they were always a vegan.  I still have mad mad baking and chef skills.  For three years now I have been a vegetarian.  I am just now moving to full vegan.  Now that I am recently aware of the Veggie Bullet I can see myself a step closer to going fully raw.

The point of this post is to state the 2 of 5 Feminist Anthem post shall be delayed until next week due to me being the chef and a right fine knot in my neck which lead to a right fine head ache, now addressed and fading.  Happy Thanksgiving

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Squirrel Food for the Powerful Soul – Part 1 of 5

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The list of the 25 Feminist Anthems are not ranked in the article on billboard.com  by Allison Stubblebine.   I am presenting the list as Allison dropped them into the article.  The first segment is a direct quote from Allison Stubblebine’s article.   I will  quote the article description of the video, personally comment on the video,  provide a copy of the video for you to enjoy, provide the lyrics for the song, and finally I will provide herstory on the artist or group.

For me these are 25 women standing shoulder to shoulder challenging his story to make it our story.   No one is better than the other.  We are all different and we are all one.  When we stand together we are at greatest power. These women across time and tide are launching bright fireworks of defiance and love to illuminate the darkness of ignorance and oppression. 

Remember, when you look across at a female coworker you are her sister.  Sisters raise one another up.  Sisters are wise.  I go to mine for advice and warm kindness on rough day.  We as wise women stand together.  Women are stronger together.  We as wise women listen and rebuke aggressors and opposition together.  We as wise women acknowledge one another.  Be the love you want to receive in the world.  Be powerful.  Choose words powerfully.   Choose your actions powerfully.  Choose your deeds with honor and love…. as our daughters (and sons) are learning how to Love Powerfully at our hemlines.

Much of the information will be compiled from other sources.  All sources which are quoted have links to their point of origin.  All authors, bloggers, images and intellectual property is retained by the originators of said properties.  Thank You.

 

 

“”Bad Girls” – M.I.A.

M.I.A.‘s hypnotic slogan, “Live fast, die young/ Bad girls do it well,” came as a form of support for the Women To Drive movement in Saudi Arabia. Until just recently in Sept. of 2017, women were forbidden to drive motorized vehicles. “Bad Girls” and its car stunt-filled visuals predate the law change by five years. ”

by Allison Stubblebine 

“Bad Girls” song and video is a power ride of attitude and style.  M.I.A. was terrified due to all of the amazing and daring car stunts.  I could not tell that she was upended in the least by her daring stunts by M.I.A.   What a powerful woman.  Props to this rap Goddess who has a spicy silken nuanced voice.

I could not tell that  she was scared, as was stated by Kevin Apaza.   The video was an over the top mistress work ode to M.I.A.’s Lyrics, well played.  This video and the lyrics are all about power, Power, FEMALE POWER.  An excellent selection for the 25 Feminist Anthems, Allison.

 

 

Bad Girls

M.I.A.

 

Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
My chain hits my chest
When I’m bangin’ on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m bangin’ on the radio
Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don’t go screaming if I blow you with a bang
Suki Zuki
I’m coming in the Cherokee
Gasoline
There’s steam on the window screen
Take it, take it
World’s bouncing like a trampoline
When I get to where I’m going, gonna have you trembling
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the radio
Yeah back it, back it
Yeah pull up to the bumper game
Yeah with a signal
Cover me, cause I’m changing lanes
Had a handle on it
My life, I broke it
When I get to where I’m going, gonna have you saying it
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the radio
Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don’t go screaming if I blow you with a bang
Songwriters: Floyd Hills / Mathangi Arulpragasam / Marcella Aracia
Bad Girls lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Roba Music, Reservoir Media Management Inc, Imagem Music Inc

 

M.I.A.

M.I.A.
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Born Mathangi Arulpragasam
18 July 1975 (age 42)
HounslowLondon, United Kingdom
Occupation
  • rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • activist
  • record producer
Home town MitchamLondonEngland
Children Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman
Parent(s) Arul Pragasam
Kala Arulpragasam
Relatives Kali Arulpragasam(sister)
Sugu Arulpragasam (brother)
Website www.miauk.com
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
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  • drum machine
  • percussion
Years active 2000–present
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Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name M.I.A., is a British rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and activist. She is of Sri Lankan Tamil origin.[1] “M.I.A.” is a play on her own name and a reference to the abbreviation of Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of alternativedanceelectronichip hop and world music. M.I.A. began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in west London before beginning her recording career in 2002. Since rising to prominence in early 2004 for her singles “Sunshowers” and “Galang“, charting in Canada and the UK and reaching number 11 on the BillboardHot Dance Singles Sales in the US, she has been nominated for an Academy Award, three Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize.

She released her debut album Arular in 2005 and her second album Kala in 2007, both to wide critical acclaim. Arular charted in Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and the US, where it reached number 16 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Kala was certified silver in the UK and gold in Canada and the US, where it topped the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. It also charted in several countries across Europe, in Japan and Australia. The album’s first single “Boyz” reached the Top 10 in Canada and on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in 2007, becoming her first Top 10 charting single. The single “Paper Planes” peaked in the Top 20 worldwide and reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. “Paper Planes” was certified gold in New Zealand and three times platinum in Canada and the US where, as of November 2011, it is ranked the seventh best-selling song by a British artist in the digital era. It has become XL Recordings‘ second best-selling single to date. M.I.A.’s third album Maya was released in 2010 soon after the controversial song-film short “Born Free“. This became her highest-charting album in the UK and the US, reaching number nine on the Billboard 200, topping the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and debuting in the Top 10 in Finland, Norway, Greece and Canada. The single “XXXO” reached the Top 40 in Belgium, Spain and the UK. M.I.A. has embarked on five global headlining tours and is the founder of her own multimedia label, N.E.E.T.. Her fourth studio album, Matangi, was released in 2013, followed by AIM in 2016.

Arulpragasam’s early compositions relied heavily on the Roland MC-505music sequencer and drum machine. Her later work marked an evolution in her sound with rare instruments, electronics and unusual sound samples. Critics have acclaimed a distinctive style to her music. Lyrically incorporating a range of political, social, philosophical and cultural references that have defied existing pop music conventions, Arulpragasam was one of the first acts to come to public attention through the internet. She posted many of her songs and videos from 2002 onwards on platforms such as MySpace.

In 2001, she received an “Alternative” Turner Prize nomination for her visual art. In 2005 and 2008, M.I.A. was artist of the year by Spin and URB and Arulpragasam is named as one of the defining artists of the 2000s decade by Rolling Stone in its “Best of the Decade” list in December 2009. Time magazine named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2009. Esquire magazine ranked M.I.A. on its list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century in January 2010.”  Wikipedia

 

 

 

“Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab) – Mona Haydar

“​Mona Haydar started her music career strong with this debut track. Hailing from Flint, MI, Haydar points out that it isn’t her responsibility as a Muslim to educate the ignorant on her beliefs, “Not your exotic vacation/ I’m bored with your fascination/ I need that PayPal, PayPal, PayPal/ If you want education.” ”

by Allison Stubblebine 

 

I have known of the amazing being Mona Haydar from when she first appeared on Facebook some years back.  She came up with the most simple solution to one of the most profoundly difficult social situations in this day and age in America.  The issue is social ignorance.   Social ignorance can easily churn into fear and then bubble up into hate.  Once hate takes hold of a human heart, then  the road to recovery will seem difficult.  Mona is joining us together in creating social Love as a moral imperative to dismiss ignorance and forestall the perpetuation of fear.

Mona Haydar Gods bless her soul in her sacred effort for raising the vibration of the planet and hearts to a symphonic choir of passionate Love  for her fellow human.  All praises to Allah, Danu, Bridgit, God, Cerrenunos, Deva, Ishtar, Brahma, Rama, Krishna, Ganesh, Grandmother Sky, Wakan Tanka, Hera, and all the other names of the faces of the divine to who hear my petition to guide and protect Mona as she lifts us all to the light of Love through her supreme Love.

I had no idea she could sing.   Mona has  wonderous skills with a turn of phrase which.  She wraps her words up nicely into her singing career.  When I saw Hijabi some months ago I showed everyone I knew.  I thought this was the coolest most powerful song I had heard in quiet sometime.  I am excited to continue to follow her work beyond her ask a Muslim stands.  I would like to attend lectures given by her.  I do hope she tours.

The video is perfection, from the women gathered at the bottom of a staircase, around   Mona,  symbolizing the ever ascending lives we lead.   To the women in the dark in all manner and style of hijab and head scarves, for me the darkness symbolizes ignorance about the hijab and Islam.  I love that the women in the video are in all manner of dress and modest clothing from Burqua, to Jibāb, to Abaya, and to Headscarf.  All of the women in this video are amazing.  Thank you for empowering us as sisterhood Mona.  This is my most favored video of the collection of 25 Feminist Anthems.  I heartily agree with Allison’s selection of Hijabi!

 

 

Lyrics for Hijabi (Wrap my Hijab)

 by Mona Haydar

What that hair look like
Bet that hair look nice
Don’t that make you sweat?
Don’t that feel too tight?
Yo what yo hair look like
Bet yo hair look nice
How long your hair is

You need to get yo life
You only see Oriental
You steady working that dental
You poppin’ off at the lip
And run ya mouth like a treadmill

Not your exotic vacation
I’m bored with your fascination
I need that PayPal, PayPal, PayPal
If you want education

All around the world
Love women every shading

Be so liberated
All around the world
Love women every shading

Power run deep
So even if you hate it
I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab
Keep swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis
Swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis

Me and my hijabi ladies
We was born in the eighties
So pretty like the Euphrates
And party like some Kuwaitis
Deeper than some diplomas
Current like some hot yoga
Takin’ back the misnomers and
Teleportin’ through trauma
Teleportin’ through trauma
Teleportin’ through trauma
I been stackin’ my karma
Nefertiti, no drama
Make a feminist planet
Women haters get banished
Covered up or not don’t ever take us for granted

All around the world
Love women every shading
Be so liberated
All around the world
Love women every shading
Power run deep
So even if you hate it
I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab

Keep swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis
Swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis

You’re just jealous of my sisters
These Mipsters, these hippies
These prissies, these Sufis
These dreddies, these Sunnis
These Shii’s, Yemenis
Somalis, Libnanis, Pakistanis
These Soories, Sudanis
Iraqis, Punjabies
Afghanis, Yazeedis
Khaleejis, Indonesians
Egyptians, Canadians
Algerians, Nigerians
Americans, Libyans
Tunisians, Palestinians
Hidden beyond the Mekong in Laos
Senegalese, and Burkina Faso

I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab
Keep swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis
Swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis

I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab
Keep swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis
Swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis

 

Mona+Haydar

Mona Haydar

“BIO

Mona Haydar is a rapper, poet, activist, practitioner of Permaculture, meditator, composting devotee, mountain girl, solar power lover and a tireless God-enthusiast. She practices a life of sacred activism, poetry, contemplation and advocacy for living gently upon the Earth. She teaches classes, gives lectures, leads retreats and workshops, does readings and performs her work. She grew up in Flint, Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan and has since lived in Damascus where she studied Arabic and Islamic spirituality then went on to live in the mountains of Northern New Mexico at Lama Foundation and then in the Redwood forest of Northern California.

Poetry and Music: Mona started writing her poetry as soon as she was old enough to write. One of her first poems in a kindergarten journal went: “I am mood. I am dude. I am Mona.” Mona transitioned from writing and performing her poetry to rap in 2015.

Her single “Hijabi” was a ground breaking debut with millions of views which featured Mona, 8 months pregnant with her second son, surrounded by an intersectional group of dynamic women as Mona sang “all around the world love women every shading” calling out racism and colorism. Mona’s second single, Dog takes on violence against women with lyrics which call out men in positions of religious authority who use their power to prey on young (and old) people.

Ask A Muslim: Mona and her husband, Sebastian set up a stand in Cambridge, Massachusetts with signs that read ‘Talk to a Muslim’ ‘free coffee and donuts’ ‘free conversation’ and ‘Ask a Muslim’ encouraging open and loving dialogue which garnered the attention of NPR, People Magazine, Al Jazeera, The Boston Globe among other media outlets.

In 2016 Mona was featured in a campaign by Microsoft called #SpreadHarmony which featured people working towards a more beautiful world.

Currently Mona is working towards her Masters in Theology. She lives in New York City with her husband, Sebastian and their two sons, Safi and Rumi.”

For more information on Mona Haydar 

 

Mona is the mother of Hope for “women round the world of every shading.  For me she is the closest being to Allah’s Hafaza for Love, though humans never become angels in the Islam.   I can only hope there is a Hafaza for Love in Islam.

I highly recommend the article on Verve about Mona that is magnificent and insightful.

 

 

 

“Thunder Thighs” – Miss Eaves

“Off the 2017 album Feminasty, “Thunder Thighs” was easily the body-posi banger of the summer. It’s impossible not to feel great when Miss Eaves declares chub as beautiful, as she raps, “Chub Rub/ The day is just heating up…/ So what?/ These boy shorts are inching up/ Thick thighs, sundress, I’m looking good.” ”

by Allison Stubblebine 

 

Goodness this video makes me grin ear to ear to ear.  Yes, that was one too many ears.  It is just that when I begin to relax my grin something else in the video goes and instills another grin on the way back down.  I LOVE this Video.  Miss Eaves is woman of wonder.  I adore her for including all ages in her video.  Thank you Miss Eaves for creating one of the true mistress works of our age.  Brilliant!   I wish I knew you personally.  You seem like an awesome Goddess.  Definitively qualifies for Allison’s 25 Feminist Anthems with an Ooooh wee !

 

 

 

Lyrics for “Thunder Thighs”

 by Miss Eaves

Chub Rub
The day is just heating up…
So what?
These boy shorts are inching up

Thick thighs, sundress, I’m looking good
Thick thighs, sundress, I’m looking good

Big Butt
These pants are tight enough
High cut
Want em to cover my gut

Mom jeans all day why you mad tho?
Mom jeans all day why you mad?

Thigh highs
Rollin on a downslide
Cause my
Thighs are thick and wide

Thick thighs they defy these tights man
Thick thighs they defy these tights

[Hook]
Thunder Thighs Thunder Thunder Thighs
Thunder Thighs Thunder Thunder Thighs
Oh my
Got them thunder thighs
Boom clack
They smack when I stride
Chub Rub
It’s hot thighs gonna touch
Chub rub
It’s hot but I’m not bothered

Thick thighs, sundress I’m looking good
Thick thighs sundress I’m looking good

Big Butt
These pants are tight enough
I’m stuck
They only go halfway up

Mom jeans all day why you mad tho?
Mom jeans all day why you mad?

[Hook]

Thighs thick
Thighs juicy…
Don’t be jealy
When my thighs shake. Ooooh wee !

Thighs thick, thunder thunder thighs thick

Thighs thick
Thighs juicy…
Don’t be jealy
When my thighs shake. Ooooh wee !

 

Miss Eaves

“Miss Eaves is the feminist sound storm of Brooklyn based multimedia artist Shanthony Exum. Her fierce femcee electro-pop-rap-dance-explosions were born as a phoenix arisen from the hot fire of both a band and romantic break-up, and she has since spread her wings and played music around the world. Miss Eaves’ brazen, patriarchy push-back, it’s my body, take-no-shit lyrics are rabid animals of honesty. “Hand down my pants I flick the bean. My boo ghost but I don’t need him. Five digits gonna make me squirm and scream. This is all on me.” She says in “Hump Day,” which was was featured on GlamourHuffington Post and Refinery 29. Her 0 fucks attitude landed her an invitation for a European tour with collaborator and friend, Surfing Leons (Belgium) as well as a tour with Wheatus and MC Frontalot. She has also killed the stage at Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld and Dour and Les Rockomotive.

Not only a beat slayer, Miss Eaves is a paper mache addict and a bad-ass with a glue gun. A true multi-media junkie, she directs and art directs all her videos plus designs her own merchandise. Drawing inspiration from Frida Khalo, Michel Gondry, MIA, Santigold and Sia she is determined to show the world she is about that DIY life. MC Frontalot once told her: “You aren’t crafty…this is too well-made to be just crafty. You are a fabricator.” And trust, she will take you on a rollercoaster through her imagination.

Miss Eaves’ latest, Feminastyout on August 4, 2017, was a year-long labor of love produced by longtime collaborator KEISHH and recorded during a winter in Montreal, Canada, which is nasty cold. Feminasty plays on term Femi-Nazi and Janet Jackson’s line, “Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty.” It’s funny-as-fuck cutting commentary will melt your brain into a nasty pile of feminism. “All these little fuck boys All these little fuck boys. Dudes on my clit yeah, I’ve had enough boys.” This is how Miss Eaves rolls.”   Bio

 

“Amigas Cheetahs” – The Cheetah Girls

“Disney Channel was quite ahead of itself when it aired the girl-power-packed film The Cheetah Girls. The finale to the film’s sequel, The Cheetah Girls 2, upped the ante when the band enlisted the woman who was pitted against them for the entire movie to join them onstage to sing — in both English and Spanish — about sticking up for one another.”

by Allison Stubblebine 

 

Amigas Cheetas is a very happy bouncy song, as is to be expected from The House of The Mouse.  I am thrilled that Disney has created a genuine female empowerment song.  The Cheetah Girls made a funtastic bilingual tune.  Another enjoyable  and proper selection for the 25 Feminist Anthems by Allison.

For me I would have liked to have seen Disney make an effort to keep The Chettah Girls as a touring group, keeping the empowering message alive.

 

 

 

Lyrics for Amigas Cheetahs

No matter where we come from we can be ourselves and still be… one
Amigas cheetahs
Friends for life
The rhythm and each other
That’s what keeps us tight
Amigas cheetahs
Livin’ the dream
Nothing’s ever gonna come between us
Amigas
What could be any better than
Knowin’ someone will be there when
You gotta pour your heart out
Tell your secrets to
Someone who lets you be yourself
There when you need help
They’ve got your back win or lose
Amigas cheetahs
Friends for life
The rhythm and each other
That’s what keeps us tight
Amigas cheetahs
Livin’ the dream
Nothing’s ever gonna come between us
Amigas
Kickin’ it with ’em just for fun
Or when you need the 411
Someone who gives a shout out
When lose your faith
Just when you think nobody can ever understand
They’re right here to
Show you the way
Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh
Ahh, ahh, oooooh
Friends for life
Amigas cheetahs
Friends for life
The rhythm and each other
That’s what keeps us tight
Amigas cheetahs
Livin’ the dream
Nothing’s ever gonna come between us
Amigas
Ya que estamos juntas
Estamos en un mundo
Donde somos uno por la musica
If we just believe it
You know we can be it
Nothin’ can stand in our way
Stand in our way
Amigas cheetahs
Friends for life
The rhythm and each other
That’s what keeps us tight
Amigas cheetahs
Livin’ the dream
Nothing’s ever gonna come between us
Amigas
Amigas cheetahs
Friends for life
The rhythm and each other
That’s what keeps us tight
Amigas cheetahs
Livin’ the dream
Nothing’s ever gonna come between us
Amigas
Songwriters: Jamie Houston / Will Robinson
Amigas Cheetahs lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

 

The Cheetah Girls

The Cheetah Girls
Cheetah Girls.jpg

Adrienne BailonSabrina Bryan and Kiely Williams performing during the One World Tourin Jacksonville, Florida in October 2008
Background information
Origin United States
Genres
Years active 2003–2008
Labels
Associated acts 3LW, Raven-Symoné
Website myspace.com/thecheetahgirls
Past members

 

The Cheetah Girls were an American girl group consisting of Adrienne BailonKiely WilliamsSabrina Bryan, and Raven-Symoné. The group was created by Disney, and were made famous by the eponymous Disney Channel original filmand its sequels, The Cheetah Girls 2 and The Cheetah Girls: One World. The group has released three studio albums, Cheetah-licious ChristmasIn Concert: The Party’s Just Begun Tour, and TCG and several RIAA certified Platinum albums including, The Cheetah GirlsThe Cheetah Girls 2, and The Cheetah Girls: One World. All of their albums and soundtracks have debuted in the Billboard 200. The soundtrack to their first movie sold over 2 million copies.

The group has launched a clothing line, several perfume collections, doll lines, room decor, a book series and a video games line. The group has had three nationwide tours, Cheetah-licious Christmas TourThe Party’s Just Begun Tourand One World Tour. The Cheetah Girls grossed over US$43 million from their second tour.[1][2] They have sold over 3.6 million records worldwide with the help of producer Brennan Mills. ”

For more information see Wikipedia

 

Typical Girls” – The Slits

“British rock band The Slits were way too cool when they offered their feminist bangers to the male-dominated punk world. The song narrates ultra-lame things that typical girls are expected to do, before asking, “Who invented the typical girl?/ Who’s bringing out the new improved model?/ And there’s another marketing ploy/ Typical girl gets the typical boy.” ”

by Allison Stubblebine 

The lyrics are good and do qualify for the 25 Feminist Anthems.  I do appreciate the irony of the lead singer wearing stockings with garters for a video about typical girls.  I do appreciate at the end of the video the women of The Slits slathered  in mud and loinclothe,  then wandering off after getting a full  frontal of their mud caked breasts about mid video, thus making the antithesis of the typical girl.  The male drummer is also seen at the end of the end of the video in a row-boat sans togs.  I feel this was parity for the women getting nude.   I admit that I have a hard time with this song, as it has a hollow sound to the vocals.  I find the vocals, the recording and the edgy guitar notes nerve grating.  I am quiet sure the style of the music lends itself to further accentuating how Th Slits are NOT “typical girls”  My second to least favorite on the list, though entirely  apropos for the for the 25 Feminist Anthems selected by Allison.

 

 

 

Lyrics for Typical Girls

 by The Slits

Don’t create
Don’t rebel
Have intuition
Can’t decide
Typical girls get upset to quickly
Typical girls can’t control themselves
Typical girls are so confusing
Typical girls – you can always tell
Typical girls don’t think too clearly
Typical girls are unpredictable (predictable)
Typical girls try to be
Typical girls very well
Typical girls are looking for something
Typical girls fall under spells
Typical girls buy magazines
Typical girls feel like hell
Typical girls worry about spots, fat, and natural smells
Sniky fake smells
Typical girls try to be
Typical girls very well
Don’t create
Don’t rebel
Have intuition
Don’t drive well
Typical girls try to be
Typical girls very well
Can’t decide what clothes to wear
Typical girls are sensitive
Typical girls are emotional
Typical girls are cruel and bewitching
She’s a femme fatale
Typical girls stand by their man
Typical girls are really swell
Typical girls learn how to act shocked
Typical girls don’t rebel
Who invented the typical girl?
Who’s bringing out the new improved model?
And there’s another marketing ploy
Typical girl gets the typical boy
The typical boy gets the typical girl
The typical girl gets the typical boy
Are emotional
Songwriters: Ariane Forster / Paloma Romero Mc Lardy / Tessa Pollitt / Viviane Katrina Albertine
Typical Girls lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

 

The Slits Over the Years – Personality Shifts

 

The Slits
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A reformed lineup of the Slits perform in November 2006
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Post-punkdubpunk rockexperimental rock
Years active 1976–1982, 2005–2010
Labels IslandYCBSNarnack
Associated acts The Pop GroupDennis BovellNew Age Steppers
Past members Ari Up
Palmolive
Suzy Gutsy
Kate Korus
Tessa Pollitt
Viv Albertine
Budgie
Bruce Smith
Hollie Cook
Michelle Hill
NO
Anna Schulte
Adele Wilson

 

“The Slits were a British rock band formed in London in 1976 by members of the groups The Flowers of Romance and The Castrators. The group’s early line-up consisted of Ari Up (Ariane Forster) and Palmolive (a.k.a. Paloma Romero, who played briefly with Spizzenergi and later left to join The Raincoats), with Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt replacing founding members Kate Korus and Suzy Gutsy.[1] Their 1979 debut album, Cut, has been called one of the defining releases of the post-punk era.[2] ”  

For more from the wiki on The Slits click this link.