Feministing Jamz: Jam of the week – Vengo by Ana Tijoux

our mudflap girl, jammin on her headphones

I was SO UNBELIEVABLY HAPPY to see this week that French-Chilean MC and fierce-ass woman Ana Tijoux is BACK! Vengo, the lead single off her upcoming album of the same name, dropped two days ago, and I’ve been jamming to it non-stop since then. In it, Tijoux speaks of her immense pride for her indigenous ancestry, and calls for us to decolonize what we’ve been taught. This is no small thing for us Latin@s – we are often told the stories of our whiteness by our families, our connections to Spain or Europe, with our connections to indigenidad and the African diaspora swept under the rug like a dirty secret everyone knows is there. In this track, Ana speaks of her longing for the stories she hasn’t been told, the histories of stolen land, and it is so refreshing and beautiful to hear someone with her platform talk about race in this way.

How is it that the Latinas of hip hop are always killing it tho? That, friends, is a post for another day – for now, take a listen!

Lyrics here.

1bfea3e7449eff65a94e2e55a8b7acda-bpfullVerónica está ansiosa de aprender la historia no contada de nuestros ancestros.

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Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Verónica is a queer immigrant writer, activist, and rabble-rouser.

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