Feministing Jamz jam of the week: FKA twigs’ “Figure 8″

The extremely prolific (and long-beloved here at Jamz) FKA twigs is back with some new material. 

You may have heard “Figure 8″ if you’ve been to any of twigs’ recent shows, but it was just premiered to the rest of the world on Beats1 radio, where she also does an interview talking about the new track, which is part of her upcoming EP.

In the interview, she says “Figure 8″ is partly inspired by the hand movements in vogueing, which are done in figure 8, as well as the symbol for eternity. Twigs has been doing a lot of vogueing — a dance and movement practice originating in New York City’s Black and brown LGBTQ communities, and which has been endlessly appropriated from the likes of Madonna on — and her thoughtfulness about her place as a dancer just learning to vogue and the way she centered the scene’s greats has not escaped notice by those of us who keep a watchful eye on the ways this cultural treasure is constantly used and appropriated by pop stars who did not come up in the ballroom scene.

We’ve got no release date as of yet for her new EP, but you can listen to “Figure 8″ and her accompanying interview below.

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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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