Feministing Jamz album of the week: Empress Of’s “Me”

Empress Of is Lorely Rodriguez, a Brooklyn (via Los Angeles) 25 year old who produces, records, and engineers all her music on her own. The results are lovely, shimmering pop songs that will get you through the transitioning seasons.

I first fell in love with Empress Of’s dreamy (and bi-lingual!) 2013 Systems EP, and though her debut full-length strays from that a bit, I can’t be too upset when it sounds as good as this. Particularly knowing how male-dominated the production and engineering end of things can be in the music industry — despite no shortage of talent — it’s an extra treat to support and big-up this woman of color doing it for herself.

Me isn’t technically out till tomorrow, but you can stream it below while you wait!

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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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