A Feministing Jamz guide to the AFROPUNK fest

our mudflap girl, jammin on her headphones

Are you hype about the AFROPUNK fest this weekend in Brooklyn? We are! And we know lots of you are as well, so we thought we’d put together a quick little list for you of interesting artists to make your feminist hearts burst of joy.

In no particular order….


Tecla won my heart with this song about people who suck. These include: abusive men, wealthy kids who waste their money, and people who look the other way. Don’t look the other way!

Valerie June

Valerie June is a national fucking treasure.  While I’m generally not the kind of gay who likes guitar-playing singer songwriters, I make an exception for Valerie June’s blend of blues, folk, soul, and country. “Workin’ Woman’s Blues” is one of my favorites of hers.

A Tribe Called Red

A Tribe Called Red is an electronic music group who blend elements of hip hop with traditional First Nations music. You might have caught when DJ Ushka pointed us to a track of theirs about the Idle No More movement that she included in one of her mixes. I really love the track “Sisters,” and the video is amazing — showing indigenous women laughing, dancing, living their lives, resisting in the face of so much wackness. When so much of what we hear about indigenous women is tragic, or the representations we see have indigenous folks stuck in the past, this feels revolutionary, and I find this spirit in all their music.

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas writes beautiful songs, and has the most gorgeous voice. Don’t sleep on her!

Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces is an experimental hip hop duo coming from Seattle. They just put out Lese Majesty – which is dope — but I love this video, from their 2011 album Black Up, which includes interesting portrayals of street harassment, as well as some of the tensions and struggles of immigrant mothers and daughters.


Also from Seattle, THEESatisfaction is not to be missed. This video is all about queer femmes of color, and it makes me so happy.

Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello has been out there and queer and sexy for a long time. What can I even say? A feminist classic.

Princess Nokia

Princess Nokia is newer on the scene, but I like where her stuff is going, and she gives a legit live performance. Here she is rocking it with Mykki Blanco.

Juliana Huxtable

A member of the art collective House of Ladosha, Juliana Huxtable is a nightlife queen who is asking herself all the right questions about queer nightlife: “Why are so many gay male spaces hostile to lesbians? Why are so many of the raves in Bushwick filled with bros who are dancing to vogue beats but there’s three black queens in the room? Where was the nightlife run by women, cis, trans or otherwise?” YES! She’s doing a DJ set, and I’m guessing it’ll be one you’ll wanna catch.

Gordon Voidwell

Remember when we interviewed Gordon Voidwell and he was a totally awesome and smart feminist babe with amazing music? Yeah. Don’t miss him.

Cakes Da Killa

We love us some Cakes here at Feministing Jamz. No big surprise here.


I’ve never seen Sza live, but I DID spend a couple of months kind of only listening to her latest, Z. And it was awesome.

Jasmine Solano

Jasmine Solano is a DJ and music-maker. I love this track because I think of it as an anti-street harassment anthem. It was a hard choice though, between that and her part in Gnucci’s global feminist anthem Goodah.

As always, there’s much more left to explore. I mean, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings? Alice Smith? And more?

Lori and I are planning to be there. Say hi if you spot us!

1bfea3e7449eff65a94e2e55a8b7acda-bpfullVerónica is ready to do this thing!

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

A former Marine catalogues the military equipment being used by Ferguson police.

Cop points rifle at Ferguson protestors, shouting “I will fucking kill you.”

“I am a 15-year-old immigrant who came to America because gangs murdered my family. All I want to do is stay and learn.”

Lesbians orgasm more often during sex than straight women.

Saluting the underappreciated female video game pioneers.

A blogger has started a boycott of Target over their lack of plus-size options.

A Black former NFL referee requested not to work games for the Washington Redskins due to the racism of their name.

Ebola is killing far more women than men, because women are usually caregivers.

The rate of women murdered by men in South Carolina is more than double the national average.


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Nearly 20 percent of Americans don’t know that first trimester abortion is legal

Truth-and-LiesAccording to a new study from the University of Cincinnati, residents of blue and red states are pretty much equally, scarily uninformed about abortion’s legality, risks, and prevalence. Here are the questions from the survey, followed by the percentage of respondents who answered correctly. Give it a shot and check the correct answers after the jump.

  1. What percentage of women in the U.S. will have an abortion by age 45? (Percentage who answered correctly: 41 percent)
  2. Which has a greater health risk: An abortion in the first three months of pregnancy or giving birth? (Percentage who answered correctly: 31 percent)
  3. A woman who has an abortion in the first three months of pregnancy is more likely to have breast cancer than if she were to continue the pregnancy. (Percentage who answered correctly: 37 percent)
  4. A woman who has an abortion in the first three months of pregnancy is more at risk of a serious mental health problem than if she were to continue that pregnancy. (Percentage who answered correctly: 31 percent)
  5. A woman having an abortion in the first three months of pregnancy is more likely to have difficulty getting pregnant in the future. (Percentage who answered correctly: 35 percent)
  6. Abortion during the first three months of pregnancy is legal in the U.S. (Percentage who answered correctly: 83 percent)

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Four feminist thoughts about fake fannies

Last night Nicki Minaj released the visuals for her new single “Anaconda”– the title a reference to the infamous Sir Mix-a-Lot line “my Anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hon.” You might remember the “controversy” surrounding the cover art for the track a few weeks ago. In summation: Nicki Minaj posed in a g-string, it made people feel some type of way, she clapped back, then everyone forgot because she made a Flawless remix with Beyonce.

But the release of the video has everyone back on the A-train. As I type this, I’m sure that there are about 1,000 think pieces being written about the video. The memes started to pour in last night. And Black twitter already started #TwitpicYourAnacondaVideoReaction. The truth is that despite the controversy, we love big asses. Fatties are enjoying a moment of unprecedented mainstream popularity. They’re like the new Louboutin’s — we love to see who has them and where they go them from. Which reminded me of how much time I’ve spent thinking about another important feminist issue: buttock augmentation. Read More »

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90-year-old Holocaust survivor arrested at Ferguson protest

Image by Steven Hsieh via The Nation

Image by Steven Hsieh via The Nation

Ninety-year-old Hedy Epstein, who was one of several protestors arrested outside Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s office, is no stranger to state-sanction discrimination and violence. Epstein fled the Holocaust as a child. A true intersectionalist, she insists on applying the lessons of the past to the present, refusing to remain idle in the face of persecution, whether she’s protesting the demolition of Palestinians’ homes or police brutality and racism in Ferguson. Read More »

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