Steeped in energy and raw emotion, Rock & roll has a rich history that often fails to acknowledge the profound contributions of Black women. From its early days, fierce and innovative Black women defied stereotypes and broke down barriers, paving the way for the creative powerhouses of today.
Music historians wrote dissertations with their whole chests, declaring Chuck Berry or Elvis inventors of Rock & Roll. But neither had any idea what Rock was without Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She shredded gospel on the guitar, creating a brand-new genre. Little Richard and Berry both acknowledged they owed their stylings to her.
The intersectionality of race and gender has boxed Black women within society's narrow perceptions. But artistry and creativity exist in our power. We fight for what we want, need, and believe in. Like the greats who paved the way, we must be willing to power through to be heard and secure our legacies for future generations.