Guitar Gabby & TxLips

In January 2016, TxLips (Translation: two lips) was born. This band recently came on my radar, as “Black Women IN Rock to watch.” TxLips, founder, and guitarist, Gabriella Logan – a.k.a. “Guitar Gabby” – is on a mission to elevate Black female musicians in the world of rock. We are definitely on the same vibrational…

Malina Moye

I first met Malina Moye four years ago, during a research interview for the documentary, Nice  & Rough: Black Women In Rock. Malina’s energy is infectious, and her determination is reflected in her resume. She is revered as one of the best guitarists in the land – and one of the only women invited to…

Starr Cullars

Starr Cullars is on the road again, with a new band, spreading her own brand of rock. It’s progressive and hard, with a funky, cosmic flow. Starr is from the P-Funk pedigree. She was introduced to George Clinton via Prince and Paisley Park. Starr may look familiar as a former Counselor on VH-I’s Fantasy Rock…

Eva Walker, The Black Tones

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson   A few years ago, I was invited to be a part of a new, oral history archive on Women Who Rock, established by the University of Washington. The archive holds powerful stories of how women have used music as a tool for activism – and…

Jaleesa Leslie: Cataloguing Black Women In Rock

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson It’s been a minute….5Lbs of ROCK is back. This time, I am chatting it up with Jaleesa Leslie of blackwomeninrock.info, a blog which catalogs/documents black women of all persuasions of rock music. Writing and researching on the topic of Black Women IN Rock was a lonely…

Tamar-Kali

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson One of the first contemporary, indie #BlackWomenINRock I became intrigued with was Tamar-Kali.  A featured artist in the cult classic film, Afro-Punk, she is certainly an artist who ‘can only do it one way – Nice & Rough’.  She has power, depth, and swagger that is heart-wrenchingly genuine and unforgettable….

Starr Cullars

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson It’s tough to get 5 minutes, let alone 5 questions with rock-guitarist Starr Cullars.  A veteran of the P-Funk All-Stars, and the first female member of the 18-piece ‘boys’ club,’ she gets total street cred’ as one bad-ass bass player!  Starr left to start her own…

MilitiA

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson We’re back…for 5 opportunities to delve a little deeper behind the scenes of Black Women IN Rock.  We are excited to feature solo artist and lead singer of Judas Priestess, MilitIA. SHEILA: How did the name, MilitiA. come about? MILITIA:  I earned it. A dominatrix gave me…

Kudisan Kai

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson As a new tradition on niceandrough.com, each week we will feature one of our member artists.  It’s down and dirty, simply 5 questions, with 5 answers that will take you a little deeper into the lives of some of the most fascinating women I have come…

GhettoSongbird

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson It’s that time again….Time for our featured artist of the week: a native of North Philly, GhettoSongbird.  Like, many black women in rock, her story inspires and makes you wanna dig deeper and explore the music that reflects her DNA.  So without further adieu, 5 questions!  Five…