Allow Me To Clarify, Nice & Rough Really ROCKS!

by Sheila Dianne Jackson The media has been teasing us about the business of celebrating women in rock.  Rolling Stone honors women in rock and you get spreads of artists like Brittany Spears and Madonna. And when it comes to black women in rock….Well, if you’re in the loop enough to be reading this blog,…

Rock & Race, Part II

ROCK & RACE, Part II Laina Dawes Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson Canadian music journalist and author, LAINA DAWES‘ new book entitled, What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, is slated to be released this summer. Laina shared a great deal with me about her upbringing and her…

Rock & Race, Part I

ROCK & RACE Laina Dawes Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson   More than 2 years ago, I received a call from Canadian music journalist, LAINA DAWES, who was working on a book about black women in metal.  She was referred to me by my sister, metal artist Kudisan Kai, who told her about Nice &…

“Pariah” & “I Will Follow” Feature Black Women In Rock

by Sheila Dianne Jackson I attended several of the nominating committee screenings for the NAACP Image Awards.  And at each event, it would never fail that I would enter into conversation with someone who would ask what I do and about my current projects.  Naturally, the first thing out of my mouth was “Nice & Rough.”…