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 …

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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." …