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…

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…

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,…

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…

Carol “HoneyChild” Coleman

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson It’s been so much fun to keep up with black women in rock, and especially with Carol “Honeychild” Coleman!  I love the boldness and courage in her artistry.  The Kentucky-born vocalist and guitarist has been performing her own brand of rock for 21 years.  Her first…