the year of the real black girl is matching the summer temps we’ve been experiencing!
thankfully, nina allen, the rbg behind queen of the new cool, has given us a soundtrack for this epic moment in time. curated alongside desiree “dc” jordan, QOTNC: #SummerBabe July’15 Vol.1 is jams on jams on jams! i got put on to qotnc in it’s early stages as a feature on the site. i looooove what nina is doing to boost girl power around the world and wanted to give her some room to talk her sh*t!
As the Founder + Curator, QOTNC is a music blog/mixed media project celebrating women in music culture.
The concept itself stemmed from my thesis “21 Guns” at MICA in 2014. The series of works produced revealed 21 misperceptions of women through dichotomies that exist in society. QOTNC is a brand/movement to act as a source of empowerment, evolution in culture, and collectively a platform to enlighten conversation.
To extend the many layers of this research, a monthly collection of songs/mixes are created via SoundCloud. This month, QOTNC: July15′ #SummerBabe Vol. 1 features 26 songs from Willow, Teyana Taylor, Brooke Candy, Sharaya J, SZA, WEareJDAVEY, Justine Skye, Ambré, Billie Black, Tink, Little Simz, & more. The tracks selected are all based around a theme of defining a specific “Summer Babe” and adds to the overall summer vibe.
This will be an ongoing component to the QOTNC brand, as I will curate/collaborate playlists with other women in the design/entertainment industry. This month’s playlist is curated in collaboration with featured creative Desiree “DC” Jordan of The Flight Cr3w.
Inspired by iconic women Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill, QOTNC is my “Little Girl Blue”/”The Miseducation of…”.
It is my responsibility to create the change I want to see. Rather having women competing against one another, there’s beauty in uniting as one collective and acknowledging our power.
so ladies, enjoy the playlist below, fave it on your spotify app, and be sure to keep tabs on more from queen of the new cool!
*editor’s note: nina, thank you 10trillion fold for all you do!