Inside Folk Music and Feminism: Tracy Chapman
Born in 1964, Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter. Her genres of music include Folk, Pop, and Blues. Chapman mixed Folk music with socially relevant Black experiences. Also, she yearned for a women’s movement and revolutionary change.
Her lyrics were more radical than rap’s most politically conscious songs. Additionally, her anti-video and pop-star looks made her less attractive to mass media outlets. Chapman resists the standards of looks within the recording industry of Black beauty. She abandoned her usual performance garb of formal attire and straightened hair for an Afro, exquisite braided coifs, head wraps, and caftans.
Jenkins, Rasheedah Quiett, “The songs of black (women) folk: music, politics, and everyday living” (2008). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 4048.
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