In a male-dominated industry, TRAKGIRL has been a vessel of positivity and empowerment for other women.

Weeks ago, I was reminded of how much TRAKGIRL cares about females in the industry when she tweeted: “We can say you are for women empowerment, but are you pushing towards getting more women into the ‘system’?” Well aware of the challenges faced by many women in the music industry, Shakari Boles aka, TRAKGIRL continues to prove she is a role model to those who can relate to the struggle. TRAKGIRL, is a dynamic and talented music producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. She broke into the music scene during her sophomore year in college. That was when she produced “Ode to Tae”, a track on Omarion’s EP, “Care Package”. Since then, she has produced for other artists like Luke James, King Chip, Belly, and Jhene Aiko. Other than her outstanding productions, she’s also passionate about encouraging female creatives to reach their full potential, and get what they deserve in the industry. This passion lead to the creation of her brands, “PAY US TODAY”, and “The 7% Series”. TRAKGIRL created The 7% Series to uplift female creatives like producers, engineers, and mixers. The percentage of such women in the industry is less than 7%, but the goal of the brand is to honor them. While launching the program, she stressed the need for women to lift each other up as a means to increase opportunities in the recording studio. At the event, she said, “We have to create a pathway for other girls. They have to see there are role models.” Through speaking engagements and producer clinics, she has been a mentor to females who aspire to get into the industry. Motivated by the goal to support creatives, she also launched a fashion brand, PAY US TODAY that promotes fair and equal pay for creatives regardless of gender. In an interview with Forbes, When asked about how she is breaking stereotypes for women within the music industry she said: “I really want to continue to use my voice and be an advocate for women who wish to become a music producer. I really want to share my knowledge and inspire people. I’m just an advocate for women; I’m all for empowerment.” She continues to expand her brands to promote self-awareness and women empowerment in the music industry. TRAKGIRL is not only changing the music industry, but paving a way for future aspiring female producers and creatives.

Written by Tommy Monroe (Twitter: @TommyMonroe_)

Photo: Bruce Fields

 

 

 

‘Slay In Your Lane’ Is An Inspiring Book For All Intersectional Feminists.

In a world where stereotypes shape a lot of reactions, black women are often seen through the distorting lens of prejudices about race, gender, and class. From childhood, black girls and boys are told by our parents that we have to work twice as hard and be twice as good in order to get the same opportunities as our white peers. Once we get into the real world, we learn that “twice as good” isn’t enough, and we really have to be extraordinary.

Meet the two successful black women, Yomi Adegoke, and Elizabeth Uviebinené who have highlighted the racial issues surrounding black people in the UK with their book, Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible. In this book, they focus on Black women—the easy targets. Yomi Adegoke is a journalist and senior writer at The Pool. Even back in 2013, when she wrote articles like ‘A Rose By Any Other Name May Leave You Unemployed’ and ‘Hipster Racism: The Bane of Higher Education’, she expressed nothing but love and support for black people. Elizabeth Uviebinené is a marketing manager who brings brands to life, increases engagement and drives growth in her marketing campaigns. She is committed to increasing the visibility of diverse perspectives, by creating campaigns that are culturally progressive and commercially impactful.

Slay In Your Lane is no ordinary book. It is like a bible for black women that offers advice on how they can navigate their way through the rough road set by racists to prevent them from being as successful as they should be. This book would be 10 times bulkier if they focused on the numerous challenges of being black in general. Nonetheless, it is a book every member of the black community can learn a lot from and relate to. This is the book everyone who has ever been enthused about “Wakanda” should hold on to. The lessons aren’t just for black people, it extends to people of color, and even caucasians. As Yomi Adegoke said, “I think non-black people should read it to understand the experience of what it means to be a black woman.”

From education, to employment, dating, representation, money, and health, Slay In Your Lane explores the uniquely challenging experiences black British women face every day, and offers advice on how to rise above them. In addition to their own experiences, the best friends interview some of the UK’s most successful black women, like Florence Adepoju, Amma Asante, Afua Hirsch, Dawn Butler, Cynthia Erivo,  and  Vanessa Kingori. In this book, they talk about the “concrete ceiling”, “impenetrable glasshouses”, the “long, back-door route into success” and such bias at work places that drives some black candidates to send in job applications using aliases. They also tackle issues around health, dating and representation that are specific to black women.

 

Since its release, it’s been the number one Best Seller under “Business Ethics” on Amazon. BBC lists it as a “top book for 2018”, while ELLE UK mentions it among “12 addictive books to get you through 2018.” With Slay In Your Lane, the two successful black British women continue to add bullet points to their already rich resumé.

 

Get a copy: Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible

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Written by Tommy Monroe (Twitter: @TommyMonroe_)

Women Of Modern Rock- Edith Gervin

http://girlsagainst.org.uk/2018/02/12/women-of-modern-rock-edith-gervin/

As the title suggests, this is a little piece I did that showcases the women of modern rock. These are just a small percentage of the women that are here to inspire the current and next generation of artists, musicians, fashion-bloggers and any person that loves music. Featuring Ellie Roswell of Wolf Alice, Alana Haim Of Haim, Dua Lipa and Becky Blomfield Of Milk Teeth” – Edith Gervin

‘Untitled’- Megan Thundercliffe

“My piece is about the injustice of rape culture, and how many women suffer alone and in silence when it comes to sexual abuse.The whole point of the piece was to get across the frustration and isolation victims feel towards audiences, as there’s such a passive aggressive stigma that surrounds it, and it is a subject that people don’t really want to discuss.
   I decided to write a post about my ideas, and asked if anyone who was a victim of sexual assault to get in touch if they were comfortable. Surprisingly, a lot of young women got in touch.
    Every woman’s story was different, some were young girls, some were involved in gangs, some were in relationships and some were also abused, but the one thing they all shared  is how they had all felt extremely alone in this conversation.
    I wanted to get their anger across to those who may not understand, so I realised it was best to look at and explore with language. It started with re-writing out the conversations I had with the victims, making some words bigger, some words in different colours, some words scribbled out, some words removed. I decided to focus on the words that became more striking and shocking, such as “rape, child, gang, abuse, alone” etc. This was to have more impact on viewers, and create this overwhelming montage of words that victims feel all at once, constantly.
   I eventually started making my pieces smaller and smaller, until they were post card size. I wanted the piece to be more intimate, and wanted viewers to have to look for what it meant and figure it out, as it’s not such a simple subject or a black and white one.” – Megan Thundercliffe