Black Women Rock
BLACK WOMEN ROCK! is a movement spearheaded by acclaimed poet, Jessica Care Moore in 2004 during the National Black Arts Festival. moore wanted to pay homage to one of her musical heroes, Betty Davis and also give support and a platform to some of the amazing musical, rock and roll playing brown women she’d known for years.
BWR is about showcasing the music and stories of Black women who build institutions around their craft. Some of these women have traveled all over the world, independently and have never had real radio spins.
Black Women Rock is about paying homage to the women who came before us and empowering the young women who play guitar, cello, drums, sings, or write poetry, to tell their stories on their own terms.
“For a few short years in the 1970s, no one made funk as raw as Betty Davis did. She sang bluntly about sex on her own terms, demanding satisfaction with feral yowls and rasps, her voice slicing across the grooves that she wrote and honed as her own bandleader and producer. Her stage clothes were shiny, skimpy, futuristic fantasies; her Afro was formidable.
A major label, Island, geared up a big national push for her third album, “Nasty Gal,” in 1975. But mainstream radio didn’t embrace her, and Island rejected her follow-up recordings. Not long afterward, she completely dropped out of public view for decades.” — The New York Times
June 22, 2019
August Wilson Center