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Kelela Describes Asserting Herself As a Black Woman in the Music Industry

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Kelela Describes Asserting Herself As a Black Woman in the Music Industry

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During a New Yorker Festival event Saturday night, the R&B musician Keleladescribed what it’s like to be a black woman in the music business, and how she’s had to train her team to understand the difficulties she faces as an artist trying to challenge the establishment. It started with handpicking people who were willing to learn: “If they haven’t dealt with a black woman artist before, they’re going to tell you there’s a whole host of things that they’ve never had to deal with that are nuanced, that are hard to describe, but that are ever present in every transaction,” Kelela told Vinson …


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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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