12 Songs About Being Black in America

#BlackLivesMatter

I wanted to create a list to point you to some artists who have written songs to showcase the systemic racism that this country was built on. I wanted to show my support. I wanted to point you to creatives who have a voice. Who are using their platform for CHANGE.


“This Is America”

Childish Gambino


“Other Side of America”

Meek Mill


“Glory”

Common, John Legend


“Be Free”

J. Cole


“Black Like Me”

Mickey Guyton


“Hell You Talmbout”

Janelle Monae


“Alright”

Kendrick Lamar


“Freedom”

Beyonce & Kendrick Lamar


“Don’t Shoot”

The Game ft Rick Ross, Fabolous, Diddy, 2 Chainz, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharoah, & TGT


“16 Shots”

Vic Mensa


“Black America Again”

Common, Stevie Wonder


“Chains”

Usher (feat Nas & Bibi Bourelly)




Tips for Creating a Banger Spotify Playlist

I’m just here to tell you, Spotify > Apple Music. OKAY, OKAY. This is not a post hating on Apple Music – however you get your music fill is up to you. But to those Spotify users out there, I’m here to give you some tips to create a playlist you’ll always run back to, even years later.

For me, when it comes to music, I love to discover artists that I’ve never heard of. That make me feel good. That are not mainstream. Who deserve the recognition for their pure talent. & thank goodness for Spotify, because they have so many avenues to discover new music you may not have heard otherwise.

Discover new music you may not have heard otherwise

When I am interested in creating a new playlist [once I’ve tired out my old one(s)], I always turn to my “Discover Weekly” & “Release Radar” playlists that Spotify automatically curates based on the music I am already listening to. I also like to listen to the “New Music Friday” playlist to see if there’s anything on there that catches my attention.

Another one I like to look at is the “Pop Rising” playlist, for songs that are on the verge of blowing up. There’s always something about being “in-the-know” before other people, don’t you think? You can say, “Oh I heard and listened to them before they blew up,” as if you were the only and first person to hear their music before everyone else did.

There’s always something about being “in-the-know” before other people, don’t you think?

This is how I started listening to the likes of Lewis Capaldi, King Princess, Jeremy Zucker. It’s wonderful when one song can direct you to so many other greats by the same artist. Opening up a whole new world of music.


Follow along for my latest playlists here: Jessica’s Spotify




Drive-In Concerts

An idea, inspired by an event Keith Urban put on for healthcare workers just outside of Nashville recently. Now this is a concept I can get behind.

Just imagine it, we can all enjoy the experience of a live concert, safely inside our vehicles. The stage could be set up just like it would be at a festival, at a drive-in theater location, or even in a random field outside of the city. Put up two screens on either side of the stage, so those who are not close can still see the artist, while the speakers still protrude the voice of the artist, live in the flesh.

It’s not through a screen. It’s not prerecorded. We still get the lights, the instruments, the background vocals, that we would for a live show. Artists could go on tour, safely. They could still make an income. We could get that concert fill.

So…anyone want to start a new concert venue with me?