On the papyrus holding names of rap cats who’ve dialed up their politics lately, pencil in Portland rapper Aminé next to A Tribe Called Quest, Common, and Chance the Rapper.
‘This is Ann’ is a moment to reflect on the women who inspire us and the real lives they lead, honoring the generations of women who came before us, and the women who stand beside us."Through powerful images of everyday women, the video inspires viewers to not only look back on the struggles women have experienced over the past 60 years, but to reimagine the future for the next generation of powerful leaders.
It goes hand in hand with their other agenda: reigniting their HERlead Fellowship, a project, which since 2011, has trained, mentored and inspired over 250 high school girls from across the U.
Even as hip-hop begins to embrace positive-leaning comfort music in trying times, there's a very real need to ground that optimism within the realities of the Trump era.
The words that Aminé added on ended up overshadowing the rest of his performance — but that’s not a dis.
The turn-down felt purposeful, despite the song’s apparent frivolousness, and would later prove pivotal in Aminé’s final, more impactful message.
In darkness, playing a piano adorned with a dozen bananas, Aminé drew the audience into “Caroline” with a whisper.
Aminé's performance was a potent symbol of the way that urge will continue to seep into even the most seemingly apolitical music.
White, mainstream audiences matter, not only in determining how well a song charts but in building up a national consensus across racial and class lines against fascism, racism, and xenophobia.
“Behind every conference call, there have been catcalls,” Ann Taylor’s new video, “This is Ann” informs.