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🤔 Where Do You ✌🏽Fit✌🏽 in Social Spaces?

I may be DJ Diaspora but when you see a Diaspora war, I'll be headed the opposite way. 🏃🏾‍♀️ I've had conversations with peers and have seen many posts online about African-Americans' place or, for some, newfound enthusiasm for African music as Afrobeats has become more mainstream in the United...
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29 days ago • 4 min read

🤷🏽‍♀️ Like Damn... She in Ha Mood 💁🏽‍♀️

Whether your new year started January 1 or for you it begins in the coming weeks as we approach Spring, let me just say I'm glad you're here. By here, I don't mean subscribed to this newsletter—though I'm glad you're subscribed, too—I mean journeying into the new season, living, reading this...
about 2 months ago • 3 min read

❄️ Bad Bitch Holiday Hits ❄️

sings* It's tiiiiiiimmmeeeeee. Tis' the season—Mariah Carey season, that is! Despite my long R&B & Soul hiatus, Mariah Carey's music never was off of the table for me. Before I even knew what love was, I was screaming "We Belong Together" to the top of my lungs. Her 2018 album, Caution, still...
4 months ago • 2 min read

❤️‍🔥 Love Songs for Your Spirit ❤️‍🔥

Let's talk about Coco Jones. If you're of my generation and a bit younger, and you watched Disney Channel, you'll remember 2012's Let It Shine. It was a bit of a big deal for the channel to feature a movie with a mostly Black cast after years of newer shows and films that were lacking Black...
4 months ago • 2 min read

🇹🇹 An Update On Di Caribbean Gyal 'Dem 🇯🇲

Chile, the diaspora wars, the gender wars, the rapper wars, it's all a mess! Here's the rundown. The Woman King released in theaters recently and I loved every bit of it! Starring Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu, the film is a story of the Agojie warriors, a group of women who fought to protect the...
6 months ago • 3 min read

Some Music to Put You in Your Feelings 🙃

I know, I know, why would you want to be in your feelings when you could be twirling to Beyonce's act i: RENAISSANCE? But hear me out. Balance is important! Whenever a throwback R&B track that I love plays from my music library, I ask myself why I don't listen to R&B like I used to. Then, I...
7 months ago • 3 min read

Celebrating froSkate x Nike's Dunks Sunday! 🛹

Find me 🎛 Chicago‘s first BIPOC Femme + TQGNCNB skateboarding collective froSkate is releasing its first shoe collaboration with Nike SB, "All Love" Dunks, AND WE CELEBRATING! Congratulations to founder Karlie and the whole team! Sounds by DJ Diaspora from 2pm to 4pm. See you there! ICYMI Party...
8 months ago • 1 min read

Put some RespecK on South Africa's Name 🇿🇦

One thing about Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign: they gon' hop on the Afrobeats track. The former recently went viral in a video of him dancing to Lojay's Monalisa, featuring himself at AfroNation music festival in Portugal—and it erupted larger conversations online around if people understand one,...
8 months ago • 4 min read

☝🏾 Bey & Drake said it's time we start dancing again

Now that the hoopla surrounding Drake's latest album Honestly, Nevermind and Beyonce's single "Break My Soul" have seemingly calmed down, I'd like to offer you my thoughts on why these artists dipped into Dance genres now out of all moments. I've spoken candidly about my love of Afrobeats. When I...
9 months ago • 4 min read

'Claim Every Island in Ya Blood' 🏝

If you would've told me I'd see Di Whinin' Queen Denise Belfon perform, in CHICAGO, in THIS lifetime, even a year ago, I would've said you were lying. She is one of the OG Trinidadian Soca artists that I've long admired and whose music has helped me fall into my sexuality and not run away from it...
10 months ago • 6 min read