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From the days of the Black Panthers, to the #BlackLivesMatter movement rooted right here in the heart of the Bay, Oakland unequivocally reminds us all that honoring the lives, spirit and soul of African ancestry needn’t be delegated to a measly 28 days. On the ‘official’ last day of Black History month, Wear Your Voice Magazine honors 21 amazing local Black female musicians who unapologetically #WearTheirVoice  365 days out the year. Be sure to make some space in your iTunes — you’ll want to keep these artists on deck at all times.

Note: This list includes only female vocalists-with so many amazing talent in the East Bay, we had to narrow it down to a specific niche. This is part of a series of articles that will be highlighting the amazing talent of women in the Bay Area, so stay tuned into Wear Your Voice to see what we cover next!

[RELATED POST:  Redefining What It Means To Be Female In Hip Hop]

Ka’Ra Kersey

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Melissa Jones

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https://soundcloud.com/melissa-nikole/always

 

Goaple

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eOBNiYDuPY

MADlines

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[RELATED POST: MADlines-In Her Own Words: A Photo Essay]

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https://soundcloud.com/madlines/feelings?in=madlines/sets/word-play

 

Lalin St. Juste (The Seshen)

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Jennifer Johns

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Zakiya Harris

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https://soundcloud.com/zakiya-harris/music-is-the-sun-m

Coco Peila

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https://soundcloud.com/cocopeilamusic/fall-in-line-feat-hazel-rose

 Aziza Cree

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Candice Antique Davis

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Queens D Light

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Netta Brielle 

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 Shy’An Genesis

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Dom Jones

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Gyrl Ab’Strakt

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Maya Songbird

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Holly Saucy 

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Alia Sharrief

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Ryan Nicole

 

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Valerie Troutt

 

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Femi Andrades (Punk Funk Mob)

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Ana Moth

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Originally from the Bay, I was uprooted from my eclectic surroundings and forced to spend my formative years in conservative San Joaquin County (Stockton) after Loma Prieta. Earthquake central couldn't deter me, and in 2010, I relocated to San Francisco. After a year of not being rich or knowing how to code, I moved to Oakland, where my momma and my momma's momma were born. Oakland has changed A LOT from when I was growing up, and I love getting reacquainted with my roots. Like our city's logo, Oakland grounds me, it's where I've rediscovered myself and unleashed my creativity. If I were a tattoo, I'd be eyes on my eyelids so I can snooze the day without anyone noticing (which I do often.) If I were a street in Oakland, I'd be Skyline Blvd, because, the view. Favorite spot in Oakland? I love it all! But I'd have to say Redwood Regional Park...or Raj Indian in Piedmont.

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