Follow the Rhythm of the Lady: A Women’s History Month Special
Happy Women’s History Month! This special is dedicated to all of the lovely ladies! Read below to find out about a few queens of the music industry and how they influenced the genre.
Queen of Soul
The legendary Aretha Franklin was announced the queen of Soul in 1967. Aretha was not only a singer, but she was a civil rights activist.
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Born on March 24, 1942, and passed away on August 16, 2018, Mrs. Franklin has been such an inspirational figure for many people. The dedication and advocating for civil rights inspired one of her albums titled, Young, Gifted, and Black featuring the hit Rock Steady.
“We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.”
Queen of R&B
Mary J. Blige, the queen of R&B, is an American singer/songwriter. Not only is she involved in the music industry, but she is also an actress and philanthropist. In 1971, she was crowned the queen of R&B. Some of her top songs include Real Love, Family Affair, Not Gon’ Cry, I Can Love You, Everything, Mr. Wrong, and many more. Her career began in 1991 when she signed with Uptown Records and she has released over 10 albums since then.
“There are so many things that life is, and no matter how many breakthroughs, trials will exist and we’re going to get through it. Just be strong.”
Queen of Hip-Hop
Next on the list is, Queen Latifah. Dana Elaine Owens, mainly known as Queen Latifah, is a singer/songwriter, rapper, actress, and producer. She has released multiple albums including All Hail the Queen, Nature of a Sista’, Black Reign, and many more. When her debut album, All Hail the Queen, was released, in 1989, she signed with Tommy Boy Records. Aside from her success in hip-hop, the queen has left an impression in jazz as well after releasing The Dana Owens Album.
“Look at people for an example, but then make sure to do things your way. Surround yourself with positive people.”
Queen of Pop
Madonna Louise Ciccone, better known as Madonna, is a singer/songwriter. Many refer to her as the Queen of Pop. Aside from her musicality, she is an actress and has set many fashion trends. Madonna has sold more than 300 records worldwide and was established as the Queen of Pop in the ’80s. Some of her hits include Material Girl, Vogue, and Express Yourself.
“Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another. I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art…”
Today, we have a lot of queens that are diverse in much more than just the music industry, such as, Alica Keys, Missy Elliot, and Beyonce.