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Jenessa Williams

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Jenessa is a freelance music journalist, fandom academic and the writer of Subtweets, our weekly column that dissects the trending topics setting Music Twitter alight. She likes millennial hip-hop, noughties emo and advocating for a new era of diversity and representation in both.
Tracks of the Week, Black Honey - 'Fire'

45s of the week: Black Honey, Bombay Bicycle Club, Lime Garden and more!

Black Honey — 'Fire' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lTNgXlKtLg Forever one of the most creative bands in the game (and always on an impressively tight budget), Black Honey have delivered...
Sugababes

Second Touch – How Sugababes got put back on the musical map

I haven’t always liked being Jenessa. The only brown girl in my primary school class, it marked me out as different; somehow more ‘exotic’...
Dua Lipa Brit Awards 2021

The Biggest Winner of the 2021 Brits? Progress.

While the pandemic has been a serious obliterator of so much vital and vibrant entertainment culture, it’s also been a bit of a kick...
Little Simz

Little Simz has never just been “great for a girl”

When I saw Little Simz on the floor of the Natural History Museum, I knew that this was it. It was the same feeling...
LUMP

45s of the week: Little Simz, LUMP, Solidarity Not Silence and more!

Solidarity Not Silence - 'This Is Sisterhood' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDHNlUY2V24 Having spoken out against their abuse at the hands of a male music industry figure in 2016, ‘Solidarity...
Blossoms Liverpool Gig

Live music is back, in a big way, on Sunday – but how are...

How much could we all just do with a really good gig? With most of us having not experienced IRL live music since well...
Lady Gaga Artpop

Behind the campaign to get Lady Gaga’s ‘Artpop’ the respect it deserves

Lady Gaga is climbing the charts, but it’s not because she has new music. Instead, seven years on from its release, fans have taken...
Cupcakke

Has musical gatekeeping caused Cupcakke’s boredom with female rap?

Divisiveness over something that a celebrity said on Twitter? Surely not! Just like the rest of us, musicians are known for the odd foot-in-mouth...
Lil Nas X Montero

Satanic Panic over Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ proves that black queer sexuality is still...

All big new musical announcements these days start with the notes app, but for Lil Nas X, the message he typed last week was...
For Those i Love

‘For Those I Love’ album review – a poignant and accomplished debut

Grief is a complex thing. To survive as sentient beings, we have to do what we can to suppress the knowledge that our loved...