Alexander Ghedi Weheliye is Malcolm S. Forbes Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and author of
“Scream My Name Like a Protest”: R&B Music as BlackFem Technology of Humanity in the Age of #Blacklivesmatter
2023. "“Scream My Name Like a Protest”: R&B Music as BlackFem Technology of Humanity in the Age of #Blacklivesmatter", Feenin: R&B Music and the Materiality of BlackFem Voices and Technology, Alexander Ghedi Weheliye
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Track 8.0 speculates about R&B’s relationship to politics with a capital P, since the genre is now often positioned as completely lacking political vision. As the two tracks amplify, this is neither right nor OK, seeing that (a) current R&B artists have used their recordings and music videos to bring attention to Black Lives Matter or the prison-industrial complex and (b) the private, the interpersonal, and the erotic are not outside the purview of the political.