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Women's History Month: 'I Am Woman' [Live Mix]

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LAURYN HILL
ASSOCIATED PRESS

As Woman's History Month comes to an end, I wanted to share my interpretation of this month through a series of sounds. This mix is a little journey that I wanted to share with you, with everyone.

To me, celebrating Women's History Month was more about celebrating the woman that I am becoming and paying homage to the women of influence. In order to do that I had to dig into what embodied the woman I have aspired to be and the reasoning behind that.

I was about 8 years old when I was gifted The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou. I remember reciting "Phenomenal Woman" every day (and to everyone) before I went to sleep. I wanted to be this woman, who was confidant, strong, sexual and of course, Phenomenal. I paired this poem on top of a remix of Lauryn Hill's, "That Thing," a woman who repositioned the representation of the "sexual image"of what a woman should look like in popular culture. Lauryn had that beautiful chocolate skin, the dreadlocks, and she showed me sexy wasn't only about showing skin, but about a presence and confidence.

Furthermore, in compiling this mix, I wanted to highlight songs that took me to a specific journey of my womanhood whilst challenging and bring awareness to a few ideas that women, including myself, are constantly faced with such as: compromise, sexism, sexuality, vulnerability power, perception and success.

Through this mix, the aforementioned concepts are intertwined through the lyrics and conversations of all of these trailblazing artist. One of my favorites has to be, the snippet of Eartha Kitt on Love and Compromise. All of these women set the precedent for artists today, of course this doesn't even scratch the surface and I could have continued for hours but here is my introduction, my live mix, "I AM WOMAN."

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