This Groundbreaking Black Frontwoman Has Sage Advice On Making Your Own Way
December 8, 2017 Words: Jerico Manydbur/Deena Drewis
Before Janelle Monáe was out there rocking a suit and a fedora, there was Pauline Black—the innovative, rebellious frontwoman of UK ska band The Selecter. Below, Black reflects on what's changed and what hasn't for women of color in the industry.
It is simultaneously inspiring and depressing to imagine what Pauline Black must have experienced as a frontwoman in the 1970s. As the singer for the groundbreaking 2 tone ska revival band The Selecter, Black moved in an industry long dominated by a white patriarchal structure. And as a black woman with an androgynous aesthetic, doors did not open easily for her.