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Alabama Shake, Rattle & Roll: Ten Fiercest Black Female Rockers

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As Black History Month winds to a close, we take a look at the musicians who have presented independent, alternative representations of black womanhood in rock and metal music over the decades — from Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard to Prince protégé Sheila E.

Critics decry the lack of racial and gender diversity in rock, but we wanted to celebrate those who are doing it. So we asked Laina Dawes, author of "What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life And Liberation In Heavy Metal," to tell us about some of the fiercest black female rockers.

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10 Fierce Black Women In Rock & Metal
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