02/28/2013 12:28 EST | Updated 05/15/2013 10:56 EDT

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

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performs live on stage at Big Day Out 2013 at Sydney Showground on January 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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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