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African Americans in the LGBT Community

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Meshell Ndegeocello (1968–) (Wikimedia Commons)

Singer-songwriter, rapper, and bassist, Meshell Ndegeocello (1968– ) has released twelve albums, beginning with her critically-acclaimed debut, Planation Lullabies in 1993. Her music transgresses the boundaries of musical genre, mixing together RandB, rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop, reggae, and electronic music into a neo-soul sound that's distinctly her own. It also transgresses the lyrical norms of today's popular music, with several songs that suggestively and explicitly express same-sex desire. Whether in songs like "If that's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)" and her cover of Bill Withers' "Who Is He (and What is He to You)?" that signify same-sex intimacy, or songs like "Leviticus: Faggot" "Mary Magdalene" that voice queer themes, Ndegeocello boldly articulates subjects seldom heard in today's popular music. Ndegeocello's most recent album, Ventriloquism (2018), is another testament to her extraordinary talent, a cover album that gives new life to songs like TLC's "Waterfalls," George Clinton's "Atomic Dog 2017," and Ralph Tresvant's "Sensitivity."

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