As we all know, black folks listen to more than the just latest rap tune or R&B song playing on the radio. From jazz and electronica, to garage and punk, our musical tastes are as varied and diverse as we are.

Unfortunately, record labels don’t seem to know it. Or respect that, like everyone else, we like to genre surf with the best of them. So, we do what we’ve always done when we aren’t allowed mainstream access: We make our own way. One artist attempting to forge her own path is the Afro-punk musician, (i am) isis.

Brooklyn’s own (i am) isis is a self-proclaimed “spoken soul rocker” who mixes poetry with hard-edged melodies. (i am) isis was recently nominated for the National Poetry Awards “Spoken Word Single of the Year,” and her debut video, Drive Me, was chosen as “Artist of the Month” on Soul Train/Comcast-on-Demand.

These days, the indie upstart is hoping to win a spot on at this year’s Afro-Punk 2012 music festival and perform alongside Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, and Gym Class Heroes. But she needs your support.


Learn more about (i am) isis on her website, or vote to help her win a spot at the Afro-punk festival here.

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