Catch Her Melody: MC Lyte

All month long we honor women road openers in the land of music. To talk about women's history is to also talk about music history. It's time to get lost in the deeps cuts of sound magicians, spirited lyricists, and singing pioneers. Let them not be forgotten.

This week, we honor a song MC Lyte wrote when she was twelve, I Cram To Understand U (Sam)

I hear Lyte deliver her first line, I used to be in love. Instantly, I know what to expect. Love and heartbreak are universal experiences above all else. What follows line one is the story of a relationship's demise and, it might be a story I relate to.

-Miss Penny

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The Lab: The Roadmap

The history of black people everywhere is rich, our ancestors were innovative people, artists, and experts at survival. As their descendants, we are the lucky ones to inherit their power and talent. I often think about my ancestors and imagine their lives before colonization. I love a good origin story, naturally, I'm most interested in my own. In an effort to become spiritually closer to my foremothers and forefathers, I shipped a tube of my spit to a lab so that an analyst could trace my lineage.

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Hey, Mercy!

Mercy is here! Digital only for now but we’ll let everyone know when physical copies become available. See below to purchase a copy.

A BIG, WARM, LOVING thank you to everyone who helped, supported and wished us well! From strangers, to friends and family, anyone who send uplifting energy- thank you!

Creative Jenny Oh

Our beloved Jenny Oh created the cover and magazine art for the Mercy Issue. Jenny is an artist who centers her work on the health, movement, and beauty of the woman’s body. As someone who lives with endometriosis, Jenny has become an advocate for other people who live with these ailments, too. She’s also used her work support people involved in the justice system, mental health, and other social matters. She’s teamed up with organizations like the Bronx Freedom Fund, Endometriosis Foundation of America, and Monthly Gift.

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