Q&A with Featured Contributor SassyBlack

One Featured Contributor I’m especially excited to see in action this year is SassyBlack. SassyBlack is a Seattle-based artist who creates dreamy music that’s richly inspired by the traditions of sci-fi and Afrofuturism. She’ll be performing at GeekGirlCon ‘19 (at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday! Check out the whole programming schedule here!) and we couldn’t be luckier or more excited to have her. Read on to learn about her longtime love of Star Trek and newest album, Ancient Mahogany Gold

Where can folks find you online? 

Bandcamp: sassyblack.bandcamp.com

Website: sassyblack.com

Instagram: @SassyBlackCat 

Twitter: @SassyBlack_ 

Where are you from?

I was born in San Francisco, raised in Hawaii and Seattle. Seattle is definitely my home! 

What are your favorite communities to be a part of? 

I really like being a part of the music community and music tech communities. Producing music in Ableton and composing on my synths bring me a ton of joy. I’d like to get more involved in the Marvel & Star Trek communities, but I get a little nervous about my knowledge base around all of that and sometimes that can prevent me from getting deeply involved in any of those communities. On the flip side, my family is a good source of community for all that type of conversation. 

[Image Description: Headshot of SassyBlack. She’s looking right at the camera with a serious expression. Her hands are on her shoulders. She’s wearing a bronze crop top, a gold necklace, and long gold earrings. The background is red fabric.]

Which creators were important to you growing up? How about now? 

In terms of sci-fi, creators like Stan Lee, George Lucas, Octavia Butler, and Gene Roddenberry played a big role in my upbringing, but it has been the actors that made it real for me and something to aspire to. It was actors like Whoopi Goldberg, LeVar Burton, Nichelle Nichols, Michael Dorn, Avery Brooks, Terry Farrell, and Billy Dee Williams who really brought sci-fi into my heart and my reality. These days, I am fascinated by Donald Glover, Ava DuVernay, Janelle Monae, Esperanza Spalding, and many more artists that continue to push the edges of a diverse array of media. 

Which stories/characters were important to you growing up? How about now? 

Growing up and outside of the shows/films I mentioned in the last answer, I watched a lot of Daria, Living Single, Moesha, Sliders, Homeboys from Outerspace (while it lasted), Meteor Man, and so much more. The characters in these shows/films really spoke to me and stretched out the possibilities that were available to me. 

What do you wish you had more time for?

I wish I had more time to sit outside by the water and breath in history. 

Have you always been an artist? 

As long as I can remember, I was trying to get my hands on something to bring an idea to life. So I guess forever.

How does Afrofuturism play into your work?

To be Black is to have to plan for the future. To be me is to have a desire to accomplish tasks and goals. It plays a part in every aspect of my work. whether under the title of Afrofuturism or under another. 

How has your music evolved over time? 

My music grows in sync with me as it is an extension of myself. 

Any works-in-progress you’re especially excited about?

I am excited about my new album Ancient Mahogany Gold. It’s out as of September 13 and available on my website and on streaming sites as well. I am also excited about my knitting and beading projects that are coming out soon. Otherwise I have tons of projects that are in the works! 

Now that you’ve met SassyBlack, be sure to check out our Q&As with other Featured Contributors! Also, be sure to secure your passes for GeekGirlCon ‘19!

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Teal is a recently-graduated English literature student with more unfinalized future plans than favorite songs from Hamilton. Her main hobbies are reading books, thinking about books, and talking about books.

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