U of I student and 22 year old singer/songwriter Emily Blue believes music has the power to heal and to educate. Herself a survivor of sexual assault - she devoted her new album, Another Angry Woman, to feminist issues and causes. The work includes interviews she did with friends about street harassment and other forms of sexism they face as females on a regular basis. What she earns from the record will be donated to the organization RACES, which stands for Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services, in Champaign.
"I wanted to not only touch on my own experiences with sexual violence, but also - how I find empowerment in being a woman," say Blue. The album touches on lighter themes like women forming their own supportive communities. Tune into this episode of The Scene for an interview with Blue and preview of her record. We also sample tunes from her other two musical projects, electronic pop duo Boycut & experimental rock band Tara Terra. (The interview with Blue starts around 8:55):
Find Emily Blue's music here. Below is the video for No Pain, which includes women sharing their stories of sexual assault: