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Dear ZORA Family,
For music lovers, nothing sounds quite like your favorite song of the moment on vinyl, spinning on a turntable, blasting from the speakers and rattling the floors. The ZORA editors recently took a trip down memory lane to recall all of the songs we loved that made the summers’ past so special. We even invited our Medium colleagues to join in the fun. The result: our totally-biased top-40 list of summer songs, ranging from R&B bops to sexy slow jams.
Some of the picks were universal faves; with others we had to agree to disagree. But isn’t that part of what makes music so thrilling? We can stan for the fandom of Beyonce and give big ups to the artistry of an Aretha Franklin without having to sacrifice either. All of which led us to wonder: if we had to choose just 100 memorable albums by African-American women, who would make the list?
Over the last few weeks we’ve taken on that challenge, and the results — well, you’ll find out very soon when we unveil our latest canon dedicated to the music that made us during the first week of June — which also just happens to be the start of Black Music Month. We invite you to check out each entry and weigh in. Who have we forgotten? Did your favorites make the cut? What verzuz battles can you imagine could take place? Let us know your thoughts; we’d love to hear from you.
Stay in touch,
Vanessa K. De Luca, Editor-in-Chief