Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Slacker Chic of the Week: Cindy Blackman

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It has long been said that it is a man's world, and when it comes to the male dominated music industry, there are little to no exceptions. Unless of course, when it comes to the super talented, the super sexy, and the super fly Cindy Blackman. Getting hooked on drums at the age of seven, Cindy set her sites high from the start, cutting her first album, "Arcane" at the age of 25. She of course moved on to her most public career move in 1993, playing drums for Lenny Kravitz, whom she continues to work with to this day. This however, has not gotten in the way of Cindy's first love-jazz-as she has released seven albums since 1994 including "The Oracle", "A Lil Somethin' Somethin'", and "Music for the New Millenium". Among spreading an appreciation for jazz culture, she hopes to open doors and gain acceptance for women musically. "In the past, there were a lot of stigmas attached to women playing certain instruments," Blackman says. "I think a lot of women stick to particular instruments, like piano, that are acceptable, so that lessens the playing field in terms of how many women are out there. And let's face it, boys' clubs still exist. But I care nothing about that at all. I'm going to do what I'm going to do musically anyway." But this fly female doesn't just shell out pearls of wisdom when it comes to the world of art, but that of living for yourself and doing what you want to do. "Any woman, or anyone facing race prejudice, weight prejudice, hair prejudice ... if you let somebody stop you because of their opinions, then the only thing you're doing is hurting yourself. I don't want to give somebody that power over me." Cindy Blackman isn't just a positive influence to the world of music, but to all women. And how can you not love that?
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