An Analog Girl in a Digital World

Lauryn may be in hiding, but we still have Ms. Badu.

What will become of the other analog girls and boys who came out too late, who as my grandparents used to say, “Been here before?” How will they find their chance moment to turn black music on its head and say, “Check this out, keep in mind, I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my sh*#!”

Abdul Ali is a poet and writer living in Washington, D.C.