IN HONOR OF TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE WILLIE THE GENIUS SPREADS LIGHT WITH HIS “LIST OF DEMANDS”
By Nathan Leigh
November 20, 2020
“We are here to shine light, to illuminate, and to let the world know that black lives matter. Black trans lives are beautiful and we are worthy.” – Qween Jean
In collaboration with ACTIVATION RESIDENCY and the Audre Lorde Project, NYC-based artists and activists WILLIE the GENIUS and Qween Jean are bringing some light and power on their new single “LIST OF DEMANDS.” The bounce-inflected track is defiantly exuberant, with Qween Jean’s vocals summoning the spirit of a thousands-deep march. Timed to release in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the track is a celebration of those whose lives were lost to transphobic violence this year and all who survive and continue to thrive. As Qween Jean proclaims: “Rain or shine, we are all divine.”
“If we don’t liberate […] the most vulnerable communities then none of us will be free. So, this is a point of joy. It’s us getting out here […] because that’s how we dismantle this“, WILLIE the GENIUS explains. “As we are oppressed we are also going to show some joy”.
A video for the track will be dropping on Black Friday, but you can grab the song here, and keep up with WILLIE the GENIUS on Instagram @williethegenius. Follow the hashtag #ListOfDemands for daily posts by the creators of the project on their demands for justice.