Back, Back: Saint Heron Reflect on 2013

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With imminent moments of cascading confetti, midnight kisses, and the comforting assurance of the idyllic that a new year embodies, it seems most apropos to revisit the events that ushered in 2014. In the spirit of the evocative, the women of SaintHeron.com take a retrospective look at 2013. From a curated soundscape that captured noteworthy moments that gave us our lives on the dance floor, to artists that inspired us, books we couldn’t put down, and unforgettable memories between girlfriends. Let’s get nostalgic ya’ll!

SOLANGE KNOWLES

Songs that always made me lose my religion on the dance floor:
Ty Dollar $ign, “Paranoid” Feat. B.o.B.
Lion Babe, “Treat Me Like Fire”
Omarion, “MIA”
Kelela, “Go All Night”
Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love” Feat. Jay Z

Songs that made me feel “some type of way” (meaning reaaally good, for clarity)
Fantasia, “Without Me”
Kwes, “Purple Hands”
Sean Nicholas Savage, “She Looks Like You”
Liked it so much, I sampled the drums for Cassie’s “Indo”
Jay Z, “Somewhereinamerica”
James Blake, “Retrograde”
Ariana Grande, “The Way”
FKA twigs, “Water Me”
Kanye West, “Bound 2″
Vampire Weekend, “Ya Hey”
Miley Cyrus, “Rooting for My Baby”
Beyoncé, “Partition”

Old songs & albums that made me feel brand new:
Albums:
Donny Hathaway, Extension of a Man
James Mason, Rhythm of Life
Juvenile, 400 Degreez
Songs:
Black Harmony, “Don’t Let It Get to Your Head”
Gerry Rafferty, “Right Down the Line”
Hugh Masekela, “Marketplace”
Harold Melvin and the blue Notes, “Be For Real”
The Shirelles, “It’s Love that Really Counts”
Lijadu Sisters, “Life’s Gone Down Low”

Live show memories:
Beyoncé at Barclays
Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour in New Orleans
Kendrick Lamar at SPIN Magazine SXSW
Phoenix at Coachella

Books I really enjoyed:
Taiye Selasi,”Ghana Must Go”
Tara Conklin, ‘House Girl”
Langston Hughes, “The Big Sea”
Gil Scott Heron, “The Last Holiday”

Unforgettable films:
Frutvalle Station
Her
The Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Behind the Candelabra
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

Unforgettable Art Exhibits:
“King of Arms” Rashaad Newsome New Orleans Museum of Art
*This is where it occurred to me that he HAD to do the “Saint Heron” artwork
“Women” Robert Pruitt, Studio Harlem Museum
“A Fantastic Journey” Wangechi Muti at Brooklyn Museum

Stand out music videos:
Beyoncé’s entire Beyoncé record
Mac Demarco, “My Kind of Woman”
FKA twigs, “Water Me”
Midnight Juggernauts, “Ballad of the War Machine”
Tyler, the Creator, “Tamale”
MGMT, “Your Life is a Lie”
Janelle Monae, “Q.U.E.E.N.” Feat. Erykah Badu

Articles/blogs that resonated:
“If he hollers let him go” by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah for Believer Magazine
“Teamslugslayer” by Yosra El-Essaway
“I don’t want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living”…. Grimes’ Tumblr post
“Eat the cake, Anime” by Alexander Hardy for thecoloredboy.com

 

MARJON CARLOS

Moments I danced my ass off:
Seeing Solange perform in Paris at the Palais de Tokyo
Moshing with all my friends to Drake’s “Worst Behavior,” while he DJ’d
Jamming in my pajama’s the morning Beyonce’s album was released

These were in heavy rotation this year:
Beyoncé, “Mine” Feat. Drake
Jay Z, “F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit” Feat. Rick Ross
Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love” Feat. Jay Z
Drake, “Worst Behavior”
Kelela, “Go All Night”
FKA twigs, “Water Me”
Childish Gambino, “Telegraph Ave”
Kanye West, “Blood on the Leaves”
Kendrick Lamar, “Poetic Justice” Feat. Drake
B.C. Kingdom, “Lockup”
Valerie June, “Wanna Be On Your Mind”

Books that made me re-think language, itself:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Americanah”
Hilton Als, “White Girls”

Things that helped me get my life:
Janelle Monae “Q.U.E.E.N.” Feat. Erykah Badu (Video)
Black Twitter’s increasingly powerful political influence
Fran Lebowitz’s cameo in “Wolf of Wall Street”
Kerry Washington’s Vanity Fair cover

Movies that stayed with me for days:
“Blue is the Warmest Color”
“Frances Ha”
“12 Years a Slave”
“Mama Africa” documentary
Aziz Anzari’, “Buried Alive”

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Moments that restored my faith in fashion:
Sneaking into the Junya Watanabe SS14 show in Paris
Parisians really do do it better
Watching the “The Eye Has To Travel” documentary about the legendary former Vogue EIC, Diana Vreeland
Erykah Badu modeling for the Givenchy SS14 campaign
Cool, comfy, fancy sneaks replacing uncomfortable heels as the shoewear du jour
Getting a chance to wear the Vika Gazinskaya flamingo skirt for the PUMA/WhoWhatWear ad

 

SHABAZZ

Favorite emerging musical acts:
BC Kingdom
Kali Uchis
Kelela
Migos
The GTW & JODY
Lorine Chia
Que
Skin Town
Young Thug

Constantly on repeat from my SoundCloud Playlist:
A$AP Ferg, “Let It Go”
A$AP Rocky, “Fashion Killa”
August Alsina, “I Luv This Shit” Feat. Trinidad Jame$
Destiny’s Child, “Bills Bills Bills (James Blake Remix)”
Future, “Chosen One” Feat. Rocko
Gucci Mane, “Traphouse 3″ Feat. Rick Ross
Gucci Mane, “Big Guwap” Feat. Young Scooter
JODY, “Floodin'”
Justin Bieber, “All That Matters”
Justin Bieber, “Confident” Feat. Chance The Rapper
K Camp, “Money Baby”
Kanye West, “Flashing Lights (TWRK Remix)
Kelela, “Go All Night”
Key! “Recoup”
Les Sins (Toro y Moi), “Grind”
Migos, “Bando”
Miley Cyrus, “Rooting for My Baby”
Phony Ppl, “Baby, Meet My Lover”
Tyler, The Creator, “Bimmer” Feat. Frank Ocean
Young Thug, “Stoner” & “Danny Glover”

Jams to instantly turn me up on the dancefloor:
A$AP Ferg, “Work” & “Shabba Ranks”
Drake, “Worst Behavior”
Future, “Karate Chop”
Future, “Sh*t”
Rich Homie Quan, “Some Type of Way”
YG, “My Hitta” Feat. Rich Homie Quan

Favorite music videos:
A$AP Ferg, “Shabba Ranks”
FKA twigs, “Water Me” & “Papi Pacifer”
Kali Uchis, “Por Vida”
Lana Del Rey, “Tropical”
Lion Babe, “Treat Me Like Fire”
Pharrell, “Happy”
Solange, “Lovers In The Parking Lot”
Toro y Moi, “Say That”
Travi$ Scott’s “Quintana” & “Uptown” Feat. A$AP Ferg
Ty Dollar Sign, “Paranoid” Fewat, B.o.B.
Tyler, The Creator, “Tamale”
Wara From The NBHD, “Rocafella 98″

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Memorable music event moments:
Beyonce live at Made in America
Bringing Migos to New York for debut show
Bringing Project Pat to New York for the first time in over 10 years
Drake spinning southern music in his DJ set at Beyonce’s listening party
Mess Kid’s hypnotizing R&B DJ set at my 4/20 party
The Illmore house party at SXSW

Black Twitter’s best moments:
Cam’Ron and girlfriend JuJu joining vine and making cute couple videos
Drake’s “No New Friends” outfit memes
Miguel’s Billboard Awards jump gone wrong
Kanye West: “You ain’t got the answers Sway”
Prince joining Twitter

Favorite nostalgic music obsessions:
Aaliyah
Master P
Selena
Spice Girls

ELISE PETERSON

Films That Soothed My 20-Something Angst:
“Frances Ha”
“Newlyweeds”
“Cutie And The Boxer”

Books that inspired me to keep writing:
Zadie Smith, “On Beauty”
James Baldwin, “Nobody Knows My Name”
Elaine Brown, “A Taste Of Power”

Visual artists, catalysts of creativity:

King Texas
Lise Silva
Wangechi
Jonas Wood
Shantell Martin
Tadanori Yokoo

It was all the way live, music memories:
Nas at R Lounge
Solange at Fitzgerald’s in Houston
Kendrick Lamar for SPIN Magazine SXSW
Questlove at BAM
Flaming Lips / Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Great Googamooga Festival

I felt the sweat trickle down my back:
Drake, “Worst Behavior”
Solange, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Starchild, “Relax”
Beyoncé, “Drunk In Love”
Jay Z, “Fuck With Me You Know I Got It”
Lion Babe, “Treat Me Like Fire”
Banks, “Warm Water” (Snakehips Remix)
Gucci Mane, “Big Guwap” Feat. Young Scooter

Light one: 
JODY, “Floodin”
Chance The Rapper, “Acid Rain”
Iman Omari, “Energy”
FKA twigs, “Papi Pacify”
The Stuyvesants, Redefined

Ignited a body roll:
Beyoncé, “No Angel”
Kelela, “Go All Night”
Banks, “What You Need”
Drake, “Wu-Tang Forever”
FKA twigs, “Water Me”
Tinashe, “Vulnerable” feat. Trav$ Scott

#NeverForget, a few old songs and albums that never got old:
Juvenile, “Ha”
Ann Peebles, “Troubles Heartaches & Sadness”
Cool Calm Pete, “Lost”
Joni Mitchell, “My Old Man”
Stylistics, “People Make The World Go Round”
Jamiroquai, “Morning Glory”
James Mason, “Funny Girl”
D’Angelo, Brown Sugar
Common, Finding Forever
Outkast, ATLiens

Made my mama proud:
Getting accepted into Parsons The New School of Design
Launch Of SaintHeron.com

 

ARMINA MUSSA

Most Heartfelt Art Exhibitions:
LaToya Ruby Frazier, “A Haunted Capital”
Toyin Odutola, “My Country Has No Name”
Gordon Parks, “The Making of a Argument”

Favorite music visuals:
Toro y Moi, “Say That”
Kite, “Wishful Summer Night”
FKA twigs, “Papi Pacify”

Most revisited albums:
Jill Scott, Live in Paris
Mariah Carey, The Emancipation of Mini
Little Dragon, Little Dragon
D’Angelo,Voodoo
The Dream, Love vs Money

Addictive coffee tables books:
J.D Okhai Ojeikere, “Photographs”
The Sartorialist, “Closer”
Life’s a Beach
Linda Mccartney, Life in Photographers

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Friendly moments:
Dancing to Juvenile “Ha” on repeat in an empty bar in Texas
Seeing a plethora of singing bicyclist in New Orleans
High reading with girlfriends

 

CHRISTINA COLEMAN

Twitter/Media Moments of 2013 That Defined My “Feminism”
#SolidarityIs #ForWhiteWomen
#FastTailedGirls
#BlackPowerIsForBlackMen
Beyonce’s unexpected self-titled album on iTunes

Music moments I’ll replay in my head for years to come:
Listening to Beyonce & Watching her dance to “Blow” at her listening party
Hearing Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” On Kanye’s Yeezus

Songs that were sure to make me sweat on the dance floor:
Kanye West, “Blood on the Leaves”
India Shawn, “I’m Alive”
Jay Z, “Oceans”
Janelle Monae, “Q.U.E.E.N”
Beyoncé, “Partition”
A$AP Ferg, “Work”
Drake, “Worst Behavior”
Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love
Kendrick Lamar, “M.A.A.D City”

Songs and albums I can never let go:
REM,”Losing My Religion”
Jimi Hendrix, “Little Wing”
Des’ree, “Kissing You”
Brandy, “Brokenhearted”
Clair de Lune
Radiohead, “Exit Music”
Mary J Blige, My Life
Various Artists, Dead President’s Soundtrack
Tupac, 2Pacalypse Now

Movies I’ll never forget:
12 Years A Slave
American Promise

Books I can’t stop citing right now (books may or may have not been released in 2013):
Michelle Alexander, “The New Jim Crow”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Half of a Yellow Sun”
Junot Diaz, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”
Teju Cole, “Open City”
Tupelo Hassman, “Girlchild”

Things that wore me out:
Kale and Brussel Sprouts
*Can we be done?
Gentrification of Brooklyn
Miley Cyrus’ appropriation of a black culture subset

 

SAADA AHMED

Top live musical moments:
Two stepping the night away to Preservation Hall Jazz band at McKittrick Hotel
Belly dancing to Omar Souleyman at the NPR showcase
Body rollin, poppin, shakin’ like a grown woman to Beyonce at Barclay’s.
Unexpectedly jammin’ out with local drummers at Goree Island in Senegal

Books that captivated me:
Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown
Aya of Yop City: Graphic Novels 1-4 by Marguerite Abouet
The Secret Language of Birthdays

Films worth your coins (Support! Don’t bootleg):
Newlyweeds
12 Years a Slave
Fruitvale Station
Mother of George

Songs that got me up in the AM:
India Shawn, “Im Alive”
Hugh Masekela, “Been Such a Long Time Gone”
Gil Scott Heron, “The Bottle (Mr. Mendel Mix)”
Lion Babe, “Treat Me Like Fire”

Albums played from start-to-finish over and over and over again:
Beyoncé, BEYONCÉ
Solange Knowles & Various Artists, Saint Heron
Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city
Sinkane
Solange Knowles, True

Most used gifs/photos used to express myself on I-message:

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