AFROPUNK PREMIERE: "Dear Nora" by Poet/Musician Shirlette Ammons ft. Meshell Ndegeocello offers a dose of hopefulness

"For me, Meshell Ndegeocello is the musician who best represents a genuine creative freedom, without fear of bounds or boundaries. Her catalogue of music is genius and has undoubtedly been one that has provided me with the most inspiration, affirmation, challenge to learn, and freedom to create what I want how I want. It's really difficult to put into words how much it means to have her perform "Dear Nora"--a song I wrote that reflects this notion of 'love as an act of resistance,' which is the main artery of the album. I wanted each song on the record to possess its own collection of risks. I think "Dear Nora"'s risks lie in its marriage of fantasy and hopefulness, which seem to be relevant, juxtaposing themes in this day and age. Meshell's handling of the song allows those themes to become apparent, then visible, and ultimately tangible. She's simply amongst the best. I'm so very grateful," Shirlette Ammons tells AFROPUNK.

"Dear Nora" is the musical manifestation of sunshine: bright, joyful, and evocative of pure optimism. Take a listen down below.


By Erin White, AFROPUNK Contributor.

Photo by Tim Walter

Photo by Tim Walter

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