WATCH: Jamila Woods’ Tiny Desk Concert Celebrates Black Self-Love

"My mission as an artist is always to create art that's useful."

Recently, the talented singer-songwriter Jamila Woods and 4-piece band performed an enthralling set for NPR’s popular Tiny Desk series. Featuring two songs from her 2016 album HEAVN and the unreleased “Giovanni,” Woods’ lyrical prose and individual sound rings of black freedom, black ancestry, and empowerment.

The soulful musician uses her unbounded passion for poetry and songwriting in order to shine light on the struggles of our people, while also promoting self-love in the black community. “My mission as an artist is always to create art that’s useful,” Woods told NPR. “I want my music to feel like it has a tangible effect on people, like it allows them to check in with themselves, feel affirmed, feel able to continue into their day or into their path with renewed energy and a renewed sense of self, because … that’s what I hope to manifest in myself.”

Witnessing the live performance is purely delightful, as we’re able to feel the raw emotion and energy from Woods. Above, experience the artistry of Jamila Woods for yourself.

Ayanna Nicole

Hi! I’m Ayanna, a 26-year-old writer and artist. Although I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with two degrees in art and psychology, I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. By following my dreams and utilizing my creativity, I designed Jaro Magazine with the ultimate intention of bringing more positive stories in the black community to the forefront, while also highlighting our versatile and vibrant culture through Jaro’s four modes: film, books, art, and music. I’m into spirituality, nature walks, music festivals, poetry, traveling without a destination in mind, painting, and discussing everything out of the ordinary with other curious minds. Also, I'm an INFP!

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