Shining a light on the black, queer experience is part and parcel of the music by local artist LNDN. Now the Atlanta musician has found a way to give back to other creators, even as they continue their own striving in an uphill battle on the local scene.
In a world where the infrastructure and resources are stacked against queer artists of color, LNDN’s Care Collective foundation aims to help from the inside with a foundation for, by and about queer people of color (QPOC).
“These institutions don’t have it for us. We are who we need,” LNDN tells Project Q. “Care Collective is a call of care for queer, POC artists. Often times, we're overlooked. By institutions, sponsors, collectors, etc. So, we wanted to just do it ourselves.”
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, and in Atlanta by way of Chicago, the 30-year old artist describes their own music as soulful, truth-telling, and with something for most listeners.
“I believe my music can meet anyone where they are, because my music is heavily influenced by my vulnerability, which I've learned helps to bring people together across lines of difference,” they said.
With their own music and their burgeoning foundation as a jumping off point, LNDN gave Q the inside scoop on who they are and what they’re adding to the rich tapestry in the LGBTQ-ATL.
How did your background manifest into the queer person you are today?
I've always been open and honest about my queerness, and my family has definitely influenced my comfortability in my queerness. I have family members who are queer, so there wasn't a huge shock when I came out at 13. There was a lot of love and support from them.
That love and support allowed me to be loving, free, and confident in a lot of aspects of my life, including music. That freedom shows up in my music, because of the freedom that I had growing up.
It hasn't always been the easiest, though. I do have some family members who don't understand me as a queer black person who sometimes finds themselves in poly relationships, but they still love me, and I appreciate that love.
How would you describe your music to someone just learning about you?
I sing about my experiences as a black, queer person, as a sibling, and as an advocate for young queer people. I think my music shines a light on how black queers are raised and where they come from.
A lot of my music is soulful, which comes from my background in the black church and learning how to sing in the black church.
Tell us a bit more about Care Collective.
We will offer a safe and accessible space for queer artists to just be, while providing platforms and resources for their creative and care practices. It's simply a F.U.B.U. [For Us, By Us]
This is a collaboration with Isra Rene. We are in the last stages of 501c3 status, and we will be launching a fundraising campaign shortly after. Watch our socials and website for updates!
What’s the best thing about LGBTQ Atlanta?
For me, the best thing about the LGBTQ community in Atlanta is that there are so many of us here! Especially, black and brown queers. That's so exciting to me.
Another thing that I like about the LGBTQ community is that there's still a lot of room for growth and self-expression. I've traveled a lot in the U.S., and a lot of queer communities become stagnant and isolated, which doesn't leave a lot of room for different perspectives or different conversations.
I appreciate environments where growth and vulnerability are fostered. LGBTQ Atlanta definitely fosters growth.
What is the worst thing?
In general, I think all communities across the world need to work on getting queer people's pronouns right. Period.
Find LNDN’s music on all streaming platforms under Emo Prince here, follow them on Instagram @LOND_N, and inquire about artist collaborations at [email protected]. Follow Care Collective on Instagram, subscribe to their updates here, or write [email protected]om.