Toronto rock musician SATE released her album "Red, Black, & Blue" to critical acclaim earlier this year. However, it's not easy for black female rockers like her to get the recognition they deserve.
SATE has expressed her frustration at being expected to sing soul, R&B, or jazz instead of rock music. Other Black female rockers have also been told they don't fit the bill because they "aren't marketable" or because it was "too inappropriate."
Yet Black women have been a part of the genre since the beginning, and many talented musicians have continued rocking out to this day.
So let's look at the reasons why people think Black women can't rock. And melt some faces too, shall we?
Black women don't have the vocal chops to be rock singers.
If you've heard SATE's powerhouse vocals, then you know she was made for rock music. In addition to singing blues rock on her new album, this Toronto-based artist also sung funk-rock as Sadiah Baba Talibah.
Black women can't sing heavy metal either.
Except Alexis Brown sings and screams righteously as the lead singer of heavy metal band Straight Line Stitch.
A band with a black woman can't be popular.
But then why has Alabama Shakes, fronted by Brittany Howard, won several Grammy Awards and scored a No. 1 album with 2015's "Sound & Color"? Their soulful roots rock sound can be heard in hits like "Don't Wanna Fight" and "Gimmie All Your Love."
Black women can't play the blues.
Austin-based blues guitarist Jackie Venson is just one of many up and coming black female blues guitarists. Her newest album "Jackie Venson Live" is out September 16.
Black women shouldn't combine rock with other genres! Rock is sacred!
Don't tell that to Adia Victoria, whose sound demonstrates rock's roots in country, blues, punk, and more. Her debut album "Beyond The Bloodhounds" was released in May and features an eclectic sound rooted in the Southern Gothic music genre.
Black women can't be drummers.
So why is ace drummer Venzella Joy Williams slaying behind the drum kit on Beyoncé's Formation World Tour?
And finally, Black women aren't fans of rock music.
In fact, music journalist Laina Dawes wrote her 2013 book "What Are You Doing Here?" about her experience as a black female heavy metal fan and black women in rock. Some of her favorite bands include Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple.
Promo image: Twitter/@stateofSATE