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50 great albums by queer artists of color

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50 great albums by queer artists of color

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Bessie Smith: ‘Empress of the Blues’ (1940)

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Josephine Baker: ‘Chansons Américaines’ (1951)

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Bayard Rustin: ‘Bayard Rustin Sings a Program of Spirituals’ (1952)

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Billie Holiday: ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ (1956)

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: ‘Gospel Train’ (1956)

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Little Richard: ‘Here’s Little Richard’ (1957)

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Johnny Mathis: ‘Open Fire, Two Guitars’ (1959)

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Billy Strayhorn: ‘The Peaceful Side’ (1963)

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Little Richard: ‘Little Richard Is Back (And There’s a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!)’ (1964)

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Jackie Shane: ‘Jackie Shane Live’ (1967)

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Labi Siffre: ‘Remember My Song’ (1975)

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Sylvester: ‘Step II’ (1978)

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Sylvester: ‘All I Need’ (1982)

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Jermaine Stewart: ‘The Word Is Out’ (1984)

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Tracy Chapman: ‘Tracy Chapman’ (1988)

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King’s X: ‘Gretchen Goes to Nebraska’ (1989)

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Frankie Knuckles: ‘Beyond the Mix’ (1991)

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RuPaul: ‘Supermodel of the World’ (1993)

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Meshell Ndegeocello: ‘Plantation Lullabies’ (1993)

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Tracy Chapman: ‘New Beginning’ (1995)

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Frankie Knuckles: ‘Welcome to the Real World’ (1995)

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Meshell Ndegeocello: ‘Bitter’ (1999)

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Gaye Adegbalola: ‘Bittersweet Blues’ (1999)

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Big Freedia: ‘Queen Diva’ (2003)

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Tonéx: ‘Out the Box’ (2004)

Larry Counce Jr.

Tori Fixx: ‘Marry Me’ (2005)

Hntrx & Cocktail O’Amore Records // Discogs

Shaun J. Wright: ‘Hercules and Love Affair’ (2008)

Domino // Discogs

Yo Majesty: ‘Futuristically Speaking … Never Be Afraid’ (2008)

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Frank Ocean: ‘Channel Orange’ (2012)

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Azealia Banks: ‘Broke with Expensive Taste’ (2014)

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Kevin Abstract: ‘MTV1987’ (2014)

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Angel Haze: ‘Back to the Woods’ (2015)

Churchkey Records // Discogs

Shirlette Ammons: ‘Language Barrier’ (2015)

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Frank Ocean: ‘Blonde’ (2016)

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Cakes Da Killa: ‘Hedonism’ (2016)

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Mykki Blanco: ‘Mykki’ (2016)

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Brockhampton: ‘Saturation’ (2017)

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Syd: ‘Fin’ (2017)

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Honey Dijon: ‘The Best of Both Worlds’ (2017)

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Janelle Monáe: ‘Dirty Computer’ (2018)

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MNEK: ‘Language’ (2018)

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Kodie Shane: ‘Young Heartthrob’ (2018)

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Tyler, the Creator: ‘Igor’ (2019)

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Kaytranada: ‘Bubba’ (2019)

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Brittany Howard: ‘Jaime’ (2019)

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Kehlani: ‘It Was Good Until It Wasn’t’ (2020)

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Siena Liggins: ‘Ms. Out Tonight’ (2021)

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Serpentwithfeet: ‘Deacon’ (2021)

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Arlo Parks: ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ (2021)

Arlo Parks performing onstage in Paris

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Lil Nas X: ‘Montero’ (2021)

Lil Nas X performing onstage at 2022 Grammys

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