My Music Moments: Shea Diamond Shares the Soundtrack to Her Life

If I could only hear one song for the rest of my life: It would definitely be my girl Aaliyah because she was a beast—young, beautiful, gifted and taken from us way too soon. Listening to Aaliyah send you back to a time when we all had small waist lines and the world seemed new. If your girl only knew. “Rock the Boat,” “Try Again,” “We Need a Resolution,” “4 Page Letter,” I can literally go on and on. She is gone, but never forgotten. As an artist, I’m grateful for what she brought to music, as her sound is still unmatched.

My own song that I’ll be happy to retire: As a Black trans woman being erased, deemed disposable, I can’t afford to retire a song. The stage was never set for a Black trans woman to be on it, but we can be tolerated as spectators. I sang “I Am Her,” the first song I wrote, over a million times before pop icon Justin Tranter discovered it. We all have to run this race we call life, but there will definitely be more obstacles for trans women to jump over while fighting for our lives. You will hear Shea

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