Jamila Woods’s ‘HEAVN’ project is about black girlhood and her hometown of Chicago


Jamila Woods doesn’t step softly on her latest project, HEAVN. It’s not easy being a black woman in America, and Jamila lets her project serve as a narrative highlighting her personal experiences as a Chicago native. There are a number of familiar Chicagoans on this project, including Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale, Saba, oddCouple, and Kweku Collins.

HEAVN is about black girlhood, about Chicago, about the people we miss who have gone on to prepare a place for us somewhere else, about the city/world we aspire to live in. I hope this album encourages listeners to love themselves and love each other. For black and brown people, caring for ourselves and each other is not a neutral act. It is a necessary and radical part of the struggle to create a more just society. Our healing and survival are essential to the fight.”

Stream HEAVN below.