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Dear Editors:

I've reread the Reader (October 21, 1994) and the album reviews have caught my eye (Rock, Etc.). I've found the reviews of Carleen Anderson, Des'ree, Joi, and Shara Nelson's music a refreshing change. I'm an African American woman who has always loved rhythm and blues and rock music. I am not that much into hip hop/rap and I do NOT wish to be stuck in the 60s and the 70s. Presently, I listen to mostly alternative rock music as well as some classic rock and some classic R & B music.

I've never heard of or seen any of these young women or heard any alternative R & B music until now. It's about time young black artists put the "R & B" back into R & B music instead of silly noise, slang, and silly images. I thank you people for finding these artists and their music and giving them a chance. As you stated, their music is too radical for urban radio and they are left to rely on word of mouth and that is blatantly ridiculous.

I am looking for alternative R & B music written and sung by young black American and black British artists and this is a great beginning. I'm into R & B and rock music you don't necessarily have to dance or bump and grind to but enjoy fully. I really hope that there is much more out there. I will wholeheartedly support this good music and I hope that everyone including African Americans will do the same.

Cynthia Lee

N. Ashland

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