I Believe That Love Will Win
Sara Haile-Mariam | May 17, 2018

I am an Artist. That means that I see things, I make things, and I channel things. There are moments (like today) - where I get humbled and overwhelmed by the fact that these words chose me. They come through me, and so they’re mine, but they’re also more than that. As an Artist my job is to listen, let the magic do what it does, and capture what I can when I can.

I'll Say It How I Want To EP Announcement!
| May 8, 2018

ANNOUNCING our new EP: “I’ll Say It How I Want To”, due out June 8, 2018!! Click here to Pre-save on Spotify. Click here to Pre-order the digital album. This is our debut release as Makeda!, and this music is a long time coming - we are STOKED to share it with you all!! The album drops on June 8, and until then we’ll be dropping teasers, news, thoughts, as well as a NEW song and music video from the EP.

Meet Makeda!
Sara Haile-Mariam | May 4, 2018

Today we’re announcing the decision to change our band name. As of today Music Bones is a beautiful memory and the era of Makeda! begins. Our new band name honors and pays homage to the real name of the Ethiopian Queen of Sheba, Makeda (pronounced ma kə da), as named and identified by the Kebra Nagast. This name change is our way of holding space to recall and correct histories that have been whitewashed, minimized and distorted by white supremacy, patriarchy and imperialism.

Shine Time
Sara Haile-Mariam | May 2, 2018

We finished working on the EP that we’re releasing this June (more on that very soon!) sometime in December. By mid January the songs were done and I was exhausted. I tried to push through that exhaustion to put out that music asap. I’m really excited to share what we’ve been quietly up to! But I was tired. I went and saw one of my teachers, Ama Nkwa — fully expecting to be told to push through.

I UNAPOLOGETICALLY Center Myself
| May 1, 2018

I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on my piece about white supremacy and leadership from white women who appreciate being “educated”. I appreciate you all for reading, sharing, and engaging, but I want to raise up and share something that I said in a comment addressing how even that idea (that I write to educate you) is an extension of white supremacy. Part of unpacking white supremacy is acknowledging the ways in which efforts to dismantle racism are structured to center the needs, wounds, and ultimately the education of white people.

On White Leaders Who Dehumanize Black People
Sara Haile-Mariam | April 30, 2018

The above image was sourced from Facebook and is part of Danielle La Porte’s promotional push for her new program — which is titled “Lighter”. These images have since been removed following public outcry, and an apology has been issued that I will comment on in a moment. First, let’s talk about these images. If I’m being generous, I suspect that the use of this imagery was an attempt to make this program feel more accessible to people of color.