Arts in Context

Local hip-hop artist shares raw truth being black and queer in Austin

Local hip-hop artist shares raw truth being black and queer in Austin

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts In Context. The series explores the process of creation and what it's like to be a working artist in the Austin area. You can watch more stories at klru.org/artsincontext.

Being the minority in a male-dominated industry and living in a bustling city that can often leave outsiders feeling ignored, BLakchyl has found a way to make a space for her work and provide her community with powerful, effervescent songs.

“I say my music is for anybody that’s feeling like they can’t hype themselves up anymore or continue to just go on,” says Te’aunna Moore, better known as BLakchyl.

Beginning in the seventh grade, the Austin-born Moore began putting lyrics to paper, creating the songs that would one day transform her into one of the city's top female hip-hop artists. "For an artist, that's a scary thing to do, put your truth on paper," she says. 

Her art has resonated, and BLackchyl has found an audience inspired by her truths about being a black, female, queer emcee living in Austin, Texas.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Decibel, and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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