I first saw Brooklyn White perform in the backyard of Rhino.
It was my first night back in Shreveport in a week, and now I was surrounded by her posse of 18-year-old Magnet rebels. She wasn’t the only one performing that night, but she certainly brought out the most energy. It was the first time that I had ever truly gone out of my way to talk to strangers in months. I was young and dumb, and fumbled over countless words. To my admiration, Brooklyn seemed to know exactly what she wanted to say even this early in her career.
Brooklyn White started making music in her teens, in the narrow halls of Caddo Parish Magnet High School and beyond the hills of Highland. She burned CDs, spread her name as far as possible, and let no man slow her down. She quickly created her presence on the web as well, reaching out to all sorts of sites. Soon her name was out there, in the great unknown of awareness. People would recognize her on the street, people outside of Shreveport began writing about her, and other musicians reached out to her for collaborations. All of her success led her to the mother of opportunities for any small town musician. She was going to New York, and Shreveport wasn’t sure how to feel.
When the news hit the net, people congratulated her and praised her talent. At the same time, some of Shreveport realized that she might not be coming back. It’s always bittersweet when a local artist leaves for a better opportunity. Brooklyn left with her accomplishments in hand, but would that be enough for things to go well for her in New York?
The moments before Brooklyn left Shreveport, she had a legacy and a foundation of respect from her community, but that all changed in her new frontier. “I’m a brand new artist all over again,” she said of her experience in New York. The sheer scope of the music scene there reset all ideas of what it meant to be experienced. Although she is a rookie all over again, it’s not slowing her down. She keeps networking, rapping, and representing.
Some artists escape their home town out of contempt or hatred of it all, but Brooklyn has never been an artist like that. “I mean, sometimes I say stuff along the lines of ‘man I hate Shreveport so much. I’m never going back,’ but that’s a lie. I love Shreveport with all of my heart.” Shreveport can hope that Brooklyn’s mentality stays true with any Port City star, and that those who do make a name for themselves will bring something back for our city. “I learned everything that I know about music, art, and life there… I miss it all,” says Brooklyn White.
“Continue to create. Don’t let a lack of response stop you,” what better words of advice could there be?