Virginia Tourism is amplifying Black creators, trendsetters, and artists through its Heart & Soul of Black Virginia campaign. Each month, the campaign will highlight new faces from Virginia and their favorite spots to eat, chill, work and explore.
This month, Virginia Tourism is highlighting up-and-coming musician Kingna Scott and music industry vet Pusha T.
The song, entitled VA Sway, tells the story of why Virginia is unique to both Kingna Scott and Pusha T.
“Virginia, as a whole, is a place that’s given me so much perspective,” says Pusha T.
He continues, “It’s allowed me to look at other big cities from the sidelines. It’s really shaped my overall point of view and I’m really proud of the state as a whole and what we’ve accomplished.”
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“I want people to take from this song the warmth I felt while writing it. I wrote it from a glowing place. This song describes a reflection. It’s okay to reflect, and to remember, or to even be proud of your personal experience, and where you come from,” says Scott.
The song is a feel-good anthem and is available on all streaming platforms.
Kingna and Pusha T on celebrating Black culture
“Black Culture in VA to me, means foundation,” says Scott.
The artist goes on to share, “Black culture is loud and animated, and loud is just fine. Loud isn’t always aggression; it’s excitement, it’s expression, it’s happiness. Black culture is laughing so hard, you smack the person who said whatever is funny. Black culture is talking smack, and roasting one another (out of fun) to cope with the bad stuff, toughen up, and get it out on the table. Black culture is taking what you have, and building something better with it.”
“There’s so much history here. Greatness runs through us, from the athletes, the entertainment, the schools, black colleges. Think about the story of Hidden Figures — a beacon of excellence,” says Pusha T.
Explore VA according to Kingna Scott and Pusha T
Both artists share their favorite things to do, see and eat in their home state via city guides.
Kingna gives a city guide to Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Their favorite places include Toast Bar and Handsome Biscuit in Park Place for comfort food. Russell’s Music World is a local music store Kingna loves to visit, to trade, and buy items.
“A perfect day out would start with a bike ride on the boardwalk of Virginia Beach, and end bar hopping at night through Norfolk,” Pusha T shares.
To read both Kingna and Pusha’s city guides, click here.
Keep up with Virginia Tourism to see which Black creative they highlight next.