Sarah White leaves Black Blondie, moves to Brooklyn

Fans of local neo-soul band Black Blondie have noticed a conspicuous absence recently: Co-singer and rapper Sarah White is no longer in the group. Meanwhile, her MySpace page features a new song about "leaving to Brooklyn." Reached by phone, White confirms that she plans to relocate to the New York borough in August, along with her boyfriend DJ Don Cuco, of the Current's The Rhythm Lab (89.3 FM). "There's not exactly a huge scene here for black women," says White, who spent six years as one of the few female African American MCs in local hip hop. "Women, we've all kind of competed with each other and not supported each other. I've had people say I make music like a white girl—I got that a lot when I first started. People thought I was trying to jump into a scene that wasn't supporting my race, which maybe it isn't." As the sole woman in the Interlock crew, White recorded an excellent 2004 CD with the group Traditional Methods, Falling Forward (Interlock). She plays her last local show on July 21 at Musicapolis 2007, in the parking lot of the Minnesota Center for Photography, opening for I Self Devine, Kanser, and Omaur Bliss. Update: here.