The Black Madonna is the DJ we need right now. An outspoken feminist who champions house music’s roots both in sound and in its historic ties to LGBT communities of color, the Chicago-based DJ is a force on the decks and online. You might know her from Twitter, where she has established herself as a powerful voice for gender equality in dance music. On SoundCloud, the Smart Bar resident and creative director posts eclectic sets that bridge the old and the new, from electro to disco to house and techno. Her skills at balancing genres while maintaining a cohesive, fine-tuned set are tight, and both her selections and persona give hope that we are headed to a better future, at least on the dance floor.