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The 15 Most Popular Black Female Singers Of All TIme

June 17th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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The 15 Most Popular Black Female Singers Of All TIme


Powerhouse voices, big hair, smooth dance moves, glamorous dresses, beautiful songwriting, torch songs, female empowerment, fierceness, diva attitude and breaking down barriers in the music industry are what black women in the music industry represent.

Now many black female legends have touched the hearts of others and moved generations with their music and artistry — from the gospel of Mahalia Jackson; the lady blues of Billie Holiday; the soulful sounds that get you caught up in a rapture with Anita Baker; the bridging the gap of R&B, and Rock and Roll of Etta James; the soulful leadership of Gladys Knight; the powerful vocals of Patti Labelle; and the eclectic, political sounds of Nina Simone.

Many of today’s black female artists owe a debt of gratitude to their foremothers. Some of those foremothers made it on this lists and some of today’s artists made it on this list because of how these black women managed to overcome so many obstacles and reach the top.

In celebration of Black Music Month, MadameNoire compiled a list of 15 black women in music who managed to become some of the most popular solo acts in music ever! This list is based on record sells (albums and singles), longevity, legacy and overall popularity in both mainstream and urban-marketed music.

Alicia Keys on Baby Bump Watch

November 7th, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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The YBF has put Alicia keys on pregnancy watch yet again after pics popped up showing the mother of 13-month-old Egypt with what appears to be the beginning of another baby bump at the 2011 Black Ball. Hubby Swizz Beatz holding his hand over her stomach in the classic proud papa-to-be pose doesn’t help rumors either.  Looks pretty official to me. What do you think about Swizz and Alicia  potentially welcoming baby number two so soon? That’s love… black love!

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Inspiration of the Day: Diana Ross, Sponsored by Starbucks

October 31st, 2011 - By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
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“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” -Diana Ross

Diana Ross came from very humble beginnings, and grew into one of the most celebrated superstars in the world. We all have our own special brand of star quality that we flaunt in different ways. Just like Diana, we can take those wonderful elements that make us uniquely us and parlay them into the fulfillment of our goals. Sometimes it’s hard to realize that we can make things happen for ourselves, but we always have the power to do so. We don’t have to wait for a helpful mentor, supportive friend, or doting spouse to come into our lives and help us achieve our dreams. While such influence is always good, we must believe that we have the power to achieve our dreams independently if we are to bring our highest thoughts into reality. We can do like Diana did and make it happen on our own. We have all the inner power we need. The time is now to start working.

Do you own independent thing today, Madame Noire lovelies!

Keri Hilson Attacked by Crazed Fan

October 28th, 2011 - By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
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Keri Hilson Attacked by Fan on Stage

News is just now spreading of a horrible event — “Miss Keri Baby” was attacked on stage by a lunging fan who was able to grab her before she could be protected by security. Our black celebrity news partner Necole Bitchie reports:

A few weeks ago, Miss Keri Baby got more than she bargained for while performing in Paris on her ‘No Boys Allowed’ tour. An overzealous fan rushed the stage during her last song of the night and snatched her right on up. I’m not sure what he was thinking, but security immediately rushed the stage and knocked the fans lights out. Keri received a blow to the head by security in the process.

Head on over to Necole Bitchie blog to see what Keri Hilson tweeted after her frightening experience and more of her astute commentary. Thankfully, Ms. Hilson is fine, but this brings to mind some of the negative aspects that go along with fame. It’s wonderful to be talented, beautiful, successful and adored — but in exchange for those riches your millions of stans will think they own a piece of you. We all entertain fantasies of fame and fortune (at least I do). But could we pay that high price? Something to think about. In this video below, the attack occurs at the 2:15 mark:

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Inspiration of the Day: Ledisi, Sponsored by Starbucks

October 28th, 2011 - By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
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“With the ‘Pieces of Me’ album, I wanted to show the dimensional side of Ledisi… I can be sweet, Hot, a lover, and sometimes, a fighter. I also wanted to write and sing music that expresses the sides of women, and hopefully teach men how to love those complex women.” -Ledisi

Complexity is often used to describe women, and applies to black women in particular. We have so many sides to ourselves — spiritual, sensual, emotional, tough, decisive, soft — and it is important to make room for all parts of who we are. It can be tough sometimes. People may not get every aspect of your nature. You might even find that certain friends and relatives are better for playing out certain qualities. And that’s fine. As long as you are exploring and expressing all your most positive dynamics, you are on the positive road that Ledisi describes. And the more you love your many sparkling facets, the more the people in your life will appreciate your complexity.

Reflect on and enjoy all the different parts of who you are today! Enjoy yourselves Madames!

Inspiration of the Day: T-Boz, Sponsored by Starbucks

October 26th, 2011 - By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
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“A role model can teach you to love and respect yourself, and if you don’t respect yourself, nobody else will.” – T-Boz

Loving and respecting yourself is critical to making it in this life. You can’t always control things like your employment or how certain people in your family are treating you, but you can always control how you treat yourself. This can be as simple as making time to do the things that make your heart sing, or making sure that the inner voice that you speak to yourself with is sweet and kind. Loving yourself does not have to be a big, complicated mystery learned by reading a ream of self-help books. Just think of the way you would treat the favorite little girl in your life, and be just as tender to your own inner being. Take a tip from T-Boz, and love and respect yourself first and foremost.

Have a wonderful day full of healthy self-love!




Inspiration of the Day: Vanessa Williams, Sponsored by Starbucks

October 25th, 2011 - By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
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“Success is the sweetest revenge.” -Vanessa Williams

Have you ever felt left behind? Used and abused? Judged? Or simply unappreciated? We all have. This is nothing new, but you can take a better tactic for overcoming such treatment than you may have in the past. Rather than stewing over being overlooked or otherwise treated poorly, adopt Vanessa Williams’ attitude of: I’ll show ’em! For every lover who decided to move on. As a statement to that boss who didn’t recognize your shine. Move on to the next one and grab that spotlight. Mixing winning and revenge is a positive way to turn bitterness into the fuel you need to grow. If it worked for Vanessa Williams, who turned scandal into a sterling career, it can definitely work for you.

Here’s to making life’s dross into gold! You can do it Madame Noire lovlies!

Inspiration of the Day: Kelly Rowland, Sponsored by Starbucks

October 24th, 2011 - By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
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“Ever since we were little, we were so on fire for our dreams. We never let anyone blow our flames out.” -Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland has been on fire since she was a child to make her dreams come true. Since Destiny’s Child called it quits a few years ago, she has applied that same independent determination to her solo career. Racking up hits like “Motivation” and the new dance classic “When Love Takes Over,” Rowland has shown the benefits that come to those who stick with their goals no matter what the obstacles. Kelly has overcome a slow start to her solo endeavors, yet returned to the scene again and again with new ideas and fierce projects. The next time you hit a bump in your plans, think of Ms. Rowland and the focus she used to stay lit up and on course to achieve her desires. You can do it, too.

Be on fire for your dreams, Madames! And have a spectacular day!

Inspiration of the Day: Erykah Badu, Sponsored by Starbucks

October 18th, 2011 - By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
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“I believed in myself, and I’ve always worked very, very hard as an artist, and I am an artist in every sense of the word.” -Erykah Badu

Do you believe in yourself, and put your hard work and determination behind that belief? Sometimes it can be hard to truly have faith in what you want to become. But belief in yourself, like most personal qualities, is something that can be strengthened and practiced. And one of the best ways to demonstrate that faith is by taking decisive action towards your goals. Putting all your energies powerfully behind working on what you want to become is a way to express faith and strengthen it at the same time.  So take a lesson from Ms. Erykah Badu — have faith in yourself and put all your muscle into developing into your ideal self-image. You can do it.

Work hard on being the best version of you there is! And have an amazing day!

Inspiration of the Day: Tamia Sponsored by Starbucks

October 17th, 2011 - By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
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“My family all worked in factories. It`s a factory town. So, I didn`t have dreams of Hollywood. I just loved to sing.” – Tamia

Do you do what you love? You might not be able to do for a living, but you need to make time to do the things you love in order to take care of your soul. Whether it is singing or dancing salsa, this special type of “me time” is essential to your well being. An equally important question is: Do you know what you love? From personal experience, I know what it is like to go through many years not knowing what is of critical importance to me. It is easy to get caught up in the pleasures of family and friends, and it feels wonderful to be part of a loving community. But there are some things that are meaningful to one inherently — and it is important to find out what those things are, even if you have to go through a lengthy process of trial and error. So discover what you love. Know what activities, passions and environments automatically make you feel good. And do everything you can to participate in them regularly. Just as Tamia “just loved to sing,” that’s the only justification you need for focusing as much as you can on what is important to you.

Take the time to shine and enjoy what makes your soul soar!