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The brilliant and beautiful Erykah Badu was, of course, one of three fabulous women featured on the three different covers of Essence for May’s Beauty Issue. The publication recently posted a behind-the-scenes video of Badu during her photo shoot, speaking on what beauty is to her, and more. One really interesting part of the conversation came when she spoke on the importance of finding yourself and being independent while balancing motherhood. She said she learned this through the influence of the women in her family, many of which, she says, weren’t married. They were all about their children and family, but also made time for themselves so that they could blossom:
“I came from a long line of matriarchs. There was not a lot of marriage and partnership that I saw as a child. I saw strong women: grandmothers, great-grandmothers raising grandchildren, the next generation of children, and children and children. I learned from them a lot of things. They weren’t just mothers. They were also individual human beings who had careers, and ambitions, and jobs, and lovers, and lives. I learned from them that in my own motherhood, as a woman, I can also be Erykah, and grow as Erykah. And I think that’s a beautiful gift to have. Just the knowing of that.”
And grow she has. The mother of three (Seven, Puma and Mars) has a look and sound that has evolved quite a bit over the years (which has helped her to become the recent face of Givenchy), and there seems to be no stopping her. What do you think of her reflection on her childhood? Check out the beauty speaking on these topics and share your thoughts.
Drake Writes An Ode To Rihanna And Recounts Getting Relationship Advice From Erykah Badu In “Days In The East”
Drake and Rihanna have been getting quite cute and cozy lately: holding hands, going out on dinner dates while jetsetting around the world for his tour, wearing similar clothes, and just being spotted having fun together. Rihanna isn’t the type to share her emotions when it comes to her relationships, but Drake has no problem keeping it 100.
In a new song he dropped today called “Days in the East,” Drake ran off his thoughts about a lot of things, but many people are saying the song was something of an ode to the Bajan bad girl, and we agree. Why? Well, there a few hints. In the song he makes reference to Rihanna’s popular song, “Stay,” literally saying “I threw my hands in the air and said show me something” at one point. He also says, “Told you about giving him chances and chances and chances/He’s not holding you down, he’s holding you back right now,” which is a statement that could be a reference to Rihanna’s tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship with Chris Brown, which eventually ended again early last year. There is also a mention of the two waking up in Amsterdam together, interesting considering that she followed him to Amsterdam to be by his side for his shows in early March.
Then there are lines like this:
Ain’t the first time cause I’ve lost you before
Had to get it back, had to get it back
Had to pull it back because I know I’m on the road
Had to take you back because I know you’re down to roll
If you can get it from me, you can have it, now you know
All your friends asking where you stand with the boy
Mention other girls, you get insecure already
That was in the past, I’ve matured already
F**k them h*es, you got the award already
You go to Chanel and get rewards already
Wherever he was going with this song, we see quite a few obvious shout outs to Rih, and it’s not the first time he spoke about her in a song. He spoke about how she used him as her rebound boo and left him high and dry when they first got acquainted in the song, “Fireworks.” Drake is sprung, and that’s great! About time they stop playing games and make it happen.
There was also a shout out to Erykah Badu, with Drake saying that she at one time gave him relationship advice when he went to her place and had a tea party of sorts:
Remember one night I went to Erykah Badu house, she made tea for me
We talked about love and what life could really be for me
She said, “when that sh*t is real, you just know”
And I was thinking bout you, you already know
Awwwww! Check out the song for yourself and let us know what you think.
Appropriately labeled the Beauty Issue, inside the mag, these musical heavy hitters are discussing self-expression, personal style, and, of course, hair. Erykah told Essence:
“I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.”
And yet, Miss Badu does just that every time we catch a glimpse of her on a red carpet, performing on stage, or posing in an ad for Givenchy. Unsurprisingly, though, her take on her personal style is shared by fellow cover beauty Ledisi. Echoing some of the same sentiments she shared with us in a recent interview, the New Orleans-bred singer said:
“Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously. I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.”
The baby of the bunch, Solange, also shared her view on style, pointing out that everyone should be allowed to dictate what works for their own bodies, saying:
“We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.”
Amen to that. These three gorgeous Essence covers are available on newsstands today and you can check out each one solo on the next few pages. Which one are you picking up?
You know Erykah Badu has always been one to push the envelope. And things really haven’t changed. Recently, a video of the singer serenading a group of nuns is being shared all around social media.
And Badu wasn’t exactly singing “Ava Maria.” Instead, she sang the first couple of lines from Kendrick’s hit song, “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.”
She didn’t cuss or anything instead, she sang the chords, “I am a sinner who’s probably going to sin again. Loord…” and then the video cuts off but not before Badu records the nun’s reactions.
Many people, including myself, found the video hilarious. The way I see it, if she stopped with those lyrics then she should be good, most Christians agree that we’re all sinners. But others think she took things a little too far.
What do you think was this funny or is this a little blasphemous?
Believe it or not, today is Erykah Badu’s 43rd birthday. And in honor of all that she’s contributed to the world, we’re celebrating the 10 ways Erykah Badu has changed the game since she first stepped on the scene.
Algebra Blessett Releases New Album, Schools Fans On How To Find More Happiness Than They Ever Fathomed
We first met Algebra Blessett and her soul-infused honey-like voice in 2008 when she dropped the single “U Do It For Me.” Like her music, Algebra is real, honest and sincere about the art she makes, which is why today she’s releasing a new album, “Recovery,” with no inhibitions. We had a chance to chat with Algebra about her sophomore release and what it means to recover from circumstances, even if the changes you go through are ones of happiness. Check out the Q&A here:
Would you still describe your musical style as neo-soul?
I was signed to Kedar Massenburg’s label and he initially coined the phrase “neo-soul.” He had D’Angelou and Erykah Badu on his label so because I worked with him I automatically got put under that umbrella. For me, I will always perform rhythm and blues but I have a live band and perform with my guitar. It depends on the platform. I do R&B, but to be honest I never knew what “neo-soul” was suppose to sound like. I just felt I was performing good rhythm and blues because it was not pop, locking and dropping. Neo-soul is stories and evoked emotions.
What can you tell us about your new album “Recovery”?
“Recovery” is my sophomore album and it was a strategic process in my musical journey. I knew what subject matters I wanted to talk about and how I wanted to convey certain things. Just like the album’s title, the album is about going from one place to another. Of course the album talks about recovering from heartache or other sorrows in our lives. I also talk about thinking you are so happy in your life and then something happens; you had no idea you could experience another level of happiness. All of that is a recovery process- going from being used to something to actually accepting and reveling in the possibility of being even happier. And just letting it be, because sometimes when you get into a place of not knowing how to function after things change, whether it is good or bad, it takes time getting used to.
For the “Nobody But You” music video, you took the visual aspect of Lucy and Schroder from Charlie Brown. Why is that?
I am a big cartoon fan and I absolutely love Charlie Brown. So my team and I talked about it. The song represents a woman professing her love to this guy who you may or may not know and whether he is insecure or just be ignoring her. That storyline reminded me of Lucy and Schroder from Charlie Brown because Lucy loves Schroder so much. She needed counseling, that is how much she loved him and Schroder didn’t notice it. He was so involved with his love for the piano. Sometimes we can miss out on certain types of love because we “know” what we love but we are not ready to experience other types of love.
In an article by Boombox, you shared your main purpose of this album was to remain true to yourself. How difficult is that asa female singer in the music industry?
It’s very difficult, especially if you lose sight of your initial purpose. You have to stand firm on what you want to sing, how you want to dress or how you want to look. I am natural and I hardly show that much skin even though I have a smaller frame. If I choose to show it all, I can. But that is my power within those boundaries. If I want to cover up and just show my lips and nose, I have the power to do that if I want to. So those become the top layers of the nuisances we have to go through as women especially in the industry. In certain fields you have to dress the part that comes with your occupation. For me, I have been able to create my own part, do what I want to do, say what I want to say and sing what I want to say. Most importantly, I am able to just be honest with me. If I look back on it, the moment I didn’t do what I was suppose to do, I regretted it.
Who is your dream artist to work with?
I enjoy seeing new artists come out because I remember what that felt like even though I am still kind of new. There are so many journeys in becoming the artist you want to be. I would love to do a song with Jill Scott. I like her so much– I love that she is a lyricist. She is a sound bite and I like her energy. I think she is a beautiful person, too. I enjoy Kendrick Lamar and I would like to sing with Drake, Andre 3000 and Cee-Lo.
It’s not surprising at all that the late, great Michael Jackson (and his sister Janet) topped Business Insider‘s list of having the costliest music video of all time — Scream (1996). With a funky wardrobe, a futuristic spaceship, and black and white visuals, Scream cost a whopping $7 million!
But as I scrolled through the list, I was shocked that the King of Pop’s Thriller – arguably one of the most spectacular music videos ever — was absent. Diddy’s Victory (1998), not nearly as memorable and enduring as Thriller, made the list and cost $2.7 million! Clearly dropping excessive amounts of cash on a video doesn’t necessarily mean it will resonate with the public.
So this brings up a new question: Which videos have a low budget, but made a huge impact on the musical landscape? On the flip side, which videos cost an arm and a leg, but were mediocre at best? Let’s find out!
Being in love is always a great feeling and it’s even greater to share it with the world, like these artists who weren’t shy about having their boos star in a music video with them for all to see.
Usher and Chilli
In 2001, Chilli made a lot of women jealous after she started dating Usher. Although their relationship only lasted for two years, that was enough time for Chilli to appear in two of Usher’s videos: “U Got It Bad” and “U Don’t Have To Call.” After their relationship came to an end, many speculated the songs off of Usher’s Confessions album (which hinted of an affair and a love child) were about their relationship, but the TLC member revealed that Jermaine Dupri’s love life was really the inspiration behind it all.
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New year. New hair. At least, that seems to be the trend for the rich and famous.
For her R&B Divas “Fan Appreciation” party in Atlanta, Wyatt showed up with a short black cut (don’t forget the red glittery lips) with a long blond piece in the front that she made into a layered bang. But she had the look days earlier and showed it off on her Instagram for fans, this time with the piece in large curls. Check out more images of the look below from her Instagram account.
As for Varner, the beauty hit up the SWV Reunited premiere party in New York with new blond locks. I’m willing to bet this is a wig, but either way, it fits the singer very well. She shared images of the new look on her Instagram, and while some followers/fans felt going blonde made her just like every other famous black woman out right now (the NeNes, the MJBs, the Beyoncés), others loved it, even saying she looked like a young Faith Evans.
So what do you think about both of their blond styles? I’m on the fence about KeKe’s, but I think whether wig or real, Varner’s look is hot! Share your thoughts below.
Leave it to Erykah Badu to keep it funky fresh. Whether it’s her threads, her music or her hair you can always expect something new. Yesterday, the soul singer took to Facebook and Twitter to debut her latest do. It’s an oldie but goodie.
The FatBellyBella had her locks trimmed into a very impressive high top fade.
She posted the picture on her Twitter with caption: “Faded…High”
And then she showed the back …
…and captioned it “Pyramids and vortices.”
We’d be remiss if we didn’t note the flyness of the four full-fingered rings.
By now you know Erykah is one of those women who can pull off pretty much anything when it comes to hair styles. And this is no exception. Love this look on her.
What do you think? Are you digging it?