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Earlier this week we wrote about the backlash Fantasia caught when she released a concert flyer that contained the phrase “All Lives Matter.” As you know it didn’t go over well with Black Twitter or with Black people. As we mentioned earlier, people brought out Fantasia’s literacy issues. They said her career was canceled and a host of memes and gifs tearing her down. Fantasia’s response to the matter, via Facebook Live with her husband Kendall, didn’t do much to appease the frustrations. When the couple offered the rationale that Black Lives Matter because All Lives Matter, people had already dismissed them.
After a couple of days of reflection, Fantasia released this statement on her Instagram page.
“This past weekend I had the opportunity to perform at an event surrounding the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. When I arrived on Thursday, my heart was heavy because of what was happening at home. When I left on Saturday, I was inspired and excited to get back to Charlotte. My hope was to do something positive in my community by bringing everyone together in a time of crisis. My intention was never to take away from the Black Lives Matter movement, and I am truly sorry if my words were misconstrued. Black lives will always matter to me and I never meant for my words to make you feel otherwise. To know me is to know my heart, and I love you all.”
Personally, if we can take anything from this whole situation, it’s that people need to learn how to come at people correctly. Perhaps, if the Twitterverse had approached Fantasia’s word choice on the flyer with the intent to educate instead of insult, she would have been more open to hearing the criticism and would have even recognized the impact of her words much sooner.
Fantasia caught quite a bit of flack over the weekend when she posted, via her Twitter account, a concert flyer that contained the phrase “All Lives Matter.”
I don’t have to tell most of you the problematic nature of that phrase. “All Lives Matter” is often used as the counter argument to Black Lives Matter. The phrase in and of itself is true. And we all know that. And if “All Lives Matter” were used as a way to call out and eradicate injustice for people across the world, it would have been something we could respect. Instead, All Lives Matter wasn’t “a thing” until Black Lives Matter was. Basically, it was a way to discredit and deflect attention from a very real fight we’re facing. Those of us on social media have had to address the sentiment from our Facebook friends. We’ve seen celebrities, ignorant and informed alike, toss the phrase around. Christina Milian was one who retracted the statement once she realized that ways in which it was being used. When Keke Palmer tweeted it, instead of backtracking, she doubled down and affirmed her statement.
It’s the latter, Palmer approach that Fantasia is taking. When people called her out, some very rudely, for the wording on the flyer, she and her husband Kendall created a Facebook Live video to speak to the naysayers.
“God laid it on my heart to do this. And although I was a little hesitant, whenever God tells me something, I have to do it. And it wasn’t just about music. I don’t know if people were coming out to hear my songs but what they were really going to hear was worship. Because I feel like in this day and time, and everything that’s going on, we need to seek out the God… There’s been a lot of things being said that bother me.”
Then she turned it over to her husband, Kendall Taylor, who said:
“It’s real easy to critique somebody sitting behind your desk, or behind your smartphone […] and you’re talking about a word between ‘all’ and ‘Black’… Black lives matter because all lives matter…When we were out here fighting for our civil rights, it took people like Kennedy. It took people sitting in position at the gate to help us push this agenda because we’re not the ones sitting at the gate of change, unfortunately. The people who are sitting in front of this gate, they need to be compelled, they need to be encouraged.”
And then Fantasia.
“I understand that our people are still in poverty and we’re not getting certain things that we deserve. I understand that, but the only way we’re going to get it is not through tearing up buildings. ‘Two thousand years ago, Jesus ended the debate on which lives matter. He died for all us. All of us. Martin Luther King stood for love and unity for all people. United we stand, divided we fall.’ Let’s all stand together. So Black lives matter, yes they do. All lives matter. Our grandson is biracial. My nieces and nephews are biracial, do their lives not matter?”
“That’s my problem with people. They missed the whole message. And they’re looking to find something that they can– ‘Uhh! found something. Let’s go and start some negativity.’ Our own people. It’s our own people that’s on the page bashing. But guess what, if God be for me, it’s more than the world against me.”
Anthony Hamilton, who was set to perform that day, for Fantasia’s concert released his own statement in a Twitter video. And made his perspective very clear.
— Anthony Hamilton (@HamiltonAnthony) September 25, 2016
Initially, when I planned on writing this article, I was just going to leave it open-ended. I was going to ask y’all whether or not Fantasia should have tweeted the flyer and whether or not she deserved the criticism. Honestly, because I really love Fantasia as a artist and honestly, after meeting and interviewing her, she strikes me as an amazing person. I follow her on social media so I keep an eye on what she’s been up to. And before all hell broke loose with this flyer, she and her husband were out protesting in Charlotte, over the death of Keith Lamont Scott.
My People…it’s time to stand together and protect what the leaders before us fought for many years ago. We are God’s children, His chosen ones. Let’s put our thinking caps on and turn it around. Hit them where it hurts the most which is the pocket! Whatever beef you have with your brother or sister LET IT GO!!! We can’t continue to kill each other but get upset when others do the same! My heart is so heavy for my people, for our children…better yet for the world. Fathers teach your sons how to pray, how to stand and how to love and protect the woman that stands beside them. Mothers, teach your girls what a classy, educated and praying woman embodies. Artists, go back to the releasing positive sounds of music. Radio, go back to playing and supporting positive music. Production companies, go back to positive television. Churches, go back to doing the will of God and leading those who are lost to Christ. My People..WAKE UP and do something different.
Brothers & Sisters, Our hearts are heavy, our emotions are on high, and our peace of mind and security have been compromised by these recent events. We know it’s time for change, we know this can’t continue, we know that we must ACT, but we are not sure as to how we proceed and ensure maximum impact is achieved. So on Tomorrow, myself along with other artists, city & community leaders, business men & women, residents, corporate supporters and YOU, we will all gather uptown in hopes that TOGETHER, we will accomplish the most important and critical goal that must come out of this… “Organized Unity!” Separated & apart from each other we are seen as weak and can not command the respect & dignity we deserve. But together… Organized… and on one accord…. All Selflessly moving collectively toward a common goal, we can not fail nor be denied. We will come together in Strength & Love following the Panthers game at a designated location that we will share with you tomorrow. Tonight: be in prayer, let’s examine ourselves first and then determine our level of commitment as this will not be a race, and this is a marathon that was not designed to be ran alone. Other states, cities, mothers & fathers have felt what we are feeling now and every persons talent, Resources, and passion will be required in order to achieve that which we all know is destined to be ours.
If you read the posts from her time at the protests, you can see that she is actively thinking and working toward solutions and trying to get her fan base to do the same. She is committed to the community. And, while I can’t speak for her, I’m willing to bet that her desire to partner with the city of Charlotte for the event was the raise awareness and to the number of police killings that have plagued this country and bring healing to the people most deeply affected by it. Her concern over a Black life was her reference point for her use of the phrase All Lives Matter. Do I think she should have used it? Nah. Would it have been in her best interest to acknowledge that she knows how it’s been used in contradiction to the movement? Sure. Still, as a thinking and reasoning person, I understand that context is key. And sometimes, most times, it’s not enough to read words at simply face value. Yes, there are those who use the phrase “All Lives Matter,” to promote a different type of agenda, to distract and deflect. But I also know that if you were to ask the same folks calling for the cancellation of Fantasia’s career if they truly believe that was her intention, they would say no. But I understand that impact is greater than intention. Still, I believe if you were to ask those same people if the impact of Fantasia’s words made them truly feel like their Black lives didn’t matter to her, they would say no to that too. I understand there were likely those in the crowd who sought to educate her about the ways in which the phrase has been used to hurt. But more often, I saw people who wanted to take this opportunity to bash Fantasia, her intelligence, her career and her character. And I don’t know how that behavior, tearing down on social media, addresses the issue of police brutality and the injustice Black people face in this country.
“All Lives Matter” is a fundamental truth. And taken literally, not what it’s come to mean today on social media, is real and not in direct contrast to the phrase Black Lives Matter or the movement. It’s only become so problematic because people have used it in that way. But Fantasia was not doing that. And while there are some people who will likely take her words and use it as a rationalization for their own bigotry, the same was and continues to be true for the words Martin Luther King shared during his short life. MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech is required learning for racists. But just because the words become weapons int the wrong mouths, it doesn’t make his words or these words any less true. I understand “All Lives Matter” is generally not the move, not the way to go. Not the best way to draw attention to our particular cause. And I’m not arguing that we abandon “Black Lives Matter” and embrace “All Lives Matter” as our new rallying cry. The history is too complicated to be effective at this point. It would only be a distraction. But I also think we have to make exceptions for people who we are using the phrase in a way to point to a universal truths and who we know don’t use those three words as a way to hurt us or our people.
You can watch Fantasia and her husband’s full comments in the videos below.
Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”
“I just knew that I needed to let go of a lot of things. So I married myself and I focused on me–how to love myself again and to let go of all past hurts.”
Many blogs and websites have articles dedicated to uncovering the importance of self-love, illustrating how to build self-esteem and practice self-care, but it wasn’t until I met the beautiful Fantasia Barrino that I witnessed the evidence of doing that restorative work.
She came in the room with an entourage, but all I could sense was her kind and giving spirit. Fantasia greeted everyone with a hug and a side-kiss on the cheek, which surprised me –was she not afraid of germs? But what struck me most about this woman who is truly an idol, was hearing her speak. It was then that I truly learned she is something a of spiritual gem.
Though plenty of topics were covered in our interview with Fantasia on the heels of her album release, the most poignant point, for me, was her mention of spiritual fasting and how this process opened her heart to clearing her spirit and eventually meeting her husband. Fantasia explained how she stopped drinking, having sex, and even disallowed negative thoughts to permeate her head so that she could focus and feel bright again.
Don’t get me wrong, the idea that you need to clear the bad elements of your life (bad relationships, bad emotions, bad habits, bad people) is not something phenomenally new. However, seeing the peaceful and loving spirit that Fantasia exuded gave testimony to the power of letting certain things go in order to fully live and enjoy your life.
After the interview ended, the glitz and glamour exited the room but I still felt very inspired. When I returned home, I decided to clean out the clutter from my life. First, I went through my closet and got rid of clothes that no longer fit, were not flattering, and were plain worn out. Why keep filling my closet drawers? Next, I went through my cabinets and refrigerator to clean out old food. Whatever I could not donate, I trashed. Then, I went through my phone and deleted old phone numbers that I have not dialed in years. I also did a Facebook cleanse, deleting old friends who I never really liked in the first place. Finally, I decided on letting go of a few friendships that were causing me stress or disdain. Why keep these people in mind if they only burdened or suffocated me?
I felt free. I felt loved. I felt spiritually cleansed after doing these things. But this was just the first step… now it’s time for the manifestations of this cleansing process to begin presenting themselves in my life. But I want Fantasia to know how she inspired a young woman on the move to take the first steps to let go of unnecessary foolishness and in turn love herself; and I hope I can encourage one of you to do the same.
Catch Fantasia’s interview with us below.
Fantasia has been our friend in our head since we first saw her on American Idol way back when and meeting her on the heels of the release of her latest album, “The Definition Of,” only confirmed that she’s the definition of a woman’s woman and so much more.
No question was off limits when we chatted with Fanny, which is why this may be our juiciest interview yet. Check out our chat to see what Fantasia had to say about her latest project, spiritual fasting, getting her husband back, and why she isn’t going to let anyone prostitute her gift.
We’ve seen Fantasia’s relationship come up. From the fathers of her daughter to the father of her son, a married man, she’s been through some tough heartbreak. And those are just the relationships we know about. But when she met her husband Kendall Taylor, she was in a different space and doing things differently. It’s her relationship with her husband that’s inspired her latest single, “Sleeping With The One I Love.”
In a recent interview with Maria More of Majic 107.5, Fantasia shared her story.
On her new single, “Sleeping With The One I Love”
Now I finally got what God always desired for me. But it was me that was moving out of timing. It was me because I wanted it so bad. So that song just talks about going through all those bad relationships and now I’m sleeping with the one I love.
Prior to you finding him, do you feel like you went through a period of self discovery, like a reflective type space?
(To Maria:) I feel like we know each other. Do we know each other?
Actually, I was doing After Midnight, was in a Broadway show. I was doing it for seven months. And some people say, ‘Well, seven months is not a long time.’ But for Fantasia it is. I went on a fast and I decided that I was going to be in a relationship with myself and learn how to love myself again, plus learn how to let go. I had to let go of the other relationships. You can’t go into something good until you let go of all the bad stuff because you’ll find yourself steady bringing up all the old in a new situation. So I fasted for seven months. I read a lot. Everything that I watched was things that were good for my spirit, man. I watched a lot of T.D. Jakes. I watched a lot of things that I could deposit in myself that would lift me up, build me.
True story, I had index cards, I would write things on them and post them on the mirror in the bathroom. And I would speak it. Because you have to speak life. You have to speak what you want. You have to watch what you say because it’s power in your tongue. So as you get up every morning and you speak it, you’re speaking into your own life what you want, what you desire, what you need. And then of course, I talked to the man upstairs. I told him exactly what I needed in that seven months. I knew I needed a man that was going to come in and build me up because I was a broken woman. I knew I needed a man who was going to tell me how beautiful I was, that was going to tell me he loved me everyday because I had went through so many situations where I felt like I just wasn’t loved the right way. So I asked God for certain things. When I met my husband, he was fasting at the same time. So that’s how I knew. Because I told you I went through a lot of times where I was like, ‘He is the one. I don’t care what nobody say. He wear the shoes I like, he is the one!’ And I had to be patient. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard to sit back and actually wait and allow everything— just let it be. And when I did that, finally, I got it right.
You can watch this clip from the interview in the video below.
Our girl Fanny is back in the news y’all and thank God, it’s not for drama or gossip. Instead, it’s because the newly married beauty decided to bless us with some new music. The single is called “No Time For It”.
In the no-more-drama-esque anthem, Tasia informs her critics that she’s far too busy collecting these coins and enjoying her life to be concerned with what critics have to say to her. She sings:
There’s no time for it
You wanna tell me how it is
But there’s no time for it
You wanna tell me how you feel
But there’s no time for it
Do your thing, get your change
By the way, don’t you think I’mma care ’cause I’m not
Got my mind on my money
And if it don’t really matter, nah
There’s no time for it
Oh-oh, there’s no time for it
No time, no time, no time
Listen to the track and let us know if you’re passing or playing. We say it’s a pass.
If you watched last night’s telecast of the Soul Train Awards, then you know that in the tribute performance for Babyface (by Babyface and co.), Fantasia brought the house down with her rendition of Karyn White’s “Superwoman.” She also did a beautiful version of Whitney Houston’s “Exhale (Shoop)” that you can watch below.
But fans of White, who is still alive, singing, and looking spectacular at 50 (you read that right), wondered why she didn’t take part in the tribute. And they had reason to wonder. Other singers Babyface had written for came along to remind people of his catalog of classics, include Brandy, Boyz II Men, Tevin Campbell, and even Bobby Brown. So what was the deal with White? Was she busy? Traveling? Sick?
White was watching the performance at home on TV just like you and me, and she’s just as confused as the rest of us. White took to Facebook to say that she was never called by BET, Centric, Babyface–anybody, to take part.
“I’ve been getting bombarded with questions from family, fans, friends. I’ve been getting tweets, texts. Just people calling me: ‘Karen, why weren’t you on the show?’ ‘Are you okay?’ ‘Is everything alright?’ ‘Why weren’t you there?’ ‘Everyone else was there; we wanted to see you.’ Good question. I. Don’t. Know. I never got a call from ‘Face or BET, or Centric or Soul Train music award affiliates–nobody. So I don’t know.”
Noting that maybe they thought she had left the music industry behind, White cleared the air to say she is still singing. In fact, she’s on a tour with Kathy Sledge, Deniece Williams and CeCe Peniston right now called, “My Sisters and Me.” And while she believes that Fantasia did a magnificent job, she’s disappointed no one thought to reach out to her.
“I thought Fantasia did an amazing job. She’s a bad girl. She put it down. It has nothing to do with Fantasia. It’s really just respect. The fact that Kenny wrote the song, and LA, and Daryl Simmons, but Karyn White made it a hit. And I believe my fans deserve to see me sing the song.”
So no, White is not on some “diva sh-t” as she put it. But considering that she’s alive and well and “rocking it,” while many of the greats from the past have passed on, she said it would have been nice if she had been called. And she does have a point.
But what do you think? Check out the rest of her thoughts via her Facebook video and share your own.
Fantasia Barrino has been crooning us through her pain, ups and downs and continues to win despite it all. This young mother has come a long way and continues to shine on and off the stage. As we wish her good luck with a chance of being an Atlanta Housewife and congratulate her on her recent nuptials, we’re taking a stroll down memory lane to check out some of her most fab moments on the Red Carpet.
All images courtesy of WENN
WCW: 15 Fantastic Fantasia Barrino Moments
Yesterday, we reported that it seemed Fantasia and her husband Kendall Taylor had reconciled. She posted a picture of the two together and called him her best friend. And even though we root for Fantasia, most of us around here think that it’s time she take her relationship off the gram.
But today, she’s back again with a message for those who tried to come in between her marriage.
Read her message below.
"Life is So Funny… Do they even know why we are still laughing? Does it even matter? Yet we are Called to continue loving those that hate us. Pushing us Spiritually beyond our own limitations. This song in our hearts remains high above gossip of those who couldn't walk a mile in our shoes. No one lied. No one cheated. No one broke a single vow. What we learned was to keep those who aren't for us out of our marriage. As our love grows stronger, our circle grows smaller. So we continue to sing and laugh at those who tried to come between what God alone brought together. Yes we Sing! Even though my Husband is a little out of tune! Lol" #TaylorMade
I’m sure there are some people out there who are rooting for she and her relationship to fail. Just because there are great number of people who want everyone to be miserable like they are. But I’d argue that there are even more people who, after witnessing all that Fantasia has endured and overcome, want her to win in life and love.
Unfortunately, Fantasia is the one getting in the way of all this.
For those who don’t remember, Fantasia was the one who let us into her relationship drama when she took her rings off and said it was done.
And this was just in April.
Fantasia said that no vows were broken but she was the one wrote: “…He done me wrong! She put me out! He cheated! She lied! I can’t eat! I can’t sleep! … We develop an idea of what a relationship should be. If things do not go the way we planned, our hearts are broken.”
She could have very well been speaking about the general human condition but after that ring pictture, it left a lot of room for speculation and theorization.
Essentially, if Fantasia doesn’t want people in her relationship, she could eliminate millions of opinions by keeping updates on her relationship, good and bad, off of social media.
I know I’m not the only one whose noticed that people, celebrity and otherwise, who go out of their way to brag, boast and broadcast their unions are usually the ones who are their least secure in their partnerships.
All of us could take this as a lesson to protect that which and those who we consider sacred in our lives.
Fantasia is an open book. When she’s hurting, we know and when she happy she’ll tell us about that too. Months ago, the singer was going through a lot with the death of her grandmother and what looked like the dissolution of her marriage to Kendall Taylor.
You may remember back in April, she wrote:
“It is Done…The Kids and I Will Always Love You <3 I got to stay strong for Granny…He was the best man I knew Kendall you are loved.”
In addition to those very telling words, she included a picture of her wedding ring set, off her finger.
But Kendall wasn’t just some longtime boyfriend. He was, and still is, Fantasia’s husband. And in these instances it’s usually nice to work it out, if at all possible.
And thankfully, it looks like Fantasia and Kendall have done just that.
She recently posted this picture with another telling caption. And the rings were in full view.
After all she’s been through in her life and most recently, we’re happy to see Fantasia with a smile on her face.