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“Real Love Doesn’t Hit You”: Jazmine Sullivan Speaks On Getting Out Of An Abusive Relationship And The Role It Played In Her Hiatus From Music
I had the awesome opportunity to check out Jazmine Sullivan in concert last night at the Gramercy Theatre and was glad to hear that impeccable voice live after a three-year hiatus. When I talked to the singer back in May, she said that there were a variety of things that made her take such a long break, including personal issues:
“It was a lot of different things that made me feel like I needed to take a break. And it was a lot of personal things. It was some things as far as the industry and my work. But what’s most important to me is that I did get that time to kind of mature and in that time, I’m still working on it, but I feel like I’m so much more comfortable with myself and who I am and I what I have to offer to the world and to the industry.”
But during last night’s show she got specific about the “personal things” that were holding her back, and that includes being caught up in an abusive relationship for a few years. Before singing the song from her upcoming album (Reality Show) that came from that situation, “Masterpiece (Mona Lisa),” she spoke about how hard it was to leave that man and look out for herself.
“It got to be abusive. And I stayed in the relationship because I loved him. Love can make you do some really crazy things. It can make you accept some really, really crazy things. And I thought I was doing what was right. I was trying to stay and be the down chick. Ride for my man: ‘He gon’ get it together! He ain’t gon’ do it again, ya’ll.’ But I had to realize that I had to love myself more than I loved him. Because real love doesn’t do that. You know that right? Real love doesn’t hit you. And it took me a long time to come to that place where I truly loved myself and I appreciated myself. I finally started to do that and I knew it was best that I had to go. I had to walk away from my situation. So, I wrote this song, on my new album, Reality Show…but this song, I debuted actually in London, my first show back, and it’s called “Mona Lisa Masterpiece.” And now I realize that I am a masterpiece, ya’ll. I love myself however I come, skinny or thick. Cause it’s hard in society to appreciate the things about you that are different. I felt like that for a long time and now I can finally say that I’m free of that. I love myself exactly how I am and I want you guys to love yourself too.”
Definitely respect that message, and we’re so glad to have Jazmine Sullivan back. You can check out her performance of the song “Masterpiece” at the 365 Black Awards from August below.
Riding the subway in NYC, you’re bound to see and hear anything, which is why I wasn’t surprised when I overheard two women talking about plotting revenge on the one woman’s soon to be ex man. Apparently one of the two had been cheated on, and the other was telling her to slash his tires. At first I thought she was joking, or simply venting – but then I realized that she had this very serious look on her face. She wasn’t kidding at all. What was even more surprising was that the woman scorned seemed like she was actually contemplating it. All I kept thinking was, “do people actually really still do that?” I guess so.
Immediately Jazmine Sullivan began playing in my head…”I bust the windows out ya car….” I never understood why women (and men) do that. One – it seems like that would be the fastest way to get choked out if a guy finds out that you slashed his tires. Second, why play yourself? Usually when women do stuff like this, it doesn’t hurt the man, it just makes her look like a psycho. We should leave revenge up to God – but I know we’re human, so we may feel the need to get revenge ourselves. So if you’re going to get revenge, try to hurt his feelings – not make him angry! You might turn up missing if he catches you busting windows out his ride.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I know men wild out too. But I think women are more likely to tear up a man’s ish than simply leave him alone. Men, keep a close eye on the women you mess with and watch how you treat them. If you know you’re doing dirt, you better make sure you either don’t get caught, or are dealing with a sane woman who will not bust up your stuff or pour bleach on all of your clothes when you DO get caught….because chances are, you WILL. Or better yet, just don’t do dirt. How about that?
Also, if you’re dealing with a woman who is combative, argumentative, vindictive, violent or spiteful, you might want to get rid of her BEFORE she catches you – or else busted windows or slashed tires won’t be the only thing you have to worry about. She might try to hurt YOU. We always hear about men hitting women, but there are women out there who are just as ruthless. Women – watch out for the same traits in men. While they may not want to slash your tires, they may want to hurt you too. Men also don’t deal too well with infidelity.
I know first-hand it hurts to get cheated on. I know it hurts when we’ve been lied to. I can see wanting to destroy his property if he did you wrong. I know. But hurt and bitterness, like love, creates after its own kind. Our resentment and acts of revenge rarely disturb the person who hurt us, but rather it destroys the host – emotionally, spiritually – and potentially physically. When we seek revenge on someone who has wronged us, we wound ourselves.
The women who slash tires usually end up looking crazy to the men who hurt them. Men don’t think, “oh wow, I messed up, she really hates me and I’m wrong.” No, they think, “I’m glad I got rid of that crazy b*tch!” So now you’ve been hurt AND you look like a nut. Not cute at all.
You want to really get him back? Forgive him – and then leave him alone and move on. The best way to get over pain is to choose love – it heals everything in its path. Living a happy life (without him) is the best revenge.
By now everyone knows that Jazmine Sullivan is back, but what they may not understand is why she ever left. In 2011, the 27-year-old singer announced she was permanently leaving the music industry because it wasn’t fun for her anymore but after figuring some things out in that three-year span, she’s back and ready to make new music, like the song “Mona Lisa” which the Philly native says is about her finally getting to a place of seeing herself as beautiful.
Jazmine talked about her issues with self love as well as her break being longer than expected when we caught up with her after her performance at the 20th annual Essence Festival this year. Check out what she had to say about that and her new album, “Reality Show,” in the video above.
A couple of months ago, we told you about Jazmine Sullivan’s return to music with her first single “Dumb” featuring Meek Mill. Most of you all seemed to dig it. And now Jazmine has released a video for the comeback effort.
She takes a page from the Broadway show Avenue Q and employs naughty puppets stepping out on their significant others, who happen to be real people. Yeah it sounds wild but it makes more sense in the video.
The puppet hostess of a show based off the now defunct reality show “Cheaters.” The hostess, complete with orange lips and purple eye shadow, helps other women catch their partners in compromising positions, in offices, cars and seedy hotel rooms. It’s a mess but funny at the same time…with a bit of a surprise ending.
“Dumb” is the first single from Sullivan’s first album since she left the industry three years ago. She told ABC News Radio that this album has a more current sound.
“I’ve always done a lot of different things, but with this particular album I feel like it’s going to attract a lot of younger kids who may not have been into my stuff before.”
Take a look at the video below and listen to the song again, or for the first time, and let us know what you think.
“I Don’t Need To Hide Anymore”: Jazmine Sullivan Tells Us Why She Left Music, Why She’s Back, And Why She’s Happier Than Ever
The last time many people heard from singer Jazmine Sullivan, she had put out her second album in 2010, Love Me Back, had everyone jamming to her song “10 Seconds,” and her voice was all over the radio. But in the midst of all that, she was quite unhappy. By January 2011, she needed a break from the demands of the industry, breaking the heart of fans with her Twitter announcement:
“i’m making an official announcement that i am taking a break from music … i’m trying to figure out who i am … w/out a mike, paper or pen. i promised myself when it wasn’t fun anymore i wouldn’t do it. and here i am.”
Now May of 2014, Sullivan hasn’t put out new music of her own in three years, but after doing some soul searching, restoring her relationship with God, and working on loving herself, she’s says “now I feel like I’m ready.”
We spoke with her about her new album, Reality Show, her new drum-heavy jam, “Dumb,” what she did during her break, and why she thinks things will be different this time around. We’re oh so glad to have her back in our ears.
Last month, we told you that Jazmine Sullivan announced, during a concert in London, that she was coming back to the music scene. After a 3 and a half year hiatus the 26 year old said she was working on a third album. She also said she would debut a single. And now it’s here.
Today, Sullivan released her latest “Dumb” featuring Meek Mill.
With lyrics like…
“Yo, I know you know you ain’t right. First start I know where you was last night. And if you gon’ lie, then at least be good. I heard you was in yo old hood.”
…it’s clear that Jazmine is back to speaking about relationships gone wrong. And with vocals like hers we’re not mad about it at all. We’re just glad she’s back.
You can get more of Jazmine Sullivan this summer. She’ll be appearing at this year’s Essence Festival on July 3rd.
I remember being sincerely shocked back in 2011 when Jazmine Sullivan announced that she was going to be leaving the music industry when she had just found her footing. (I mean, she even had endorsement deals. Remember the cotton commercial?) But she’d had enough.
She tweeted: “i’m making an official announcement that i am taking a break from music. i’m trying to figure out who i am… w/out a mike, paper or pen. i promised myself that when it wasn’t fun anymore i wouldn’t do it. and here i am. i’m not saying i wont ever sing again in my life becuz i dont believe that. but in this moment… rt now… i got some things to figure out.”
But after a recent performance in London, she announced that she’s back after a three and a half year break. The 26 year old, Grammy nominated artist played a sold out show at the KOKO in London.
During the performance, Sullivan announced that she’s working on a third album and will debut the single soon.
You can watch her perform, my favorite song of her’s “In Love With Another Man” in the video below.
Are you happy Jazmine has come back to the music industry? Will you be checking out her new music?
As its been said a million times before and remains true, music is a universal language. Before you know it, a song can take you on an emotional roller coaster, feeling things you didn’t know you felt. The stories told in songs can have you agreeing…and throwing a side eye. Some of our favorite songs have some of the most trifling situations: cheating, fighting over men, falling in love with someone else, babies, etc. Check out the list and don’t forget to tell us your fave song that has a trifling meaning!
“Keep Goin’ In Circles, Circles, Round And Round”: MN Jam Of The Day – “Holding You Down” By Jazmine Sullivan
If you’re sleeping on Jazmine Sullivan, you really should wake up, folks. This girl has jams for days, and this one in particular, with it’s nod to throwback Mary J. Blige and hip-hop from the late ’80s and early ’90s (just check the samples) is just the right cup of tea to wake you up this morning. And if her voice doesn’t put you in a good mood, well, I don’t know what to tell you…you’re just destined to be a Debbie Downer today. Enjoy this morning jam, and be sure to save it to your Spotify playlists, iTunes and put it on your music player, because you shall not be sowwy (spelled it like that on purpose for the grammar Nazis).
New music from Monica is always a good thing—throw in Missy Elliott and Jazmine Sullivan behind the scenes and you’ve got greatness. Monica has just released the video for her new single “Until It’s Gone” off of her album, “New Life,” scheduled for release November 29. Warning: The video, featuring Brian J. White and Malinda Williams, is a bit of a tear jerker — so be prepared.
What do you think? Are you feeling Monica’s new single?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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