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If you think 2015 is the first time the citizens of the city of Baltimore have risen up, think again. From the end of World War II and 1968 the Black citizens have Baltimore had suffered. There was a serious case of “White flight,” and the city, where many of the Black residents remained, was depleted. Black communities, much like today, had subpar housing, high infant mortality rates, fewer jobs and thus, more crime. Black Baltimore unemployment, at the time, was more than double the national average. Those who were employed worked in unsafe conditions or were paid less.
Then on April 4, 1968, there was an injustice much like the death of Freddie Gray. Dr. King was assassinated. During the memorial there was peace and then the rage set in. Windows were broken, fires were started. Police and the national guard moved in. By the end six people had died, 700 were injured, 1000 small businesses were damaged or robbed and 5,800 people were arrested.
The uprising inspired Nina Simone to return after a four-year recording hiatus to release the 1978 album Baltimore.
For those who are unfamiliar with the song, Simone says,
The city is dying
And they don’t know why
Ain’t it hard just to live
A couple of weeks ago, we told you about the new Nina Simone documentary coming to Netflix and contemporary R&B vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is recording a cover of the original and there’s a video for her rendition that is quite poignant.
You can listen to Nina Simone’s original and watch and listen to Jazmine Sullivan’s beneath it. Both are sadly beautiful and extremely reflective of the times in which we live.
This weekend Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter Jazmine Sullivan is coming to Café Mocha. She will talk about everything from her incredible “Reality Show” to how she survived a bad relationship.
Plus, would you pay $20 a month for music? Join MC Lyte, Loni Love and Angelique Perrin as they debate the pros and cons of Jay Z’s new Tidal app on Café Mocha Radio this weekend. (You can also check out our coverage here, here and here.)
Did y’all see Mo’Nique disclosed e-mails that Lee Daniels did offer her the role of Cookie? Don’t miss the ladies of Did Y’all See on Café Mocha Radio and on MadameNoire’s YouTube page this weekend to find out more details.
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We’ve talked about Jazmine Sullivan’s “Mascara” here before. But briefly. And now that her album Reality Show has been out for about two months now, we’ve had time to really let it sink all the way in. I know personally, I’ve picked out my favorite songs and declared Jazmine as one of my faves in the R&B game.
And as most of you know when you declare a fave, it is your duty to bring other people over to your team. So you and the fandom can eventually dominate the world. It was with that mission in mind that I suggested a friend of mine–who just so happens to be a musician– listen to Jazmine Sullivan.
His response was a bit lukewarm. No big deal. I love a challenge. Turns out, I didn’t have to do a whole lot of talking. One day he stopped by my place and Sullivan’s “Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)” just so happened to be playing on my shuffle. And sure enough he was drawn to the genius of the vocal and the production. (For which Jazmine is also responsible.)
So I played the entire album. And then he listened some more on his own. Of course, he loved it and wanted to discuss some of the songs since Jazmine’s work inspires that type of thing. And “Mascara” came up.
We interviewed Jazmine not too long after the album was released and I asked her about the inspiration behind this particular song. She explained that she kept seeing Instagram models who all looked, dressed and posed the same. They even seemed to be leading similar lifestyles.
If you haven’t heard the song, Jazmine sings as one of these women:
Yeah my hair and my ass fake
But so what
I get my rent paid with it
And my tits get me trips
To places I can’t pronounce right
He said he’ll keep it coming if I keep my body tight.
And even though my friend agreed that the song told an incredible story, he doubted whether or not a lot of people would feel comfortable singing it out loud. She sings about a life that so many either shun or are attempting to avoid entirely. He felt like maybe she takes a condescending tone and people would feel like they were being preached to, singing it out loud. I agreed. Nothing wrong with preach singing. That, after all, is the basis of gospel music.
And while it may seem preachy and condescending on the surface, I told him perhaps he would see things differently if he were a woman.
There’s so much pressure for us to look and dress a certain way that hearing yourself sing “Mascara,” in all of its desperation, superficiality and materialism can serve as a good reminder about how wayward these thoughts of altering or conforming ourselves can sound when they’re actually verbalized.
It could be really easy to sing down or preach to the Instagram models of the world. But to me, “Mascara” is a way to sing to our own insecurities, particularly the parts of us that believe our lives would be better if we only looked a certain way. This is why I ride for Jazmine. She crafted this brilliant song that is actually medicine that tastes like candy.
After blessing us with her third studio album, Reality Show, and that soul-stroking single “Forever Don’t Last,” Jazmine Sullivan has chosen to make our hearts glad, yet again.
This week on Instagram, the 27-year-old songstress announced that she will be going on tour. The 12-city tour has been titled after her latest release. It kicks off March 1st in New Orleans and ends March 29th in Las Vegas.
“#TheRealityShowTour coming to a U.S. city near you this March!!” the curvy beauty excitedly informed fans on Instagram.
Check out the full Reality Show Tour schedule below.
March 1 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
March 4 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
March 5 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
March 9 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
March 10 – Philadelphia, PA – The Theatre of Living Arts
March 11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
March 17 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
March 19 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
March 22 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
March 25 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
March 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia at L.A. Live
March 29 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
We are so here for this. Will you be snatching up tickets when Jaz stops by your city?
Jazmine Sullivan has been off the music scene for a while, but fans’ love for the Philly-bred singer hasn’t dwindled one bit. Relationship issues have always been a strong theme in the 27 year old’s music and her latest project, “Reality Show,” is no different, with Jazmine telling us she literally sang herself out of her prior relationship. Knowing her romantic ups and downs, we asked Jazmine what advice she’d offer women in a similar situation and she reminded us that we all see signs that what we’re in isn’t right, the real work is listening to the voice that’s telling us to go.
Check out the full interview in the video above and tell us what you think.
If you ask me, Jazmine Sullivan’s new album Reality Show cannot come fast enough. With the release of every single, I’m getting more and more anxious. First there was “Dumb,” then “Forever Don’t Last Always,” which was everything and now we have “Mascara.”
Sullivan is a true songwriter. Not only will she sing you to sleep about love and relationship woes, she’s equally skilled singing about self esteem and self worth.
In “Mascara,” Jazmine sings as a character who puts her looks before all else. She doesn’t have a job, she just works smarter while the other women work harder. Check out some of the lyrics.
Yeah my hair and my a– fake
But so what?
I get my rent paid with it
And my tits get me trips
To places I can’t pronounce right
He said he’d keep it coming if I keep my body tight
And them b*tches stay mad ’cause I’m living the life
‘Cause I’m living the life
No I ain’t got a job but
I don’t need it when I’m getting
Everything that I want and
Everything that I ask for
I wear that freak ’em dress
Put that in it and
He give me more.
And them b*tches stay mad
Cuz they working so hard
While I’m working so smart
It’s a small price to pay
When you’re living this good
And it keep me in the heels
And it kept me out the hood
Cuz it’s new chicks poppin up everyday
And they want the same thing
Whew! Baby girl said a mouthful and then some with this song. There are far too many women who think and live like this. And putting this pathology into lyric and song form makes it hit home in a different way.
Take a listen to the song in the video below.
Earlier today, Jazmine Sullivan debuted the music video for her latest single, “Forever Don’t Last.”
In the emotional video, the curvy beauty grieves what appears to be a broken engagement. She leaves home to visit her grandparents in an attempt to flee whatever relationship turmoil she left behind, but it’s not long before the memories and heartache continue to haunt her.
“Me, my mom and Eshon Burgundy directed this video for ‘Forever Don’t Last’ with the help of some friends,” Jazmine explained. “My grandmother and grandfather play themselves, and I want to give a special thanks to Pastor Anthony and First Lady Tammy Trout for letting us use their beautiful home and farm to film. Hope you enjoy!”
It would make sense that Jazmine and her mother would want to personally take on putting together the visuals for this track , as the singer revealed that this song is very dear to her.
“That song was very personal,” the 27-year-old told 247HH. “Actually, while I was writing it I was kind of like talking to myself. I was talking myself through my own breakup and my own heartbreak. My mom was in the room. It wasn’t a lot of people, but my mom I remember being in the room. I remember feeling so overwhelmed and just wanting to go and cry through all of it. I was so sad. I was talking to myself through the record. I remember thinking, ‘I can’t sit here and break down. I don’t have the time to break down.’ So I kind of just put it all on the record. ”
Watch “Forever Don’t Last” below. Thoughts?
“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.