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As you all know, I’m a big fan of Kelly Rowland’s show “Chasing Destiny.” I’ve written about it a couple of times and this weekend, my sister and I introduced my cousin to the show. And we ended up watching all of the episodes all over again.
In doing so, I noticed something particularly interesting in last week’s airing.
As much love and sisterhood as we see on the show, it is still a competition. And on this particular night, Kelly was looking to send one of the young ladies home.
Interestingly enough, before she eliminated people, she told both the producers, her partner in this journey, choreographer Frank Gatson, and vocal coach Stevie Mackey that she’d had a dream about one of the young ladies. In the dream, the girl was telling her that she was going to be in the group. Coincidentally, the very same girl she dreamt about was the one Kelly and her team decided to eliminate, Skye.
From the moment that Skye sensed that she wasn’t going to be competing any further, her body language changed. She sunk and tears began to fall. But that reaction is standard. Most of the young ladies cried when they were sent home. But it was what Skye did afterward that changed her fate.
She said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “It’s just so weird. I had dreams of being in this group, being on stage with this group.”
But she didn’t stop there. She thanked Kelly and Frank for the time and care they had invested into her up until that point. She did it in a way that somehow managed to come across as sincere and genuine, rather than desperate and ass-kissy. And she said that she hoped America was able to see the type of people they were. And then as she was walking out of the door, she told them that she hoped that they found what they were looking for and that the group they were creating proved successful.
When she left, Kelly, Frank and Stevie were stunned into silence. Later, I believe Frank said sh*t. After Kelly had eliminated another girl, she mentioned that she just couldn’t get Skye off of her mind. Between her dream and Skye’s dream and the words she said as she left, she realized it wasn’t time to say goodbye to her yet. As Kelly said this, her partners chimed in. Stevie mentioned that based on what Skye said as she was walking out of the room, she would be the perfect group member. He said she would put the group first and be on stage, rain or shine because even as she was being eliminated, she was still concerned for the well-being of the group.
And Kelly decided after the talk with Stevie and Frank that she was going to invite her to stay. She called her back into the very room where she’d dismissed her and asked her to please stay and continue on in the competition.
After sitting through church service about ending negative talk, speaking positively over your life so you can pursue your dreams, my antenna perked up.
I was very tired and had laid down in a ball in between my sister and cousin on the couch. But I lifted my head to tell the both of them, “You see how you can manifest your dreams by what you think and say about yourself? She said, ‘I saw it.’”
My cousin agreed, “Even in other people!”
It was so true. Skye envisioned this life for herself. And not only did she envision it, she spoke about that vision at the right time and her circumstances shifted. She had already been eliminated, was on her way home; but because of her dream and her tongue, she got to stay and work toward her goal.
I love to marinate on the benefits of positive thinking. And at my church they speak quite a bit about declaring your dreams, your desires, your children and even yourself into the atmosphere, so that the universe will have to adjust to accommodate you and your talents. I’ve always believed that. I’ve experienced that several times over in my own life. And it was certainly a trip to watch play out on reality television.
I share this story because there are some people who think it’s spooky, or hokey, or just too weird to embrace the connection between the spiritual, psychological and physical worlds. We are more powerful than we think. What we say about ourselves and our lives matters, deeply. The universe is listening.
I’m a big fan of Kelly Rowland’s “Chasing Destiny” on BET. There’s something honest about the show which we don’t often see in other singing competitions.
Now y’all know these producers and editors can make almost any situation appear real. But if I had any questions about Kelly’s true intentions and the goals for the girls, they were made clear last night.
Those of you who have been watching, know that after auditions, Kelly and Frank Gatson chose the first round of girls. After a few days of rehearsal, Frank, without Kelly’s permission, invited three girls they’d originally dismissed to come back to compete for one of the slots in their girl group. One of the three girls invited back was Jennifer. Jennifer is White. And, as a backup singer for Kelly Clarkson, exceptionally talented. Kelly gave each of the girls, old and new, an opportunity to sing by themselves, and Jennifer shut it down. Interestingly enough, it was the three new girls they brought back that were my favorites. They had the strongest voices, were able to emote the most powerfully and just seemed more polished, Jennifer included.
Though her sound wasn’t pop or R&B or traditionally Black-sounding, it was soulful. She was singing a cover of someone else’s song and I believed every word she sang.
Still, at the end of the episode Kelly and Frank sent her home.
In one of her confessional interviews, Kelly told cameras that Black culture is rich. And while there are some people who are so enamored with the culture they teach themselves to imitate it, until it becomes second nature, Jennifer was not one of those people. Still, she had a lot to offer. Both Frank and Kelly, and many of the people watching at home, including myself, are convinced that Jennifer is a star.
But she wouldn’t be able to shine in the type of group that Kelly and Frank are looking to assemble. Kelly said, very explicitly in the camera that they’re trying to make a Black girl group with a Black sound.
I looked at the television screen and shouted, “Well, alright.”
Jennifer didn’t walk away empty-handed. Because she’s so talented, Kelly and Frank told her that while she wasn’t the one for this group, they would love to form an entirely different group around her. And Jennifer wisely and appreciatively accepted the offer.
All’s well that ends well.
But the moment was so important to me because it’s not all that often that you see Black people, even Black artists themselves, stand up and take a stand to not only protect but to promote Black art. In a country, culture and world that has no problem straight stealing for us, Kelly Rowland, Frank Gatson, and all Black artists, within the music industry and elsewhere, have every right to fight to further the legacy of Black art, made and presented by Black people.
It’s drastically important. And particularly nice to see as it pertains to Black women.
I was happy to witness that moment, happy that BET was brave enough to show that, and hoping that Kelly inspires a few other Black artists to do the same.
“I Know I Have Something Special” Ash Shares Her Journey From Engineering And Janelle Monae, To “Chasing Destiny”
With shows like “American Idol” ending and others like it falling by the wayside, does Tv land really need another singing competition show? Well, yes. If that competition show is about forming the next girl group. And if that show was conceptualized and produced by Kelly Rowland. And if the legendary Frank Gatson is working with Kelly to select the young women. Thankfully, all of those stars aligned to create “Chasing Destiny” on BET.
Not only are the girls competing to be in a group, they’ll also receive a deal from Epic Records. The third episode of the series will air tonight.
And in preparation for tonight’s show we spoke to one of the young women vying for a spot in the final selection, Ash. The 29-year-old caught the judge’s eye with her unique look and then captivated their attention with her incredible sound.
Get into her story.
When did you decide to start pursuing music professionally?
I knew when I got to college that I wanted to pursue music. I was a dual engineering major when I got to Spelman but it wasn’t what I was passionate about. And so, I decided to change my major to theater to really focus on the performing arts. And when I graduated, I was going to work for the federal government in Washington, D.C. And said ok, I got the chops I just have to commit to it. So when I moved back to Atlanta I was hired by Janelle Monae and I’ve been traveling the world with her for over 5 years as her background vocalist and dancer. And that’s my story. So, I knew and put one foot in front of the other and worked hard.
How did you hear about “Chasing Destiny”?
I heard about it from a friend of mine, here in Atlanta. She was like, ‘Giiiirl, Kelly Rowland is apparently trying to put a group together. I think you should just audition.” I’m like ok, let me think about this. And I made a decision to just give it a try, like why not. It was a process with the casting agency, all of that before even meeting her in person. They were going through a huge process.
So I prepared and rehearsed for a couple of weeks and went there and auditioned.
You have a really unique look and sound and the judges had a lot of discussion about you. What is like watching that back now, hearing what they had to say?
It’s crazy you know seeing yourself on tv. Of course, I did more than one song. Why did they show the mess up? [Ash faltered at one point bit during her audition.] It was cool that they gave me the opportunity, at the end of the day, I’m grateful. I’m sure other girls came in there and nailed it right away and didn’t get called back. So, I’m very humbled that they saw what they did see, even though I had a mess up, and gave me this opportunity. I think the good, good, huge blessing out of all of that was being called back.
They made a big deal about you removing your glasses that was what stuck out to me.
I thought that was cool. I, of course, am not thinking of it that way. You know sometimes glasses or hair can be a form of protection. When I take them off, I have to be vulnerable. I have to take these off and dig in. You don’t think that people in that high of a position would even notice that. They’re good at keeping a straight face. So you never know what they do see. So it’s really cool to tune in with everybody else and hear the comments they made. We’re just rehearsing, we’re in there working and grinding for hours. So it’s really cool to see the positive feedback.
What was it like meeting Kelly Rowland, what was your first impression of her?
She’s absolutely gorgeous! That was the first thing. She has an aura, a really, really genuine aura that you don’t know that you’ll see on celebrities. But it was very passionate and open and giving. She’s an icon. You’re talking about someone that we’ve all watched grow up and be a part of one of the biggest groups of our time and probably all time. Their records are huge. You know you’re nervous, she’s a superstar. But I was really kind of shocked at that aura that she has and I saw that right away.
What did you think of Frank Gatson because he’s kind of like the comedy on the show?
Just a straight shooter. Like I said, you never know if they’ll see through certain things. But he will see it and tell it like it is. And you can never be mad at that. That’s what we’re here for. They’ve got to get us together. These are people who know what they’re doing. They’re there to be honest. I, and I’m sure the others, are appreciative of that. And definitely in our audition, you shut up and hear what they have to say.
What I notice about the show is that there’s a spirit of sisterhood and collaboration more than competition. Did you get that impression when you were there?
Yeah. It is a competition but it’s definitely based around love and support. I can just speak for myself. I was there to learn and all of us are growing and trying to listen to what Kelly and Frank have to share with us and trying to be out best self. And that’s what you’ll see on the show. So I was there with tunnel vision and with an open heart. I went to Spelman College so I’ve been around women and it was all about teamwork.
What was one of your most memorable moments from the show so far?
Well, you have to see how that unfolds. But I will say so far, getting the call back, getting to be a part of the top 15. That’s the most memorable moment for me. I was really, really grateful and kind of shocked. I know I have something special. Every human should know that they have something special but you hope it shines.
Are there any girls you’re still keeping in touch with now that the competition portion is over?
We all do. Yeah, it’s a sisterhood. We all are, every week cheering each other on, texting and supporting each other, absolutely.
What are your plans now that the show is over, as much as you can say?
I can’t! You just have to watch and see and that will unfold when the time comes.
You can take a listen to Ash’s music on the next page.
“Chasing Destiny” airs tonight on BET at 10 pm/9c.
While we can hardly disagree that fame is a double-edged sword, being a celebrity certainly has its perks. Free swag, money galore and access to pretty much any and everything you could ever want or need. It’s also no secret that celebrities like to party in style. So when it comes to a certain and very special time of the year, some celebrities go all out when their birthday rolls around. And why not? Partying like a rock star is the birthright of every celeb. Money isn’t a concern, no expense is spared, and the only limitation is their imagination, as evidenced by these lavish, themed born-day parties.
It may not have been a theme, per se, but when Kelly Rowland celebrated her 35th birthday, she took and posted a bunch of photo booth-style pics with friends and family, including some with her former Destiny’s Child bandmates. That might not seem like much…until you remember that these women make up one of the most successful groups of all time. No biggie.
The latest celebrity to open their closet door(s) to the The Coveteur is none other than our gal singer and songwriter Kelly Rowland. The “Kisses Down Low” chanteuse welcomed the site into her sprawling West Hollywood home to chitchat about all things fashion.
According to The Coveteur, “The singer’s style perfectly straddles the line between cozy neutrals and laidback basics and the more dialed-up pieces you’d probably expect—plus one seriously epic shoe collection, which is heavy on the Saint Laurent,Gianvito Rossi, Tom Ford, Aquazzura and Céline, housed alongside her collection of Grammys (casual).”
Sounds pretty dope, right? Continue scrolling to see some of our favorite pieces from Rowland’s closet and highlights from the interview.
On Destiny’s Child fashion: “[My favorite Destiny’s Child outfits] were definitely from the very last Destiny Fulfilled tour where we did Soldier. Those were so fly! There’s a moment on the tour where we, like, climb these risers and we end up on stage. We had all black on with gold, and we’d take our Ray Bans off real slow. It was a really cute Michael Jackson moment [laughs].”
On beauty: “[I learned to love fashion and beauty by] watching my mom. My mother was the woman who had every single makeup anything—she wanted it in every color, she wanted to make sure it was waterproof. My mom had everything. Then I met B’s mom, Tina. Tina is just glamorous. She always wore her red lipstick and her orange lipstick, and I remember I was scared to try those colors, and she was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Wear whatever you wanna wear!’ She put orange lipstick on me, red lipstick on me, and she just made me feel that it didn’t matter what shade I was—I could try anything. She made me feel like I could try it all!”
On self confidence: “Beyoncé and I were raised in the salon with her mom, so we saw other women from different backgrounds—from lawyers to doctors to art collectors—all these successful women, and they were glamorous! I’ve just been surrounded by glamour, you know? I feel like my whole life has been surrounded by women of different skin tones who are beautiful and strong and confident in their own skin.”
On her ever-changing mane: “I’ve never been afraid to try different things—hairstyles, anything! I’m always the person that will just try to go for it. Nothing has really changed about me with that. I just probably have more of an opinion when it comes to certain things now, about what I know looks good on me and what I know I should probably try. It’s just really understanding the balance.”
So, what do you think of Kelly’s closet? Click here to see the full article.
You’ve probably heard by now that Kelly Rowland has enlisted the help of legendary choreography Frank Gatson to find the next girl group. The duo plan to audition girls from across the country to not only create a group but receive a record deal from Epic. Rowland says she’s staking her reputation in the industry on this project so it has to be right.
Naturally, we were all a little curious about how this whole thing would work out. Well, BET released an extended trailer earlier today giving us some insight into the upcoming series.
Check out the trailer for Chasing Destiny, produced by Rowland, Gatson and her husband Tim Weatherspoon below.
The series airs Tuesday, April 5 at 10:30pm, following Black Girls Rock.
We’ll never get tired of news about a new makeup collection and when Kelly Rowland’s name is attached to a line, we get doubly excited.
The new mommy and wife recently chatted with Essence and spilled the beans on a new project which Black girls everywhere — especially those of a darker hue — can appreciate. The singer is planning to start a makeup line, following in the footsteps of Model Iman whose cosmetics collection has been catering to brown girls since its inception in 1994. “I think Iman has done a beautiful makeup line and I want to do it too!” Kelly told the mag.
Actually she already is.
“My makeup artist Sheika Daley and I are actually starting a makeup line we’re making sure we make, well, we’re starting off with lashes and then we’re going to have it grow for all women,” Kelly said, adding that the two are “definitely making sure we have our chocolate girls covered. Gotta get the chocolate girls in there! We have to have that, you know.”
Yes we do know.
Even though dark-skinned women have more options at the cosmetics counter these days, there’s still a shortage of hues that compliment deep brown tones, especially when it comes to foundation, as models Nykhor Paul and Leomie Anderson recently brought to light when they slammed makeup artists for not having shades in their skin tone for fashion shows. Who knows, maybe a year from now they’ll be able to say they’re rocking Kelly Rowland’s line on their gorgeous faces.
Are you excited about this news?
Have You Heard Michelle Obama’s New Empowering Song Featuring Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Janelle Monáe & More?
Prior to making her SXSW debut, First Lady Michelle Obama dropped yet another fire track with a group of talented ladies that we all love for a great cause. Now this isn’t a first for Obama, as she’s made it known she loves to bust a mean two-step with her Let’s Move initiative and her “Go to College” rap collaboration with SNL comedian Jay Pharaoh.
On Tuesday (Mar. 15), Obama’s newest call to action song “This Is For My Girls” was released, an anthem centered around empowering young girls to make their voices heard.
“This is for my girls all around the world. Stand up and be heard” goes the chorus, referencing its support of Obama’s Let Girls Learn and the White House’s #62MillionGirls campaign, an initiative to shed light on “62 million girls around the world” who “are denied the right to an education.”
Although the song omits Obama impressive bars, Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Clarkson, Chloe & Halle, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, and more lend their voices to the track penned by legendary songwriter Diane Warren.
Press play below and get into this new song!
Now a year old and up and running, baby Titan Jewell Weatherspoon is better prepared to play cover boy alongside his gorgeous mom, Kelly Rowland. His first magazine cover came last March when he smiled at his mom and dad for Essence. But less than a year later, he’s styling and profiling, front and center with Rowland for Parents magazine.
Inside the issue, Rowland spoke to the magazine about learning to be patient as a mom after being impatient as a single gal and how she dealt with the challenge to produce milk to breastfeed, saying, “I had my heart set on breastfeeding, but I wasn’t producing enough milk. I got down on myself, which I think was mentally limiting my supply.” She also spoke of how her relationship with her BFF, Beyoncé Knowles, grew stronger after entering motherhood, and how Titan helped her get through the passing of her mother, Doris Garrison:
“It was a tough, emotional point for me. I remember not wanting to be sad for Titan. I wanted to keep myself together because I believe that all that stress and grief can be passed on to your baby. Knowing Titan needed me, and having that to focus on, helped me through.”
And a healthy and happy baby equated to a healthy and happy Kelly. Thank goodness for that!
Check out some more beautiful pictures and video from the shoot below, and read the full interview, including Rowland’s thoughts on handling the post-baby weight, over at Parents.com.
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As much as a Destiny’s Child reunion album and tour would make my entire life, I had a fairly good idea that Mathew Knowles was a bit deluded when he spoke with multiple news outlets last month and implied that fans could expect a DC-3 reunion sometime in the near future.
“There will be another Destiny’s Child album and a reunion. I got a wonderful email from Michelle [Williams, from the band] two nights ago. She said, ‘Shouldn’t be a problem with you and I. I’m clear on who does what and that’s all that matters. I’ve been clear on my role for 15 years and have no issues.’ We set goals high and only had one – to be the number-one female artists of all time,” Knowles told Heat Magazine.
While the women of DC-3 have been spending a substantial amount of time together—both privately and publicly—founding member Kelly Rowland says that a reunion has not been mentioned among the trio.
“It hasn’t been something that we’ve talked about at all,” the singer told Us Weekly. “We’ve just been enjoying each other, whether it’s been about our music, whether it’s been about motherhood or our personal lives. That’s what it’s really been about. That’s been the most beautiful part.”
So yeah, that would be a no for the reunion, but Rowland went on to confirm what most DC fans already knew: they remain close, and that will likely never change.
“We absolutely are [family],” Rowland said. “We love each other.”
For old times’ sake: