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Serious Question: Do We No Longer Appreciate Singers With Big Voices?

September 16th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I did a brief post yesterday looking for your opinions on Monica’s performance of the National Anthem at the Mayweather v. Maidana fight over the weekend. Just as I thought, the reactions to her version of the song, which was full of bravado and and notes held for quite a long time, were mixed. But one comment about her performance stuck out to me and really made me think:

“SAANNNNGGGG Monica!! People’s ears have been conditioned to like mediocre singers who can’t sing. For some reason, black people are now embarrassed by singers with big voices and who “go to church” outside of the church walls.”

Was I embarrassed by her? No! Of course not.

Or at least, I didn’t think I was…

But then I thought about the fact that I’ve heard a friend say that they were embarrassed by another black woman with a big voice taking folks to church in front of millions recently. At the Academy Awards earlier this year, 20 Feet of Stardom star Darlene Love, at the age of 72, finally had the main stage and her chance to shine. When she did, my friend said that she did the absolute most with her impromptu rendition of “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.”

“It was just way too much.”

I personally thought that she sounded great, and that considering the fact that she’d been in the background (literally) for most of her career, she was taking full advantage of something that was often taken from her–the spotlight. She wanted to show the world what she could do, and if you’re going to show up in front of a huge audience for the first time, why not show out?

And then I got to thinking about other singers out there with big voices whose work isn’t necessarily received with open arms like the big voices of yesteryear. Aretha has a big voice. Patti has a big voice. Chaka has a big voice. Gladys has a big voice. Whitney had a big voice. For years, their vocal talents were what we knew and embraced. They were the standard. But women today with big voices like Monica, Fantasia and even Jennifer Hudson receive furrowed brows from time to time for their music and performances while singers with watered down and studio-made vocals are cited as “divas” and get all the love. Some say that the vocal powerhouses of today do “too much” and I can admit that I’ve been one of those individuals before. But is it really about embarrassment?

As someone who currently sings in a church choir during my free time, I’m surrounded by big voices. I don’t necessarily have one, but I can appreciate those who do and put a little stank on a song that gets people out of their seat and shouts the praises of God. But even those vocalists can overdo it sometimes.

And I think that’s really what the issue is, at least for me.

When I think of a Whitney Houston, she was THE voice, and that voice was one of the most powerful that I’ve ever heard. However, Houston had great control of that vessel. She could be soothing and she could take you to church just enough without ever making you feel like she was trying too hard or literally screaming at the top of her lungs. She gave goosebumps on a regular basis. But quite often, people today get on the microphone and show off so much that you walk away feeling confused (and possibly with a headache) rather than feeling like you want to give a standing ovation.

I do love and appreciate the church-bred voice though. K-Ci, Jo Jo and Johnny Gill’s vocals are some of my favorites. And I love me some Chaka and Mary J. Blige. But I do think that there’s a time, place and a song for everything. The National Anthem doesn’t need all the extra pomp and circumstance, so for me, that’s why I wasn’t crazy about Monica’s performance. However, she’s performed extraordinarily on many other occasions. I guess you could also say it’s about preference. And as I said, there’s a time and place for putting your foot all the way in a song and showing people all that your voice is capable of. But no, personally, I’m not embarrassed by Monica’s vocal abilities, and in fact, I admire them. I wish that more of the people winning awards and taking center stage sounded like her. But she already has proven that she has a great deal of talent, so to me, she really didn’t need to do so much for a song that requires so little. Less is more sometimes.

But then again, what do I know? She’s the multi-platinum Grammy winning artist, and I’m just a writer, so clearly she’s doing something right.

What do you think?

Monica Sang The National Anthem At The Mayweather v. Maidana Fight And We Still Don’t Know What To Think About It…

September 15th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I love Monica. Lord knows I do. But I couldn’t really wrap my head around her performance of the National Anthem at this weekend’s Mayweather v. Maidana fight in Las Vegas.

Now, Monica sounded amazing as usual, but something about the performance raised an eyebrow. In one of the longer renditions I’ve seen of the Anthem, the “Don’t Take It Personal” singer held her notes a bit longer than expected and was a little overdramatic at times. After almost three minutes, she finished the performance, and soon after, reactions posted online were mixed.

“Clear tone. Pitch perfect. Slayed the boxing and everyone in it. Check out all the reactions behind her. Pure vocals. Period.”

“She sounded great up until the last few seconds then tried to do some unnecessary grandstanding. Not the best but not the worst.”

“That was the WORST arrangement EVER of the anthem. What in the world was she thinking with those awkwardly long measure?? If you think that was good you must’ve had your volume down. #epicfail”

“that vibrato was was too much……but the last note, “brave” was horrible. What was she thinking?”

“she over sang that. it was too much.”

But no matter what anyone thought, the singer was excited about her performance and posted this message to Instagram afterwards, thanking her fans and supporters.

“To everyone that wished me well, & sent me lovely thoughts I truly thank u God Bless you… And thank you father for allowing me to still do what I love You are the greatest!!! #ILoveMyCountry #USA”

In case you missed it, her performance is below. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think!

Don’t Mess With Miss Thang: Monica Comes For Rude Instagram Follower

September 5th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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You know, all of your followers ain’t your friends. That is particularly true when you’re a celebrity. In fact, many people follow celebrities they “don’t like” just so they can look at their pictures and tell them how much they don’t like them.

Something like this happened to Monica recently. Except the follower was telling Monica just how much she didn’t like the braids she was wearing during her vacation in Antigua with husband Shannon Brown.

And instead of keeping that thought inside her head, the woman decided to share it when Monica posted this picture.

Loved it here!!! #Antigua thank u for your kindness… Everything was beautiful!!! #AllSmiles off to My Babies #LaiyahRomeloRocko

The follower responded:

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Monica didn’t take that sitting down. Here’s what she had to say:

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Boop.

People love to say “My opinion” as if that negates any rudeness in their comment. Of course it’s your opinion but every thought doesn’t need to be communicated. And if you do choose to share, be prepared for the clapback.

In the words of Kenya Moore, don’t come for me unless I send for you.

“Change Has GOT To Come!!!” Monica Mourns The Loss Of A Good Friend Shot And Killed; Takes Stand Against Gun Violence

August 25th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Gun violence is something that has affected many of us, and it’s something that is currently impacting singer Monica and her family. A good friend of her family (a best friend of her brother-in-law David Brown) was recently shot and killed, and the singer took to social media to get his name and his story out there. She, like so many, is tired of these shootings becoming so common.

“With a heavy heart & tear filled eyes I send all my love and condolences to my brother @dcaffe & his family RIP Chris your friendship & loyalty to my brother made you MY FAMILY… I’ve stopped asking why to ask WHEN.. When will these senseless acts of violence stop.. You were gunned down, taken from your children & in this cold cruel world that cares more now about reporting fashion & who’s dating who there was barely a mention on the news.. #WakeUpWorld the old burying the young is NOT the way it’s supposed to be. People only care for us as much as we care for ourselves … Change has GOT to come!!! #GoneToSoon”

We give our condolences to Monica, the Brown family and the family of her friend Chris in their loss. We too are hoping that a change will come sooner than later.

 

 

Cute Kid Alert: Monica Shares Adorable Video Of Daughter Laiyah Taking Some Of Her First Steps [Watch]

July 31st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Having a tough day? I’ve got just the right thing to bring a smile to your face!

Monica posted a very adorable video of her youngest child and only daughter, Laiyah Brown, taking some of her first steps on Instagram. The singer says that little Laiyah took her first couple steps while attempting to walk to her father, NBA star Shannon Brown, a few days ago. But she took a few more steps for her grandmother (and for you too I guess), yesterday.

In the video, the cutie can be seen in her white onesie and socks, taking her time with her steps on an outside deck as her famous and fabulous mother cheers her on in the background: “That’s my girl! You got it! Yes you do!” Here’s the caption that Monica put up with the short clip:

“Walking at 10 months!! #LaiyahShannon there’s always some colorful things happening when I get to My Moms to get the kids LOL Laiyah took her first steps getting to her dad says ago!! But hair crazy in a onesie is just how my Nana let me kick it #YoungAndFree #ILoveHerSmile #ILoveMyBabies #RockoIsStillHiding LOL”

The little one kept quite the big smile on her face as she walked, and in the process, she stole our hearts!

Check out the very adorable clip above.

Dynamic Duos: Musical Duets We Would Love To See

May 13th, 2014 - By M A
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What’s better than a musical powerhouse taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans? Two musical powerhouses taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans. It is all too rare an occurrence that singers join forces for an epic concert experience for the fans that adore them. But the union of Mr. and Mrs. Carter “On the Run” together has given us renewed hope that there are years of superstar-duo tours in our future. Here are the musical duets we would love to see.

‘She Refused To Ever Let Me Help Her.’ Singer Monica Reveals The Special Gift She Was Finally Able To Give Her Mother In Touching Letter

May 11th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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I’m a strong believer in divine order. Growing up, my mother used to always tell me how we were God’s special gift to her. I understand what she means now, because as different as all three of my children are, they all play a significant part in who I am. The things I used to do, I have no desire to do anymore. Some of the things I would have chosen, I haven’t chosen anymore. In a way, my children saved my life. They opened doors for me that I never even knew existed. Each day, my main goal is to make sure that they understand that nothing comes before or between them and I.

I pray that my children be productive. That they be loving. That they be respectful and understand that even though we’re in a world, we don’t have to be of it. I learned a long time ago that … I work in an industry where you see a lot. It can be so negative. It can be so fast. I didn’t have to be of that. My gift is the only part of the industry that I really involve myself in. I kind of try to keep myself separate. I just try to make sure my children understand the same thing.

If I had to write a letter to my mother, I would first say, ‘Thank you.’ I would tell her that every prayer was heard—everything that she taught me. All those things that I did not understand 15 years ago, I completely understand now. I would tell her that because of her I’m able to be the person, the mom, the artist, and the woman that I am now. If it had not been for her, I would not be able to do the things that I do with the love that I do it with. Especially when it comes to my children.

Read more in this exclusive Essence feature about all the ways Monica wants to pay her mom back for the priceless love she was given all her life.

Barefaced Beauties: Celebs Who Look Stunning Without All That Makeup

April 29th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Putting on makeup is fun–for the most part. But for some, it can become something that you dread leaving the house without (and will be late to work to apply), and for others, makeup is something they rely heavily upon (seen those makeup sorcery slideshows on Bossip?). But when you’re naturally gorgeous, who needs all of that? Here are 16 celebs who do look nice with their face beat to the gods, but look even better bare.

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Nicki Minaj

Underneath all the wigs has always been a beauty, and ever since she decided to get rid of the heavy makeup, big lashes and colorful hair, Minaj has been getting rave reviews for her toned down look. But her completely makeup-free look is a winner too.

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Celebs Who Popped Up Pregnant Out Of Nowhere

February 27th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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In this day and age where a celebrity’s every move can be well chronicled, somehow these celebrities managed to surprise us all by popping up pregnant out of nowhere. No announcement, no save the date, just them, the red carpet, and a baby bump.

Celebs Who Popped Up Pregnant

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Lil Kim

Lil Kim reigned as the Queen Bee of rap in the late 90’s. Although her career took a nosedive following a jail stint for lying under oath, the diminutive star still managed to release new music. She may not be the hottest female rapper around anymore but the Brooklyn emcee will have a new title to her name. Lil Kim popped up at an event during New York Fashion Week earlier this month with a big bun in the oven. She’s a few months into the pregnancy and her boyfriend and daddy to be Mr. Papers revealed she is having a baby boy.

Awww! Monica Posts Valentine’s Day Pics Of Her Adorable Family

February 14th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Happy Valentines Day from Rocko, Romelo and Laiyah!

Singer Monica just posted Valentine’s Day pics of her adorable family on Instagram and we have to say this will probably be the cutest thing you see all day. Writing, “God is Love is They are ❤My Everything Happy Valentines Day from Rocko❤ Romelo ❤and Laiyah❤,” Monica posted the picture above, before her hubby had a chance to do the same thing with this precious mother-daughter shot:

Monica Posts Valentine's Day Pics

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The 28-year-old San Antonio Spurs player wrote “Happy Birthday to my loves!” as his caption and Monica reposted it, on her IG account, writing:

We Love you too…#MommyAndLaiyah She is such a girly girl already  she keeps one hand up as if she’s holding a purse#LordHelpMe

Of course it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some grown folk’s loving, but Monica already took care of that, posting this throwback pic of her and Shannon which is oh so appropriate on the day the world celebrates love, writing. Monica wrote: “Everyday is Valentines Day over this way❤ #FlashBackFriday  #MyDailyCrush  #MyHusband  #GodsLoveBlessedOurLove  @l_s_brown.”

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OK girl, we hear you! Aren’t they the cutest?