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Beyoncé, Gaga, Nicki, Miley: Patti LaBelle Finally Identifies Which “Divas” Actually Deserve The Title
Diva is NOT the female version of a hustler anymore, guys. According to Patti LaBelle, a diva is either someone with at least 25 to 30 years in the game or a woman with real, undeniable talent.
Of course, Patti has made her distress clear in the last month or so over female performers being called “divas” so soon, and when so many can barely hold a note. And I can somewhat agree with her grievances, especially since every lineup for the VH1 Divas show since the golden days of Mary J Blige and Whitney, Aretha and Tina Turner, have been divas-in-training like Demi Lovato, Keri Hilson and Jordin Sparks.
On Watch What Happens Live, LaBelle was given a cow bell to ring when the image of a performer from today flashed on the screen and she didn’t agree that they were the divas people had pegged them as. I guess this was done to finally put some names and faces to who the modern-day divas are and who has falsely been labeled as one.
Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift were featured, but I’ll let you check out the video to see who she said was diva-worthy and who wasn’t. But LaBelle did reiterate her initial complaints when defining what a “diva” is:
“These heifers have to get on stage and show that they can perform. Not with 20 people up there with them. No.”
So what do you think of the women LaBelle believed were true divas? There are some surprises, right? Talk about it below.
Last month we told you about how Patti Labelle came for “all the little heifers” out here referring to themselves as divas. When in reality, they can’t sing all that well. Yikes. She didn’t name names though, so were left guessing about who she was referencing.
But today, on “The Queen Latifah” show she spoke about the singers she actually admires today. See who she named and who she called a mini version of herself.
Queen Latifah: What performers inspire you today?
Patti: “Who’s awesome? I think Fantasia is awesome. She’s a mini me. You know, she kicks her shoes off before she starts the show. I said ‘Baby girl, wait until at least the seventh song.’ She says, ‘Mama, I like to kick em off when I get out there like you do.’ She is one of the people that you should watch. Of course, Christina Aguilera. Of course…umm not many. There are a lot of people that call themselves whatever. But we know best. You know, Dana.”
And then she went back to Fantasia again:
“I love Fantasia. Fantasia is a baby Patti LaBelle. When I see her, I see me when I was younger. But even though I’m not as young as she is, we can still stand strong together. She’s phenomenal. She does what she does. She takes her shoes off. She doesn’t think about what she’s doing on stage, and that’s what I love about her. When I’m on stage I never think about anything. I just sing.”
Mama Patti does not mince words. Not at all. So I guess we can assume she doesn’t really ride for all the people she didn’t mention. And that’s alright. She’s certainly entitled because at the end of the day, Miss Patti has the talent to make her opinions weighty.
She performed “If Only You Knew” later on in the show and did her thang like only she can.
Also, Queen Latifah recalled how Patti Labelle was there for she and her family when she lost her brother.
“You know in 1992, I lost my brother in a motorcycle accident. And I was very, very disillusioned about the music business. I felt like fans didn’t really care. Nobody really cared. People would say, ‘Sorry, about your brother…can I get your autograph?” in the same sentence. And I felt like y’all have no idea how ripped apart I am. But you reached out to me. You reached out to my family and my mom. And you wrapped your arms around us and you told me you understood and you had been through things and you shared just time and spoke to us and showed me that love. And it let me know that people do care, they do care and I need to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Patti has spoken several times about losing her youngest sister Jackie Padget, so it’s beautiful that she was able to come alongside Queen Latifah and her family during their time of grief and inspire her to keep pushing.
You can check out a clip of the interview below and Patti’s performance of “If Only You Knew” on the next page.
Aretha is the Queen of Soul and Gladys is the Empress. Patti’s sound has been so hard to categorize over the years and her vocals so otherworldly that it’s not to easy to put her in a box. But today I have an appropriate title for the musical legend. We’ve always known that Patti has a little spice to her. She’s never one to shy away from speaking her mind. And she proved that in a recent interview with PrideSource.com, an LGBTQ site. After speaking about her love of gays, she addressed the term “diva” and how it’s gotten watered down by mediocre talent over the years. She didn’t name names because that would be too messy. But check the quotes from the interview and see if you can guess the artists she’s referring to.
On her love of the gays
I’ve been in this business for maybe 51 years, and so I think 50 years ago. (Laughs) The first year I wasn’t sure, but the second year of performing I got this love – I mean, great love – from my gay fans. I always questioned, “Why do they love me? Why do they really, really give a damn about Patti LaBelle?” And I think it’s because I’m such a free spirit and such a drag queen, really, myself. The original drag queen.
What’s your relationship with them been like over the years? Has that bond gotten stronger?
It’s much stronger. I think if I ran for president of the gay community, they might elect me. And I would handle it so well. It would just be one of those things I was born to do. So I think every year it grows and grows and grows. A lot of gay fans who come to see me, I think they’re afraid to be out until I say something and let everyone know it’s fine to just be yourself.
If you were president, what would be the first thing you might do for the gay community?
I would let everyone gay who wants to get married – no matter what city, what country, what state – say “I do.” That would be my first order. Everybody say “yes” to gay marriages.
What does it mean to be a diva?
That word is used so loosely that I don’t even consider myself a diva. I always considered myself a woman who sings her heart out and who gives 120 percent. “Diva” is a word that I wouldn’t wanna call myself because it’s so loosely used. It’s not cute anymore.
Is there a negative connotation to it now?
Yeah, because all these little heifers who can’t sing are called divas! It doesn’t mean anything to me and probably to some of the other ladies who have been doing it for as long as I have: Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick. You know, I’m speaking for me – I don’t know if they like to be called divas – but I know I wouldn’t call them divas, because it’s not in good company.
But it used to be a respectable term at some point.
Well, for opera singers, and for ladies who earned it, but that was way, way back when. Now you can look up to them, but you might not see what you wanna see. A hot mess! People who are doing it and doing it with about 40 people on stage with them to hide their pitifulness – that’s not a word, but you know what I mean.
Patti is a trip boi! While she’s an auntie in my head, I don’t know if I’d want to meet her when either one of us are having a bad day. Patti seems like she’s not one to bite her tongue. And if I wasn’t on point, I’m sure she would tell me. And while she admittedly keeps it real, she didn’t identify any of the little heifers. Sigh. Now, we’re left trying to guess who she was talking about. Do you have any idea of who she’s mentioning? I don’t necessarily know about any of them having 40 people on stage with them, but the only divas I can think of are on TVOne. Do you have a guess? Let us know who you think she was mentioning in the comments’ section.
On the next page, find out which songs she has to perform before she leaves the stage, singers being intimidated by her voice and what’s been the biggest life lesson she’s learned.
Kem Talks His Christmas Album And Tour, Overcoming Past Addictions, And Being Single And Ready To Mingle
Who else is a huge Kem fan?
I have a feeling most of our readers are. When we post his songs to our social media, they get some of the most likes and responses from you all. Knowing all that, I’m sure you’re as excited as we are to know that we had the chance to chat with the handsome Detroit-bred singer, now 44, as he promoted the deluxe edition of his Christmas album, What Christmas Means. In stores now! The new edition features, well, features from legends like Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley and if you haven’t heard it as of yet, know that it will soon be one of your favorites meshed in your collection next to the Jackson 5 Christmas album and Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas. We caught up with Kem and talked his favorite Christmas songs and albums, what it’s like working with Ronald Isley and Patti LaBelle (who he’s doing a Christmas tour with starting December 14), how his faith helped him deal with his past addictions, and being single as a dollar bill.
His Favorite Classic Christmas Records:
“I like Ledisi’s Christmas record. That’s definitely an album, a contemporary album that’s at the top of my list. Nat King Cole for sure, that was a staple in our house during the Christmas holiday. Johnny Mathis was a staple. Ray Charles has a good Christmas record as well. There are a lot of albums to pick from.”
What To Expect From His New Album:
“Some of the people that I’ve talked to, I said I had a Christmas record out and they kind of gave me that look like, ‘Oh everybody has a Christmas record out now, they all sound cheesy!’ If you haven’t heard it, if you take the word Christmas and all the holiday references out of the album, it’s a Kem record. It’s sensual, it’s s*xy, and those songs are crafted with great care.
They can look forward to hearing some great classic, soulful Christmas music. I know that Patti and Ron are both excited to all come together for this. They are both featured on a song, on the deluxe version of my album called “Jesus.” As you know, they’re both incredible artists in their own right and to have them both come together on this particular record is a beautiful thing.”
And What To Look Forward To From The Christmas Tour With Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley:
“I think that in our culture, I don’t remember having Christmas tours like that when I was growing up. The Kenny Rogers of the world and the country artists and the pop artists have been able to do that for a long time. I’m not mad at that. I’ve been to Kenny Rogers’ Christmas thing coming through Detroit every year and I love it. I think that we should be able to enter into that arena as well.”
What It’s Like Working With Patti And Ronald:
“I have a great respect and admiration for them both. Ronald Isley has been my unofficial balladeer mentor all of my life so to have him in the studio singing my songs, words don’t even begin to encompass what that means to me. Ron is really cool, he’s always well dressed [laughs]. Ron is so sharp I don’t even know how he leaves the house he’s so sharp. When you hear his voice, it immediately takes you to that place. It takes you to your favorite Isley Brother’s song.
Patti, we recorded with her in Philadelphia, she came to the studio and she was fly! She had on an orange cape [laughs]. She had on some bad a** shoes, brought potato salad, and she treated me good.”
His Faith And How It Helped Him Overcome Past Addictions And Help Others:
“My faith is my foundation. Without that, at the end of the day that’s really all I have. There are places in our lives where our intellect, our talents, our family, our friends, our loved ones, they can be instrumental and have been instrumental in holding us up. Then there are other times in our life where nothing, nothing but the love of God is going to pull you through. I know that I’m not the only person who shares that sentiment. It’s not something I just talk about, but because of my past, it’s something I’m kind of forced to live. It saved my life. I make it a part of my mission to carry that message and to hopefully inspire and encourage others throughout the entire year and not just the holidays.”
Is He Single?
“I am single, yes I am.”
How Can A Gal Get Close To Kem?
“Music by Kem.com [laughs]. That’s the Twitter and Facebook too, hit me up, hit me up! Let’s talk about it…Do not hesitate to tweet or hit me on Facebook. I’m active in that arena so your posts and all of your sharing doesn’t go unnoticed.”
Love him! Be sure to check out the deluxe edition of What Christmas Means, out now, and check out his Christmas tour, starting December 14. Check out his site for tour dates and more info and follow him on Twitter at @MusicByKEM!
I have to first say that Ms. Patti LaBelle is the embodiment of all things talent, fabulous and diva wrapped into one body. People often compare her to the mainstream equivalent of a consummate performer and artist…someone like a Madonna. And that’s true, to an extent. With eccentric hairstyles and innovative costumes, she was like a pre-Madonna. But, and I mean this with absolutely no shade intended, Madonna, and really no one since, has a voice like Patti’s. No.One.
So, considering that me (and my mama) are borderline Patti stans, I was geeked to learn that Patti LaBelle’s Next Chapter interview will appear on OWN this Sunday.
The two legends sat down at the Apollo Theater to discuss a career that’s spanned over five decades. She also spoke more personally about her battle with Type 2 diabetes, working with her son as her manager, the feud between she and Diana Ross and the hardest life lesson she’s had to learn.
Check out a clip from the upcoming episode below.
Will you watch?
Patti’s Next Chapter interview with Oprah will air this Sunday, November 3 at 9pm on OWN.
Our favorite award show is coming up next weekend and with the women slated to be honored at Black Girls Rock! 2013 we can tell there are some great things in store for this year’s ceremony.
The two-hour show will once again be hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King and will tape on Saturday, October 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center before making its network TV premiere on BET on Sunday, November 3 at 7pm EST. BET, in partnership with Beverly Bond, the creator of Black Girls Rock! announced that the following phenomenal women will be recognized this year for, well, rocking:
Patti Labelle: Living Legend Award
Queen Latifah: Rock Star Award
Mara Brock Akil: Shot Caller Award
Venus Williams: Star Power Award
Community organizer Ameena Matthews: Community Activist Award
Misty Copeland: Young, Gifted & Black Award
Children’s civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman: Social Humanitarian Award
In a news release, Beverly Bond said of this year’s honorees:
“Each of the women, whom we are celebrating this year, epitomize the champion’s spirit as applicable to their respective fields. They are anchored by a fierce commitment to their craft or cause; they have shown the ability to navigate multiple sectors and industries successfully; and they are conscious about the role they play in enriching our society and culture. They absolutely Rock!”
We definitely agree. Will you be watching Black Girls Rock! 2013?
Celebrity marriages are notorious for having a short shelf life. Although it looked like they would defy the odds and remain married until death split them up, these celebrity couples decided to call it quits after 20-plus years together.
Bruce and Kris Jenner
She may be one of Hollywood’s most powerful momagers and is used to having her family dominate headlines, but earlier this week, Kris Jenner became a hot topic herself when she and her husband Bruce announced their split. Although they have been living under separate roofs for some time, the couple had vehemently denied there was trouble in paradise. Married in 1991, Kris and Bruce have two children together and an estimated $125 million in net worth, which could cause a problem in divorce court without a pre-nuptial agreement.
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The debate over whether or not Walmart adequately pays its employees still lingers, but get this—Walmart doesn’t even pay its celebrity entertainers to perform for their annual shareholder meeting which has thousands of cheering employees and board members in attendance, reports TheGrio.
Singing legends such as Smokey Robinson, Patti Labelle, Lionel Ritchie and the “Grown Woman” herself, Beyonce Knowles, have all performed for Walmart—for free. “We do not pay performance fees for celebrity guests,” Diana Gee, a Walmart spokeswoman told MSNBC. However, the company does offer coverage for hotel and travel expenses.
Walmart is the biggest retailer in the world with associates from China, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Japan, India, Africa, and Canada. It’s a symbol of where everybody in America shops, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, professor at Duke University, told TheGrio. Just performing for such an influential and powerful retailer, TheGrio suggests, is adequate payment for these top-notch celebrities because of its exposure.
“When you consider yourself a brand, it is a smart partnership for you to align yourself with one of the biggest consumer retailers in the world,” said Marvet Britto, CEO of The Britto Agency.
“Every entertainer that is here has something to do with our business,” Gee continued. “There’s a connection from the business, whether it’s CDs, books, or t-shirts.” A symbiotic business relationship is formed — talents receive exposure for their latest projects and Walmart draws in publicity for its star-studded event where celebrities gushing about the retailer.
In the June 2013 meeting, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend stopped by to perform crowd-favorites while Tom Cruise delivered a speech about “how the company is using its size and scale to improve women’s lives around the world.” The host, Justin Timberlake, said, “Walmart’s awesome and everything actually does cost less!”
Wait a minute now, Justin. You haven’t worked a day in your life at Walmart. Are we just going to ignore the fact that Walmart workers have been protesting over poor working conditions and poverty-level wages? “[W]hat they said on stage didn’t really represent many of the workers, and it’s unfortunate that celebrity appearances can overshadow some of the very real issues that everyday people,” said Tsehai Almaz, a Walmart employee.
While employees complain that the celebrity performers are out of touch with the underlying issues plaguing Walmart, singers and entertainers are guaranteed a spot on Walmart’s shelves — retail space that symbolizes economic power — in exchange for a free appearance at their shareholder’s meeting. Not a bad exchange.
A successful marriage takes a lot of hard work, compassion and compromise. While it was virtually unheard of years ago, more and more couples are getting divorced late in life. Here are 15 couples that almost stood the test of time.
When Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman met, it was a match made in heaven. The two actors tied the knot in 1982 but after 30 years of wedded bliss, Devito and Perlman announced their split in October 2012. Word on the street was Devito’s roving eye was to blame. All may be forgiven though because the couple was recently spotted together after enjoying a Hawaiian vacation. The “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” star said in a recent interview he and Perlman were working on their marriage. “Rhea and I are really close. Actually still together, just separate, but together.” At 68 and 64 they ought to be.
Making it in the music industry as a solo artist is hard enough but when there are two or more people in a group, tensions are bound to arise because mo’ money plus mo’ people equal mo’ problems. Although they made beautiful music together, these 15 popular rap and R&B groups just couldn’t set aside their differences in the long run.
Afrocentric alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development became very popular in the early 90′s. Founded by Speech and his former best friend, DJ Headliner, along with Dionne Farris and spiritual leader Baba Oje, they are best known for their song “Everyday People.” In 1993 the group won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance. They were also tapped by Spike Lee to record a song for his “Malcolm X” biopic that same year. However, Arrested Development never eclipsed the success they had with their debut album. Their sophomore album was panned by critics and shortly after that the group broke up due to “creative differences.” The band patched things up four years later but things were never the same as they struggled to reclaim their popularity in the U.S. Today, the group continues to tour internationally and released their 10th album in 2012.