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“I Started This Stuff”: Patti LaBelle Speaks On Her Influence On The Wacky Past And Present Styles Of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, And Other Divas
Patti LaBelle is a lot of things, including a diva, but she’s also a trailblazer in both music and fashion. In a recent interview with Meredith Vieira, she talked about how she believes that she ushered in the vibrant style that today’s pop stars have embraced. You know it: the over-the-top costumes, big and bright hair–the whole gimmick.
“I think it’s wonderful. You know why? I think I started this stuff back in the day. Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx and myself, we were very outrageous. We took so many chances with fashion. And when Nicki and all the girls do this now, I say ‘God bless you for having the nerve to go out there crazy.’ Sometimes it’s crazy, but it’s good.”
LaBelle says that when she was rocking her ornate attire while solo, and also when she was in Labelle, she did so because, according to her, black singers had to do a lot to get attention on their actual talent back in the day.
“It was actually for a real reason. Being black singers, you don’t get as much attention as other folks, so you do gimmicks. So that costume that we wore back in the day was to get your attention to look at us, and then listen. Because if you don’t have something–swear to God, that’s true. People have to say, ‘God, what is that?’ But then they’ll hear the voices.”
Check out LaBelle’s chat with Vieira below and share your thoughts:
Now we all love Auntie/Mama Patti. But we can’t help but notice that she certainly deals with her fair share of drama, even in past few years. Remember the instance where she allegedly assaulted a woman and her young daughter? Patti eventually settled but there seems to be some more trouble coming her way with another, more severe violent attack.
According to the Associated Press, an ex-West Point cadet is claiming that LaBelle ordered her bodyguard, Efrem Holmes, to beat him up. The beat down allegedly resulted in a brain injury, forcing him to drop out of military academy.
This past November Holmes was acquitted for misdemeanor assault.
But King filed a countersuit. The case went from civil to federal court. The trial is expected to last a week and LaBelle, who was in court on Tuesday, is expected to testify
The lawsuit, filed by cadet Richard King, states that he was waiting for his family to pick him up at the Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011 when LaBelle’s bodyguard and two others attacked him. King was on spring break from West Point.
King sued LaBelle, LaBelle’s manager and her son, her bodyguard and her hair dresser Norma Harris.
Though Raley had a blood alcohol level three times the legal driving limit, his attorney said he wasn’t driving and not a threat to anyone.
King claims he was minding his own business outside the airport when he was attacked, without provocation by a 400-pound Holmes, Edwards and Harris.
King later dropped out of West Point because he said he suffered a traumatic brain injury after hitting his head on a concrete pillar.
LaBelle’s attorney, Geoffrey Bracken, told jurors that King was the aggressor, who punched Edwards first. LaBelle’s attorneys claimed King hurled racial insults at the singer before he attacked her son. They also claim that King was told several times to step away from LaBelle’s vehicle after he tried to open the passenger door.
LaBelle’s attorneys alleged if he had not been drinking this never would have happened.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
These days it seems like anybody will jump on a TV show project. Whether it’s Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective or Halle Berry in Extant, the small screen has certainly stepped up its celebrity game.
If you have been enjoying the lineup of television shows coming your way, then you might be interested to know there are even more stars heading to our favorite shows. Do you think their roles will enhance or hurt the series?
The last time I really remember Patti LaBelle acting was when she played Dwayne Wayne’s mother on “A Different World.” Well, she will be putting her acting chops to use once again in a recurring role on the upcoming season of FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
According to TVLine, LaBelle will be in four episodes of the new season, and will play the mother of Gabourey Sidibe’s character, and will play a big part in the drama. LaBelle will reportedly help to uncover the secrets of this season’s big villain, Twisty the clown killer (whoever that will be…).
LaBelle isn’t the first musician to appear on the show, as singer Stevie Nicks appeared on a few episodes during last season’s “Coven” series. However, LaBelle reportedly won’t be using her famous pipes to sing on the show. Again, “Freak Show” will focus on the last exhibition of “biological rarities” in the country, and the people who put it together. The new season (which is reportedly Jessica Lange’s last) is set to premiere in October.
I’m excited about this new addition to the show! LaBelle (despite what I said earlier), has done quite a bit of acting over the years, including starring in her own show, Out All Night in the early ’90s, and appearing in shows like “All Of Us” and movies like Semi-Pro and Mama I Want to Sing. I’m sure this is just another role LaBelle will slay.
We told you earlier that Miss Patti was celebrating her 70th birthday a couple of months ago on May 24th. But since she was maintaining a rigorous schedule working on the Broadway play After Midnight, she didn’t get to celebrate in full effect. But she took care of that yesterday at the Cara Mia in New Jersey.
The musical legend, surrounded by family and friends, finally had a proper party. “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg and Vogue’s André Leon Talley were among the guests for the shindig sponsored by Korbel Champagne.
We can only imagine all the fun that went down that night but one of the night’s highlights came when Patti and Whoopi danced to Tupac Shakur’s hit song “California Love.”
Take a look at the two of them in the video below.
And then later in the evening Patti treated her guests to a performance of her song “Music is My Way Of Life” from the ’79 album It’s Alright With Me.
I.Die. Man what I would have given to be at that party. Looks like good times. And it’s an inspiration knowing that the turn up is still very real at 70.
Patti LaBelle is letting it be known that she’s the original Queen Diva. That’s right Freedia. You, Beyonce and even Toni Braxton have her to thank.
Read more of Patti’s commentary at StyleBlazer.com
From The Grio
This week, legendary singer Patti LaBelle made a triumphant return to Broadway in the Tony Award winning musical After Midnight.
This summer, multi-award winning icons LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole, join the illustrious roster of special guest star vocalists in After Midnight. Combined, this trio of legends boasts 22 platinum and gold records, 18 Grammy Awards, and almost 300 million albums sold worldwide.
70-year-old LaBelle opened up to theGrio.com’s Chris Witherspoon about her illustrious career inmusic and Hollywood spanning 5 decades.
LaBelle revealed that nearly four years ago. she had a bought with depression and lost her voice.
“It left me for a minute … my voice,” LaBelle said. “But it’s back full circle now.”
“I was nervous for about a year,” she added. “Maybe I just didn’t want to put it out then…. sort of depression.”
LaBelle’s received rave reviews from Broadway critics since beginning her stint in After Midnight, taking the reins from former American Idol singer Fantasia Barrino, whom LaBelle affectionately calls “baby Patti.”
“[Fantasia’s] just a baby me,” LaBelle says. “When you see yourself in someone else, you say, ‘God I’m 70, she’s 30,’ so she’s like the Patti Labelle from back in the day and everything and she’s so raw.”
The “If Only You Knew” singer says she’s been in Fantasia’s corner throughout her often rocky career.
Read more about Patti’s battle with depression at TheGrio.com
Fantasia, Patti & Gladys Perform, Audra McDonald Makes History: Black Women Win Big At The Tony Awards
Fantasia says all the time how Patti LaBelle is her idol turned mama. So I’m sure it was an honor and privilege for her to perform with her and Gladys Knight this past weekend at the 2014 Tony Awards. The two legends and youngblood Fantasia opened the show singing “On the Sunny Side of the Street” in a choreographed number staged by Warren Carlyle. It showcased some of the highlights from the musical After Midnight. Fantasia finished her last show for the musical earlier that afternoon and Knight and LaBelle will succeed her this summer along with Natalie Cole. If you hadn’t heard, the show did exceptionally well and received seven Tony Nominations including one for Best Musical. It won last night for Best Choreography. You can watch the ladies’ performance below.
Last night was dusted with all types of Black Girl Magic as Sophie Okonedo took home the award for best featured actress in a play for her portrayal of Ruth in “A Raisin in the Sun.” And Audra McDonald made history, becoming the Tony Awards’ most celebrated actress ever. Last night she took home her sixth Tony for her role as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” During her acceptance speech McDonald cried openly and thanked her late parents for disregarding the doctor’s advice and not medicating her for being hyperactive. Thankfully, they directed her to theater instead. And she acknowledged her husband and children, specifically her daughter who she said she is nothing without. And then she thanked women like Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Maya Angelous and Billie Holiday. You can watch her speech below.
We’re so proud of all these ladies’ accomplishments and happy to see diversity flourishing on Broadway.
The incomparable Patti LaBelle has been captivating the music industry since she first hit the scene more than 50 years ago. Since that moment, she has mesmerized us with her incredible range, soul and passion, while blazing a trail for powerful female contemporary singers like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. So as Patti prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday, we figured there was no better tribute than taking a look back at some of this diva’s most incredible performances.
Though Miss Patti Patti is turning 70 years old later this week, she is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. She’s releasing an album later this year, coming to the hit, Tony-nominated Broadway play After Midnight and will be touring later too. In promotion for all those things and her line of diabetic-friendly bar-b-que sauces, which can be found at Wal-Mart, she sat down with “Access Hollywood” to chat. The legendary songstress spoke about everything from aging gracefully and how she manages to look so good after all these years, to her thoughts on Beyoncé, her nose job and that time she had to pee on stage. Lol! She touched on a little bit of everything. Read highlights from the interview below and then watch the entire thing in the video at the bottom of the page .
Access Hollywood: We heard you have a big birthday coming up…
Patti Labelle: 70. May 24. I was born in 1944 darling.
How do you look so good, what’s your secret?
God. He made me and my good genes. I have good genes from my mom and dad.
How are we celebrating?
I’m going to celebrate by being quiet. I’m just going to be a home having a dinner and some hard shell crabs from Baltimore. That’s all I need.
What artists do you think are emulating you?
Fantasia said that she was. I kick my shoes off maybe after the seventh song, she does her’s at the beginning.
A lot of young girls like Toni Braxton, Beyoncé they all called me for advice when they first started.
What did you say to Beyoncé?
I told her that she was phenomenal and she was going to be better and better and better. And she is. Like Kelly Rowland, they all call me mama. It’s like I have this thing that young girls want to talk to me about like Pink, Christina Aguilera. Cyndi Lauper, I’m her son’s godmother. I sang at her wedding so we talk a lot. It’s like they come to Patti for advice and I find that as a high compliment.
What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done on stage?
I had to go to the ladies’ room and they didn’t have one. It was an outdoor gig. My friend Norma, who’s been doing my hair for 40 years, brought me a bucket to the side, where the side little dressing area is where you do your quick change. I used a bucket. Nobody knew. They thought I was going back to change clothes. I went on the side. She covered me. Everybody stood around me with their backs turned and I had to go. And kept the song going after that, honey. I kept singing.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell my younger self not to have problems with the way I looked when I was younger. Not to worry about that nose. I had a bigger nose so I had a nose job. That’s the only surgery I’ve ever had on my face or my body, nowhere. I was beating up myself for the way my nose looked and my nose was fine before I changed it. But it was my way of thinking that when I got on tv, it’s going to look bigger. Got the nose done and that’s it. But I would have said Patti back in the day, you shouldn’t have touched your nose. Be yourself.