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Exclusive: Patti LaBelle Plans To Make Music, Not Pies, With Viral Star James Wright

November 23rd, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The first and last time I talked to Patti LaBelle, about less than two weeks ago, we were discussing the importance of getting the word out about lung cancer and how it affects Black women. The icon lost two sisters to that form of cancer and wanted to help save lives.

But I talked to LaBelle again today about something much more upbeat and sweet. Literally.

Yes, I’m talking about her sweet potato pies, which we all know have blown up all over the country after singer James Wright created a video reviewing the dessert.

So what does LaBelle really think of the wild success of her pies? And what does she really think of Wright’s video and its contribution to that success? I talked about that with her, as well as the secret to her delectable pie, her Thanksgiving plans, and if she sees herself teaming up with Wright again soon. Wanna hear about it? Here it go.

MadameNoire: So Ms. LaBelle, what is the secret ingredient in your pies that makes them so good?

Patti LaBelle: I guess it’s just love. It’s Patti’s love. It’s all in the pies. About a year ago, I went over my new pie recipe with Walmart. So we came up with a Patti pie for Walmart. But years and years ago, I did a pie in my first cookbook [LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing about] that most people are trying now. It’s not quite the same as this one. I can’t tell you what’s in this one other than a whole lot of love and a whole lot of butter [laughs]. But as a diabetic, I want people to know that I have one coming out for us. But the one everyone loves is filled with butter and stuff that I can only have a little piece of in moderation because it’s very sweet. But it’s very good.

MN: As a diabetic, do you have other low sugar options of your desserts coming up?

LaBelle: My next pie will be prepared with agave. Not any more real, real sugar. And sometimes the sweet potatoes are so sweet you don’t need any sweeteners. For the diabetics, it’s still going to be great because I know how to substitute and still put the love in it [laughs]. ‘Cause that’s what I do for myself. I make a pretend Patti LaBelle sweet potato pie with just sweet potatoes. But everyone got a hold of this sweet one right away, and Walmart just started selling them like crazy. Before my new friend, James, put that new video on, the pies were selling great. But he woke up a lot of people and turned them on to my Patti pie. I’m going to meet him today. We’re spending four days together in Philadelphia, and he’s going to come to my house for Thanksgiving dinner.

MN: Patti! That’s awesome!

LaBelle: He’s a good guy. I called him from London about a week ago. That’s when I first met him, over the phone. I sent him some flowers, balloons and a big teddy bear because he’s a big teddy bear. I do believe in giving people back when they give to me. And he gave me a video! A man I never met before. I said, “Thank you, dear God, for another blessing.”

MN: His involvement and the success of the video definitely shows the power of social media and the Black dollar. Every person I knew was on social media like, “Just got a Patti pie!” 

I know! You know what? I feel so good about this. I couldn’t have dreamed this up. I saw myself on OWN on Oprah’s show [Oprah’s Master Class] talking about blessings. Of course, the pie wasn’t talked about when I did the show two or three months ago and the episode finally aired last night. But it speaks to the power of blessings and the power of the Black dollar. People were seeing a video and going out to try something that they might not have tried had they not seen the video.

MN: Are you going to team up with him in some form or fashion soon, whether it be to sell the pies or musically? Cause he can blow!

I’m going to meet him today, and I know we’re going to team up and do a lot of things together. The man can sing his face off, so I know we’ll be doing some music together.

MN: Patti! That’s so awesome. So what other goods can people expect from you via Walmart, maybe not in time for Thanksgiving, but soon?

There are a lot of things that Walmart will be selling of Patti LaBelle’s. My bedding, sheets and comforters. I’m going to do macaroni and cheese with Walmart. A diabetic-friendly sweet potato pie and some other diabetic-friendly items. So I have a few things coming out, thank you, dear God, and I’m going to ride that train! [laughs]

MN: This is a really big deal because Black folks live for sweet potato pie. It’s like everyone is breaking bread, or pie together, over the Internet.

Yeah! It’s beautiful.

MN: So I know you’ll be with family and James, but what are you throwing down for Thanksgiving? 

Oh God, let me see. Four fried turkeys. Turkey fried legs. Turkey fried wings. A Cornish hen. A capon. Three big briskets. Slabs of pork ribs, hot and mild. Of course, sweet potato pies and peach cobblers that I’m making. Kale greens, about 20 bunches. Four heads of cabbage. A green salad. A fruit salad. Rolls. Cranberry sauce. A leg of lamb and a sauteed turkey leg also, in the oven. Oh, and potato salad! Macaroni and cheese with lobster and shrimp and plain macaroni and cheese for those allergic to fish. And I invited Questlove for dinner also. And I also invited the great Lee Daniels, so I’m going to have a bunch of cute people in my house, and they’re going to be full [laughs].

Why Patti LaBelle’s “Thank You” To James Wright Is Enough

November 23rd, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN

I swear Black people can’t have nothing.

We got a real opportunity here to help one of us corner the mainstream pie market and here come folks with their conspiracy theories and negativity messing it up.

I kid, of course about the whole cornering the market-thing. Black folks’ empowerment will never come from capitalistic pursuits alone. But I am serious about folks shutting the funk up about Patti LaBelle’s pies.

We are literally talking about a $4 pie here. It really isn’t that serious. Yet folks have managed to wrap 400-years of oppression and Black empowerment into one little slice of a dessert. I have witnessed more folks debating the ramification of Patti’s pies and what it means for Black folks, than I have seen them discussing this upcoming presidential election.

And I am talking about silly accusations like, Patti’s pie are mental slavery. Or Patti pies are a trap set by Walmart, Black women and “emasculated” Black men to thwart a boycott that I’m pretty certain most Black folks were ignoring anyway. (This is a real meme y’all.) Or Patti’s pies are the reason we are not taken seriously politically. Or Patti pies are a ploy to give us all Type-2 diabetes. Or Patti’s pies were on the balcony when Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr was assassinated…

It’s like folks just don’t like to be happy. Or worse, we are so used to losing that we can’t even accept when one of us is actually winning.

It’s literally just pie.

If you like the pie, eat the pie, Anne Mae!

The worse of the Patti’s pie criticism belongs to the folks upset over credit.

More specifically, when asked by a TMZ reporter whether or not LaBelle would use James Wright, the talented performer behind the viral video review of her sweet potato pies, for “more stuff,” she said:

I did it myself…I was selling before the guy did his wonderful video….Thank you James…He is just a wonderful singer and a wonderful guy.”

Sounds reasonable to me.

But many folks believe LaBelle hasn’t been appreciative enough. They say that she should cut him a check or invite him or tour to be a background singer, or put his picture alongside hers on the pie box with the caption “As seen in the James Wright video.”

I swear y’all harassing LaBelle like one of those dudes who feels just because he bought us a drink at the club, he can follow us around all night until we give him some. That’s right I said it: Black folks are collectively acting like that dude in the club.

What’s most bothersome about the criticism is the subtle sexism behind it all. The idea that a woman can’t take ownership of her own accomplishment without giving everyone else credit.

Last I checked, we didn’t ask Drake to cut a check to Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa, as well as all the countless other women he whines about on wax.

And nobody’s asking Mark Zuckerberg to cut a check to all of us for making Facebook a global tech empire.

Likewise, when RL from the group Next got pissed that his song had been pilfered without financial compensation for the Why You Always Lying viral meme, everyone told RL to “mmmohmygod…stop f**cking whining.”

So why are we asking LaBelle to share credit for her success?

And no disrespect to Wright because I seriously love the dude and his beautiful voice. But let’s make this clear: he is not Patti LaBelle.

And Patti LaBelle is not some nobody from Fraggle Rock, Kentucky.

What LaBelle is, however, is a living icon. And not only does she have a long and noteworthy career in music, film, stage and television, but she has countless of awards and achievements, including inductions into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

In addition to pie, she also makes BBQ and hot sauce, marinades and has her own line of cookbooks

The point is that Patti LaBelle ain’t no has-been, or up and coming. Patti LaBelle is down by law.

It is Patti’s well-known name and career that gave the sweet potato pie its value. It was Patti’s name and career that inspired Wright to make the video. And it was Wright’s imitation of Patti, which made the video go viral.

Not the other way around.

As much as I love Wright’s voice, I guarantee you, if he had sung the praises of No Name Brown’s locally famous poundcake, most of us would be like, “that’s nice. But she ain’t no Patti!”

So yeah, I don’t blame her for making it clear, Wright didn’t make Patti’s pie, but rather Patti’s pie made Wright a household name.

She called the man and said thank you. If she decides in the future to use him contractually for paid advertising, that would be great. But honestly, a thank you is enough.

Besides, if Patti would have cut him a check, then many of us would have been like, “see, I told y’all sheeple, it was all a setup…”

Because Black folks think everything is a trap.

“I Did It Myself” Patti LaBelle Says She’s Responsible For Her Pies Selling Out Of Walmarts Across The Country

November 20th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: AP Images

Mama Patti is very grateful to James Wright, the man who made the sweet potato pie review, gone viral. But she says the success of her pie sales at Walmart is all her doing.

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a recent interview with TMZ, the camera man tried to ask Miss Patti what she thought about her recent pie sales and whether or not she was going to use James Wright to help promote some of her other culinary products.

Ms. LaBelle’s response:

“I did it myself.”


Well, that is partially true. The sweet potato pie recipe has bee in her cookbook for years. It was the recipe that James was responding to. But real talk, not many of us even knew Patti LaBelle’s pies were being sold in Walmart. And Black people take sweet potato pie so seriously that even if we did, many of us were too skeptical to try it, thinking that the flavor had been watered down in the mass production and packaging processes.

But according to Miss Patti, that’s not true.

When the TMZ cameraman said, “That guy had you selling out of pies in Walmart.”

LaBelle responded:

“I was selling out before that guy did his wonderful review.”

Hmm… we’d have to see the numbers on that. But alright.

Either way, there was no shade toward Mr. Wright. Patti said that with James’ voice and wonderful personality, he definitely has a career ahead of him.

If you were thinking about grabbing some of Miss Patti’s pies for Thanksgiving, you’ll be disappointed. According to TMZ, several Walmart stores claim that December is the earliest the pies will be restocked.

You can watch Patti LaBelle’s TMZ interview in the video below.

Why Patti LaBelle’s Pie Is The Blackest Moment This Year

November 17th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Patti Labelle's Pie

The next time someone tries to tell you that Black people in America have no culture, give them four dollars, point them to the nearest Walmart and tell them to get one of Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pies.

Because seriously, what is more Black American than the weekend we had debating the authenticity of Patti’s sweet potato pie?

Patti’s pies are blacker than the “Black Jesus” Ned the Wino episode on Good Times. Patti’s pies are blacker than the first Black president of the United States of America. Patti’s pies are even blacker than Colored People Time. And you don’t get no blacker than showing up late to things. Heck, even this essay is late…

The point is, Patti’s pies are pretty Black.

And ever since YouTube sensation James Wright promised that eating a slice of her pie would turn you into the legendary diva, many Black folks ran to Walmart just to see if the review measured up to the hype. But don’t get it twisted: this wasn’t about wanting to sing like Patti. And it wasn’t even about seeing if Patti, who brags religiously about her ability to burn in the kitchen, could really bake.

I guarantee you that had this pie been apple, key lime or even peach pie, folks would not have given Wright’s video a second view. I mean, what self-respecting Black person would stand for 45 minutes in the only open checkout lane in Walmart out of 75 unopened checkout lanes for a damn cherry pie?

Nobody I know.

Instead, this was about the sweet potato pie. And honor.

After all, nobody makes sweet potato pies like a Black grandma. And everybody swears that their Black grandmas make the best pie. Not to mention, there is no greater symbol of Black people’s ability to turn our tragedy into triumph than the sweet potato pie.

In fact, sweet potato pie is almost the antihero to the villainous pumpkin pie. As we all know that pie is a symbol of conquest. As some questionable history of the sweet potato pie suggests, it was the Europeans who first brought pumpkin pie to West Africa. Because that’s what Europeans did back then. They would show up on indigenous shores, waving around a welcoming pumpkin pie. And while the native people were gagging because of how awful it tasted, they stole our land.

That’s why you’re not supposed to touch the stuff (that includes the pumpkin spice). It is a trap. Don’t believe me? Ask the Native Americans.

Anyway, after our conquest and kidnapping to the Americas, Black people took the pumpkin pie, threw it in the trash and used the pie tins to invent a whole new kind of pie made out of local potatoes and spices that White people stole from all the colored people in the world.

And that’s the story of how the sweet potato pie helped us survive all these years.

While I certainly can’t prove this, I am almost certain there was sweet potato pie around when General Granger read aloud the special decree that ordered the freeing of the last enslaved Blacks in Texas. And I am also certain that the kitchen ministry evil-eyed and slapped the hands of anybody daring to touch that sweet potato pie they made special for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was still in the pulpit giving his “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech. And I am also certain that long after civilization ceases to exist, the only Black person left in the New World Order will be trading and bartering her possessions for some nutmeg and a pound of North Carolina premium sweet spuds.

Of course, those New Negro weirdos who say they don’t like sweet potato pie do not count. Obviously, there is something wrong with them. Obviously, they’re trying too hard to be “different.” These are the same folks who use words like “classy” and “professional” (Bougie black people love calling things “unprofessional”) and who won’t eat watermelon and fried chicken in front of White people out of fear of being called the n-word. And these are the same folks who then act shocked when those same White people they have been hiding their proclivities from, still treat them like the n-words even without the chicken and watermelon.

I’m telling you, those people are just jealous. They are jealous because they spent most of their lives suffering through the nasty taste of conquest pies while depriving themselves of everything Black. Meanwhile, there you are: acting both blackly and proudly as you enjoy your chicken and sweet potato pie in front of whomever while wishing somebody would have something to say…

Also not to be counted are the folks who have used our celebration of the sweet potato pie as an opportunity to rail against Black people for supporting the White man’s capitalism. Those folks are just jealous too. And despite their proclamations of saving us from ourselves, they’re the reason we can’t have nice things.

According to Jenice Armstrong of the Philadelphia Daily News, Patti’s pies were selling at one pie per second during the weekend blitz. As a result of the hype, Walmart is unable to meet demand. As Kerry Robinson, vice president of bakery and deli for Walmart said to Armstrong, “We need probably two million pounds of sweet potatoes.”

What that means is that not only did Black people help to put money into a Black woman’s pocket (to the tune of $2.3 million in a single weekend), but we achieved what no recent boycott could ever do: We shut it down!

That’s right Walmart: You are not getting our pie money during this holiday season.

But seriously, what’s really special about the Patti’s pies hype is that it was a true testament of our love for one another. It shows that we support each other, despite what most believe. And that we do want to see one another prosper.

It also showed that we do value our culture. There is no doubt in my mind that if those sweet potato pies had tasted like oppression, Patti would have been “On Her Own.”

Exclusive: Patti LaBelle Talks Losing Her Sisters To Lung Cancer, And Thinking She Wouldn’t Live To 50

November 6th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It’s not every day that one gets to chat with a music legend and supreme diva. And while I could have chatted with the delightful Patti LaBelle for hours on end about all things music, including her classic cuts, we had serious business to discuss when I briefly chatted with her over the phone on a Thursday afternoon. Very serious business.

Did you know that lung cancer is now the No. 1 cancer killer of women? Yeah, neither did I. And that’s why LaBelle has teamed up with the American Lung Association to promote their LUNG FORCE initiative. The aim is to get more people to do their research on lung cancer and work to prevent it, educate and empower both patients and those in healthcare, and, of course, increase funds for more lung cancer research. This is all very important to LaBelle, who lost two sisters, in their 40s at the time and who smoked, to lung cancer.

Check out what LaBelle had to say about getting people to take lung cancer seriously, her sisters, and how she’s staying healthy at 71 with her family’s medical history. And, of course, we also got a few questions in about folks trying to remake “Lady Marmalade,” and that misguided fan who tested LaBelle’s patience on stage in Vancouver.

MadameNoire: What influenced you to join forces with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE?

Patti LaBelle: I lost my sisters, Vivian and Jackie, in their early 40s, to lung cancer. It was a very, very, very devastating feeling for me and my family members still left at the time. They’re all gone now. Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of women, more so than breast, colon and pancreatic cancer combined, which I just found out myself.

By the time of their demise, every time I would come home from tour, because we all lived together at my mother’s house, they were walking around all skinny and sick, not knowing what lung cancer really meant for them. But once they were diagnosed, within a year, they both died. I was not aware of all the factors about lung cancer until I joined the American Lung Association LUNG FORCE initiative. Did you know one woman in the U.S. dies every eight minutes from lung cancer?

You once said that you didn’t think you would make it to 50 because of your family’s health history. You’re 71 now. What have their deaths taught you about life and living it to the fullest? And how do you take care of your health now? 

When I turned 46, that was a blessing because my sisters died in their early 40s. My mother died of complications from diabetes. My father, from Alzheimer’s. My other sister, of colon cancer. My family has been touched by so many devastating issues, and illnesses, and I prayed to God that I wouldn’t get any. But I am diabetic. I have diabetes–but diabetes doesn’t have Patti. I’m off the insulin now. My A1C is almost normal. But no one is exempt from lung cancer or any type of illness. So I pray every day. I wake up smiling saying, “Thank you, dear God, for another day.” I go to doctor’s appointments all the time, and I’m always checking myself. As they say, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself.” And that’s what I’m going to continue to do. At 71, honey, I’m still strong–and look kind of cute. But my sisters, they didn’t look beautiful at all with their condition, and they were all beautiful women. You want to look at people and think there’s still hope, but at the time, I looked at them and there was no hope. So I’m hoping to bring awareness to lung cancer and bring people to the table because critical funds for research are necessary.

Switching to music, what do you think of the news that Rita Ora wants to remake “Lady Marmalade” with Iggy Azalea and others? There’s nothing like the original! 

What a compliment! That’s such a compliment. When it was Christina Aguilera and all the little girls, I mean, that was a compliment to Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx and Patti LaBelle. We were so happy. And if these girls, Rita Ora, who I love, if they do this song, that’s another feather in my hat [laughs]. Baby, we inspired someone to do something. Don’t you think that would be cute? It would be. I would love that.

Are there any singers with voices out now that you think could cover a Patti LaBelle song? If so, who would you love to see kill it? 

For sure, singers like Adele. The young girls like Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, Leela James–that’s a singin’ fool. There are so many young girls with great voices who could do a Patti LaBelle song and just kill it. Even Demi Lovato! She’s my new crush. That little girl can sing like I never thought she could. She could sing a Patti LaBelle song. And Fantasia. That’s my daughter! She kills my songs. Oh yes, honey.

Also, what were you thinking when that so-called fan got on stage in Vancouver and tried to pull off his clothes in front of you? I saw you were NOT having that, Ms. Patti! 

You know, baby, I’m praying for him. Because he knew not what he did. So if you’re going to come up to a person like a Gladys Knight or an Anita Baker or a Patti LaBelle, you better respect the fact that we’re older ladies. I said, “Bye, Felicia!”

That Patti LaBelle, always the comedian. And a fabulous one.

For more information on lung cancer, the American Lung Association and their LUNG FORCE initiative, go to and learn how to share your voice on social media, donate, walk to raise money and find out how to reduce your risk of getting it.

Rita Ora Wants To Remake “Lady Marmalade” With Miley & Iggy, And I Just Want Today’s Artists To Be Original

October 12th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Rita Ora, Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea


In case you missed the horrifying news, Roc Nation singer Rita Ora told UK’s The Sun that she is dead serious about doing a “Lady Marmalade” remake. Or to be specific, a remake of the 2001 remake that featured Christina Aguilera, Mya, P!nk and Lil’ Kim. But this version will be paler than ever:

“It’s always been my goal to create another ‘Lady Marmalade.’ I’m trying to round up the troops – I think it would be me, Miley [Cyrus], Charlie XCX – she’d be fun – and Iggy [Azalea].”

Someone cue in the timeless video of Bishop Bullwinkle singing “Hell Naw…(to the naw naw naw).” Because that’s exactly what I thought when I heard this story.

Well, that’s not all I thought. As I ranted to my coworker for about five minutes straight, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of the lack of originality from today’s musicians. Ora wants to remake a remake? Because that’s what the game has been waiting for, right?


Probably because those at her label haven’t allowed her to put out many songs that don’t include a sample or a feature of some sort. Basically, they won’t allow her talent stand on its own, so she doesn’t know how to be original.

For example, one of her first songs, “R.I.P.,” is a sample of Nneka’s “Heartbeat.” In fact, “R.I.P., written by Drake, was originally intended for Rihanna, who gave it a hard pass. “How We Do“? A sample of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Party and Bullsh*t.” And sadly, when she first came out, even Ora’s image was deemed a rip of a variety of pop artists (Rihanna and Beyoncé, with a side of Jennifer Lopez). It’s a shame because behind all the attempts to make her into other pop stars, and the catalog of sampled hits, Ora has a pretty good voice. But she’s not alone in the struggle of artists today to be and sound original.

Everyone seems to go the easy route. Listening to a playlist on Spotify, it was brought to my attention that two of Trey Songz’s recent hits, “Na Na” and “About You,” are as catchy as they are because of samples: “Fu-Gee-La” by The Fugees and Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” (though his sample sounds a lot more like Janet Jackson’s “Son of a Gun,” which also took on Simon’s classic song).

Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em” was a hit because its melody was a re-recorded version of “Rhythm is a Dancer” by SNAP! And his new song, “The Fix” with Nelly? A sample of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” You would think after Robin Thicke had his checks snatched over “Blurred Lines,” folks would leave Marvin Gaye’s music alone.

And while samples and interpolations became a mainstay in the ’90s (see SWV’s timeless “Human Nature” mix of “Right Here” or Bad Boy remixes), now they’re pretty much everywhere. From R&B to EDM pop. Like the trash EDM song “Pure Grinding” I heard today on MTV Hits that, for no reason, sampled Crystal Waters’s “100% Pure Love“: “100 percent, pure griiiiiind.”

Again, why?

Every time I hear a new song, I quickly realize that it’s not new after all. Beats are even recycled to hell. I can no longer enjoy Jidenna’s “Classic Man” the way I used to now that I realize its beat was pulled from Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.”

What catches my ear nowadays always reminds me of something I’ve already heard time and time again. The remakes bore me, and I’m left with a funky taste in my mouth. Feeling like it would make the most sense for me to to just listen to my oldies (but goodies), since that’s the sound everyone is going for anyway.

And while they say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, I think it’s a sign of a lack of creativity. Too many artists are solely focused on being in the public eye and being a brand that their music comes second. They put out any and everything that will generate buzz. Half the time they don’t write it, and because they’re too afraid to step out of the spotlight to live life and find inspiration due to fear that they will be forgotten (lack of talent does that), they put out crap to simply whet the appetite of fans. They sample some classics and serve it up as something new.

But I think we can all agree that those who step away for some time to focus on perfecting their craft and having a life away from the cameras always come back with the best, most original stuff. That’s why after all these years, Janet Jackson could still score a No. 1 album. Why people are asking Missy, Adele, Maxwell, Frank Ocean and other originators to hurry up and release new music. Why J. Cole could have the highest-selling hip-hop album of 2014 with no features and no promotion. And why D’Angelo, who doesn’t even really have social media and would rather stay ghost, had social media buzzing when he unexpectedly released Black Messiah last December. 

But for every unique artist, there are too many who are lazy. Who rely heavily on samples and remakes. Who use the music you grew up on to get you on their side.

And don’t get me wrong, a good sample can go a long way. But just as important as it is to be able to identify a hit and use a classic to make one from time to time (that’s why we love Tribe Called Quest’s jazz-inspired tunes and Kanye West’s music from 2004-2010, right?), it’s also important to know when you’re doing too much. Do people really want to hear another version of “Lady Marmalade”? Doubt it. Especially not with the ladies Ora mentioned.

And considering that Patti LaBelle has already let the world know she’s not a fan of today’s divas, whom she called “little heifers” who can’t really sing, I doubt she’ll give Ora and her lily-White lineup her blessings.

Back to the drawing board. And for once, please, make your own sh*t.

LOL: Watch Patti LaBelle Kick Fan Off Her Goddern Stage After Calling Him A B-tch

September 21st, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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Want to get embarrassed by Patti LaBelle? Jump on stage and try to steal her thunder during a performance and she will quickly put you in your place.

One fan learned that lesson the hard way Friday night during a show in Vancouver when he stepped on stage and began stripping during her concert at the Hard Rock Casino and was promptly shut down. Within seconds Auntie Patti gave the band the cue to stop playing and told the overeager concertgoer “Don’t you dare. Not on my stage, no baby,” before reminding him, “Did I say I was 71-years-young? I am not Nicki Minaj or that little, uh, Miley. Oh no.” And then came the wrath: “Get off of my goddern stage, b-tch and stay off! Put him out of the building. Put him out! How dare you!”

The fan was, of course, immediately escorted out of the building and Miss Patti apologized for “not letting security do what he felt he had to do earlier,” adding “sometimes we know not what we do. Just so rude.”

Lol only Patti could try to mix in a good word with the b-word and not miss a beat. Watch the hilarious video above.

So Lee Daniels Asked Patti LaBelle To Take Her Wig Off For “Empire”

August 20th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Lee Daniels plays entirely too much!

Earlier this year we told you that Patti LaBelle joined the growing list of A-list celebrities set to appear in season two of “Empire.” Of course, this won’t be her first time on the hit series. As you may recall, she made a cameo during the season one finale. Luckily for us, the world renowned singer will be returning for an encore.

During a recent chat with Huff Post Live, Aunt Patti revealed a conversation she had with series creator Lee Daniels, and it’s hilarious. Apparently, Daniels was looking to go there with her character this season and asked Miss Patti if she’d be willing to go wigless!

“We talked about it about three months ago. He said ‘LaLa,’ — he calls me ‘LaLa’ — ‘would you take your wig off?’ I said, ‘Hell no,’” she laughed. “So he’s trying to do something daring with me, but I ain’t going out like that. I love you Lee, but no, no. Viola Davis did it well on ‘How To Get Away With Murder,’ but not Miss Patti. I can’t do it.”

Honey, Miss LaBelle ain’t having it! And honestly, we can’t blame her.

In other Patti news, the songstress is preparing for the release of her first jazz album, which remains untitled at this time. The project, which is scheduled for a late 2015 release, features 13 tracks including the singer’s renditions of songs by Nina Simone (“Wild Is the Wind”), Frank Sinatra (“Softly As I Leave You”), and Gloria Lynne (“The Folks That Live On The Hill”) just to name a few.

LaBelle says that she’s excited to have been able to include classical music on the album and is thrilled that newer artists have been doing the same.

“I’m very happy to hear some of the young singer’s going back to old school, like Tyrese, Jill [Scott], and Johnny Gill,” she said. “They’re singing songs like they used to be sung — with basic R&B chord changes and basic stories.”

We’re looking forward to this gem’s new album and of course, her “Empire” appearance.

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Tamar Braxton & K. Michelle Share The Stage With Patti LaBelle

June 29th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Tamar Braxton and K. Michele recently squashed their long-lived feud, and to seal the deal, the pair graced the 2015 BET Awards stage together. We were also shocked to see the legendary Patti LaBelle join the ladies for the performance.


Get It! Patti Labelle Kills DWTS Routine Dancing To 50 Cent’s “In Da Club”

March 24th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Patti Labelle Kills DWTS Routine

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I can’t even lie, when I heard that Patti Labelle was going to be competing on “Dancing With The Stars,” I was on the fence about the caliber of her performance. Even though she’s been known to run across the stage and kick her shoes off; I thought her moves might be a little…stiff. Her signature wing flap has always been pretty staccato.

But I might have to stand corrected.

Last night was my jam Monday on DWTS and Mama Patti’s jam, at 70-years-young, is 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.”

So she did a smoove two step, shuffle, shake something to that song. Mama even gave you a little boob action in the process.

What I find particularly remarkable about the performance is that she was dancing through some intense knee pain.

Check out the performance below.