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The Diva Debate: Are Any Women Singers Winning In The Reality TV Game?

February 17th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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Despite it’s name, we all know Love & Hip-Hop has about as much to do with Hip-Hop as the Country Music Awards. And just because you throw a bunch of women who can sang on one reality TV show together doesn’t mean the show is actually going to be about their musical talent as much as it is their ability to throw shade.

Thanks to these sad realities of (faux) reality TV, the general consensus is that the medium tends to do more harm than good and there’s little doubt Nicci Gilbert and Kelly Price wouldn’t co-sign that sentiment after their stints on R&B Divas. But then you have women like K. Michelle and Tamar Braxton whose antics on VH1 and WE tv have catapulted them to major success as singers (y’all can debate that later), which begs the question of whether the problem isn’t really reality TV, but how you use it — or let it use you.

That’s a question that was mulled over, among many others, as part of Music Choice’s Black History Month program entitled “The Diva Debate,” featuring MN’s Deputy Editor, Brande Victorian, alongside actor/singer Mack Wilds, Roc Nation singers Bridget Kelly and Melanie Fiona, Music Choice’s VP of Programming Damon Williams, Moguldum Media Group Managing Editor Anslem Samuel Rocque, and Essence.com Entertainment Editor Yolanda Sangweni, and hosted by Amanda Seales. While Bridget and Melanie vowed to never do reality TV, some entertainment writers noted that there are a few ladies who are doing it right.

Check out a clip of the debate in the video below and tell us what you think about the discussion. Are their any women singers winning in the reality TV game right now in your opinion?

Posted Up In The Back: Music Group Members Who Never Got To Shine

September 30th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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Not all music group members are created equal. Some of them hogged the lime light while others had a permanent place in the back of the stage. Did we miss any of your favorite underrated music group members? Let us know in the comments section!

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The N’Sync Extras

N’Sync is all about Justin, Joey and JC. When the reunion rolled around, we realized we forgot about Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass — mostly because they spent N’Sync’s career as glorified backup dancers.

No Longer Pitch Perfect: Singers Who’ve Lost Their Voice

August 27th, 2013 - By Kelly Franklin
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There’s nothing like listening to famous crooners belt out lyrics to one of your jams. But when you hear your favorite singer struggle to reach a high note, it makes you want to cover your ears.  If a vocalist makes their fans cringe every time they open their mouth, it’s time to give it on up.

Of course every singer is entitled to an off day. Who knows, they may have just been caught with a scratchy throat or have experienced a serious medical setback that affects their vocal chords? But for most of the singers who’ve lost their voice on this list, the change seems to be a bit more…permanent. Would you agree?

“You Make Yourself Art!” Watch Jay Z’s Performance Art Piece For “Picasso Baby”

August 3rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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If there’s one word I can use to describe Jay Z, it would be…charming.

Friday night, HBO premiered Jay Z’s “short film” for his song, “Picasso Baby.”  In the beginning, Jay discusses how he believes concerts are “pretty much performance art” with different venues.  He goes to explain that by doing the video for “Picasso Baby” at a small venue like Pace Gallery in New York City, he’s able to have an exchange of energy between the crowd and himself.

As the performance starts and continues, you get to see Jay interact with different people in the crowd – both young and old.  In some capacity, almost everyone who comes face to face with him throughout the song is some type of artist, whether it be a singer, dancer, actor, designer or anything else you can think of.

There are a few people who stand out like actor Michael K. Williams from The Wire, actress Taraji P. Henson (who is clearly a Jay Z fan) and actress/activist Rosie Perez. By the way, Rosie is still as fly as she was back in the 80s.  There were also appearances by Wale, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Rowley and Fab Five Freddy.

Check it out and let us know what you think! Did you expect more?

 

What Was That? Singers & Rappers We Can Never Understand In Songs

August 2nd, 2013 - By Davisha Davis
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Source: Marco Piraccini/WENN.com

Whether they’re rapping too fast or singing too low, we can never understand what these entertainers are saying once they get behind the mic. We still love them, of course, but we’d just like to know what exactly they’re saying on a track every once in a while .

Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Ahhhh: Male Singers With The Best Falsetto Game

July 5th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Most women go crazy over a man who can sing, but it’s just something about a guy who can not only carry a tune but can sing something sweet to you in octaves you can’t even reach that makes him all the more attractive.

Most times it’s just an ad lib or something sung in such a high pitch we don’t even know what’s being said, but when it comes down to it, everything just sounds better in falsetto. And here are 10 men who kill it every single time.

It’s About To Go Down: Best BET Award Moments Of The Last Decade

June 28th, 2013 - By Kelly Franklin
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With the BET Awards fast approaching, it’s only fitting to relive some of the most memorable BET Awards show moments ever. You know BET is the only channel that can have gospel sets mingled in with rappers dropping expletive bombs every other second while censors struggle to keep up with the bleeps. The BET Awards has never failed to be the highlight of a conversation with the hairdresser, over lunch with a girlfriend, or at the Sunday dinner table with family. Check out these most memorable moments.

Black Music Month’s Best: 10 African-American Moguls Who Work Behind The Music

June 12th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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You bob your head to their beats, pay to see the artists in concert and grew up on their musical influence. We love them for what they do behind-the-scenes of your favorite songs and artists.

They might not be in the spotlight of the music industry, but have shined off-stage with their talent. In celebration of Black Music Month, here are a few music moguls who have made a name for themselves in the background of the music industry.

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Bernard Belle

As the brother of R&B singer Regina Belle, producer and songwriter Bernard Belle got his start as an R&B guitarist behind the group The Manhattans. After his beginnings, Belle went on to produce and write music with Teddy Riley in the mid to late 1980s, credited with co-writing Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time” and soon became one of the production pioneers of the New Jack Swing music era of the 1990s, producing and writing for Al B. Sure, Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle and many others.

Oooh Who You Talking ‘Bout?? Ne-Yo Goes In On Artists Who Can’t Sing Or Dance

April 3rd, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Thank you Ne-Yo for saying everything consumers and concert goers have been screaming for years now — how can you call yourself an artist when you can’t sing, dance, or entertain anybody but yourself! In an interview with Confidential, Ne-Yo was quite blunt about who can call themselves an artist and who can’t.

“If you’re an artist, your job is to learn how to entertain.

“As an artist, you need to learn to sing or dance, or sing and dance at the same time.

“That’s your job. You can’t be a mechanic, but let somebody else fix the car. Why would they bring it to you?

“They’d just take it to the guy who’s fixing it. The same thing is true about being an artist. If I want to hear what you sound like on the CD, I’ll just listen to the CD.”

Oh, and that’s not where it stops. Those people using fancy production to cover up their lack of talent on stage? Ne-Yo has no tolerance for that.

“If you don’t sing so well, or dance so well, and you need a bunch of pyro, smoke and mirrors to cover up that fact, I have an issue, because I’ll feel like I haven’t got my money’s worth.”

Hey, we’re not mad! Let’s just hope other artists take heed. Ne-Yo better make sure his next live performance is off the chain, though. He set the bar pretty high — exactly where it should be for the prices people are charging for concert tickets these days.

Stick to Music: Top 10 singers and Rappers That Make Bad Actors

January 29th, 2013 - By Esi Mensah
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You would think this would be obvious, but being an award winning musician does not automatically qualify you to suddenly become an actor. In fact, there really is no connection at all; but for some reason, these artists have fooled themselves into believing there is.  Sure there are the few exceptions like Will Smith, who was able to cross over into acting without any acting training at all; but let’s be real, most musicians are NOT and will NEVER be Will Smith. Somehow, that didn’t stop them from trying. Here are 10 singers or rappers who tried their hand at acting… and failed:

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Photo Credit: PNP/ WENN.com

50 Cent

Sure the autobiographical movie, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ had something of an interesting story line, and some might say it was worth it just to see 50 cent’s booty alone; but when you actually look at more than 50 cent’s behind, he is a not so good actor. This was another case of “acting” like yourself…and even though the movie was about him, he still had a hard time making his own storyline seem convincing.