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Every few years, we get to see the ascension of a new generation of fresh thinkers, new talent, and trailblazing innovators. The next crop of Black women making their mark in a variety of industries are influential and driven, setting new trends and bringing new philosophies and art to the forefront. Let’s take a look at the group of twentysomethings who’ve got next!
There’s competitiveness in any field that you work in, but it’s always nice to see some camaraderie, support, and just have someone that you’re working with lend a helping hand… or a face.
In this list (which was inspired by a comment from poster Dark Child) we’re going to be bringing you musicians who appeared in other musicians’ music videos. Now, here’s the stipulation for their selections:
They have to either play the role of a love interest, they didn’t have a vocal part in the song, and/or they are merely there as a form of solidarity for their friend. So, with that said, let’s get it going with:
While the Pattie LaBelle and Aretha Franklin upset turned out to be just a misunderstanding, these divas have been vocal, and sometimes underhandedly so, about their disdain for another songstress. Check out these dueling divas and their sometimes petty spats.
Keri Hilson and Beyonce
In her 2009 remix of “Turnin’ Me On,” Keri sang about an unidentified singer who used other people to write her songs without giving credit. Somehow that rubbed Beyonce stans the wrong way and the Bey Hive has not missed an opportunity to sting Keri since. Keri stands on her claim that the song was not about Bey, but the damage was already done.
The music business today is rife with images of females still “dropping it low”, twerking, and wagging their tongues seductively at audiences. As we all know, sex sells and has for many years. However, there are artists who refuse to give in and become another salacious example in order to push their talents. Known as “The Fresh Princess,” Philly-based R&B/pop/hip-hop songstress Bria Marie is paving a way for artists in the music industry focused on positivity and music that’s enjoyable for all.
From the age of eight, Bria Marie knew that she wanted to make a career in music. Beginning as a background singer for her dad’s Motown cover band, it wasn’t until she started college at Temple University that Marie put together a demo tape in the basement of one of her father’s friends’ homes. Fortunately for Bria, she caught the immediate attention of Carvin Haggins, one-half of the Grammy nominated production duo Carvin & Ivan of Karma Productions. After their interview, Bria became the premiere face and voice of Ethical Music Entertainment, spearheading a renewed revolution in “feel good music for the whole family.”
“Ethical artists are people who can create music that transcends generations,” Bria says. Taking that mission to heart, with God as her number one inspiration, Bria tours around the country, spreading her messages of self-respect and anti-misogyny.
Having just wrapped a college tour that included stops at Morgan State University, Norfolk State, Lincoln University and Temple University, Bria has also paid her dues performing on a roster boasting Raheem DeVaughn in Connecticut late last year and with live stints at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, The Forum in Harrisburg, the famed SOB’s in New York City with Glenn Lewis and Tweet, among others.
Doing her recent college tour, especially in meeting both young women and men during her meet-and-greet events after the live performances, “opened my eyes” to the way that demographic feels and about ethics and the music world.
“Morals aren’t looked at as being ‘cool’… girls are really responding to this music. Women want to be respected!” All throughout our conversation, a sense of confidence and acceptance in being a role model came from the singer. Some actresses and recording artists in the limelight are quick to say that they are not people that young girls, or any one, should look up to. Rihanna, rather famously, has done it. But Bria appears to have no worries about being a beacon of positivity for others. She even exclaimed that she hopes to have her music featured on television networks such as Oxygen. And, in fact, by the time this article is published, one of her songs will have been presented on one of VH1’s most popular reality shows, Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta.
For anyone leery about the prospect of being an ethical music artist in a cutthroat world where image is everything, Marie confirms that there is no need to sacrifice your morals to “make it” in the music business.
“Ethics and business definitely mix,” Bria attests. “In business courses, you have ethics classes. The music industry wants you to believe that you won’t [have ethics]. A lot of people do unethical things and don’t operate that way. It’s especially hard for women, with images that are constantly portrayed that you have to be one way. [But] you don’t. It was definitely something I struggled with when I first started, thinking that ‘I have to show more skin! I have to do this!’”
In the end, Marie says the music industry is changing. In her eyes, there is hardly a balance anymore of good music where crooners talked about love and respect, and the raunchier stuff that used to be set aside for a certain audience.
“Everything is one-sided. We are in the alternative. We are providing something different,” she says about her music and the undertaking of her and Ethical Music Entertainment’s work. Ultimately, Bria Marie’s message is all about respect; respecting yourself and others and not putting anyone down for being themselves. It’s a simple, yet important idea that should be more than just that — an idea. Thanks to musical artists like Marie and others of her ilk that will hopefully follow in her footsteps, being an ethical artist in the music industry will be valued more in years to follow.
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?
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!
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.
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?
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?
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 .
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.