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Brandy is Winning Right Now

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Brandy is all over the map these days. She just released “Beggin and Pleadin” a bluesy, guitar-based song that recalls the soul of Ma Rainey, B.B King, and Etta James, with her raspy vocals confidently riffing on the track. It’s definitely not what you’d expect from the singer in this climate of oversexed, same-sounding R&B, but I welcome her growth.

This follows the premiere of her new show Zoe Ever After, a show about a businesswoman coming into her own after a divorce. I watched it; it’s cute. I’ll need it to grow on me.

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You go girl!

Usher and Music’s Fallatio Ratio

The first time I heard Usher’s latest single “Good Kisser” I was actually shocked that yet another blatantly erotic song catering to male sexual pleasure had reached the airwaves. Shocked, not because of the theme, which have become almost de rigueur for popular radio, but more so that a similar song by a female would be seen as crass and would never receive the amount of airplay as Kisser will inevitably get this summer. A quick scan of Youtube comments shows that the true meaning of the song has completely flown over the heads of most people, but after careful listening, reveals the singer’s adoration for his lover’s ability to perform good oral.
 
 
Despite the open sexual candor of male r&b and hip hop singers, I can’t think of a recent female artist who has created a song devoted to the joys of cunnilingus. Back in the 90’s, Lil Kim sang: 
 “…Tell me what’s on your mind when the tongue is in the P*ssy”, 
 but Big Mamma Thing was more an ode to female braggadocious boss-ness in an arena of male dominance than to female oral pleasure. Girl group SWV had a popular song called Downtown that took charge of the situation, and told the men directly what we women wanted.

At the time, it was seen as lewd, but honestly, Luke Campbell was doing far, far worse things on film and record. 

Despite the open sexual candor of male r&b and hip hop singers, I can’t think of a recent female artist who has created a song devoted to the joys of cunnilingus. Back in the 90’s, Lil Kim sang:

“tell me what’s on your mind when the tongue is in the P*ssy”,

but Big Mamma Thing was more an ode to female braggadocious boss-ness in an arena of male dominance. Girl group SWV had a popular song called Downtown that took charge of the situation, and told the men directly what we women wanted.

 At the time, it was seen as lewd, but honestly, Luke Campbell was doing far, far worse things on film and record. But that was 20 years ago, and today we have Nicki Minaj displaying her variations of hyperbolic, man-snatching sexiness, while Beyonce brags about her semen-covered dress. Kelly Rowland had the most underrated song about the subject, and it won’t ever get the play that Usher will.

 

 Where is the support for female sexuality in music? Or are we relegated to being on our knees?

Monday Inspiration: Audra McDonald Wins her 6th Tony, Makes History

“I want to thank my mom and my dad up in heaven, for not medicating their hyperactive little girl and finding out what she was into instead.”
 Actress Audra McDonald just made history by winning her 6th Tony Award, topping Angela Lansbury and Julie Harrie’s five trophy record. McDonald was honored for her starring role currently stars in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, a one person stage play highlighting the jazz singers life through her songs. 
The musical has been on my to-see list ever since I saw the commercial for it a month ago.

Watch the clips below, and get your tickets at the box office, or here. 

Throwback Thursday: Queen Latifah

I wanted to post this on Tuesday, but then it wouldn’t be a #TBT, so to speak. On may way into the city, and on my way out, I have this chill song on repeat. Just Another Day is one of those songs that lets you know that you take the good with the bad in the everyday hustle, but in the end, life really isn’t all that bad. 

2014 Grammys. I Watched. Sue Me.

I indulged in the wonderful escapism of pop music and caught a few performances from the show — the best performances being on the red carpet, of course. I put up an album on Facebook for your viewing pleasure.

The Best Accessories from JHud’s I Can’t Describe Video

The first time I heard this new jam by Jennifer Hudson on the radio, I was addicted to it’s grown and sexy vibe. It’s got a nice 80’s r&b bump. The video matches the seductive beat, and Jennifer looks sultry, stylish and sexy. She really got it right here, and the details are simple but bold. Here are my favorite accessories from her video:
This bold fetish-like gold choker
Keeping the fetish theme, the razor-blade belt
Artsy, round shades
Graphically etched rings
This heavy gold chain is everything.
Ironically dainty bullet earrings
Here’s the video:

Lavish Music Picks: Maimouna Youssef

What rock have I been under that I’ve never heard of Maimouna Youssef? Oh yes, I know. The pop music and mainstream radio rock that rarely plays any new gems. I caught Ms. Youssef’s video for I Got A Man on VH1 Soul the other day, and I just loved it. Sweet, soulful, real, and feel good music that I’ve been missing. If you haven’t heard her, check this song out, released in 2011… You can here her music here.

Lavish Music: Jason Marsalis

I was so disappointed when I missed the Jason Marsalis Quartet at Lincoln Center back in February. I was interested in hearing how the younger member of that famous musical family would make his mark in the jazz world. Thankfully videos from the performance are online and you can listen to the smooth rhythms of this amazing vibraphone player.
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Fine as Cherry Wine

Every time Nas releases a new song from his new album Life is Good, I remind myself that I have to go out and buy the damn thing. Here is another jewel featuring a posthumous Amy Winehouse. The way she was incorporated into the video was charming and fitting.

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Lavish Music Picks: TESS

I couldn’t help but do another post on an artist from the Afro Punk Fest because THIS IS THE WOMAN I was looking for!

Her name is Tess, and when I heard the guitar riff in her song Haunted, I was an instant fan. Listen to Haunted

and then read more about this awesome artist here.
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