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Meet The Author Sampled On Beyoncé’s Song ***Flawless

chimamanda bio Meet The Author Sampled On Beyoncés Song ***FlawlessOne of my favorite songs from Beyoncé’s new self titled album is “***Flawless.”  On the song, Beyoncé samples Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie TED talk. Adichie says:

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller / We say to girls – you can have ambition, but not too much/ You should aim to be successful but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man / Because I am female I am expected to aspire to marriage / I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important / A marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support / But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? / We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or for accomplishments / Which I think can be a good thing / But for the attention of men / We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are / Feminist: A person who believes in the economic, social and political equality of the sexes.

AMEN!

I had never heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie until the song. But after listening to the snippet, I’m interested in what she has to say.  Here’s her full TED talk given this past April:

 
Other interesting facts about Adichie:

  1. Adichie gave her first TED talk, called “The Danger of a Single Story,” in 2009. She tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.” Watch it here.
  2. Her novel  Americanah has appeared on many book critics “Best Of” lists for 2013.
  3. Additional novels under her belt include Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sunas well as a book of short stories titled The Thing Around Your Neck. 

 

 Looks like I need to create a new list of books to read in 2014! You can watch the ***Flawless video HERE.

Source: The Frisky

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Marsha Ambrosius Addresses Sexual Abuse In “Without You” Video

Marsha Ambrosius isn’t one to shy away from social issues in her music videos. In her “Far Away” video, she brought awareness to bullying and suicide. In her video for “Late Nights & Early Mornings,” she visually displayed the consequences of not having safe sex. In her latest video for “Without You,” she reflects on a painful past of sexual child abuse, which won’t allow her to open her heart to Ne-Yo who wants to pursue a relationship with her.

As always, the video is deep but serves as the backdrop to a great song.

 

I can’t wait for Marsha Ambrosius to release her new album Friends & Lovers which is expected to be released early next year.

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NEW MUSIC: Tamar Braxton “All The Way Home” Video

Tamar Braxton released the visuals for my second favorite song off her Love & War album. The newest single, “All The Way Home” is another ballad that showcases her vocals; Ms. Braxton better SANG!!!! She features her hubby Vincent in the video showing their breakups and makeups.

I love this song!

Fun facts: This song was written by Sevyn Streeter who released her own EP that is topping the iTunes R&B charts titled Call Me Crazy…But.

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NEW MUSIC: John Legend “All of Me” Video

John Legend released the video for his beautiful song “All of Me” last week. The black and white video features Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen and clips from their wedding.

John Legend wrote the song for Chrissy. So cute!

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NEW MUSIC: Janelle Monáe ft. Miguel “PrimeTime” Video

Janelle Monáe recently released the video for her new single “PrimeTime” featuring Miguel. For this video, she stepped away from her normal suit uniform; she looks just as chic in a black and white striped dress (which I love)!Monáe works as a waitress at a dance club who catches the eye of Miguel. The video isn’t over the top but it’s cute. And I love the song!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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J.Cole Pays Tribute To Aiyana Stanley-Jones In “Crooked Smile” Video

Instead of creating visuals that truly reflect the song, J. Cole pays tribute to Aiyana Stanley-Jones in his “Crooked Smile” video, the latest single from his album Born Sinner. In 2010, 7-year-old Aiyana was shot by a white police officer when the cops raided the home of a murder suspect.

In the video, J.Cole plays a drug dealer being watched by the DEA. One night with his family takes a turn for the worst when his home is raided by cops. I won’t give the entire video away, but I will say that it definitely feels like you’re watching a movie.

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NEW MUSIC: Jay-Z “Holy Grail” Video Feat. Justin Timberlake

Considering these two went on tour this summer (which was a great concert!) I would’ve expected to see this video sooner.

Today, Jay-Z released the video for his single “Holy Grail” on Facebook. #NewRules. The video is dark and features a few chopped and screwed moments; a nice twist to the song. Check it out!

I love JT’s on this song. If you haven’t seen him in concert, he goes on the 20/20 Experience Wrold Tour this fall!

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Kendrick Lamar’s Verse on “Control”: Did He Just Raise The Bar In Hip Hop?

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The internet has been going CRAZY all day over Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” Some are probably wondering “what’s the big deal?” Well 1) it’s been a long time we’ve heard a rap artist actually RAP! This “make it for radio” music has watered down hip hop music. Kendrick Lamar is a true lyricist and reminds us why we all fell in love with hip hop (that sounds like a line from “Brown Sugar”). 2) On this track, he so eloquently told artist to step their game up. When was the last time those in the game were challenged to be better? He brought back the competition in hip hop. Talk about raising the bar!

He raps:

I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all
New n-ggas just new n-ggas, don’t get involved

I’m usually homeboys with the same n-ggas I’m rhymin wit
But this is hip hop and them n-ggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron‘, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n-ggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n-ggas

Check out the 7min track featuring Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica here:

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NEW MUSIC: Fantasia “Without Me” Video Feat. Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott

I’m convinced I need to check out Fantasia’s new album Side Effects of You. Over the past few months, she has released two great singles “Lose to Win” and most recently “Without Me” featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott. Yes THE Missy Elliott. Where has she been?!?

The video is dark and sexy; the ladies show off their curves in bodysuits making me want to start a new squat and ab routine immediately! Check it out!

What do you think of the song and video?

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New Music: Ciara “I’m Out” Video Feat. Nicki Minaj

Yesterday during the BET Awards Pre-Show, Ciara debuted her new video “I’m Out” featuring Nicki Minaj.  It’s a dance track I’m sure ladies are going to love this summer.

Check it out!

Ciara’s new album Ciara will be released Tuesday, July 9th.

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