Chaka Khan***messymandella***

 

Obscure Soul:Teena Marie – A Rose By Any Other Name ft. Gerald Levert ***messymandella***

      yesOn messymandella.com I love digging through the crates of my parents music and finding beauty in hidden hits, or obscure soul ballads that the Billboard Charts missed, or didn’t give their proper due.

We have showcased Regina Belle, who of course is a Broadway Actress and she is famous for her duet, with Peabo Bryson on the song, “A Whole New World (Aladin’sTheme)” and numerous other hits that you memorized, but had no idea who the songs originated from, during the Slow Jamz period. We know that Gerald Levert has and always will be “The Voice” and “The Teddy Bear” and Teena Marie, is always and Forever “Lady T.”

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It is romantic and you can you use your imagination to tell that person how you want them and need them. She wants to be in his arms and she belongs to him, and it didn’t cost anything…

 

 

 

Rise Up With Andra Day***messymandella***


 
      Andra Day is a blast from the 1940′ s and a breath and glimpse of  women who are willing to  create their own legacy of rhythm and blues  and jazz vocalization. Andra is similar to the Motown sound but  is ultimately their own. Her voice also lends a bit of inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald and she is simply beautiful.
 
 

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 Cheers To The Fall  is a critically acclaimed unveiling of  the voice and writing ability and vision of Mrs. Andra Day. She has  musical ability that  we desperately needing in the music industry and she can now join the ranks of Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Deangelo. Mrs. Day is  singing and incorporates retro soul and the music industry will capitalize on pop music but what happened to soul music?
 
 
Andra’s voice is one of the best of this year and her  sound is reminiscent of  vintage compositions similar to Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke and Nina Simone  have long been forgotten, or unknown by a younger generation until now.
 
 

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Colorism: Ledisi The Ignored Chocolate Beauty In The Industry!***messymandella***

 

Ledisi, admitted in an interview that she never thought she was ugly until she became a Neo Soul Powerhouse. In her book she discusses her looks and her definition of beauty. Here is an excerpt:LEDISI

 

 “In the book, there’s a chapter called ‘Beauty’: I talk about how I tell myself ‘I’m beautiful’ everyday because the world says something different. I didn’t know I was considered ‘ugly’ to someone until they said it, because all of my life I’d been told I was beautiful, especially by my mother in particular, so when I got out there in the world, I heard differently.

There are also other versions of beauty out there and I talk about those, saying that the woman we typically would consider ‘beautiful’ may look that way on the outside to the rest of the world, but on the inside, she may be ‘broken.’ There are so many things in other chapters that I talk about: ‘Love.’ ‘Forgiveness.’ ‘Faith.’ ‘Exiting Stage Left,’ all of these different aspects that we can learn from. Men may enjoy some parts of “…..Alright,” since there are men that I celebrate—there’s a quote from President Obama inside that speaks to learning from your failures, for example—but it’s especially for women because I am a woman and that’s all I can really  talk about (laughs). The book has a lot of great stuff inside that I’m proud of: photographs that I’ve never shown, pictures of family members that I don’t really talk about (publicly) and those are the people who really helped me to get to where I am.”

Ledisi,
 
You Are Beautiful!

Doesn’t matter what  ignorant self- undividual tells you about your race. 

Women of all nationalities and complexions are beautiful.

Your skin and your voice outweigh the negativity and all assumptions of outdated characteristics that  once defined beauty. 

 

Your  big lips and your gorgeous chocolate skin is a gift not a curse. 

We have to abandon insecurities within our culture and destroy Colorism. We can’t be united if we have an insecurity if our men date someone of another race. My mom has a dark complexion with my features, my father is of a lighter complexion. My cheekbones come from the Native American ancestors and my skin is lighter because of the German  and black slaves  in my family, that were of lighter skin. People would be rude to ask my mom if I was really her daughter?  It would break my mom’s heart that someone would be that intrusive and ignorant. They judged my mom by her skin but not her features it was embaressing and also disgusting to even question her about her baby girl? 

 

We have to inspire unity and abandon insecurity and slave designed hatred that divides black women, still today. Ledisi, Beyonce, Nia Long, Rashida Jones are beautiful women of color that  little black girls should notice. These women are successful, admirable women with  different complexions, but are still undeniably beautiful. We can’t let our babies assume they are ugly or not as pretty as the girl in their class with a lighter complexion. End Colorism!

 

Mrs. Janelle Monae’ And Lily Allen! ***messymandella***


 

 

 
 

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me backstage at  fashion show

They didn’t have my make up color, but they combined three colors together and I love it.