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Sunday Vibes: Corrine Bailey Rae – Green Aphrodisiac

20 Nov

Apart from this song being absolutely masterful–the visuals, use of color and dance in the video are sublime.

New Music: Rihanna “Sledgehammer”

27 Jun

All Summer 16′: 16 Songs To Jump-Start Your Summer Mood

20 Jun

With today being the first day of summer (seriously,where did the time go 2016?) it’s only right you welcome it equipped with a proper playlist. Below is a mixture of that “new-new” and a few feel-good classics to get you pumped up for the warm weather and all the adventures to come.  Whether you’re heading to the beach, cleaning with all your windows open, turning up at a cookout, filling up pages on your passport, or simply enjoying the sun with a glass of lemonade, these 20 tracks ranging from hip-hop to reggae should help get you in the mood for some good ole’ summertime madness.

1.Major Lazor “Light it up” (remix)

This tracks is a great blend of dancehall and pop and sure to turn any event into a “lituation.”

2. Chris Brown & Benny Bennassi “Paradise”

Though these two haven’t collaborate since 2011’s “Beautiful People”, clearly time has done nothing to diminish the magic they create together.

3. Ameriie “Why dont we fall in love”

Ameriie recently dropped an LP this year after a nearly decade long hiatus from the music scene and though her new music is popping who could forget her debut track that had us all thinking of a certain someone special and wondering the same thing?

4. Ariana Grande “Into You”

5. Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla “One Dance” 

Nuff’ said.

6. Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign “Work from home”

#NSFW

7. Tupac featuring Dr. Dre “California Love”

Even if you’re not from the sunshine state, this is a classic banger.

8. Fat Joe, Remy Ma featuring French Montana “All the way up”

Also #NSFW…..unless you’re walking out the door.

9. Rihanna featuring Drake “Work”

This is Ri-Ri’s 14th number one hit and though she released it in January, it’s still on top of the charts. Even President Obama loves it.

10.  M.O “Who do you think of?”

You may not have heard of this British group yet, but this dancehall inspired track is a strong contender for a top-ten hit this summer.

11. Calvin Harris and Rihanna “This is what you came for”

12. Justin Bieber “Company”

I can’t lie, I wouldn’t mind keeping the Biebs company. Don’t judge me.

13. Carl Thomas “Summer rain”

This soul-soothing melody is perfect for a calmer setting like an evening walk along the beach or relaxing on van island vacation.

14. Chance the Rapper “No problem”

One could argue every song off “Coloring Book” is masterful, but this one seems like it’ll be a  dance-inducing summer anthem.

15. Justin Timberlake “Can’t stop the feeling”

So maybe you’re at work and it’s an especially beautiful summer day you can’t wait to run out to. Throw this on for a 5 minute dance break for you and your coworkers. Who knows, your boss might jump in too…MIGHT.

16. Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff “Summertime”

“Drums please!” Ok, any summertime playlist wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) be considered  complete without this classic from the former Fresh Prince and his DJ partner in crime. This song literally touches on every good part of the summer: great weather, memories made with loved ones, and the promise of ample opportunities to turn up with friends or just sitting back and unwinding.

Mama Melanie

1 Jun

 

Melanie Fiona had me feeling all the feels and this time it’s not due to a love song. In what may be one of  the most candid and touching 21 minutes of footage I’ve ever seen, The “4 AM” singer recently posted a cathartic video via her YouTube channel reflecting on her birth experience. Fiona gave birth to son, Cameron, on March 14th after having an unexpected and particularly difficult labor which included developing a dangerously high blood pressure and a rare case of preeclampsia.

“I was disconnected from the whole process because it just happened. Until I sat down and really had to process what happened. And I had to deal with feelings of disappointment and feeling like a failure…That sounds so crazy because, how could I even look at this beautiful child and feel like I failed?”

In echoing what other celeb moms have said about the pressures to “snap back” post-baby, Fiona discusses her staunch rejection of comparing and rushing her journey or her body as she eases into motherhood. She goes onto to discuss an unanticipated journey of re-discovering herself through new motherhood, body changes, the necessary lifestyle adjustments, and confronting questions of what these changes mean as she moves forward.

“I’m looking at myself with completely new eyes, trying to understand who I am. What is this new body? Who is this new woman? Who is this new mother? And everyday I just try to be honest with myself and I try to forgive myself and be patient. And I look at my beautiful son and I don’t regret any of it….I would do it all over again.”

It’s nearly impossible to get through this confession without shedding a tear or two whether you’re a mother or not, but it’s well-worth the emotions and, per usual, she drops some real gems of wisdom throughout.

“Live in your truth. Be patient with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be forgiving of yourself. And love yourself. Love yourself at every stage…”

Lessons on lessons on lessons.

Check out the clip below:

New Music: Ameriie returns with “Drive”

25 May

Ameriie is back with new music just in time for your “summertime fine” playlists. After a nearly decade-long hiatus, the “1 Thing” singer/songwriter, released her free yet succinct EP, Drive. Including a feature from rapper Fabolous, Drive reflects on a range of emotions while proving Ameriie hasn’t lost the vocals and ability to create that feel-good music we all love. This EP is pretty damn good, and I can’t wait to see what she releases next! Take a listen below:

Sia “Elastic Heart”

25 May

Morning music:

Published!

20 May

And I am ever-so-grateful. An article I wrote on Alicia Keys’ return to music was published on a site I truly love and appreciate.

Check it out here. :)

Alicia Keys

One of the greatest…

16 May

The GREATEST.

Janet Jackson  “Rhythm Nation”

New Music: Corinne Bailey Rae “The Skies Will Break”

14 May

 

F O R E V E R

13 May

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We got it.

We figured out how to hold on, because letting go is unimaginable.

A million wishes of gratitude to you, a multitude of tears, an abundance of unbreakable bonds.

Every dance, every song, every brave step taken forward in the name of passion,

We will think of you, hold your energy in our hearts and carry the torch on.

May your music continue to help light the path in this thing called life, beloved, with purple flames and electric love,

until we meet again.

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