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Watch: Chloe x Halle perform “Do It” on TODAY

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I know their neighbors are SICK of these girls performing “Do It” in their backyard for us.

But they will just have to deal!

Stream Chloe x Halle for good credit and competent leadership in government.

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Watch: Lamya “Empires”

This Lamya album still goes.

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This Lamya album still goes.

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I wish we could’ve had more from Lamya before she passed away so unexpectedly of a heart attack at age 35. Born in Kenya and raised in Oman, Lamya was a backup singer for Duran Duran before she released her debut (and only) album.  She had so many interesting shades (both in her voice and in her instrumentation) and I often wonder what “the Kenyan Björk” would be up to today.

“Empires” was the only single/video (love it) but “Never’s Such a Long Time” was my favorite, if you feel so inclined to check her out.

 

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Black Positivity playlist.

Let’s listen to some music.

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I talk about my struggles with clinical depression and anxiety because I think it’s important that we (especially Black men) have open conversations about mental health in order to normalize therapy and erase the stigma of admitting you don’t feel strong all the time. Given that, I’m not equipped to handle a constant stream of photos, videos, and updates about the protests and cops beating innocent people. Sometimes I disconnect, and sometimes I inject some levity into my online spaces because other people need to breathe too.

This is a pause from “coverage” because I love music and I made this playlist a few years ago during protests kicked off by the murder of another unarmed Black man (and I don’t even know which one specifically…because there are so many). These are songs that uplift me, bring me peace, or make me proud to be Black and feel connected to my community. I only make playlists on Spotify (Black Positivity Playlist), but you can still scroll through the songs if you use another platform, and I pulled out some of my favorites below.

 

Sounds of Blackness “Optimistic”

Nina Simone “Ain’t Got No”

Luther Vandross “Shine”

Twista & Faith Evans “Hope”

Aretha Franklin “A Deeper Love”

Jill Scott “Golden”

Tony! Toni! Toné! “Feels Good”

Common & John Legend “Glory”

The Clark Sisters “You Brought The Sunshine”

Black Men United “U Will Know”

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Watch This: Deborah Cox & Tamia cover “Count on Me”

Deborah Cox & Tamia covered “Count on Me” by Whitney and CeCe today. Here are my favorite songs by the two of them.

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Deborah Cox and Tamia are two of the only vocalists in the game who regularly come up in conversations about who can actually hang with Whitney THEE Houston. To have the two of them singing together is a blessing I always want and need, and here they are covering a classic Whitney duet (with CeCe Winans, another Whitney contemporary). They’re not even in the same room and it’s the best thing you haven’t heard.

Since we’re here, I’m always primed for an Underrated R&B Vocalist moment, so here are my top five songs by each of these under-known greats. (Note: My top five for artists I love regularly changes with my mood, so ask me again next month and it might be different.)

Tamia “Deeper”

Tamia doesn’t sell the records she used to, but she still has the pipes, even though you can hear more of the grit with age. “Deeper” is a huge ballad off her last album that gave me goosebumps.

Deborah “Same Script, Different Cast” with Whitney

When I said Deborah Cox is one of the only women who can hang with Whitney, I meant that. There’s a reason why she was tapped to do all the covers of Whitney’s songs for the Lifetime biopic. At times it’s hard to tell their voices apart — and that’s the highest praise.

Tamia “Officially Missing You”

There’s not a lot to say about this song. It’s just smooth R&B with a great voice. You can put it on for a Saturday night drive, Sunday cleaning, or Weeknight wine.

Deborah “Things Just Ain’t The Same” (Remix)

Deborah accidentally became somewhat of a dance diva due to THAT remix of “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” but any true fan of dance music knows, the best tracks are anchored by a big R&B voice. This is that kind of track and one of my favorite dance remixes of an R&B song.

Tamia “Lipstick”

This song from Tamia’s 2015 album came out of nowhere to become my favorite bop of the moment for a good 6 months. Tamia has a big voice, but I actually like when she reigns it in and gives a Quiet Storm vocal.

Deborah “Where Do We Go From Here”

Speaking of big voices, this is the ballad I thought should have had the success that “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” had. This is a classic lockjaw ballad that you scream from the rafters.

Tamia “You Put A Move On My Heart”

Tamia recorded this cover when she was 19 years old for Quincy Jones, but you can’t tell. This is grown woman phrasing and this was the first of 3 Grammy nominations she managed to nab before she even released her debut album.

Deborah “Absolutely Not”

An underrated bop! The production definitely has that Atlanta Turn of the Century feel, but you a lie if you say this comes on in the club and you don’t give a shoulder shimmy.

Tamia “The Way I Love You”

This has been one of my top twenty favorite songs since the first time I heard it. It’s the best song to make you feel like falling in love in the summertime — only second to Amerie’s debut single — and it is, by a longshot, my favorite song to sing. If I auditioned for American Idol, this would be the bridge I’d choose.

Deborah “Sentimental”

When Deborah Cox came on the scene, people called her the Canadian Whitney Houston. She had the poise, the beauty, and the voice. She showed all that on “Sentimental,” but I still think it was an odd choice for a debut single. It didn’t really sound like anything else on the radio, and even today it still feels unique within the pantheon of R&B radio singles. It’s my favorite Deborah Cox song because it doesn’t sound like everything else and she sang the mess out of it.

If you just wanna play these in the background and go about your business, here’s a short Spotify playlist.

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