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Watch: Diana Ross “Ninety-Nine and a Half”

Look at Diana Ross hollering for the Lord!

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I love Diana Ross.

She has hits on hits and I love her singing tone, but she ain’t no sanger and that’s fine! Janet isn’t either and she’s the most-played artist in my collection. I have heard many things about Diana Ross in my years on this Earth and read many more from before I was born, but nobody ever accused her of having any sort of volume in her little body.

So color me surprised stumbling upon that lil bird lady belting her lungs out for Jesus with Little Richard back in 1987!

Clearly, I need to find this entire production because I need to know why Diana Ross is pretending to be 16 and 76 in the same clip. It’s from her TV special from 1987 to promote her album Red Hot Rhythm and Blues but I haven’t found the whole program yet (here’s Part 2, I’ll dig some more later).

What I didn’t realize was just how big Diana Ross was. She had a whole TV special to promote this album, but when you look for it, you find her 1981 special for CBS. And her 1971 special. Diana Ross was like “hey I wanna do a special” and TV networks were like “sure!” over and over. There’s really nobody to compare that to in today’s entertainment climate other than Beyonce, which is absolutely fitting seeing as how they both rose to fame as the lead singer of a girl group and then catapulted to iconic legend status afterward.

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Now I have some homework to do and a Youtube hole down which to descend.

 

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Brittney Spencer is your country artist to watch in 2022.

Shoutout to Black women in country music trying to shake it up.

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One thing that will immediately make me cool on someone: When we’re talking about music and they say they listen to everything but country. They almost never have any sort of reason they can actually support. It’s just…the thing you say when you have a small minded view of an incredibly varied and popular genre of music.

If you do not know country music — that’s totally fine. I don’t really know jazz — but I enjoy it casually and I’m down for the ride with an experienced listener. But to just fullstop assert “Oh I don’t like country music.” What does that even mean?

You don’t like the song structure?
The only difference between a country ballad and an R&B ballad is some instrumentation and phrasing.

You don’t like the topics because it’s tractors and she shot my dog and drinking beer?
Well…that says more about your stereotypes about Southerners than it does about country music.

You don’t support racists and Republicans?
Well you don’t have to! Pop, hip-hop, and R&B is full of misogyny, yet you either ignore it or decide not to listen to those artists who you know to be terrible. You enjoy people’s art until you have a reason not to.

Plus! Quiet as its kept, as far as popular musicians making money, country is more consistently putting out good singers (who will sell out a concert) than any other genre. They don’t whisper and mumble and autotune. You get what you get. They can stand on a stage with just a guitar and give a show.

Country has roots in Black America just as much as any other genre. You could throw Rosetta Tharpe in the middle of any country artist’s set and it wouldn’t sound out of place.

Today we have Millennials like Kane Brown, Maren Morris, and Chris Lane who came of age during the R&B/hip-hop takeover of the 90s and you can hear that influence in the covers they choose…

…and the ballads they write.

Still, it’s hard for Black artists in country music. It’s easier for a white rapper like Eminem to find major success in rap music partly because white people buy rap albums. If every Black person in America ignored Eminem because they thought rap should belong to us, he still would’ve been a success through record sales to white people. Black country artists don’t have their skinfolk to fall back on, but we are going to support Brittney Spencer, do you hear me?!

I have already decided that we must, so tell your friends.

Brittney has three strikes against her: she’s Black, she’s not a size 2, and she’s from Baltimore. Taylor Swift is from Pennsylvania, so clearly the first two strikes are the bigger hurdle. When I was tweeting about country music I’m into currently, someone dropped her name into my mentions, and I was hooked from the first listen.

Brittney gives me so much of what I enjoy from a singer-songwriter. Authenticity, simplicity, and clarity. It’s just her and a guitar singing lyrics she wrote. So, I investigated further. She only has a handful of songs (no record deal, no album out) but if “Sober & Skinny” is any indication, this should be her breakout year. Listen to these lyrics and rejoice with me real quick.

She said “you want me to shrink, I think we should go to one” and I hollered. That is a country storyteller right there I don’t care where she came from.

Anyway, I haven’t been all that excited by a new artist in awhile. I enjoy them, but I am very much getting old and find myself looking around at some of the hype after hearing a new album like” this is what all the fuss was about?” But I am fully stanning Brittney Spencer and I wanted to share the good word.

Stan Black women in country music, period.

 

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The ANOINTED(!!!!) Britney Jean Spears

Let us rise for an extra-special performance from the Queen of Music.

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Y’all. Britney Spears is free and we are still thankful!!!! Let the church say Amen.

And let Britney Spears herself sing those praises to our Lord & Savior Jesus Herbert Christ.

Whitney Houston biopic when?! 

Tasha Cobbs Leonard is shaking you guys. Yolanda Adams has quit gospel because she cannot compete! Britney has been dabbed with the oil! How else can you explain a third Mary so seamlessly and flawlessly blending in with the definitive pop-gospel crossover of our generation.

Don’t you just wanna praise Him?! Hallujah! Ishouldaboughtahonda! Just in time for Jesus’s birthday too. A moment from a true vocalist is exactly what I needed on today.

The ANOINTED Britney Jean Pace.
The SANCTIFIED Britney Clark Sheard.
The MOST HOLY Britney Spears-Winans.

Amen.

(PS. Listen to Femme Fatale for good credit, improved muscle tone, a balanced diet, and a secondary ketamine high this season.)

 

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Christmas Music Playlists!

I’m here to get you right this season!

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It’s time!

Some of y’all (the ones with taste and home training) turn on the Christmas Music during Thanksgiving, because honestly, Thanksgiving is a bum holiday that don’t even have cute sweaters or any songs that slap. It’s just greens and football and colonialism.

Anyway!

I have not yet updated my Christmas Playlists for this year, but you can go ahead and save them and I’ll update as I listen to the new holiday releases. You should have already saved these last year but I’m feeling peaceful and generous, so I will share them again.

A Diva’s Christmas

This is for the folks who need a voice to carry the Christmas spirit. Real singers only.

As an avowed atheist, if you want me to care about some lady’s side-baby doused in frankincense, give me the message from somebody who knows what they’re doing behind the mic.

Fireplace Christmas

This is for the grown & sexy Christmas with warm mulled wine and a blanket.

It’s only about an hour and a half currently, so I need to really dig in Santa’s bag and come up with some more mood moments. Might put that on my todo list this weekend.

Ultimate Christmas Party

This is for the holiday function or the office cocktail party. Bops only!

I love all genres of music, so we’re covering the gamut from gospel to rock, country to R&B. What I don’t always love is a Christmas party where everybody is drinking and having a good time and the mood DIES because yet another maudlin version of “Silent Night” comes on. No ballads for my party, please.

Ultimate Christmas Party (Deluxe)

This is for the holiday party that needs some secular variety.

It’s the same playlist as Ultimate Christmas Party, but for every holiday song, there’s also a non-holiday hit by the same artist. I actually put this playlist on all year.

Christmas Favorites

This is my catchall Christmas playlist.

The holiday songs from all my other playlists plus other songs and instrumentals that haven’t found a theme to fit into.

So! Let me know what has come out recently that I should be listening to. I’m about to put on JoJo’s Christmas album and see what my good lightskinned cousin is bringing to the table.

 

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