Music Therapy…..

I heard this song on an episode of  “Being Mary Jane” a few weeks back and have had it on repeat ever since. I had never heard of Trixie Whitley or the song “Breathe You In My Dreams” from her 2014 album Fourth Corner; but it is an amazing song just as she is an amazing talent. With everything I am currently experiencing in life I find music to be therapy. This song and others by Trixie have been great “take me away” music. Enjoy!

Freak Show Friday

We are less than one month away from the new season of “American Horror Story”. Staying true to the anthology’s reputation, this season is sure to be great. Based in early 1950’s Jupiter, Florida the fourth season is subtitlted “Freak Show”. From what has been revealed so far about the show which is set to premiere October 8th on FX is that it is darken than last season’s “Coven” and centers around America’s last standing freak show.  Emmy award winner, Jessica Lange will once again [and quite possibly for the last time] lead the returning cast as Elsa Mars, a former German cabaret star who runs the show. Lange has been very open about this season being her last season as she has said the show is very time consuming during the year. lange[As with previous seasons Lange looks fabulous and I’m sure will give us a stellar performance] Returning for a second season is Kathy Bates as Ethel, the bearded lady and Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree, the lady with three breasts. Also returning of course is Sarah Paulson as Bette AND Dot. [twins or conjoined twins?] Making an appearance in four episodes this season is legend Pattie Labelle, as mother to actress Gabourey Sidibe’s character. While I am extremely excited about what this season will bring I think I am more excited about the opening sequence and the theme song. Melanie Martinez’s [The Voice] “Carousel” from her LP opens up this seasons show and I must say it is an addictive little diddy. Have a listen!

Selfless Expression (NSFW)


About a week ago one of my co-workers came into my office and said in a little more than a whisper, “Have you seen Erykah Badu’s new video?” Hadn’t not seen it I asked what the big deal was. She went on to attempt to describe the video, but I was unable to get a fully mental picture. However, I am very familiar with Mrs. Badu and her ideas of “self expression” over the last few years. I went on without a second thought until the other day, when I came across the video. The video for the song entitled “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” is actually performed by Flaming Lips featuring Badu and was actually released in summer 2012. (Apparently it has only recently gone viral.) I must say I was speechless from start to middle, I say middle because I was unable to watch the video in it’s entirety. I was hesitant to post it’s content but decided to go ahead and do so. Hopefully you are able to continue reading after watching because what Badu has to say about the video is quite interesting.


Badu is “shown” completely in the nude, covered in pigs’ blood, glitter and what could be assumed to be semen (or the frosting used on Cinnabons I’m not really sure).  It is quite disturbing to be honest. Being an huge fan of Erykah I explored the concept behind the video hoping to find an answer and I was surprised! Here is what Erykah had to say:

““You showed me a concept of beautiful tasteful imagery (by way of vid text messages). I trusted that. I was mistaken,” she wrote. “Then u release an unedited, unapproved version within the next few days. That all spells 1 thing, Self Serving. When asked what the concept meant after u explained it, u replied, ‘It doesn’t mean anything, I just want to make a great video that everyone is going to watch.’ I understood, because as an artist we all desire that. But we don’t all do it at another artist’s expense…you begged me to sit in a tub of that other shit and I said naw. I refused to sit in any liquid that was not water. But out of RESPECT for you and the artist you ‘appear’ to be, I didn’t wanna kill your concept…sooo, I invited Nayrok, my lil sis and artist, who is much more liberal [than I], to be subject of those other disturbing (to me) scenes. I told u from jump that I believed your concept to be disturbing. But [I] would give your edit a chance. You then said u would take my shots (in clear water/ fully covered parts -seemed harmless enough) and Nayrok’s part (which I was not present for but saw the photos and a sample scene of cornstarch dripping ) and edit them together along with cosmic, green screen images ( which no one saw) then would show me the edit. Instead, u disrespected me by releasing pics and rough vid on the internet without my approval. (Contract breech) That is equivalent to putting out a security camera’s images of me changing in the fitting room.” “As a human I am disgusted with your what appears to be desperation and poor execution. And disregard for others. As a director I am unimpressed. As a sociologist I understand your type. As your fellow artist I am uninspired. As a woman I feel violated and underestimated…you can KISS MY Glittery ASS. O and Nayrok told me to tell u to kiss her ass too.”


Interesting…. Thoughts?

“Don’t Turn Off the Lights” ~Michel’le Live


Myself and the Tiny Songstress
October 11, 2013

Sometimes voices can be decieving. This is ( and always has been) the case of R&B Diva, Michel’le. Her under developed vocal cords casue her to have the speaking voice of a child who has been sucking on helium. Being a huge fan of the soultry singer I jumped at the chance to meet her during a recent performance here in St. Louis. Having watched all episodes of this seasons R&B Divas L.A it was like she and I were old friends. She graciously greeted me with a hug and was ever so welcoming. Surprisngly thin and extremely short ( I stand 5’2, 5’6 in heels, she was my normal height even in heels) she was everything and more with her larger than life personality and sense of humor. The mother of Dr. Dre’s daughter and ex- wife of Suge Knight, Michel’le held nothing back and took little offense when I told her the first time my son heard her voice he asked “Mama, is that REALLY her voice?” Saying through laughter “I love the kids, call him he won’t believe it’s really me.”  I spent a lttle more than ten minutes with the voice behind the chorus to Tupac’s “Run the Streetz” while she posed for pictures and laughed with the small entorouge of fans and press allowed into her dressing room.

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