Santi White is a woman after my own heart. The Philly native constantly pushes the creative envelope, mixing styles and mashing up genres as easily as most of us switch outfits.
Since bursting on the scene in 2008 with her debut album, Santigold didn’t rush a follow-up, didn’t throw together a collection of rag-tag songs, but instead she took her own sweet time and recorded a collection of songs that are a contradictory and diverse as her eclectic style. Recently NPR shared Santigold’s latest effort, Master of My Make Believe due out May 1, on its website for the world to get a little taste of the dopeness Santi has been cooking up, and from the sounds of things this just might be my new summer anthem.
Take a listen to Master of My Make Believe on the NPR site and let us know what you think.
My personal feelings about Miss Jill Scott are only a few notches below legitimate worship — she’s gorgeous, reps my city and my body type, and is very talented but never makes a big stink about it or acts like a diva. But even if you’re not as over the moon about her as I am, you’ve got to admit that she regularly delivers romance and feel-good anthems that pretty much set the bar for positive messages in today’s r&b/soul world. “Blessed” is the fourth single from her 2011 #1 album The Light of the Sun, and the video is super cute while complementing the song’s message of thankfulness and joy. Plus, there are handsome black men dancing, Muppets, and Jilly from Philly looking as great as ever.
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The folks of Black & Sexy TV are at it again. The production team who brought us The Couple and The Number, is taking yet another comical look at relationships and what happens when a couple wants to, ehem, get intimate when they’re apart. Do you wait it out until the two of you can reconnect or do you pick up the phone, call your boo, and try to set the mood? This couple chooses the later, but unfortunately for them, things don’t quite go according to plan.
Check out ‘Get Yours’ and let us know what you think!
Over 1,100 Basketball Wives fans have signed a petition asking fellow viewers to boycott one bullying cast member’s spin-off. Evelyn Lozado, the former fiancee of basketball player Antoine Walker, is set to marry football player Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and their relationship will be chronicled on the upcoming show Chad and Ev. The petition, created on Change.org by Alexis M., asks fans to contact VH1 directly with their concerns and boycott the show, explaining: Evelyn Lozada is a bully. The violence on “Basketball Wives” is horrible and disgraceful. Physical assaults, threats, verbal abuse, harassment and VH1 is rewarding this behavior by giving her a show. Do not reward negative behavior…This is not a hate petition against Eveyln Lozada. We simply will not support violence. It hurts to see violence amongst women on television for entertainment purposes. It is not ok for women to hit each other on TV. I don’t think there’s anyone who’s been following the dramatic ups and downs on VH1′s Basketball Wives over these past few seasons who hasn’t noticed that the show’s content has gone from catty banter to straight up O.K. Corral-style brawling. For those not in the know, the show follows around a turbulent friendship group of well-to-do women with links to basketball players by sending them on trips and out to dinner…that’s basically all and it passes for solid mindless entertainment.
Afro-Latina actress Zoe Saldana graces the inaugural issue of Cosmo for Latinas, the glossy’s first foray into trying to tap into one of America’s fastest growing demographics. In the issue, the Dominican beauty dishes on her early years, the challenges she’s had to overcome, her career, and what it’s like being a woman of color in the industry.
“People think of Latina women as being fiery and fierce, which is usually true. But I think the quality that so many Latinas possess is strength. I’m very proud to have Latin blood,” she told the mag. The Drumline actress’ life hasn’t always been easy. After her father died in a car accident when she was young, her mother packed up the family and moved them back to the Dominican Republic. But she credits her mother’s resolve for helping her become the woman she is today.