Friday, April 30, 2010

Harvard Law School student Stephanie Grace had a conversation about race during a dinner with other students. She sent out an email to clarify her comments, which she felt were misconstrued. In the email she explains why black people are less intelligent than whites and why we just can't help it: It's in our genes! 


Click here to check it out at Feministe.com and then tell me what you think. 
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Thursday, April 29, 2010


As many of you know I'm on the planning committee for this year's Walk for Lupus Now Birmingham, an annual event that raises funds and awareness for lupus. We're having a book fair with Books-A-Million on Saturday, May 1, to raise money and spread the word about the walk. May is Lupus Awareness Month, so this is an awesome way to kick off the month!

Here's how it works: If you make a purchase at any participating Books-A-Million location in the Birmingham area a portion of the sales will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America Mid-South Chapter. Please show your support Saturday, May 1 anytime between noon and 5 p.m. I'll be at the Books-A-Million in Trussville talking to folks about the walk. Feel free to come stop by and say hello! 

Mother's Day is approaching. Stop by and buy a book for mom. 

(FYI: You'll need to present a special voucher for us to get a percentage of the proceeds. So if you're interested in the voucher, email me at javacia@georgiamae.com and I'll send it to you.)

Here are some other ways you help:

- Start a team and join us for the walk on Saturday, June 5. This would be a great community service event for your fraternity, sorority, or social organization.  Visit  walkforlupusnowbirmingham.kintera.org for more information.

- For those of you outside the Birmingham area, you can help by making a donation to help my personal fundraising efforts by visiting my fundraising webpage at  http://walkforlupusnowbirmingham.kintera.org/javacia.


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Last week, many of you probably saw the wifey's post in which she tried to con me into liking a Lady GaGa song by having a couple of Changing Faces clones sing it.


And it almost worked. I would download their version if it were on iTunes or if I wasn't deathly afraid of Limewire. I'm scared it'll give my already raggedy computer cyber syphilis.


It's no secret that I'm not a fan of GaGa. Her songs are either too creepy (that "rah rah sis boom bah" chant at the end of "Bad Romance" sounds like a sorceress gargling with Listerine) or just too goofy. The wifey thinks I don't give her chance because I don't like fun, mindless music.


That's far from the truth. Every song doesn't have to be a sermon. Most of today's popular music is pretty brain dead and I only get annoyed when those artists are lauded as musical geniuses. Back in the day, everyone loved Biz Markie, but no one with good sense would call him the greatest rapper alive. Yet this guy somehow is among rap's elite? Ugh.


To show I'm not a total stick-in-the-mud, let me share my all-time favorite guilty pleasure album - an album from an artist who admittedly kinda sucks.









Believe it or not, Biggie's butler always has been one of my favorite rappers. His flow is stilted, his rhymes are simplistic, and he's extremely juvenile. But look at that album cover - you can't hate on a man who willingly looks that ridiculous.


And check out these quality lyrics:


From "Work It Out": (in fake Jamacian accent) "Aaahhhh! I luv a pret-ty gurl! Dats sexxxie!" Don't ask me why he uses an "accent" for that one line, which has nothing to do with the song anyway.


From "Girlfriend": "Cats getting deals and I ain't aggie/got Regis round the world and they ain't Kathy." Ten years later and I still have no idea what that means.


And later in the same song:


"Are you shyless, or are you guyless?/OR ARE YOU STRAIGHT UP POSING TOPLESS?" Stop yelling, Cease, we hear you! We don't understand you, but we hear you.


And the entire song "Chickenheads" is a disaster, with Lil Cease pretending to be some kind of loverman while Carl Thomas sings an X-rated hook.


See, not even I am immune to liking ridiculous artists. Music is supposed to be fun.


But I would have more fun smashing a Lady GaGa CD with a sledgehammer than I would by listening to it.




Who are some of your favorite guilty pleasure artists?
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010




I've mentioned it here before, but I've always had a soft spot for Shyne.


Y'all remember Shyne, the Biggie-sounding, late 90s rapper who went to jail for attempted murder after a club shooting. While he definitely should have been locked up for acting a fool, I felt bad that he had to be the fall guy for Diddy, who also should have been thrown in the slammer for the incident. Diddy, of course, danced away scot-free, yelling "take that, take that" into the night.


I enjoyed Shyne's albums and thought he had tons of potential. Def Jam apparently thought so too, signing him to a seven-figure deal after he was released from prison.

Because, as we all know, going to prison somehow makes you a better rapper. Or so they say.


Well, Shyne released his comeback song a week or so ago. And it's AWFUL.


Shyne went from sounding like Biggie to sounding like 50 Cent with laryngitis.


His excuse? From an interview on nahright.com:


That guy we used to know pre-2001? The guy who shot up the club? The guy who stood in front of the judge and took a 10 year bid? The guy who used to spit like this? That guy is dead. That was the guy Jamal Barrow used to be, and he no longer wants to be that man. That man made choices that he'll have to deal with for the rest of his life, and put his mother through one of the worst experiences any mother could ever have to go through. And he doesn't want to be that man anymore.


I'm so glad that Shyne Po has grown into a better person, but what does that have to do with him now sounding like Eartha Kitt? Changing your rap style has nothing to do with changing your content.


And speaking of this kinder, gentler Shyne, lines like "hear the whistle when I clap/from the missile that I pack" and bragging about "blasting cartridges" ain't exactly stuff you talk about in your Bible study small groups.


I thought jail was supposed to be good for a rapper's career? Shyne has somehow defied rap physics and became worse after his jail time. I wonder if Lil Wayne will sound this bad when he gets out?



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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In high school I was part of a program for black Christian teens and Jewish teens. The purpose of the organization was to promote understanding and create alliances between the two groups. As part of the program we often spent time at a local synagogue. One day we headed over to the temple to learn about some important practices of Judiasm. As one deeply curious about world religions, I was elated. (Yes, I was a nerd. You already knew this.)


Before entering the building, one of the program's organizers told me I'd need to put on a sweater. It was summer in Alabama and therefore sweltering and I was wearing a tank top. She said I'd need to cover my bare shoulders and arms.  I thought nothing of it and quickly complied. But I was perplexed when I realized she hadn't asked any of the Jewish girls who were wearing tank tops also to do the same. Only my bare brown skin was a  problem. 

I didn't feel angry. Instead I felt ashamed. Though I'm sure this wasn't her intent, the message that her request delivered to me was loud and clear: There was something about my body that made it inappropriate, even in the eyes of the God who created it. 


I internalized this message and it has haunted me ever since. At that age I didn't know terms like "hyper-sexualization" or that words like this describe society's view and the media's treatment of black female bodies.


 As I'm sure you all know, Erykah Badu's video for her new single "Window Seat" has caused quite a brouhaha, and while I admit it's probably not a good idea to strip down in a public park around children, I can't help but wonder if people would be as upset if she weren't black. 


In Does Her Sexiness Upset You?, a post defending Badu's act of political public nudity, blogger Alexis Barton writes: "Yes, black women’s bodies have been a political battleground since we were brought through the Middle Passage. For so many hundreds of years we didn’t own our physical, emotional or reproductive spaces. Badu is claiming that ownership." 


During slavery black women were seen as nothing more than breeders and instruments for master's pleasure. In many hip-hop videos we, sadly enough, continue to be treated quite similarly. And if you are a black woman with curves, the plight is worse. 


In a post examining the underrepresentation of black plus size models in mainstream fashion, blogger Tasha Fierce asserts that women who are considered "thick" are subject to more extreme hyper-sexualization of their bodies. "As the features considered sexually desirable not only by black men but also white men are exaggerated on a fat female body, these women are often portrayed as more sexually available," she writes. She goes on to argue that since black women are  stereotyped so often as being loose or hypersexual, "any emphasis placed on sexualized body parts due to their size compounds the problem. Better to leave that can of worms alone and just work with the non-black models."


So what's a brown girl to do? Is it possible for black women to be seen as desirable, sexual beings without being portrayed as that alone? As a writer who's published articles about sex and entire columns about my breasts, I struggle with such questions. Personally, I don't want to see black women portrayed as the asexual Mammy figure either, nor do I appreciate that some entertainers have responded to complaints about representations of black in music videos by virtually eliminating us from them. 


How do we reconcile our want to thwart stereotypes with our right to self-expression? Can we use our bodies to make political or artistic statements or openly discuss our sexuality without offering more pigment to those who try to paint us as the loose Jezebel? 




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Monday, April 26, 2010

It's time for another "Slept On" edition of Progressive Soul Mondays. Let's give Canadian-born Tamia her due. 


Tamia got her start singing in church and was first introduced to the professional music world in 1995 when her single "You Put a Move on My Heart" was featured on Quincy Jones' Q's Jook Joint.  She has since released five albums, including a Greatest Hits. Her latest project is the supergroup The Queen Project, which also includes Deborah Cox and Kelly Price. Enjoy! 


-- Desiree


"Last First Kiss," Tamia


"Almost," Tamia
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Friday, April 23, 2010

Allow me to go on record saying that I believe TLC was the best girl group of all time. Period. They may not have had the vocal power of EnVogue and Brownstone and, of course, I grew up loving groups like 702, Kut Klose and SWV, but there was something about the underlying girl power message in the songs of TLC that made me feel like I could rule the world, or at least my own life. 


I love TLC so much I'm even enduring another bad VH1 reality show for nostalgia's sake. In the new show "What Chilli Wants," Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas is looking for love and has enlisted the help of pals like Missy Elliott and self-proclaimed relationship expert Tionna Smalls. Instead of your typical "I Love New York"-style dating competition, this show is less structured as Smalls is simply seeking out guys for Chilli to meet in hopes of finding Mr. Right along the way. It's interesting to get a glimpse into Chilli's everyday life, but it's a reality show, nonetheless. So don't expect much intellectual stimulation. 


In a recent interview about the show Chilli made me proud, though, as she used the f-word to describe TLC. With so many celebrities shunning feminism, this interview is quite refreshing and reminds me why I loved the group so much. Check it out: 







VH1 TV Shows | Music Videos | Celebrity Photos | News & Gossip




Catch new episodes of "What Chilli Wants" Sundays at 10:30 p.m. EST/ 9:30 p.m. CST
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Most of you know I heart Lady Gaga, but hubster believes she is an abomination before the music gods. Can these talented ladies actually make Edd fall for a Gaga song? Let's see. 




So, music guru, what do you think? 
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010



AP Photo by David Kohl




Yesterday we lost another important civil rights figure. Dorothy Irene Height, the leading woman helping Martin Luther King, Jr., and other activists of the 1950s and 1960s, died Tuesday. She was 98. 


The Associated Press describes Height's work as stretching "from the New Deal to the election of Barack Obama." In a statement to the AP, President Obama called Height  "the godmother of the civil rights movement" and a hero to Americans.


When King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Height was there only a few feet away from King. 


Height dedicated most of her adult life working for the rights of women through organizations like the National Council of Negro Women. Height took over the group in 1957 and led it until 1997, fighting for women's rights on issues such as equal pay and education. She developed programs like "Wednesdays in Mississippi," in which black and white women from the north traveled to Mississippi to meet with their Southern counterparts in an effort to ease racial tensions and bridge differences.


Height was born in Richmond, Va., at a time when blacks had few rights and women couldn't vote. Her family moved to the Pittsburgh area when she was 4. An outstanding student, Height she was accepted to Barnard College but then turned away because the school already had reached its quota of two black women. She didn't give up. She went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from New York University.



In her lifetime, Height received two of the nation's highest honors: the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. 

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010



Hip-hop has lost another trailblazer. From sohh.com:


Gang Starr's Guru has passed away at the age of 43 after being hospitalized for nearly two months and a fight with cancer.

Reports suggested he died sometime Monday (April 19) morning.


Guru was one half of Gang Starr, the influential group that included DJ Premier - arguably one of the top 3 greatest producers in the history of the game. But like all great groups, the pair had a nasty breakup.

There's a farewell letter, supposedly from Guru, floating online praising his new partnership with MC/producer Solar and ripping into Premo, but I don't know how credible that is.

Forget all the bickering, let's remember the good times. For those of you haven't experienced Gang Starr, I implore you to go online and check out some of their classics.

Here's one to get you started.




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The Fugees. NWA. Bad Boy Records' 90s roster. Eric B and Rakim.


Why are all our favorite musical alliances doomed to come to an end?


The one group I never thought would fall apart was Timbaland and friends. Back in the late 90s, Timbaland, Magoo, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Ginuwine and Playa were my favorite crew. They certainly weren't the second coming of Wu-Tang but their innovation and creativity pushed all of them to stardom. And, unlike some rap alliances that seemed shaky from the get-go (50 Cent and Game, for example), Tim's crew seemed like true friends.


Oh, but how times have changed.


Ginuwine had sort of a career revival last year. A Man's Thoughts was his first album in four years and the first single, "Last Chance," actually got a chance to shine. When a man who's pushing 40 gets his songs played on 106 and Park regularly he should be proud.


The second single was to be "Get Involed," which featured old friends Missy Elliott and Timbaland. But when it came time to shoot the video Tim was nowhere to be found. From Atlanta's 107.5, courtesy of sohh.com:


"We did a song called 'Get Involved' and we paid him $50,000 to appear in the video," Gin explained in an interview. "And we paid him his producing fee and this dude didn't even get in it. He messed me up to the point where we had to make an animation of the video and put it overseas. Now throughout the years, he always said he was gonna work with me and all of that but he never did and I didn't say anything. I always said [to the media], 'Our schedules are conflicting.' I'm definitely a professional, but when you actually do something, you deserve to be called out."


Here's the video in question - looks like poor Ginuwine had to replace Timbaland and Missy with Lord Zedd from the Power Rangers. Yeesh.


Now, y'all know I love Timbo and there are always two sides to these things, but this sounds pretty messed up. If they paid the man he should have showed up for work. I figured there was trouble in paradise back in the early 00s when Timbaland became the biggest producer on the planet while Ginuwine vanished. Even Magoo occasionally still shows up for a guest feature and a ham sandwich. I'm sure he's happy to have both.


But here's what worries me the most:


"And it's not only me he's done things to, I'm not gonna speak on that, I'm gonna speak on me. But when people do that, they can't just get away with it. Whether you're a friend or supposedly a friend or not, you don't do that to people."


Late last week on Timbaland's MySpace page (YES that thing still exists...), there was a link to a new Tim track called "Talk That," featuring T-Pain and some poor soul named Billy Blue.


That song sounded mighty familiar to me, and then I recalled that "Talk That" was set to be on Missy's shelved/delayed/CP time album Block Party. Here's the Missy version of the song.


The songs are identical, except in Tim's version Missy gets bumped for Billy Bob or whatever his name is. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm....


In recent years Missy and Timbaland have been working together less frequently. Tim barely put in any work on Missy's last album. I hope Missy isn't the other friend that Ginuwine alleges is getting shafted.


Missy without Timbaland? My heart won't allow it!


In the meantime, let's relive the good old days, before everyone was rich and bitter.





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Monday, April 19, 2010

Darien Brockington, a native of Durham, North Carolina, was exposed to music early and began singing in church at age 2. He attended North Carolina Central University where he met fellow musician Phonte (of Little Brother & The Foriegn Exchange). In 2003, Brockington was inducted as the first R&B singer/songwriter in the North Carolina-based crew The Justus League.  He has released three albums.

Enjoy!



-- Desiree


"Next to You", Darien Brockington


"Call", The Foreign Exchange featuring Darien Brockington
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Thursday, April 15, 2010



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Over the past several years Britney Spears hasn't exactly been role model material. But the pop icon has pulled herself up by her stiletto straps and now she's using her star power to send an important message. In her latest ad campaign for Candies, Spears requested that the original photos be displayed alongside retouched images. The Daily Mail reports that the 29-year-old singer made the move to "highlight the pressure exerted on women to look perfect."

Of course, the ideal would be to show women's bodies as they really are (gasp!), but Brit's move does remind us of the airbrushing that goes into making celebrities look perfect. It reminds us that no one can live up to the beauty standards set by celebrity images, not even the celebrities themselves. 


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Wednesday, April 14, 2010








Well, it's time for me to infuriate more of our readers.


It's cool. I survived the wrath of Blu Cantrell and her henchmen. I can take anything.


Back during the tail end of the 90s, maybe even early 00s, who knows, I'll never forget an interview I read from R&B star Kelis in Vibe. For our younger readers, way back then, there were these things called magazines. You read the stories not from a computer screen, but on glossy paper. They often had half-naked R&B singers on the front. Vibe was one of these relics.


Anyway, in this issue, Kelis recounted a conversation she had with one of her female friends. Her friend said something to the effect of "Kelis, you're pretty, you should easily land a rich, famous rapper."


Take my word for it, this is tale is true. If I had 10 years of foresight I would have saved it that article.


Ten years later, Kelis' dream was realized - she married the man many consider to be the best rapper alive.


And she took him to the cleaners. From TMZ.com:


Nas went to court Monday over his divorce with Kelis -- and walked out a little lighter in the wallet. According to documents filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Nas had to immediately fork over $47,249.42 in back child support and $40,454 in back spousal support. The judge also ordered Nas to pay $10,000/month in spousal support until he pays off the $299,015.50 he owes Kelis. Nas also has to pay 90% of Kelis' legal fees in the amount of $155,787.28. Lastly, Nas has to pay $48,549.83 to cover Kelis' accounting expenses.


Playa! Those numbers better be odometer readings, not dollar amounts.


Can anyone tell me why this woman needs this much spousal support?


Now before you fire up your torches and scoop up your pitchforks, hear me out. I'm all for child support. We all know there are plenty of men out there neglecting their duties. Those children deserve financial compensation. The same goes for spouses who served as homemakers, who have parted ways from the majority breadwinner. That person needs a little support as they adjust to a new role.


However, why should someone who has a thriving career be owed THAT much money? Kelis is no Beyonce, but she's no Brooke Valentine either. I'm sure she's still getting "Milkshake" checks. But here's what set me off. A few months ago, MTV reported that Kelis testified that she "has been having difficulty earning money because she is a new mother and doesn't have a lot of job options outside of the music business. "


Oh really? Check out Kelis' new video for "Acapella." Pretty fancy video for a starving artist. Erykah Badu's new video cost $5.50 - $3 for bus fare and $2.50 for that raggedy wave cap she wears.


I'm not saying Kelis should get nothing, but why should a woman with a viable career needlessly bleed a man dry? Maybe she's just working the legal system but that's doesn't justify the situation. Unless Illmatic secretly made Nas a billionaire, I think he's getting a raw deal.




Do you think Kelis is due so much spousal support? What are your thoughts on the spousal support system?
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Though I am not a mother, I feel very strongly about the rights of women who are nursing (as most of you learned last year during our He Said/She Said discussion on breastfeeding in public).  So I was very happy to learn that a section of the health care bill that passed last month guarantees the right to use a breast pump at work. According to The New York TimesSection 4207 of the bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to include the guarantee of “a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk,” for nonexempt hourly workers, and also the stipulation that this be done in “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public.”


Why is this such a big deal? Consider the story of  Laura Walker, who filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission after her employer, Red Lobster in Evanston, Ind., did not allow her to pump at work, despite a note from her nurse explaining it was a medical need. Instead, as Kantor described it, she was ridiculed. Her hours were reduced, and co-workers jiggled empty milk containers at her. 


Will this law make any difference at your workplace? 
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So, it has been about a month now since the legal system stopped dragging its collective feet and threw Lil Wayne in jail.

Although with the slew of Young Money songs and videos flooding the airwaves, you wouldn't know he was gone. Still, for those of you dying to know what the little gremlin is up to while in the can, one of his babymommas fills us in. From Us Weekly:

"Wayne has a job," she said. "They got him on suicide watch for other prisoners. He watches the crazy prisoners and makes sure they don't kill themselves. He likes the job even though they don't pay him much."

Hold up.

They have Lil Wayne on suicide watch? The same guy who hasn't been awake since 2002 is charged with keeping a sharp eye on the mentally unstable?
I wonder if he has to talk to these prisoners? If so, you can bet all his advice comes in the form of lyrics, like this:

And I'd rather be pushing flowers
Than in the pen sharing showers

Uh, they really need to find someone else for this job.

And you have to love that his babymomma makes a point to say "He likes the job even though they don't pay him much" as if he should be pulling six figures for this. He should be happy to get a little pocket change and a chance to get away from his cellmate Bubba.
But who knows - if he does a good job I'm sure he'll be released early for good behavior.

Great.
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Monday, April 12, 2010




Georgia Mae readers have crowned Lauryn Hill the queen of hip hop! L Boogie defeated MC Lyte with 67 percent of votes.


Thanks to everyone who voted. It was fun. Now, a few words from the queen:




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This Kansas City, Kansas native first moved to New York City to study theater with hopes of starring on Broadway.  She later changed her mind and decided to pursue her first passion -- music.  Her musical style has been described as New Wave Afro-Punk.  ENJOY!


-- Desiree 


Editor's note: Loyal Georgia Mae readers may be already familiar with this talented artist. Check out Edd's Take It Outside feature on Monae vs. Erykah Badu. 









Also, check out "Cold War." 







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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Actress Dixie Carter, who was the epitome of Southern sass in the television series "Designing Women," died yesterday from complications of endometrial cancer. She was 70. 


Like most young Alabamians, when I was a girl I hated being from the South. I was constantly daydreaming of the day I'd escape and make my way to New York. In the 1990s I started watching "Designing Women," randomly, and women like Julia Sugarbaker, Carter's iconic character, slowly made me proud to be from this side of the Mason-Dixon line. As The New York Times wrote, Carter "gave strong, opinionated Southern women a good name." 


In honor of Carter's career, here's one of my favorite scenes from the series:


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I'm sure you're all tired of that sick, sad Tiger Woods commercial, but here are a few must-see parodies. 


First up, it's Woods versus crazy Christian Bale. Remember Bale's crazy, profanity-filled rant that made headlines a while back? Well, mix that with Woods' pitiful commercial and you've got "internet magic" as Jezebel says. (Warning: This video contains adult language. Don't listen to this at work or around the kiddos.)









Check out this spoof from Jimmy Kimmel Live. (Unfortunately, you will have to sit through the original first.)







And finally, this one includes one of those infamous Tiger Woods voicemails to one of his many mistresses.




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Friday, April 9, 2010




Here at Georgia Mae, we're all about being open with our readers.


So, with much shame and regret, I must admit that if someone conducted a search of my iPod, they'd find a handful of songs by 3LW.


For those of you who don't remember these ladies (who are long overdue for a Whatever Happened to...), you might know them better by their more recent incarnation - The Cheetah Girls.


Drama and infighting destroyed the group long ago, but I can still listen to sassy teenagers in between violent Wu-Tang songs and preachy Kirk Franklin songs.


I'm a complex individual.


As I mentioned, the girls have gone their separate ways. With former teammates Naturi Naughton exploring acting (she played Lil Kim in Notorious) and Adrienne Balion running around MTV as a host, I guess Kiely Williams figured she needed to get to work. I'm sure those royalty checks for "No More" aren't exactly piling up.


Kiely dropped a new video earlier this week for a song called "Spectacular." The second it dropped, she had the Internet going nuts, as it seemed the song justified date rape.


Click the link to judge for yourself. But here are a few choice lyrics:


Last I remember I was face down


A** up, clothes off, broke off, dozed off


Even though I’m not sure of his name


He could get it again if he wanted


Cause the sex was spectacular


The sex was spectacular


The sex was spectacular


The sex was spectacular


The sex was spectacular


--add assorted moans and groans




She doesn't seem very bothered by that "rape" to me.


Initially, I was too busy listening to Keith Sweat's new single to be bothered. But yesterday, Kiely released a statement that caught my eye. She claims that her new song was misinterpreted - she's simply trying to enlighten us.


Uh huh.


Here's a snippet of the statement:


I am playing a character in the music video for the song “Spectacular,” as I did in the “Cheetah Girl” movies. The fact is, that sometimes women get intoxicated and have unprotected sex. My video puts this issue front and center. It is absurd to infer or suggest that I am condoning this behavior. Are Lady Gaga and Beyonce advocating murder with the “Telephone” video? Of, course not. Was Rihanna encouraging suicide with “Russian Roulette?” No. Was Madonna suggesting that young unmarried girls get pregnant with “Papa Don’t Preach?” I don’t think so. Is Academy Award winner Monique a proponent of incest because of her portrayal of Mary in the movie “Precious.” Clearly, the answer is no. I wrote “Spectacular” and made the video to bring attention to a serious women’s health and safety issue. Don’t shoot the messenger.


Obviously there was not only heavy drinking going on in the song, but also while writing this statement. Let me break this down:


- Gaga and Beyonce's goofy video is clearly satire


- Rihanna's "suicide" song is a metaphor for willingly stepping into a rocky relationship


- Madonna's song was about keeping a baby against all odds


- Mo'Nique was simply playing a movie villain


- Kiely's song is about getting drunk and having sex. And bragging about it.


Remember that TLC song "Unpretty?" That song and video brought our attention to women's image issues. The only thing Spectacular brings to my attention to is Kiely's stripper dancing and that guy's bare butt. I did NOT need to see so many shots of that, thank you.


This ain't rocket science. There are no hidden meanings. This song is about a one night stand. Plain and simple. It's more or less a musical text message about her wild night that she sent to one of her freaky friends.


I will say that I don't think she's condoning date rape. I DO think she's condoning getting drunk and having sloppy sex with random dudes. At least that's what I got out of the video - and I have a degree in media. So what do you think her Cheetah Girl fans are gonna get out of it?


This is the woman who broke up her group by having a KFC food fight - obviously she doesn't put much thought into her actions. As if that crappy song wasn't evidence enough.




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