The Black Girls Club

5.28.2016

Black Girl Music: Asia Bryant

Dark.  Thick.  Gorgeous.  Lesbian.  Goddess.

Oh..my..GAWDS.

I love Asia Bryant and she can do no wrong in my eyes...'cept keep me waitin' on a full-length album.

If you read her bio, you can see why there's been years and years of delays; she was giving her 2 cents on other people's stuff and help making them sound good.  I'm talking Dr. Dre, Ludacris, Kanye West, TI, Young Joc, Life Jennings, Akon, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown...among others.

Which is great, boo; make that money and pay those bills but remember that your fans need love too.

5.21.2016

Black Girl Music: Lyrica Anderson


I LOVE THIS CHICK!!!

Lyrica Anderson, whose voice just makes me feel, sings about sex and gives no dambs whatsoever.

I mean seriously...I just bought her album King Me 2 from Amazon for $5.99 (that's for nine tracks, y'all), and it makes me want to slip into some dark lingerie, light some candles, break out the good vodka, and grab the nearest nerd.  Like...real talk.

5.14.2016

Black Girl Music: Azealia Banks


This was originally going to be a "Black Girls Behaving Badly" post (it still carries the tag), but I've changed my mind.

I'm not going to rehash Banks's unspeakably poor judgment, nor the much-deserved Twitter ass-whooping she received at the hands of a 14-year-old, but I am going to remind people that Azealia Banks is a talented artist.  I happen to own a lot of her music.  She is not only one of my favorite rappers, but singers and fashionistas as well. When it comes to choosing her beats and visuals, she at least makes the effort of thinking outside of the box. So I am sincerely hoping she will take her Twitter timeout to remember her artistry, and squarely place her focus where it belongs: on her music (and wardrobe).

5.01.2016

Black Girl Music: Bre-Z


If there's anything good coming out of Empire Season 2...it's Bre-Z.  I love, love, love Bre-z.

Born Calesha Murray, this Philly rapper has some essential traits: she's dark-skinned, she's short (got that pygmy-style), she's got a deep speaking voice, she's a tomboy, she's an ex-barber, she's hood and unapologetic, she drinks hard liquor, she put a thick sista in her video, and when her album finally drops, I...call...dibs.

4.16.2016

Black Girl Music: Alex Reid of RaNia


This one's a little late, but it's also been a long time coming.

Alexandra "Alex" Reid is the latest addition to Korean girl group RaNia.  Now, when she was first added, the Kpop corner of the internet imploded, although some remained cynical.  Some people wanted to know why Alex was such a big deal, when the Black/Blasian presence in Kpop is nothing new.

For folks who are still not understanding why (Black) Kpop fans were going crazy for this girl, lemme break it down for you.

Alex is a young Black/White mixie from originally Lawrence, Kansas (she never fails to mention her hometown). She has no Korean ancestry. She does not speak Korean. She's never lived in Korea before now, and she only discovered Kpop back in 2009 when she was browsing videos on YouTube.

Does that sound familiar? It should. Many of us didn't care that much about the Kpop since either until 2009, when Ninja Assassin came out and MBLAQ dropped "Oh Yeah" - for many us, that year changed the whole game.  Matter of fact, 2009-2010 was like a golden era for some of us.  But imagine you're a backup singer/dancer/rapper from Kansas, casually browsing vids on YouTube, fangirling and wishing you could be on the scene, and then one day, you go from watching Kpop videos to actually being in them.

4.11.2016

Ichabbie, take notes from Avan Jogia and Kylie Bunbury (and #CancelSleepyHollow)

Real talk.

This thing with Sleepy Hollow has pissed off more people than even I realized.  #CancelSleepyHollow is trending with a vengeance, and there's no shortage of critics and bloggers swearing off the show, in the highly unlikely event it gets a Season 4.  Not only that, there's no shortage of pieces on the deaths of several female lead/prominently recurring characters over the past couple of weeks, spanning an appalling number of shows, and comprising no small amount of lesbians (the writer of that last article didn't know it then, but the lesbians on Empire and The Vampire Diaries have also since died).

Yikes.  Sounds like someone's really upset with the womenfolk lately.  Wonder why that is?

The women themselves are clearly upset.  While folks are genuinely shocked at the death of Abbie Mills, everyone knows Nicole Beharie has been trying to put miles between her and FOX, ever things took a dive in Season 2.  Kat Graham is bailing from The Vampire Diaries next year; she's been missing for the past couple of weeks from the show, and recently stated that her (two) most exciting episodes - in all of Season 7 - are about to air...now that the season is ending.

Yeah, okay - my point is that Avan Jogia and Kylie Bunbury showed us the way, back in the day, on how to handle your business when you leave a show, or it gets canceled because the writers are complete and utter shit.

4.09.2016

It's Waaaay Past Time for Bonnie Bennett to Exit #TVD

Kat Graham...gives no dambs
I don't know if Nicole Beharie and Kat Graham got together over coffee a while back and just were like, "Girl...do you think we should just say 'Fuck it' and call our respective bullshit a day?"
“The Vampire Diaries” is losing another star but possibly getting Nina Dobrev back as Elena! Kat Graham who portrays witch Bonnie Bennett says Season 8 is her last. That means she’ll be done around mid-2017. But is Kat Graham leaving of her own volition? Or is she being ushered out the door to make room for a Nina Dobrev return?

Kat’s character Bonnie is not front and center right now. She’s not in a romance, she’s not the target of hunter Rayna, and now there’s another witch on the scene with Valerie (Elizabeth Blackmore) who is more powerful than Bonnie and is a vampire to boot so she’s easier to keep alive.

The bottom line is Bonnie is extraneous. Not only that, because of the wicked spell that Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) mom placed on Bonnie, she and Elena can’t exist in the same timeline. Bonnie has to die for Elena to come back.

With “The Vampire Diaries” ratings suffering, are showrunners at The CW hoping for (and encouraging) Kat Graham to check out of the show so they can kill off Bonnie and bring Elena back to life? Nina Dobrev has been pursuing other projects since she left The CW show she helped make a hit.

But let’s face it, Nina Dobrev is not exactly setting the world on fire with her movie career – two small parts and nothing of critical interest.
(Source)
I want to say "Yes" and "All of the above" to the aforementioned questions, but most importantly, I want to say it's about goddamn time.  In the last two episodes, she's been completely missing from TVD.