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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Black Music Month: Beyonce's 25 Best Makeup Moments

When it comes to the divas of music, we tend to think of old school goddesses like Diana and Tina. But we believe there's one modern artist who can hang with these grande dames -- the glorious Ms. Beyonce Knowles (our ESSENCE July cover star). Ever since she was just a Houston teen with a dream, swathed in her mama's designs, this blonde(ish) beauty has kept us inspired with her glamour girl style and downright flawless makeup looks. In honor of Black Music Month, let's take a look back at Sasha Fierce's twenty-five most memorable beauty moments since she was a wee child of destiny.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Black Music Month: The Best Blue-Eyed Soul Singers

Blue-Eyed Soul Singers We LoveBecause Music Has No Color...Music is the universal language of love, this we know, and artists like Adele remind us that music has no color. As we celebrate Black Music Month, we can't forget the White singers who have moved us over the years. From Adele and Teena Marie to Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke, here are the best blue-eyed soul singers we've ever heard.Teena MarieThe music industry held its heart and wept on December 26, 2010 when it learned that Teena Marie had passed away at age 54. The former protg of Rick James has given us such timeless hits as "Square Biz" and "Ooh La La La." She will be dearly missed.Robin ThickeWe call Robin Thicke our honorary brother because we can't help but want to claim that smooth, sweet vibrato for ourselves. Plus the "Lost Without You" and "Sex Therapy" singer appreciates our curves and we can get down with that.Justin TimberlakeRaised in the Baptist church in Tennessee, JT is a certified soul man whose music has earned him tremendous love in the Black community (except that Janet Jackson incident, but we'll leave that alone). At the end of the day, this Southern boy's got talent.AdeleAdele hit the seen in 2008 with her mega hit "Chasing Pavements" and since then it's been nothing but success for the Brit. She serves up plenty of soul stirring vocals and emotion on her current chart-topping album, "21."StingWith his soulful mix of reggae, jazz and elements of gospel, we had no choice but to listen carefully to this Englishman who has given us hits like, "Every Breath You Take" (sampled by Diddy) and "If You Love Somebody."Michael BoltonMichael Bolton had everyone turning up the volume when he remade soul classics like "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay."Sir Elton JohnThe former member of a backup band that backed Patti LaBelle and The Isley Brothers, Sir Elton has always had a little soul in him. Classics like "Bennie and the Jets" (sampled by Mary J. Blige) and "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" (sampled by Kanye West) have continually inspired Black artists and audiences.Christina AguileraThe little woman with a big voice, Aguilera first garnered our attention with the hip-hop flavored "Genie in a Bottle" and "What a Girl Wants." Since then her larger-than-life pipes have earned her numerous Grammys and the respect of Black listeners.Simply RedInfluenced by 60s and 70s soul music, Simply Red was one of the most successful British soul bands, selling over 50 million albums during their 25-year career. Their biggest hit "Holding Back the Years" had us all swaying.Lisa StansfieldWhen this British songstress released the jazzy "All Around the World" few of us knew she was a blue-eyed sister. She continued to inspire us with classics like "All Woman" and "Never Gonna Give You Up."Amy WinehouseWhat can we say about this UK bad girl except that her wicked vocal poweress is like none other.Boz ScaggsAn old-school blue-eyed soul man, Scaggs is known for hits like "Lowdown" and "Jojo."Kenny LogginsLoggins' "This Is It" has been sampled by everyone from Nas to Kirk Franklin. By now the 1979 classic is a staple in Black music.Joss StoneStone's old school voice is reminiscent of the retro soul singers we've loved over the years. We can't wait to see what she more she has to give.Hall and OatesIn 1981 Darryl Hall and John Oates had us all swaying side to side and singing, "Your kiss, your kiss is on my list!" From "Rich Girl" to "Out of Touch," these singing instrumentalists, who effortlessly fused R&B and rock-n-roll, just knew how to have a good time. The duo is currently enjoying a nationwide tour.Michael McDonaldMichael McDonald is what you'd call a career musician, enjoying success in The Doobie Brothers and as a solo artist. We live for his duets. Who can forget "On My Own" with Patti Labelle and the Grammy-winning "Yah Mo B There" with James Ingram?The Bee-GeesThere are two sets of Bee-Gees fans — the soft rock lovers of classic tunes like "How Deep Is Your Love," and the disco babies who felt every pulse in "Staying Alive." We can be found somewhere in the middle of both parties.New Kids On The BlockSure they were meant to the White version of New Edition, but this Bean-town crew had us all swooning in the 90s.Jon B.With his silky voice and smooth production, Jon B. has the art of R&B down to a science. And who can forget his 90s slow jam, "They Don't Know"?Nikka CostaNikka Costa boogied into our hearts with her sexy dance with a microphone stand in the video for the funk and soul laced "Like a Feather." The tune, from her 2001 album "Everybody Got Their Something" was featured in a Tommy Hilfiger ad and landed her on tour with Lenny Kravitz.Boy GeorgeBritish pop star Boy George captured the essence of teenage angst everywhere with 80s tunes like "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," and "I'll Tumble 4 Ya." Right now there's some 15-year-old band geek discovering Boy George for the first time, while she collects her tears in a glass jar and lays out her plan to get revenge on all the popular kids in school by becoming the biggest pop star in the world. Phil CollinsPhil Collins is perhaps one of the most underrated artists in the blue-eyed soul category. He's collaborated with Earth, Wind and Fire, Tina Turner and Eric Clapton and more — all to bring us music that's a genius hybrid of soul, pop and adult contemporary.Annie LennoxThis blue eyed diva is a legend in her own right. She's won numerous accolades but is best known for her soul-tinged voice that's given her major crossover success, from pop to soul, from Europe to America and beyond.George MichaelEighties pop-soul singer George Michael has sold over 100 million records worldwide and lent his vocals to famous covers like Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City" — showing he can run with the best of them. He's best known for "Faith," his debut album that pushed him into a realm of stardom that could only rival Michael Jackson's at the time.David BowieDavid Bowie has spent nearly the last 40 years making hit after hit — proving he has true staying power in the world of music. He first achieved cross over success in 1975 with "Young Americans," and stole our hearts when he became one of the first White artists to appear on "Soul Train."DuffyThis Welsh singer with the husky voice made a splashy debut in 2008 with "Rockferry," landing her one Grammy award.JamiroquaiJamiroquai debuted onto the music scene in the early '90s — nearly 20 years later and 25 million albums sold he's still making music for us to groove to. Who could forget "Virtual Insanity" off his 1996 "Traveling Without Moving" album?

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Black Music Month: L.L. Cool J Playlist

Black Music Month: LL Cool J Playlist"I Need Love" ESSENCE Music Festival is coming up quick, do you have your tickets yet? One of the high points for us this year will be seeing L.L. Cool J doing his thing. Here, we pulled together a playlist of our favorite Cool J tracks for you to bump. “I Need Love” "Going Back to Cali"Going Back to Cali "Jingling Baby"Jingling Baby "Around the Way Girl"Around the Way Girl "I'm That Type of Guy"I’m That Type of Guy "Hey Lover"Hey Lover "Rock the Bells"Rock the Bells "Pink Cookies In a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings"Pink Cookies In a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings "Back Seat (Of My Jeep)"Back Seat (Of My Jeep) "Doin' It"Doin It "The Booming System"The Booming System The"Big Ole Butt"Big Ole Butt

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Black Music Month: Father's Day Playlist

Black Music Month: Father's Day Playlist"It's A Family Affair" by Sly and the Family StoneIn light of Father’s Day we have pulled together our favorite Father’s Day songs. Just as our Dads want the best for us, we want the best for them! While my father worked hard to ensure that I received the best of everything, it hurt my heart last year to know that I couldn’t afford a remarkable gift.At that point, I decided to get creative.I gathered a list of songs that expressed my love, gratitude and feelings for everything my Dad did for me. It turned out to be the best gift ever because he told me that the CD nearly brought him to tears. This simple, cute and inexpensive gift was the best idea and proved that no matter how old I turn, I will always be Daddy’s Little Girl. It’s a Family Affair (Sly & the Family Stone Cover) – Legendary Covers Album"I Just Called To Say I Love You" by Stevie WonderI Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection"Daddy" by BeyonceDaddy – Dangerously In Love"Unforgettable" by Nat and Natalie ColeUnforgettable – The World of Nat King Cole (Box Set)"The Three Words" by Stevie WonderThese Three Words – At the Close of a Century"Dance With My Father" by Luther VandrossDance With My Father – Dance With My Father"I'll Be There" by Jackson 5I’ll Be There – Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection"Just the Two of Us" by Will SmithJust the Two of Us – Will Smith: Greatest Hits"First Family" by Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston and Dionne WarwickFamily First – Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” – Music Inspired By the Film"Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" by James BrownPapa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1 – 20 All Time Greatest Hits!

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