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And I'm here with Jordin Sparks. Hey! Hello. How's it going? I'm gonna ask you to hold the mic just a little bit up. The mic? Oh, sorry. [LAUGH] I'm usually used to it when I'm singing, so it's different, but okay. Love it, I love the septum ring. If you can see it, it's really discrete and cute. This is really under-underneath my nose. And I like it small. Jordin can I dare say that you are, you're like, there's this new like, fierceness that [LAUGH] I maybe, had, didn't see like three years ago. Is it just, is it just getting like more into your, you know, getting older? I think, I think it's a mix of different things. I think it's a mix of like the experiences I've had in the past couple of years. And also I feel like. You know, I'm I just turned 25 I'm I'm really I feel like I'm coming into my own I guess, like its that time to come into my own and really figure out who I am and what I stand for and I feel really good. Yeah. Well tonight we're celebrating 25 years of Essence Magazine. Wow, congratulations! That's amazing! And also all these decades of black women in music, so I'm gonna ask you who do you think. Are the most influential black women in music for the past 45 years. I know. Jesus,. well I would definitely have to say Diana Ross Miss Chaka Khan who's on the carpet. Every time I see her I just, I lose my breath. Same with Diana. Whitney definitely was one of them. Mariah Carey. Brandy, Monica Destiny's Child, as a, as a whole, and separately. goodness, there's tons. There's tons. And Miss Jill, of course, who, who's being honored tonight, so- Yeah. There's a lot of them. [LAUGH] So we're gonna, you're gonna have fun tonight. That's good- And we're gonna have fun cuz, I mean, the show, Chaka Khan, all the, three people you named are up there on that stage tonight. Oh really? Yeah. nice. It's gonna be a great night. Good. And we love having you here- Thank you. So thank you so much for this- Thank you. I appreciate it. All right, bye, bye.
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