Rumor Has It Destiny’s Child Is Planning A 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour, And We Are Saying Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes — MadameNoire

Help me as I try to control my excitement!

Did you know that I’m a total Beyoncé fan?  I’ve been to three concerts, indoors and outdoors. I’ve traveled for miles, took days off from work, and stood in pouring rain in stadiums just to see Beyoncé perform live. I’ve brought every CD, downloaded and streamed every song. I’ve purchased her Merch and watched everything that she’s ever been in from TV to movies to YouTube videos of her when she was little. I love Beyoncé and I’ve vowed to myself to attend every tour she does from here on out.  That’s just that!

In my mind, Beyoncé and I are friends.  She’s down to Earth, she’s dedicated to her fans and her purpose in life.  She always give more than 100% at everything she does.  She’s pro-black, pro-woman, and she puts on one heck of a show! The girl can truly sing and that’s no lie.

So, as a faithful member of the BeeHive and a long time fan of Destiny’s Child…I’m just sitting here waiting patiently for – if and when – these tour dates drop.  And let’s be fair, I’ve seen Kelly Rowland in concert as well. But only once. So the joy of seeing the trio group come together for a reunion tour has me so excited for 2020. Therefore, I’m saving my coins so that I’ll be ready to purchase tickets WHENEVER that time comes.

If the tour happens, I imagine that each of the ladies would perform a number of their solo songs along with their Destiny’s Child songs. Taking us from church music, to soul music, to club and pop music and me singing to the top of my lungs to number one hits since the 90’s.

This tour would be so lit! 🔥

Check out the article below from MadameNoire for a deeper look inside the story.

Tell me you’re excited as I am!!!

 

Are all of our 90s/early 2000s dreams about to come true? Is there a Destiny’s Child reunion in the works? Sources told The Sun that Beyoncé is looking to bring the iconic girl band back together for a 20th anniversary reunion tour. 285 more words

via Rumor Has It Destiny’s Child Is Planning A 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour, And We Are Saying Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes — MadameNoire

What you need to know about AirPods

Technology has begun to take over the world.  Before we can get use to one specific device another one is coming out doing something better and different than the last.

AirPods, are Apple’s first wireless Bluetooth earbuds and was released on December 13, 2016.  Upon it’s original release, I knew I wanted them but to be honest I was very skeptical.  So I put my want on the back burner and continued on with life.

Again, with every new invention, a better one will soon be released—at least this is the case with Apple.  So in March of 2019 the second iteration of the AirPods were released.  I thought it was finally time to give these AirPods a try, besides it was time to see what the hype was all about. Continue reading

2019 Music Festivals

Music Festivals take place all around the Country typically during the Spring and Summer months.  Some really are extreme while others are quite laid back.  Typically, these festivals take place over a weekend; which allows you to not only enjoy the musical acts and daytime activities but also a chance to explore the city and take part in some cultural activities as well.

If you’ve been thinking about a weekend getaway, here’s the perfect time to do it,  especially if you enjoy music.  My suggestion would be to do a little research.  Go to the festival that’s affordable for you and also the one where there are more musical acts that you would enjoy.  Don’t delay, some of these festivals are around the corner (Links below)!

Coachella– This festival takes place in California over two different weekends in April.  April 12-14 and April 19-21.  There are tons of options available to you so that you can really make the festival your own.  There’s also a wide range of musical guest for this festival.

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Something in the Water– If you’re looking for a festival near the beach, this festival is the one for you.  This event will take place in Virginia Beach, VA, April 26-28.  The oceanfront and convention center will serve as venues.  It is said that there will be a pop-up church service and karaoke featuring trap music.

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Roots Picnic– This one day event takes center stage in Philly on June 1st.  Early bird tickets start at $69.50 which is very inexpensive compared to other festivals.  However, keep in mind that this is a one day event while others may be for an entire weekend.

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Essence– New Orleans is always the place to be and this is where this festival takes place.  I personally attended this festival in 2014 during their 20th Anniversary.  The icon Prince was the headliner.  We attended concerts 3 nights in a row.  We also enjoyed the free day parties, saw a ton of celebrities, and did some sightseeing on our own. This festival is from July 4-7.

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These are just a few of the festivals that I’m aware of and the ones that are most trusted.  If it looks too good to be true, like that FYRE festival.  Run!  Did you see those documentaries?  OMG!

Are you in need of some travel tips? Check out my latest travel blog HERE!

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Protecting our Daughters!

I remember growing up and often feeling like my sister and I really couldn’t do as much as our friends or cousins did.  There were times when we would beg and plead to stay over someone’s house and the answer was always, NO!  Eventually we got use to the word NO and stop asking to stay places or to even go certain places.  My mother always stated that our friends could come visit us and that was it.  I really didn’t understand why at the time but that was our life.

Just so we are clear, I come from a two parent home, but whatever momma said is what the final rule was.  If we ever tried to out talk my mother all she had to do was say my daddy’s name and my dad would give us a look, as if to say, you heard what your momma said! LOL

Now that I’m older, I understand my mother’s logic quite well and I’m actually very thankful that such guidelines were in place.  I now know that my mother was protecting me from being exposed to potential situations I had no business being in at such a young age.  I also realize that my parents only wanted what was best for my sister and me.

What it boils down to is, a person doesn’t know what goes on at another person’s house behind closed doors.  Not saying that everyone is doing bad things but you just don’t know.  Another parent might have rules that are totally different from what are currently in place at your house.  It’s better to not have a child placed in an environment that could be totally foreign to them.

All of this came to mind after I was watching the “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries that recently aired on Lifetime.  In case you didn’t watch the series, this man has preyed on younger girls for most of his music career causing mental, physical, and sexual abuse to young girls and women as they told their personal stories.  The docuseries highlighted his actions from a young child all the way up to today–where it is said that he had a sex cult.  I watched the show with my daughter as it was very hard to do so, but being that I too, have a 14 year old child, I felt it was necessary and important.

I remember listening to him in heavy rotation as a teenager, not really knowing or putting two and two together.  Now when I think about some of the songs that he made they seem to all be centered on him targeting young naïve children.  Songs like Bump & Grind, and the lyrics stating “His mind is telling him no…but his body is telling him yes!”  Imagine him, as a 28 year old man singing this to a 14  year old girl.

What’s even more disgusting are the parents who act like they couldn’t do anything to protect their children.  I remember listening to the show and this one couple stating that their child who was 14 at the time, threatened them if they didn’t let her go away with R. Kelly.

Really!

Are you kidding me?

Who’s the parent and who’s the adult in this situation?

I wish my daughter would come to me and tell me she’s running off with some guy and if I don’t let her she’s going to threaten me.  Honey, you better send all your threats then because my number one mission and goal is to always protect my child whether she likes it or not.  I hate to see parents not protecting their children and just letting them do whatever they want.  It’s time for us to take back the parent role in our households.  I tell my daughter all the time, you will thank me when you get older and that’s that.

I also believe that it is our responsibility to not only protect our daughters but to also have the best interest of other children that may cross our paths at heart.  During this R. Kelly docuseries so many people were helping and assisting him with getting way with being a predator and no one ever stood up for these young girls.  No one came to their rescue.  No one had enough balls to tell R. Kelly NO!  They were all smitten by his fame and celebrity lifestyle that they allowed a grown man to take advantage of innocent girls.

So the current question floating around social media is can you separate the artist from art?  I believe in this instance, there is no way to separate the two.  Time after time he wrote and sung songs that were centered on having sex with young girls and WE as a culture have ignored every single solitary sign that has come across our TV’s and radio. It’s time that we do better.  We can start by not listening to his music!

I want to publicly ask my generation to stop listening to R. Kelly’s music as protecting our daughters should be more important than listening to his music.  How about we not give him wings so that he can fly any more.  How about we step in the name of love and protect our daughters.   Lets also teach our daughters the importance of self worth and self love.  That no man should ever be able to take their power or voice away from them.

LETS PROTECT OUR DAUGHTERS.  YOUNG BLACK GIRLS ARE IMPORTANT TOO!

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When I turned the rapper 50 Cent down….

The year was early 2003.  I was a junior/senior in college just minding my everyday “young at heart” business.  The rapper 50 Cent was a fairly new artist to the public mainstream.  He had a hit record that radio stations played constantly, as if the song was on automatic repeat.  Many of you may remember the song….

Go shorty, it’s your birthday

We gonna party like it’s your birthday

We gonna sip Barcardi like it’s your birthday

Of course you remember the song!  It was one of Billboards 100 Best Songs of the 2000s according to the Rolling Stone’s Magazine.

So you’re thinking, why or how did I turn 50 Cent down?  Well, according to sources 50 Cent was coming to Richmond, VA for a concert.  The promoter of said concert was a friend of a friend.  This particular friend had previously given me stories upon stories about this promoter guy.  She then came back to me at some point and stated that the rapper 50 Cent was coming into town and he needed a driver.  The promoter wanted to know if I could be the driver for 50 Cent?

My curiosity began to grow because I couldn’t understand how a breakout rapper with a number one song on the radio could come to town and not have transportation?  Or why the promoter would ask me to be the transportation for such a high-profile rapper.  I didn’t have a fancy car.  I didn’t work in the industry.  AND to add icing to the cake (pun intended) when I asked why he didn’t have his own transportation, I was told “he’s just getting started in the business.”  Nothing was adding up to me and it left me baffled.

Baffled because it was 50 Cent and also because I really didn’t trust this promoter guy.  None of the stories that I had previously heard about him supported me in saying yes to  this task.  I later asked if I could have a friend accompany me while transporting the star from the airport to the venue.  My suggestion was turned down.

This lead me to my ultimate decision of turning down 50 Cent.  My safety has always been my main concern and focus in life.  I take pride in being a very cautious person and able to listen to my intuition when needed.  I purposely choose to not take part in Russian Roulette type deals.

I’ll never know if I really had the chance to chauffeur 50 Cent around or not.  I often wonder, what if?  But at the end of the day, I have no regrets.  Besides, I can almost see it working more in today’s time with the whole “Uber” transportation phenomenon going on right now.  But then I would have to work for such companies, and I don’t…….and this puts us back at square one!

Perhaps, you may have a “what-if” moment as well?  If that’s the case, feel free to share your stories in the comment section below.  But also take pride in knowing that if it was meant to be–it would have happened.

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Snoop Dogg’s Bible of Love

When I first learned that the once gangsta rapper was putting out a gospel CD I was one of those people who laughed and ask if this was really real.  Someone pinch me please!  I honestly didn’t know if I could take the songs on his CD seriously.  I mean we were talking about the Snoop D O double G here!  The Gin and Juice guy, the Drop it like it’s hot guy, the Lodi Dodi we like to party guy.

Once the album had released I started hearing people talking about the CD.  Giving good and bad reviews, especially on social media.  I figured I had to download it to my phone to at least see what all the buzz was about.  So that’s what I did.

To my surprise, there were 32 gospel songs on this Bible of Love LP.  Also to my surprise I was starting to enjoy listening to each track.  I knew I was falling in love with this compilation when I could let the songs play without skipping.  There was a message to be heard and Brother Snoop was putting the message out there.  Brother Snoop was willing to go places that many others are not.  Especially not a gangsta rapper.  In one particular song, he states that he grew up in church, that his grandmother had introduced him to gospel music.  So of course his gospel roots are there.  As Sam Smith says, we all pray in the end, and I’ve found this to be true.

I’ve also found myself listening to these songs at work, in the mornings, and in the evenings around my house.  I had missed good gospel music.  With 32 songs there is literally something for everyone; the young, the old, the new school, those who only wear skirts and dresses, those on the usher board, those who love traditional gospel music, and tend to wear their Sunday Best every week.  In a previous blog titled, Take me back, Dear Lord I state the importance of gospel music.  Therefore, I was certainly able to connect with it.

Brother Snoop reached out to the greats of gospel for this CD.  You’ll hear Fred Hammond, The Clarke Sisters, Rance Allen, John P. Kee, and many more.  Can we call Snoop Dogg the DJ Khalid of Gospel music?  Basically, what he has done is he’s produced these records and have a number of different gospel artist singing their songs or being featured on Snoop Dogg presents The Bible of Love album in all of their glory and anointing.  Sure, you’ll hear Snoop in several songs but for the most part it’s good old fashion gospel signing.

In 1993, Snoop rapped about a true story of Murder was the case that they gave him while in 2018 he raps about how God has given him a second chance.  And while doing so, his gospel CD has now debuted as number one!  Perhaps this is how it’s suppose to work?  Sharing your story about how God has made you new and how he’s been there for you all along even when you wasn’t worthy of His Grace and Mercy.

I don’t know the next steps Brother Snoop will take.  Or how drastic his life has changed. I can’t be the judge of that.  Perhaps, he’s still on the potter’s wheel?  All I know is he was bold enough to bring God to the forefront to millions of people; people who may not have ever had anyone tell them of the goodness of Jesus!  Just imagine how big his fan base is.

I’m definitely a fan of this particular LP.  What about you?  Are you feeling Snoop Dogg’s gospel cd?  Who else uses their platform to reach the people? I’ll wait!

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