Cultural appropriation paired with Black music has been a hot topic recently. The main question being: “Are non-Black Artists Culture Appropriators?” People from all cultures and backgrounds are chiming in.
But how do Black people feel about plagiarism? This can almost easily be equated to an essay. I’ve heard two main arguments, briefly put: 1.) As long as Outsiders cite sources and 2.) Forget sources, get your own subject.
My feelings? I’m over the whole topic.Who is White and did it right, in Black music? Click To Tweet
I decided to shift my perspective a little bit. Who is White and did it right, in Black music? And who is Black and not getting enough credit. First, who are the Whites with flavahhh?
Today, I’ll be discussing White music artists who did Black music, right. I came up with this list based on song timelessness and audio ambiguity. Basically, artists you were shocked to find out were white. When their songs come on, you still rock to them. Guests who came, brought a dish, and seemingly left with a Black Pass.
Teena Marie had a unique vocal ability made us think she was a Black woman. The singer was signed as a solo act by Berry Gordy. A duet with Rick James, “I’m a Sucker for Your Love,” scored her a #8 hit on the Black Singles Charts. Other hits include, “Square Biz”, “Portuguese Love,” and “Ooh La La La.” Sadly, the singer passed in December 2010.
Eminem has a gift of bars that leaves lyricists shook. His extensive vocabulary, quick thinking, and thoughtful rhymes sealed him as a talented hitmaker. The living legend’s hits include, “My Name is,” “Stan,” featuring Dido, “The Way I Am,” and “Love The Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna. Just to name a few.
Remember the guy in the 90’s in the cross-colors who everyone thought was Jamaican? The glasses-sporting Canadian Reggae singer-rapper blew everyone’s stereotypes with his one hit, “Informer.” Although there was no follow up hit, his crooning about narcs are always guaranteed to be a mood lifter (a licky boom-boom down!)
The English R&B singer captured our attention with her easy melodious runs and soulful vibrato. Her voice made you want to Netflix, Chill, and Regret The Next Morning. With songs like, “Fell In Love with a Boy,” “Super Duper Love,” and “You Had Me,” the blond soul singer carved her way into our hearts and on the charts.
This English singer was known for her unique voice and modern big band sound. Her style notable for her tall black hair and signature winged mascara. Her hit songs included, “You Know I’m No Good,” “Rehab,” and “Back To Black.” Sadly, we lost the singer in July 2011.
The rapper from Houston had us all “Sittin’ Sidewayz” back in 2005. The Pro Jeweler brought us into his world of Candy Painted cars and Chopped & Screwed. Other hits include “Still Tippin” featuring Slim Thug and Mike Jones (!!!), and a feature on “Grillz” with Nelly.
With that said, I’ll be following up this article with the other perspective: Underrated Black Artists of then and now.
Back to Da Cell! ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Alum Apollo Nida Arrested AGAIN After Violating Parole
Apollo Nida just celebrated his release from prison last week and now the RHOA alum is behind bars again! According to Page Six, US Marshals detained Apollo for breaking a technical condition of his release.
Having just finished five years behind bars, Nida was headed for a prison release program. But now he’ll have to postpone reuniting with his children and fiance because he violated his probation. According to a representative, Nida isn’t quite arrested, but there “was an order of the court bring him into custody”. While the terms of Apollo’s release aren’t public, he was allegedly detained for violating conditions of his release.
Apollo, who was released early due to credit for time served, was initially sentenced to 96-months behind bars. He was expected to complete a prison release program in Philadelphia. Now, it’s questionable what the future holds for the two-time felon.
Apollo’s fiance, Sherien Almufti hasn’t released a formal statement explaining what happened. However, she did post a recent photo of herself and Nida on Instagram with a scathing caption calling out his probation officer. Sherien said “For those who are confused @apollonida03 didn’t violate a goddamn thing. Another crime against a black man in the system. Jealousy is a disease and his PO will die mad!!”
Chris Brown Dragged For Insulting Victor Cruz, Karrueche Tran
Chris Brown’s recent behavior is a lesson that domestic violence has no limitations. The singer and proven abuser has shown his true colors again by leaving harassing comments beneath Victor Cruz’s Instagram post.
Targeting the fashion sense of Karrueche’s longtime boyfriend Victor Cruz, Chris Brown left several disparaging comments in close succession. Stating he needed a stylist and she should “upgrade ya man,” Chris Brown is still attacking his ex after five years of separation.
The one-time couple split in 2015 after a very public shouting match following Karrueche’s discovery that Chris fathered a love child with Nia Guzman, a stripper from Texas. During the lengthy argument, Chris forced himself into Karrueche’s vehicle and despite being dropped off at a different location, he arrived at her home to argue at 3 am. This led to Karrueche securing a restraining order against the singer in 2017, approved for 5 years.
During the hearing where Karrueche petitioned for a restraining order against Chris Brown, she provided evidence of threatening messages and testified that Chris had physically abused her. To make matters worse the physical violence took place while Chris Brown was on probation for the brutal abuse of Rihanna! The text messages Karrueche received contained threats like “Bitch I will beat the sh*t out of you” and “I will make your life hell.”
The comments Chris made beneath the photo of Karrueche and Victor were not light humor. In the past, Chris Brown left threatening messages beneath a photo of Tran and Michael B. Jordan. Stating “Imma kill blood”, Chris Brown threatened her and the actors lives, making good on his promise to “make you hate me even more.”
Fans of Karrueche were quick to point out how childish and threatening Chris Brown’s messages were. But what’s more important is that Chris Brown’s comments may violate the terms of his restraining order. If Karrueche’s terms include clauses for social media use, CB could be in trouble. Karrueche’s current order doesn’t expire until 2022, so maybe the singer should focus on backflips before he lands in jail.
Wendy Williams’ Gets Her Groove Back With 27-Year-Old Ex-Con
Spotted in the vehicle as TMZ ran up for a potentially staged paparazzi session, Wendy’s mystery man was been a hot topic. Fans of the talk show host and those supporting her best life as she divorces Kevin Hunter, want to know who her flavor of the month is. Thanks to Bossip, we now know that 54-year-old Williams is getting cozy with a 27-year old named Marc Tomblin.
Bossip discovered the identify of Wendy’s new man and quickly uncovered his criminal history. While Wendy is aware of his muddy past, she says she knows what she’s doing. Let’s hope, sis!
Wendy’s new beau is a convicted felon who claims to be a financial investigator and blogger according to his LinkedIn profile. But before he hooked up with Wendy, Tomblin was arrested for robbery with a dangerous weapon and breaking and entering. Still, Wendy doesn’t care about his past and is declaring it a hot girl summer with the rest of us.
Ms. Wendy Thee Show Pony called out Kevin for having “a full baby with a woman he was involved with for 15 years” while keeping her cooped up. Proud to be living her best life, Wendy is just enjoying Marc Tomblin’s company despite their May-December age difference.
As for whether things will ever get serious for her again, Wendy says not so fast! During a recent taping of The Wendy Williams Show, she gushed about her newfound freedom. Stating, “I don’t have a boyfriend, but I must admit I am rediscovering my love of men.”, Wendy has made it clear she’s not looking for a long time, just a good one.
Are you here for the new Wendy?