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The Souuuul Train (Kicking it Old School)

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One of my favorite parts of an awards show is when the audience is invited on a trip to the past! This normally includes bringing back an old cast of a classic tv show for a mini-reunion or giving legendary groups and singers a chance to show us that they still got it. That is exactly what happened at the 2017 Soul Train Awards. If we are being honest, the old school didn’t look old at all. Let’s be clear, the new cats like Ro James, Jessie J, and ESPECIALLY Luke James did their thing. Unfortunately, they are in a very small category of singers today that actually have any type of vocals, stamina, and stage presence, in that order.

Hearing Luke James go up about 786 octaves shook my little soul to the core, but I am sure most would agree that the night truly belonged to SWV, Miss Toni Braxton, and 112. They all hit the stage like they never left. The choreography was clean and smooth, the vocals were information, 99% of the notes were hit accordingly while they were executing their dance moves, and most importantly, their microphones stayed on! Before I continue, I can honestly say I was not watching the awards show through my nostalgia glasses. As excited as I may have been, I was ready to watch, enjoy, and critique. I hold these artists to an extremely high standard and expect nothing less when they step back on stage. I was not disappointed in the least. Yet, I will say during Toni Braxton’s performance, it did feel as if her mic was a little low near the end of the set. It may have been a technical issue or the band could have been drowning her out. Either way,  I was all the way here for it.

I  hope that performances of this caliber serve as the swift kick in the rear that a lot of artists need. Look at how much effort was put into an entertainer’s craft from the 60s to the 90s. Compare it to the effort that is being shown today. There is an enormous difference. You cannot put in 25% effort and expect 100% excellence. Time, practice, dedication, and performance are prime examples of correlation and causation. Why do a lot of older artists and groups still sound and look amazing on stage? It is because that “old school grind” was instilled in them when they were new artists, and it has stayed with them. All this to say, I just want these newer artists to take notes and pay attention. Strive to be nothing less than great. Strive to be an artist that does not have a shelf life. Simply be timeless.

Have Peace in Your Presence

 

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Keep That Same Energy: Teyana Taylor Announces Solo Tour After Mistreatment From Jeremih

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Teyana Taylor decided to keep that same energy by announcing her departure from the “Later That Night Tour’ and creating her own tour. The tour is inspired by her recent album, “Keep That Same Energy” and is called “KTSE On Alse VII.” The tour will have singer, Dani Leigh, as a special guest. According to Teyana this tour will be about women empowerment.

Now Teyana is not one to shy away from speaking her mind. The “Rose in Harlem” singer quickly took to social media to express her mistreatment by fellow tour mate Jeremih.

Jeremih took the petty approach and indirectly responded to Teyana’s claims by simply posting an Instagram video of Lil Duval singing “I’m living my best life” with the caption “#KTSE.”

Who’s side are you on? Tell us in the comments below.

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Kanye West Can’t Answer If He Believes Donald Trump Cares About Black People

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The tap dancing rapper went on Jimmy Kimmel only to get embarrassed in front of a white audience. Kanye West made headlines earlier this year when he sent out tweets of support for Donald Trump. His meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower had some people wondering if the once outspoken rapper had sold out.  Not only did he tweet support for Trump but also for Candace Owens a pro-Trump support who believes racism isn’t that rampant.

Kanye sat down with the late night TV host and talked about his fashion line, his music, and Trump.  Kimmel reminded him of his famous rant “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”  in response to George Bush’s disastrous handling of Hurrican Katrina. Kimmel hit on the administration separation of kids a the border a move that the current administration has used to try to detour “illegal immigrants”.

 

That 5-second pause is killing me considering that this wasn’t live tv. Kanye West isn’t exactly sure why he supports Donald Trump and if he cares about black people.

 

He couldn’t answer the question because Kanye West doesn’t care about black people.

 

 

What happened to this Kanye West?

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Demi Lovato Agrees to Rehab

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Our good sis, Demi Lovato, has decided to go to rehab after being hospitalized for overdosing.

On July 24, the singer was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles and has been there ever since. It has not yet been reported when she’ll be leaving the hospital, as the family allegedly wanted to keep her there as to not trigger an episode after bringing up the idea of rehab. However, 25-year-old is committed to getting better and is “going to straight to rehab” upon her release.

Here at King of Reads, we always root for people to work towards becoming the best version of themselves, so we’re rooting Demi on. Hope to hear more from the ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ singer soon.

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