Friday, March 23, 2012
Melanie Fiona has the total package: looks, the voice, and undeniable stage presence. It wasn't until the "sista" anthem It Kills Me was released off her debut disc The Bridge that the masses actually started taking notice of the talented Canadian. There were several should have been hit songs on the compilation but It Kills Me made the most impact with radio.
The MF Life does not disappoint. It's a great followup to The Bridge, and it also has appearances from Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Nas, B.O.B. and J. Cole. Melanie also won two well deserved Grammys last month to solidify her standing in the game for her collaboration with Ceelo on the R&B hit "Fool For You" (which should have been included on the disc IMO).
Melanie says The MF Life covers a lot of ground in terms of its meaning. Melanie has seen both success and misfortune on her ride to to the top of the charts but refuses to allow her fans to only hear part of the journey. In the press release for the new disc Melanie states "I feel it would be dishonest if everything was all about glitz and glamour. It's about the balance of life, the yin and the yang, the good and the bad, all of that.
Do yourself a favor and download The MF Life. You won't be disappointed!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I am chomping at the bit now for the premiere of the all Black version of Steel Magnolias being shot here in Atlanta. The cast includes Phylicia Rashad, Queen Latifah, Condola Rashad, Alfre Woodard, Adepero Oduye, and Miss Jill Scott. The movie is set to premiere on Lifetime although there has not been a date set as to when it will air.
Evelyn Lozada, the glass throwing, foul mouthed former bestie of Jennifer Williams and one of the stars of Basketball Wives has a lot of reasons to be smiling these days. Her makeup collection E by Evelyn Lozada has finally been released and the spinoff reality show Ocho and Ev detailing her and Ochocinco's upcoming nuptials has been greenlit by VH1. She also has that book series coming out via Cash Money's publishing arm about pro athletes and the women that love them.
Regardless of how one feels about these reality shows and the women who star in them, I still applaude any woman who knows that the popularity of these shows will one day wane and that they need to expand their coffers while there is still interest. Get your Bethenny Frankel on Ev, and those shadows from your cosmetics line look hot BTW ;)
Salli Richardson-Whitfield has been added to the growing cast of Roseanne Barr's pilot "Downwardly Mobile". Salli, who rose to fame in movies like "Posse", "A Low Down Dirty Shame", and was the star of the indie hit "I Will Follow" last year will play one of Roseanne's tenants at the trailer park she owns on the sitcom. The character, described as a rich bitch who is the wife of a disgraced hedge fund collector will butt heads with Roseanne which should make for some funny t v.
I was a fan of "Roseanne" back in the day so I am looking forward to the comedienne's return to network television.