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November 24, 2009

What do most popular – mainstream BW musicians/artists have in common nowadays?

They are lacking in the talent and originality department and usually try to compensate by walking around half naked and grinding in music videos and performances. Even the talented ones seem to succumb to shedding clothing the longer they are around. Whoever these women’s people/handlers are, they seem to convince BW artists that in order to stay relevant or “hot”, they need to strip down to their skivvies, slip into a pair of 5 inch heels and gyrate suggestively to a catchy beat.

It happened with Mariah, Beyonce, Mya, Amerie, Toni Braxton, Ashanti and the list goes on… I am not sure why it’s difficult for artists to understand it’s okay to be sexy or even sensuous, but not necessary for them to be overly sexualized to produce good music. More focus needs to be placed on the substance. To make matters worst, we know these women have legions of fans who are girls and young women who receive a double dose of BW being exploited as video girls dropping it like it’s hot in rappers and the r&b singers music videos AND by those BW singers who choose to exploit themselves! When that is all young girls/teenagers see in every music video, do you think there is no effect? [off soapbox now]

Here are three dignified BW artists stomping stereotypes with their unique music refusing to conform to the booty-shaking of their counterparts, and letting their talent speak for itself.

Meshelle Ndegeocello

Amel Larrieux

India Arie


Know any others? Leave a comment and share a BF artist stomping stereotypes with good/refreshing music!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. dee permalink
    December 11, 2011 6:50 pm

    MGMT, Deerhunter, Crystal Castles, etc

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