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Dear Jet Magazine

Jet,

Fire editor and classless, Mitzi Miller, for her tasteless and ignorant Facebook statement about Fantasia. Ms. Miller is a public figure and what she says (whether she likes it or not) holds much weight in our community. With it being Black History Month, she is once again showing how this current generation is one full of selfish people who feed on tearing each other down, instead of lifting each other up as a group. Our generation proudly defiles one another for the world to see and then we applaud one another for showing such disrespect. I can’t even defend us anymore. This generation has really lost all respect for themselves as a people, and it’s a slap in the face to those who’ve come before us . There was a time when Ms. Miller could only DREAM of being an editor in chief of a published magazine because black WOMEN weren’t hired for such positions. Ms. Miller’s ignorance enrages me because it undermines all the work black women of the past and present have done to stand tall in the face of adversity. It takes the light off of the women who are representing us well. Ms. Miller reinforces the stereotype that black women are hateful toward one another, and lack respect. She also reinforces the stereotype that black women don’t really want to work; we’d rather just be someone’s wife and stay at home all day. She reinforces the stereotype that black women only find their worth in a man’s acceptance or approval. It’s okay if one desires to be a housewife, but she needs to step aside and make room for a woman who wants to be an editor-in-chief. Ms. Miller can go buy a ticket to the nearest NBA game and sit front row as if she’s on the home shopping network looking for Prince LeBron James Charming. With First Lady Michelle Obama in the office, that is proof that black women can have both a high powered career and a loving family. If Oprah cannot inspire Ms. Miller, nobody can! Black women have headed careers and families before the First Lady, but the spotlight was never as bright. Our hard work and perseverance gets pushed aside for reality shows, video hoes, violence and all the other negative images we feed the world of ourselves. Reckless abandonment. Having a career is not a punishment. But since Ms. Miller would like some days off, give her a permanent vacation. She sickens me, and reminds me why I black women have such a hard time loving one another. Why our guard is up, why we are so suspicious of one another. Black women have made it acceptable to disrespect and dishonor one another. Ironically, this post relates to Fantasia, as she herself plays a role in feeding the world images of black women that reinforce stereotypes. That’s another topic, and I’m not here to defend or convict Fantasia. Nobody can cut you down like your own sister. It hurts worst of all when it comes from inside our community. I expect others to show ignorance towards us, but we must show respect to one another. Black women gleefully throw each other under the bus, as if it is a sacrificial acceptance ritual. Ms. Miller should keep her personal opinions off-line. If she can’t do it, she needs to be fired! Her apology was fake and it only came out because she was busted. If this was Beyonce’ Knowles, she’d have NEVER said anything like this. I have my personal feelings about other people myself, but would I be so IGNORANT to post them online? You can critique, you can write an editorial in a tactful manner. If I hold a job in the music industry, would I negatively tweet hateful comments about another female artist? Oh, wait Keyshia Cole beat me to the punch! As did Ciara, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Keri Hilson and a slew of other current black artists that wear the “I hate other black women and I don’t mind disgracing them in front of the world” badge with pride! Ms. Miller exhibited the grace of a rabid animal, ready to bite into the nearest leg to infect them with her ignorance. Jet is already on a lifeline, so why push the publication into the obsolete with staff like Ms. Miller? The digital age is upon us, and Jet has to make moves to stay current and relevant, Ms. Miller is hurting your reputation.

Good Day!

Yolanda Langford

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Another Lacefront Dragging Moment: Kelly Rowland, Come on DOWN!

Today is the big day, or should I say forgettable day, that  Kelly Rowland releases (U.S). Here I Am.  The irony of that title is scary to say the least, but I’ll just say this much and be done with it:

Nelly&Kelly was the opportunity Kelly allowed Matty Knowles to throw away!

I am numb from feeling hurt and disappointed in Kelly. I used to go so hard for her, but after her lip-synced ‘urban and simple-minded’ performance, along with these cheap toilet paper tracks on her album, I have officially released her to the wolves to devour and relish. If you don’t care Kelly, then I don’t care as a fan. Tell your girl Brandy to step lightly as well, because her procrastination has her on a ticking time bomb as well! I won’t turn my back on Brandy, for she has given me music for my life, but she’s gonna get a thrashing if she doesn’t give us music and GOOD music. But back to Kelly, you never have given me good music as a solo artist, just a few tracks, but they were never released. You spent most of your career kissing Beyonce’s ASS and now you wanna hop on two feet? And when you do, you just act like a regular, faceless R&B/euro pop artist that comes and goes? I can’t Kelly, I just can’t. As Trent said, your EuroDance music had more thought and feeling into it, it just didn’t catch over here. Now YOU want to degrade and demean yourself and possibly go on tour as a SUPPORTING act to Chris Brown? I’ll open the train door, you jump first Kelly!  Your full of horse$#!t Kelly Rowland.  You give Italy this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdrhbynd6kM&feature=related), but you give your homeland, this (http://www.youclubvideo.com/video/183839/kelly-rowland-motivation-bet-awards-2011)??? Everybody in the United States doesn’t like LiL Gremlin, smoke black’n’milds, and get free cheese on their EBT television awards cards!!!! This ‘urban’ crap you are pitching at the US is beyond trash and for you to think we here don’t believe in  and and relish in the extravegant, sensual and beautiful images music (like the song and video you sang with Tiziana Ferror-Breath Gentle) can convey is beyond me.   I like a little Janet with my hamburger, don’t get me wrong now!   And we ALL know she can go there, but if you are gonna give me Rope Burn, you better swing from the pole and have the performance to back it up, sexy, classy and sweetTreyanna Songz is NONE of the above! Don’t get me started on Kelly’s last albums, I would have stood behind them if her head wasn’t far up Beyonce’s butthole!   She had momentum after the Nelly and Kelly Dilemma smash, but Matty Knowles put the breaks on that.  THAT is WHEN KELLY SHOULD HAVE HIGH TAILED IT OUT OF MUSIC WORLD! NINE YEARS AGO!!!!

The Silence is So Loud, It’s Deafening!

 

 

Would a father betray his firstborn child?

Do you hear that?  That’s not thunder and lightening folks!  That’s the deafening silence the Beyoncé Knowles camp has in the wake of the most SCANDALOUS of scandals amongst the clan.  But before we get to it, let’s take a trip back down memory lane shall we for a drama recap over the last 13 years!

In 1998 Beyoncé and Lydell (her first love) break up; LeToya and LaTavia were kicked out of Destiny’s Child in 2000, as a result, they slapped their former band mates and manager with a lawsuit that they eventually dropped after a private settlement; Beginning in 1998-2000, Beyoncé indeed began to see Sean Carter, though they waited until she was ‘legal’ to do music together; In 2002, Kelly Rowland releases the first solo project (outside Solange) that receives little to NO promotion despite winning a Grammy for her commercially successful  Nelly&Kelly hit  “Dilemma” off of HIS album Nellyville. 

Kelly’s album Simply Deep was just that…simple, and much to my chagrin and painful aggrevation, she refused to speak up for herself and continued to drink the Knowles Kool-Aid; Also in 2002, Michelle Williams released her first solo gospel album From My Heart to Yours.  Indeed it was successful in the gospel realm, but that didn’t count in the grand scheme of things because she was not commercially successful, nor did she top the Billboard 200 charts.  We all know this wasn’t what she really wanted  because later on she released a pop/dance album, (Unexpected in 2008);

In 2003 Beyoncé overshadows Kelly and Michelle,(with the help of Papa Knows-Best and Jay-Z) releasing her debut album Dangerously In Love.  Mind you, her Austin Powers: Gold Member tinged single “Work It Out” was indeed a commercial flop, but that got swept underneath the rug because she was the commercial cash cow.  We won’t get into the magnitude of this album or its commerical success, but I will say that 8 years later, she’s still the head chick in charge in the R&B/Pop world as a solo artist;  In 2004, Solange got a knee jerk engagement, marriage, and divorce from a some dude to sanctify her pre-marital/teenage rendezvous; Michelle releases another holy roller album in 2004 with little to no support from MK and Kelly releases another album that gets NO support from Matthew Knowles in 2006 (let me remind you that KELLY publicly continues to kiss Beyoncé’s ass); 

Tina files for divorce in 2009, yet gets cold feet and Kelly fires Mathew: Michelle fires Mathew in 2010; Mathew Knowles confirms with a paternity test that he had a child outside of his marriage (he’s still married); Beyoncé continuously got accused of stealing material and ideas all throughout this period and lawsuits were filed left and right., In 2009 Kelly decides to grow a pair and release new Euro/Pop dance techno music, becoming a sensation over in Europe.  She performs a much herald lip-synced, but totally bland and uninspiring routine that rips Janet Jackson off at the Below Educated and Thoughtless (BET) awards in 2011; Beyonce fires Daddy Matty in 2011. 

NOW for the big one, in 2011 Mathew Knowles has been accused by Live Nation (a company that has Roc Nation, Jay Z’s company under its umbrella) of stealing Beyoncé’s money from her last tour.  Now I’ll just say this, I’ve typed a lot, and Mathew has INDEED screwed over many people, but a smart businessman ALWAYS protects his investments and Beyoncé is an investment.  Why suddenly, after making her one of the biggest stars on the planet, would he ‘steal‘ from her when he already was getting paid just by being her manager and making CUT THROAT deals and stealing in the name of his favorite baby girl?  Did Tina Knowles tell her to do it because she’s pissed about the side baby and side baby mama?  Does Jay-Z want to separate Beyonce’ from the one person who will fight tooth and nail to make sure she’s protected, all in an effort to  screw her over himself in the future?  Time will tell…..

Is Jennifer Hudson Disillusioned About the Music Business?

I’ll start by saying, I have never been a fan of Jennifer Hudson, yet she seems to be ‘everywhere’, so I cannot escape her.   Let me be clear, I am not writing this post to get a ‘Ki-Ki’ off the disastrous display of her lacefront, I really want to call this situation to the carpet.  Enough with the media kid gloves!  With a ‘gold’ record under her newly thinned belt, yet no certifiable hits, it’s hard to not suggest her reminiscing via the album title, I Remember Me, could indeed be a farewell to a shot at commercial/artistic relevance.  Even by my own ears, she has NEVER produced a bonified HIT according to the gospel of Why1980, forget the Billboards.  She went gold in April 2011 after releasing, I Remember Me, yet her previous album topped that, as well as spawned commercial billboard hits.  What’s that you say?  I am contradicting myself?  Not at all, you see I already stated my ears have never heard a hit on any of her albums, and her voice is more suitable for big musical numbers like “And I Am Telling You”, originally sang by Jennifer Holiday in the broadway production of Dreamgirs. I am not interested in typing the hits she did have on her first album because they weren’t hits to me.  What I can tell you is that she received way more endorsements, advertisement and exposure with this current project than she did her last, yet the sales and rankings are in reverse.  Yes we know she has lost pounds of weight, but did she lose her mind as well?  Outside of having to endure the torture of her lacefront, I want to finally proclaim the truth!  That her career has been more bark than bite, and indeed the only reason she got an Oscar was because she screamed louder than ‘You Know Who’ in Dreamgirls.  Indeed Hollyweird felt pity for her due to recent personal tragedy(which is classless to discuss, so I would never do so), which protects her from the Dirt-Dust-Mud dragging the media usually languishes on lesser deserving candidates.  I just can’t with her vapid, verbose, vacant interviews that have NOTHING to do with her new album.  STICK to the music Ms. HUDSON!  If you wanted to stuff your ass like a butterball turkey, that’s your business, get back to the MUSIC!  The only thing she has to talk about is the wonders of her stomach staple surgery, masked as a Weight Watchers campaign.  If she keeps this up, her days are already numbered.  Good riddance!  I see an accident, more than a true star.  You can’t continue to ride on sympathy votes, pity parties and shrinking pony shows to push your product.  Cuz ‘She Who Shall Not Be Named’  in this post is back from her mini break, and Lord help the talentless R&B startlets who get in the way of her powerful hooves!  I don’t care whether Jennifer is skinny or fat, it’s the fact that she insists on picking and chosing which elephant in the room to address, and shoving it down the public’s throat ala ‘Alicia Keys style’ is what I can’t take .

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