I first heard of Kelela on Solange’s classic, Grammy Award winning “A Seat At The Table“. A year later, Kelela dropped her debut album “Take Me Apart”, a classic in its own right. I was not familiar with her sound or lyrics before my first listen, but I unexpectedly fell in love.
I had the honor of attending ASCAP’s 8th Annual Women Behind the Music event on Wednesday, October 12th in Hollywood; a celebration of the contributions women make to music. This year celebrated Priscilla Renea (singer/songwriter), Dominique Dunn (Vice President of Publishing at Roc Nation), and Eufaula Garrett (Manager/Brand Strategist). WBM was a glamorous event held at an intimate bar in Hollywood’s Entertainment District and was hosted by Moya Nkruma (ASCAP Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul/Urban). Music was provided by DJ Niena Drake as guests mingled before and after the main event.
Solange Knowles released her highly anticipated self written, produced, and composed album “A Seat at the Table” Friday, September 30th after a 4 year hiatus. Staying true to her gift of provoking self love through her art, this album expresses not only empowerment for African Americans, but also the struggles of racism and mircoaggressions we face throughout our lives. The term “A Seat at the Table” is widely known to represent an opportunity to be heard and make a difference; the exact purpose of this album for the African American community.
“A Seat at the Table” serves as a soundtrack and a source of strength for African Americans as we are continuously, unrightfully, unjustifiably killed at the hands of police officers. When asked on Twitter how “A Seat at the Table” compares to her previous album “True”, Solange notes:
Angie Martinez, commonly known as the Voice of New York, did an interview on The Breakfast Club this morning to promote her new memoir, My Voice, that’s being released Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
I’m a huge fan of Angie! (I low key want to be the next Angie Martinez) If you’re a fan of hip hop, man or woman, you know and respect who Angie is in the hip hop culture. Her experience and influence in the industry is inspirational. If you watch or listen to her interviews you’ll notice that she has a way of making her guests feel extremely comfortable in a way that, as a viewer, you feel like you’ve eavesdropped in on a conversation between friends. She makes what she does look easy, but there is a real talent, skill, and empathy that’s needed to make someone feel trusting enough to have an intimate conversation.