Why I love her.
May 7, 2010

Earlier this week Beyoncé released her latest video “Why Don’t You Love Me” off the deluxe version of I Am… Sasha Fierce.  It is amazing.  Beyoncé embrases the 1950’s pin-up/housewife theme and runs with it.  The video is shot beautifully and she looks amazing in every outfit.

My favorite look is her with all the eye make-up streaming down her face as she cries, smokes and drinks.  She looks flawless and the everything in the shot is working together.


In 2008, Ashanti released her most recent studio album The Declaration.  Her second single, “Good Good” did not do very well on the charts, but the music video has a simliar theme to Beyoncé’s new video.  Both have a 1950’s pin-up/housewife theme showing the artist doing chores around the house for their man.

Some people might see this connection and claim that Beyoncé stole this look from Ashanti.  I can see where people might think that, but Beyoncé took the same theme and gave it a purpose.  She made it look expensive and classy.  Beyoncé’s video could be a clip from a film, while Ashanti’s is nothing more than a music video.  Don’t get wrong, I enjoy Ashanti, but we all know Beyoncé is on another level.  Sorry, Ashanti.


Check out Beyoncé’s “Why Don’t You Love Me” and Ashanti’s “Good Good”  below.

footnote:  Only a true divacan stop a music video to dust her 16 Grammys.  All hail Beyoncé.

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I can’t even hate.
June 30, 2009

Last Night, I saw The Wiz at City Center.  Here is my review:

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It was very good.  It was not the best adaptation of the show I have seen, but it was very good.   Initially, I had my doubts about Ashanti in the lead role of Dorothy.  Dorothy has two of the biggest songs of the show, “Be a Lion” and “Home.”  But I am happy to say that Ashanti proved me wrong.  She held her own vocally.  I was very impressed.  Her acting was not bad either.  She is very good at playing a little girl.  Plus she looked beautiful.  I noticed Ashanti’s singing improved with her single “The Way That I Love You” off of her last album, and she has kept it up.  You are winning me back as a fan, Ashanti.

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The rest of the cast was great.  Everyone was on point with their characters and their voices were excellent.  Tichina Arnold (Everybody Hates Chris & Martin) was very impressive.  She is quite the diva with a huge voice.  I hope she gets more chances to show it off.  LaChanze (The Color Purple) is always phenomenal.  Her voice is a powerhouse.  She is a star and I could see her up there with the Broadway legends.

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The entire show had a hood undertone to it.  For example, the ‘yellow brick road’ consisted of people dressed in all black with yellow high-top sneakers on, dancing around the characters.  Addapearle also warned Dorothy to beware of the Poppies because they will make you fall asleep and you will wake up with your clothes ‘out of style’ and your ‘weave messed up’.  It was creative and connected with the audience.  I wished for better choreography in the big dance numbers like “Tornado,” but their rendition was not bad.

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The costumes were hits and misses.  For the most part I was very impressed.  The witches costumes were very good.  The flying-monkeys, munchkins, and poppies were very symbolic and got the point across.  All the costumes we very creative except for Dorothy’s. We first see her in Kansas, in a pair of black and white Chuck Taylor’s, skinny jeans, and a blue-sparkle dress that looks like it was on sale at Conway.  We do have to look at Dorothy for the entire show, I wish they could have put some creativity in her costume.

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This is what I would have loved to see.  I want someone young who is a rising star to play Dorothy.  Ashanti was cool, but I want a young power house to blow the audience away.  Stephanie Mills did that on Broadway in the original production of The Wiz at the young age of 16.  That is why I recommended Tiffany Evans in an earlier post.  Below is a video of the talented Jasmine Sullivan at age 11 singing The Wiz‘s showstopper “Home.”  This is what I’m talking about.

Ashanti? …really?
May 2, 2009

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On my commute to school Friday, I picked up the handy-dandy AMNY newspaper. As I was flipping through it, I saw a tiny blurb that made me gasp out loud on the subway car.

It read:

Ashanti to play the role of Dorothy in ‘The Wiz’

I was in shock, for a number of reasons. Just so you know, The Wiz is tied with Dreamgirls as my favorite musical. Not the movie, the show. I grew up with the music. I have seen many productions and I know it like the back of my hand. I heard a while back that they were reviving The Wiz* the on Broadway, but I had not heard anything further…. until now.

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I have mixed emotions. For one, I am so excited to hear The Wiz is coming back to Broadway. But I am not sure about the casting of Ashanti. Now I don’t want to bash anyone on my blog, but I need to say how I feel. I loved Ashanti, when she first came out. I thought she was fresh and her self-titled debut album is an R&B classic that I can still rock to. But more recently, Ashanti has fallen off. Her lasted album, The Declaration, flopped on the charts.  We have also seen her act in movies like John Tucker Must Die and Coach Carter. But I am going to keep it real. To me, Ashanti has yet to prove  herself as good singer, dancer or actress. The role of Dorothy is the lead and extremely demanding vocally and I don’t know if she can do it. I hope she proves me wrong.

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Now, If I had to cast the role of Dorothy for the theater revival of The Wiz, I would choose… Tiffany Evans. Tiffany is an adorable 16-year-old songstress from the Bronx. You may remember her winning Star Search a few years ago when she sang ‘And I am Telling You’ with such power that Jennifer Hudson would have some competition.  She has the vocal ablility, dancing skills and stage presence for Broadway. Not to mention, the role as Dorothy in The Wiz’s orginial production is what made then 16-year-old Stephanie Mills a R&B star of the 80’s.

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I am nervous, but excited. And I will definitely be seeing the show, at least once. I have faith in their choices, even though I don’t necessarily agree. The Wiz will be playing at City Center for a limited engagement from June 12 – July 5th. Tickets range from $25-$110. Click here for more info.

*foot note: for those of you know who don’t know, The Wiz is basically the black version of The Wizard of Oz with all soulful songs.