Jill Scott

J.A.N.E.T

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Never thought that I would ever see Janet Jackson live in concert, but last night I did. I was gifted a free ticket. I’m assuming that if I really pushed the idea, then it could have happen at another time, but the idea just never seemed to cross my mind. Which is absolutely absurd given that my friends and family all know that, this grown man will stammer his words and get all giddy, at the mentioning of Miss Jackson. The baby sibling of the bunch has always been my favorite and had a special place in my heart, ever since I discovered her as the character Penny on Good Times. Then, when Janet released her “I Get So Lonely” video in ’96, I became further enamored by that woman. The red hair (she always mixed up her style-loved that about her), that walk-which comes across more like a strut, and of course her rhythmic dance moves. And then, upon further discovery of her music, you can’t help but find songs that stick in your head, well after you’re done playing them.
Moreover, I really am taken aback by how Janet chooses to embrace her sexuality and display it. She talks about some really freaky stuff in her music, and when you hear her sing about what she likes and doesn’t like, it really gets to you. I think it’s really empowering to be comfortable enough to share that part of yourself with the world, yet still be graceful and command the respect that she deserves. She does that so seamlessly, but there’s no doubt about how difficult I’m sure that is for a lot of women. Toni Braxton, Nia Long, and Jill Scott do that well too, in my opinion. Oh yeah, and so does the main character in my first book, Raquel.
Now that I’ve let the whole world know about how smitten Janet Jackson has me, it would be wise for me to probably mention how I enjoyed the concert. To sum it up, it was nothing short of fantastic. She was electrifying on stage. The woman still moves like gravity cannot slow her down one bit. Although I selfishly wish she would’ve pulled me up on stage to perform a dance, like she used to do at her concerts. But, she’s married now and in a different place…
When Janet brings her Unbreakable Tour to a city near you, go and see her. You will enjoy it.
And, if you haven’t picked up my novel, Every Woman Deserves an Accessory on Amazon, go and pick one up now. After tomorrow, the free giveaway is over. Hurry while the promo lasts. And thank you, to everyone who downloaded the book! This promo has been very successful! I’m super grateful to have your support.

Love,
Von

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#EssenceMusicFestRecap

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This past holiday weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 20th annual Essence Music Festival in Nawlin’s. If you are unfamiliar with the event you will be pleasantly surprised to find out about all the awesome things that take place over the four-day event. Fans and music lovers from all over the world are treated to star-studded concerts, celebrity empowerment panels, and some of the most delicious food known to earth. New Orleans is the perfect city to host this event as the city has so much character and rich hospitality and I am not saying that just because my family is from New Orleans either. 

Friday night I was enthralled by the electrifying performance the artist formerly known as Prince put on. For a 56 year old man he surely has a ton of energy and he maneuvers the stage as if it’s second nature to him. I have been fortunate to attend some really amazing concerts but I have to say that Prince is surely at the top of the list after seeing him perform this past weekend. His audience was so diverse and his star power helped garner well over 45,000 people inside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. People of all ages and nationalities were swaying to and from as the legendary star lit up the stage. 

Saturday night I was so elated to see Jill Scott take to the stage. I was disappointed that the audience was not into her music that night as much as I was. I simply couldn’t understand how people could sit down when Ms. Scott is lacing your ears with such musical bliss. I just have come to realize that the essence of her music may be too esoteric for majority of music lovers to ever understand. Although, it could just be that I’m majestically drawn to Jill’s presentation of self. Either way she was phenomenal. 

Mary J. Blige headlined the show that night and as she performed old and new hits, she sent the crowd into a roaring frenzy. 

Sunday night I was chilling in my floor seats vibing to none other than Erykah Badu and my main man Uncle Charlie Wilson. Charlie Wilson really feels like he could be my uncle and yours too. He’s just that cool. He came out on stage with a clean blazer dancing as five or six pretty young thangs pranced around him. I could definitely pay to see Uncle Charlie do his thing again. In addition to those two, it was super cool seeing the legendary Lionel Richie perform. Although I did not get to see all of his set due to exhaustion and an extreme need to sleep, I appreciated the time that I did get to see him on stage. 

I am truly looking forward to being at Essence Music Fest again. The events were drama free and nothing but fun. Start planning now so you can be there next year eating beignets and gumbo right next to celebs like I did.