It was early and we were performing this for the first time..after nearly missing the show being stuck in traffic. All in all – a good time was had by everyone! I’m thrilled at the reception and enthusiasm for me as a veteran solo artist and to parlay that goodwill to this new group is very fulfilling. The Mood – is great!
Watch our interview and performance: : WUSA9 Great Day Washington
Watch the interview: Here
I chose this photo to post in celebrating the birthday of my son because this moment in our lives mark another pivotal moment. Arie had never had a haircut..he was born with so much hair..a nice afro – it was so full it looked like a wig! Both of my children have a lot of hair. Lauren’s was in the middle of her back by age 4…same thing people would ask ‘is she wearing a wig?’ For the record..it isn’t true people of color..black people don’t grow hair.
I’d seen one boy with locks and thought it would be cool to do that to Arie’s hair. I started him with braids and then began the locking process. His locks received so much attention..strangers would want to touch it, cue Solange Knowles ‘Don’t Touch My Hair” because it is odd when strangers want to touch your hair, and even more a child. Arie would occasionally be teased by students..’do you wash it?’ Of course – it’s hair!
By the end of junior high, he’d had enough and I’d see them around the house. “What are you doing to your locks?” Arie was slowly cutting them – he was over them. He played AAU basketball and wanted to look more collegiate he said. I could tell he was ready for a change. There are moments in our lives no matter how young or old we are..change becomes necessary. We feel it, we know it. The thing is to embrace change – don’t fight it.
Cutting his hair prior to the start of high school was probably more emotional for me. Hair carries a lot of energy and I was so accustomed to seeing his lion mane. I saved some of them in a ziplock and then made an appointment for his first trip to the barbershop.
From that point, it seems time really flew as he became a young man..junior varsity and varsity hoopster..then college student off to NYC. His interest is business and finance. Arie is a hard worker too. Instilling a strong work ethic in both is something to be proud of.
We have to allow our children to grow and be who they want to be while giving them the proper tools and foundation while raising them. Cherish the moments at each stage, time goes fast.
I love both my children more than words can convey. Being their Mom is the jewel of my life. Keeps me grounded..even though they no longer live at home. I value our relationship, and the fact they keep teaching me things too.
Happy Birthday Arie!! I love you beyond the unigalagalala-unigalaxy!
Watch the video and the fun!
Had a great time this morning live on “Good Morning Washington” talking a bit of my career and the now with the new SRL (Shalamar Reloaded), video link to come!
Sirius XM Taping The Groove with BK Kirkland
Oct 14 – Roland Martin TV-One 7 am EST with Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCou SRL
Oct 14 – WUSA “Great Day Washington” 9:15 am EST with Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCou SRL
Oct 14 Fox 5 DC “Good Day DC” 10 am with Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCou SRL
Blues Alley Oct 14-16
Indeed some older fans are losing their minds..I’ve seen comments that me and SRL are a disgrace, sordid..as we proceed forward!
It’s amazing..no one was writing anything or talking about ‘Shalamar’ for decades and now people are up in arms as if this were 1980… people get so upset at the fact others like me are living their lives and making things happen – taking care of business. My group are not Shalamar, the connection is that of course I am an original member of that group (77-83) – though I do own the trademark as of 2014 (Open Letter). Our SRL group has it’s own mark and name and making noise – today not trying to recapture the past or take anyone’s memories away as I’ve stated. Shalamar Reloaded with a focus on new music, videos and dynamic contemporary stage shows. The past will always be there..that’s not what Nate, Rosero and I are doing. I took control of a situation and wise enough to use the leverage that I’ve built with my hit-making solo career to build this new entity and brand. It’s working much to the chagrin of some.
NEW feature on HiFi Magazine J Matthew Cobb: “Jody Watley has a new group — Shalamar Reloaded. And some old school seniors and original Shalamar members are trying to attack via socal media for going this route. Well, it’s not working. The girl is hitting ’em “right in the socket” courtesy of an explosive long-winded open letter published on her site. By the way, the slightly-controversial music video “The Mood” premiered at PerezHilton.com last week. And she’s reaching out to her gay fans and followers by headlining 46th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival this weekend. WHOA! ALL OF THIS is covered inside this exclusive post at HiFi Magazine. Happy readin’.#jodywatley #shalamar #shalamarreloaded #srl #music #randb #hifidelity#jmattspeaks “
Read the full article on HiFi: Here