Just added in the site Gallery -Mixed Media by Antwanyce Richardson, inspired by Jody Watley.
Despite keeping a fairly low profile and out of tabloid grabbing headlines (thankfully), I’ve continued to evolve and release quality music, while raising my son and daughter who are now young adults and in college. Check out my bio and discography to get updated.
If you’ve missed music such as my last release 2006’s “The Makeover” a #3 Top Electronic Albums featuring the 3 Top 5 Hot Billboard Dance/Electronic Singles (A Beautiful Life #5, Borderline #2, I Want Your Love #1) – head to iTunes and update your Jody Watley collection!
Make sure to check out my gallery of photo’s from my recent trip to perform in Chengdu, China at Chendu Stadium Sports Center as a part of the “Night of Fortune GRAMMY Concert.”
French Horn Rebellion “Dancing Out” featuring Jody Watley and Young Empires.
Essence Festival. July 6, 2013. New Orleans, LA Mercedes Benz Superdome. Superlounge.
The Howard Theatre. Washington D.C. July 19 : Ticket Info: HERE
The forthcoming new single “Nightlife.” Produced by Count De Money for Peace Bisquit and Jody Watley. Written by Jody Watley (Jody Watley Music BMI), Julien Aletti, Raphael Aletti (Aletti Brothers, BMI).
“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela
This week has been quite memorable in terms of the news. One minute we seem to be moving forward (electing-reelecting a President who happens to be black) backwards (Supreme Court striking down a major portion of The Voting Rights Act from 1965), forward (Supreme Court ruling on Defense of Marriage Act, allowing same sex adult couples to marry who they choose). I learned as well via my Twitter feed that the President had declined meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus for over 700 days (read here); which definitely thought provoking. I’m still perplexed by his signing of the Monsanto Protection Act protecting from lawsuits or any judicial action (read here).
Add historic abortion rights filibuster in Texas by Wendy Davis lasting 11 hours, and subsequent vow by Governor Rick Perry for another session to see the bill through that would close the majority of planned parenthood and abortion clinics in the state – another potential blow for women’s rights, which are under attack. Then you have a Congress, approving the bill to double student loans (read here) – rather they approving to keep the loans low. This act of course will send children and families seeking higher learning in hopes of a better life – into debt. Currently, student loan debt has out-paced credit card debt in this country. The rich get richer, while the rest seem to get challenged more each day. Of course – these elected officials can write a full check for their children to attend universities of their choice. Once again, the poor and middle class are being pushed further into a cycle of debt, simply for wanting to go to college in the first place – when did college education become a privilege? Are everyday working class people and young people being penalized by striving for a better life? Then vilified when nor educated enough? Public schools are closing in urban areas at record numbers, more prisons are being built … “I IS who I Is”, Paula Deen..I never saw any tears just a contorted crying ‘face’ from the snippet I saw of her mea culpa interview. Own your behavior – grow, change and evolve. Create a better work environment – respectful, just and fair. Apples and oranges, however, I’m just as appalled by commercial use of the ‘n’ and other offensive language and behavior in rap music.
It’s going to take me a minute to give my thoughts on Rachael Jeantel in the Zimmerman case, however it did make me think of our responsibility as parents to make certain our children learn to speak clearly (and I can recall the ‘you sound like you have a mouth full of marbles – speak up”) with my own children when they were young; however I grew up with parents who were conscious of diction. Additionally, looking people in the eye and all of that. As a Mom, and not to place myself on a pedestal of parenting, but it is the most important role and job we have as parents; to be teachers and role models. However, I will say that simply because a person doesn’t fit the box of ‘polished’ doesn’t reflect a lack of character, truth – especially with many of today’s youth, many of whom don’t have teachers in life when being raised. Some can’t teach or pass along what they don’t know themselves. I felt for Rachel Jeantel from some of the moments I saw. Admittedly, I was agitated and wanted her to pull it together as well, however Jeantel was authentic – no filter. It also crossed my mind that as a society we don’t need to mock, rather uplift, mentor, reach out – whatever one can do. Watching how she was dissected it almost felt like now there were two black victims in this case. She was a teen girl (and still a teen) on the phone with a friend just before he was murdered as the last person to hear his voice. Being on that witness stand under those circumstances, being picked apart couldn’t have been easy – no matter whose side you’re on. I was agitated with the defense as well for the way in which she was cross examined from what I saw – though understanding they have a job to do as well. I wept when I heard the screams for “help.”
Life and the internet is a harsh place at times.
Clearly, though things in the country have changed with regard to Civil Rights, with recent elections and reports of efforts to redistrict and discourage people from voting we can’t be naive. There seems to be a clear and continued undercurrent of racism in this country – which I personally find quite sad and baffling. We may have a black President in Obama, however inequality and racism still exists albeit in different forms under various guises.
The media, gossip bloggers and so forth may distract – but I hope people are really paying attention and finding the outlets of their choice to keep informed on the changes that are happening – around the world; especially here at home. As a rule, I’ve learned to keep my political opinions to myself and leave the politics to the ‘professionals’ – however there are some things that one must pay attention to which is – just a thought.
While lamenting the anniversary of the loss of one of my favorite childhood and music inspirations today – this happened..while also watching live stream of Wendy Davis public filibuster in the Texas Senate gallery via the web.
“Dancing Out” my current single feature with French Horn Rebellion and Young Empires has a new remix by Blende and is available at iTunes today. Listen and Buy it NOW!! With all of the negative music and lyrics that dominate commercial airwaves attention – support this pure electro-pop dance delight, share the link, tell a friend.
Grammy Award winning artist speaks to Essence.com about career, fashion, memoirs and ESSENCE Festival Performance.
Read the interview: HERE
Some thoughts just don’t feel right for my Twitter and Facebook feeds.
I’m keeping the Trayvon Martin family in my prayers as a Mom, mother of a daughter and a son and most of all as a compassionate human being This case and now the trial, which began today, is something I can’t overlook. In particular because of my son and the realities of racial profiling which generally happens to black males. Any act of senseless violence touches my heart and I’m never desensitized to it, nor should anyone be. It’s a crazy world out there and I pray all the time. I pray for strangers when passing them by, just in case they need something extra. I pray for children of the world. Having a black male son brings a different quiet concern, and this case as with so many that involve senseless violence bring that to the fore. Stalkers, perpetrators who seek to do harm to others is a tragedy. I’ve had to teach both of my children at a young age that they may judged and profiled before they speak a word. As a parent it was my responsibility to make them aware of this fact among other things as their mother and foundation in raising them. With our best efforts, however – life is unpredictable and we can’t prepare our children for every situation.
I watched a bit of the footage from today’s first day of the case against George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin. The defense tried to crack some jokes which fell flat. Jokes – really? A young teen boy was murdered – this is not a laughing matter regardless of delivery; as the attorney tried to say when giving an apology. It was appalling to say the least. I’d add it appears to have taken full advantage of the funds raised for his defense of people who support his actions – he hasn’t missed any meals, that’s for sure. I wonder if his rounder appearance, without the goatee and shaved head was tactical to make him look more ‘teddy bearish.’ Not buying it. The make up of the jury is of concern. High profile cases generally have a history of not boding well and perpetrators get off, leaving families and victims without justice. That said, there will always an ultimate price for these people one way or another even if found ‘Not Guilty.’
I remember when my son wanted to move to Florida and would stay up hours searching for houses for us when he was in junior high school. Little did I know about this ‘Stand Your Ground’ law which appears to give some a license to go looking for trouble – and ultimately killing an innocent teen who had simply walked to a convenience store for snacks. Naturally, the defense will try to put Trayvon on trial (trouble at school, took ill-advised photo’s and alleged marijuana use, etc) – however, the fact remains, he was the one who was the unarmed teenager who ended up dead before pleading for his life. I always go back to if Zimmerman felt threatened, he could have simply gotten back in his car and drove off or waited for police. One moves away rather than toward a threat – right? Of course, at some point Trayvon did fight to save his own life and try stand his own ground in possession of a pack of Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea – to no avail against a grown man.
Justice for all victims of senseless violence and murder and their families and friends. Accordingly, justice for Trayvon, his little brother, his parents, extended family and friends.
Just a thought..