Singer Jody Watley Becomes National Museum of African American Music’s First Ambassador

“Iconic Singer Jody Watley Becomes National Museum of African American Music First-Ever Ambassador

Jody Watley, the Grammy award winner trendsetting icon in music, video, fashion and style has been appointed to be National Museum of African American Music’s first ever membership ambassador for the museum.” Read the full feature: https://atlantadailyworld.com/2021/03/03/singer-jody-watley-becomes-national-museum-of-african-american-musics-first-ambassador/

Jody Watley Serves As Inspiration for Contemporary Designer A. Potts for Spring 2021 New York Fashion Week.

A. Potts Spring 2021

“..Potts showcased his Fall 2021 collection digitally which was inspired by Jody Watley’s 1987 music video for her song “Still A Thrill.” With it, Potts’ resulting meditation on light, shadow, darkness and the associated interpretations of these phenomena, led him to think about dance and movement. – Paper Magazine

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Jody Watley In Couture Stephen Jones Hat Classic Image of The Day.

.. Always defining myself for myself – my own way. Some get it, some don’t .. I’m here to live my life on my terms not to people’s opinions of me.” – Jody Watley
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・・・From the Jody Watley photo vaults:
1984 In London – Stephen Jones (known for his work with Jean Paul Gaultier, Grace Jones, Lady Gaga) custom hat and Azzedine Alaïa leather jacket – Photography by Max Vadukul
Styling & make up by Jody Watley

My first label Phonogram was not on board with my vision so we quickly parted ways..you’d think because I was in London it wouldn’t have been an issue but it was. Black artists are always often pressured to conform to more ‘relatable’ imagery. On my subsequent American debut and since..I’ve always navigated incorporating high fashion with edgy street style to varying results..but always what I wish to convey – hits and misses.. it’s all uniquely me.

Jody Watley In Issey Miyake – Classic Image of The Day.

“Mixing high end fashion with street style in this case wearing this Issey Miyake acrylic body breastplate which is a work of art really – with biker shorts and Doc Martens for a television performance for in 1988 is classic Jody.”

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Things Not Cancelled. Wattage Thoughts.

Amongst things Not cancelled- a quiet morning with coffee or tea

Music/Spotify Playlists (or digital platform of your choice, includes all my music new & current, classics and everything in between)

Going outdoors for a walk (6 ft social distancing as advised)

Reading

Singing (See Italy)

Communication with loved ones

Staying Creative

Laughing

Eating healthy foods

Kindness

Patience

Positive Attitude

Prayer

Hope

etc

Embrace what we have while making the best of all of this.

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Jody Watley Classic Image of The Week. InFashion Beauty.

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Jody Watley. InFashion Magazine 1988. Double page of cover feature and interview.

Photography & Makeup: Paul Gobel

Hair: Ernie Banales

Styling:  Jody Watley & Martine Leger

Jody Watley Special Guest At Mickalene Thomas Better Nights At Miami Bass Museum

Performed at private event by invitation only – The Bass Museum:: ‘Better Nights’ Mickalene Thomas’ immersive art experience. The exhibition is an installation, performance space and bar that functions as an experience, a moment, a time, and a place. Including a series of five geometric-patterned mirror works and two collages by the artist, the exhibition features a selection of painting, photography and video by other emerging and prominent artists curated by Thomas.

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Description of Event and Artist.

 

Jody Watley Exterior Bass Museum

Jody Watley – Exterior Bass Museum. Art Basel 2019.  Mickalene Thomas Better Nights Exhibition.

Back in 2013 -Art Basel Switzerland: Better Nights was with Solange Knowles – so this definitely going to be a high quality and unique experience and super cool to be asked. I’m often told how much there are elements her her look and out of the box approach reminds some music fans of me.

It was really difficult to capture the exhibition and do it justice on a phone and so I recommend looking at the professional images.

As always, I’m giving just a glimpse into some of the behind the scenes.

Jody Watley and Mickalene Thomas Better Nights 2019

Meeting Mickalene Thomas at soundcheck and have a chance to talk about her process in creating the installation – which took a year and a half start to finish.

With my rhythm section band chilling in green room, impromptu rehearsal of the special arrangement we were doing of ‘Still A Thrill.’

Jody Watley and SRL and banc Better Nights

With with fellas: SRL (Nate Allen Smith, John Gregory) Kerry Griffin, Naz Chambi, Wallace Butts Keith Eaddy Roland Hamilton.

Jody Watley and Mickalene Thomas Green Room Better Nights Miami 2019

Jody Watley. Mickalene Thomas.

Jody Watley - Performance Art Basel 2019

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Jody Watley Classic Images of The Week. A Look Back and Forward With My Hand-Held Fan.

Working the skirt and handheld fan was inspired by flamenco dancers as a child and later the delicate use in Japanese culture. My collection is ever-growing from gifts to those I purchase in my travels..as well as custom.

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Jody Watley – Ebony Magazine. Trendsetter. Soul Train…I even had a handheld fan brooch for extra detail.

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Jody Watley – Ebony Magazine. Trendsetter. Soul Train.

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Channeling Josephine Baker. Essence Magazine.

Jody Watley Live 2019 Jo Long Theatre Fan Pic

A staple at my live shows. Often imitated over the years.

By always doing my own thing, keeping to myself, and just not being afraid to be different for the most part has always made me feel like a bit of an outcast – I’ve always been comfortable with that for the most part.

I’ve seen the popularity of the hand-held fan grow over the decades, and those who try to emulate or imitate me make use. It’s an art form if used properly.

Wattage Thoughts. Inspiration. A Bit of Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust.

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I’ve loved, collected and sent positive greeting cards since I was in junior high school.. this is a recent purchase to share with you, seen while in the art store – hopefully you appreciate the message too.

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New Jody Watley Art Added to Gallery.

Not only fabulous Jody Watley Art by Cat Soper : CatDezign from Australia but a very inspirational and motivational reason for doing it. Set a goal and smash it!

“DAY 251 – JODY- An IMAGINARIUM In 351 Days .. going to draw, paint, create everyday! This month I’m creating portraits of the people who have inspired me in many ways.

All photos referenced are from the internet with grateful thanks to the photographers.. – Jody Watley – her music and love of dance and fashion always inspired me. Her love dance and fitness got me moving everyday. If I had the chance to dance to work everyday I would maybe I should!”