Sharing this from the fan page jodywatleystyle on Instagram – Jody Watley; 1993 Us Weekly. Photography Jon Ragel. Make-up by Collier Strong. Styling Jeannine Braden and Jody Watley. Hair by Jody Watley.
‘Soul Survivor’ interview feature talking about my ‘Affairs of The Heart’ –when magazines were interested in what you had to say about your music, writers cared enough to do their homework.. and focus was not celebrity gossip or how many social media followers you had.
I believe this is 1980 for RightOn! Magazine, a feature on my style – in this case hair. This is around the time of Shalamar ‘Three For Love’ album. The style came about because of not wanting to braid to the ends because the unbraiding would be more time consuming. It was unique at the time.
Very proud of the resilience I continue to have, the woman and artist I grew to be – still trying to be the best ME I can be no matter what. I’m full of gratitude, healthy and happy fast forwarding decades later living life and going beyond what I ever dreamed initially to create new ones.
Always choose to believe in yourself and keep growing – never get stagnant or lose faith.
When such things were based on achievement and not social media numbers. This was my second feature in Rolling Stone, this time more of a concept fashion and style feature being paired with an unlikely subject. The photo session took place in the Florida Everglades..I was so nervous, needless to say there were alligators in the water popping in and out, but it was all about the shot and being fierce. The crew did consist of a safety team and wranglers if needed. It didn’t take long to get the right take!
“If Jody Watley is looking for a new love, Roland Martin can certainly help her with the bait. She’s Jackie Wilson’s godchild, the ex-Shalamar chanteuse who’s already angling for her second Top 10 single as a solo artist. He’s the Jack Nicklaus of bass fishing, nine time Angler of the Year and sixteen-time winner of the Boss Angler Sports Tournament, and he’s rolling in the dough. He’s also the host of his own TV show, appropriately titled Fishing with Roland Martin.
Rolling Stone Issue 510 October 8, 1987, Fall Fashion “The Sporting Life.” Cover: Bono
Jody Watley Coat & Black Cashmere Dress: Stephen Sprouse Purple Pumps Arlene Laz Marca
Never let anyone dim the light that shines from within!
When you’re in the mood for Jody Watley music, it’s at your fingertips at all digital outlets current releases, deep cuts and music through the decades and of course the staples aka classic hits. Spotify, Apple, Tidal.. of course artists still benefit most from purchasing the music.
Up Next Summer and Fall Tour Dates
July 19 – Summerstage Corporal Thompson Park, New York : Free to Public
July 20 – Bethesda MD “Celebrating 30 Years of Real Love” Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club: Tickets
August 17 – with Jeffrey Osborne Mable House Barnes Amphitheater :Tickets
August 24 – Groove 99.3 Summer Bash, Stramler Park : Tickets
August 31 – Rewind Funk & Soul with Morris Day & The Time and more Sacramento Thunder Valley Amphitheater : Tickets
September 7 – Blue Note Hawaii “Unplugged” : Tickets
October 13 – With Tony! Toni! Tone! Detroit Soundboard Motor City Casino : Tickets
October 19 – San Antonio Texas TBA
December 13 – with Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams and Ben Vereen “Colors Of Christmas” McCallum Theatre Palm Desert CA
December 14 – with Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams and Ben Vereen “Colors Of Christmas” Cerritos Center for Performing Arts, Cerritos CA
Get the current single “Good Good Reason” with Brian Power and other recent releases – available at all digital outlets!
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Gregory Douglas Presents LGBT Music Festival. Fabulous Memorial Day Weekend destination event and Vanguard Award ceremony presented on All White Wear Night – perfect for the oceanside setting.
Arrival – hotel lobby.
..and the eagle continues to soar.. love this capture.
In the distance..a rainbow you just have to pay attention and look – just like life!
Enjoying an oceanside mimosa – just taking it all in.
A positive affirmation – getting morning coffee.
Jody Watley – Saying hello to contemporary R&B artist Monifah.
Jody Watley with renowned choreographer (En Vogue, Beyonce, and more) Frank Gatson – we had such a great time talking and hanging out oceanside.
Met so many wonderful people – and received nothing but love.
Jody Watley with – Honoree Designer and former stylist Ty Hunter, author and host Patrick L. Riley and Honoree Shanice Wilson ready for evening of fashion.
Ty Hunter and Jody Watley, LGBT Music, Culture & Arts Festival 2019. Cancun, Mexico.
Fashion and Music Night, snippets of Frank Gatson’s June’s Diary and Frenchie Davis.
Vanguard Awards Night.
Frank Gatson, Keke Palmer Gregory Douglas Presents, Frenchie Davis, Shanice Wilson, TS Madison, Jody Watley, Ty Hunter, Host and Author Patrick Riley
Two authentic spirited and talented Chicagoans – Honorees Jody Watley and KeKe Palmer after Vanguard Awards.
Host and Los Angeles Event Producer Ivan Daniel, Jody Watley and Frank Gatson
Honorees Frank Gatson and Jody Watley
From Monifah who presented my Vanguard Woman of Excellence Award in her Instagram post: “With the iconic & legendary @jodywatley What an honor to present her with the 2019 Women of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award this year! We MUST give OURS their flowers while they can enjoy them in this life!! Musically, she is an integral part of most of my generation’s childhood and teen years! From her intro on the music scene as one-third of the legendary R&B group Shalamar to becoming a Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum selling, cultural style icon solo artist who used her massive platform to shine light on the issues of a marginalized and underrepresented community. She was an advocate for and an ally of the LGBT community, human rights, AIDS awareness when it wasn’t easy or fashionable to do so. Thank you @jodywatley for your indelible contribution to music, fashion & advocacy. We love & honor you!! #lgbtmusicfest #vanguardawards #jodywatley #monifah #cancunmexico ”
I lost my other earring.. but didn’t notice it being in the moment -enjoying to evening breeze.
Living my life like it’s golden – and always in gratitude!
Jody Watley “Woman of Excellence” – Honoree Vanguard Award – LGBT Music Festival Cancun 2019
Video of full speech to come for my YouTube Channel Friday post – it was truly a night to remember full of real love!
Thanks again to Gregory Douglas and the LGBT Film Festival for the honor, author host Patrick L. Riley, Monifah who presented the award as well and congratulations to all of honorees; as well to the LGBT community who have always been my strongest supporters. As I wrote in the 90’s in my song “Affection” – “..it don’t matter if you’re young or old, it don’t matter if you’re straight or gay – everybody needs to feel loved.”
“…always find and live in your best light your inner Wattage..and encourage others to do so as well..” – Jody Watley
The fight for equality will continue amidst a climate of division and hate, and hate crimes on the LGBT community and often overlooked black LGBT community.