With the Queen of Soul #ArethaFranklin at her annual Christmas Party in Detroit -it was an elegant and loving event-a night to remember for real! . In our journey and history (most don’t know about) she reminded me I gave her my high school graduation photo and signed it to her and that she still has it…I gushed about what an honor it was to sing for her and thanked her for believing in me before I was a professional artist myself and that I loved her – she saw something in me early on and I’ll never forget that or the meaning of that -Then- When she looked Nate and Rosero of #SRLShalamar Reloadedafter I introduced them to her she smiled and said “Alright Ms.Jody!” 😊❤️️ We both laughed. She looks beautiful too by the way!
SRL (Shalamar Reloaded) and I with the Queen of Soul before our performance.
Jody Watley with civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Shalamar Reloaded (SRL).
In full effect. Jody Watley and SRL (Shalamar Reloaded).
Jody Watley. First Lady Rosalynn Carter and President Jimmy Carter in the 90’s.
I was honored by the invitation from former President Jimmy Carter and will never forget the kindness and warmth from he and his wife. My thoughts and prayers go out to them both after his cancer diagnosis. He’s done many great things in his 90 years, and to my view unheralded for the good he’s done and worked for since leaving office.
It’s impossible to reduce such heavy feelings and thoughts into 140 or less on Twitter or other forums. This tragedy as well as so many others in the world..I just read an in depth article on what’s going on in the Dominican Republic with threatened mass deportations to Haiti – for a generation of children and adults who have never actually been there..the sick fun sport of hunting innocent animals roaming free (giraffe, lions) .. the still missing girls in Nigeria – some of the kidnapped have been returned raped and now pregnant.. the list goes on. We have to keep on living and finding joy but can never become heartless and desensitized to the important issues faced daily by millions of all types around the world. If something can be done, try..even if by a silent prayer.
This is a repost from my Facebook page yesterday – with this still heavy on my heart in the midst of a flurry of promotional activities while getting ready for next weeks concerts and appearance:
“My heart aches for any act of senseless violence, terror and hate as I have commented previously-I still think of the innocent little ones from time to to time at Sandy Hook and their parents left behind, unimaginable tragedy… At the least my thoughts and prayers are extended to families and friends and to the innocent victims always, my goodness, what’s wrong with people I ask to myself often. I pray for humankind all the time..words seem small in these moments to post on FB, the outrage I often feel at world events even when not sharing those things in this forum -choosing to do so privately – however – The shooting massacre and tragedy at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (a historical church at that) in Charleston is another example of a crazy world hate filled world we live – so enjoy each day and loved ones as much as you can and take that into the world, try to do what you love, laugh and share with your friends, family, co-workers – live in the moment, appreciate the now..as well stay ‘woke’ .. Blessings, Light and Love.”#AMEShooting
Popular online website Hello Beautiful has produced it’s first documentary in celebration of Women’s History Month. Jody Watley is one of an eclectic range of prominent women (Eve, Soledad O’Brien, Beverly Johnson, Chrissette Michelle, Anika Noni Rose, Lisa Leslie, Jurnee Smollett, and more) appearing in the documentary speaking on topics such as womanhood, sexuality and power in the 14 minute “Women On Top.”