Time to celebrate the fabulous Miss Jody Watley and wish her a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on SATURDAY JANUARY 30th.Celebrities from around the world, including The Go Go’s, John Taylor (Duran, Duran), El DeBarge, Sananda Maitreya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Lynn Whitfield, Will Downing, En Vogue, Kym Whitley, Sherri Shepherd, Michael K. Williams, Stephanie Mills, Ts Madison, Shirley Murdock, Michael Colyar, Kenny Lattimore and many more send warm birthday tributes to the iconic pop, R&B and soul Grammy winning trendsetting pioneer in music, video, fashion, and style.Join fans on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook using the hashtag #JodyWatley to remind everyone that Jody Watley fans still stand strong!
Thanks Ty Hunter for this quote – totally resonates. Don’t wait for approval from others on making moves or for others to be ready for your journey –
Shine on. Wattage!
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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.
Kamala Harris has become the first Woman — First black woman Vice President of the United States. She was born to Indian and Jamaican immigrants. Madam Vice President is also a proud graduate of the historically-black Howard University.
Amanda Gordon was outstanding. The LA born 22-year-old is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history and youngest youth Poet Laureate.
The amount of vitriol I’ve received in social media today just from sharing my joy – my pages – shows a lot of work on the path of love is yet to be done.
Thought I’d pass this along.
Come in from the cold.
“Jody Watley has blessed our ears with another dynamic dose of sophisticated soul in the form of her ‘Winter Nights’ EP – Albumism
Always choose love – on this MLK Day and – every day!
In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King & Coretta Scott King, founder of The King Center instrumental in making this a Federal Holiday – Happy MLK Day.
Let’s not forget Stevie Wonder, Labor Unions, Rep. John Conyers / Congressional Black Caucus, Southern Christian Leadership Conference & then President Jimmy Carter all instrumental for this day – only two other figures have Federal holidays (George Washington & Christopher Columbus ) . It takes a village. Keep going in the fight for justice, equality and greater humanity.
January has always seemed to be a good music month for me as my birth month – and it has only been now in this time of being home during the pandemic a lot of things are hitting different. For instance – in my mind ‘Looking For A New Love‘ was a summer single when in fact it was released January 6, 1987. MCA had begun the campaign for my solo debut in the summer and with extensive promotional tours lined up for me. I traveled extensively like a politician shaking hands, spending time with so many people; including lots of Mom and Pop stores (though they no longer really exist there was a time they played a pivotal role for black artists), pressing plants, program directors meet and greets across the states.. the list is vast of all the the work put in before the single was even released. This is the part of the business that isn’t seen of what the business was at that time anyway.
A lot of planning and effort and definitely all the stars of the universe being aligned too! The summer, and fall of the work is probably why I think of summer because that is what the journey is always about — the subsequent success or destination isn’t what you really remember.
Always do the work – focus on the work.
From there this month over the years has also seen benchmarks with my singles “Your Love Keeps Working On Me” peaking at 2 and my makeover dance mixes of “Borderline” reaching the 2 spot on Billboard dance January 13, 2007 respectively. There are probably others but for the purpose of this quick blog – these stand out.
I just wanted to say how grateful I am…also today in Los Angeles mid January – it was 88 gorgeous degrees.
“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Wharton