In Celebration of Love On This MLK Day.

I love this photo – the joy!

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.

First Look. New Jody Watley Sanctuary Candle Boxes.

The glass ‘Sanctuary’ luxury soy candle will be available soon. I’m so thrilled with the new boxes for the glass vessels even more special featuring the Jody Watley Signature Hoop Earrings Logo!








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A Jody Watley January.

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.

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Wattage Thoughts. Be A Light.

“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Wharton

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Wattage Thoughts. Today.

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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Wattage Thoughts. Set The Tone For Your Day.

Setting the tone for your day makes a difference no matter the turmoil of the world. Gratitude and thanks – positive affirmations, favorite candles and a favorite hot cup of your morning drink of choice! The best of the day to you.

Jody Watley. Sanctuary. Home. Set The Tone.

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Wattage Thoughts. History In More Ways Than One.

Sometimes you just have to take a step back..reflect and breathe. I’m glad to have this blog here on my website to share thoughts whether anyone agrees or not..I don’t post for likes or comments when I write here. Mostly, I’m about my music and business and inspiring others. Sometimes in these significant events, one must hit the pause button in the midst of it all.

January 6, 2021 was historic in more ways than one – needless to say. We began the day with the news that in two Senate runoffs, the state of Georgia elected its first black senator in the state’s history. Raphael Warnock who’d been a pastor for the past 15 years at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached defeating incumbent Kelly Loeffler. Warnock lamented in a powerful acceptance speech that his mother’s 82 year old hands that once picked someone else’s cotton helped pick the first black senator for the state. Not long after, Democrat Jon Ossoff, who will be the youngest to be sworn in, also secured a senate seat, defeating incumbent Republican David Perdue. These wins turned both houses Democratic for President Elect Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris – maybe things will be easier to get done now. We shall see.

At the helm of this seismic shift was the incredible Stacey Abrams (voting rights activist, lawyer, politician and best selling romance author) who has shown fearless leadership in galvanizing the voters of Georgia after her own run for Governor was fraught with voter suppression in 2018. This is how you turn things around. Strategize. organize and keep it moving.

On the other said, before this flipping of Georgia could be totally celebrated be those who worked so tirelessly in these efforts and the voters of Georgia..another sort of organization was in full in effect with the attempted coup led by the current ‘President 45’ who has stoked the fires of divisiveness, hate and conspiracy on all fronts. If you can’t see it and haven’t seen it the past several years – you are blind and a part of the problem. It was shocking – but then not really if being honest that the scene of extremists. domestic terrorists, anarchists, thugs, whatever you want to call them once they were so freely able to storm and take over the Capital bldg. The wannabe dictator probably enjoyed every minute – his ego reveling in the ‘look at my people, those are my people..trying to overturn a legit election and outcome. They were encouraged and enable so it was no surprise to hear 45 refer to them as ‘special people’ and loved.. while using not so kind language when Colin Kaepernick took a knee, when Jemelle Hill called him a racist and so on. ‘Nasty people’.. he calls anyone one fighting for social justice and an end to police brutality. Most of know what his not so coded language has meant. That’s why his supporters carry his flag or the confederate flag. We also know if those who stormed the State Capitol were black, there would have been a bloodbath. Where were the dogs? Arrests? Rubber bullets shooting people in the face?? There is no doubt in my mind there was assistance from the ‘inside’ to pull this off and have the outcome be as it was. These people had free reign and were allowed to walk out of there as if they had just attended a rave..with bad costumes I’d add. Who left the doors unlocked?! Where was security? Did no one see this coming – all of the rhetoric and provocation was there.

Taking selfies with cops, mocking the killing of George Floyd. No buses lined up, no one made to sit on the sidewalk with plastic handcuffs for hours while being processed (typical in what they describe as protests or civil unrest)..nothing. Where I live here in an area in what some would say an affluent area in Los Angeles…there were tanks placed on the streets with armed military during the BLM actual protests..not one trying to take over the damn government or government structures – they had to protect Gucci and Chanel! The Capitol Building and Congress? Not so much. But yes.. arrest the kids stealing Nikes, while doing nothing to those trying to actually steal the country and election and destroying one of the most revered buildings in D.C. with Congress inside attempting to do ‘the people’s work.’ It’s insane and yes on the wrong side of history in this case.

In the midst of the failed coup yesterday -remember there’s still a pandemic and they were out there of course with no masks..these are the same people calling it a hoax..

God bless and universal protection for the front line workers, doctors, nurses.. EMT’s, respirator technicians..all of the hospital staffs in all capacities putting their lives on the line to save lives.

It’s a lot to take in but I hope Congress and all powers that be invoke the 25th Amendment and get him out..as he continues to spread lies, wreaking havoc as the ultimate sore loser. Criminal in Chief.

Obama would be charged with treason and they would still be removing bodies off from inside and outside the Capitol building has this happened under his leadership and watch..but gasp remember the tan suit?!

That is all .. had to get this off my chest before going back to my music and candles..and trying to live, stay healthy, safe and in gratitude no matter how troubling these times are.

Keep it moving forward – no matter what. Most of us just want to live a good life, make a good living to be self-sufficient, have some joy, enjoy family and loved ones.. the simple things in life. Some people will always be miserable, hateful and dissatisfied no matter what.

OTD. January 6, 1987. Happy Anniversary – Jody Watley – ‘Looking For A New Love

Photography: Victoria Pearson. Design Lynn Robb and Jody Watley

Released #OTD In this day January 6, 1987

The unexpected crossover smash solo debut hit ::

“Looking For A New Love”

by GRAMMY® winner @jodywatley!

Written by: Jody Watley, A. Cymone

Produced by Andre Cymone and David Z.

Billboard Chart History

1 -Hot R&B

1 -Dance

2 -Hot 100

This one single truly changed my life.

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