Thought of The Day. Allowance.

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In life, you must allow for the reality that people outgrow each other in many aspects of life personally and professionally. It may be a difficult realization but that’s OK. Don’t fight it.

Jody Watley. Classic Thursday.

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For this #TBT – a look back at my #1 workout tape “Dance to Fitness.” A first for a woman of color, my motivation was that there were no fitness tapes with black women a fact that baffled me. It was the era of Jane Fonda and Denise Austin..and then me! Light cardio dancing, it was an awesome opportunity and moment in my journey. It’s in the Music!

Watch a clip:

Thought of The Day. Forward.

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Love this! Keep moving forward to where you’d like to go..the permission of other’s isn’t required.

NEW Video Alert. O.R.I.G.in.A.L. Shalamar Reloaded

Self explanatory. This past year we (Rosero McCoy, Nate Allen Smith and myself)  dealt with a lot of hate, naysayers, slanderers, underminers etc and we still are – so we wrote a song about it and made a hot video to go with it. I am against bullying, harassment and online and off – I’ve seen blocking people doesn’t always work, these people just create fake accounts to attack, discourage and put down. The funny thing is usually the most vocal haters are the ones who watch your every move and try to emulate you – and in the same breath try to diminish you. As well, this is about us being originals to Shalamar Reloaded creating a new foundation for ourselves one effort at a time.  It’s not for everyone – but we doing what we love and having a blast in this process – our journey.

Watch the video!!

“Watch me walk out – fashion walk out..”

Video directed by Q Burdette and Rosero McCoy. Logo Design Ray Easmon and Jody Watley.

It was also a bit of a family affair with this one, one of Rosero’s sons Eric brought this track to us and we took it from there with this total collaboration.

No matter the adversity – keep moving forward and stay fabulous.

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Film New Music Video

It all went down in downtown Los Angeles yesterday for Nate, Rosero and myself filming the video for the forthcoming new single “O.R.I.G.in.A.L.”

The last time I filmed a video in downtown Los Angeles was for ‘Don’t You Want Me’ many moons ago.

The day was beautiful and the action progressed nicely in the fashion district. Lensed by Q Burdette for Rosero Inc. the team behind my recent solo concept video for ‘Dancer.’

The song was inspired by a year of trolls and haters who have tried to derail our every effort, marginalize our efforts, discourage and attempts at poaching any interest on bookings with  promoters..they troll and bash us from Youtube to every social media account we have as well-bound and determined to trash my name with slander, character assassination and attack or as well attempt to diminish my contributions as a solo artist down to my signature hoop earrings. They’ve been the first commenters on most interviews I’ve done over the past in in introducing the group. We are originals – not replacements and not trying to pretend we are anything other than ourselves – creating our own foundation and mark one effort at a time in whatever we do.

The experience has made us stronger as a group and gave us material for the song with an edgy sparse beat. Online bullies and trolls will always be around and don’t stop the progress – so I guess you can say we are turning our lemons into lemonade. That’s what you have to do in life..like I wrote awhile ago “The Beat Don’t Stop.”

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Selfie. Jody Watley “Original.”

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On a mission. Shalamar Reloaded “Originals” Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy

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On set. Nate Allen Smith foreground. 

Before the filming we had quite a few brainstorming creative sessions with Rosero as the anchor bringing his vast knowledge in staging and choreography to the table.

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After another meeting at Rosero’s. Shalamar Reloaded. Teamwork.

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Dinner meeting with Rosero. We enjoy creating magic as a group..and of course we’ve been friends and working together since 1998.

Pre-Order “O.R.I.G.in.A.L. available for Pre-Order Now at Amazon and iTunes.

Release date: May 6 on my longstanding indie boutique label Avitone.

Wattage. My Mom Says Thank You.

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“Ms. Rose” reppin’ Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded looking fab.

I celebrated my Mom’s birthday with a post on my various social media as I always do (April 8). She is always tickled, overwhelmed and full of gratitude to see the outpouring of love and well wishes – me too! Watch this adorable video of my Mom “Ms. Rose” as she is affectionately called by friends and colleagues.

Thought of the Day. Love.

I posted this earlier in the week on a couple of my social media accounts..it’s really a thought for everyday.

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