It’s interesting to look back on this monumental and important project and remember how my label was so against my being a part of it because of the perceived notion that being a part of HIV and AIDS education and awareness was a bad thing and the mentality of what people would think especially in the Black (urban) community, which one of the reasons I really fought to be a part of this no matter what people thought- it was necessary.
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#redhotandblue TV special aired in over 30 countries in #1990. #coleporter songs, which NO ONE was even thinking about covering yet, seemed to speak poignantly to the early days of the #plague #Ivegotyouundermyskin #everytimewesaygoodbye to name a few were poetic reminders of the importance of love, romance, empathy and desire, in an era when people were afraid to even touch one another. We had numerous fights w/the network and sponsors in order to be able to speak directly about #AIDS and #SafeSex. The show featured music videos of nearly every song on the album as well as PSAs and interludes that spoke powerfully to dispell the fear, stigma and hysteria around the epidemic. These amazing #motiongraphics were produced in London, this was when doing any kind of moving graphics was incredibly labor intensive and complicated. The music is #whowantstobeamillionaire by #thompsontwins – for some reason they were the only band to not have a music video in the show, so they were featured here!!
The Colors of Christmas Tour kicks off in a few days, and everyone is working hard to bring a beautiful, meaningful and festive show.
Here I am with Ruben Studdard, I made him laugh when I told him how hard I was voting for him when he was in American Idol – and he told me how my solo debut hit single “Looking For A New Love” reminds him of his 5th birthday party, which was a big deal because it was the first time he sent invitations and the girl he had a crush on at the time. I love that about music!
Behind the scenes rehearsing the beautiful “My Grown Up Christmas” with Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis.