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Ladies First: The Rise of the Black Female Rapper

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These female stars prove that hip-hop isn’t a boys’ club anymore.  


Hip-hop is no longer male -dominated. With superstars like Nicki Minaj blowing up in hip-hop, it’s inevitable that other female MC’s will start getting their due. These five artists prove that girls run the hip-hop world.

Azealia Banks
The Harlem rapper has created quite a buzz on the music scene. Her first single “212” is a fun and risqué single that has been viewed 17 million times on YouTube.  Her 1991 EP will drop this summer.  Banks’s full-length album, Broke with Expensive Taste will feature songs with Kanye West.  Her hip-hop is influenced by house music and even rock groups like Bloc Party. Though she...

B.Couleur Exclusive: Actress Sanaa Lathan on Her New Series ‘Boss’, Being Black in Hollywood, Her Guilty Pleasures and Why She Loves Frank Ocean

Sanaa FinalWe all watched and fell in love with Tony award nominated actress Sanaa Lathan when her character struggled with the mountain highs and valley lows of a relationship in the epic romantic hit film ‘Love and Basketball’ in 2000, a role that she had to physically study for. “Girl, there were times when I didn’t think I was going to make it!” she told me describing the grueling basketball training she had to do in order to convince audiences that she was a true ‘ball playa’, a line...

Rihanna Rising: Like Her or Loathe Her, She is On Top of Her Game

RiriLike her, love her or loathe her antics, Rihanna is on top of her game and, is arguably running the game. Rihanna is rapidly ascending into multiple-threat superstardom – now adding "Actress" to her already impressive repertoire. At age 16, Rihanna sauntered onto the music scene in 2005, with her infectious dancehall-tinged thumper, "Pon de Replay." Her first album, Music of the Sun, went Gold and Rihanna went back into the studio to begin work on her sophomore effort. Six albums later...

Ledisi: Her Own Woman, Happy In Her Own Skin

ledisi1Talking with Ledisi, it was as if I were on a lunch date with a good girlfriend. Known for fan favorites such as "Alright", "Higher Than This" and "Goin' Thru Changes", now the seven time Grammy nominated vocalist is not only kicking off her headline tour called "Be Good To Yourself", but she penned her first book entitled "Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love and Power"—a 176 page masterpiece that was written to give fans a full scope into who she is and the life...

Whitney Houston: Life Lessons For Us All

whitney-houston-feet-6092601Whitney Houston was one of the most beautiful, talented and beloved women in the world. Her talent and beauty was so pure, and so authentic that much like a baby's laugh or church bells ringing, the feel and sound of it is seared into our cultural collective consciousness.

In fact, her voice was so strong and her beauty so stunning that even as she began to decay right in front of our eyes, the public still only chose to see her as the vibrant and popular party girl in I Want to Dance with...

Jill Scott: New Look, New Album, New Woman

Listen-Up-Jill-Scott-Bon-Iver-more-7366LTT-xWith her natural locks now replaced with a relaxed Rihanna-esque short do, a slimmed-down physique (she’s shed more than 60 pounds), and a new album with upbeat tracks featuring hip-hop heavyweights like Doug E. Fresh, fans of the neo-soul songstress Jill Scott may find themselves asking the same question she posed in her 2000 debut album, “Who Is Jill Scott?”    

 

Her brand has undoubtedly evolved from the round-the-way girl from North Philadelphia with the...

"Single Ladies" LisaRaye Triumphantly Proves Life Goes On

LisaRaye-pic-5-300x289The actress speaks with B.Couleur Magazine on the success of her two hit television series, self-enlightenment and the beauty of giving back.

When I first spoke with LisaRaye last year, her reality show, "LisaRaye: The Real McCoy," was premiering on TV One. I enjoyed how candid she was with me in terms of everything: her divorce and the scandal that was attached to it, her feelings of hurt and embarrassment—not to mention the failed friendships that threw her for another loop right in the...

B.Couleur Exclusive: Producer Tracey E. Edmonds Speaks On Why Jumping The Broom Was Important to Make

tracey-edmondsTracey E. Edmonds, President of Our Stories Films gives audiences a positive portrayal of black men with 'Jumping the Broom'.

Jumping the Broom, which made its theatrical debut over Mother’s Day weekend, had an astounding opening, grossing an estimated $13.7 million and coming in No. 3 at the box office.  The comedy, which stars Paula Patton, Angela Bassett, Laz Alonzo and Loretta Devine, cost less than $7 million to produce. However, Tracey E. Edmonds, President of Our...

Lady Day to Lady Tee: The Leading Ladies of Blue-Eyed Soul

Chris-ClarkGrowing up my mother played a lot of what’s now referred to as “old school” music—Atlantic Starr, Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle, Prince, and the like. But I recall being particularly enamored by the voice of the woman singing alongside Rick James in the classic R&B song, “Fire and Desire.” As a child, I thought, this lady can really sing, but I was shocked to learn some years later that this big “Black voice” belonged to a 5-foot White woman—Teena Marie.

Also known as...