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Tamar Braxton’s Voice

(by Deleesa Hunter)

Tamar Braxton’s voice has been on my mind lately, so I’m glad I got the chance to finally write about it. Tamar Braxton is the star of reality hit reality series Braxton Family Values and the spin-off Tamar and Vince. She also just happens to have an amazing singing voice. There is so much about her voice that I just LOVE, while there are some things she does with her voice that I am not a fan of. I will explore all of these points in this blog.

What I love about her voice is the clarity, weight, agility and timbre. Tamar’s voice, especially in the upper register, reminds me of a horn. As she ascends in her range her voice gets more resonant and freer. It’s almost as if her voice is relieved to finally hit an f5. It’s a very light voice which allows her to move very freely, again, mostly in her upper chest register. She is a true coloratura soprano. Unfortunately it takes her a while to get to the freedom she achieves in her high notes. Most times it doesn’t happen until the very end of the song. Why is this? Aren’t lower notes, by default, easier to sing  than high notes? Not necessarily. Continue reading Tamar Braxton’s Voice

Get Your Life: 5 Ways To Never Ever Procrastinate Again



You may not have broken your New Year’s resolution yet—but that’s likely because you just haven’t gotten around to it! If you’re like me procrastination is something that plagues everything that I do–from my personal life to my professional life, I somehow find everything in the world to do other than what I am supposed to do.

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So in order to get my life together, I decided to find someone who can help me out, someone who gets paid to help you get your life. That’s where stress expert and founder of meQuilibrium, Jan Bruce comes in. Let her get your life together to and show you how to re-direct your energy to stop procrastinating and get on track to meet your goals.

1. Get to the root cause.

First you have to understand what you’re trying to do…

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Exclusive Interview: Sebastian Mikael Talks His Upcoming Album “Speechless”, Inspirations, Regrets, & More!

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“R&B is dead” is a cliché statement heard over and over again, for music lovers yearn for the romance, passion, and soul that once consisted of this genre. Nowadays, music lovers have to listen long and hard for quality artists, but with one new artist, fans did not have to search very far. Sebastian Mikael captured ears and hearts last year with his Wale enlisted single Last Night which combined modern-day themes with a familiar old school sound. Now, this Berklee College of Music alum is riding his wave of success with his latest track Forever, all while he is working on his debut album Speechless. Below, I hope fans fall more in love with the newest addition to the recent string of artists, helping being the soulful sound back to R&B!

Jasmine: Your track Last Night it blew up the airwaves last year and you are definitely…

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Interview: Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart Talks About New Album, Possible Floetry Reunion, & More!!!

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Years ago, a group by the name of Floetry captivated our minds, hearts, and eardrums with the combination of poetry, spoken word, and mesmerizing singing. Yet, when Floetry disbanded in 2007, Marsha Ambrosius went for the R&B spotlight, whereas Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart stayed true to her Neo-Soul, poetic style. Now, just a couple of weeks away from the release of her third solo album Rise Of The Phoenix Mermaid , The Floacist is feeling as free and content with herself than ever before, coming to grips with the thought that everything happens for a reason. I must say I have never left a conversation with someone feeling so inspired, but after talking with The Floacist, her positive energy and spirit resonated with me in a way I’ve never experienced before, and I hope you all feel that energy after listening and/or reading my interview with her below!

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Patti Labelle, Janelle Monae & Ariana Grande Cover ‘Proud Mary’ & We’re Like Yasss!


patti labelle Patti Labelle , Janelle Monae and Ariana Grande all on one stage… Lawd , we’re not worthy! The vocalists joined each other for a once in a lifetime performance at the “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House,” concert on Thursday.

“Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, what’s up, how are ya?,” Ariana greeted the First family before belting out an impressive cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” followed by her own song “Tattooed Heart.”

After Grande’s solo performance, Patti took the floor and brought down the house with her entertaining and powerful vocals on top of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” that was only complete when she was joined by Jill Scott, Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae and Ariane Grande. What a finale!

“Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House,” will air April 7 on PBS. Catch a sneak peek of the special, below:


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DAVID AND TAMELA MANN 25th wedding Anniversary

If you and your significant other made it through Valentine’s Day together, congrats! If not, better luck next time. Either way, everyone can stand to gain some insight on how to get it right by watching one of my favorite couples in love, David and Tamela Mann. In this 25th wedding anniversary special, the playful couple talks about how they met, renew their vowels, and even bust a few moves before Mrs. Mann rips the mic with “Take Me To The King”.

Catch the Dancing Dolls on Lifetime

On March 5th get ready to see what Jackson is bringing.  The Dancing Dolls of The Doll House Dance Factory have their own show premiering on the Lifetime channel.

Screen shot from premiere episode of Bring it!
Screenshot from premiere episode of Bring it!

The preview clip for Bring It! promises that the cast won’t just bring the dancing, but the drama as well.  Dance Moms watch your backs! Coach D and her dance moms might have something for you.  See what’s in store here.

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Screenshot from Bring It!