Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Video Shout-Out: Four Women

Here are words I never thought I'd utter - I really enjoyed watching BET the other night. I know, I know. Mark the date and the time. Black Girls Rock! was a show paying tribute to black girls and spotlighting not only celebrities but some everyday black girls who rock as well. The legend award was given to Ms. Ruby Dee who is one of my all-time Bougie Heroes.

Some of the performances were um, challenged and whoever the stylist was needed to be slapped, taken outside and slapped again. But this performance by Jill Scott, Ledisi, Marsha Ambrosius and Kelly Price of the Nina Simone classic "Four Women" was powerful, brilliant, and awe-inspiring.

“Four Women” first appeared on Nina Simone’s 1966 album, “Wild Is the Wind” and addresses stereotypes of African-American women embodied by the names: “Aunt Sarah,” “Safronia,” “Sweet Thing” and “Peaches.”

Who saw Black Girls Rock? What did you think? How refreshing is it to see real singers!! Enjoy your weekend.

20 comments:

blackprofessor said...

Me too Chele! I couldn't believe I was watching BET but I really enjoyed the show and especially seeing Hydeia Broadbent. It was awesome and I am hoping for more positive shows like this but I am with you 100%

Thanks for the info about the avatar!

Ijuscant said...

I didn't watch it but I loved the Four women performance.

Ms. Jay said...

I was pleasantly surprised by BET . I am not a fan of BET , I just think that its not really helping to uplift us as a people. Loved the show. I agree some folks needed to be slapped , and others were excellent. I too am a fan of REAL SINGERS , not these women who can only sing w/ autotune or in a record studio

Jeanette.Nicole said...

I haven't watched it yet (it's on my DVR waiting), but this performance is everything to me. Ledisi showed up and showed out!

BlackButterfly said...

I haven't seen it yet because I despise BET and couldn't bring myself to tune in because BET always finds a way to make me regret it.

Brneyed1 said...

Though I heard Black Girls Rock was really very good, I couldn't force myself to turn on BET. I've been so disappointed by their programming in years past, I didn't trust this to be good. Now I'm wishing I'd watched it.

Hidi said...

I heard the original "Four Women" via youtube and it was amazing. The Black Girls' Rock performance did not disappoint. Beautiful. I love their voices. :)

OneChele said...

You're welcome.

OneChele said...

I generally hate BET with the passion of 1000 suns but this show well done. Pleasant surprise.

OneChele said...

Indeed she did

OneChele said...

I feel you but this was the exception to the rule

OneChele said...

It's on again tomorrow night

OneChele said...

Agreed. It's hard to do justice the one and only Nina but these ladies managed,

Glim Glam Girl said...

I didn't see the whole program, but I did tune in towards the last hour or so. And surprisingly enough, I really did enjoy it. So much so that I want to catch it from the beginning. Most of all, I'm glad that we have finally realized that we don't have to wait for others to recognize or appreciate the contributions we have made and continue to make. I think Nia Long made mention of that at some point.

However, I would tweak, one itsy bitsy piece of it. And that's Fantasia's inability to recognize where she is and KEEP HER SHOES ON!!! As talented as she may be she ain't Patti. I think "shoe removal" is expected from Patti LaBelle during a concert. But during a dignified performance, I think not. Yeah, I know Fantasia has been through some thangs, and she could probably use a bit more exposure to other experiences beyond her own backyard. But when you are setting a standard or raising the bar, you need to at least look and act the part. I'm just sayin'...

buttascotch said...

Thank you for posting the details on that song. That was the first time hearing in and I was scouring these here internets to find the title! Thanks again.

GammasWorld said...

Oh I didn't know you posted this! I blipped the original last night as I was in a social commentatin kind of mood Saturday night after watching a twitter fight. These ladies DID.NOT.DISAPPOINT and the original is one of my favs!

BlackButterfly said...

I meditate on it. :)

CaliGirlED said...

I saw Black Girls Rock and I thought it was excellent. Loved the tribute to Ms. Ruby Dee (I adore her!), loved the tribute to Raven Simone and when she said, "If the answer was no, then I would just say, You're not the person that I need to be talking to." I need to write that on my hand, with the project that I'm working on! I digress...Loved the tributes to the everyday girls who are ROCKIN IT!!!

The performance by Jill (LOVE HER), Ledisi, Marsha and Kelly was awesome!

reality check said...

This performance rocked. I'm usually on the I-hate-BET bandwagon too, but this show has allowed me to step off for a bit. Glad for the re-introduction to Nina Simone. Hadn't listened to anything of hers in a while, but this makes me wanna scour the internets for all things Nina and just listen for a while.

CorettaJG said...

This is a beautiful performance. Oh Ledisi, Ledisi. You better bring it home girl.

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