*Women’s Day Edition* – Ladies of Broadcast Tribute

You all know by now that I do this segment of my blog entitled “Crush Alot” once a month that praises beautiful women whom I wish I had in my life. These are mainly women who I actually have crushes on, or admire their perceived public image.

Seeing as to how today is International Women’s Day

(Get up on your knowledge – see here;

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/03/08/world.womens.day/index.html?section=cnn_latest),

I’d like to celebrate and applaud the wonderful women of broadcast journalism and the news media world today by presenting a special edition of Crush Alot that focuses on all of my favorite ladies in front of the camera and behind the airwaves…

Women like Jeopardy’s Kelly Miyahara or my longtime fav, Ms. Jacque Reid & my new Crush, Tamron Hall of MSNBC.

These are dedicated souls who put their best face forward, are masters of poise and professionalism, and bring worlds together by supplying information at the microwave pace of today’s twitter-linked ADHD society and it’s insatiable thirst.

Who doesn’t Love the ever so sophisticated Sade Baderinwa?

Many of them are proactive in charity work and outside endeavors, but it’s on the job where they have broken down and continue to break down doors that have unbelievably, still up to now been untouched! There has been a great disparity in this field concerning gender and race representation, now witness a generation of women who marry both worlds and have brought this image to the forefront. Nowadays it’s not uncommon to see your primetime news or world coverage being brought to you by a strikingly gorgeous woman with a non-traditional name. This was not the norm 2 decades ago. Let alone, seeing them as the face of the actual news program, or given their full credit. There’s also a noticeable difference in the stylishness of the average reporter. These women look straight out of a catalog. Who would’ve thought that one day, it’d be regular to have poster-ready journalists on the red carpet, or as your screen saver?

In a way,

these women are like my ideal look type. Although I know they probably let loose on their own time, their on-the-job look represents what I love; style that shows off that they are indeed beauitful, feminine women, but carries a certain level of class in how that is exhibited and what’s revealed. Sometimes that dope tight turtleneck is 10 times sexier than the tube-top you have to pull up every 3 minutes. Take notes young chickies!

Here’s a few of those aforementioned Ladies killing the game and changing Minority to Majority story by story…

Pardon me for the Butt shot Profile but…

The smokin’ Hot woman above is Sharon Tay,

and here is a lovely lady who I had the pleasure of working with, Ms. Angela McKenzie.

If you remember a week and a half ago, I made mention of the Canadian Bombshell as she threw an event through her non-for-profit organization and her syndicated radio program, Initiative radio, Which you can catch here

I was more than honored to be apart of her event,

Initiative Radio with Angela McKenzie Salutes, Black History Maker;

Ralph McDaniels.

I put up the footage from the show, but it was an even bigger deal to find out that she coordinated it singlehandedly. Then, I was completely blown away to discover that Angela Mack as I call her, is a performer herself! Here’s a look at her in action.

Upon finding out about making it onto this segment, she told me that I must have an affinity for foreign women with big foreheads and freckles, but that was just her doing her whole downplay thing. Be on the lookout for her name to be popping up somewhere near you, making moves that make a difference.

Having that said, Angela,

YOU, and all of the women pictured above are My New Crush!!!

Honorable mention goes to Egypt, Big Lez, & Soledad O’Brien for holding it down all of these years.

And because the whole of March is Women’s History Month, I’m giving a double dose of the Crush Alot installments. Catch me at the end of the month!

No Further ADU!

The Queen.

I told you I was going to do this post!

Welcome again to my favorite segment of this site.

My Love affair with Helen FolaSade Adu is a bit deeper than a crush admittedly.

She is so unaffected that it’s alluring.

Her detached, otherworldly demeanor is apart of her mystique.

The Original MILF, she made 40, put 20 -somethings to shame when she re-emerged after the first of her 2 Ten year hiatuses. Her model-esque features, golden skintone and the Goddess-like air about her are what makes her something almost dreamy. There may also be alot to be said for the whole Euro thing and the knowledge that she is directly from the continent of Africa. African women have this Beauty that seems to stem from the face more than anywhere else, and European women have this sexual appeal that is hard to define.

Now, I’m in no position to harp on forehead sizes, so I won’t touch on the much mentioned subject that still remains the ONE thing that people come up with when they’re looking for a flaw in Ms. Adu, but I dare you to find another.

I can say that, just like my last Crush Alot entry, Tatyana M. Ali, Sade is severely affected by the Jungle Fever bug to the point that I don’t think there’s ever been a Black man in the public records of her lovelife. But a guy can dream right?

This may be the shortest Crush Alot entry I’ve done because there’s not much more that I can tell you about her that you don’t already know or haven’t already heard.

Like I mentioned before in a previous blog,

Black men seemingly have this Oedipus Complex with Sade.

It’s a tricky web of respect and regale, mixed with the desire to be with, an appreciation for the total package of her beauty and the secret lust to just want to see the freak behind the mysterious glare.

True enough,

Sade is obviously fully aware and in control of her seductiveness. But, perhaps this being a sign of age or class, unlike the Beyonce’s of our time, she puts it in your face, without you even realizing it. It’s in her eyes. Her poses. The profile she strikes or the hypnotism of her graceful movements. Something is to be said about the woman who can make love to the camera. And hers is especially dangerous because it’s far from blatant. In fact, it’s very controlled and understated. It builds the imagination. But yet agin, there’s that web

I’ve never had a straight -up sexual thought about Sade. As a matter of fact, in all my times of barber shop and car wash convo, I don’t ever recall hearing any man speak in reference to her in any inappropriate way. Even though we all know in the back of our minds that we’d love to be the guy she takes to bed with her, there’s just this underlying reminder of her Maternal energy. Even before we knew she was leaving the game to drop babies.

Coupled with this mommy-like energy, she has this super-powerful glow to her. A kind of surreal existential charm.

This is only enhanced when married together with her lyrics and voice. I don’t think I’ve ever even heard Sade speak in an interview (But speaking of which, how crazy and awkward is it that she’s going to be on BET’s 106 & Park tonight as a guest performer???! – talk about generation gaps and courtesy claps – I’ll be cringing in a few hours for sure), but her singing voice, while highly debated upon, is the stuff that haunts.

I,

for one,

Love her voice. the Accent and all…

And as an owner of all of her albums, I understand that her words meet the music in places most artists can’t even imagine. They make the songs in conjunction.

Take one of my favorites,

“Couldn’t Love You More”

Even her humming & adlibing is perfectly placed and moves the songs where they’re supposed to be moved.

Here’s a boatload of my favorite songs and videos of hers. Why not??

(If you recognize the Bassline of this song, then you may be old enough to remember that the Late Teddy Pendergrass made a small Comeback hit in the early 90’s using a sample of this song. You also know that Sade is one of the hardest groups and artists to sample from).

And 2 of my Favorite videos of all time – EVER!!

Her New album, Soldier Of Love is out today.

To keep up with all the newest and latest with her, check out her site.

And if you’re like me, you are FEENIN’ for a chance to see her perform live. So if any of you out there have any leads, hit me  Please!

And then today, my boy Killa texts me to tell me about some song with her, Erykah Badu & Maino!!

What??!!

You know I’ll get to the bottom of this…

In the meantime,

nevermind that you are finally looking your age, or the fact that I dated another chic with your name,

SADE,

You are and always will be,

My Crush!

All Hail! SADE Returns with New Single. New Album February 2010!

DO YOU NOT SEE WHAT’S ABOVE??

THIS IS THE GODDESS HERSELF – SADE!!

I know by now you’ve heard this from 80 million entertainment blogs and music outlets, but damn,

Someone was JUST asking me when she’s coming back out. You always hear the same point made in reference to Ms. Adu; ‘she always takes 10 years inbetween albums’.

Well, it’s officially been 8.

Maxwell eat your heart out! We’re about to see how a comeback is truly done.

What a way to build anticipation! It almost looks like she’s embracing her status as an ethereal Icon in these promo shots.

Now I get the thing with Sade. You either are madly in Love with her and her music like myslef who owns every last release, or you just can’t get into it.

Her songs are either your ultimate idea of what Romance sounds and feels like, or it’s the soundtrack to suicide.

My Aunt Jackie was teasing me recently about how ALL black men have an ongoing love affair with Sade and are totally infatuated with her.

I don’t know if that’s the case, but it does seem to be a prominent Commonality. With that said, look for a Super Love Deluxe Sade special Crush Alot section honoring the Queen in February.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, and my growing iTunes collection,

Sade returns to the music scene on February 8th with her first album since her early millenium release, Lovers Rock. The aptly titled Soldier of Love, is the lead single which is also the name of the album. It finds her experimenting with a harder, more metallic, Drum heavy sound, while maintaining her sultry, other-worldy presence (Hear it here – http://www.sade2009.com/index.php)

Now, since I’m not a music journalist, I’ll stop there and stick to what I know – Which is Irony.

How’s this for Irony?

Why is this album dropping on the same date that is the birthday of my last girlfriend, who’s name happens to be what??…Shade….

A Day in the life of Mr. 16…