L Boogie’s Lessons

How many life lessons have we all learned  listening to the  Miseducation of Lauryn Hill? When I saw her live performance at the Rock Like a Girl concert and she ended the  set with the  infamous “That Thing” and repeated the infamous mantra “How you gonna win, when you not right within,” I was reminded of how much her presence meant to so many young black girls around the world. Here she was  a little brown girl with so much talent and pride you could not help but fall in love with her. Her style with the Fugees was so different and refreshing till this day I feel what they brought to the hip hop game is immeasurable. I still get teary eyed whenever I watch Sister Act 2 and she sings her little heart out. We cheered for her in the movie, we wanted to her win. So much of what we saw in her talent translated into our own individual worlds. Here  was a multifaceted black woman with her natural short hair giving the status quo something valuable to contend with.

I think one of the most valuable lessons I learned while Lauryn took a sabbatical and the  world became privy of  her personal romantic tragedies is the humanness of her experience. She is a woman just like the rest us, fallible to unhealthy romantic  liaisons.  Yes she had some mishaps professionally but her loyal fans understood.  My only wish would have been if she was not ready, to give herself more time. But luckily, the performance  I witnessed at the Kennedy Center  for Beverly Bond’s non-profit organization Black Girls Rock  was  amazing. She seemed energetic, and ready to put on a show, a free show representing the significance of black girls, which made the totality of the experience even better.

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Brianna Colette

Born and raised in Nashville Tennessee and later in Northern Virginia. While on her rise this singer/songwriter/actress is the character Tonya Wiggins in Grand Theft Auto (GTA 5) video game, national commercials and print ads, for Kit Kat, Diet Pepsi, McDonald’s and Dark & Lovely’s newest Color Intense Spicy Red Campaign and is the voice in the Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Commercial. This 5’9″ beauty has also walked the fashion runway as french designer Ellie Kuame’s Muse & the Reality to Runway show at NYFW. Headlining her successful three week New Stars Of America “Body and Soul Tour” in Russia, Brianna was hand picked to perform with Ray Chew for A Tribute to Stevie Wonder on the WBLS Main Stage along with (Destiny’s Child) Michelle Williams & TGT (Tank, Ginuwine, & Tyrese). Brianna has performed at some of New York’s premiere venues like BBKing’s, Toshi’s Living Room, S.O.B’s, DROM, The Village Underground, 2013 Circle of Sisters at the Jacob Javitz Ctr, & Jazziz in Boca Raton, FL. She is featured as Vibe Vixens “Next Artist”, in the Amsterdam News, Signature Hits, Creme, Enspire, & Movement Magazines and the Daily Single to name a few, creating a huge buzz in the music industry. Brianna’s music videos “Too Old”and “Sad To Say” are in heavy rotation on MTV-UK and BET/International and is at number 26 on the Deutsche music charts in Europe, her music is featured in a RedBull media film titled “Sugar Beat” about young Women in Extreme Sports. Working with YMCMB’s Singer/Songwriter/Producer Josh Exantus & Ty “Music Man” Johnson on new music for her EP “Glorious” which is sure to establish her as a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Even with a busy schedule Brianna still finds the time to lend her talent and support to The Unicorn Children’s Foundation “My Goal Laughs for Autism”, and “The Children’s Literacy Program.” 

More than just a singer, this Cajun Queen is looking to make her musical mark in this new era of emerging artists.