WERK! 7 R&B Divas Who Rock Natural Hair

When rocking wigs, weaves, and sew-ins  become costly, and sometimes too much to manage, you can always rely on your natural tresses, short or long .

Here are seven R&B sisters who “werk” their natural hair with confidence and style.

Jill Scott

Since the beginning of her career, Jill Scott has always been fearless when it comes to showing her natural hair. She certainly looks beautiful and we love this look!

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Ledisi Announces ‘Let Love Rule Tour’ with Melanie Fiona and Tweet

Ledisi will take over the U.S. with her Let Love Rule Tour. She will be joined by Melanie Fiona and Tweet.

The 17-city tour kicks off on May 24 in Raleigh, NC and will include stops in Atlanta, D.C., Cleveland, and Memphis, to name a few.

The tour is named after Ledisi’s Grammy-nominated album, which received nominations in the “Best R&B Album,” “Best R&B Performance,” and “Best Traditional R&B Performance” categories at this year’s ceremony.

Melanie Fiona, who recently wrapped her mini winter tour, will be supporting her forthcoming album Next Train that is slated to release later this year. The album will feature singles “Remember U” and “Bite the Bullet.”

Tickets for the Let Love Rule Tour go on sale this Friday, March 2.

Before setting out on her new tour, Ledisi will appear at the Apollo Theater for a special one night only concert celebrating artist, activist and Apollo legend Nina Simone with Nina and Me: Ledisi Celebrates Nina Simone Live at the Apollo on March 9. The evening will feature Ledisi performing the timeless music of Nina Simone alongside some of her own, chart-topping hits.

Let Love Rule Tour Dates
May 24 — Raleigh, NC Ritz
May 25 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
May 26 — Atlanta, GA @ ATL Soul Life Music Festival*
May 27 — Orlando, FL @ House of Blues**
May 29 — Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim Center
May 30 — Greenville, SC @ Peace Center PAC
June 1 — Washington, DC @ Capital Jazz Festival*
June 2 — Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Resort & Spa
June 3 — Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
June 4 — Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
June 6 — Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
June 7 — Detroit, MI @ MotorCity Casino
June 8 — Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
June 9 — Hammond, IN @ Venue at Horseshoe Casino
June 10 — Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
June 13 — Nashville, TN @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
June 14 — Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
June 15 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues
June 17 — Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre

* Festival appearance

**Tweet will not be appearing

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Janelle Monáe Releases Two New Songs: ‘Make Me Feel’ and ‘Django Jane’

It’s officially Janelle Monáe season. The Grammy-nominated singer makes a strong return with two new songs and accompanying visuals — “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane.”

The visual for “Make Me Feel” was directed by Alan Ferguson (who is married to Solange). The colorful clip captures the spirited, celebratory voice of Monáe as she affectionately nods to the ripe sounds surrounding the 1980’s music and dance revolution. “It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender / An emotional, sexual bender / Mess me up, yeah, but no one does it better / There’s nothing better,” she sings.

“Django Jane” shows Monáe in another light. The singer switches up her style for a more conscious, rap-inspired tune. The video was directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning with additional vagina monologue footage directed by Lacey Duke. The song is a powerful black girl magic womanifesto that celebrates the strength of black women and black culture while addressing the trials and tribulations of identity in the 21st Century.

Both tracks will appear on Monáe’s upcoming album, Dirty Computer, which is set to arrive on April 27. Monáe opened up about her new album in an interview with Beat 1’s Zane Lowe. “You know I always knew that I had to make this album,” she revealed. “I actually had this title on this concept before my first album The ArchAndriod and it scared me because a lot of the things that I knew that I needed to say were very deep, very personal, from the heart. You know this is an extremely vulnerable album and it took me a while to make it because I’m a self editor.

She continued, “I self-edit myself a lot. I’m like I don’t want to talk about this, I don’t want to talk about that. I had to kind of have people at Wonderland on my team to hold me accountable to it. They were like OK, you said you wanted to make this album before your first album, this is the opportunity for you to just really choose honesty over mystery. I know that there are a lot of things that I haven’t discussed and I think this is the album that you’ll get an opportunity to get a closer glimpse into my mind and into my heart.”

“Make Me Feel”

“Django Jane”

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Janelle Monáe Announces New Album ‘Dirty Computer’

So much for McAfee virus protection. Janelle Monáe plans to corrupt hard drives everywhere with the release of her highly-awaited fourth studio album, Dirty Computer, this year. In anticipation of this moment, Monáe has released an online trailer for the project.

In typical Monáe fashion, she uses the 30-second album announcement to push the artistic envelope with striking images. From the police arming a women to the “PrimeTime” singer kissing her rumored love interest (Tessa Thompson), the ultramodern visual has fans wanting more.

Monáe’s captivating voice plays in the clip’s background. “They drained us of our dirt and all the things that made us special. And then you were lost, sleeping, and you didn’t remember anything at all.”

Dirty Computer will be Monáe’s first studio album as a solo artist since 2013’s The Electric Lady, which generated rave reviews.

Watch the bold Dirty Computer trailer below.

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