Back and better than ever?
A little over three years ago, Jazmine Sullivan shocked her fans by declaring she was “taking a break from music.” The powerhouse performer took to twitter with an “official announcement.”
I’m making an official announcement that I am taking a break from music. I’m trying to figure out who I am… with out a mic, paper or pen. I promised myself when it wasn’t fun anymore I wouldn’t do it, and here I am. I’m not saying I won’t ever sing again in my life because I don’t believe that. But in this moment…right now….I got some things to figure out. I love you all and appreciate u soooo much. You have no idea how much you’ve inspired me and fed my ego. But the truth is that I have to believe in me whether you all do or not and that’s what I’m looking for. That belief in myself. Me. I. I love us. Thanks for being here for me and riding with me on this journey. Let us continue.
Well, the break is seemingly over! Jazmine popped up across the pond and played a sold-out show at KOKO London. Sounding AH-mazing, Jaz performed a few of her hits including “Bust Your Windows”, “Need You Bad” and “Lions, Tigers & Bears”.
Rumor has it that during the show Sullivan revealed that she’s working on her third album and a single is coming soon! This is welcomed news seeing as how her debut album, Fearless and sophomore effort, Love Me Back, were both great projects! In the meantime check out the performances from Saturday’s show below.
“Bust Your Windows”
“Need You Bad”
“Lions, Tigers & Bears”
Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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