Celebrities stop by the ESSENCE photo booth in the New Orleans Convention Center during Fourth of July weekend 2015: Yara Shahidi and mother Keri Shahidi, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Josiah Bell, Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, Lianne La Havas, Gabourey Sidibe and Jussie Smollett, Goapele, Ava DuVernay, and Justine Skye
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m pretty much over this current phase of R&B Bro Music. From Trey Songz to August Alsina to Miguel to Ne-Yo to Jeremih to Jason Derulo, it’s either weed/alcohol, the stripclub, unsexy sex music, or the soundtrack for a good nap. I miss the women that used to hold it down.
These are the top R&B songs from 2014:
When I was having drinks with Cortez on Sunday, I realized why I don’t listen to as much R&B as I used to: the women have disappeared and men make some really terrible R&B songs. Back when I was younger and riding around in the car listening to the radio, Black women were inescapable on R&B stations.
Toni Braxton. Brandy. Mariah Carey. En Vogue. Monica. Mary J. Blige. Kelly Price. Destiny’s Child.
Now it’s just so much testosterone on every station and I’m truly not about that life. We desperately need a Waiting to Exhale moment to bring the spotlight back to the women of R&B who’ve virtually gone missing. I’m not Babyface, but I did put together my favorite R&B tracks by women released in the past 18 months or so. Get into it if you miss the women as much as I do: