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Leighton Meester, Lea Michele, Nina Dobrev, Sophia Bush, Julianne Hough and Renee Elise Goldsberry attend The 2017 InStyle and Warner Bros. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for InStyle)

Tamar-kali Is Hardcore More Than A Little Bit

Tamar Kali doesn’t have bad shows, because that’s just not her thing. Sure, if regular guitarist Jerome Jordan’s onstage that night she’ll let him drop to his knees and play that nasty masterblastoff solo he likes to play, but other than that she puts her band through tight changes–no fucking around.

For Kali, that’s the only way to get to her sound, which for better or worse is wrapped up neatly (and without a total lack of mystery) in the title The Geechee Goddess Hardcore Warrior Soul EP she is currently finishing for release on her own Oya Warrior Records.

“If we’re in the basement, sure, act a fool” says Kali. “But what I don’t like is to be up on nobody’s stage and not have it together, because I will be infuriated and a mess.”

That’s a frightening prospect–the infuriated mess–because the image Kali has constructed for herself befits her chosen namesake of the Indian goddess. She has created an image of oozing black female sexuality crossed with a thundering hardcore authority that has attracted a mishmash of fans: moshing white boys, moshing black boys, and more recently, fawning, affirmation-hungry black girls.

One such black girl went to see Kali perform recently; things being what they are these days the chick was expecting Jill Scott and got something she later described as “kind of rock-y.”

That’s a gross misappraisal; though she can send the hordes to the floor with a stormy refrain like: Get down on your knees/And beg motherfucker/Beg motherfucker/Beg for mooooore, Kali’s voice commands any number of tones, from a deep blues hover to a back-of-the-neck church shout, and it’s all pretty–or pretty scary at times.

But as a survivor rather than a newcomer to the scene, Kali–whose influences run from Bad Brains through Kate Bush and PJ Harvey to the politicism of Nina Simone, for whom she directed a musical tribute earlier this year (“Nina was a punk rock icon to me, because she had more angst than a little bit, and she said what the hell she wanted and lived where she wanted–whereas folks today are caught up in some rigmarole bullshit.”)–isn’t stressed or pressed to be labeled.

“There’s gonna be a lot of terrible stuff put out in the name of black rock,” predicts Kali. “And I’m just glad I won’t have anything to do with it. I’m so butch, I’m so black, I’m so African, I don’t need to subscribe to anything. All I have to do is breathe.”

@msleamichele: Love these girls! #InStyleGlobes @instyle @goldenglobes.

Sophia Bush pictured at the Golden Globes with Lea Michele, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Leighton Meester, Nina Dobrev, Julianne Hough & more, January 8th 2017.

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Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child.

I will never understand how actors can so effortlessly work with their exes. Like Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray worked with each other for like 4 years after they divorced and even had to kiss on screen and be in love during that time. Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerholder had to kiss and be a couple on screen after they broke up. Crystal Reed and Daniel Sharman had to kiss and be together for a half a season literally right after they broke up. Like how tf can you do that? I know I wouldn’t be able to

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People that are meant to be together always find their ways in the end.

- Brooke (Sophia Bush)


I’m just here looking at the striking similarities these two perfect former couples have.

Chad and Sophia ——-  Lucas and Brooke (One Tree Hill)
Ian and Nina ——- Damon and Elena (The Vampire Diaries)

The had almost similar love stories and they both had perfect chemistry. They practically boosted their individual shows <3 It’s just sad that they became couples in their respective shows and then in real life but broke up after several years. They looked so happy and in love in each other’s arms… </3

But that’s okay because, in our hearts, they will always belong to each other.


I wanted to thank you for giving me everything I’ve always wanted. A love that consumed me. And passion. Adventure. There’s nothing more I could ever want other than for it to last forever but it can’t.  

- Elena (Nina Dobrev)