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Bey is dropping other messages throughout as well: She likes her baby’s hair with baby hair and afros, black noses like Jackson 5 noses, her hot sauce in her bag, and she’s unapologetic about her Texas accent (and everything else) folks give her hell about. She wants women and black folks to know their formation is their slayage. So slay on.

Formation!

—  The YBF

I hate it when girls or boys will break up with their girlfriend or boyfriend or whoever, and then they say shit like “seven months of my life wasted” or shit like that. No. At some point of your life you wanted to be with them more than anyone else. You missed them at night. You cried when you were scared for them. You told them how much you loved them in long paragraphs for no reason. Honestly. Just because those feelings are over now does not mean it was a waste

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Born on this day: February 6, 1950 - R&B/Pop and Jazz vocal legend Natalie Cole (born Natalie Maria Cole in Los Angeles, CA). Happy Birthday to this great vocalist on what would have been her 66th Birthday. We love and miss you, “Sweetie”!!

If there was ever a definition for funky smooth then I think that this new track by Pretty Sister is that, I mean some on its so freaking good. The track called DRIVE is the bands first in over 9 months but it was easily worth the wait as its filled with these infectious snappy synths, funky guitar riffs that get your head bopping with ease and those smooth and luscious vocals that just give this song the extra flair that makes it just pop. The track is funk and R&B melded perfectly together to create a track that is near darn irresistible, Uptown Funk may’ve just been dethroned as the modern killer funk track - Jakk

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On this day in music history: February 6, 1982 - “Call Me” by Skyy hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #26 on the Hot 100 on March 6, 1982. Written by Randy Muller, it is the biggest hit for the Brooklyn, NY based R&B band fronted by sisters Delores, Denise and Bonnie Dunning. Producer, songwriter and music Randy Muller, also a member of the seminal R&B/Funk band Brass Construction, comes up with the idea for “Call Me” when Ken Cayre, head of the bands’ label Salsoul Records, challenges him to come up with a song that will stir up some “controversy”, something with a “soap opera” element to it. Taking Cayre’s advice, Muller goes home and writes it about a woman who hooks up with her best friends’ boyfriend when she notices he’s unhappy in that relationship. The crowning touch on the song is added when bandleader and drummer Solomon Roberts, Jr. adds the songs’ signature “telephone rap”. Released as the first single from Skyy’s fourth album “Skyy Line” in November of 1981,“Call Me”, quickly becomes a hit club dance floors and on R&B radio. The single also gives Skyy its greatest pop crossover success when it reaches the top 30 on the Hot 100. It also gives the band their biggest selling album, spending five weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart (non-consecutive), topping the chart on the same date as the single, and reaching Gold status by the Spring of 1982.

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“Formation” (Dirty) - Beyoncé

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Leon Bridges - Better Man