This is the Angie Stone I love best.
Sheâ€™s so real and strong and bad-ass in this video, with her fabulous fro, henna rinse, and leather skirt. â€œBrothaâ€ is one of the best music videos out there in my opinion. Mahogany Soul is one of my favorite albums, and Iâ€™ve listened to Stone Hits at top volume every time Iâ€™ve taken a bath for about the last three months. (Somebody please tell me why â€œTwenty Dollarsâ€ isnâ€™t on Stone Hits! I love that song. It totally should have been on her best of). I love me some Angie Stone. But dammit, she is pissing me off right about now.
This is the Angie Stone I canâ€™t stand.
Iâ€™m gonna have to say the nay-no, my damie.
When I saw that she was going to be on this season of Celebrity Fit Club, I had a bad feeling. I donâ€™t mind watching has-beens, train wrecks, and attention whores sweat and get yelled at by a rabid trainer, but not Angie. I feared for her soulful mystique. Turns out, I was right to worry.
I wanted Angie to be determined and push herself. I wanted her to surpass the judgesâ€™ expectations, like Erika Eleniak seems to be doing. Unfortunately, sheâ€™s disappointing her teammates, and at least one fan. Every time I hear her say something like, “Iâ€™m jogging on the treadmill. Mentally, Iâ€™m jogging on the treadmill at this point because I know now that I can do it without my heart failing;” I want to scream. I couldnâ€™t stand to watch her struggle anymore, to watch her make excuse after pathetic excuse. It got so bad that I can hardly watch the show. I just read Rich’s hilarious recaps on VH1â€™s Celebreality blog.
As an aside, I also hate her hair on the show. What happened, Angie? Your natural locks made you so fierce and distinctive.
Lose the wig and let the fro grow, girl.
At the end of last weekâ€™s episode when Angie threatened to quit, I had a revelation. I realized that I get so angry at Angie because she is me. Or at least, sheâ€™s who I identify with the most. So when I think â€œGoddamn Angie, stop shifting blame,â€ Iâ€™m getting angry at myself for years of inactivity. When I want to shake her and say â€œQuit being so bloody stubborn,â€ Iâ€™ve been trying to use the momentum to peel myself off the couch and away from the television. Instead of rooting for Angie, Iâ€™m trying to use my frustration as a motivating tool.
When I went power walking this afternoon, I listened to Stone Hits on my iAudio. It looks like she might flake out in the next episode. It disappoints me, but I know where those feelings are coming from. I know how easy it can be to give up on an exercise routine. I hope Angie doesnâ€™t give up on the show, I really do. I just want her to defy expectations, for me.