Before I launch into this week’s Afrobella, Conya Doss, I want to thank Beauty, of the amazing music site Beauty N The Beat. She’s become my go-to source for the hottest new urban tracks. Thanks to her, I discovered this week’s Afrobella, the super-fierce and mega-talentd Conya Doss.Conya Doss

I’ll admit, the fro entranced me first. A quick flip through her online photo gallery revealed that it’s probably a wig in some of the publicity shots, but I think the photos of her with fans are of her real hair, which is GORGEOUS.Conya Doss /></p>
<p>(I’m still getting fooled by this natural-looking wig deal, y’all. Expect a post on that soon. I digress.)</p>
<p>What makes Conya Doss so cool to me is her flavor. Listen to her share her influences in this <a href=great interview on Honey Soul. She’s got amazing style, and she is a wonderful singer! Peep her MySpace page and listen to “Heaven Duet” and “Tell Me Why.” Her vibe is so old-school. She reminds me of Roberta Flack and Chaka Khan.

I found her bio to be most inspiring. Conya used to be better known as Miss Doss, when she taught underprivileged kids. I taught some college intro courses when I was doing my MFA and that was pretty much tough enough for me, so I have NOTHING but respect for real teachers who go into the community and make a difference.

When I was growing up, I had a teacher who definitely inspired me in terms of just being a strong, confident, natural beauty. (Shout out to Miss Stroud, the best history teacher a girl could ask for.) She made a big difference in the kind of woman I wanted to be, so I can only imagine how much her kids love Miss Doss and look up to her.

Hooray for Conya Doss and positive teacher role models everywhere!

I have yet to see her videos on VH1 Soul, but I sincerely hope that she makes it mainstream and we all start seeing and hearing much more of her. Her combination of undeniable talent, and beauty are inspiring to say the least.

Congratulations, Conya Doss, you’re Afrobella of the Week!

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