There are a few magazines that I would just love to freelance for, and Essence is definitely one of them. I caught sight of the latest cover over at Concrete Loop, and it made me so happy and proud of my fellow bellas. I like when any magazine celebrates female beauty at all stages of life, but seeing women I identify with celebrated in such a manner just always makes me smile.
Wendy Raquel Robinson, Kelly Rowland, and Vanessa Williams all look wonderful, and music legend Nancy Wilson is still stunning! Love how Nancy works the “silver fox” look with those gorgeous earrings. I found this glorious video of her singing one of my favorites, “A Song For You.” She effortlessly embodies elegance and class. Love Nancy Wilson. Expect a post on her soon. But this post is all about the awesome Patti Labelle!
“If You Ask Me To,” and “On My Own” were the songs she released in my youth. Those are both great songs, but my favorite Patti slow jam is “Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)”. I clearly remember the first time I saw a vintage clip of LaBelle performing Lady Marmalade. Those metallic lame outfits were mindblowing stuff to a six year old. (Riddle me this…. why would this amazing live footage of LaBelle performing “Lady Marmalade” and “Get You Somebody New” be flagged for “adult content” by YouTube? That makes no sense). Watch Miss Patti work out this fervent, funky cover of The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, feel her passion in this version of “You’ve Got a Friend” and tell me you’re not a believer!
Labelle was one of the funkiest, bravest girl groups of all time. I would love a Labelle reunion.
I prefer the gritty, soulful, divalicious Patti more than the subtle, slow jam singing Patti. So I just had to share this clip of latter-period Patti Labelle shaking her groove thing like she used to with one of my favorite afrobellas of alllllllllll time, the vivacious and colorful Celia Cruz!
Even though Patti doesn’t seem to know what the heck she’s singing, she’s still got the rhythm and is clearly having a blast.
Patti Labelle is aging like fine wine. Azucar!