She’s got beautiful hair and a stunning face, and she’s talented like nobody’s business. Esperanza Spalding has the whole package going for her. I’ve been a fan for a while now – remember this 2008 interview? Even then I knew she was going to be HUGE. So much has changed for Esperanza since then. She’s performed at the White House for the Obamas. She won the Best New Artist Grammy Award over Justin Bieber, in a huge upset for his legions of tween fans. And 2012 has already been huge for Esperanza. I was lucky enough to see her on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. She looked STUNNING. Way to represent natural hair all the way!



I had the opportunity to interview her on the red carpet about her fashion, her hair, her upcoming album, and her then-impending performance at the Academy Awards!

Afrobella interviews Esperanza Spalding at the Oscars


Esperanza’s dress was by Prophetik and it’s made of natural, organic silk. Absolutely gorgeous and so appropriate for her style!


And yours truly needs to work on her red carpet interviewing skills. So not used to working with a microphone, on camera! I’ll get there, y’all.

I briefly got to tell Esperanza that I LOVE her video with Algebra Blesset. Have you seen Black Gold? IT IS SO GOOD. The song is beautiful and the video is so, so special. You absolutely must watch.

Esperanza’s latest album, Radio Music Society, drops tomorrow. NPR gives fans an early listen right here – click to experience Radio Music Society! Check out the official trailer on HuffPo – featuring some of Esperanza’s  short films. Pretty dope!


I’m loving Radio Music Society, it’s more of a crossover album, mixing genres and including an impressive list of featured guests. Esperanza does a GREAT and very loving cover of Michael Jackson’s I Can’t Help It, Lalah Hathaway sings, and Q-Tip contributes and co-produces two tracks. For more on Esperanza and Radio Music Society, check out her official website here > Or you can join her Facebook fan page here, or follow her on Twitter @EspeSpalding. 

What do you think, bellas? Are you an Esperanza fan? Will you be checking out Radio Music Society?



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