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Opinion: Khia Shamone – America’s Secret Guilty Pleasure

Now, for those who do not know, the phrase ‘guilty pleasure‘ is defined as: “something, such as a movie, television program, or piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.” And why, many people keep their guilty pleasures secret, but spend their money on them, as well as  their time listening or watching.

 

It’s amazing what one can find on Youtube! It is a great place to visit when you need take a break. Recently, upon looking for something that helps with laughter, I encountered a Youtube show called: “The Queen’s Court”. It was a hilarious hit show, but, the two parties in roles of ‘dishonorable judges’ had a Youtube break-up, which became contentious, with real-life court appearances required. However, the pair went their separate ways, leaving the show to become an iconic and instant classic. Initially, before the exhibition of bad blood between the pair, many were hoping that they would reunite, because the chemistry was magical, and together they were golden. But one can only compare the split  to a bitter divorce, which ended up in feuds between the fans, who took a side, just as friends, family and children would do during a real-life divorce. Youtube was abuzz with the feud. And that, was the end of that.

Now many might know Khia for her hit song: “My neck, My Back”, and there are those who may publicly look down their noses at her music, but privately enjoy her work. Hence the title “Secret Guilty Pleasure”. But, unbeknownst to many, she also worked with Janet Jackson and Miley Cyrus. Khia Shamone is a multi-talented singer, rapper,songwriter. She is consistently solicited to write songs for other artists. She is beloved by her fans for her ability to “keep it real”. Many, however, are unaware her comedic talents. If anyone knows the work of Don Rickles, which was laced with his comedic jibes and insults, then you are on your way to appreciating the comedic work of Khia, which the young people today call ‘roasts’ and ‘gags’. Khia is also known to her fans  ‘Queen’, ‘QueenKhia’ and ‘Thug Misses’.

On one particular episode of The  Queen’s Court show, there was one woman who continued to call into the show and ask Khia about something which Khia felt was not only inappropriate, but, was also a complete waste of her time due to the inaccuracies as presented by the caller. Khia, who also has the nickname of “Motormouf” (motormouth), lit into the caller, over-talked her and ultimately used the term “Next Caller“, (a term which was acknowledged via a shout-out from  Erykah Badu on the most recent BET awards show). The result of that call gave birth to the song written by Khia appropriately titled “Next Caller”, in which the conversation was described and reenacted  in the song. She tells the caller to “stop calling”.  (You can listen to the song on her Youtube channel and a link is provided below.) But if you are sensitive to off-color language, then your sensitivities will surely be put on alert. Or, like others, you will privately enjoy it ‘secretly’. Such is the case with much of her music, but she continues to have success, so she is indeed, a secret  guilty pleasure.

One would have to admit that, not since Blues singer Lucille Bogan’s “Shave me dry” in the 1930’s, has a woman had the courage to record songs such as these. But, like Khia, Ms. Bogan’s work sold millions, and she was very popular in her day.

Now only for purposes of just how real and honest she keeps it, Khia makes no attempt to hide her past. And, she admits to keeping a collage of her mug shots in a frame on her desk, to, (as she says), to remind her of the things that she does NOT want to do again. When someone tried to embarrass her regarding her past, that was how she set them straight during one of her ‘Queen’s Chambers’ posts.

Khia now performs exclusively in an Atlanta, Georgia night club called ‘The Ivory’ on Monday nights with fans traveling from all over the country, and others either call in or skype from all over the world. The name of the show is “Gag Order” and consists of her placing news of the day on her ‘docket’, discusses the ‘case’, then renders her “verdict” and a ‘sentence‘.  And it is fun, but also there is the ring of truth, and also hilarious. The show airs live on Youtube. And in between, due to the popular demand of her fans, she does a live “gag order” show from her home, which she has titled “Gag Order from the Queen’s Chambers”. (You can find links to her official  sites below.)

Khia does not bite her tongue, and often says what many are thinking, but do not have the courage to say.  Again, another reason why she is indeed America’s Secret Guilty Pleasure. Khia’s official Youtube pages are https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9bRKhLWRY05BVVdCTG3Yxg and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDKjER-pFiWMUSp78WCbI1g

 

 

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Opinion:Why Are The #Prince Accomplishments Not Acknowledged?

Prince in universe

It is becoming increasingly clear that the accomplishments of Prince are being grossly overlooked or worse, ignored by those in the position of providing him with the recognition he deserves.

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Prince at Montreux

An example of this is, the fact that, despite the fact he has written so many songs over time, (not just Purple Rain), he has not been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Yet,  Jay-Z , who does not have half the catalog of original, succesful and published songs compared to Prince, has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Prince has 39 albums with his own original compositions, songs which contain beautiful and meaningful lyrics as well as music which is all composed by Prince. Yet, they ignore him as well as the petition which seeks to have him properly honored. https://www.change.org/p/the-songwriters-hall-of-fame-prince-is-music-induct-prince-into-the-songwriters-hall-of-fame

prince holding guitar 25But it is not just the Songwriters Hall of Fame, there are others, including Barack Obama, who, while president, had the opportunity to bestow the ‘Medal of Freedom’ to Prince, but failed to do so. Prince, by far merited the Medal of Freedom equally with persons such as Ellen Degeneres.  People point to “courage” but fail to note the courage it took for Prince to take a stand against the record industry and it’s treatment of artist. That was his livelihood, yet he not only had the courage to take a stand, he also won the fight! Also, he should have been granted the award based upon his philanthropy, activism, and generosity.  Most of his philanthropic actions were performed with the understanding that they would not be publicized. But, after his passing, when those activities were revealed, the amounts of his generosity remain unsurpassed. (You can find the list here: https://www.change.org/p/designate-prince-rogers-nelson-s-paisley-park-as-a-national-historic-landmark/u/17626949) Clearly, this warranted Prince being awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously.

And then there is the Prince estate. First, it was Bremer, who as administrator for the estate, refused to even meet with the Minnesota Historical Society regarding their attempt to designate Paisley Park and his other properties as a Minnesota Historical sites. And, when contacted by parties who are seeking to make Paisley Park a National Historic Landmark, the response by one of the Bremer reps was: “We’re not marketing it as a Historical Landmark.” Excuse me? Marketing? Seriously? The audacity of that person to use the term “marketing” when approached as to preserving a legacy was not only outrageous, but also unconscionable. Suffice it to say, that, although no longer in charge of the Prince estate, Bremer remains currently embroiled and embattled as to some of the financial choices which were made  during their tenure, but the truth is, that, at no point, did they consider anything which would preserve the legacy of Prince, only that which would earn money.

Then there is Paisley Park, being managed by Graceland Holdings, who only seem to seek to profit from Prince’s legacy, but not to actually preserve Paisley Park.

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Paisley Park

Lastly, there are the heirs, who, instead of trying to bolster and preserve the legacy of their brother, appear to be attempting to create a legacy of their own, based solely upon their relationship to Prince via the music industry and/or covering Prince songs. And yet, they do not have the time to invest in even discussions with those attempting to preserve his legacy via lobbying ‘Kennedy Honors’, Songwriters Hall of Fame’ or those who are attempting to have Paisley Park and other sites  designated as historical landmarks, hence preserving one of his greatest legacies! They appear to only want to increase their personal bottom line and if they will obtain no money, then they have zero interest. We also now know that the alleged shady deals made during the Bremer tenure were, (if not directly), approved to move forward via lack of opposition.  Paisley Park, has always paid for itself, and can continue to do so, if indeed, there is the Prince new 2appropriate and qualified attention to detail and respect that Prince and his fans deserve. After all, Paisley Park is indeed within the hearts of his fans, and it is the fans of Prince who supported him throughout his career who actually paid for Paisley Park.

Yet of course, hats off and much respect to those who are actually attempting to preserve and protect the legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson who warrant mentions such as: PRNAlumni who are focusing on the continuation of Prince’s awesome charitable work;  @PurpleLegacy who continue to persist in their efforts to have Paisley Park designated as a National Historic Landmark; The Minnesota Historical Society, working to name Paisley Park as a Minnesota Historical site; the Prince watchdog group, PurpleOutcry.org, who work tirelessly to make certain that Prince’s legacy retains the respect it deserves,as well as protect that legacy; the Department of the Interior under the Obama administration who worked with Minnesota Historical society; and most of all to the fans of Prince, a really super-smart and loyal group of people who stand as gatekeepers to the memory and legacy of Prince.

So the question remains: Why are the accomplishments of Prince not acknowledged? The question itself is as perplexing as the lack of answers appear to be.

Prince at NPG festival 2011

Prince 2011 at NPG Festival

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