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Posted in Fade To Black with tags , , , , , , on December 9, 2008 by joelle blackstarr

eve-05 I met E.V.E. about “two minutes” before she fell head-first into her “fifteen minutes of fame”.  I was cruising down The Avenue and I spotted her and a girlfriend walking in the opposite direction.  I took a quick snap of a shot with my CANON, then waited until she neared to get her attention.  I told her that I had snapped a shot and wanted to take another of her and her girlfriend.  She agreed and I told her that I would find her.  How?  No digits.  No e-mail address.  No exchange whatsoever.  Heaven knows how, but, I did.

A few weeks later, I was at the mall in a semi-upscale clothing shop, frontin’ about buying some shirt from this absolutely fabulous chocolate-brown hottie.  While in mid-sentence about how delectable she was, in walked E.V.E. She walked into the back room, and returned, sans pocketbook and jacket.  Apparently she worked there, as well.  As it turned out, this hottie and E.V.E. were BFF‘s and I asked if she (the hottie)  would intro me to E.V.E, as I had some photos of her that I promised to get to her – some way.  I ran to the car, retrieved the photos, and returned.  I showed them to E.V.E and she was delighted and also wondered if I could keep in touch as she had “something big” coming up over the horizon.  I agreed.  That intro turned out to be an outro, as well, because that was the last that I saw or heard of E.V.E. short of T.V. and live performances.


“Something big” was more on the scale of “SOMETHING BIG!!!”.  In 1999, E.V.E. became the female front for the Rough Ryders with her debut CD “Let There Be Eve – Rough Ryders’ First Lady”.  It went double-platinum.  The “pitbull in a skirt” had taken the world by storm.  In 2001, her second CD, “SCORPION”, went platinum, with the cross-over hit “Let Me Blow Your Mind” ( a duet with Gwen Stefani). From there, she skyrocketed in stellar proportion, going from vinyl to silver-screen, and finally on to television.  On the silver-screen, she debuted in the film “XXX”, starring Vin Diesel.  It was later that year, after being tapped for “Barbershop”, that Hollywood really began to pay attention.  UPN decided that the time was ripe for a new television star, thus, the sitcom “EVE”, and thusly so, nothing less than total success.  On the show, she owned one-third interest in a fashion boutique.  In 2002, she dropped her third CD, “EVO-LUTION”.  Shortly thereafter, E.V.E. launched her clothing line “FETISH”.  In the year 2004, she returned to the silver-screen with “Barbershop 2”, “The Woodsman”, and “The Cookout”.  So . . . how do YOU spell “success”?!

eve-03Fast-forward to the year 2007 and we anxiously await the arrival of album four, “Here I Am”.  And we waited.  And waited.  And waited.  Even given the success of her previous CD’s, movies, and semi-successful clothing line, not even a megastar like E.V.E. can survive an hiatus from an already “long-term-challenged” generation which proclaims that “I love you today, but, can’t say what tomorrow will bring”.  The album finally dropped and so many, myself included, thought for certain that the release of the singles “Tambourine”, and “Give It To You” (featuring Sean Paul ) would be the fire that would rekindle her vinyl career.  Not so much, it would seem.  The “pitbull in a skirt” had sold her rough words and street demeanor for  a dose of haute couture and etiquette nouveau.  Although the singles cried comeback, the CD sales screamed “NOT!”.

I have nothing but love for my Philly girl.  I speak her name with pride, knowing that she has been one of the greatest success stories to ever arise from the City of Brotherly Love.  Unfortunately, nobody gets a pass – not even the beautiful, sexy, and talented E.V.E. MC LYTE got it right.  She took it into another direction.  She even wrote a song about it before her own “fade to black” entitled “TRG (the rap game)”, in which she warns that you need to know when to fold.

I ain’t mad at cha, baby girl.  We are only entitled to fifteen minutes of fame.  Take heart in the fact that you’ve been on stage for an hour and a half already.  Peace.

copyright  ©  2008  freedom

FADE TO BLACK 1: Macy Gray

Posted in Fade To Black with tags , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by joelle blackstarr

macy_gray-04If ever there was a woman whose beauty was underrated, Macy Gray would certainly qualify.  While others spent countless hours drooling over the fabulous B.K. (now Mrs. B.K. Carter), my joy came from the sensuality which emanated from Ms Gray.  They say that as you reach the top, the air gets thinner, making it difficult to breathe, but, that is one mountain that I would climb each and every day!  That is one BIG, BAD, b . . . woman!  Beauty aside, I have loved the sound of her scratchy voice with each new song that hit the airwaves.  Beyond both beauty and musical ability is her inimitable way with song lyrics.  I can cite the Beatles, The Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, and many others as living proof that there was some type of mind-enhancement going on back in the day.  I can’t say for certain that Ms Gray has been a partaker of the goods, but, if she hasn’t been, then, perhaps she is a tad bit touched.   On the other hand, it could very well be that she is just that great a lyricist.  Nonetheless, her lyrics have been something from another dimension altogether.


“Here in this moment to myself,

I’m gonna vibe with no one else”,

which comes from A Moment To Myself, (from her debut offering How Life Is – 1999), is typical of the “nonsensical” lyrics that she has scribed.  As much as I loved that song, the ultimate example of the weirdness of her poetry (and one of my favorites) is Do Something:

” . . . that was just a dream I had,

last night in my bubble bath,

next to my wishing well”.

Macy!  Whatup wit dat??  I wouldn’t even attempt to decipher the depths of those words.  As the years went by, the music just got better and better.  Even given my love for her beauty and sensuality, I nearly missed a song entitled “She Ain’t Right For You” from The Trouble With Being Myself (2003).  It is a typical siren song, lamenting the loss of one’s greatest love, in which she begs her lover to take her back.  Then, I saw the video for that very same song:  humina, humina, humina!!!


As she fades to black, I reiterate – that’s is one mountain that I would climb each and every day!  Peace.

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