Thanks CH for this VIDEO of the highly talented Mickey Guyton, an AA woman country music singer who has hit the country music world like a tornado with her hit song: "Better Than You Left Me." KUDOS to her!!
Thanks also for the other videos you sent. I LOVE this ballad by her and I went and bought it right away.
Another favorite of mine from her "Unbreakable" album, which I also bought, is "Safe."
In looking over the material you often send me, I notice that as a wm who appreciates bw, you tend to focus on bw who defy the usual worn out bw stereotypes, whereas I noticed recently while doing some research of YouTube videos about bw, that so many of the vile bm Youtubers (yuk!) tend to focus on and highlight bw who fit or conform to the most horrible bw stereotypes. I want bw and the world to understand why those males do that. This is a symptom of their disease called: Damaged Beyond Repair. There is something deadly diseased about anyone of any group who prefers to display to the world the worst about those in their group, instead of the best. Or, they could (like I often do) instead show nothing at all.
This just goes to show that people find what they're looking for since we all tend to screen out and mostly exclude what doesn't interest us.
What also interests and impresses me about Mickey Guyton is that she has entered and succeeded in a different hostile (some would say) world in a big sense. The country music world is virtually exclusively populated by white, and I daresay, conservative (what some consider racist) whites. But she went in there and got the prize. This is exactly what many AA women are going to have to do. We're going to have to get out of the usual boxes for AA women, enter other realms, and find or carve out a reasonably comfortable niche for ourselves.
I'm not saying that's easy. Trust me--I know that many days, it's hard as heck! It can sometimes be a lonely and alienating existence many times when we cross the types of borders that I've crossed since my twenties. But it has been SO worth it! I could shudder all day long to even consider where I and my children would be in life IF I hadn't decided to get out of the usual AA woman's box when I did. But, I, an average AA woman did it and this is why I KNOW for sure that many others of my ethnicity can too.
Naturally, all of us cannot do what Mickey Guyton did and definitely not on the scale she did! Most of us don't even want to do it! But we have a variety of talents among us. I've always seen that AA women are so tremendously talented and gifted and in so many ways, some of which escape description. This is among the reasons I'm very proud of my heritage. It doesn't get any better than my lineage. I know this is easily discernible by some men in other groups, so they will remain interested, while puzzling about why so many of us cooperatively remain in loveless boxes!
And speaking of AA women's talents, I have to mention Patti LaBelle's Sweet Potato pies (Yum YUM!) that have taken the market by storm. I heard they're available at Walmart's? I already told Darren I'd buy a few of those for Turkey Day dinner.
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