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Breakout R&B Girl Groups: Who Had The Star Power To Go Solo?

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    • hamoboy

      TLC had it going on! T-Boz was an unusual lead singer, who lead from the bottom note, not from the top. Chili did her thing, never outshining the lead singer, but never being useless or making mistakes on stage (cough, Michelle Williams, cough). And Left-Eye, she is greatly missed! An amazing rapper, writer and decent enough singer.
      I loved how they sounded just the same live as in the studio, even with all their dance moves and crazy gimmicks.
      Another girl group you might have missed out on is Mis-Teeq. They were a british R&B trio that had hits in the early 2000s. The breakout performer there was the rapper, Alesha Dixon, who went on to win Strictly Come Dancing (dancing with the stars retread I suppose) and became a judge on the show. She’s had quite a few hits since, singing instead of rapping on all of them.

      Aug 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • what?

      bills, bills, bills WAS on their second album. their first album has no, no, no (part 1) and (part 2). i sure am glad they got better at their song titles.

      Aug 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeremy

      Who cares? this is hardly relevant to gay news

      Aug 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JustSoda

      What exactly did these glorious girl groups do for the gay community? Most are probably so Church driven, they wouldn’t touch gay rights. Sorry, fake manufactored pop and r&b never appealed to me.

      Aug 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • L.L


      Can we get some interesting stories on this site?

      Aug 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gabriel

      @what?: Was about to say that!

      Aug 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kevin Mendoza

      Why is this news again? because gay black men will fawn over every black female singer? Same said black gays who are extremely indifferent toward gay rights, and are the first to throw gays under the bus? Some of the most homophobic people I’ve known are gay black males. And that’s the truth. Their anger is misdirected. Instead of confronting homophobia in the black community (which is a huge thorn on their side) they’d rather use the gay community as a punching bag. Now that a majority of gays have noticed how bitter and homophobic said gay blacks can be, there’s a huge tension they’ve created, and then they get up in arms when people don’t wanna date them
      and I say this as a LATINO. A proud one. Latinos, even with their religious ties, are nowhere near as homophobic as black peeps or especially gay black peeps.

      Aug 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JP

      Do these women text sweet messages to Beenieman (after he sings about brutally murdering gays in numerous songs) like Nikki Minaj does? how about Rihanna, who is celebrated as some golden diva, but dates a man who beat her and who is proudly homophobic?
      guess it’s okay of them because they are minorities and it’s not PC to call out other minorities being homophobic to us.

      Aug 4, 2012 at 1:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jonasalden

      @Kevin Mendoza: I agree with most of what Kevin Mendoza says, and I’m Black. It is the “church-y” vein running through the Black community that accounts for the homophobia. Go to any Black church and check out the choir. Many of them are gay, which means they are part of the system that suppresses gays in the Black community. However, as for being the first to throw gays under the bus, the reason is complex I think. Many Black gay men don’t perceive the greater gay community (read: White gays) to have their interests at heart, based on the well-known dating bias AWAY FROM BLACK MEN among them (save for those who actually prefer Black men). Why that is, I can only guess (down-low AIDS fears, general racial bias, etc.), not just due to that said bitterness. And as for not confronting homophobia in the Black community? Spot on, Kevin Mendoza. But I’ll tell you something else I’ve experienced: criticism from other gay Black men for not dating Black men exclusively. But that’s another topic.

      Aug 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jonasalden

      @JP: I didn’t know Rihanna was (proudly)homophobic. I’m not disputing that at all, as she’s from the Caribbean, where it is strongly frowned upon. But more importantly, Minorities not wanting to call out other minorities is a compelling point that I can’t believe I’ve never thought about before. Hmmmm.

      Aug 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Arlington-Patrick

      Sadly, as a biracial man, I agree with some of these points. We, especially those of us gays of color, are in the fight of our lives every day, be it for being a sexual minority or racial, and that’s why its so important to get the support of more black artists sticking their necks out for us. The black community really disappoints me in that sense. These female singers may be talented but I do have a feeling of ‘what have they done for me? For their gay fans of color?’ I refuse to blindly support some artist just because they share the same color as me, even though they haven’t expressed support for other parts of me, in this most crucial time for our LGBT. And yeah, black gay peoples general nonchalant approach to homophobia is what has kept homophobia in our community from being far better than it could be. That may not be the diplomatic thing to say, but I lived it and see it, and clearly I’m not the only one

      Aug 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jonasalden

      @Arlington-Patrick: Here here!

      Aug 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy

      Two words: Intersectionality and Privilege. Anybody wanting to talk about -isms needs to have a working knowledge of those two concepts.

      Aug 5, 2012 at 4:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dax

      this is a lame post. i dont think most people care about bubble hum pop artisy when lgbt issues are more important and so are economic issue

      Aug 5, 2012 at 8:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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