Vixen Chat: Brooke Valentine Talks New Album and Reality TV Fights
VIBE VIXEN: It’s been 7 years since you released the song “Girlfight”, what is your definition of a girl fight?
B. VALENTINE: In 2005, my definition of a girl fight would’ve been beat her up [laughs] and just to stand up for yourself. When I was younger and I was in school, I had to fight and it’s unfortunate. It wasn’t something that I liked to do, but girls would just come for me. It was like, ‘Oh she’s light skin, she has pretty hair, she think she’s all that,’ and I would have to fight. So, that song stemmed from that experience in my life. Today, girl fight to me means to fight for something; fight for your rights, fight for your child, fight for your husband and fight for substance. I have friends who are fighting for their lives, fighting cancer and real things, and that’s the type of fighting we are doing right now. We have grown up.
Do you think girl fights have changed in today’s society, especially with reality TV shows?
Girl fights have changed. Now it’s more buffoonery. You’re getting paid, and I’m not referring to anyone or a certain show. I don’t know what’s real or fake because I wasn’t there, but we know for a fact people are getting paid to showcase this behavior and fight or have arguments with people on TV. I don’t know if we should be showing our young ladies that this is the way to get famous. If I had a daughter, I don’t know if I would let her watch.
Would you ever do reality TV?
With everything that’s going on with me, I do have my own story to tell. If someone were to approach me in the right way, then maybe. If I felt like it would have substance and that it would help someone that’s in my situation or that may go through my situation.
What have you been up to since leaving the scenes?
I’ve been spending time with family, finding myself. I became plastic while working on my second album. I wasn’t a real person; I was a industry robot just going through the motions. I didn’t know who I was, and at the end of the day, I had a car that I couldn’t drive because I didn’t have a license. I didn’t know who I was paying my mortgage to, someone was doing everything for me. I needed to go and learn about myself and I’m so happy that I did because now that I have my son I can teach him these things that I didn’t even know.
What was the inspiration behind your song “Forever”?
My son inspired “Forever.” He picked the track [laughs]. He was dancing to it in the studio, and I was just singing to him, kind of playing around. But as I let people hear it, they loved it, their kids loved it and they were like, ‘Brooke you should put this out.’ I was on the fence because I wasn’t planning to come back to the industry as a artist, but I’m glad I did put that out. And to be in love and talk about it. It’s a different type of love song.