Feenin’ for Spring Feenin’ for Spring

Feenin’ for Spring

My people, my people, my beautiful brown people… Yall just don’t know how to act! And though that may come off a bit insensitive or harsh, I’m gonna tell you exactly why. Just know that we have to do better. Much better.

It happened across the country towards the end of last month, hitting each of the major cities on various days. DC got it a few weeks ago, though I didn’t have the pleasure of being there to see it. And New York got it shortly thereafter, a mere two days after I’d left from attending Fashion Week. But I didn’t miss it in Atlanta! Nope, I was here to experience it in its full glory, from start to finish. The date was February 27th, 2011; The day the weather broke.

Now I knew something was different about this day before I’d even rolled out of bed. Through the window, the sun shone extra bright, and I could hear the sounds of the city at their best; birds chirping, cars driving by blasting their favorite tunes (Mystikal’s “Shake it Fast” stood out in particular. No Comment.), little boys and girls playing at the park down the block. Cute. But it wasn’t until I got dressed and ready to step out myself that I understood the magnitude of this particular day. As I locked my front door I heard an ice cream truck making its rounds in the distance and I stopped for a second, puzzled and confused… “But wait, it’s still February.” The temperature told a different story; at its peak, the weather outside hit a chart-topping 75 degrees.

The fashions I witnessed on that Sunday are the reason why I had to scold you all in the first paragraph. Granted, perhaps you – the reader – were not one of the people I came across. But we’re all in this together dammit. And yall need to get your cousins and ‘nem. You see, I was cool with the first few t-shirt and jean outfits I saw. Yea, it was extraordinarily nice out, so why not let the elbows catch some of that fresh air? But that look slowly morphed into a cropped tee and booty short variation for which I wasn’t prepared. Belly buttons in February?! Nope, I just couldn’t. But by the time I’d counted four halter maxi-dress and bedazzled thong sandal combinations, I was done. You hear me? Finished. The full backs and toes had been the last straw. And the men were just as guilty. “Wife Beaters” in public are really never okay. But in the dead of winter – nope. There was really no valid explanation that could be given.

Look, I get it guys, we’re all super anxious for spring! I, too, can’t wait to give my skin a little shine; slight mid-drift here, subtle thigh action there, a little back. It’s natural. But the time and place for that will come, and it certainly hadn’t arrived by the end of February. There’s much to look forward to as warm weather approaches. Walks in the park, tops down, barbecues, frozen stuff, lying out by the pool, soaking up the sun, becoming an even more golden shade of brown!!! Yes, that warm-weather glow is much needed ‘round these parts. But I do ask that we allow the transition to occur, as it should, slowly but surely. Because soon enough, when its scorching hot out and backs are sticking to leather car seats, important documents are being burnt to a crisp on the dashboard and hairstyles are sweating out before we can barely make it out of the salon… We’ll be wishing it were that day, that extraordinarily beautiful winter day on the 27th of February, when Mother Nature decided to come out and play. Mark my words…

- Chelsea Smith

From the Web

More on Vibe

SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

READ MORE: Anderson .Paak, Tierra Whack And More Praise Female Artists At 2018 Billboard Women In Music

Continue Reading

Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

Scroll down to see Forbes' full list below.

Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

READ MORE: Nas Makes Forbes’ List Of ‘Hip-Hop Cash Kings’ For The First Time

Continue Reading

Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

READ MORE: Kelly Rowland Debuts Smoke x Mirrors Eyewear Collection At Barneys New York

Continue Reading

Top Stories