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20 Songs That Should Definitely Be on Your Wedding Playlist

As summer quickly approaches, so too does the season of weddings. The weather gets warmer, the church bells get louder and the vows get sweeter. Everyone from Brad and Angelina to Wiz and Amber are said to be getting married in the near future, but no wedding is complete without the perfect playlist.

One thing folks quickly learn when planning a wedding is that details matter, song selections included--from what will be played for father-daughter dance to the tune that will likely have you in tears as you walk down the aisle. You've gotta get it right and we're here to help.

Flip through for a list of 20 sentimental tracks sure to make your day to remember even more memorable. - Shannon Powell

"Spend My Life With You" x Eric Benet ft. Tamia

The 1999 single has wedding soundtrack written all over it. Eric and Tamia's airy voices complement each other so well that you could call the duet a beautiful matrimony made in songbird heaven. The lyrics tell of a one-of-a-kind love so real that you don't want to let go. It's perfect for the walk down the aisle or your first dance with that one person you want to spend your life with.

"Whenever, Wherever, Whatever" x Maxwell

What is love? It's a concept many can't seem to wrap their heads around, something you have to feel for yourself to understand. This one song encapsulates it all so purely and precise within five minutes. A love this strong is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing, making the song a perfect wedding day track.

"Nothing Even Matters" x Lauryn Hill ft. D'Angelo

You know the love is real when nothing could get in the way of that bond you share. Lauryn belts that the skies could fall and it wouldn't even matter so long as she has the man of her dreams by her side. The soulful crooners complement each other and make magic, creating a harmony so perfect for your big day.

"If This World Were Mine" x Luther Vandross ft. Cheryl Lynn

This classic R&B track--a remake of a Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duet--speaks volumes about true love. It proves that the material things mean nothing without a love to call your own. The late Luther Vandross boasts that even if he had this entire world, he would give it all up for the love of his woman. If that's not a real love, what is?

"Share My Life" x Kem

Kem makes the type of music that's played at every black function and a wedding is surely an occasion to be added to that list. On this gem, the Detroit native expresses his undying love for the lady he wants to share his life with. It's like wedding vows to a tune.

"So in Love" x Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton

It's upbeat. It's fun. Jill and Anthony's chemistry is impeccable. The duo sings of hard weeks at work and the stresses of the world, assuring that at the end of the day it's all good because they have each other. That's what marriage is. It's being there for your partner through it all, and it's why this song is perfect for your wedding day.

"Always and Forever" x Heatwave

The classic Heatwave track was probably played at your first school dance and acted as the backdrop to prom kisses with your high school sweetheart. Several dances and dance partners later, you should keep the tradition going. Play it at one of the most important occasions of your life. This time, cutting loose with the one person you want to be with always and forever.

"Endless Love" x Mariah Carey ft. Luther Vandross

Two legendary vocalists on one legendary track, what is there not to love? Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross bring something so beautiful and sweet to your ears that you can't help but compare it to true love. Play it down the aisle or on the dance floor at your reception. Let your wedding party know that you'll never let go of your endless love.

"Let Me Know (At Your Best)" x Aaliyah

This Isley Brothers' remake is a yet another classic. The angel Aaliyah lays her smooth vocals on the track to create something timeless and unforgettable. It's the perfect tune to play on your big day with the love of your life.

"Forever" x R. Kelly

In one of the most memorable songs from his Chocolate Factory album, the king of R&B belts about his one true love, asking her to marry him. And who doesn't want "about 12 kids" as "you're cooking him breakfast and he's taking the garbage out?" Not appealing to you? Well, his smooth and melodic voice on the track surely is. It's love at its finest.

"For You" x Kenny Lattimore

In the hit 90s track, the sensual crooner boasts that he would do anything for his woman. When the love is real, you feel the same way. The track will act as a perfect backdrop on your big day.

"Stars" x Kindred the Family Soul

"The stars look up at you baby." If that's not about the sweetest compliment anyone could give you, then we don't know what is. Even more sweet is that the duo on the track is actually a married couple. Who better to sing about real love then a duo already living in holy matrimony?

"Angel of Mine" x Monica

Monica sings of love at first sight, affirming that the best things in life are free. One of the main causes of relationship problems is financial struggle, but as Monica so beautifully describes, that shouldn't matter. When you walk down the aisle, remember that as you become one with the angel of yours.

"Halo" x Beyoncé

When your love is so sweet and pure, sometimes you'll see your partner as perfect. Talk about a wedding song!

"Adorn" x Miguel

The modern-day classic from Miguel is a perfect song for your wedding reception, more specifically for your first dance. Not only is it a perfect track for cutting a rug, but it's a perfect indicator of what true love really is.

"Until The End Of Time" x Justin Timberlake ft. Beyoncé

In a power performance, the two living legends come together in beautiful harmony to create something magical. Sounds a lot like love, huh?

"White Dress" x Kanye West

As Kanye literally talks about the woman he wants to see in a white dress coming down the aisle, it becomes evident that this is an ideal song for your big day. Though rap music isn't always associated with the smooth sounds that act as wedding soundtracks, this one in particular gives a different vibe.

"All this Love" x Debarge

The Debarge siblings come together to sing about real love in this classic R&B song. It's a wonderful track to be played on your day as you enter into a new life with that one person your love has been waiting for.

"I’ll Go" x Donell Jones

In this 2000 track, Donell Jones sings of what true support is. When the love is really real, you probably feel the same sentiments, making this a perfect tune for your wedding day.

"Make It Last Forever" x Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat is notorious for making that good baby-making music. On this track, the sexy crooner provides a prequel to children with a track about a forever love. First comes love then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage.

"You" x Jesse Powell

If this isn't the perfect wedding day anthem...

"Marry You" x Bruno Mars

The name is self-explanatory. What better way to express your love for your woman on your wedding day then to remind her of why you want to marry her? "I'll go get a ring, let the choir bells sing," Bruno says. It offers up the perfect backdrop to your day.

"Love On Top" x Beyoncé

It's happy, light-hearted and fun and it's expressive of true love. "You're the one I love, you're the one I need, you're the only one I see," B belts. You'll likely be singing the same tune as you walk down the aisle toward your prince charming.

"At Last" x Etta James

Few songs make you feel love the way this one does, from Etta's impassioned voice to the lyrics that tell of a love like no other. The tune is so fitting for a wedding when the happy couple is each others' at last.

"Let’s Get Married" x Jagged Edge

Jagged Edge comes together to produce a song filled with love and happiness as they tell their women to meet them at the alter in their white dresses. It's an ideal tune to be played at a reception and encapsulates what this big day is truly about.

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Celebrities Use #ActingWhileBlack Hashtag To Point Out Pitfalls Of Hollywood's Beauty Scene

While being a working person of color in Hollywood is something to admire, those fortunate enough to be working in these spaces often have difficulties finding the right person to do their hair and makeup with the right amount of diligent care.

Model Olivia Anakwe took to Instagram earlier this month to detail the issues she faced before a runway show, when she was disrespected by haircare professionals who refused to work on her textured hair.

"Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others?” she wrote. “It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class."

The hashtag #ActingWhileBlack began to spread on social media over the weekend, and people of color chimed in to share their stories.

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown shared that she often carries her own hair extensions and clothes for shoots, and that having stylists who are untrained in black beauty often runs the risk of them looking bad later on. Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe shared a similar sentiment.

Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell hit the nail on the head in her tweet about the issue with not hiring the right people to work with ethnic hair.

“If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair,” she wrote on Mar. 11. “Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.”

Check out some tweets from celebs on this issue below.

 

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This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills. Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair. I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair. I arrived backstage where they planned to do cornrows, but not one person on the team knew how to do them without admitting so. After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change. No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others? It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class. I was ignored, I was forgotten, and I felt that. Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better. || #NaturalHair #ModelsofColor #BlackHairCare #HairCare #Message #Hair #Hairstyling #Backstage #BTS #AfroTexturedHair #Afro #POC #Braids #Message #Spreadtheword #Speak #Awareness #Growth #WorkingTogether #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin

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#ActingWhileBlack Makeup & Hair in one bag. The other bags are filled with clothes because some wardrobe stylists don’t know that cute clothes exist in sizes larger than size 10. “Here try on this mumu, I know it’s a little big, we’ll just belt it!” #ActingWhileBlackAndChubby https://t.co/gl3b64Omtj

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

If they don’t have the budget to hire a black hairstylist for me, or won’t, I just get the director to agree that my character should have box braids or senegalese twist.

— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) March 11, 2019

PSA: If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair. Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.

Congratulations on advancing to the next level of inclusion! https://t.co/A1Q9ZpvXmH

— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) March 11, 2019

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Kim Kardashian Credited For Making Crimped Hair Cool Like Beyonce, Janet Jackson And Naomi Campbell Don't Exist

Spring is nothing without doses of cultural appropriation from those out of touch with black culture.

Insert Vogue, who decided to give props to Kim Kardashian for bringing back crimped hair on Friday (March 15). The businesswoman has been on the move lately, rocking a mix of kanekalon and yaki ponytails during fashion month, Chance The Rapper's wedding and other Kardashian-related events.

“What makes this look so modern is that the front is sleek,” explained her stylist Justine Marjan. “This gives a cool contrast to the texture.”

The texture? 

With many trends from the aughts coming back to the mainstream, this is one that hasn't really gone anywhere. But black beauty markers (layered gold chains, perfect baby hairs, name chains) paired with media ignorance and the Kardashian's own fascination with black culture has made it okay for her to receive all the props.

But we can't forget those who have slayed kanekalon, yaki and crimped styles like...

Janet Jackson

The singer's look for her comeback has been a uniform-like one, with Ms. Jackson rocking all black and her now signature ponytail.

Beyoncé

This. was. last. year. How could anyone forget this? The entertainer rocked various styles of kanekalon hair for Beychella.

There was also this amazing look at Serena Williams' wedding.

 

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Ruth E. Carter

The Oscar-winning designer made the look all her own while on the red carpet for Black Panther. 

Nicki Minaj

Fans of the rapper are aware her early looks included fun crimped and wavy styles. When she made to move to ditch her color wigs in 2014, she's kept the crimped styles close to her heart.

And we cannot forget about our queen, Naomi Campbell

She's owned the look her whole career, from the runway to the red carpet, Ms. Campbell has always been on the forefront of casual beautiful looks.

Social media also got wind of Vogue's post, including actor O'Shea Jackson who like many of us, is just over it.

Maaaaaaan come on now. Come ooooon now. Bringing it back? Vogue stop this https://t.co/FEGSw3GM9V

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) March 15, 2019

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Perhaps there's a bit of truth of the theories of fashion outlets trolling readers but this just deserves a permanent eye roll.

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'Boomerang' Episode 6 Recap: Homecoming

On this episode of BET’s Boomerang, the love story between Bryson and Simone begins with a flashback to their freshman year of college. After several years of not seeing one another since their childhood, Bryson is shocked to see a slick-back pony-tail wearing Simone insert herself into his class during a presentation. Nothing has changed with her. Even pre-bob and with Bryson rocking a sharp Steve Harvey-like hairline, even from their younger days, they have always been the dynamic duo of marketing strategy. The product featured this week: Pro-Black T-Shirts.

The devastation of not having his secret love in his life spills over into their sophomore year when a beanie-wearing David and Crystal are happy in their fake hood love. By this time, a rapper named Prisoner has all of Simone’s attention and this makes Bryson big mad. The man can’t even hide it. In an apparent fit of jealousy, he calls Simone out for living under her father’s shadow, in front of everyone. It’s safe to say that sophomore Bry struck out badly.

This isn’t just about Simone and Bryson; they’re not the only ones who’ve made transformations over the years (and I’m not just talking about their hair ‘dos). In his earlier life, Ari was less eccentric and more focused on making his family proud as a young black man in college who isn’t running on BPT for class. Ari was as straight as 180 when he’s first put into a situation where he’s forced to confront his sexual identity. As big and bad as he looked while working as a “rough & tough” bouncer at a nightclub, a flirtatious patron sees right through that persona.  After being charmed by the man who helps him realize self, the rainy night sets the tone for a steamy kiss between the two in the front seat of Ari’s car. The look on Ari’s face is a blend of fear, then relief, then ultimately bliss as he seemingly reminisces on his random but welcomed encounter. Although he enjoyed it, Ari didn’t seem to embrace his identity totally. That same year, we see a less hood-David changing more into the Christian we now know and Ari isn’t buying it. Something about this “we can do all things in Christ mentality” rubs him the wrong way. Facing one’s true self is tough.

Junior year, Bryson has a much better barber but things haven’t changed; he’s still checking for Simone. She and Prisoner are still dating if you want to call it that. Prisoner is the type of dude you’d expect to see Simone date in college. He’s flashy, has money, probably doesn’t even go to the school, and he’s rude AF. As Simone and Bryson reconnect for the two millionth time, Prisoner’s pimp tone telling Simone to hurry up is a strong indication he’s not here for their friendship. In analyzing the hair, it’s clear that Simone is not herself. Seriously, at this point, she’s rocking a glueless lace wig.

With her new hairstyle, she realizes that she made the mistake of loving a man more than herself. Prisoner is officially a dub. To celebrate her revelation, she finds herself drunkenly wining and grinding on her childhood bae, Bryson. Does this look familiar? Well, think back to last week when they were doing the same in the parking lot before 5-0 arrived. Because she couldn’t hold it, Simone ends up using Bryson’s bathroom which leads to a very sober thoughts-type of conversation in the bedroom. It is recognized that Bryson has always had a thing for the kid and Simone regrets that she never said anything about her feelings. His commandeering attitude (like the day she walked into his class freshman year) reminded her of the Different World “Strangers on a Plane” episode. It was an iconic one because it’s where Dwayne and Whitley’s love story began. That’s a telling comparison.

With that being said, Simone always felt Bryson was the Dwane to her Whitley. Unfortunately, the timing was always off and just when we think the two finally catch up to one another, cue: the vomit. Poor Bryson. Did someone do brujeria on this kid? He has the worst luck. But, like the gentleman he is, he takes care of his queen to make sure she’s all comfy in her drunken slumber. He whispers, “I love you Simone Graham,” but on the wake up it looks like sis suffers from sudden amnesia. She pulls the “best friend” card, making it clear that it’s friend zone from here on out. Prisoner’s trifling friend calls to offer to take Simone out to eat and in an act of “let me solidify that Bryson knows this is going nowhere,” Simone agrees to go out with her ex's friend. Once again, a blue-balled Bryson is left sorting out his feelings that Simone continues to perpetually confuse.

It’s important to note that the story of Brymone is not a new one. We’ve seen it in many action movies, comic book flicks, and on “Strangers on a Plane” where the geeky male character is overlooked by the badass female, only to win her affection in the end. Nice guys don’t always finish last, but in Bryson’s case, could it possibly be heading in that direction and is Simone even the heroine worth winning? In browsing through what is essentially the best years of any young adult’s life, Simone had many times to figure out if Bryson was the one for her and yet she chose to ignore her feelings. Unlike David, it’s not like she found Jesus; she hasn’t yet found herself.

One thing she does know is that she cannot lose Bryson because it’s possible she may love and need him more than she’d like to verbally admit. He’s no Prisoner or no flashy member of the entourage. He’s the “gentleman who wears tuxedos and makes sure his homegirl is safe” type of dude and unfortunately, that isn’t one Simone is interested in, for now.

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