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Vixen Chat: Leela James is Back! Talks New Project, Hair, and Future in Reality TV

Leela James is more then the girl with the big hair and soulful voice. Ms. James is a artist who has traveled the world and has gained respect at the same time. Four albums deep in the game and one on the way, Leela is back from touring the the globe and has landed back into our ears and hearts. With her new single, Say That, featuring R&B crooner, Anthony Hamilton already climbing the charts and and gaining spins on the radio, Leela isn't being held back this time.

Leela explains why she isn't scared of  reality television, why fashion is over rated, the why there is only one Leela. Check the jump to see what Ms. James is up too!

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I know you have been touring for the past year, how has that been?

It’s been great! I like to travel, so its actually been really cool for me to go different places. I get bored easily; being in the same place to long. It’s kind of the purpose of doing this. I get to see different places all the time.

What made you decide to come back now?

I never left. I think it just appears that I did. From a commercial stand point, I never really had the type of push and backing. I been making projects; y’all just probably didn’t know. When the push isn’t there, the promotion isn’t really there. I haven’t left, but in this go round, I have a bit more support.

Do you have a new project coming out?

The single is out right now and the album will be out the top of the year, 2014.

What is the name of your new project?

I have something in mind, but I don’t want to say for sure because I might switch up.

Does it have a theme?

This album is definitely more about love.

Are you in love?

With myself!

What separates you from other artists?

There is no other Leela James. Only I do, what I do, the way that do, what I do. Only I sound the way that I sound. It’s only one me.

Do you think you have grown musically after My Soul and In the Spirit of Etta James?

With every project I grow. Every year you grow. I am not the same person I was last year and the year before. In this project, I’m more comfortable in my skin and my artistry. I wrote the whole entire project. That was really good for me to be able to do that.

How do you like writing?

I love writing. I used to write when I was a little girl, now I’m just flipping it and putting it to songs.

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Are you thinking about other type of business ventures; like reality TV, fashion, or producing a hair care line?

I would like to get into all those things. There are clearly some stereotypes in reality TV and rightfully so. There is room for change.

What is your regimen on maintaining a strong head of beautiful hair?

Conditioner is important and low stress on it.  Keep it stress free and extremely conditioned.

Do you consider yourself a fashionista?

No, I’m not one of those people that live and breathe fashion. At the end of the day, I think fashion is a self expression in ones own artistic expression; whatever that is.

Describe your personal style?

I don’t have one. If there is anything to me, I’m a denim type of person. I love me some jeans just because I like to be comfortable. I’m trying to do more dresses from time to time, but its not my thing. I like them, but I like to be comfy.

Although the pressure of being #teamcuvry has lifted a little, do you still feel pressure to lose weight.

I actually feel like I can gain some more pounds. That’s just me. I think there is nothing wrong with curves. I just don’t want to look too thin where I look sickly.

You have collaborated with some amazing talent; Anthony Hamilton, Raheem Devaughn, MOBY, who was your favorite and why?

By far, I am excited about the Anthony Hamilton collab. We have done shows together, so we already had a relationship and we actually worked together in the past on my other projects but they didn't make the record. So this this time, it was like 'lets just try to make this happen'.

Who else do you want to or plan to collaborate with?

Prince and Andre 3000. I like Wale and I think Kendrick is cool too.

You've been traveling all over the world, where was the best place you visted?

Nice, France. I performed and I had a few days of R&R. It was so beautiful. I just went to the beach. Just seeing the water that crystal clear, it was just beautiful.

What makes you a Vixen?

I don’t take much stuff. I’m fierce.

Describe Leela James in ONE word?

Determined.

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Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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