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Take Me To Church: Tasha Cobbs Talks New Single 'Jesus Saves,' Weight Loss And Fashion

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In a genre full of gospel heavy hitters, Tasha Cobbs holds her own as an undeniable powerhouse. From breaking chains to glass ceilings, the Georgia native's anointing is so powerful it'll make a mute holler. The Grammy award winner verbally ministers to the souls of believers, ushering fans into the presence of God where deliverance reigns and glory resides.

But don't let her sweet, humble spirit fool you. Cobbs is a stage assassin, dominating platforms and slaying strongholds through her zeal for Christ. Her passion for exposing Christ to the masses through music, drenched in glory and saturated in holy oil, helps launch her purposeful career to elevated heights song after song.

With a super natural touch that only God could provide, it's no wonder why the colorful fashionista is a force to be reckoned with. Conducting kingdom work while encouraging audiences to trust the light at the end of the tunnel, Cobbs' testimony of Christ's favor and perfect love, makes the commanding vocalist a true vessel of God's message.

Vixen caught up with the recording artist as she dished on her new album One Place Live, her weight loss journey and advice for anyone going through trying times.

VIXEN: Describe your new single, "Jesus Saves."
Tasha Cobbs: "Jesus Saves" is very refreshing. When I wrote the song, I was kind of torn because it just repeats two words. But when I thought about it, it's the basis of what we believe; that Jesus saves no matter what your situation is, whether needing salvation in general or needing to be saved from anything.

My testimony is I battled depression and rejection in 2007 and it was very strong. I was ministering at my church every week but I'd go home depressed and rejected. I needed Jesus to save me from that and He absolutely did.

What can fans expect from your new album, One Place Live?
I believe God called me to be a worship leader. That's who I am. So I released songs that'll bring awareness to the presence of God, no matter where you are, whether you're in your car, at home, at church or your job. When you put on this album you'll feel the presence of God and that's what I'll do until my time is up.

We're releasing it at the end of the summer around August and I'm so excited for everyone to hear it! We took the time to really work it and make sure it's excellent. I believe it'll help change lives.

"I was ministering at my church every week but I'd go home and be depressed and rejected."

What is your go-to song for encouragement?
Right now I listen to a song by Brian Courtney Wilson, who's also one of my label mates. He has this song called "I'll Just Say Yes." It's talking to Jesus singing: "I'll say yes/ you lead the way/ I'm not afraid of what it means for me to say yes." I believe my yes will carry me, so whenever I'm feeling down or my career gets challenging I'll put that song on to say yes to God and He'll work it out.

How did you handle receiving a Grammy days after your father's death?
I tell people all the time I had to grow up in a week. My father was with me at the Stellar Awards then the next day, he was called home to be with Jesus. Seven days later, I won a Grammy so it was like my life was on a roller coaster. That week was like a blur. My mind was toiling like what is going on? The grace of God and the strength of God carried me through that week.

Two weeks later, I had to get back on the road. I tell my mentees all the time just because life happens, it doesn't take away from your calling or your assignment because they're people who still need chains broken in their lives. As I was standing on the stage, God spoke to me saying the peace and energy that I needed is in His presence. And He was right. I can't find what I need anywhere else. What I really need is in the presence of God and that's how I make it through. So when I'm on stage, people ask me all the time how do I give it 100% every time and it's because I know my life depends on being in the presence of God.

What advice would you give to someone who's going through a difficult time right now?
I would say pursue the presence of God. Sometimes when you're going through it, you can't even find the words to pray. But what I love about God is that he's omnipresent. So wherever you are, you don't have to be deep and spiritual—whether you're lying in the bed or in the house, just seek His presence. The Bible says, "If you search for Me, you will find me." And that's a promise and God's promises are always 'Yes' and 'Amen.' Whatever your need is, I believe His presence will show up and you will find comfort.

And He also gives you direction in His presence. Many people are confused about decisions they need to make, but all of those answers are in the presence of God.

"You may fail today or even all week, but always pick it back up."

What would you say to the person who wants to pursue a gospel music career?
This is one of my favorite questions because I get to talk about mentorship and being faithful where you are. Many times people think an artist just comes out of nowhere, but they're so many artists I know who did their due diligence at their home churches, singing in groups or background singing. I believe sometimes people want to kick doors down or open windows by themselves and not be faithful where God has you right now.

For five years, I traveled the world with my pastor William Murphy and nobody knew who I was or my name. In 2010, that's when he released me for my season, but that's because I was faithful to another man's vision. Back then I was studying for God's approval. I encourage people to get books on what God has called you to do, study people who are doing what you're called to do and be faithful. God will bless you in your time.

Be content where you are, but still have faith for what's to come.
Yes!

One of the many things that separates you from other gospel artists is your style and hair. What is the inspiration behind your different looks?
I've always been into fashion so all the stylists I work with will tell you I'm very verbal on whatever style they choose for me. If I wasn't singing, I would probably style people. Fashion is a part of who I am.

Describe your weight loss journey spiritually and physically.
I didn't expect it to be as heavy spiritually, but physically it's given me such a freedom. It's something you have to work towards daily. You have good days and bad days, but you never give up. In 2009, I was walking through the mall with my cousin. Although I was overweight, I've always been athletic, but the weight began to weigh on me when we had to stop so I could catch my breath. That's when I realized I had to make a drastic decision that I have to choose to live because I had an assignment on my life. That's when I decided weight will not kill me. I didn't have a diagnosis, but I didn't want to have one, neither. I have to do my assignment either way, but me and God are still doing it together. I want to tell whoever's reading this, you may fail today or even all week, but always pick it back up.

What else can fans expect from Tasha for the rest of the year?
We're going to be touring several cities and events including Megafest, and a worship leaders conference in Washington D.C. I'll be popping up in some cities spreading the message that Jesus saves and paving the way for One Place Live. You can follow me on my website, TashaCobbs.org to see if I'm coming to a place near you.

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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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