CONTEST: BET Music Matters Tour w/ Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambrosius & London

If you are in the Bay Area, be sure to check out the BET Music Matter Tour this TUESDAY (3/22) featuring live performances from Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambriosus, and Bay Area’s own London.  Sponsored by Remy Martin and hosted by JE Media Group, BET, and, this is an evening of extraordinary 21+ event that you wouldn’t want to miss. Tickets are on sale for $31 and VIP access $36. For more details and to purchase tickets click here .

So here’s the catch. . . .

I’m giving away a pair of two tickets for the show to my lucky readers and all you have to do is follow Reesa Speaks on twitter, Retweet My Contest Link, and Become a fan on Reesa Speak’s Facebook page.  You have until Sunday night at 11:45 p.m. to participate. Ready?….Set?….Go!

(More details will be disclosed to the winner)

Album Review: Marsha Ambriosus x Late Nights & Early Mornings

She’s no longer aspiring in my books, she had made it. Today, March 1st, Marsha Ambriosus released her debut album entitled Late Nights and Early Mornings.  Some may know her from the duo Floetry, and some may just be catching onto the buzz through social media but this girl presence, voice, and well-being is FIRE.  She has come a long way from the British UK to her old R&B/Hip-Hop group, the fabulous weight loss and now she has finally made a name for herself

Late Nights and Early Mornings has been highly anticipated over the months and I’m glad my iTunes have been finally blessed with her presence.  If I were to describe the emotional attributes and drive that I get from each song this post would take up the whole font page.  I simply recognize her hard work and how much growth she has established as an artist.  A song that really hit home for me is “Your Hands” which was produced by Vidal Davis and Andre Harris. Although I’ve never been in love, I still feel the emotion and passion that she sings as if I were to be in that position where my all is in someone’s hands.  Most of her tracks are very sultry slow songs, so you do have to have your mood set to neo-soul but for the lovers of creative harmony and meaningful lyrics, this may spark your interest.

I feel as if Marsha Ambriosus let out a creative release when debuting Late Nights and Early Mornings. R&B is alive and living through this album. So go cop it for yourself and you can tell me if I’m wrong.

Album is available on iTunes, Amazon, or stores worldwide.

“Four Women” on #BlackGirlsRock 2010

The past couple of days has been the spotlight for Black women all over celebrating, remembering, honoring the lives and reasons why black girls rock.  I was going to do a review on the Tyler Perry film “For Colored Girls” but I figured that there are enough depressing reviews that will cover my feelings for the rest of the week.  The 5th Annual Black Girls Rock awards aired on BET this past Sunday and it was one of the best black recognitions that I witnessed (from my hotel room). The best part was indeed the performance by Kelly Price, Marsha Ambriosus, Jill Scott, and Ledisi who are the powerhouses in soul music.  They did a cover of Nina Simone’s “Four Women” which tells a story of four stereotypes of African American women and their struggles.  While many were just blown away by their voices I feel that the concept made perfect sense for the evening and the strength, power, and wisdom leaked tremendously from the voices of the women.  Here are the lyrics, the cover from BET, and a Nina Simone Original. Enjoy!

My skin is black
My arms are long
My hair is wooly
My back is strong
Strong enough to take the pain
Its been inflicted again and again
What do they call me
My name is AUNT SARAH
My name is Aunt Sarah

My skin is yellow
My hair is long
Between two worlds
I do belong
My father was rich and white
He forced my mother late one night
What do they call me
My name is SIFFRONIA
My name is Siffronia

My skin is tan
My hairs alright, its fine
My hips invite you
And my lips are like wine
Whose little girl am I?
Well yours if you have some money to buy
What do they call me
My name is SWEET THING
My name is Sweet Thing

My skin is brown
And my manner is tough
Ill kill the first mother I see
Cos my life has been too rough
Im awfully bitter these days
because my parents were slaves
What do they call me