|Posted by Lordsheryl on October 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM|
I attended the 2014 Circle of Sisters as a spectator. My friends and I got there early and waited on a long line for the 10:00 am opening.
The highlights of the day for me was listening to the comments from Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson, and Johnny Gill about The State of Black Music & Culture.
Johnny Gile grew up in the Church and learned discipline from his New Edition Manager. And encouraged aspiring artists to learn the business side, read contracts.
Jennifer Hudson also grew up in the Church also and feels today's artist need to more honest in there music. Stating that songs today a sometimes disconnected and don't relate to reality.
Tyrese Gibson when asked what was his motivation poignantly stated he was hungery for change and felt stuck in his environment. He wanted something better for his life. He was recommended for The Coke commerical through his High School.
All of these artist recognize that they have brands and are branching out into acting, writing, and merchandising.
Some interesting vendors that I learned about are Kollide.tv dedicated to content that reflects diverse clultures. And I learned about Stay Focused Magazine.com that has a writers workshop in NJ every year.
I also met Sheryl Lee Ralph and got a signed copy of her book "Redefining Diva" which I am looking forward to reading.