Monday, November 8, 2010
Audio Vision: All You Need Is 'Four Women'
Out of the blue last night, I took to watching BET's Black Girls Rock! special and was immensely surprised and pleased as Hawaiian Punch that for once BET was broadcasting a show that oozed positivity and empowerment. While I was checking my cable guide to make sure my TV was in fact tuned to BET, I had to pause and enjoy some of the ladies that took to the stage for the show, like Keyshia Cole, Monica and VV Brown. Still they were shot down by the four powerhouses of Marsha Ambrosius, Ledisi, Kelly Price and Jill Scott as they gave a chilling and spot-on slaying of Nina Simone's "Four Women".
Simone's classic track has been resurfacing lately due to it being the theme song for the Tyler Perry directed flick, For Colored Girls (in theaters now), and frankly, I'm glad that it's getting reheated again, especially by these soulful ovens. All four women are the focal point, but I have to say that Ledisi brought out the beast with her entry and gave it that spine tingle that Simone's version always gives whenever I listen to it. You may have already seen it, if so...watch it again. If you haven't gotten a whiff of this, then stop what you are doing right now and press play. For a night that was all about inspiring the minds and moving the spirit, this was the performance that brought the show's message full circle.