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Elation and Ouch!: WJSS Post on Black Twitter, My First CrossOver Hit

18 Oct


Justin TimberlakeI felt like Justin Timberlake last week.  I hear people talking all the time about him being an artist now making music for a black audience, as evidenced in a snippet from The Root article by Jocelyn A. Wilson, Miley, JT, and the Politics of Appropriation(August 30, 2103):

 …What I know to be true is that JT has developed a natural and unforced authenticity that fosters endorsement from the black community when he sings and dances. Cyrus’ style of appropriation looks forced, natural and disrespectful.

JT has figured it out partly because of his artistic development under the direction of super-producer Timothy Mosley, aka “Timbaland.” And Timbaland, being the musical genius that he is, saw a real sense of soul in a young Timberlake. JT doesn’t try to “act black.” He’s simply a white guy from Memphis, Tenn., who has been successful in crossing over from a majority only-white audience when he was with NSYNC to a substantial black audience post-NSYNC.

My big crossover moment came when… […]

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Justin Timberlake – Pusher Love Girl

28 Apr

I don’t know about the fellas but according to the ladies on Facebook, 9 out of 10 women, white and black,  give Justin Timberlake’s new album their seal of approval.

Just bought the CD and the first song, Pusher Love Girl, makes me understand why my friend Tanisha didn’t want to leave her car while listening to the baddest white boy in R n’B (according to one Youtuber).


Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake (and deconstructing Macklemore’s Thrift Shop)

2 Feb

Wow, two blue-eyed soul singers in a row–last week was Macklemore’s Thrift Shop, and this weekend, I’m listening to Justin Timberlake’s, Suit and Tie.


While the video sometimes reminds me of a slick cologne advertisement, and I agree with friends that Jay-Z’s rap is more of an interruption than a positive contribution, Justin’s falsetto, and the retro dance soul beat have me dancing all over the living room…that is until my daughters shout out,…”Mom, stop!…you’re embarrassing!.”


And, I couldn’t resist posting a link to Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast that includes a few music and culture critics breaking down the phenomena of Macklemore’s huge hit, Thrift Shop which was featured on last weekend’s Sounds section here.

Listen to the woman who tries to find every which way to say that the song may be offensive to what she separates out as black hip-hop culture, as in when the song talks about paying $50 for a Gucci t-shirt, or how perhaps the poor people who really have to shop at Goodwill will be offended by the white middle-class privileged people who shop there for fun and fashion, or that Macklemore is naive for believing he is creating an anti-brand brand by espousing thrift shopping.  Then listen to Slate’s music critic, Jody Rosen’s, just answers.

Silly, white people! ( actually I don’t even know the race/ethnicity of all the speakers).  Sometimes a song is just a song.  Sometimes a song is just for fun, and can’t we just leave it at that?!  and on that note, …”I’m gonna steal your grandpa’s style…no, seriously, can I have your grandpa’s hand-me downs?”


SOURCE:  www.youtube.com, VEVO, Justin Timberlake, Suit and Tie

www.slate.com, The Culture Gabfest, 1/30/2013


Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: The White Boy Soul of Justin Timberlake

17 Jun

I don’t mind admitting that I like Justin Timberlake, and since they’ve been playing his 2007 hit, What Goes Around,  on the radio a lot recently, it’s going to be my weekend share here.   This song about love and betrayal, was off his Future Sex/Love Sounds album that Justin co-wrote and produced with Timbaland and Nate Hill.

What Goes Around is the kind of song I can’t keep myself from doing the soul nod to–and even had to get out of my seat while typing to dance to it.  So what I was in my bedtime t-shirt and leggings.

Who is your white boy soul singer crush?




P.S.  Don’t tell, and I really don’t like him, but I also can’t stop doing the soul nod to Justin Beiber’s,  Boyfriend. What is it with these Justins?