So nearly 40 years after the king of theft dies (Elvis) and months after the death of Chuck Berry, R&B singer, songwriter, and actress Stephanie Mills was asked about her take on the state of our music, she kept it all the way real.
“I think they want R&B but they don’t want it from us,” she answered.
Mills shared her thoughts on the state of R&B during a stop at TVOne’s new daily talk show Sister Circle, which features reality star Quad Webb-Lunceford, Grammy-nominated R&B singer Syleena Johnson, sports reporter Rashan Ali, and stand-up comedienne Kiana Dancie as hosts. Taking the blueprint from the daytime talk show The View, the show discusses hot topics in news and entertainment.
Mills, who played Dorothy in the original Broadway run of The Wiz, didn’t hold back with her answer when the subject of R&B was broached.
Mills further went on to make the comparison with other R&B artists who are talented but have received less praise for their music, such as Kenny Lattimore.
What Mills is telling us isn’t new Public Enemy was one of the first to enlighten the masses through popular media to the treachery in their 1988 hit “Fight The Power”
That iconic verse woke a generation of people that had been brainwashed by the white supremacist mainstream media and its twisted ideology that Elvis was the king of rock n roll along with blonde hair blue eyes was the height of beauty. The majority of us whose parents were from the Carribean never heard a wrong word about the Queen.
Mills comments seem to have stirred up a little storm on social media but as we know RnB, Hip Hop Ska for years now have been out of our hands with reggae soon to follow.
Stephanie Mills ealier this year ended her working relationship with music mogul Hiriam Hicks, citing financial discrepancies as the reason.
The 60-year-old vocalist, who headlined a sold-out Mother’s Day concert at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday, tells us Hicks was fired the following day.
“Often times when this happens to an artist, they’re embarrassed and don’t want anyone to know,” Mills told Confidential. But according to Mills, as a single mother raising a special needs son, she feels a need to show strength where she feels that she’s been wronged. She says she’s disappointed because she’d “trusted” Hicks.
Hicks, the former president of Island Black Music, had been managing the singer for 3 1/2 years.
Mills says Universal Attractions will oversee all of her performance dates and concert bookings for the time being. The Brooklyn native tells us she’s weighing her legal options against Hicks and plans to use this opportunity to teach younger artists about the industry.
“I decided to come forward to share this because I want to empower other artists to pay attention to their business affairs,” she said. She says she’s grateful that her own business acumen led her to suspect that there were problems in her dealings with Hicks, which led to the severance.
Hicks denies the story.
“Your information is incorrect,” he wrote in an email. “Ms. Mills and I have an ongoing working relationship”