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She could have easily appeared on Rosie, Regis & Kelly, etc, but as far as I know it didn't happen. Unfortunately like someone already mentioned, Motown is HORRIBLE in their marketing. I admit I do love the song that one and the movie O Brother Where Art Thou. I thought it was about time they recognized us voluptuous women! "dark" issue -- I did not make it that way but that is a sub component of the India versus Alicia as well. Plus Alicia has more of a crossover appeal than India does. There ARE other ways to get an artist out there and they are just not doing it at all.If India was with J Records with Clive Davis, I think we would be looking at a TOTALLY different picture. Being an open minded person, it was nice to see this type of music get a little props. Originally posted by Virtual Violet I hate to say it, but this sounds like the topic turned to "light v. While our people and our nation needs more of what India's music offers, A MESSAGE, they are not as accepting of it as they should be. Virtual Violet, I don't know about that, because Angie Stone is on J Records and even though they tried to pull her in with Alicia on those shows doing the remix of "Brotha" she still hasn't gotten her just due after all these years. But then again, Alicia Keys has Clive Davis behind her.So I think it makes sense that people are going to buy what they can relate to.With that in mind.....although the PR behind India is not that great, if she's "marketable" (I think everyone can be marketable), given her music, would her PR been able to market her outside the black community?I feel that Alicia was a bit more "marketable" and trendy (how many women were sporting Alicia like cornrows afterward? I feel she's very talented but MTV wore this girls videos out! They're just starting to really play the other two(Video being her first) since her nomination.Her CD was very powerful, and didn't get half as much play as it should have. If India was a bit more......."cute" do you think she would have gotten more recognition?ALICIA won this year, cleaned up -- you go girl but y'all it was bound to happen and will continue to happen that BLACK folks are going to be competing more and more against each other in these awards.I long for the day though where it is not a clean sweep of the SAME ARTIST but instead the SAME RACE!!
Like Jamie Foxx said, we (blacks) are hard to please. Her CD was very powerful, and didn't get half as much play as it should have. If India was a bit more......."cute" do you think she would have gotten more recognition?
This topic dominated a listserve I am on for the ENTIRE day after the GRAMMYS.
I chose not to share my thoughts with them because a good majority of the members of that list can get downright IGNANT in my opinion, but I digress.
Or take Angie Stone's "Brotha"....um, will white/latin/asian women be able to relate to this?
Perhaps..they are into black men....I really don't think they'd truly be able to feel the message it presents like black women will.