Today I had the rare opportunity to have a bird’s eye view of myself through two young women. Both young women shared the same birthday. The first was a young woman that at age 21 was the mother of three the oldest being 6. The second young woman also 21 was entering into her second month of graduate studies. I was struck by the contrast of these two young women that shared the same date of birth and in my mind I traveled their 21 year journey. I saw myself in the young mother although motherhood didn’t start as young for me as it did this young lady I loved being a young mother. I took many detours and used government assistance to help take care of my baby's needs as a 22 year old mother. I worked and went to school for my real estate license. I always had many dreams and although pregnancy was unexpected my dreams just changed to include both of us. As time went on my family grew and it included my children’s father who became my husband 19 years and counting. My children gave me focus and increased desire. I wonder if it would be the same for this young mother who at 21 had a huge responsibility to provide and direct these 3 children at her young age. Then my mind shifted to the 21 year old graduate student. I have known her all her life. She did not come from money or privilege. I knew her to have a deep desire and to face obstacles with and all out assault. There was no way she would let any circumstance beat her. I thought about my struggles and how many times I felt like I wasn’t going to make it or get to where I wanted to be. I thought about the times where the bills were larger than my income and I could see my friends progressing in their education and professions.
I could see my past and my future in these two young ladies. These young women represented my life and both paths I pursued. I judge neither young woman because who am I to judge. I will not tell one over the other you’re better or not better. I would encourage both keep reaching and striving for your goals and although you made different choices and one path may take longer or have different challenges you can still overcome and make it. I hope young women never settle for where they are. If you have a High School Diploma go for college credits, if you have some college behind you do what it takes to get that Associates Degree or Bachelors, if that’s not in reach get a certificate. My heart is and will always have a soft spot for mothers that against all odds never give up, don’t quit, won’t quit and never say die… Young women even if in life you have not made the best choices- keep it moving- His mercies are new everyday. I encourage you to find out who you are supposed to be and reject anything and everything that causes you to doubt yourself. You Have Power…
Neicee White comes from a family of singers; so it just seemed natural when she noticed her love for singing as a young girl. She and her sisters would put on talent shows in the living room for their mother. When the shows were over and her sisters went to play... she would continue singing and learning new songs for the next show. It was then she realized that this was something she would always want to do. After raising a family Neicee is pursuing her lifelong dream to become an artist singing R&B, gospel & soul music. Recently Neicee opened up for Howard Hewitt and Alicia Myers.
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This Edition of LIVE In The Vocal Booth Show we rate and review along with YOU the listener Ruben Studdard's new release "Letters From Birmingham"
Here is our rating system: 5 Stars: It's blazing hot – on fire 4 Stars: It's a hot song – pump it up 3 Stars: It's alright-good song 2 Stars: Thanks for the album cut-what's next 1 Stars: I won't tell nobody about that if you don't…lets keep that a secret
Ruben Studdard | Letters From Birmingham
On today’s ever changing musical landscape, the definition of R&B fluctuates as much as the rolling hills from the steep pitches and flat meadows of Birmingham’s Red Mountains. Generation Y looks to rhythm-driven artists Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and Usher as the personification of soul while many Baby Boomers insist that only the raw, melodious sounds of soul men like Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye are the real deal. Ruben Studdard is the uniquely perfect combination of both schools of music and he brings both exciting dimensions to Letters From Birmingham (Shanachie-March 13, 2012). This alluring concept album about the ups and downs of modern romance is the project Studdard has longed to make his entire career. With it, he surely sets the standard for modern day soul troubadours and boasts stunning performances that range from an angelic falsetto on love songs like “Today” to hard-hitting dance floor grooves like “Turn You Out” that show off a raw vocal edge.
It’s been almost a decade since Fox Television’s “American Idol” television talent competition crowned Studdard its 2003 winner after he pulled 24 million votes and became a household name. In the years since, the Velvet Teddy Bear (as Gladys Knight nicknamed him for his smoothly soothing vocal style) has produced a string of gold and platinum albums, toured as Fats Waller in a national stage tour of “Ain’t Misbehavin’, appeared on various television shows, toured in the comedy drama “Heaven I Need A Hug” with Robin Givens and played a pastor in the Trace Adkins film, “Lifted.” Along the way, he’s also picked up Grammy and American Music Award nominations and turned out now classic urban radio hits like “Sorry 2004,” “Superstar,” “Make Ya Feel Beautiful” and “Change Me.” He also scored a #1 Gospel hit with “I Need An Angel.” Letters From Birmingham is Ruben’s most personal set of music yet and he’s hoping his vast fan base will enjoy and be surprised by the album’s twists and turns.
Tonight's Topic: It's Hard Out Here For a Cop
We hear about the drugs, the crime, the gangbangin' in the hood, but few of us think about the police force that is dedicated to bringing those crimes to an end. What does life as a detective entail? How connected are they to the neighborhoods they serve? Do they really care about the criminals they hunt down, or do they think most of them are destined to end up handcuffed in the back of their patrol cars. Tonight, BKS1Radio has the pleasure of interviewing Detective Sargeant Kenneth Reid of the Plainfield Police Force. This veteran is going to open up about crime in an urban neighborhood from a law enforcement's perspective. He'll go in-depth on topics such as the current state of gang violence, and expose the details about the vast cases of abuse and missing persons that are happening in our own backyards. Get your questions ready and keep an open mind. We're in for a treat...tonight, on "Live in the Vocal Booth".