Maiysha is on the playlist

August 7, 2008
A vintage modeling photo of Maiysha

I’ve taken sometime to listen to beautiful new songstress Maiysha. Her debut album is titled This Much is True.  Her Myspace page is here.  I suppose she’s classified as a Progressive/neo-soul type of artist.  But, she actually seems to have a neo-soul/jazz/classic rock/R&B/BananaRepublic-esque sound.

Bottomline:  The woman can sing and has cross-cultural appeal.

Favorite trackOver My Head (a song about a woman who gets intimate a bit too fast and is confused).  The song has a nifty change-of-pace and Mayisha shows her ability to sing smoothed out lyrics and then rap in a melodious manner.  This gals got talent!

I also like You Don’t Know, Sledgehammer (A cover of Peter Gabriel’s ’80s hit), and Wanna be, heck, the whole album is perfect for listening to on a long drive, a house warming party, relaxing in a lounge, or folding laundry.

Maybe the best thing about Maiysha is that she is a disciplined, conservative, and principled woman who everyone can be proud of.  She is not a flash-in-the-pan, big break type (Insert airhead artist [here]).  Maiysha is educated and dedicated to her family and friends.  She is well respected in the New York social scene and we will never see her put on blast for foolishness in TMZ or bossip.com

But you can see her on this video interview.  (As of this blog posting on Aug. 7th it has 367 views…watch it)

A vintage modeling photo of Maiysha...lovely

A vintage modeling photo of Maiysha...lovely

Seems like she may have been a background singer in NYC for a while.  Read official reviews about Maiysha’s music here, here, here, and here.

Hey, Maiysha, if you’re reading this, I’d love for you to dedicate Orbit to me someday–I’m smitten.  Oh and I’ll fix up your wikipedia entry, it’s not currently wikified.  If you have a Facebook fan page I’ll join it.

Maiysha is also a Supermodel.  You can see her in Slim-Fast and Lane Bryant national advertising campaigns and commercials.  She has great hair.

DISCLAIMER: Maiysha’s mom is one of my mentors.  They are a wonderful mother/daughter team who should be profiled in Essence, People, Oprah, or even Time magazine someday.

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I visited…Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Boule

July 20, 2008
Ethel Hedgeman Lyle key founder of AKA

Ethel Hedgeman Lyle key founder of AKA

What an awesome sight?!  I visited a few events at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated 100 year anniversary convention in Washington, DC.  Photos and video TBP.

Official dubbed the Centennial “Boule,” here are a few links about the event from the major publications:  The Convention. The March. The Barbie.  The Record-setting banquet.  The Michelle Obama acceptance and a blog post about it.

Video of the March here from FOX5 WTTG.  More media aggregated here.

This post will be updated later…after I download my pics and upload a bit of video