ON HER RETURN TO MUSIC

Every true musician and lover of music can’t shake the desire to put their art into the world, and Adina is more than thrilled to see a reemergence of support for her style of storytelling set to rhythmic melodies. “I’m marinated in high favor,” gushes Howard when asked about her return to music. “My single is coming out and a possible EP. Music is picking up again. I was done with the situation, but I keep getting called back. And because I keep getting pulled back, I recognize I need to be obedient and finish out the work I’m being called to do.”

When asked about the role she will play in music this time around, she feels she has a purpose to bring back an element that seems to be missing in today’s melodies. “Authenticity,” she states. “My purpose is to fill the void and give the industry in our genres of music what it is missing. My stories could possibly be your moments and we can share together through music.”

ON BLACK SOUND BEING ADOPTED BY MAINSTREAM

Within the last 10 years the industry has seen an explosion of soulful tunes coming from musical artists outside of the urban community. For many, the adaptation of the “Marvin Gaye” sound by the likes of artists such as Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke appears to be a usurp of Black music, but Adina begs to differ. “I have no problem with “white chocolates,” as she so lovingly labels them. “That’s what their labels choose to push and that is what they choose to sing. Hopefully it is the music they love. I don’t mind people following their heart and doing the type of music they choose to do no matter what color of skin they happen to be rocking. Music is universal and it should be colorless, so it doesn’t bother me.”  She goes on to speak about the real issue with Black music of today.

“What bothers me most is that we as people of color have not focused on the quality of the music we put out in the same way they have put focus on putting out our music,” she explains.  “Music right now is tasteless, bland and cookie cutter. It’s kind of like dealing with a franchise.  Some artists are good, some not so much. Nothing out right now is satisfying [in the urban genres of music] and that’s why people keep hopping from artist to artist. Music is falling flat,” she laments. “Rap is wack, R&B is falling off, and the radio is playing what they are paid to pay. The radio is no longer the trend setter. They aren’t hit makers. Everyone is now money hungry.”

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ON THE RELEASE OF HER DOCUMENTARY

Along with every impactful person comes a story detailing the journey of their lives, and this spring Adina shares intimate details of her life’s journey with fans and new converts.  The documentary, Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation is the brainchild of Gezus Zaire, a life-long supporter of Adina who wanted to tell her full story. “He wanted to get the full scope of what took place, so I just let him do what he does,” she states casually. Fans and those who are just getting to know Adina for the first time can expect to see a different side of the songstress and gain access into her world.

The documentary is currently being pitched to several film festivals in hopes of gaining more exposure. You can watch the full documentary here. 

 

Glamazon Tyomi is a freelance writer, model and sex educator with a deeply rooted passion for spreading the message of sex positivity and encouraging the masses to embrace their sexuality. Her website, www.sexperttyomi.com, reaches internationally as a source for advice and information for the sexually active/curious. Follow her on Twitter at @glamazontyomi and the all-new “Glamazon Tyomi’s Sex Academy” radio show here.

 

Adina Howard Reflects On Changing The Face Of Sexual Liberation & New Projects 20 Years After “Freak Like Me”  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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