For those of you who watched Martin back in the day, you may recall the many times that Tisha Campbell-Martin had the chance to show off her vocal abilities on the comedy. And don’t get it twisted, she could definitely blow (“Push” anyone? “Don’t Ask My Neighbor”?). But the actress wasn’t singing just for the hell of it. She actually put out an album in ’93 called Tina. And as she told MadameNoire in an interview earlier this month, music has always been a huge part of her.
“Music has always been a part of my life, and it has always stayed in my life, so to be able to get on the mic again… I always say, women, we question everything. We question how we look, our jobs. Are we doing well? I question myself as a wife. Am I being a good wife? Are my kids looking up to me? Am I being a good mother? But singing is something I haven’t questioned myself about for a long time. Being behind the mic is where I am most comfortable.”
But for her new song and video, “Steel Here,” she’s singing about a very uncomfortable thing. She revealed last year that she was sexually abused when she was only three years old. Through the song and video, she moves forward from the pain, forgiving her abuser. She event went as far as to have the apology letter her abuser gave her written across her chest in the clip. As she told a fan on Twitter, the video was about being free, and free to forgive. “The writing on my body and the man writing the letter reps the actual words of an apology letter I recently received…From the person who violated me when I was 3 yrs old. By blessing me w the apology letter he allotted me the ability…to be free and to forgive.”
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