Post Number: 6
|Posted on Saturday, May 29, 2004 - 10:10 pm: |
ABM, good point about the 20 years of pretenders. Although I don't recall (but my memory tends to be short) any of these prior pretenders being hailed as the White (fill in the name of a Black luminary). I mean, was Justin Timberlake called the White (again fill in the name)? Was he compared to a luminary in order to establish his creds? Don't recall.
As for Joss Stone, I have heard her sing, and, in my opinion, she in no way sounds like Aretha Franklin. Hers is a husky, nicely toned voice, but hardly reaching the depths and timbre of the Queen herself. (although she can hold her own above Ashanti, IMO).
Again, it's not so much the singer that is my peeve, but the way she is being marketed. I remember feeling a similar peeve when Mariah Carey (before her true racial designation was made known), was marketed as a white girl with a black voice. That kind of racial emphasis was a turn-off, and almost made me turn her off entirely. If Joss is a good singer, she will build her own audience without the media trying to hype the race card.