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New Song & Video: India.Arie – ‘Continue To Breathe’

Singer/Songwriter Also Announces Title Of Next Album


Grammy winning soulstress India.Arie joins the long list of artists using their talents to raise awareness and speak out against social injustice.

Courtesy of an intimate, stripped down black-and-white video, Arie does not mince words as she delivers heartfelt lyrics to shine a spotlight on the subject matter surrounding the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Hear it in full below:


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India.Arie Sounds Off on ‘Ugly’ Nina Simone Biopic (Starring Zoe Saldana)

Grammy winner slams ‘parodic’ film for ‘propagating institutional racism’

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Since the announcement of Zoe Saldana assuming the role of Nina Simone in the legendary singer’s unauthorized biopic, the actress has been fielding slam after slam for donning blackface to make her portrayal true to character.  And, while film critics and fellow entertainers continue to speak out on the hot topic, there’s one detractor who has long taken personal issue with the casting – ‘Brown Skin’ beauty India.Arie.

After taking to the net in 2012 to pen an open letter damning the film for its “parody” of Simone’s story, the songstress recently visited our friends at TheHollywoodReporter to continue her less-than-complimentary weigh in on the film (click here to see its trailer).

Asserting the film ‘propagates institutional racism,’ is ‘tone deaf,’ and even made Simone look ‘ugly,’ tuck in below to read these thoughts and more from Arie:


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India Arie Taps Tori Kelly, Brandy, & More For Christmas Album

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In the mood for some vocal slayage this Christmas?  Well, it appears ‘Ready For Love’ beauty India Arie is readying just the gift for you.

Taking to Twitter this week, the Grammy winning songstress sent her faithful #Soulbirds into a frenzy when she announced her first holiday-themed album.  Titled ‘Christmas With Friends,’ the October 16th-due project features appearances from ‘vocal Bible’ Brandy, up-and-coming vocal wonder Tori Kelly, and more.

Hear a sample and see the full track list below:


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Beyonce & Lady Gaga Led ‘Stevie Wonder Tribute’ A Moderate Ratings Draw Despite All-Star Lineup

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Not even the combined powers of music super divas Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Hudson were enough to shift killer ratings for the second installment of the ‘Grammy tribute’ series – this time paying homage the academy’s most decorated artist Stevie Wonder.

Airing February 15th on CBS, the showing – a critics top pick –  did manage to draw a respectable viewing audience, but still nearly less than half of last year’s episode in honor of the Beatles (which drew a whopping 13.95 million viewers).  The numbers are all the more disappointing as, unlike the Beatles tribute, Wonder’s installment had little competition elsewhere on television.

But, as reports below reveal, all was not lost.  For, after the likes of Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae, John Legend, and Ed Sheeran put their ever modern twists on Wonder’s classic hits, interest in the 70s & 80s numbers found itself skyrocketing on top sites Spotify and Shazam.

Get the full reports on the TV and streaming numbers below:


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Did You Miss It?: India Arie Fans Slam Lady Gaga For Bodyguard Diss / #LittleMonsters Clap Back


While the majority of her Grammy night went to plan, a few tweets found on India Arie‘s Twitter page reveal that not everything went smoothly for the ‘Cocoa Butter’ beauty, especially as it relates to industry gal pal Lady Gaga.

For, while headlines were dominated with news of rants related to Beyonce (see: Beck, Kanye West, Ledisi, and more), rumblings were happening elsewhere between Arie’s #Soulbirds and Gaga’s #LittleMonsters after the former took to Twitter to slam the ‘Artpop’ performer’s bodyguard for literally slapping her hand to prevent her from touching.

The result of which saw both fanbases erupt into a Twitter tussle that is still ongoing…

Did you miss it?  See the video below:


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Did You Miss It?: India.Arie Slams Blue Ivy Haters In Open Letter

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After Syleena Johnson‘s woeful weigh in and news of a petition to comb Blue Ivy‘s hair went viral, India.Arie says “enough is enough” – at least as it relates to people’s constant jabs to Beyonce‘s famous toddler’s locks.

Taking to Twitter to pen an open letter slamming critics who have lent negative comments about the child, the ‘I Am Not My Hair’ hitmaker was so upset that she assembled a fiery collection of words to scold fellow celebs and fans alike on the topic.

Her damning words below:


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India.Arie Pens Open Letter Regarding Grammy Awards & Racism


Sunday night’s Grammy Awards were not short on controversy. Indeed, between Macklemore‘s multiple wins, Kendrick Lamar‘s shut-out, and Beyonce‘s racy display, the show continues to dominate headlines two days removed.

It’s a trend that looks set to continue – courtesy of soulful singer India.Arie.

The 38-year-old has penned an “open letter” relaying her frustration with the lack of Grammy love directed towards Hip-Hop and R&B artists; something she suggests is soaked in racism.

India’s words after the jump…


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