Sevyn Streeter Leads BET Debate About State of R&B

LaShawn Daniels, Elijah Blake, Harmony Samuels and Rachel Kerr Feature
Published: Monday 27th Nov 2017 by David

Sevyn Streeter is making major moves and is taking BET along for the ride.

How so? By inviting her pals Harmony Samuels, Rachel Kerr, Elijah Blake, Lashawn Daniels to join her in a series named ‘STATE OF R&B.’

Why Elijah Blake felt 90s R&B was able to accommodate black superstardom?

What Rachel feels the period did so uplift black femininity and womanhood?

Why everyone cites Brandy and Toni Braxton as inspiration?

Brilliant and thought provoking insight below…

Truly insightful.

Here’s hoping this conversation inspires the industry’s power players to make the necessary changes as we can all agree that a diverse industry is a lucrative one.

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Keep it locked on TGJ for its next two episodes!


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  1. 2bad2bme November 27, 2017

    I do feel that “BLACK” R&B is being cheated these day. I say “BLACK” R&B because other races make R&B also but they are labeled as Pop or something else because they are not black. I just think rappers should help make Black R&B popular again just like they helped rap become international back in the 90’s and early 2000’s.

    • SMH November 27, 2017


    • StarXavi November 27, 2017


      PS: Never Say Never album was and still is amazing!!

    • #TeamTinashe Stan November 27, 2017

      There is no such thing as “Black R&B”. R&B was started by blacks, consumed more by blacks and is dominated by black artists.

      • 2bad2bme November 28, 2017

        You don’t read well do you?

  2. God November 27, 2017

    These are babies. They don’t really know the timeline of 90s R&B. I need to be on this panel.

    • Danny Bey November 27, 2017

      Sevyn is like 30 years old

  3. G7Pat November 27, 2017

    It’s half our fault. Black music is so generic now it’s easily copied. Black superstars used to have distinct sounds that forces the masses to us.

  4. Yas November 27, 2017

    R&b lost its appeal when R&b artists thought it was ok to disrespect women and their bodies for sexual pleasure.

  5. DanYiel Iman November 27, 2017

    That’s awesome & it’s sad R&B music is sold by Caucasian singers, yet people of color don’t get the same respect for the same vocals!! 🤦🏽‍♂️

  6. RoyalBey November 27, 2017

    Yesssss! Its about time this is being talked about. I am so tired of all the r&b artist not being heard/recognized, not selling like pop and rap artist or hell even being a big category at the grammys. And tbh R&b comes first to me than pop, rap etc.

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