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Monday, December 1, 2008

"Oh yes, you know her sister is..."

A while back I did a post about Solange Knowles making a valiant attempt at stardom despite her sister, Beyonce's, super stardom. Off the top of our heads, Solange, Ashley Simpson (Jessica Simpson's Sis), Haylie Duff (Hillary Duff's sis), and maybe even Kelly Rowland (Beyonce's Play-play sis) come to mind when we think of struggling entertaining sisters of superstar celebrities.

Today I thought, I'd go a little further back into the struggle to celebrate sisters who have the courage and audacity to be viewed as living in the shadows of their siblings just to continue in the careers of their choosing, the entertainment business.






Taka Boom sounds like Chaka, but not is the sister of Chaka Khan. She performed with Chaka before Chaka joined Rufus and became a huge success. Taka has an amazing voice and was a brief member of The Brides of Funkenstein (note to self: must devote a post to the women of funk because I am probably getting blinks and stares at the Brides of Funkenstein reference). Taka also had a little success with Night Dancin'. Oh geez, as hard as I try I don't remember this song . It made it to the top 20 on the R&B Charts. Taka has written some songs for Chaka and still performs somewhere in the world today.



Next, is Latonya Blige. Of course, you have heard of her sister MJB, Mary J. Blige. Latonya co-wrote with Mary "I can Love you", and has recently decided to make a go of it herself. She is singing Gospel. According to reports the album was to come out is May 2008, but I haven't heard it except for one song on her myspace page provided above. Since, this is a celebration of the sisters I won't comment on the song.


I know who this looks like, but it's not her it's her sister.



Monica Cruz, is the sister to Penelope Cruz. She is a singer, actress and dancer. She was in a movie with DMX called, Last Hour. She has gotten some roles in Spain, and is still working on her career.





Finally, another brilliant sister of a famous performer is Carolyn Franklin , she was the sister of Aretha Franklin. She died in 1988. She wrote hits for Aretha such as "Ain't No Way" and "Angel." She was a true musical partner for Aretha and you'll frequently hear Aretha mention the role Carolyn played in her career. She was extremely gifted and talented.

12 comments:

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Wow, I have never heard of any of these ladies. i am guessing that the Blige sister's music is not so good. Oh well. Ms. Solange is doing her thing.

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Goes to show you where I've been...this is a first-except for Solange whom I like more than... y'know, the other one.(cue: booing)"Taka Boom and the Brides of Funkenstein"-now this is a post worth waiting for!

Ann said...

Interesting post. I didn't know most of the sisters you mentioned.

Ms. Bar B: said...

You are so insightful. Thanks for educating us... well, me, lol. Dang, Last Hour? You mean, I actually let a DMX movie get past me?? I gotta find it and check Miss Monica out.

Weith Kick said...

"Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan. Chaka Khan lemme rock you, lemme rock you Chaka Khan. Lemme rock you, that's all I wanna do." I love Chaka Khan. In fact, "I Feel For You" is in my top 5 of favorite songs. It might even be may all-time favorite song. In one of my early blog entries I admitted to this. Whenever I tell people that I love this song they always give me this funny look, like "WTF?" But I don't care. And Rufus! "Tell Me Something Good!" Another great Chaka song!

Another sister who lives in her sister's shadow is Midori, the sister of Jody Watley. Midori is a porn star/singer. Don't ask me how I know that. Just one of those pieces of useless information that's stuck in my brain.

I like Solange. I've only recently become familiar with her when I heard her song "I Decided." I love the video.

Jewelry Rockstar said...

@ T.A.M. I promise to work on the funk sisters post, I loved that era.

@Bar, insightful no. Information junkie yes.

@Weith Kick I know about Jody's sis and I swear I was really close to putting her here, but I didn't want to explain how I knew about her. LOL!

fly tie said...

yep. i'm with the others. i was clueless about all 'cept solange. thanks again for bringing the info.

Afrochic said...

Ashley Simpson has a more successful recording career than Jessica. Jess is more popular because she came out first, successfully and then had a hi-profile celeb wedding. Not to mention she perfected the dumb blonde act.

Rashan Jamal said...

Only one of these I've heard of is Latonya Blige, but I dont think it was a result of her singing. I think I just saw her on tv with Mary once.

VCSMama said...

Color me clueless! Who knew? I mean no disrespect, but I did laugh about the whole Taka/Chaka/Not thing. Thanks for doing this research...or for just being so "in the know." I'm about to send this to my little sis now.

Regina said...

I did not know about Aretha's sister!
What a nice tribute to the sisters!

Ms. Behaving said...

Cool of you to share...

Prior to reading this post, I [like most everybody else] hadn't even heard of most of those folks.