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Cocoa Bites: Leona, Is That You?

I have to say, I did a double take when I glanced the cover of the latest issue of Fabulous magazine. Doesn’t our Leona look stunning? I’m seriously loving the vampy lipstick and matching nails, the sleek ombre with lengthy fringe covering one eye, the stud encrusted body con dress – my, my, my  the Hackney warbler certainly is going for an edgier look, and I ain’t mad at her at all. Our Lee Lee is back doing the promotional rounds for her forthcoming album Glassheart which is out next week. Celebrity interviews in Fabulous are notoriously lengthy, and this one was no exception. In the piece Leona once again addresses her critics who accuse her of being dull, she also touches on the breakup between her and long-time partner, Lou, which I had no idea about. And of course there’s the usual Leona fare about her love of Hackney, animals, vegetarianism and the likes of.  Stand out quotes include:

On her alter-ego (gosh, everyone has one now, right? Damn you Sasha Fierce) 

“My alter ego is called Colin, Stacey is my wife and we have a pretend child called Pigface Man Child,” she giggles. “We make up plot lines that are more complicated than EastEnders!”

On her late West Indian grandmother who she cites as her main role model

“I live by the idea of carrying myself with ‘dignity and grace’. It was my grandma’s motto. She came to England in the ’50s as a black woman when black people were thought of as being on the bottom rung of society. My grandma knew that because of her colour there was reason enough to think badly of her, so she made sure she always conducted herself in absolutely the most respectable way.”

On growing up on the mean streets of Hackney *insert sarcasm*

“I’m a Hackney girl. I can handle myself. If I was in a club and someone pulled a gun, I would stay calm because it’s not out of my world. I grew up having to be streetwise, having to know how to handle myself.”

See full interview here 

And on another note, how nice is it to see a bit more diversity on our magazine shelves at the moment? More please, more!

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Cocoa Chat: Jaki Graham “I’m Still Here Darling”

Before there was a Leona Lewis or a Alexandra Burke, British soul singer Jaki Graham was one of the biggest black female singers that this country had produced. With 5 top twenty hits and two top 40 albums, there seemed to be a time when Jaki appeared to be a mainstay on Top of the Pops. Who can forget that infectious smile, that big ole head of hair and that old school innocence expressed poetically via timeless Brit soul classics such as Round and Around, Heaven Knows and her biggest hit – Could It Be I’m Falling in Love? I was a big fan of Jaki. We shared the same sized hair so I felt an immediate affinity with her. But huge tresses aside, she also seemed to possess that down to earth persona that is far too often a rarity in the ego-driven world of show business.

So how nice it was to all these years later finally get to have a chat with her. I wasn’t disappointed at all. Jaki still has that charm, and warm personable spirit that leads you into believing you’ve known her for eons. We spoke about Jaki’s journey through fame with all the the varying ups, downs and bumpy bits.
This month marks the 25th anniversary of her album Breaking Away. To celebrate the occasion Jaki is releasing a re-mastered version of the album. And that’s not all. In October the singer will be releasing another album Absolute Essential – The Very Best of Jaki Graham, which is a compilation of all her hits. Continue reading

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Cocoa Bites: Leona’s Gleeful TV Gig!

Is anybody still watching the TV hit Glee? I was into it for the first couple of episodes but all that singing and dancing on a whim got very monotonous very quickly and this is coming from a die-hard Kids from Fame’ Stan.  However, I can fully appreciate that I’m in the minority as far as the popularity of the show is concerned because Glee continues to be an unstoppable force. The Mirror reports that Leona Lewis is the latest star to jump on the Glee-wagon with a pending cameo appearance on the show pencilled in. Leona, herself a stage school alumnus, would fit in very well with the all singing, dancing powerhouses, although we’ve yet to see how her acting chops will fare against the other high school misfits.

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