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MsMerising replied to Tonya Anderson's discussion Back Down Memory Lane with Minnie Riperton in the group Divas
"You're silly :P Excuse me, I've been off the radar for the last 18 months so I didn't reply. Family issues made me (reluctlantly) pack up life in Los Angeles and head to Australia for several years. Am terribly homesick and am only…"
Dec 27, 2010
MsMerising replied to Tonya Anderson's discussion Back Down Memory Lane with Minnie Riperton in the group Divas
"Yes, I am! I wrote the reviews for the artists Sylvia St. James & Sylvia Striplin at www.funkmysoul.gr :)"
Jun 14, 2009
MsMerising commented on Edie2k2's group Divas
"Now, don't get it twisted. Though Minnie Riperton is my favorite female artist of all time, it's Phyllis Hyman who I think embodies vocal perfection. Her rich lower range, her sweet higher range and the way she bended lyrics and emoted -…"
Jun 14, 2009
MsMerising commented on Edie2k2's group Divas
"@ EDIE Have you read the book 'Strength of a Woman'? It's an intense read. But one thing that the book really hammers in is that Phyllis had a mean streak Her beauty and voice is what endeared people to her. Without it, she may have…"
Jun 14, 2009
MsMerising replied to Tonya Anderson's discussion Back Down Memory Lane with Minnie Riperton in the group Divas
"Great timing with the Minnie Riperton 'Unsung' tribute. I just finished interviewing one of Minnie's old bandmates for a series I am writing on the making of her albums. Some magical quotes. I'll let you know when the articles…"
Jun 10, 2009
MsMerising left a comment for Shelley "SoleMann" King
"Thanks for the love, SOLE. My weekend will be all about assignments, my son and hopefully a wickid work-out session at the gym. Oh, and some sleeping in :) Be good now... M"
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MsMerising left a comment for Shelley "SoleMann" King
"BTW...are you a Zulema fan? She was featured at the "Save The Children" concert...I did a tribute to her, Betty Wright, Gwen McCrae, Helene Smith last year titled "Ladies of the Sunshine State"."
Feb 10, 2009
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"Wickid! I love DeBarge..."All This Love"? "A Dream"? Brilliant stuff. El was the highlight on "Secret Garden"...still makes me swoon...lol..."
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MsMerising commented on Edie2k2's group Divas
"Oh wow...I have a group called "Fierce Funkin' Divas" at another ning website. My type of folks! Nothing stirs my soul more than a soulful woman's voice...Minnie's crystalline tone...Phyllis Hyman's perfect bending of…"
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Many are gone..*some too soon* but NOTforgotten. I miss Minnie Riperton and Phyllis Hyman.I miss Shirley Horn..This group is put together to spotlight these grand divas..and their accomplishments.See More
Feb 10, 2009
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MsMerising replied to Old School C's discussion The City Of Compton in the group Your City...Past and Present
"I am in University now, so between school, work and parenting full-time (as well as working out at the gym looking fly int he fresh Adidas:P) I am hella busy. But I'm around... :)"
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At 8:08am on March 11, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…


need a love like mine
that you can depend on
when your whole world's falling in.
When you need a friend,
you can depend on me;
you can depend on me.

I'll be by your side...
when you need me...
when the whole world seems unfair...
when no one seems to care,
you can depend on me;
You can depend on me.

When life seems not worth living..
and nothing seems to be going right,
the comfort my love will be giving..giving
will change your darkness to light.

I'll be by your side
when you need me
when the whole seems unfair
when no one seems to care,
you can depend depend on
Yeah, yeah,
you can depend on me.

At 11:49pm on March 1, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…

At 8:45pm on February 20, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Good evening MsMerising...Hope your weekend is off to a great start.
At 12:53pm on February 13, 2009, KnightD12 said…
At 1:00am on February 11, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
El Debarge will always be one of my favorite singers, it's truly ashame that his life is going the way it's going, i hope he do his time and get himself cleaned up and make the music we all love...I have never heard of Zulema, but i bet that tribute you did was awesome.

Switch...Therell Never Be - I Wanna Be Closer -
At 10:26pm on February 10, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
DeBarge after El and Bunny went solo...Bobby DeBarge had left Switch a few years earlier and decided to sing in the family group.

DeBarge Featuring Bobby DeBarge -
At 5:31pm on February 10, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
Welcome Aboard...MsMerising.
At 10:31am on February 10, 2009, KnightD12 said…
At 12:28am on February 10, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Good morning MsMerising and welcome to OOTP...Make yourself right at home.


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