Beyond "Bossy," the New York-born R&B singer has unleashed five albums' worth of powerful music, and her awesomely raspy voice perfectly captures the vagaries of being a strong woman. Now, on her sixth album, Food, she combines her love of music with her love of cooking (she became a Le Cordon Bleu-certified chef in 2008), resulting in a more stripped-down, organic soul sound with horn sections and piano; many of its songs are named after her best dishes. The lead single "Jerk Ribs," is also the staple she serves at her festival food trucks. (And it's not like she's new to making totally delectable jams: You also may remember another of her wonderful food-based singles, 2003's "Milkshake.")
We are so, so excited to premiere the first episode of her new video series, Wardrobe Junkies, which lets us peek inside her INSANE closet. (In addition to everything else, she is also a fashion innovator.) Highlights include the Fendi top she wears as she hosts and the patterned jeans she wore in her first video, 1999's "Caught Out There" (you can see them at the 2:31 mark here). Rookie spoke with her over the phone about being an overall superwoman and doing the most, including releasing Food, creating the new cooking show Saucy and Sweet for the Cooking Channel, and being a mom to her four-year-old son, Knight.
When Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg called for a ban on the word bossy, claiming that the term was detrimental to women, all I could think was, Hasn't she heard the Kelis song? In my opinion, that track, 2006's "Bossy," did more to destigmatize the concept of a "bossy woman" than anyone ever had - it made being a "boss" AND a girl sound totally desirable. In her music, being bossy meant you were the queen of your own destiny. I can't count how many times I've sung that song loudly in the club, linked arm-in-arm with a bunch of my friends and feeling amazing about being the type of woman who handles her business.