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Karyn White :: The "Superwoman" re-seizes the day

by BeBe Sweetbriar
Friday Mar 2, 2012

"Carpe Diem" is not only an aphorism meaning seize the day, it is R&B songstress' Karyn White's ("Superwoman," "Romantic") first studio release in 18 years. That's right, 18 years. Karyn has spent that time raising her daughter, now a freshman at Howard University, and developing her entrepreneurial skills in real estate and interior design.

But during all that time, music was still apart of who White is and is represented in her comeback collection of new songs due out in the Spring of 2012, including the lead single "Sista Sista" which is sure to be her modern day anthem for the women as her international hit "Superwoman" was in the late 1980s.

Karyn White was the first female artist to have her first three solo releases it #1 on the R&B Billboard charts ("The Way You Love Me," Secret Rendezvous," and "Superwoman"). Her single "Romantic" from the 1991 "Ritual of Life" album (produced by Grammy winning producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, noted for their success with Janet Jackson), was her first single to go #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. I had an opportunity to visit with the R&B/Pop diva and talk about her comeback, the maturity in her music, seizing her moment, and the power of social networking.

Based out of San Francisco, BEBE SWEETBRIAR is the Omni Present Drag Chanteuse. As an entertainer and hostess, BeBe can be scene every week hosting and performing at countless events and parties in the San Francisco. One of the few drag personalities to sing live while performing, BeBe has literally graced every notable stage in San Francisco, bridging many gay sub-community gaps. She has also been the opening act for Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, "Ugly Betty’s" Alec Mapa and Dance Diva Kristine W. Adding recording artist to her list of performance accomplishments in 2008 with the release of her first single "Save Me", Ms. Sweetbriar will soon release her fifth dance single in 2012 called "Show It Off"..
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.


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