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|Posted by Iesha Marie on June 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
It seems that we've been waiting ages for Demetria McKinney's debut album, Officially Yours - and in fact we've been waiting a couple of years on the project. However, good things do indeed come to those who wait, and Demetria keeps proving that saying is true. We last heard from her musically on certified banger "Easy" and now she's tapping into her more sentimental side with her next release, "Is This Love."
The ballad finds Demetria contemplating what exactly is going on with her relationship as piano underscores her emotions. "It used to be easy for me to love / But now it seems our love just ain't enough," she sings while contemplating her next move. Her introspection leads her to the main question of the song's chorus, with her wondering if her situation is what love is really supposed to be. For the song's video, Demetria turned to fellow actor Robert Christopher Riley to direct and star as her love interest in the clip. She and Robert start the video in an intense argument that finds the couple in a shouting match. In the aftermath, we see Demetria alone, ruminating on their relationship up until that point. We see moments of joy, like Robert working his magic in the kitchen, and we see moments of discord, like Demetria being caught up in her phone too much to see that Robert is hurting. However, as the video comes to a close, we aren't given a clear resolution. Instead, Demetria opens her door to see Robert standing there and we're left with one question: Should he stay?
Well, should he? You can find the answer for yourself when you play the video Here. Though there's no official release date set just yet, Officially Yours is expected sometime this year.
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on June 13, 2017 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
Rob Riley captures the raw emotion of a couple on the brink of a breakup and the intense arguments that ensue when the love is waning. Demetria Mckinney enlisted the ‘Underground’ star to be apart of her forthcoming project and what better way for him to get involved than by helming the visuals for the lover’s anthem.
Riley makes his directorial debut on Is This Love as well as lend his acting expertise as her leading man.
“Immediately, I was like “Rob should do this with me,” Demetria exclusively told HelloBeautiful. “I’ve shot photography with him and his eye is awesome and I thought it’d be interesting to move into a Directorial space with him at the helm. Then I needed a love interest…. I literally called him and asked him to be my boyfriend. He was like ‘Huh?!” I explained the song and we each came with The same ideas for the visual so everything just lined up perfectly. The song demands the ear, the video demands the eye so hopefully it’ll spark some conversation between couples in the good and bad of love.”
Watch Is This Love.
Article by: Shamika Sanders
|Posted by Iesha Marie on April 23, 2017 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
Interview with Demetria McKinney below.
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on April 22, 2017 at 1:40 PM||comments (1)|
Demetria McKinney, actress on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" and Bounce TV's "Saints and Sinners" is an guests during the Entertainment segment on "IN THE KNOW" Radio Magazine Show on April 21, 2017.
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on April 13, 2017 at 12:35 AM||comments (1)|
My son is my Red Lip Story.
As a military brat, I had life covered, especially health wise. But once life at home got hard, I was on my own. My mother's husband was into me way more than a step father/father should ever be. Everyone, with the exception of a few, looked at me as " the problem" versus helping me out of it.
I fought depression, undeserved guilt, thoughts of suicide, and ended up homeless. The "estranged" part of my family took me in after a bit and I was able to start building my life…only to find I was pregnant. I was a teenager, barely making it on my own and now I have the responsibility of a whole person's life?!?! The pity I could have had, the hardship I knew was coming, all took a backseat to the opportunity for love and growth.
From the first time I heard my sons heartbeat, I was a fan. I had to be strong, healthy, HERE. I had to be HERE for him. Daekwon is my red lip story and has been ever since. Who is yours?
- Demetria McKinney
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on April 11, 2017 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
Actress/Singer Demetria McKinney visited La Loca to discuss her acting career and her brand new single "Easy."
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on April 7, 2017 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
Demetria McKinney’s sunny aura cuts through a rather dreary afternoon, courtesy of New York City’s drizzly skies, when she steps into VIBE headquarters. Decked in black and gold as her curly mane illuminates the room—”This right here has become my biggest statement piece,” she says—the Dark and Lovely brand ambassador is poised for a reintroduction as she settles in for a chat.
Between her success on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne to BET’s The Quad, a series that won her over yet lured criticism for its unfiltered take on life at HBCUs, the Saints and Sinners star has cemented her presence as an actress ever on the rise. If you let her tell it, however, music has always been at the crux of her purpose.
Through her forthcoming debut album Officially Yours, the “Easy” singer is ready to pull back the curtain to allow fans, especially her ride-or-die “Demetrians,” an opportunity to access her world beyond the confines of a character on screen. “It’s called Officially Yours because it is the most naked I can be musically and if I’m not really expressing who I am at that moment, then it’s not worth it,” she explains. “I know it took a minute, but I feel like now I actually have the truth of who I am ready for everybody to get.”
Here, McKinney talks fueling difficult conversations on The Quad, playing her cards right during her brief stint on Real Housewives of Atlanta and returning to the heart of R&B.
VIBE: The Quad has opened conversation on topics like hazing, sexual assault and the criminalization of black men. Hampton University President William R. Harvey, however, wasn’t happy about its premiere episode. How did you react to the debate surrounding the show?
Demetria McKinney: I was honored by it. I think that the more we talk about the show, the more people have to look into it and pay attention to it. The fact that he [wrote a letter], I understand the passion behind it and wanting to protect what is there. However, these are fake scenarios and it was one episode. I absolutely love how BET backed the project as a fictitious account that can [raise awareness], and it was great to be a part of the conversation.
You play Cedric Hobbs’ mother. How much did you connect to that character as a single mom yourself?
My son is 18, so he has his moments just as any other kid but going through something like [seeing your son arrested for a crime he didn’t commit], I really tried to put myself in that frame of mind, as hard as it was, to try to see what that would feel like. I remember having those kinds of conversations when the Travyon Martin case happened and to this day as injustices continue to happen, so to have that opportunity to play that concerned mother and to really be grounded in that was hard in one sense, but I feel like I take roles that prepare me for whatever may happen in my life so I’m really appreciative of it.
From House of Payne to Saints and Sinners, you’ve established yourself as an actress, but singing is your first love. How exactly did acting become the focus point for you?
Music has always been the forefront, but acting came in when God said so. I participated in plays as part of the program I had to do to get my scholarship for vocals, and I realized I kind of like this. I get to pretend and be silly and get paid for it? Let’s go. But then when I realized the way it can change my life and the way characters like Janine came and changed other people’s lives and the conversations it sparks, that’s when I became a fan.
We see a lot of singers transition into acting, but we don’t always see it the other way around. What challenges have you run into trying to show people that you sing too?
It’s weird for me because even though singing is my first love, acting is what people know me for so any time you’re trying to climb out of that box that people have put you in, you have so many people trying to close that flap as you try to make a move, but that’s who I am at the core. I think reestablishing myself is the hardest part, but that’s also the most fun. I have no problem proving who I am, what I want to do, what I want to be. And, I love being an inspiration to anybody of any age to go for what they want. Being an example to my son, I want to show him your dream is one thing but have a fall back plan and a means to sustain your life as well.
When did you decide that you wanted to put more attention on music?
It’s always been that way. It’s always been there. The only problem has been any time something would start off with the music, something with acting would take precedence because it paid the bills and it was what I was known for. I was on tour with R. Kelly. I got a chance to go out with Love Jones [The Musical], but in the midst of that, I was still doing The Quad. I was still doing Saints and Sinners. We came back with The Paynes. Necessary Roughness. All of those things were happening all at the same time. It’s a great problem to have, but it definitely held the dream back a little bit more. Now, I feel the dream has an opportunity to live because the check—hallelujah—is pretty well established, and it can run itself. I put enough in the can to really be able to go on the promo tours and make myself available as an artist.
When you signed onto Real Housewives of Atlanta, you made it clear that you were there to promote your singing career and around that time, you also signed with eOne Music. How did that record deal come together?
Getting on Real Housewives of Atlanta was a conscious decision to go in there as myself, for myself and to leave as myself. I think that machine has a way of turning people into caricatures of the worst parts of them so I went in with my mentality set on music. Going to San Juan and performing “100” and seeing the response that got and even when I made my little moment in the next season with Kandi [Burruss] talking about “Unnecessary Trouble,” that drew attention. Whether you want to like it or not, everybody looks at a train wreck. You can’t help it. Whenever there’s a car crash, you got rubbernecking, and that’s what Real Housewives is but instead of making it a wreck, I’m going to make sure you’re over here looking at this concert going on. I’m gonna keep my class, keep my cute, and slay on them without having to shade them. eOne took notice of that. I sent my music through my management and within a month, I was signed so that was a really exciting opportunity to get closer to the dream.
Your album Officially Yours has been in the works for a few years, and it actually started out as an EP. How has it evolved since you started?
RTD Entertainment was really the foundation of me even considering doing an EP. The music industry has changed so much from when I was just listening to Whitney Houston and Patti LaBelle. You could just get up, get a great deal and just stand there and sing. Now, you have Beyoncé, J. Lo, Rihanna and there’s so much competition so even just trying to get the EP out took a true belief from a true company and a true investment. That went on for like six or seven years before eOne ever came into play. Once they did, that’s when it transitioned to a full LP. I felt all my hair straighten out. I was like, “Where am I going to get this music from? How quickly can I get it done?” And the biggest part of it was as I was taking these roles, as I was growing as a single mom, as I was working as a woman, I was evolving, which meant my music was evolving. It’s called Officially Yours because it is the most naked I can be musically and if I’m not really expressing who I am at that moment, then it’s not worth it. I know it took a minute, but I feel like now I actually have the truth of who I am ready for everybody to get.
As you alluded to, you’re not playing a character on this project, so what’s something you hope people learn about you through your music?
Own you. Whatever place you’re at. If you’re vulnerable, own it. You’re in love? Own it. You hate that n***a? Own it. Whatever space you’re at, own it because if you don’t recognize it in yourself, you can’t celebrate it and you can’t defeat it. I talk about sex. I talk about love. I talk about hurt and evolution. Whatever level you’re at, celebrate you and move towards the next.
I sensed that theme of empowerment running through “Easy.” Tell us about the inspiration behind your lead single.
I’m newly single. As women, we attract guys on a pretty regular basis. Now, attracting the right guy ain’t easy for us, and we shouldn’t make it easy for them. We’re in a place where thots are celebrated. Cheaters are celebrated. Sleeping around for a bag, a shoe and a car? That’s celebrated. That ain’t me. What you pay for is what you get and if you invest by way of love, honesty, trust and a true commitment, then you get so many more perks than you will just getting me a shoe, a bag or a purse. That’s what “Easy” came as. I just really wanted to flex for the women who are really about something and prove that that’s what you need to be looking for, not that thing over there that’s handing it out like it’s Christmas.
There are really no bounds on R&B right now. How would you describe your sound and what you’re adding to this current landscape?
I think I’m getting back to the soul of it. I love each lane that R&B possesses, but I think that a lot of the heart has been diminished because we’re trying to keep up with the trend. We’re trying to do the crossover. We’re trying to have the rap, and all of that is great, but if people get back to where they actually feel the music and it’s something that’s so relatable you can’t help it—I think that was the most honoring thing about “Easy,” to hear people say, “That’s the new women’s anthem.” It’s just a really cool space that we’re in now where R&B has a chance to get its pulse back.
And Whitney Houston is your biggest influence. What does she mean to you, especially now that you’re pursuing your career as an artist?
The very first time I heard that beautiful noise that Whitney Houston made, I knew I wanted to [sing] too. She expressed things that even at that age, I didn’t know how to say or what it meant or how it felt. There were some really dark parts in my life. I’ve been molested, I’ve been homeless, I became a single mom at a young age, so there were a lot of down moments and music, especially her music, got me through. That was my soundtrack, honey. When she passed, I started doing tributes to her. It wasn’t to monetize. It wasn’t to do any of that, other than to say, “Thank you for saving me.” Her music literally got me through so in my pursuit of my dream, I’m hoping I help somebody and I think that’s why “Easy” has struck me the way that it has. When you’re in the studio, you don’t know what that music is going to do. I’m sure Whitney didn’t know just how much she touched people because that was just what she did, but that’s what we all needed.
You have a lot on your plate right now. What’s next for Demetria McKinney?
Saints and Sinners is doing some amazing numbers on Bounce TV. We’ve attracted so many more viewers. Reality television is great but when you get back to the craft of acting, there is something to be said for that, and Saints and Sinners is showing that people are down for the drama that is not going to hurt anybody so that’s been really exciting. Tamara is going through a lot. The cool thing is this show has lifted me as an actress as well because now I’m performing stunts and there are just so many more different things coming up in this season that you guys aren’t ready for.
The album, Officially Yours, is coming out in the next couple of months. It’s finally here. I’ve been pregnant with it for like two years so that baby better be cute. I’m really excited about that and getting out and performing and just showing who I am as an artist. BET is already looking at bringing back another season of The Quad. The Paynes has come back. [Tyler] Perry heard the cries over it and finally gave in so the crew is back, and we have some new things added to the show to spice it up a little bit. I’m team natural, representing Dark and Lovely’s Au Naturale line. Got them curls popping like no other. They’ve been in our homes for 45 years and to be affiliated with a brand for us is beautiful. And I have my lipgloss line, Demetria McKinney Cosmetics. We have some new colors coming out, a brand new palette so you can have a little bit of everything to choose from. It’s going to be really cute.
Article by: Shanice Davis
|Posted by Iesha Marie on April 2, 2017 at 12:05 AM||comments (2)|
"Easy," Demetria McKinney's first single from her forthcoming album Officially Yours, is undoubtedly an anthem of self-worth and empowerment.
But the Saints and Sinners actress confesses that she had doubts about whether or not fans would like the track.
"When you put out music, you don't know how it's going to gravitate towards people," she tells ABC Radio.
"Every song that I've put out, I've tried to make sure that it's as close to who I am, at that moment, as possible. And 'Easy' made me uneasy, because as honest as it was for me, I didn't know if it was anybody else's truth."
But Demetria's powerful message in the song about owning one's truth and convictions has struck a chord with fans.
She added, "The amazing, silent majority has started to come out, like, "Yo, that's my new anthem. That's the new women's anthem.'"
"'Easy' came from a place where it's like, I've had so many dudes come to me, but I'm looking for the quality, not the quantity," she explains. "I want that guy who's really going to understand who I am, so that I can fully give who I am to him."
"Easy" is available to stream and purchase on the usual digital platforms and Officially Yours officially arrives everywhere this June.
Article by: ABC Radio
|Posted by Iesha Marie on March 10, 2017 at 11:45 PM||comments (0)|
R & B artist first; screen actor second, Demetria McKinney is still paying dues and is enthusiastically walking in her worth, recently releasing her single “Easy” off her forthcoming and long awaited album Officially Yours. With the songs’ sultry beat and no bs lyrics, it is quickly gaining major potential in becoming the new female empowerment anthem. Not only preparing for the release of her album, she is also busy helping promote Bounce TV’s second season of “Saints and Sinners” as well as BET’s newest show “The Quad,” where she has a recurring role playing the mother to main character and troubled youth Cedric Hobbs. With her multi-award winning television show “House of Payne” gaining a spinoff on OWN, her annual Single Mother’s Day Brunch and future promising tour dates, McKinney has quite a bit to look forward too.
Newly single and placing music back at the center of her attention, EGL cover girl, Demetria McKinney found time to come back and speak with us about some of her new favorites, our new commander-in-chief as well as her two new ambassador positions. If you haven’t seen her newest video “Easy”, you can check it out here. Enjoy this EGL exclusive with the always spirited, Demetria McKinney.
EGL: Thank you for carving out some time in your busy schedule to speak with us again, here at EGL. We really appreciate it.
D.M: Thank you for having me!
EGL: Let’s get straight to it, shall we? Demetrians have been waiting for “Officially Yours” for a long while now. Any update on the album release date?
D.M.: The last thing I wanted to do is release a piece of work that wasn’t ready, or what I considered wasn’t ready, so I took my time with this one. No set date yet but it is officially to be released late spring/early summer.
EGL: A lot, if not most of the songs you sing tell a story (which I personally love), and the narrative in your new single “Easy” is so empowering. What was the writing process like coming up with these lyrics?
D.M.: I’m glad so many women find the empowerment in this song. Co-written with Courtlin Jabrae and Devon Horton, I was thinking a lot about how sometimes we women give so much of ourselves, forgetting that having standards and knowing our worth as women is a major factor in the relationships we entertain.
EGL: If you had the immediate opportunity to collaborate with anyone on their next project, who would it be?
D.M.: (no hesitation) Drake! I love how unafraid he is; he’s unapologetically who he is and I love it.
EGL: I’ve read that Whitney Houston is one of your greatest inspirations. What are your top 3 favorite Whitney Houston’s songs?
D.M.: “You Give Good Love,” “I Will Always Love You” and “The Greatest Love of All.”
Demetria has been pegged to play Whitney Houston in the TV One prospective Bobbie Kristina biopic, and it’s come with quite a bit of backlash but Demetria wasn’t just going to take it. She released a statement saying, “Whitney was very protective of her baby girl. And loved her dearly as we saw on being Bobby Brown. Whitney had people she trusted to show and tell that story and I think that once people understand the heart behind the biopic if one is made, the opinions will shift.”
EGL: What’s the most exciting part about getting back to work with Tyler Perry?
D.M.: What’s the most exciting part about getting to work with Tyler Perry? Getting to work with Tyler Perry! It’s been such a long time since we’ve worked together and I can’t wait see how he’s grown and what next I can learn from him.
EGL: What do viewers have to look forward too with “The Paynes”?
D.M.: It’s [going to be] kind of amazing to see how he’s [Tyler Perry] developed the characters and their storylines, and where he looks to go with things. There is a lot for them to look forward too and there is going to be some surprises along the way.
EGL: Now, I will be honest, I hadn’t watched your show “Saints and Sinners” until I had this opportunity to speak with you, but all I can say is WHOA! It starts with the peddle to the medal and doesn’t slow down all season! What can viewers look forward to in this second season of “Saints and Sinners?”
D.M.: Oh, wow. You know, the thing was, when they said we were coming back for a second season, and had actually broken Bounce [TV Network] record, it was great; but then there was this “what do we do now?” moment. I felt like season one had so many different twist and turns and character developments that it was gonna be kind of hard to top it, but let me tell you something; they did it! Viewers are gonna be really excited. There is all kinds of mayhem going on and I think that the beautiful part about it, aside from everything else I have gotten to do, is the fact that these are people that you might be sitting next to in your church. These are people looking to find their way; looking to find their redemption sometimes, and sometimes not. I think it’s the realism of [the show] that’s gonna draw everybody in; and the way that these characters shift and move together, OMG! I can’t wait, you guys have to tune in!
EGL: What do you have to say to church goers who feel that shows like this one is not necessarily the best for the faith based community?
D.M.: Honey, we have had saints and sinners in our churches and communities since the church started. That’s why we have a pastor, that why we have Sunday school, that why we have Wednesday Bible study, choir rehearsal. That’s why we have prayer vigils, that’s why we have sick and shut in- we have had [these things] happening for a really long time, and so I think that instead of looking at it as an opportunity to say “yawl are displaying us in a bad light,” let’s pay attention to some of the things that are being discussed, and let’s open up the conversation. It’s being told in a very real way; but the less we talk about it and actually start doing something is when we win on both sides.
EGL: Speaking of real, have you been watching this season of RHOA?
D.M.: Girrrrllll, listen! When I tell you I’m so glad I’m gone. You know, before [coming on the show] even knowing the boundaries were a bit being scarce, I still felt like there would be certain places that wouldn’t be treaded upon, but naw, they proved me wrong! They really know how to go all the way in, honey.
EGL: Are you still in touch with any of the ladies?
D.M.: I’m still in touch with Kandi. I’m still really cool with Cynthia, and there are a few others I’m really rooting for to win but when I heard that they were really coming for my girl Kandi [this season] I was like “wait a minute, let me see what this is about.” Because that’s the one they don’t want it with.
EGL: I know music is your first love, but who are some prominent actors or directors you have yet to get creative with, but would love to do business with them in the future?
D.M.: Directors, I want to work with them all. There is something to learn with each person. There’s a different color, there’s a different vantage point. I’m looking forward to learning from Scorsese and all of them but I want to get the work. That creates the opportunities for the stories that I want to tell. Now, as far as actors, go, OMG! Charlize Theron, Don Cheadle, Denzel Washington, and Al Pacino. There is a plethora of others, and honestly if I could just have one of them say “Okay” and get to shadow them for a day, just observing and learning, that would be awesome, but those are definitely my top 4.
EGL: What keeps you so grounded and humbled having been in the entertainment business for over a decade?
D.M.: I remember that it’s exactly what you called it, a business. Businesses go down every day. Mom and Pops stores close down. When people are unemployed, they’re unemployed and that includes actors. Sometimes music doesn’t take off the way you want it to, and at the end of the day, the person you began as is what you have to salvage. Between my publicist and road manager/assistant, my team is really good at keeping me grounded. My son, my bottom-line, has been my anchor since he was born 18 years ago (him and God, but that goes without saying). I feel like I have a good balance of people to keep me together in times when things get really stressful.
EGL: Growing up as, what you call a “military brat,” what are your thoughts on our new commander-in-chief?
D.M.: I’m sorry, I know yawl not gonna like this but that ain’t my president. I don’t think he represents anything that I stand for, period; that is why I did not vote for him. He is sexist, he is racist, he is a bigot, he is an absolute contradiction of everything that this country stands for, IN MY OPINION. The things we have seen happen since he’s taken office is indicative of that. The relationships we have as far as countries, like Puerto Rico no longer wanting to be a part of the U.S. is a sign that he’s not where he needs to be. On top of that, I don’t think he really knows what he’s doing.
EGL: Being newly single, what advice can you give women struggling with getting over an ex?
D.M.: I think that women are so very in tuned with our emotions that sometimes the cerebral part goes missing. As much as it may hurt, you have to remember yourself. You have to remember yourself more than you remember how you feel for that person. Remember what you feel for you. And if it’s a situation that you really can’t get over, then maybe you’re not done. But, once you go back, remember you chose to go back; you can’t blame anyone else. Take responsibility for you.
EGL: Are there any specific charities or organizations where you’re actively involved?
D.M.: I am involved with the American Heart Association. I’m one of their newest ambassadors. They’ve just been serving the community for such a long time, in ways that we didn’t even really know about and I love that they are really diversifying the way that they are. We’ve got some amazing plan to bring more awareness to giving back to the heart, which means mental, financial and communal stability. American Heart Association has found a way to encompass it all and that’s what I’m really excited about.
EGL: Tell us about your new ambassadorship with haircae veteran brand Dark & Lovely.
D.M.: Yes! I am their new ambassador for their “Au Natural” line. I’ve been rocking my natural hair for a while now and they’ve been so supportive. I love how that they’ve been in the game for 45 years (congratulations again) and has continued to grow and change with what we need to represent ourselves and our fashion. If they ask what my favorite product is, it’s that “Clump and Curl!” It should be on shelves sometime next month.
Before we ended our conversation, she had to give me the details on this year’s annual Single Mother’s Day Brunch.
D.M.: This year, I’ll be hosting my Single Mother’s Day brunch, back in Atlanta, where I invite out, feed and pamper 50 single mothers. I chose May 7th so they still could have that time with their families. This is my way of giving back. Knowing just how hard it is to be a single mother, I just want to celebrate them, us, cause that’s a totally different type of parenting. Helping me host this year are my friends, singer Keke Wyatt, “Cutting in the ATL” Dedra Allen, singer Kandi Burress, reality personalities Lisa Wu and Laura Govan, and HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod. The list is still growing. If any single mothers are interested, them or a family member can send an email stating why they’re a mother who needs this day of spoiling!
Again, EGL and myself couldn’t be more glad to have had the opportunity to speak with Demetria McKinney! Be on the lookout this spring for “Officially Yours.” Don’t forget to tune into the season premiere of “Saints and Sinners” on March 5th on Bounce TV, as well as catch “The Quad” on BET at 10pm on Wednesday nights. Make sure you look around the site for more exclusives, interviews and lifestyle tips; and, as always, thank you for reading!
Interview By: Melody Lanei
|Posted by Iesha Marie on February 20, 2017 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
Happy Anniversary to Dark and Lovely!!
The brand that caters to the hair care and styling needs of women of color, celebrated the kick-off of its 45thAnniversary with a commemorative event in New York City on yesterday with brand ambassador, and actress Demetria McKinney.
“To have 45 years of excellence, to have 45 years of beauty, to have 45 years of empowerment – that’s what Dark and Lovely is,” said actress and singer Demetria McKinney. “To be a brand ambassador for this brand has been an awesome, awesome journey!”
During the celebration, McKinney performed her new single, Easy.
As part of the Young Women with a Purpose Project, and in partnership with The Tom Joyner Foundation, the brand awarded five dynamic students with scholarships totaling $10,000 and assigned them to L’Oréal USA senior-level executives, who will serve as mentors throughout the school year.
Thomas Joyner Jr., president and CEO of the Tom Joyner Foundation, said this program is a great opportunity for these students. “We’re really glad that these outstanding students from HBCUs are getting a once-in-lifetime experience to get scholarships to help them complete their education, and to get mentors who will help them succeed today – and in their careers.”
For more information about Dark and Lovely, visit DarkAndLovely.com or follow on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Also, follow the trend with #WEAREDARKANDLOVELY.
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on February 14, 2017 at 2:25 AM||comments (0)|
Word on the street is actress Demetria Mckinney will play the late Whitney Houston in the TV One Bobbi Kristina BIOPIC....
Demetria took to social media to explain her side of the story after receiving a series of backlash....
"I have the utmost respect for whitney houston and those who have followed me through the years know that. I am NOT an opportunistic person and wouldn’t post, do, say, or be a part of anything that would diminish the light that she is nor the light of her life : BK. That’s part of the problem, we get emotionally charged over things we do not know or have a full understanding of. Even a criminal is innocent until proven guilty so it’s only right that If a biopic is made and you choose to watch it, you pass judgement then.
" Whitney was very protective of her baby girl. And loved her dearly as we saw on being Bobby Brown. Whitney had people she trusted to show and tell that story and I think that once people understand the heart behind the biopic if one is made, the opinion will shift. People are all on here speaking about things they haven’t seen. They haven’t been privy to the conversations and care taken in the process of something like that done by people who TRULY KNEW and LOVED her and her family.. I would love for people to put the soap box down until they see what’s to be. That’s all. Wish u an awesome day!"
- Demetria McKinney
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on February 12, 2017 at 5:30 AM||comments (0)|
The life and death moments of Bobbi Kristina, the late daughter of legendary singer Whitney Houston, is finally going to be storied and made into an emotional biopic that will debut on the big screens soon.
According to The Jasmine Brand, popular TV station TV One has bought rights to tell the story of the 22-year-old who passed on in July 2015, months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home in Georgia.
“TV One feels like they can tell her story in a way that will resonate with fans,” a source close to the TV station told The Jasmine Brand, adding, “There’s so much about her life that some people didn’t know about — outside of the headlines. They think they can pull it off.”
The blog adds that the casting for the film has already begun and the role of the famous mum Whitney Houston would be played by actress Demetria McKinney, while Vivica A. Fox plays the role of Bobbi’s aunt, Pat Houston.
The production of the film will reportedly begin this month, and we can’t wait to see who gets to play the tormented young woman who battled drug addiction until she was found unresponsive.
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on February 7, 2017 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Demetria McKinney supports her female anthem single, ‘Easy,’ with a visual that fuses the song’s lyrics with glamour. In the RTD Entertainment-directed clip, the R&B singer and actress rocks a stunning evening gown as she performs at an intimate venue in front of couples and singles.
“I wanted a video that gave off a cool, sexy, artsy vibe that showcased me as an artist,” says Demetria.
“‘Easy’ is about a woman who wants the best for herself in her relationship,” she said. “As women, we just want our men to do right by us. It’s easy.”
Penned by McKinney, Courtlin Jabrae and Devin Horton, ‘Easy’ is a smooth and exhilarating gem, with Demetria delivering heartfelt and true-to-life lyrics.
“I ain’t a stuck up chick, I ain’t picky, I just want what’s best for me,” Demetria sings. “I can’t let nobody get the best of me, unless they want the best for me.”
‘Easy’ is the first single from Demetria’s forthcoming album, Officially Yours, set to drop this Spring. The project was previously scheduled to come in 2015.
“The album has been a true labor of love. Between acting and trying to get the music done and being a single mom, it’s just been a whole lot,” Demetria told YKIGS. “In the process of time since I signed with eONe, I’ve evolved as well. I just wanted to make sure I had the music true to me and the life I’m living and to what I really want to say. That’s super important to me. Now I feel like it’s really where I want it to be. Thank you to everybody who’s been rocking with me and supporting so patiently. Thank you to eOne for helping me to come up with a project that I can truly say I’m proud of.”
Demetria McKinney is widely known for her role as Janine Payne on the hit TBS sitcom Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, which has taped over 254 episodes and received five NAACP Image Awards for Best Sitcom. She can currently be seen on Bounce TVs hit show Saints & Sinners, BET’s The Quad, and recently wrapped the ‘Love Jones: The Musical’ tour. She also appeared on season 7 of Real Housewives of Atlanta.
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on February 7, 2017 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
It's been a minute since we caught up with our girl Demetria McKinney, but it seems she's been pushing along just fine. In fact, she's gearing up for the upcoming release of long-coming album Officially Yours. The latest listen from the set was the sultry single "Easy," a surefire jam all about what it takes to get to a lady like her — and why you need to come better if you think you can have her at hello. Now she's taking the bumping modern R&B track to the screen with a brand new video for the track that shows the performer in her element.
In the clip, we see the singer looking nothing short of glamorous as she takes the stage at what looks to be an art show. While we're sure that the patrons are there to support the artists, Ms. McKinney looks to be the work of art that's got everyone's attention. Rocking a white fringed number that would make some blush, she sings the boldly confident track and commands the crowd with her charm. The video consists of a lot of tight close-ups of the singer/actress as she seduces the camera with sly looks, come-hither glances and more sex appeal than you can handle. Though we were already feeling the track, she definitely sells it even more.
The release date for Officially Yours is still TBD for now, but with something this hot on her hands, we're hoping we get an official one pretty soon. In the meantime, catch Demetria in "Easy" Here.
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on February 4, 2017 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
Terrance Harris interview with actress, singer and Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Demetria McKinney to discuss her new single “Easy” as well as her forthcoming debut album Officially Yours, Saints & Sinners, and more! “Easy” is available everywhere music is purchased online.
Terrance - You play Tamara Austin in season one on Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners, tell us how did that come about.
Demetria McKinney - Tamara was supposed to be on for four episodes and make her exit but the writers loved what I was bringing to the character and so they decided to extend the storyline to where I’m now a season regular on season two. It’s been great you know? Being part of something innovative because this is the first time Bounce has really, really done something like this so it’s been awesome and exciting and the way they’ve been able to up the ante in season two versus the amazing ratings in season one, I can’t wait for you guys to see that and that comes out March 7th.
Terrance - Followers of the show were wondering about season two so thanks for confirming that.
Demetria McKinney - Oh yeah, that’s definitely coming.
Terrance - Tyler Perry’s House of Payne was a major breakout for you in TV, but do you think people tend to confuse the Janine character with your real life?
Demetria McKinney - All the time (laughs). I have to remind people that I have never touched a crack pipe, I do not have four children. I love playing Janine in the sense that she made me feel more aware of choice. Her addiction was brought on by one choice to try something she shouldn’t have but just like she made that choice, she made the choice to come off of it, she made the choice to love again and to reconnect and to grow as a woman and to become a career woman and all of these other things so that was incredible and yes it was my breakout role but it’s a role I will never, ever forget.
Terrance - I know you recently opened for R. Kelly on the Black Panties Tour, what was that experience like?
Demetria McKinney - It was amazing having a legend believing in you enough as a novice in the entertainment industry to the point where they share the stage with you is humbling, scary (laughs), it’s electrifying, but to also be able to watch him do what he did and to be able to learn every night from connecting with the crowd and all of that stuff that made him reinvent himself after all these years have been an absolute awesome experience.
Terrance - On the heartfelt ballad, “Talkin About Love” you collaborated with Lyfe Jennings, how did that come about and what was it like working with him?
Demetria McKinney - Oh wow. I’ve been such a fan of Lyfe Jennings for a while, one of my favorite songs from him of course is Must Be Nice and I knew he had a new album coming out and his team actually reached out to me knowing I was an up and coming singer and that was another example of someone giving me a chance. He brought me in the studio in the midst of writing the song and the collaboration came out so pretty. It was such an awesome experience and to do the video and the way it kind of touched people was really cool.
Terrance - Talk to us about the new single “Easy” and the inspiration behind it.
Demetria McKinney - Easy is my first single from the upcoming album Officially Yours. It’s a change from what people think they know about me. It’s sexy, it’s grown, and I’ve been honored people have been calling it a new female anthem. What it’s saying is something I truly do believe in. The pre-hook is “I ain’t no stuck up chick, I ain’t picky I just want what’s best for me I can’t let no one get the best of me unless they want the best for me”. We as women give so much that we forget about ourselves. We forget about what we need in order to replenish what we have to give back to who we give it to you know? And having been in and out of relationships and friendships and being a mom who have to constantly give to a son I realize that I’m deserving of all the great things I give, all the love, all the support, the dream chasing, the soul-stirring stuff, I want it back because I know I deserve it and that’s why it won’t be easy because if you don’t qualify then you ain’t in the running boo! (laughs).
Terrance - Can you briefly share any details about your upcoming album, Officially Yours, what can we expect as far as direction, producers, guest features.
Demetria McKinney - Expect not to know nothing. The beautiful thing about being an actress is you get to walk in everybody else’s story but this is actually my first time really telling the story of Demetria as a woman, as a person, many different facted of me is what you’re going to see. There is no one type of song on the album, it’s whatever i’m vibing to or feeling at the moment you guys are going to get to experience it and that’s why it was so important for my boy Courtlin Jabrae. I Executive Produced it and he was really, really instrumental in having to A&R it and i’m so thankful having the team on board that he has is amazing because putting yourself out there that way can be very scary but at this point I realize my vulnerability is part of my strength and i’m really looking forward to the experience.
Terrance - You and Kandi Burruss-Tucker collaborated on the song “Unnecessary Trouble”. What is it like working with her?
Demetria McKinney - We really got to connect during Real Housewives of Atlanta and that was during such a tumultuous time that it would have been easy to say, you know what? I’m putting her over there in that block with these chicks, but understanding that television is going to show what television wants to show and at the core of it I’ve been a Kandi fan since Xscape. People know about that song but she also have a production on the album called, “B.S.” about what women are feeling so fellas if you’re reading take note to that song, that’s what you don’t do. There’s also a producer by the name Travis Cherry who is amazing and added such a different spice to the gumbo that is my album. I’m just very excited for the opportunity to express myself in so many different ways.
Terrance - Are there any other TV appearances we should look out for?
Demetria McKinney - The Quad which is another show I’m in is currently on BET. Saints & Sinners season two will premiere March 7th on Bounce TV. I got two more really, really big projects that I can’t discuss yet but I'll give you a couple hints if you know anything about who my muze is and if you know anything about my history, those two will give you really good hints as to what’s coming up and what’s to be expected. I’m now the Ambassador for Dark & Lovely - they have their own Au Naturale Line and everybody’s been rocking really hard with me with rocking my own natural hair and I’m so elated to be part of the Dark & Lovely family.
Terrance - Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Demetria McKinney - I want to say thanks to everyone out there reading. You can also follow me @demimckinney on twitter, @demetria4real on instagram, the website is demetriamckinney.com and I just really want to thank my Demetrians and everybody especially people like you who look out for the independent as well as well-known artists, thank you for spreading the love of R&B and the support.
Interview by: Terrance Harris
|Posted by Iesha Marie on January 30, 2017 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Multi-faceted singer / actress, Demetria McKinney, drops her sexy new single, "Easy". The sultry track is available now on iTunes. "Easy", which was co-written by Demetria McKinney, Courtlin Jabrae and Devin Horton, is the first single from her forthcoming album, Officially Yours, set to drop this Spring. "'Easy' is about a woman who wants the best for herself in her relationship," says McKinney. "As women, we just want our men to do right by us. It's easy." About Demetria McKinney Demetria McKinney is widely known for her role as Janine Payne on the hit TBS sitcom Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, which has taped over 254 episodes and received five NAACP Image Awards for Best Sitcom. She can currently be seen on Bounce TVs hit show Saints & Sinners, BET's upcoming show The Quad premiering this January, and recently wrapped the Love Jones The Musical tour. McKinney was also appeared on season 7 of Real Housewives of Atlanta, in which she debuted and performed her, single "100" featuring Da Brat. After performing it on the show, the single instantly soared to #4 on the iTunes R&B Chart. While her acting career keeps her busy, Demetria always makes time for her first love - music. Over the past several years, she has recorded and performed with artists such as Lyfe Jennings, Musiq Soulchild and Anthony David. Demetria has also toured with R. Kelly and the Pepsi Funkfest. Demetria McKinney is a triple threat in the truest sense of the term. She is an award-winning actress who has played diverse roles on the big and small screens as well as on the stage; a gifted singer with a rich voice requiring zero studio enhancements; and a skillful songwriter who thoughtfully expresses emotions in a way that instantly connects with listeners.
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on January 30, 2017 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
#DEMETRIANS Digital Empire Nation welcomed the lovely, Demetria McKinney to the den on January 24th.
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on January 25, 2017 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Many times in the past we’ve seen singers gain fame as artists, and make the crossover to becoming actors, but we don’t always see the opposite. Demetria McKinney is looking to break that stigma as she continues to emerge as a singer following her signing to eOne Music. She achieved stardom through acting on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and much more, but is making the transition to music look effortless. With each single she’s released over the past few years, she’s shown that her talents extend deeply into the music realm. That’s clearly evident to anyone who’s heard her beautiful voice. Now she’s getting ready to release her debut album “Officially Yours” which should be out in the coming months. YouKnowIGotSoul got a chance to sit down with her while on a recent press run in NYC and discussed the progress of her debut, how the transition has been, her biggest influences, and much more.
YouKnowIGotSoul: We’re excited that you’re back releasing music again as you’ve just put out the new single “Easy”. Talk to us about it.
Demetria McKinney: As the name implies, there are a lot of things that come easy, but they’re not necessarily worth it. Anything worth having, you work hard for. That’s how I feel I am. I think I’m a dime, I think I’m amazing, I think I’m blessed and a blessing to whoever gets me next. I think that person has to understand that because that’s the way I’m going to treat them as well. I think that as women sometimes, we put ourselves secondary because we kind of lose ourselves and the part of us that makes us awesome. So “Easy” is just saying whoever I end up with, it’s not going to be a simple thing. You’re going to dedicate to me what I dedicate to you, and we’re going to rock this thing out.
YouKnowIGotSoul: We’ve been awaiting your upcoming album since you signed with eOne Music a few years back. The new album is called “Officially Yours”, can you talk to us about the progress of it?
Demetria McKinney: The album has been a true labor of love. Between acting and trying to get the music done and being a single mom, it’s just been a whole lot. In the process of time since I signed with eONe, I’ve evolved as well. I just wanted to make sure I had the music true to me and the life I’m living and to what I really want to say. That’s super important to me. Now I feel like it’s really where I want it to be. Thank you to everybody who’s been rocking with me and supporting so patiently. Thank you to eOne for helping me to come up with a project that I can truly say I’m proud of.
YouKnowIGotSoul: You talk about progressing in your personal life. Each of the past few years you’ve had a new single out that’s reflected a different side of you. Can you talk about how you’ve progressed as an artist over the years?
Demetria McKinney: Musically, I think I change music like I change clothes! What I listen to on a day to day basis is really contingent upon my mood and what’s going on in my life. Every now and again, somebody in the world has made me mad, and I’m playing Lil’ Wayne! Or every now and then I want to hear some Pink or Celine Dion. I think music is such an extension of who we are, and the fact that I’ve gone through as much as I have, good, bad, and ugly, has really helped to shape the songs that I picked. And it’s helped make “Officially Yours” true to what it is.
YouKnowIGotSoul: It’s interesting reading in your bio that music was your first love, since you’ve had so much success as an actress. How has it been stepping away from acting to focus on music?
Demetria McKinney: It’s scary! When you’re used to making your money a certain way, especially when you fall in love with the way you’re doing it, going back to pursue your true passion can be kind of nerve wracking. There was a time when a bunch of ball players decided they were going to be rappers. That didn’t translate so well! *Laughs* A lot of times people have you pegged for what you are, and that’s what you are and need to stay in. Going from an actress into my true passion for other people, it may seem kind of backwards. But I need y’all to know, this was in the beginning. I’m getting back to the beginning.
YouKnowIGotSoul: Was there a certain point in your life when you just decided to go for it?
Demetria McKinney: Honestly, RTD Entertainment really, really pushed for me. For the past five or six years, they have been behind the scenes really backing me, really pushing each single and video. Each opportunity to perform. I’ve been on tour with R. Kelly and I’ve had some really great opportunities because of RTD believing in me. That led into eOne. I think that those two components made it like it was now or never, let’s go do this. Then the fans have been amazing asking for it for a really long time. I’m ready.
YouKnowIGotSoul: Has it been what you expected when making this transition from acting to singing?
Demetria McKinney: Not even kinda close!! I hoped that it would do like T-Mobile and the minutes would roll over, but not necessarily! I had to start all the way over. Branding myself as myself versus Janine or versus a Real Housewives of Atlanta character or versus Tamara on Saints and Sinners. It’s a little bit different and people don’t necessarily want to step away from what they think they know of you. Getting to know this whole other persona and all of the things that come along with that, it can be confusing for people. I’ve tried to really make sure I take my time and hand walk everyone through it with me.
YouKnowIGotSoul: Talk about touring with R. Kelly and what you took away from that experience.
Demetria McKinney: I took away that even after all of these years and after everything he’s seen and been through, he still has fun and he still gets a little jittery which means his passion is still there! It was amazing to watch this man night after night, sick, well, upset, stuff going on on stage. I was there every night watching what was going on because there was always something to learn. People can say whatever they want about whatever they want, but that man has been in the game for a very long time and it was always something I could learn from him, much respect.
YouKnowIGotSoul: Who did you have a chance to work with on “Officially Yours”?
Demetria McKinney: I really wanted the album to be about me revealing me. It’s the most naked I’ve been with my audience ever. But I’m clothed. I have some production collaborations. Kandi Burress and I had the single “Unnecessary Trouble”. She’s also got a couple of joints on the album as well. I’ve got to give a big shout out to Travis Cherry. He’s an amazing producer and he’s got a couple of joints on there as well. I’m really excited about the production collaborations and the opportunity to showcase each facet of who I am as a singer.
YouKnowIGotSoul: You had this great duet with Musiq Soulchild a few years back. Tell us about that song.
Demetria McKinney: That duet was called “Still Believe in Love” and that song was actually originally penned by me. I had the idea, you go through so much with the heartache, the pain, the nonsense, the games, and it’s easy to lose sight of the possibility of love. So I started the song and he was going to do the production for me, and all of the sudden he asked if he could be on the song as well. I was really excited. It was a really cool collaboration. We shot the video and everything went over so smoothly. I learned a lot from him as well.
YouKnowIGotSoul: Tell us about some of your musical inspirations.
Demetria McKinney: I have to always, always pay homage to a woman I never met but she touched me like she touched so many others with that amazing voice, Whitney Houston. The very first time I heard her voice, I knew I wanted to make people feel that way. Even if I couldn’t do all of that that she did, the way she was able to tell my story without even knowing me, the way she could feel what I didn’t know how to express, it was spiritual almost. There were times when I was going through things, and music was what got me through. It was her, it was Chaka, it was Celine, it was Mariah, it was Aaliyah. It was a lot of influences, but the main one would have to be Whitney Houston, and still to this day she remains the queen.
YouKnowIGotSoul: Tell us about what you’ve currently got going on with your acting.
Demetria McKinney: Acting has not gone away. It’s actually a big part of why I took so long to do the album. Saints and Sinners is going into a second season, we just wrapped with that. It’s actually coming out March 7th. I’m very excited. The first season broke records for Bounce TV so you know we had to up the ante this time. I’m also going to be on The Quad which is coming out at the end of this month. That was a really cool experience, just being on a campus and the college life and all of that. I had my son at that point, so I didn’t really get to experience all of that. I’m also in the midst of some really cool projects that I’m not at liberty to talk about right now. But I will be making some really amazing announcements very soon.
YouKnowIGotSoul: As you’ve been through many of your acting roles, have you encountered others like yourself who have a talent in singing that we may not have heard yet?
Demetria McKinney: Absolutely. There are no one dimensional people. Even on Saints and Sinners, Keith Robinson, he plays my husband. He’s actually an amazing singer. The same with Jazmine Burke, a lot of people don’t realize she used to dabble in some music stuff too, she has a really pretty voice. There are people coming from the other side. Keke Wyatt, that chick is a couple of fries short of a happy meal, in the best of ways! She’s on the set and her coming in from the actual music zone and reality zone, to the actual art of acting, she has so many different pieces of range to her. I run into them all of the time, it’s just amazing how underrated the other talents are because of this one shining moment. If you get a chance, just look up your people and see what else they do!
YouKnowIGotSoul: Anything else you’d like to add?
Demetria McKinney: I have to shout out my Demetrians. Iesha, Chel Bellz, Sydney, Alana Nicole. All of you guys who have held me down since MySpace and Black Planet, even birth! You know my social security number! *Laughs* All of you guys who have been there through the ups and down, thank you so so much. I definitely have to shout out eOne and my management team. My kid, I love you kiddo, you better be doing your homework! Thank you also to YouKnowIGotSoul, you guys always keep up with me and have always been so supportive.
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on January 24, 2017 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
Demetria McKinney is a true triple threat. She is an actress, singer, and songwriter that is taking the world by storm. Demetria is probably best known from her role as Janine Payne from Tyler Perry’s hit sitcom “House of Payne” which aired on the TBS network. Demetria also appeared on season 7 of Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”. Currently, you can catch Demetria on Bounce TVs “Saints & Sinners”. McKinney can also be seen on BET’s upcoming show called “The Quad” which will premiere this January.
While she is definitely an accomplished actress, Demetria’s first love is music. She has performed with Lyfe Jennings, Musiq Soulchild, Anthony David, and Kandi Burress. She has also been on tour with R. Kelly and the Pepsi Funkfest. If you have never listened to one of Demetria’s songs, you have missed out on a treat. Her voice and her songs will give you life! Demetria’s voice is soulful and rich and her fans can instantly relate to her lyrics.
Demetria’s previous single “100” which featured Da Brat hit number four on the iTunes R&B Charts. McKinney’s newest single “Easy” is also expected to top the charts. “Easy” was written by Demetria, Courtlin Jabrae, and Devin Horton. The song is about what women really want out of a relationships. According to McKinney,
“‘Easy’ is about a woman who wants the best for herself in her relationship. As a women, we just want our men to do right by us. It’s easy”.
This is the first single to drop from Demetria’s upcoming album titled “Officially Yours” which is scheduled to drop this spring. “Easy” is available now on iTunes.
So, what are your thoughts? Will you be getting a copy of Demetria’s new single? Let me know in the comments.
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|Posted by Iesha Marie on September 14, 2016 at 10:05 PM||comments (1)|
Demetria McKinney is a triple threat in the truest sense of the term. She is an award-winning actress who has played diverse roles on the big and small screens as well as the stage. She is a gifted singer with a rich voice requiring zero studio enhancements. And she is a skillful songwriter who thoughtfully expresses emotions in a way that instantly connects with listeners.
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