It is no mystery that the 3 women in question helped to shape America’s sensing of what Music and song is all about. I am talking regarding the History making soulful sounds of Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight. Long before there were the Beyonce’s, Mariah’s, Pixler’s and Winehouses’ there were these women who brought us a great deal of of the most memorble songs that have outlasted the creation of ‘bic’pen…
Recently, the trio had a sat down with Entertainment Tonights’ Cojo, where they stated that they were only hardworking women and were not to be confused with the title of “diva.’ Gladys Knight alluded to divas, in essence, as being spoiled and pampered women who had everything handed to them on a silver platter. A sentiment plainly felt by Chaka and Patti. Patti Labelle in talking in regards to appearances said she hated wearing makeup… stating how she would like to just appear onstage devoid of all the glamour, wearing her own hair in a ponytail. Chaka quickly nixed that idea, however, telling Patti not to do it!
Looking at these three great woman of song, I couldn’t help but take note of how in the second phase of life, this consultation might be viewed as one of wistfully denial. You see, aging gracefully, in my opinion, is something that must be embraced with dignity and panache… No doubt, Gladys, Chaka and Patti were Divas in each sense of the word back in their heyday. To deny it is title now, must be done with grace and dignity, not in flatout refusal to honor ever having referred to themselves as such.
My two cents to these three divas of yesterday would be to give thanks for the memories and subsist graciously as trend setters for those Divas sure to follow… With Tina Turner, Cher and Donna Summer making a Diva comeback, I’d be thrilled to learn their take on the subject.