In the ‘80s as a member of the Sequence, Stone helped pave a way for all-girl rap groups like JJ Fad and Salt-N-Pepa; then she literally helped birth the Neo-Soul movement as musical midwife and babymama to D’Angelo. Since then, she’s released a handful of classy modern soul albums, most notably 2001’s Mahogany Soul, establishing herself as a top-notch solo artist. But fame, fickle creature that it is, has eluded her, making her decision to join the cast of R&B Divas: Atlanta quite understandable: In an era when Urban Reality TV is the only surefire way to cross over into pop stardom, Stone knows that r&b needs more mature, more legitimate artists representing the culture to the masses.
Thu., Aug. 8, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2013
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