Maven Lee interviews HBO MAX’s new show “LEGENDARY” star Isla Ebony of Purple Crush and the House of Ebony

When and why did you start ballroom? I joined Ballroom in 2013. I started as an event promoter with Banjee Ball and it was a few months after throwing my first couple Balls (which were very pre-school Ballroom) that I got bit by the vogue bug.

What does ballroom bring to your life? Community. Purpose. I’ve been a music artist for a very long time, and the music industry was always lacking something, which is why I kept searching. I found it in Ballroom.

Your greatest life accomplishment?
In Life, creating my daughter. In Ballroom it was winning the 2017 Woman Voguer OTY in NY. The two are actually connected – I had set a goal post of winning a trophy in NY before getting pregnant. I had made my name traveling state to state walking OTA performance because at the time, other than in NY where all the Woman voguers resided, there were no Women’s performance categories. And I had some big wins. But when it came to NY, I was a last battle girl. I FINALLY won Grand Prize at the Ebony Ball in 2017 and got pregnant 4 days later. I was awarded Woman OTY the same week I announced my pregnancy.

What does the show Legendary mean to you?
For me Legendary is about the stories that are getting told. The people of Ballroom have so much to share about Love and Loss.

If you could give the whole world one message today what would it be?
Brand yourself. Figure out what it is that you LOVE to do and do it. And don’t get hung up on whether it makes you money or whether it manifests in the way you think it should manifest. If you are following your purpose the opportunities will surprise you.

How can we show you love?
Wow, this is a hard question to answer. Letting me know that I belong in Ballroom as a cisgendered white woman.

RAPID ROUND:

Favorite Voguer: Starr Revlon
Favorite Politician: Bernie Sanders
Fruit or Veggies : Raspberries
Favorite Movie : Desperately Seeking Susan
A pet peeve: Liars
Favorite song : Live to Tell by Madonna
MJ or Prince: Prince
A hidden talent: I’m a tap dancer!

CHECK LEGENDARY OUT MAY 27th on HBO MAX !

Legendary BETTY WRIGHT passes away just 1 day after the Iconic Singer Little Richard

Wright is a Grammy winning legendary soul and R&B singer, songwriter and backing vocalist, who rose to fame in the 1970s with Numerous hits most notably the “Clean Up Woman” and R&B classics such as “Tonight Is the Night” and “No Pain, (No Gain)”.

She is also well know for her use of whistle register long before Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and Chante Moore.

Not long ago iconic singer Chaka Khan sent a request for prayers for her Sister music.

She has worked with many artist of the years and most recently folks may remember her from vocal coaching on Making The Band, working with Lil Wayne or even her music that was sampled by Mary J Blige’s hit Real Love.

The Juice with Maven Lee | Do you have JELLY? Thanks please ! The New Orleans gem Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph of Tank the Bangas & Galactic

Many of us know this bubbling brown musical queen but for those that just might be out of this whimsical loop let us introduce you. Her name is Anjelika Joseph aka Ms. Jelly if you nasty. This New Orleans native is a whole vibe of her own. The kind of vibe that you want to feel. Jelly is a supporting vocalist and member of the GRAMMY nominated super group TANK and the Bangas. And she is also an ear-gasmic featured vocalist with GALACTIC, the legendary Nola funk band that toured the world with Macy Gray.

Galactic with Anjelika Jelly Joseph

Jelly brings a noticeable energy to the stage that is hard to keep your eyes off of. Her eclectic riffs and runs and creative adlibs take you on a journey into wonderland. She’s traveled the world sharing her voice, and charisma but she never leaves the heart of New Orleans behind.

Always the vibe!


We love to see her anytime she’s on the stage and just like most folks that simply get a glimpse into her musical adventures you’ll be like everyone else waiting for any project with her on it to drop.

Jelly is a gem. A humble presence of artistic excellence. When you see artist this creative, with a genuine spirit to share their emotions raw and unfiltered you must appreciate it. You have to treasure that there is still authentic singers in the world. Shout out to Miss Jelly if you’re nasty.

BADU & JILL bring back the power of NEO SOUL with the most viewed “Verzuz” battle! Over 700,000 | Maven Lee

If you missed last nights iconic “VERZUZ” battle you missed an unforgettable moment for music and it’s unwavering power. A combination of music, love, kindness, and respect was on full display.

These two soul queens brought back the essence of your soul. Reminding us of an era that should never be forgotten. And judging from the amount of views probably needs a return.

This battle produced over 700,000 viewers thus making it the most viewed battle yet. Even surpassing Baby Face versus Teddy Riley.

We saw celebrities like Adele, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monae, Stephanie Mills, Michelle Obama, Detox, Tyrese, Nas, Taraji P Henson, Tank Ball, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, even Oprah Winfrey chiming in.

The nostalgia and the clear evidence that these women have impacted all generations was beautiful.

The admiration and compassion they displayed is the compass in which we all need to follow.

But who am I’m just Maven Lee … you get it though .


6 Music Artist to Watch : May Edition

AVEHRE

This emerging R&B sensation from Chicago hit 2020 hard with his new single “No Purpose” . This song is an anthem for those relationship seekers tired of playing childish games. It’s clear why the legendary Gladys Knight had him on supporting vocals. Avehre’s feel good soulful voice mixed with his relevant new era swag make him a necessary addition to everyone’s playlist.

Check Him out : https://linktr.ee/avehre

BYNK BRAVADO

This creative mastermind feels like the long lost son of Icon Missy Elliott. Bravado is a blend of Hip-Hop, R&B, acoustic soul, trap, and more. He debuted his new EP “Head Voice” just weeks ago and his songs “Tired” & “Homegoing” caught our eye.

https://music.apple.com/us/album/head-voice-ep/1508513471

MAXA

Nothing can describe Maxa more than a “Vibe”. She is the music child of Badu and Michael. Maxa is a bridge between music worlds. Her soulful pop sound is an unbelievable vibe that can adapt to almost any situation. Her single from last year “Fever” will get you through a work filled day. Though her album was halted by the virus that shall not be named she is sure a diva to be on your rader.

https://music.apple.com/us/album/fever-single/1492707510

RINNY

Often times music these days can miss the emotional mark. We hear music that fails to speak to our raw emotions .. lacking substance and reality. Well Rinny with simplicity, clean vocals, and head nodding soulful beats brings us just what we need. His new self-titled EP Rinny Vol.1 is a good choice for your social distancing playlist.

https://music.apple.com/us/album/rinny-vol-1-ep/1511056070

TONINA

Its hard to put Tonina in a box. The truth is she doesn’t need to be. She is a multi-instrumentalist and vocal masterpiece. Her voice is angelic yet sultry. She pulls you in and makes you dance to the movements of her voice. If it isn’t enough that her voice is one of a kind… she sings in more than one language. Check out two songs from her we really love!

https://music.apple.com/us/album/mercy/1462550230?i=1462550240

https://music.apple.com/us/album/papaya-single/1506268618

LAKES THE VOICE

Lakes the Voice is a refreshing reminder that good R&B still exist. This soulful crooner can make the room melt. Now if being a handsome guy who can sing isn’t enough… he’s also a guitarist and damn good on the keys. This St. Louis native produces, writes, plays, and composes. Check his diverse collection of singles and get your mind ready for the album to drop.

https://music.apple.com/us/album/chicago-turnaround-single/1511447030

The Empress of R&B returns

After a nearly 9 years the industry icon is returning with a new studio album. After releasing a Mother’s Day anthem titled ” Baby Mama” alongside rising star and legend in the making Chance the Rapper she debuted the album cover on Good Morning America. This is Brandy’s seventh studio album which lead her to title the project “B7”.

In the midst of her long awaiting return social media lit up once again with another resurrection of the “The Boy is Mine” battle. Fans of both Monica and Brandy can’t enough of comparing the two. It didn’t help that the new IG show “VERZUZ” is setting the music world on fire. It was only a matter of time before there were calls to see the two got head to head. Despite this historic comparison she is moving forward with her new music and seems like we are on our way after 8 years to new music from the often titled Vocal Bible.