When One Sibling is the “Popular One”

Luckily (or unluckily if you ask some people), I’m an only child, so I’ll never truly understand the concept of sibling rivalry.  You know, when you compete for the attention of your parents and friends, when you try to outdo your brother or sister and prove that you’re the better one.  Well, what happens when you’re in the public eye and you have to compete with your sibling?  Sometimes it’s a benefit to you both.  (Think Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen and Michael and Janet Jackson).  In this new century, we have new sets of siblings where I think the older sibling was the first to make his mark on the world, but then his younger brother or sister came along and outshined him.  The two young stars I’m referring to are JoJo Simmons, son of Rev. Run and Justine and Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada. 

First, let’s start with JoJo.  If you’re a fan of “Run’s House” like I am, then you are very familiar with the family of Rev. Run and Justine Simmons.  During one season, JoJo and two of his friends created a rap group called Team Blackout.  Unfortunately for the trio, their dreams of becoming the new millenium’s version of Run DMC didn’t come to fruition.  Now, his cutie patootie younger brother Daniel aka Diggy came out with a slamming single…and shot to instant stardom.  Luckily, JoJo has moved to other things-I beleive he currently works for his Uncle Russell at Global Grind-but his dreams of becoming a rap superstar have stalled.  Diggy, on the other hand, was signed to Atlantic Records in August and released his second mixtape “Airborne” in September. 

Next up, Jaden Smith.  Jaden became America’s sweetheart when he first starred with his dad in “The Pursuit of Happyness”.  He shined on the big screen again in “The Karate Kid”.  But a few months later, his younger sister Willow popped up on the music scene with her single “Whip My Hair”.   All women, and probably some men, are whipping their hair back and forth everytime they hear the catchy song (yours truly included).  I think it’s safe to say that Willow has surpassed her older brother on the media scale.   Now Willow is all on our tv screens doing interviews, singing, and being a little socialite globe trotting with her mom, Jada. 

Do you all agree (with my assessment of JoJo/Diggy and Jaden/Willow)? Do you think these siblings have made a bigger mark than their older siblings who came before them?  Or is a little sibling rivalry healthy to bring out the best in people?  Maybe you can help this only child truly understand the concept of having a brother or sister-the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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I Have Some Questions

For the past few weeks, I have had some things go through my mind.  I decided to share a few of them with you, my faithful, devoted, and opinionated audience.  If you have the answers, please share.  And if you have questions of your own, share those, too.  I may be able to answer yours!

-Why am I starting to like “Whip My Hair” by Willow Smith?

– Why didn’t T.I. hire Lindsay Lohan‘s attorney?

– Speaking of T.I., does he like it in prison?  Is that why he does stupid stuff so he can keep going back?

– Why are we salty about Alicia Keys giving birth…or is that just me?

– Why can’t I find a line of natural hair care products I like, especially a deep conditioner?

– Is Adrian Fenty going to be re-elected as mayor of DC in 2 more weeks-and bring back Michelle Rhee?

– Why do we love Twitter but loathe Facebook?

– Where is the 2nd CD in Maxwell’s trilogy BlackSUMMERS‘Night?

– And where is Jill Scott‘s The Light of the Sun?

– What’s the point of having an album for sale if you’re going to release all of the tracks as singles? (Think of Usher and Trey Songz)

– Dare I admit I’m beginning to like Nicki Minaj?

– And the most important question, what new updates are there regarding the death of Mitrice Richardson?

These are just some things that have been on my mind.  Are there any questions that you ask yourselves on a regular basis?  Maybe there’s that point in the day when you dare to let your mind drift off to this nice quiet place and you think of the most random stuff.   I hope I’ve put a smile on your face or at least got you to thinking, too.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!