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I’m coming out
I want the world to know
Got to let it show
There’s a new me coming out
And I just had to live
And I wanna give

I was so glad to read on Jasmyne Cannick’s excellent blog that Rahsaan Patterson recently came out in an interview with BET J.  Another of my favorite soul artists, Donnie, also came out earlier this year around the time he released his second album, The Daily News.

Bravo for both of them!

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I attended a Donnie show earlier this year and he definitely seems much happier and was actually having fun up there. When I’d last seen him perform in support of the release of his first album, The Colored Section, there was a darkness surrounding him. I’m glad he’s come out into the light. During the performance, he spoke of how he had to “deal with some shit” before he could give us more music. I’m so glad he and Rah P had that kind of courage to Live in the Light. True fans already know…and could care less. Just give us the music! Whether you’re singing about a he, she, or a shim, I’m not here to judge you. Just keep my body rocking!

I just wish Luther had been able to do the same thing before he left us. I wish he had been able to find the love he sang about and live out loud with it.

Check out some video I captured from this Donnie performance. These are two cuts from The Colored Section.

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The time has come for me
To break out of the shell
I have to shout
That I’m coming out

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