Dawn Richard is on a journey to find her spot in music after Bad Boy. She recently dropped her new Amour On EP and is ready to take on the music industry as a solo artist. She’s featured in the latest issue of PYNK Magazine, where she speaks on gay marriage, reality TV & life after Bad Boy. Check out the excerpt and photos. Gabriel Williams of StuffFlyPeopleLike was on deck as the stylist for the shoot.
On her relationship with Dirty Money former bandmate Kalenna
We really don’t speak right now because both of our projects are going on at the same time, we just haven’t gotten the chance sense we were in Dirty Money together.
On pushing the envelope and craziest thing she’s worked on
EP is the craziest move I have every made without any labels because the reputation of Bad Boys was so bad. This just proves how much faith and trust I have on the labels if you get the release you won’t be able to do both many times, and the opportunity to do both is just God. We had just us and that’s very different. We didn’t have a billboard top single, we didn’t have Puff and the other people that we had before. All I needed was a cracked window and I needed to crack that b-tch through. So far there have been over 3000 views in the last month.”
On her music reaching the masses
I would hope that my music reaches the masses without losing anyone in the process. I think musically when people listen to this R&B and watch the dance that goes along with it, the movements are a little bit more moving than when people simply listen to other R&B. I hope that the word innovative would be used a lot. I hope that after people have seen the same thing over and over again, their eyes will be open to something different. I am a storyteller, and I would love to be telling who I am while continuing to push the envelope through my music.”
On how she feels about how African American women are portrayed on Reality TV
I think we portray ourselves the way we want to be seen. I don’t ever want to comment on the way other women want to portray themselves. However, we all have a responsibility for the way we want to be portrayed. I was one of the them.
On Obama’s support of Same Sex Marriages
I think everyone should be able to do what they want to do, and we can’t be the ones throwing the judgment. We should never be the ones playing God. Its up to people to decide who they want to get married to and not us. We should never be the people saying to other people you will die if you do this, we should not be the ones trying to throw them into hell.”
On advice to girls who are afraid of breaking out of their comfort zone
I never give advice because sometimes people are like ‘Oh, I thought you said it would work this way , and all you can say to them is I thought it was suppose to work that way.”
“I feel like its okay to get your hands dirty and people are not wanting to get dirty, because doing the right things takes longer to get to your destination. When you are driving, never stop! Get back in the car and get to that destination! You never want to stop driving. So many of us get out of the car and stop driving forward, its the hardest thing when no one else is in the same lane.”