If you were there, early 2000s, when 'Moulin Rouge' came out, or when 'Let It Go' came out (after I copped Keyshia's album on bootleg). The amount of love, respect, and appreciation that oozes from my soul when you come to mind, or when I hear your lyrics is unmatched.
These past few years, hasn't been easy. I think that for public figures, especially Black public figures, that so happen to also be women, it never is easy.
I listened to your Angie Martinez interview from 2005, where you talked about being a survivor, and being 'just like us' - human, with emotions and feelings. I further commend you on being that brave, and that strong to recognize, and accept your own humanity. For being able to speak your own truth, and value yourself in a way that, in today's culture, can feel almost impossible. You said, "I'm a perfectionist.. I just like working on my [flaws]" and I'd like to respectfully say that you were, are, and will always be perfect.
We owe you a lot more than we give you credit for Ms. Jones, A LOT. You've bravely spoken up about abused, you have been victim of a mass incarcerate society. You are perhaps more gangsta than half of these rappers who are women out today.
Ms. Jones, I love you, and I stand by you. You represent a brand so honest, vulgar, and liberating, even today you are celebrated in the most awesome way.