Top 5 Favorite Girl Groups

Top 5 Favorite Girl Groups

Girl Groups. Always around to slay.

In 2012, it was One Direction who helped bring boy bands back to the forefront on of the music industry. Now in 2016, Fifth Harmony has become the first major girl group to hit the top ten in the United States since The Pussycat Dolls in 2008 with their sexed up jam, “Work From Home." Fifth Harmony had caught my attention full-time after their first album came out and when I got their breakout hit “Worth It” stuck in my head. I’m loving their 7/27 album which is made perfect for the pop world of 2016.

Growing up in the late 1990s/early 2000s, I was a big fan of many girl groups. More than I was a fan of boy bands. I love to see three to five beautiful ladies singing in harmony and dance in motion. For the youngins today, I’ve compiled a list of top five all-time favorite girl groups.

1. Destiny’s Child

These girls were just perfect. Before "Lemonade," Beyonce was already in formation with her three members from Houston, Texas. Beyonce, along with Kelly, LaTavia and Letoya were the original lineup of Destiny’s Child. These girl rocked the world, MTV and my heart with club bangers like “Jumpin Jumpin” to self-confident anthems like “Bootylicious." One thing that the girls were all about is female empowerment. Whether it was checking a guy for spending their money in “Bills Bills Bills” to overcoming adversity in “Survivor.” Their outfits were always in coordination thanks to Tina Knowles while their harmonies were on fleek. And despite all member changes and legal drama (in which we ended up with Michelle Williams) the girls still slayed. They broke up in 2006 but has sold 50 million records to date.

Favorite Album: "The Writing’s On The Wall"

2. Spice Girls

Before there was Little Mix, there was the Spice Girls, and they were 1000x more ubiquitous. The British act was manufactured in 1994 by two managers in the United Kingdom. They were eventually fired by the girls who later signed by Simon Fuller and Virgin Records. In 1997, they were officially the biggest act in the world. By then they a had crossed over in America. All the members stood out individually. Geri was Ginger Spice, known for her fiery red hair and teasing sexuality. Victoria was Posh Spice and is known for her high class designer clothes. Mel C was known as Sporty Spice as she always rocked a tracksuit and possessed athletic abilities. Emma was Baby Spice given she was the youngest of the group and had very youthful looks. Mel B was Scary Spice as she wore cheetah, had an in-your-face attitude and also was the only member of black descent.What I loved most about them was how bubblegummy their music were. They had the catchiest hooks and the danciest beats. You could see that the girls had great chemistry in their music videos.

Songs like “Wannabe” and “Say You’ll Be There” are positive, kid-friendly and very tongue-in-cheek. Did I mention their hilarious movie (Spice World) and that they were all about girl power? It all ended in 2001, as the group’s success was declining given Ginger Spice had left three years prior. However, given this year is their 20th anniversary, we’re keep our finger crossed that they go on tour.

Favorite Album: "Spice"

3. TLC

This act straight out of Atlanta is very much a classic R&B girl group. Many of their songs are pure 90s classics. They also put many producers on the map such as Dallas Austin, Babyface and Organized Noise. You had T-Boz with her raspy voice, Chili with her mezzo-soprano and Left-Eye who always added in a rap verse. Their songs also had moving messages. In “Waterfalls” they touched issues such as the AIDS epidemic and drug dealing, while “Unpretty” talked about insecurely that many young girls feel. Their music video was always fun to me whether they were dancing in water, with pajamas on, or in a futuristic setting. However, the girls were dealing with TMZ-friendly drama outside of music. Left Eye was arrested for arson of her boyfriend's house, T-Boz struggled with sickle cell anemia and Chili had an abortion. The group also was reportedly cheated by their record label and management as they filed for bankruptcy in 1995. Left Eye is gone, (it’s been 14 years since her untimely death) however, the surviving members have promised one more album.

Favorite Album: "CrazySexyCool"

4. 3LW

If you were a pop fan of the Y2K period, you had to have known 3LW, also known as Three Little Women. Composed of members Kiely Williams, Naturi Naughton and Adrienne Bailon, all teenagers at the time, were very much a Disney-friendly, teen version of TLC. Their most notable song was “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right).” The song is relatively silly: Kiely had a notable line where you can clearly hear her mispronunciation of words due to her lips. Plus, the song was about telling a guy from the eighth/ninth grade how to be a man. Really? Though I have to give it up for the beautiful guitar solo in the beginning. Their debut album has a lot of R&B gems where Naturi’s church-bred voice and Adrienne's powerful vocals sound like the Latina-Beyonce. Kiely’s baby voice doesn’t do much for me though. The group fell apart in 2002 as Naturi left the group amidst internal drama between her, the members and management. Adrienne and Kiely went to do The Cheetah Girl franchise. Their second and last album, "A Girl Can Mack" was very slept. The P. Diddy produced cut “I Do (Wanna Get Close to You)” is very underrated and could’ve been a very popular crossover hit. Most of the other songs were very street-oriented hip hop and R&B. Although the group isn’t no longer together you can catch Adrienne Bailon on FOX’s talk show "The Real" and Naturi on Starz black soap opera, "Power."

Favorite Album: "A Girl Can Mack"

5. Danity Kane

Like 3LW, Danity Kane was short-lived but is a favorite in my heart. The group was formed on Diddy’s "Making the Band," which aired on MTV in the mid 2000s. They also seemed to be the most diverse girl group I’ve seen. Two white girls (Aubrey and Shannon), two blacks (Dawn and D. Woods) and a Latina (Aundrea). Their first two albums opened up at No. 1 on the Top 200 and gave the girl three top 10 hits. Musically, the girls can described as urban pop. Not too much R&B/hip-hop, but just enough pop to make them crossover. Also, unlike The Pussycat Dolls, their girls all took turns on verses in their songs. Their albums were made up of Clubby and bouncy urban tracks and syrupy ballads. I swear, “Damaged” was my song in the seventh grade. The girls were all equally beautiful. It's too bad they split up. Though they reunited briefly in 2013 and gave us “Lemonade” which I pop-lock and drop to. Maybe they’ll settle their difference one day. For now we have Dawn Richards’ alternative R&B and Dumblonde (the group’s spin-off with Aubrey and Shannon).

Favorite Album: "Welcome to The Dollhouse"

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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Romeo, Juliet, And The Time They Were Reckless

It needs to be said.


Oh Romeo, Romeo. Where art thou Romeo?

Well, he is off committing suicide because he thinks you're dead.

Can we discuss the fact he was in love with Rosaline (you know Juliet's cousin) a little before meeting Juliet? I mean if my 16-year-old brother comes around and tells me he's 'in love' with a 13-year-old, I'd probably have to check him. That's an eighth grader with a high school junior. Personally, I am not a fan of it. They meet and *BAM*, they're in love. They court each other, marry, then die. In FOUR days. All of this happens in FOUR days.

Then the whole "If you die I die" thing, is anyone else not mad that he didn't stop to check if she was breathing? My dude grabs a mirror and puts it under her nose. It doesn't make me mad, that young people fall in love. But if I think about it now, the dude I thought I was in love with when I was 13 was a jerk and boy, am I glad my parents said: "You're too young, wait until you're 15." And then, "No, you're still too young," when I was actually 15.

Dude I get it, but can we all collectively agree you have to wait for more than one to two days shipping before you go off and have a clandestine wedding. I get it, young and reckless and in love and ready to give it all. I have seen it, read about it, and can't say been through it I think about most of my actions, but I still get pissed off with this play.

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