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Lizzo Wants To See You Shake It To 'Tempo'

By Mieka Strawhorn | Celebrity | April 4, 2019 |

By Mieka Strawhorn | Celebrity | April 4, 2019 |


Of all the baddest bitches that ever badded, few have badded in recent years as bad (badly?) as Lizzo. The self-proclaimed “bad fatty” has been snatching wigs since her 2013 debut album Lizzobangers. But it wasn’t until 2016 when her second LP, Coconut Oil, came out that a lot more people took notice. Instead of saying “who’s this bitch?” they began saying “she’s 100 percent THAT bitch” (a lyric from her 2017 single “Truth Hurts”). Name one other artist who can play the flute and then turn around and twerk in the same breath. If I sound like a geeked out Lizzo fanatic, it’s because I am. I’m a big old nerd for Lizzo (I even nominated her for last year’s Pajiba 10). I’m not only a huge fan of Lizzo’s music, I’m absolutely in love with what she represents for women, and that’s unqualified and unconditional self-love. What a concept!

Lizzo is about to break big this year. You heard it here 536nd. She just released a new single, “Tempo,” with none other than Missy Elliott. “Tempo” will be featured on her upcoming album Cuz I Love You, which debuts on April 19.

Lizzo’s understandably excited about her collaboration with Missy, and is celebrating by hosting a “Tempo” dance contest. She’s asked her fans to send in a video of themselves doing their thang on the song, and two winners will be flown out to Coachella to dance with her on stage (yes, Lizzo has a coveted spot in the grand finale at the festival).

Here are a few of my (and apparently Lizzo’s because she’s shared them) favorite contenders.

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I can’t imagine how different my life might be if Lizzo had been around when my chubby little adolescent ass was growing up. Maybe not that different at all. Or maybe seeing a beautiful, fat, black woman have a good fucking time with her body and her intellect be celebrated in the mainstream might have alleviated just a little bit of the crushing self-doubt and shame about my own body and mind. Shit, I might be President right now! But I didn’t see anything like Lizzo in my formative years. But I sure as hell see her now. Lizzo’s success, is our success. Lest I navel gaze further, let me get to my point. What was my point? Oh yeah, my point is that Lizzo is still 100 percent that bitch, and if you want to be, so are you!

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Mieka is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.

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