Brown Suga | An Introduction

You’re probably thinking that this is going to be about sugar and cooking, but contrary to your first thought, this is about love.



One of my favorite movies is Rick Famuyiwa’s Brown Sugar. Released in 2002, it starred Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs, Queen Latifah and Mos Def. Brown Sugar told the story of two childhood best friends—Lathan, a magazine editor, and Diggs, a hip-hop music executive—falling in love with each other over time. While the basis of the story was enjoyable, one part resonated with me and that was Lathan’s opening to every interview she did: “When did you fall in love with hip-hop?”

Borrowing from this idea is where I came up with this title as well as the subject to be covered: Brown sugar, as we all know, is molasses added to white sugar. It can come in two different forms, light or dark. The color is determined by how much molasses is added: More molasses equals dark, and less equals light.
Unlike white sugar, brown sugar is soft, and is used to add moisture or a richer flavor to its delicacies. Thinking of brown sugar’s functions make me think of what music does to all of us. It adds moisture and flavor to our lives. It enriches us. It makes us remember events as well as provides a soundtrack to our lives.
Music is our daily background. It provides us with the words we need say and the feelings we need to express, and conveys that life is always happening. It’s our friend, love, confidant and whatever else we need it to be.
I love music for what it does and what it is to everyone. In this column, be prepared to be caught up in the journey of music and its producers, the artists. Brown Suga is my ode, my five stars, my thumbs up to those artists who have successfully made us all fanatics.
While I will be sharing my own love stories, I encourage each one of you reading to contribute your own artist love story. Tell us what made you love them and why. Was it a line, a melody, an album or just their aura? After all, this artist is brown suga: You can never have too much, because it’s healthy, and it hardens us and makes us softer if we let it. | Ashley White

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