To be honest, his hair has always caught my attention first. It’s a natural girl’s dream. But then when Jesse Boykins III opened his mouth and the sound thick like molasses and sweet like brown sugar sat in my ears, I knew that I was in love. As a World R&B and Soul artist, Jesse Boykins III delivers a sound that’s familiar, but not enough to be something you’ve heard before. On his latest release, Love Apparatus, Boykins pens tunes with lyrics that stick to your rib. How does he do it though? Boykins is able to dig into the psyche of a woman and spill our inner most thoughts out on a page and make it into a compassionate love ballad.
Other R&B crooners should take note. Boykins goes above and beyond to understand the female heart (aka our Love Apparatus). He goes around the world, interviewing women about everything from lust to love and whatever there is lingering between the two. These interviews offer insight and you can definitely hear the inspiration in Boykins’ musicianship. With questions like, “What is everything you hate about a man,” Boykins’ project most certainly gives him beautiful material for his lyrics.
He stopped by #TeamBeautiful’s office and once I was able to tear my eyes away from his luxurious locs and enviable thrifted threads, I listened. Feeling like I was in the most soulful yoga class that ever existed, I found myself lost in lyrics like, “Daylight is the only weapon, when we choose to fight,” in his single, “4 U 2 B Free.” The Machinedrum produced track is a single haunted testament of Boykins’ raw and powerful talent. Check out his intimate performance of “4 U 2 B Free” and I promise you that if you’re not already a fan, you will be.
Check out these Love Apparatus tour dates:
Date Location Venue
May 3 New York, NY Irving Plaza
May 17 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater
May 18 San Francisco, CA The Independent
May 21 Washington D.C. The Howard Theatre
May 24 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
For tickets, please visit www,jbiiimusic.com.
For more information on Jesse Boykins III and Love Apparatus please visit www.jesseboykinsiii.com.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"