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1. Black Women Who Set The Music Industry On Fire From The 90s Into 2000s

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We are paying homage to all of our soul sistas who took the music industry by storm.

Toni Braxton–When this smoky voiced singer debuted on the scene with her self titled “Toni Braxton” album, we knew we were going to rock with her for a long time. The tone of her voice is still unmatched in the game.

2. Janet Jackson

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Miss Jackson, If you’re nasty. This dancing/singing groundbreaker did not miss a beat when it came to carrying the torch of the Jackson entertainment legacy.

3. Mariah Carey

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“I got a vision of love” and it looks like Mariah Carey. There is like, no one who can hit the notes Mariah can hit. We can barely even sing along with her. But that unmatched talent is what makes her such a heavy hitter in the music industry.

4. TLC

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TLC was so bold with their message of safe sex, sexual expression, and just being sexy, that they set a new precedent for the music industry. So I “Creep” busted double standards wide open….ladies is pimps too.

5. Queen Latifah

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All hail the queen! Queen lyrically dominated the rap game and taught us all how to be proud, Black, and empowered.

6. Destiny’s Child

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Destiny’s Child has always celebrated and uplifted women. They have been musically dedicated to telling our stories honestly and bravely through song. From “Bills, Bills, Bills” to “Is She The Reason,” the whole group was like our homegirls in our heads.

7. Monica

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We basically grew up with Monica, so our lives from teen to womanhood wouldn’t be complete without her voice. She let the world know that when it’s “just one of dem days,” we need to be left alone. Girl power all the way.

8. Whitney Houston

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What more can be said other than, she is the voice. Her soul touching ballads and “take me to church” hits will never be forgotten.

9. Brandy

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Turn on the radio, and nobody sounds like Brandy…and they never will. She has the voice of raspy angels.

10. Lil Kim

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Where we would be without Lil Kim’s give no f*cks raw lyrics? She came out lyrically swinging, letting men know, we want to be pleased physically too.

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