First published in the Spring 2015 print edition, as part of “Haitian Descendants Among the Stars” Vol. 1
Birth of Darkness for a Beautiful Dawn
Dawn Angeliqué Richard is scheduled to release her next album ‘Blackheart’, a sequel to ‘Golden Heart’, soon. The albums are a part of a story in three parts; Dawn has visions for a third album, ‘The Redemption Heart’, afterwards. The video release of ‘Blow’ from the second album is out and it is beautiful. It is dark; it shows she fancies vampire power, a volcano erupting and her wearing red headgear, and a lion appears briefly. Does this mean anything to you? Well, you can always make your own conclusions, but one thing is clear: the lady seeks justice!
The tell-tale girl
She has grown and prepared herself by wearing the ‘Black Lipstick’, being ‘Wild N Young’, and getting her ‘Armor On’. She is not a kitschy pop star, not that there is anything wrong with being kitschy, but she is not. Instead, Richard is a Black Queen, the story of a turbulent night, wild and beautiful in her powerful vivacity. In 2005, she was part of a girl band, Danity Kane; the name taken from a female superhero character she did an impromptu painting of.
In a recent interview, Dawn was heard saying that Danity Kane is ‘dead’ to her. The conflict was obvious this year when she released ‘Blow’ the day after Danity Kane released its third album, DK3. Blackheart’s album cover is stunning; a beautiful cover art that deserves its own
Haitian Roots: We’re not sure if she’s Haitian from her Mother or Father Frank Richard. Her father is Frank Richard, former lead singer and percussionist of the
popular Funk/Soul band Chocolate Milk. Her mother owned a dancing school where Dawn spent much of her childhood developing her skills at choreography and
Haitian Deeds: Dawn Richard visits Cite Soleil, Haiti