stephanie mills*Stephanie Mills has established her reputation on hard work and a truly unique path, hitting both the theater stage and the recording booth.

She’s become a very well respected R&B artist and advocate for social issues.

The multi-talented woman is on a mission all her own. The singer is working on a new tribute album and a children’s book called “Little Joseph.”

During an interview with The Huffington Post, the Grammy Award winning artist talked about several topics, including desperate veteran artists.

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On Brian McKnight’s latest sexually explicit song, she said it was a desperate grab for attention.

“I found that song disrespectful. I just don’t think you have to go that far to get attention. And I think sometimes the older artists — because he is older now — the older artists are so starved for attention that they’ll just about do anything. And I come from the school of when they taught you how to sit and do interviews and taught you how to walk into a room.

“There was so much training during the time that I came through that we would never think of doing anything like that. So I think it took away from all of the classiness and the great stuff that he has done before.

It’s just like when Erykah Badu took off all of her clothes. I was like, ‘It’s just so unnecessary to do that!’ I love Erykah Badu, but I think sometimes they want to do the shock value thing, but I don’t think it always works for black artists the way that it works for white artists.”

Read more of the interview here.