In Your Ear: Mai Rashad By day, NPR's Mai Rashad juggles daily administrative duties. By night, she's grooving at nightclubs with her band Maiesha and the Hip Huggers. She opens up her music file and shares what she's listening to.

In Your Ear: Mai Rashad

In Your Ear: Mai Rashad

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By day, NPR's Mai Rashad juggles daily administrative duties. By night, she's grooving at nightclubs with her band Maiesha and the Hip Huggers. She opens up her music file and shares what she's listening to.


And now, it's time to find out what's playing in your ear. What are you listening to these days? What's on your iPod or your stereo? What song can't you get out of your head? We invite guests from all over to answer our question. Today, we caught up with Mai Rashad.

During the day, Mai worked just down the hall from us at NPR planning events, but at night, it's a whole different story.

Ms. MAI RASHAD (Musician): My name is Mai Rashad. I have a band called Maiesha and the Hip Huggers, which is a '70s funk band.

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. RASHAD: (Singing) Feeling is a thing, just can't finagle. Takes more than rhyme or rhythm. It's a matter of control a lot or little just keep in mind I will be the (unintelligible).

Ms. RASHAD: These days, I'm listening to three different things. One is the soundtrack from the original cast of "Dreamgirls". And my favorite is, of course, "And I Am Telling You," because that's the most powerful, emotional song.

(Soundbite of song, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going")

Ms. JENNIFER HOLLIDAY (Singer): (Singing) And I am telling you I'm not going. You're the best man I've ever…

Ms. RASHAD: I met Loretta Devine - who played Lorell in the original through -friends that we had in common. And they made sure that I got free tickets to the show and hung out backstage with Loretta and Jennifer Holliday and with (unintelligible). Since I'm seeing her, I'm listening to the power, the way the words are pronounced, the inflections that's - it's just as amazing to me. The first time I heard it, I couldn't believe it. We were unaccustomed to hearing singers do that back in those days.

(Soundbite of song, "And I am Telling You I'm Not Going")

Ms. HOLLIDAY: (Singing) No way. There's no way. There's no way. There's nothing, nothing. Yeah. You can say what you want, I'm not walking out. Stop all the rivers, push, strike and kill. I'm not gonna leave you. There's no way I will. And I am telling you…

Ms. RASHAD: Another thing I'm listening to is an audio/DVD of "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne.

(Soundbite of audio/DVD "The Secret")

Ms. RHONDA BYRNE (Actress): All I wanted to do was share the Secret with the world. I began searching for people alive today who know the Secret. One by one, they began to emerge.

Ms. RASHAD: Someone sent it to me by email, and I watched it, and it has made my day. I was so excited, I sent it to everybody that I knew. It's all about the law of attraction, and it has had a really powerful impact on my life.

(Soundbite of audio/DVD, "The Secret")

Unidentified Man: Our job as humans is to hold on to the thoughts of what we want, make it absolutely clear in our minds what we want. And from that, we start to invoke one of the greatest laws in the universe, and that's the law of attraction. You become what you think about most, but you also attract what you think about most.

Ms. RASHAD: I usually have the DVD in when I'm at home getting ready for work in the morning, and then I have the CDs that I can listen to in the car.

(Soundbite of audio/DVD, "The Secret")

Unidentified Man: Thoughts become things.

Ms. RASHAD: The third thing I'm listening to is my daughter's CD. It's called Raina & and Pharroah B'Flowin. She sings, he raps, and they're a hip-hop group. I'm excited about a really hot track that's called "Rockstar".

(Soundbite of song, "Rockstar")

PHARROAH: Let's hit it.

RAINA: (Singing) Up in the club everybody want to say…

Unidentified Woman: Who she be? Who she be?

Ms. RASHAD: I've been involved in the production. I'm actually the manager. I'm in the studio with them constantly. I think she can't help but have a little bit of me in her. She traveled with me all over Europe performing from the age of nine.

(Soundbite of song, "Rockstar")

RAINA: (Singing) Kick over the table. Pour out the bub. We party like some rock stars. Put your hands up. So put your hands up. Say, put your hands up.

Ms. RASHAD: Sometimes, it brings tears to my eyes because it's like I can't believe this is the baby that I once carried, now onstage doing what I've done all my life and doing it well. So it makes me feel really good.

(Soundbite of song, "Rockstar")

RAINA: (Singing) Party like a rockstar.

PHARROAH: (Singing) Party like a rockstar.

RAINA: (Singing) Put your hands up.

PHARROAH: (Singing) Say, put your hands up.

RAINA: (Singing) Put, put your hands up.

RAINA and PHARROAH: If you party like a rockstar, put your hands up.

MARTIN: That was "Rockstar," performed by the group Raina & Pharraoh B'Flowin. And that's what's playing in Mai Rashad's ear.

If you want to tell us what's playing in your ear, visit our blog at

And that's our show for today. This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin.

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