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Leaders of the New School, take notes.
This wunderkind is more than a sweet 16 and a hot hook. 21-year-old BJ Everett is a rapper, singer, dancer, model, and actress. “My definition of an artist is not just being good at one thing,” she says. “Whatever you need me to do, I’ll do it. And if I don’t know how to, I’m gonna learn.”
The New York-native reps Harlem, can be seen kicking and pushing on a skateboard, often rocks an Aaliyah-esque baggy jean/boxer short combo, and has defined her music as hip-pop-rock. “My voice itself sounds like a raspy dude’s, so that’s my rock,” she says with a laugh. “My pop is how I flow it, and my hip-hop is how I swag it out.”
Everett’s kicked-back countenance and Prosecco-bubbly charm perfectly disarming, but there’s also something to be said about the distinguishing strength of a girl who for years had to help care for a mother with an autoimmune neuromuscular disease and then deal with her passing away, even if it was only for 10 minutes. “Last winter my mom flat-lined,” she says. “The doctors came out and told us she was gone, but they kept working on her and she kept on fighting.”
It’s evident that Everett, who was raised along with her two younger brothers by her mother and grandmother, inherited some of that perseverant spirit.
She’s gotten her feet wet by spending hours in dance rehearsals, vocal training and studio sessions, performing at shows including VH1’s Break’n Through showcase, and serving as the face of Pastry Shoes by Angela and Vanessa Simmons, but is still waiting for that extended shine in the spotlight. “I’m just grinding until it’s my time, because that time will come.”
WRITER: Turquoise Toppin