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The MOC Weekly Rundown, Jan. 5: Daughter’s Natural Tresses Ruined By Salty Stepmom
The MOC Weekly Rundown, Dec. 31, 2014: The Milk’s Gone Bad, Hollywood Divorce Edition

The MOC Weekly Rundown, Dec. 31, 2014: The Milk’s Gone Bad, Hollywood Divorce Edition

Chocolate Mama here is no Relationship Expert, and never actually claimed to be. However….my Grown Woman’s Intuition goes into full-tilt alarm mode when a Hollywood man is cheesing hard in every picture with a particular actress (ladies, you know what type of ‘cheese’ I’m talking about) and stays GUSHING every time her name is mentioned, […]

The MOC Weekly Rundown, Dec. 18: Stereotypes, Racism & ‘White Tears’
The MOC Weekly Rundown, Dec. 7: 23-Year-Old Man Requests Community Service After Murdering Pregnant Teen Girlfriend

Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

Charlie Wilson’s “Forever Charlie,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

Charlie Wilson’s “Forever Charlie,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

…..Heartland roots and humble beginnings aside, the Tulsa, OK native spent decades cementing his style as a frontman (The Gap Band Era) and as a solo artist (The Era of Uncle Charlie), overcoming obstacles (financial hardship, prostate cancer and addictions to drugs/alcohol) and reestablishing himself as a chart-topping soul survivor. So his latest solo CD, […]

Anthony Hamilton’s “Home For The Holidays,” The MOC Preview & Knowshi Review Link
Johnny Gill’s “Game Changer,” The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Link
Faith Evans’ “Incomparable,” The MOC Preview/ST CD Review Link

Faith Evans’ “Incomparable,” The MOC Preview/ST CD Review Link

…..From beginning to end, The Notorious F.A.Y.E. packs Incomparable with sophistication, sex appeal and soul. Executive producing and co-writing on every track except one, Evans harnesses the skills of Mike City, Ben “Bloc” Briggs, Chucky Thompson, Jimmy “Gittum” Rogers and even her own daughter Chyna to lace up a satisfying set of jams. Some have […]

Relationships, Love and Life

Guest MOC Post: “Out On a Limb For Love” By Summerrain
Use Your Heart & Not Your Eyes: Standards Vs. Settling In Relationships
Niecy Nash’s “It’s Hard To Fight Naked,” Knowshi Book Review/MOC Preview Link
Tina & Teddy Campbell: Healing Their Hurts, Sharing The “Dirt”

Tina & Teddy Campbell: Healing Their Hurts, Sharing The “Dirt”

It’s a theme-turned-template that’s fueled countless hit songs, TV dramas and divorce cases over the years: Boy meets Girl, Boy commits to Girl, Boy creeps behind Girl’s back and both of them suffer the consequences. Only a few years ago, if word hit the streets that Mr. So-And-So was seen stepping out on Mrs.You-Know-Who’s with […]

What's Going Down in Popular Culture

“Light Girls,” Heavy Burdens & Personal Pain

“Light Girls,” Heavy Burdens & Personal Pain

Earlier this week, our five-year-old Resident Princess made an observation out of nowhere. “You’re dark brown Mommy.” I looked up from my reading and nodded. “Right.” “Darius is dark brown, I’m tan and and Nia’s light brown like Daddy.” “Uh-huh, but everyone here is black and that’s the important thing Layla.” It’s probably odd to […]

Remembering The Time: Exploring The Future & Examining The Past In 2015
The Holidays: Enjoying Life’s Greatest “Little Things”
9 Years & Counting: The Ever-Evolving Story of Us
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Other Good Stuff

Family, Ferguson & Maintaining Her Focus: The DMN Briefing/Faith Evans Interview

Family, Ferguson & Maintaining Her Focus: The DMN Briefing/Faith Evans Interview

Children to raise, home-cooking on the horizon and some last minute work details to square up before the holidays arrive? Faith Evans may be a Grammy-Award-winning singer and songwriter with new music to promote, but having an extraordinary career doesn’t cancel out the ordinary work she must put in, like the rest of us, to […]

Knowledge Reigns Supreme: The Dr. Steve Perry DMN/Briefing Q&A

Knowledge Reigns Supreme: The Dr. Steve Perry DMN/Briefing Q&A

An author, motivational speaker and a fiery crusader for equal opportunities and access in at-risk schools and neighborhoods, Dr. Steve Perry, MSW parlayed his activism and scholastic achievements into a CNN feature (“Black In America”), a weekly contributor role for the news network and appearances on MSNBC and TV One that earned him the title […]

The MOC Weekly Rundown, Nov. 19: Fmr. Taylor Attny Accused Of Forcing Shiesty Deal On Mother Re Gift Funds

The MOC Weekly Rundown, Nov. 19: Fmr. Taylor Attny Accused Of Forcing Shiesty Deal On Mother Re Gift Funds

A new perspective on the heartbreaking Shanesha “Hot Car Mom” Taylor case: I still stick by my opinion that her family ain’t about $#@* and likely hindered, rather than helped her or the children. ESPECIALLY the ‘fairweather friend’ baby daddy. From a commenter: “CPS cleared her of all charges, she gained custody of the children […]