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Anger, Apologies & Ignorance: Reader Responses To “AMW”

Anger, Apologies & Ignorance: Reader Responses To “AMW”

No one has to say “I told you so,” I saw it coming…..yes, folks were definitely feeling some type of way after my Dallas Morning News Briefing column hit the streets/internet. Of the three responses I’ve received so far, one ended positively and the other two…..well, they haven’t written back after my replies, so it’s […]

Meesha Mink’s “Kiss The Ring,” A MOC Book Review Exclusive

Meesha Mink’s “Kiss The Ring,” A MOC Book Review Exclusive

For over a decade, author Niobia Bryant has entranced a loyal legion of readers, first with tantalizing romances and now, under the identity of Meesha Mink, urban fiction. 2007′s Desperate Hoodwives kicked off the first successful series and now the award-winning writer has penned Kiss The Ring, another explosive tale brimming with sex, drugs and […]

Doubling Up On “Rising Down”: When “Accepting A’ight” Goes Wrong

Doubling Up On “Rising Down”: When “Accepting A’ight” Goes Wrong

“All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.” Scott Alexander It’s a strange habit to some, but one of the ways I wind down after a hectic day is to watch ‘wild-animals-in-habitat’ shows (like the ones on Animal Planet, NatGeo, etc). I never get […]

Little Pitchers, Big Ears: A Daughter’s Letter To Chocolate Mama

Little Pitchers, Big Ears: A Daughter’s Letter To Chocolate Mama

Let’s keep it real up in here Friends: parenting is an exhilarating, yet EXHAUSTING task. The chores are many and the work is repetitive, so sometimes you can wonder if what you’re doing, saying or speaking day in and day out is actually being received and/or making a difference. Apparently, it does…..and this letter offers […]

Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

Eric Roberson’s “The Box”: The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Link

Eric Roberson’s “The Box”: The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Link

……Hearkening to the musical memories of his childhood while drawing on a modern-day grown man’s experiences in love, Eric Roberson adds refreshing depth and dimension to the typical scenarios of ‘boy meets girl.’ “Haunted” is both whimsical and weary, rueing a self-inflicted torment that caused him to fear, and lose, the game of love: “I’m […]

Marsha Ambrosius’ “Friends & Lovers,” The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Link

Marsha Ambrosius’ “Friends & Lovers,” The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Link

…..If the parental advisory label on the cover isn’t enough of a clue, a quick glimpse at the track list should demonstrate the explicitness to be found within (the first half anyway) . It’s certainly not vulgarity for vulgarity’s sake, like R. Kelly’s unfortunate Black Panties, but even the most liberal of listeners might blanch […]

Robin Thicke’s “Paula,” The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Length

Robin Thicke’s “Paula,” The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Length

….The loss of his most significant adult relationship—-and possibly, some of his sanity right along with it—-is painfully chronicled in his seventh studio CD, Paula. To be fair, all we’ve been privy to are trashy photos and gossipy innuendos of what imploded their once-idyllic marriage: whether it was an ‘open marriage’ gone awry, ‘Mileygate’ or […]

Jonathan Butler’s “Living My Dream,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

Jonathan Butler’s “Living My Dream,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

……Today, Jonathan’s 18 studio CDs and over 30 years of performing with a who’s who of jazz and soul musicians would make any struggling ingénue jealous, but there are times that trials and tragedies can make one forget how blessed they actually are, which explains the intent and optimism of Butler’s latest set, Living My […]

Relationships, Love and Life

Guest MOC Post: “Out On a Limb For Love” By Summerrain

Guest MOC Post: “Out On a Limb For Love” By Summerrain

Have you ever been in a relationship, and you woke up one day asking yourself “What the hell just happened?” after a bad breakup? Then a rain of questions start coming down like “Why can’t I find the right man to love me like I loved him? What’s wrong with me?” “Why it was easy […]

Use Your Heart & Not Your Eyes: Standards Vs. Settling In Relationships

Use Your Heart & Not Your Eyes: Standards Vs. Settling In Relationships

“Good afternoon pretty lady. How are you doing?” What started off as an ordinary commute on an ordinary day became a bit more interesting after I noticed a handsome uniformed man staring intently from the other lane as we waited at a stop light. “Hi.” “Are you single?” “Uh-huh.” “Well, how about seeing if we […]

Niecy Nash’s “It’s Hard To Fight Naked,” Knowshi Book Review/MOC Preview Link

Niecy Nash’s “It’s Hard To Fight Naked,” Knowshi Book Review/MOC Preview Link

…..Experience is the most effective teacher, and with 16 years of a prior marriage, a divorce, three children, years of singles party hosting under her belt and yes, a second husband in the mix, Ms. Nash uses a Sincere Sister Mode to break down what she’s learned singleness, dating, finding eligible men, getting to exclusivity […]

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

America’s Most Wanted: The Perpetual & Unwarranted Racial Profiling Our Daughters & Sons

America’s Most Wanted: The Perpetual & Unwarranted Racial Profiling Our Daughters & Sons

With the start of school a couple of weeks away, Calvin and I have procured most of the necessities our kids will need to begin the new year. When questions arise from the soon-to-be kindergartener and almost-third-grader, we answer what we can and remind them that, usually, behaving well and doing their best work should […]

Behind The Stories of Niobia Bryant, The MOC Preview & Knowshi.com Interview Link

Behind The Stories of Niobia Bryant, The MOC Preview & Knowshi.com Interview Link

…..With the first of three new titles hitting stores this month and an exciting new adaption of a former novel in the works, the prolific Ms. Bryant took time to dish on her latest projects, what made her end a favorite fan series and why, even after incredible success in the romance field, she will […]

Eric Roberson’s “The Box”: The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Link

Eric Roberson’s “The Box”: The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Link

……Hearkening to the musical memories of his childhood while drawing on a modern-day grown man’s experiences in love, Eric Roberson adds refreshing depth and dimension to the typical scenarios of ‘boy meets girl.’ “Haunted” is both whimsical and weary, rueing a self-inflicted torment that caused him to fear, and lose, the game of love: “I’m […]

Embracing Urban Fiction: The DMN Niobia Bryant/Meesha Mink Interview

Embracing Urban Fiction: The DMN Niobia Bryant/Meesha Mink Interview

After 15 years, dozens of novels and numerous awards, author Niobia Bryant is trying something new. She’s launching an urban fiction series under her pseudonym, Meesha Mink. Kiss The Ring, which hits store shelves on Tuesday (Aug 5), may appear similar to the other popular titles she’s written for the genre, but according to Bryant, […]

Other Good Stuff

Not Together, Yet Parents Forever: Shielding Kids From The Crossfire

Not Together, Yet Parents Forever: Shielding Kids From The Crossfire

Some folks prefer comedies or reality shows, but when it comes to my limited TV time, I’m a Judge Judy fan. She’s got her abrasive moments, sure, but if you watch for long enough, there are elements from all the above, especially when it comes to family law. Time and again, Judge Sheindlin can be […]

Author & Icon: Ilyasah Shabazz’ “Malcolm Little,” The MOC Preview & Knowshi.com Interview Link

Author & Icon: Ilyasah Shabazz’ “Malcolm Little,” The MOC Preview & Knowshi.com Interview Link

….Nearly 50 years after his death, the Muslim minister and Human and Civil Rights leader remains a much-discussed part of world history, but few are aware of the culture and characteristics that molded him into the man he became, part of the reason why Ms. Shabazz authored the critically-acclaimed book [Malcolm Little] (illustrated poignantly by […]

From Businesswoman To “Hip-Hop Professional,” The Briefing Shanti Das Interview

From Businesswoman To “Hip-Hop Professional,” The Briefing Shanti Das Interview

When it comes to careers, the golden trifecta of money, power and respect can be hard for anyone to achieve, particularly in the music biz. The path to profitability hinges on a tenuous tightrope that swings on the whims of a buying public, a truth known all too well by industry insider Shanti Das. After […]