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The MOC Weekly Rundown, Feb. 20: When Simpin’ & Heauxin’ Goes Wrong
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’

Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

Feb. 26, 2015: Diana Ross Reigns Supreme At Verizon Theater, The MOC/ST Concert Review
Raheem DeVaughn’s “Love Sex Passion,” The MOC Preview/ST Review Link

Raheem DeVaughn’s “Love Sex Passion,” The MOC Preview/ST Review Link

….First off, the positives — and since it’s new music from DeVaughn, there are plenty. Love…. is overflowing with lush, lilting ballads and sensual soul grooves that are flush with narratives, melodies and discernable instrumentation. All 16 tracks were co-written by Raheem and he’s been blessed with a tenor and falsetto range that are equally […]

The 11th Annual Blues Festival: A MOC/ST Concert Review

The 11th Annual Blues Festival: A MOC/ST Concert Review

11th Annual Blues Festival Verizon Theater Grand Prairie, Texas February 14, 2015   Funk, soul, R&B and of course, healthy heaping of the blues were enjoyed by an eager crowd of 3,000+ when the 11th Annual Blues Festival touched down (and turnt up) at Grand Prairie’s Verizon Theater on Saturday Night. Overall, it could’ve been […]

Bobby Brown’s “The Masterpiece,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link (2012)

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

“Selma,” Sheriff Clark & Stan Houston, The DMN/Briefing Interview
The Color Barrier, DISD & Creative Arts, The DMN Buster Spiller Q&A

The Color Barrier, DISD & Creative Arts, The DMN Buster Spiller Q&A

Purlie. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Fences. A Raisin In The Sun. Starting with NYC’s African Grove Theatre in 1821, blacks have endeavored to build and sustain a venerable presence in theatre for African-American actors, performers and playwrights. From what began as early minstrel-type plays and evolved into musical theater and dramas with social commentary, black theatre […]

Anthony Mackie: Chauvinism, Stereotypes & Squandering The Spotlight
“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 […]

Other Good Stuff

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, […]

Remembering The Time: Exploring The Future & Examining The Past In 2015

Remembering The Time: Exploring The Future & Examining The Past In 2015

With a brand new year days into fruition, most folks are about change, progress and forward movement…..as they should be. But it doesn’t hurt to revisit, or even revel in, happy moments from the past. That was a goal that I achieved earlier this week with a girlfriend luncheon at Firewheel mall. Margie and Heather […]

Anthony Hamilton’s “Home For The Holidays,” The MOC Preview & Knowshi Review Link

Anthony Hamilton’s “Home For The Holidays,” The MOC Preview & Knowshi Review Link

…..Did I already mention that Brother Anthony’s vocals are the truth? Well, they are: he doesn’t recite the material as if he’s sending a text, the man slays it, knowing just when to pour on or pull back (if you can’t place his voice, think Bill Withers with a slight sand-papery edge/twang). The first two […]