Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

“eLife,” Mint Condition & Bio #1; Introducing “Melody Charles”

“eLife,” Mint Condition & Bio #1; Introducing “Melody Charles”

| August 20, 2017 | Reply

From “Adoring The Unsung”……. On an early spring afternoon in 2008, I got a call from their manager that completely threw me for a loop: apparently, on the verge of releasing their 6th studio CD, they were unhappy with the bio that had been written for their press kit. According to him, the guys withdrew […]

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Out of Tune: Why We Should Today, & Forever, Delete R. Kelly

Out of Tune: Why We Should Today, & Forever, Delete R. Kelly

| July 17, 2017 | 1 Reply

……..As a parent myself and the mother of two daughters, these allegations are heartbreaking and horrific. I cannot imagine the pain their loved ones are going through, having awareness of what’s going on and desperate to get their daughters away from the self-proclaimed ‘Pied Piper of R&B.’ But I also must ask, as a woman […]

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Stokley’s “Introducing….,” CD Preview/Review Link

Stokley’s “Introducing….,” CD Preview/Review Link

| June 19, 2017 | Reply

…..Layering contemporary narratives over time-honored musicality, Introducing…..sifts through facets of the human experience, elucidating the personal, the political and every other type in-between. The smattering of a few recognizable faves (for example, production duo Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barrias, along with jazz pianist Robert Glasper) enhance the project without compromising Stokley’s uniqueness or overtaking Williams’ […]

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Relationships, Love and Life

Our Friends, Our Lives; Why “Girls Trip” Is A Movie Must

Our Friends, Our Lives; Why “Girls Trip” Is A Movie Must

| July 29, 2017 | Reply

       Music, New Orleans, girlfriends, zip-lining, absinthe….. and grapefruit? If that sentence made perfect sense to you, then congratulations—–you’ve also recently seen the new summer comedy, Girls Trip. I attended a showing with a girlfriend last Friday and yes, we both considered it a fabulous flick. At our AMC location, the theater was packed with […]

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“Keeping It Real” Can Go Left, But Is Usually Right

“Keeping It Real” Can Go Left, But Is Usually Right

| April 22, 2017 | Reply

As an avid reader, I have dozens of books from a variety of authors. There are a few classified as ‘unauthorized biographies,’ and one of them is the 1988 best-seller entitled Call Her Miss Ross. Written by J. Randy Taraborelli, Miss Ross examines the childhood and accomplishments of the Supreme Diva herself, Diana Ross, as well as the love affairs […]

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The Ties That Bind: How Family Impacts Your Relationships

The Ties That Bind: How Family Impacts Your Relationships

| February 25, 2017 | Reply

Whether you’re single, coupled-up, or walked down the aisle years ago, nearly everyone has heard persistent myths about marriage: “Happy couples never argue.” “Love is all we need.” “I can change him/her.” Then there’s one that has been disproved time and again, yet people think that saying the words to their significant others will make […]

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What's Going Down in Popular Culture

Living With Sarcoidosis: Public & Private Struggles With the Disease

Living With Sarcoidosis: Public & Private Struggles With the Disease

| August 12, 2017 | Reply

Nine years ago this week, the entertainment world unexpectedly lost actor and superstar stand-up comedian Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, better known as Bernie Mac. A Chicago native and family man who cultivated his stand-up persona in-between jobs, Mac earned national fame in the early 90s with an appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. The audience that […]

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Our Friends, Our Lives; Why “Girls Trip” Is A Movie Must

Our Friends, Our Lives; Why “Girls Trip” Is A Movie Must

| July 29, 2017 | Reply

       Music, New Orleans, girlfriends, zip-lining, absinthe….. and grapefruit? If that sentence made perfect sense to you, then congratulations—–you’ve also recently seen the new summer comedy, Girls Trip. I attended a showing with a girlfriend last Friday and yes, we both considered it a fabulous flick. At our AMC location, the theater was packed with […]

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The Danger of Being A Superwoman: Lose The Cape, Save Your Life

The Danger of Being A Superwoman: Lose The Cape, Save Your Life

| June 17, 2017 | Reply

Thanks to the numerous strides made in politics, medicine, sports and entertainment, wider opportunities have presented themselves for girls and women. In 2016, for example, The Dallas Wings became the first team in North Texas to join the WNBA franchise. Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar became the first Somali American Muslim legislator elected to office, and performer […]

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Health Beauty and Empowerment

Living With Sarcoidosis: Public & Private Struggles With the Disease

Living With Sarcoidosis: Public & Private Struggles With the Disease

| August 12, 2017 | Reply

Nine years ago this week, the entertainment world unexpectedly lost actor and superstar stand-up comedian Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, better known as Bernie Mac. A Chicago native and family man who cultivated his stand-up persona in-between jobs, Mac earned national fame in the early 90s with an appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. The audience that […]

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The Danger of Being A Superwoman: Lose The Cape, Save Your Life

The Danger of Being A Superwoman: Lose The Cape, Save Your Life

| June 17, 2017 | Reply

Thanks to the numerous strides made in politics, medicine, sports and entertainment, wider opportunities have presented themselves for girls and women. In 2016, for example, The Dallas Wings became the first team in North Texas to join the WNBA franchise. Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar became the first Somali American Muslim legislator elected to office, and performer […]

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Lamman Rucker: Heart Health, Community Outreach & “Greenleaf”

Lamman Rucker: Heart Health, Community Outreach & “Greenleaf”

| October 15, 2016 | Reply

According to The Center for Disease Control, there is bad news and good news when it comes to heart disease. The bad news: Latino Americans and African Americans are at higher risk for heart disease and in comparison to Caucasian men, women and people of color are treated for the ailment at lesser rates. The […]

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Culture and Politics

Culture Under Fire: The Racialization of “Black Girl Magic” & Natural Hair

Culture Under Fire: The Racialization of “Black Girl Magic” & Natural Hair

| May 20, 2017 | 2 Replies

Every weekend, after Saturday dance classes and before Sunday ​evening​, the girls and I gather in the living room for a marathon of hair-styling. One by one, Nia and Layla take turns sitting between Mama’s knees, patiently accepting my commands to ​”​turn here​”​ and ​”​lean there​”​ as I oil their scalps, detangle their coils and […]

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Bad Ads Earn Companies & Their Products ‘The Business’

Bad Ads Earn Companies & Their Products ‘The Business’

| April 8, 2017 | Reply

My baby brother, Michael, is one of my favorite people on the planet. We’re over a decade apart, age-wise, but he loves his Big Sis LoLo and can be fun to hang out with. Since he’s the only native Texan among us, Michael’s full-fledged Southern roots and love for hip-hop have influenced not only his dialect, but his […]

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Increase The Peace: DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence

Increase The Peace: DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence

| March 15, 2017 | Reply

Taking A Stand: High School Honor Graduate and Radio Host DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence Source Magazine 3.3.2017 “DJ Young Music and Streetz Stop The Violence Foundation presents “The Streetz Blunt Truth Tour,” a multi-state effort to spread peace, love and understanding through music, while seeking to combat youth violence […]

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Other Good Stuff

Edgar, “John Mars” and “Tarzan” Too: ECOF 2017’s Dallas Debut

Edgar, “John Mars” and “Tarzan” Too: ECOF 2017’s Dallas Debut

| June 11, 2017 | Reply

In the year 1912, pulp fiction fan and one-time pencil-sharpener wholesaler, Edgar Rice Burroughs, became a writer in his spare time and created two of the world’s most iconic characters, space explorer “John Carter” and “John Clayton,” better known as the jungle-dwelling adventurer called Tarzan. Before his death in 1950, the Chicago native published over 80 […]

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All About “Introducing….Stokley,” a Knowshi Q&A

All About “Introducing….Stokley,” a Knowshi Q&A

| May 17, 2017 | 1 Reply

For some, it’s a surprise; for others, it’s been a long time coming. Super group Mint Condition’s lead singer, Stokley, is stepping into the spotlight all on his own with his solo debut, Introducing…..Stokley. Slated for a June 23rd release, Introducing…..is a project that will display new dimensions, but one that’s been in the making […]

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Sundance Sensation: “Hap & Leonard” & Joe R. Lansdale

Sundance Sensation: “Hap & Leonard” & Joe R. Lansdale

| May 6, 2017 | Reply

“When I got to Leonard’s Christmas Eve night, he had the Kentucky Headhunters turned way up over at his place, and they were singing ‘The Ballad of Davy Crockett,’ and Leonard, in kind of a Christmas celebration, was once again setting fire to the house next door. I wished he’d quit doing that. I’d helped […]

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