Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

CD Review: “Genesis” By Brian McKnight

CD Review: “Genesis” By Brian McKnight

| September 1, 2017 | Reply

…….It’s tempting to think that Genesis signals a return to McKnight’s gospel leanings; instead, what’s happening is Brian has rediscovered, and demonstrated, his playful yet passionate side (experiencing ‘crazy love’ as a newlywed can do that to you). Yes, there are modern twists and a few brow-raising couplets, but overall, Genesis harkens back to the sweetness and […]

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Talking “Honestly” With Lalah Hathaway

Talking “Honestly” With Lalah Hathaway

| August 26, 2017 | 1 Reply

When it comes to soul music, categorizing the ‘greats’ at any level has to include the contributions of Donny Hathaway. Thanks to an intuitive knack for musical arrangements, songwriting and his buttery, gospel-flecked vocals, the Chicago-raised Hathaway was an in-demand musician by his early 20s. By the time he left Howard University, Donny was a […]

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“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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Relationships, Love and Life

“I Simply Remember My Favorite Things….”

“I Simply Remember My Favorite Things….”

| December 24, 2017 | Reply

Earlier this month, Nia sung in a Christmas program at Lakeview Centennial High School with her middle school choir, contributing to a blissful hour filled of traditional hymns, holiday poems and one of the all-time classics, “My Favorite Things.” When Nia first brought the lyrics home to practice, I couldn’t resist sharing the rendition that […]

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No Husband, No Cry

No Husband, No Cry

| November 20, 2017 | Reply

I’ve got a quick question for all the ‘70s babies’ and ‘90s ladies’ out there——what did TV shows like The Golden Girls, Sex in the City, Girlfriends and Living Single all have in common? Answer: besides featuring predominantly-female casts, each one of those rom-coms depicted smart, stylish, fun-loving women who lived active and fulfilling lives…..without […]

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Receipts, Karma & The Married Side Chick

Receipts, Karma & The Married Side Chick

| September 23, 2017 | Reply

Just a couple of months ago, Eniko Parrish thought she was winning in the literal game of “Life.” Several years back, the Baltimore native, who relocated to Los Angeles to launch a modeling career, quickly caught the interest, and affections of, rising actor and comedian Kevin Hart. After a two-year engagement, Hart and Parrish tied […]

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What's Going Down in Popular Culture

“This could have been avoidable……There were SO MANY  signs.”

“This could have been avoidable……There were SO MANY signs.”

| February 18, 2018 | Reply

Since I returned to working full-time, mornings are best to connect one-on-one with the girls. As they shower, dress, and prepare for school, Nia and Layla fill me in about new assignments, upcoming field trips and the fun things that happen during the week. So when the terrifying stories of school shootings were reported—–one happening […]

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‘Don’t Ever Bring No Nappy-Headed Black Girl To My House!’: The Corrosive Effects of Colorism

‘Don’t Ever Bring No Nappy-Headed Black Girl To My House!’: The Corrosive Effects of Colorism

| February 10, 2018 | Reply

Picture it: Verizon Theatre, February 2015. The air was crisp and the roads were icy, but the weather was all but forgotten when I witnessed one of my favorite performers, Diana Ross, live on stage. It wasn’t my first time at the venue or even my first time seeing a superstar, but the concert did […]

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Black and Historic: Netflix Series “Da Jammies”

Black and Historic: Netflix Series “Da Jammies”

| February 8, 2018 | Reply

OUR BLACK HISTORY..….DID YOU KNOW? “DA JAMMIES” CARTOON IS NETFLIX’S FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ORIGINAL ANIMATED MUSIC SERIES FOR KIDS “Da Jammies” is the first African-American original animated 3D music series on Netflix created by 2 Black men, Aulsondro “Novelist” Hamilton (known today in hip hop gospel as Emcee N.I.C.E.) and his business partner William “Dolla” Chapman […]

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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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“She Went to Use The Restroom and She Never Came Back.”

“She Went to Use The Restroom and She Never Came Back.”

| 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

‘Don’t Ever Bring No Nappy-Headed Black Girl To My House!’: The Corrosive Effects of Colorism

‘Don’t Ever Bring No Nappy-Headed Black Girl To My House!’: The Corrosive Effects of Colorism

| February 10, 2018 | Reply

Picture it: Verizon Theatre, February 2015. The air was crisp and the roads were icy, but the weather was all but forgotten when I witnessed one of my favorite performers, Diana Ross, live on stage. It wasn’t my first time at the venue or even my first time seeing a superstar, but the concert did […]

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Black and Historic: Netflix Series “Da Jammies”

Black and Historic: Netflix Series “Da Jammies”

| February 8, 2018 | Reply

OUR BLACK HISTORY..….DID YOU KNOW? “DA JAMMIES” CARTOON IS NETFLIX’S FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ORIGINAL ANIMATED MUSIC SERIES FOR KIDS “Da Jammies” is the first African-American original animated 3D music series on Netflix created by 2 Black men, Aulsondro “Novelist” Hamilton (known today in hip hop gospel as Emcee N.I.C.E.) and his business partner William “Dolla” Chapman […]

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“Now You’re In ‘The Sunken Place”…..

“Now You’re In ‘The Sunken Place”…..

| January 13, 2018 | Reply

Raise your hand if, like me, you saw the 2017 film Get Out. Posited as a horror film and illustrating the psychological effects of cultural marginalization and genocide with a modern twist, Get Out was one of the year’s blockbuster hits and made a one-man cultural phenomenon out of its writer and director, comedian Jordan […]

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Other Good Stuff

“If the allegations are true….that ain’t cool.”

“If the allegations are true….that ain’t cool.”

| December 2, 2017 | Reply

Ever since last October’s allegations of sexual harassment sent the career of Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein into a nosedive, politicians and celebrities alike have witnessed their behaviors—-past and present—- held to higher levels of scorn and scrutiny. Images and ‘receipts’ make it harder for “good ol’ boys” and “business as usual,” because in the social […]

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Call a Thing a Thing….Or Pay the Price

Call a Thing a Thing….Or Pay the Price

| November 5, 2017 | Reply

In the 1985 fiction novel, Linden Hills, the late author Gloria Naylor depicted the rise, and demise, of an opulent, upper class neighborhood. For decades, the historical roots, prestigious citizens and luxurious homes were the envy of many…..until the ones who “made it” began to self-destruct. The reason? Coveting the ‘privilege’ of an exclusive residence […]

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“Was There a TV/DVD Player/Electricity When You Were Growing Up?”

“Was There a TV/DVD Player/Electricity When You Were Growing Up?”

| October 22, 2017 | Reply

The other day, Layla was home with a tummy bug. Luckily it was nothing serious, and the regular regimen of liquids, crackers, chicken noodle and Culturelle did the trick. While Netflix was usually enough to keep her occupied, the programming wasn’t enough to stop her from chatting with Mom. So, as I sat typing a […]

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