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The MOC Weekly Rundown, Dec. 7: 23-Year-Old Man Requests Community Service After Murdering Pregnant Teen Girlfriend
The MOC Weekly Rundown, Nov. 19: Fmr. Taylor Attny Accused Of Forcing Shiesty Deal On Mother Re Gift Funds
Nov. 18: “Hot Car Mom” Shanesha Loses Attorneys & Public Trust, New Court Date In Dec. Re Funds
Nov. 18: Solange’s Wedding Style Afro Pics Illicits Ignorance & Ugly Criticism

Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

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 […]

Dave Koz’ “The 25th Of December,” A MOC Preview and ST Review Link

Dave Koz’ “The 25th Of December,” A MOC Preview and ST Review Link

…..Since anyone can (and let’s face it, practically everyone has) create a Christmas album, what makes one memorable rather than just marketable is the amount of effort put into the expected favorites and upping the appeal factor on the less-familiar tracks. Koz actually succeeds with both, pouring as much warmth and richness into “The First […]

Jagged Edge’s “JE Heartbreak II,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

Jagged Edge’s “JE Heartbreak II,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

…..The quartet’s roughly-hewned harmonies and honest emotions, girded by the songwriting and production skills of Bryan Michael-Cox and Jermaine Dupri, respectively, resonated on hits like “Promise,” “He Can’t Love U” and “Let’s Get Married” in a way that evoked screams and plucked heartstrings. Subsequent releases like Jagged Edge and Hard were also embraced by fans, […]

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

9 Years & Counting: The Ever-Evolving Story of Us
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Family, Ferguson & Maintaining Her Focus: The DMN Briefing/Faith Evans Interview
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 […]

When Protectors Become Predators: Making Women Safe In An Unsafe World

Other Good Stuff

The MOC Weekly Rundown, Nov. 18: Mary J. Blige’s Marriage Rules

The MOC Weekly Rundown, Nov. 18: Mary J. Blige’s Marriage Rules

First of all, I love, love, LOVE me some Mary J. Blige: she was one of the first major artists I interviewed as a professional journalist and her music/performances speak to me in a way that few have done in my generation. Since Ms. Blige and I both have wedding anniversaries in December, I was […]

Niobia Bryant’s “The Pleasure Trap,” The MOC Preview/Knowshi Book Review Link

Niobia Bryant’s “The Pleasure Trap,” The MOC Preview/Knowshi Book Review Link

…….Cover to cover, Bryant lays out delectable detail about a young man’s struggles with his parents’ divorce, his father’s freak-show-level philandering and his mother’s attendance at the wrong church all leading up to the teen becoming an in-demand male entertainer who uses sex appeal to mask his insecurities and inner demons. Blessed (and cursed) to […]

The MOC Weekly Rundown, Nov. 12: MN Superintendent Requires Permission For Black Student Suspensions

The MOC Weekly Rundown, Nov. 12: MN Superintendent Requires Permission For Black Student Suspensions

Kudos and BRAVO to this sister doing what she can to stem the ‘school-to-prison’ pipeline that has been proven to disproportionately affect children of color over other fellow students. This needs to be made into a NATIONWIDE POLICY!!! “In an effort to understand why students of color in the Minneapolis school system are 10 times […]