Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

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

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

| May 17, 2017 | 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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Mary J. Blige’s “Strength of a Woman,” CD Review/Preview Link

Mary J. Blige’s “Strength of a Woman,” CD Review/Preview Link

| April 28, 2017 | Reply

…..Throughout the set’s tracks, MJB is running the emotional gauntlet –there’s betrayal, heartbreak, fury and yes, even a healthy dose of petty when she reminds listeners, and her soon-to-be ex, that she’s rocking “Queen” title for a reason. If folks thought she bared her soul with that first single, “Thick of It,” their ears will […]

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Avery Sunshine’s “Twenty Sixty Four,” CD Review/Preview Link

Avery Sunshine’s “Twenty Sixty Four,” CD Review/Preview Link

| April 24, 2017 | Reply

In the last couple of years since her acclaimed 2015 debut, The Sunroom, Avery has been reaping the whirlwind: not only has the former choir director/pianist earned nominations for Soul Train and BET Centric Awards, Sunshine has toured the globe and earned billings with some of the brightest stars in the music universe (Anthony Hamilton, […]

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Relationships, Love and Life

“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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Love’s In Need Of Love Today: Sweet Sentiments & Hardened Hearts Don’t Mix

Love’s In Need Of Love Today: Sweet Sentiments & Hardened Hearts Don’t Mix

| February 11, 2017 | 1 Reply

Roses, chocolate hearts, teddy bears and cards full of sweet sentiments about love and tenderness. Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, and every retail outlet since January has been awash in reminders at every turn. Darius is a young man now, more consumed with his part-time job, friends and college courses than collecting Valentine cards. His […]

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What's Going Down in Popular Culture

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 | 1 Reply

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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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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Mary J. Blige’s “Strength of a Woman,” CD Review/Preview Link

Mary J. Blige’s “Strength of a Woman,” CD Review/Preview Link

| April 28, 2017 | Reply

…..Throughout the set’s tracks, MJB is running the emotional gauntlet –there’s betrayal, heartbreak, fury and yes, even a healthy dose of petty when she reminds listeners, and her soon-to-be ex, that she’s rocking “Queen” title for a reason. If folks thought she bared her soul with that first single, “Thick of It,” their ears will […]

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Health Beauty and Empowerment

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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Tamera Nalls: Empowering Girls For An Adverse World

Tamera Nalls: Empowering Girls For An Adverse World

| September 17, 2016 | Reply

Televised cat fights, near-nude magazine covers and middle-aged women trashing one another for ratings and ‘likes.’ Thanks to tabloid-filled talk shows and the omnipresence of social media, today’s teenagers have an abundance of poor examples and role models. While parents can’t shield vulnerable minds from all negativity, they can guide their children by exemplifying positive […]

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Can We Live: When Black Women Are Shielding, Yet Targeted By, Black Men

Can We Live: When Black Women Are Shielding, Yet Targeted By, Black Men

| August 6, 2016 | Reply

Picture it: Dallas, 2001. I was settling into my singleness and adjusting to the demands of working and raising my then-toddler son. Slowly dealing, but still feeling the weight of it all, but I sought solace in my friends, my family and my go-to elixir of choice, music. Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama” and […]

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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 | 1 Reply

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

Rewind: Charlie Murphy at the Addison Improv, 2008 (In Memoriam)

Rewind: Charlie Murphy at the Addison Improv, 2008 (In Memoriam)

| April 12, 2017 | 1 Reply

Sitting here stunned at the news of Charlie Murphy dying at 57 of leukemia: I enjoyed all of his film roles, his comedy bits in other projects and, of course, the now-famous True Hollywood Stories enactments from The Dave Chappelle Show. We were lucky enough to see him when I covered his stand-up performance: we […]

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Kevin Ross, “The Awakening” (CD Review/Preview Link)

Kevin Ross, “The Awakening” (CD Review/Preview Link)

| March 26, 2017 | Reply

Traditional soul, modern elements of R&B and fringes of hip-hop, wrapped in equal measures of sensuality, spiritual edges and being ‘woke’—-successfully conveying one aspect is challenging enough, but Kevin Ross has managed to implement them all. Education (Berklee College of Music) and collaborating behind the scenes (SWV, Johnny Gill) can certainly help, but it takes […]

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Women’s History Month: “Speakers” In The Present, Enriched By The Past

Women’s History Month: “Speakers” In The Present, Enriched By The Past

| March 25, 2017 | Reply

Hidden Figures, the motion picture about three African-American female mathematicians who worked at NASA and became key factors in the success of our nation’s ‘Space Race’ in the 1960s, was an exceptional film that chronicled a trio of unsung heroines. Due to the film’s critical and financial success, two important feats were achieved; publicizing the […]

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