Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

“In It to Win It,” Charlie Wilson CD Review/Preview

“In It to Win It,” Charlie Wilson CD Review/Preview

| February 17, 2017 | 1 Reply

…The ascent, descent, and resurgence of Uncle Charlie is the stuff of dreams: most musicians who first hit the charts decades ago are no longer breathing, much less in-demand enough to keep performing. Yet despite the crippling obstacles in his path—-poor management, subsequent poverty, substance abuse addictions and prostate cancer, to name a few—–Charles Kent […]

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“Sing” Soundtrack, CD Review/Preview Link

“Sing” Soundtrack, CD Review/Preview Link

| December 31, 2016 | Reply

….It can delightful, or somewhat disturbing, to watch an ambitious koala bear (Matthew McConaughey), a pig (Reese Witherspoon), a mouse (Seth McFarlane), a crested porcupine (Scarlett Johansson), a mountain gorilla (Taron Egerton) and an Indian elephant (Tori Kelly) go through the motions of putting together a stage show, but that’s what one experiences in Sing. […]

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A Q&A With Kem: New Goals and New Beginnings

A Q&A With Kem: New Goals and New Beginnings

| December 17, 2016 | Reply

It may have been four years since his holiday CD (What Christmas Means) and two years since his last stellar R&B set, Promise To Love, but that doesn’t mean that Kem hasn’t been mad busy. Not only is he marinating on new ideas for music in 2017, he’s in the throes of another exciting project […]

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Relationships, Love and Life

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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When Mediocrity Goes Viral: Dating In The Era of Text & Chill

When Mediocrity Goes Viral: Dating In The Era of Text & Chill

| October 29, 2016 | 1 Reply

The first time I heard Alicia Keys, I was with my mother. She’s not half the music fan that her daughter turned out to be, but that didn’t keep Mama from getting wind of Keys’ first single, “Fallin,’” and playing it every. chance. she. got. In fact, she played it so often and so incessantly […]

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What I Say: Things I Know For Sure

What I Say: Things I Know For Sure

| October 1, 2016 | Reply

“I’m not a fool, and I’m not a scientist…..but I know some things.” If that line seems familiar, it’s because you heard it in one of my favorite films, Jumping The Broom, or you read it from the front of my blog page. Either way, the phrase is one of my favorites and summarizes where […]

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What's Going Down in Popular Culture

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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“……Boy We Hate Your Ways”: A White Reader Wants Unity On Her Terms. Or Else.

“……Boy We Hate Your Ways”: A White Reader Wants Unity On Her Terms. Or Else.

| February 8, 2017 | 1 Reply

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” Alice Walker All respect due to A Tribe Called Quest, I actually heard “We The People” bumping in my head as I read this woman’s letter: ‘Gigi’ (name changed to protect her ig’nance and entitlement) apparently read my article about […]

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The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

| January 28, 2017 | 2 Replies

On Jan. 20, the United States witnessed the inauguration of its 45th President. Many greeted the new administration with joy and celebration, but for others, Saturday held the moment they truly looked forward to. Not because of the back-to-back parties, brunches and formal dances to attend, but for the chance to accomplish what the overwhelming […]

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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

White Tears & Special Snowflakes: Offended Pro-Lifer Gets Owned

White Tears & Special Snowflakes: Offended Pro-Lifer Gets Owned

| January 29, 2017 | Reply

When, when, WHEN will people learn? If you know me personally or follow me here regularly at MOC, you already know: I am a proud, card-carrying, fist-rocking, down-for-my-sisters womanist. I am personally pro-life, but endorse a woman’s right to choose and always vote as such. I don’t excuse misogynoir, women who try whitesplaining themselves and/or […]

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The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

| January 28, 2017 | 2 Replies

On Jan. 20, the United States witnessed the inauguration of its 45th President. Many greeted the new administration with joy and celebration, but for others, Saturday held the moment they truly looked forward to. Not because of the back-to-back parties, brunches and formal dances to attend, but for the chance to accomplish what the overwhelming […]

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Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Impact of the Obamas

Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Impact of the Obamas

| January 20, 2017 | 1 Reply

It was a phrase first made famous in a Malcolm X speech, then within the dialogue of Spike Lee’s seminal 1989 film of the same name: “Do the right thing.” The words, though simplistic, symbolize the need to make tough choices in turbulent times. Pushing forward with optimism into uncharted territory takes wisdom, courage and […]

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Other Good Stuff

Losing Our Rhythm: Broken Hearts & Silenced Voices In 2016

Losing Our Rhythm: Broken Hearts & Silenced Voices In 2016

| December 31, 2016 | Reply

On Feb. 3, 1959, a trio of young rockers—-J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly—-simultaneously lost their lives in a plane crash shortly after take-off. The day became a tragic anniversary in the annals of music history and became known to fans of rock-and-roll as “The Day The Music Died.” For those […]

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Overlooking Racism, Enabling Racism: Helping America (Freely) Hate Again

Overlooking Racism, Enabling Racism: Helping America (Freely) Hate Again

| December 17, 2016 | Reply

In the 1984 comedy film, Beverly Hills Cop II, Eddie Murphy’s character, who was under surveillance, kept a pair of cops from following him by sneaking out of his hotel, running across the street and putting a banana inside the tailpipe of their vehicle. Hours later, he’s relocated and told, by the new undercover cops, […]

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Concert Review: The “King & Queen of Hearts” Tour Hits Dallas’ AAC

Concert Review: The “King & Queen of Hearts” Tour Hits Dallas’ AAC

| December 4, 2016 | 1 Reply

Pain, passion and partying all the way through—- clouds and chilly rain may have loomed outdoors, but thousands of fans enjoyed the heartwarming soul of newcomer Ro James and co-headliners Maxwell and Mary J. Blige, who regaled the nearly packed-out Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Friday night. Mary J. Blige was the first up of […]

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