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The MOC Monthly Rundown, Apr. 9: Yes, I’m Black…..And?!?

The MOC Monthly Rundown, Apr. 9: Yes, I’m Black…..And?!?

Quick question: what did ‪#‎WalterScott‬, ‪#‎EricGarner‬, ‪#‎SeanBell‬, ‪#‎JordanDavis‬, ‪#‎TrayvonMartin‬ and ‪#‎MichaelBrown‬ (to name only a few) all have in common? Answer: they were ALL unarmed and none of them had locks in their hair—–yet they ALL were shot down in cold blood. So what the hell is being gained in compromising one’s own beliefs and […]

The MOC Monthly Rundown, Apr. 6: Cleavage Present, Class Missing
The MOC Monthly Rundown, Mar. 25: Calling All Mammies & Mandingos, AKA “Cooning For Cash”
The MOC Weekly Rundown, Feb. 20: When Simpin’ & Heauxin’ Goes Wrong

Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

Stevie Brings Wonder and “Songs” To Dallas’ AAC, The MOC/ST Concert Review

Stevie Brings Wonder and “Songs” To Dallas’ AAC, The MOC/ST Concert Review

Concert Review Stevie Wonder American Airlines Center Dallas, TX March 22, 2015 Glib and galvanizing, pitch-perfect yet passionate, Stevie Wonder regaled over 10,000 eager fans when he brought his “Songs In The Key Of Life” tour to Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Sunday night. Considered one of the most defining and influential albums of all […]

Love, Truth & Soul: Leela James, Raheem DeVaughn & Ledisi Rule At The Majestic, The MOC/ST Concert Review
Feb. 26, 2015: Diana Ross Reigns Supreme At Verizon Theater, The MOC/ST Concert Review
Raheem DeVaughn’s “Love Sex Passion,” The MOC Preview/ST Review Link

Raheem DeVaughn’s “Love Sex Passion,” The MOC Preview/ST Review Link

….First off, the positives — and since it’s new music from DeVaughn, there are plenty. Love…. is overflowing with lush, lilting ballads and sensual soul grooves that are flush with narratives, melodies and discernable instrumentation. All 16 tracks were co-written by Raheem and he’s been blessed with a tenor and falsetto range that are equally […]

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

History & “Time” With Author Shawna Seed, The DMN/Briefing Interview

History & “Time” With Author Shawna Seed, The DMN/Briefing Interview

Mysteries, paranormal, historical fiction, comedy, horror or classic lit: No matter what the genre, the act of reading can inform, entertain or transport us to another time and place. The skill set required to create meaningful plots, vivid locales and memorable characters, as well as assembling those elements into a compelling novel, can be a […]

The Romance Slam Jam: 20 Years Of Elevating Black Romance

The Romance Slam Jam: 20 Years Of Elevating Black Romance

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Denzel and Pauletta Washington and even President and First Lady Obama: for decades, they and thousands of others have positively exemplified African-American men and women in lasting, loving relationships. However, for too many book publishers, the idea of black authors writing love stories and romance novels were neither logical or […]

Sobriety, Success & Overcoming Adversity, The DMN Charlie Wilson Interview
“Selma,” Sheriff Clark & Stan Houston, The DMN/Briefing Interview

Other Good Stuff

The 11th Annual Blues Festival: A MOC/ST Concert Review

The 11th Annual Blues Festival: A MOC/ST Concert Review

11th Annual Blues Festival Verizon Theater Grand Prairie, Texas February 14, 2015   Funk, soul, R&B and of course, healthy heaping of the blues were enjoyed by an eager crowd of 3,000+ when the 11th Annual Blues Festival touched down (and turnt up) at Grand Prairie’s Verizon Theater on Saturday Night. Overall, it could’ve been […]

The Color Barrier, DISD & Creative Arts, The DMN Buster Spiller Q&A

The Color Barrier, DISD & Creative Arts, The DMN Buster Spiller Q&A

Purlie. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Fences. A Raisin In The Sun. Starting with NYC’s African Grove Theatre in 1821, blacks have endeavored to build and sustain a venerable presence in theatre for African-American actors, performers and playwrights. From what began as early minstrel-type plays and evolved into musical theater and dramas with social commentary, black theatre […]

Bobby Brown’s “The Masterpiece,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link (2012)

Bobby Brown’s “The Masterpiece,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link (2012)

There’s a popular cliché that posits rats, cockroaches and Cher as the only three life forms capable of surviving an apocalypse, but if the last twenty years have been any indication, Bobby Brown needs to be added to the list. As mesmerizing as he is mercurial, the 43-year-old Boston native and Grammy-Award-winner and former teen […]

Anthony Mackie: Chauvinism, Stereotypes & Squandering The Spotlight

Anthony Mackie: Chauvinism, Stereotypes & Squandering The Spotlight

Hollywood, reality shows,red carpet rundowns and celebrity Twitter fights with who: It may matter to some, but in my world, pop culture is an indulgence. If I can fit it into my schedule between deadlines, progress reports and our children’s dance and theater pursuits, fine. But more often than not, I simply don’t have that […]

Charlie Wilson’s “Forever Charlie,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

Charlie Wilson’s “Forever Charlie,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

…..Heartland roots and humble beginnings aside, the Tulsa, OK native spent decades cementing his style as a frontman (The Gap Band Era) and as a solo artist (The Era of Uncle Charlie), overcoming obstacles (financial hardship, prostate cancer and addictions to drugs/alcohol) and reestablishing himself as a chart-topping soul survivor. So his latest solo CD, […]