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

Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

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, […]

Dave Hollister’s “Chicago Winds…”: The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

Dave Hollister’s “Chicago Winds…”: The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

…..Given that Dave’s skill set has flourished over the years rather than flaming out, he doesn’t need an army of Auto-Tuning super-producers to get the job done. Veteran hit-makers Warryn Campbell and Eric Dawkins combine their expertise and past experience with Hollister to flesh out songs that are tailor-made to fit his personal and professional […]

Traci Braxton’s “Crash & Burn”: The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

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

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

Oct. 11: All Flavor, No Meat—Author Discusses Vegan Site/Recipes With Briefing/DMN

Oct. 11: All Flavor, No Meat—Author Discusses Vegan Site/Recipes With Briefing/DMN

Escalating blood sugar, a multiplying cholesterol count and blood pressure numbers that were higher than ever—-for Deborrah Cooper, last year’s test results became the writing on the wall and she set out to make a change. “My background was in fitness and nutrition, so reading that printout just made me feel sick,” Cooper said recently […]

Oct. 8: Teen Pepper-Sprayed By Police, Accused Of Breaking & Entering Own Home

Other Good Stuff

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 […]

Nov. 11: “Slavery Is Essential To The Rise of US Power,” Author’s Book Explains Why Slaves Are Omitted On Veterans’ Day

Nov. 11: “Slavery Is Essential To The Rise of US Power,” Author’s Book Explains Why Slaves Are Omitted On Veterans’ Day

If you’ve felt that it’s odd that African-Americans and their ancestors are pretty much overlooked in the entire Veterans’ Day narrative, author Edward Baptist agrees with you, His book, The Half Has Never Been Told, lays out EXACTLY how human enslavement created a flush nation and why, in further insult to the memories and dignities […]

The MOC Weekly Rundown, Nov. 11: No Getting “Rachet,” “Turn’t Up” Or “Salty” At Work?

The MOC Weekly Rundown, Nov. 11: No Getting “Rachet,” “Turn’t Up” Or “Salty” At Work?

I get it: using urbanized colloquialisms, AKA slang, can be a fun thing to do….I’ve been known to sling a few on occasion. But one manager at a fast-food franchise has apparently had it UP. TO. HERE. with some of the trendy vernacular getting thrown around in the workplace by the teen set and made […]