Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

“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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CD Review: John Legend’s “Darkness & Light”

CD Review: John Legend’s “Darkness & Light”

| December 11, 2016 | Reply

…..If you’re expecting a continuation of the messages in John’s 2013 CD, Love in the Future, it’s not going to happen. The lush and velvety love songs from Future have been recalibrated into an unvarnished, stream-of-consciousness type of set that explores the widening dimensions of his life as a man, a citizen, and artist. Sound […]

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Relationships, Love and Life

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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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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What's Going Down in Popular Culture

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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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

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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Kaepernick, The Anthem & Unpacking White Privilege

Kaepernick, The Anthem & Unpacking White Privilege

| September 3, 2016 | 4 Replies

In our home, even after Darius’ graduation, three students remain—-Layla, Nia and myself. Every morning, after our daughters are dropped off at school, I’m pushing though my own set of online classes. One of them is “Multicultural Perspectives.” As I opened the file for Chap. Two this week, the assignment:”Watch the included video links about […]

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Other Good Stuff

Talkin’ Loud, Sayin’ Nothin’: How Symbols & Soundbites Trivialize The Struggle

Talkin’ Loud, Sayin’ Nothin’: How Symbols & Soundbites Trivialize The Struggle

| December 3, 2016 | Reply

A new month has arrived, a new year is around the corner and for some, 2017 can’t get here fast enough. Natural diasters, escalating civil unrest and a contentious election campaign have left many with frayed nerves and perpetual headaches, particularly as they imagine what changes the new administration and the president-elect’s cabinet choices could […]

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Play Review: “Love Jones: The Musical”

Play Review: “Love Jones: The Musical”

| November 29, 2016 | Reply

Romance, drama, music and the big city: nearly 20 years ago, African-American movie goers fell in love with Love Jones, a 1997 film starring Larenz Tate and Nia Long. As Darius Lovehall and Nina Mosley, they enraptured audiences, playing two young Chicago-area professionals keen on their jobs, deep into the arts and hot for each […]

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Joe’s “#MyNameIsJoeThomas,” CD Review/Preview Link

Joe’s “#MyNameIsJoeThomas,” CD Review/Preview Link

| November 21, 2016 | Reply

……What the sixteen tracks will demonstrate, beyond Joe’s trademark finesse and sincerity, is his understated intensity and ease with a variety of styles and subject matter; Damo Farmer, Derrick “D.O.A.” Allen and Gerald Issac anchor his explorations into both the familiar and unfamiliar. We know Joe is proficient with the boudoir skills (“Lay You Down”) […]

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