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We Fight, We Love, We Prevail: A Tribute To Black Families & Relationships

We Fight, We Love, We Prevail: A Tribute To Black Families & Relationships

To let the media tell it, you’re more likely to find a polka-dotted unicorn moonwalking across a rainbow in the middle of rush hour traffic faster than a loving and committed African-American couple. Don’t believe the hype. There are incredible odds against us, no doubt: institutionalized and systemic racism, societal pressures and unrealistic, inhumane standards […]

I Can’t, I Won’t, Just STOP: An Open Letter To Alexsandra Wright

I Can’t, I Won’t, Just STOP: An Open Letter To Alexsandra Wright

Ladies & Gentlemen, please allow me to jump up on the soapbox for a hot minute about this right here, excuse the length of my rant because I am feeling ALL types of ways about the whole mess… I don’t enjoy seeing ANYONE struggle as a single parent and think that men/women who willfully neglect […]

Raising The Babies MOC Style: Chocolate Mama’s Q&A With Love Don’t Lye

Raising The Babies MOC Style: Chocolate Mama’s Q&A With Love Don’t Lye

Hey Chocolate Lovers! It’s been a MAD hectic few weeks, but I’ve come up for air long enough to share a link to a great interview that Cute & Kinky founder, Kristen Muldrow, conducted with me about how we parents the kiddies. Thoughts and shares are appreciated, each one reach one and thanks again for […]

The Protection of Projection: A Reader’s Lesson in Bigotry Vs. Racism

The Protection of Projection: A Reader’s Lesson in Bigotry Vs. Racism

Here we go again. Shortly after my Dr. Frances Cress Welsing interview showed up in today’s Briefing, a reader wrote in doing 2 things: admitting to being ignorant about racism, yet displaying the arrogance and entitlement to make it EVERYONE ELSE’S issue rather than applying introspection or actually placing blame where blame belongs. Captain Oblivious […]

Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

Smokey Robinson Brings The Heat At Dallas’ Meyerson, The MOC/ST Concert Review

Smokey Robinson Brings The Heat At Dallas’ Meyerson, The MOC/ST Concert Review

Earlier in the evening, William “Smokey” Robinson made the audience a promise: “We’re going to have a good time, get intimate, touch, feel and boogie.” And charity event or not, that’s exactly what the Motown architect and Hall Of Fame inductee delivered in his hour-and change set for the sold-out crowd of nearly 2,000 at […]

Teddy Riley: The Icon, The Legacy & The Launch Of BS2, The MOC/SoulTracks Interview

Teddy Riley: The Icon, The Legacy & The Launch Of BS2, The MOC/SoulTracks Interview

Versatile, charismatic and prolific, Teddy Riley is what entertainment insders refer to as a ‘triple-threat,’ a Grammy-Award-winning songwriter, composer and producer that’s launched the careers of multiple performers across genres and generations. His diverse repertoire and trademark sound—the gospel-tinged, urbanized hip-hop-flavored style known as ‘New Jack Swing’—has dominated playlists for decades, but to hear him […]

Joe, El DeBarge & BS2 At Verizon, The Soultracks/MOC Concert Review*

Joe, El DeBarge & BS2 At Verizon, The Soultracks/MOC Concert Review*

*Exclusive face time with “The King of New Jack Swing” & BS2—from L to R: Dave Hollister, Teddy Riley, J-Stylz (Sherman Tinsdale), Lenny (Harold) and Tony Tyler, access courtesy of Tour manager Bull Williams and veteran publicist Monica Anders, interview coming SOON….* (March 23, 2014) Endless traffic, hit-and-miss soundchecks and hour-plus show delays usually signal […]

Blackstreet Or BS(2)? The Chauncey Black MOC/Soultracks Interview

Blackstreet Or BS(2)? The Chauncey Black MOC/Soultracks Interview

False accusations, fallouts, trademark infringement and confused fans across the globe: what is the story, where is the real Blackstreet and who the blank is BS2? Chauncey Black, co-founder and now sole owner of the Grammy-Award-winning group’s name and CEO of Blackstreet Entertainment, explains the conflict with super-producer and co-founder Teddy Riley as a greedy […]

Relationships, Love and Life

Guest MOC Post: “Out On a Limb For Love” By Summerrain

Guest MOC Post: “Out On a Limb For Love” By Summerrain

Have you ever been in a relationship, and you woke up one day asking yourself “What the hell just happened?” after a bad breakup? Then a rain of questions start coming down like “Why can’t I find the right man to love me like I loved him? What’s wrong with me?” “Why it was easy […]

Use Your Heart & Not Your Eyes: Standards Vs. Settling In Relationships

Use Your Heart & Not Your Eyes: Standards Vs. Settling In Relationships

“Good afternoon pretty lady. How are you doing?” What started off as an ordinary commute on an ordinary day became a bit more interesting after I noticed a handsome uniformed man staring intently from the other lane as we waited at a stop light. “Hi.” “Are you single?” “Uh-huh.” “Well, how about seeing if we […]

Niecy Nash’s “It’s Hard To Fight Naked,” Knowshi Book Review/MOC Preview Link

Niecy Nash’s “It’s Hard To Fight Naked,” Knowshi Book Review/MOC Preview Link

…..Experience is the most effective teacher, and with 16 years of a prior marriage, a divorce, three children, years of singles party hosting under her belt and yes, a second husband in the mix, Ms. Nash uses a Sincere Sister Mode to break down what she’s learned singleness, dating, finding eligible men, getting to exclusivity […]

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

Staying Smart With A Pre-K Start, The Alan Cohen DISD DMN/Briefing Interview

Staying Smart With A Pre-K Start, The Alan Cohen DISD DMN/Briefing Interview

Layla, our Resident Princess, will be starting kindergarten this fall. Although she’s excited to attend the same school as Big Sis in a few months, Baby Girl won’t be entirely new to the process because of her time in pre-school. The twice-a-week program not only reinforces the learning of letters, numbers and reading that her […]

Surpassing Special Needs With LaunchAbility, The Kathryn Parsons DMN Briefing Interview

Surpassing Special Needs With LaunchAbility, The Kathryn Parsons DMN Briefing Interview

Making a first best friend, picking the right classes in junior high or landing an important job interview are anxiety-inducing milestones for any of us. But what if you’re also navigating through life with a disability or special needs? How do you learn to function at your best and prepare for life as an adult? […]

Joe, El DeBarge & BS2 At Verizon, The Soultracks/MOC Concert Review*

Joe, El DeBarge & BS2 At Verizon, The Soultracks/MOC Concert Review*

*Exclusive face time with “The King of New Jack Swing” & BS2—from L to R: Dave Hollister, Teddy Riley, J-Stylz (Sherman Tinsdale), Lenny (Harold) and Tony Tyler, access courtesy of Tour manager Bull Williams and veteran publicist Monica Anders, interview coming SOON….* (March 23, 2014) Endless traffic, hit-and-miss soundchecks and hour-plus show delays usually signal […]

Bottles, Bibs & Pumps Expo: The Vonna Matthews DMN Interview

Bottles, Bibs & Pumps Expo: The Vonna Matthews DMN Interview

It’s a lifestyle goal that many women with children can find intimidating and unattainable: the successful, self-motivated and business-savvy working mom. Whether she’s juggling part-time jobs, moving up the ladder in corporate America or working the hustle from home, some wonder if their knowledge is up to par or feel that they have limited connections […]

Other Good Stuff

Ledisi’s “The Truth,” The MOC Preview/SoulTracks CD Review Link

Ledisi’s “The Truth,” The MOC Preview/SoulTracks CD Review Link

……The years since her stellar 2011 release Pieces Of Me have apparently been bittersweet ones for the Lousiana-born singer and songwriter, highlighted by a rise in recognition, record sales and respect from fellow peers. On the other hand, as the soul music crowd fell under the sway of her enthusiasm and effervescence, Ledisi and her […]

Ledisi Shares Her Brand New “Truth,” The MOC Preview & Knowshi.com Interview Link

Ledisi Shares Her Brand New “Truth,” The MOC Preview & Knowshi.com Interview Link

……Since the CD is brimming with empowerment and gladness-filled songs like “Anything,” “Rock with You” and her current hit single, “I Blame You,” it’s hard to believe that Ledisi recorded the new album while terminating a love affair. “Most people go through things, but some people want to live in the pain and I don’t […]

In The Name Of Her Beloved Trayvon: The DMN Sybrina Fulton Interview

In The Name Of Her Beloved Trayvon: The DMN Sybrina Fulton Interview

Sybrina Fulton lowers herself into a chair, adjusts the sleeves of her jacket and uses a tissue to gently dab her tearing eyelashes. “You’ll have to excuse me,” she chuckles, “my allergies are doing terrible here in Texas.” Hours away from being honored at Pat Smith’s first-ever Second Chances For Overcomers event, the community activist […]