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Tall Children, Stunted Adults & Pseudo-Men

Tall Children, Stunted Adults & Pseudo-Men

| May 17, 2015 | 3 Replies

For any woman who considered herself to be the ‘settling down’ type, he looked like an ideal catch: employed, college-educated, reasonably attractive and not a felony in sight. It was also helpful that he was a lover of jazz, reading and even had a penchant for British comedies and highbrow entertainment. On paper and to […]

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

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

| April 9, 2015 | Reply

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 […]

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The MOC Monthly Rundown, Apr. 6: No Class, All Cleavage

The MOC Monthly Rundown, Apr. 6: No Class, All Cleavage

| April 6, 2015 | Reply

Ladies, you already know: unless there is a dire emergency in progress, we know what to do and what to wear to pull our frame together and to keep ourselves presentable in public. We carry an extra pair of earrings in the handbag, lip gloss, hair brush, breath mints, whatever. So how #Ne-Yo’s fiancee’ thought […]

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Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

Jill Scott’s “Woman” hood On Display In Dallas

Jill Scott’s “Woman” hood On Display In Dallas

| August 17, 2015 | 1 Reply

(August 17, 2015) Brimming with sass, sexual entendres and psychedelic fabulousness, Jill Scott regaled her sellout crowd of thousands when she brought her “Woman” tour to Dallas on Friday night. Backed by a 6-piece band, three male background vocalists (one of them being Dallas native Deonis Cook) and an ever-shifting digitalized lighting screen that reflected […]

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CD Review: Jill Scott’s “Woman”

CD Review: Jill Scott’s “Woman”

| July 24, 2015 | Reply

…..In the years since her last CD, The Light Of The Sun, the soulful actress, poet and performer changed labels, added 4 movie roles to her expanding acting resume and remained a doting mother to her now school-aged son, Jett. It doesn’t sound like there was much time for relaxation, but from the sounds of […]

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CD Review: Tamia’s “Love Life”

CD Review: Tamia’s “Love Life”

| June 29, 2015 | Reply

….On her first major label CD in over a decade, to be blunt, Tamia steps lively and dishes out the sexy. Claude Kelly is joined this time around by Chuck Harmony, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Shep Crawford, Tarius “The-Dream” Nash and Polow da Don, next-level board controllers that empower Tamia to create her most swerved-out and […]

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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

| October 29, 2013 | 2 Replies

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 […]

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Standards vs. Settling in Relationships

Standards vs. Settling in Relationships

| September 20, 2013 | Reply

“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 can […]

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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

| July 8, 2013 | Reply

…..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 […]

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What's Going Down in Popular Culture

“Straight Outta Compton”: Watching, Remembering & The Impact Of NWA

“Straight Outta Compton”: Watching, Remembering & The Impact Of NWA

| August 15, 2015 | 1 Reply

I was a junior in high school, safely ensconced in North Texas suburia and youthful naivete when I discovered the music of NWA. The hardcore beats and clever sampling in their songs was what drew my attention at first, but what ultimately earned my support were the rhymes. The verses were more than catchy couplets […]

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“When Someone Believes In You, You Shine”:  “Motown: The Musical’s” Charles Randolph Wright

“When Someone Believes In You, You Shine”: “Motown: The Musical’s” Charles Randolph Wright

| August 3, 2015 | Reply

Knowshi: How do the original Motown superstars feel about their younger acting counterparts and how they’ve been portrayed? Wright – “They’ve been incredibly supportive: the man [Gordy] who wrote songs and produced for them was there when they were teens, so having that is my secret weapon in having it feel authentic, his insider knowledge […]

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Piper Huguley: Expanding Expectations In Historical Romance

Piper Huguley: Expanding Expectations In Historical Romance

| August 1, 2015 | Reply

“There just wasn’t a lot written by African-Americans back then.” “No such thing as college-educated black women in the 1860s.” “Beverly Jenkins is already writing African-American-themed historical romances, so why bother?” Piper Huguley, a professor at Spelman College, grew tired of hearing the the misconceptions and wanted to set the record straight, so she poured […]

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Health Beauty and Empowerment

Water Therapy, The Best Milk & Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

Water Therapy, The Best Milk & Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

| April 29, 2014 | 1 Reply

Early morning, after you get up from bed, (without even brushing your teeth) drink 1.liters of water i.e. 4 to 5 glasses. You may wash your face thereafter. This is called water therapy. Relief from stress, weight loss, glowing skin, feeling fresh and energetic throughout the day and good digestion are some of the major […]

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Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, The MOC Preview & Knowshi.com Interview Link

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, The MOC Preview & Knowshi.com Interview Link

| December 23, 2013 | Reply

In an illuminating interview with sociologist Dr. Francis Cress Welsing, Knowshi.com discussed her views of dysfunctional trends among African-Americans, and how non-whites can persevere despite the odds perpetually stacked against them.

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Black Hair, Why Care? Battling Prejudice Against Africanized Tresses

Black Hair, Why Care? Battling Prejudice Against Africanized Tresses

| December 6, 2013 | Reply

The die was probably cast from the moment I was born. According to Mama, one of the first things she noticed, after counting the fingers and toes of course, was my hair. “You had the thickest, glossiest curls I’d ever seen. I would just brush it, braid it, put you in little dresses and take […]

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Culture and Politics

Larry Yarrell: Advertising and Image Branding

Larry Yarrell: Advertising and Image Branding

| October 27, 2013 | Reply

Larry Yarrell, Program Director and one of the founders of the Marcus Graham Project, spoke with Knowshi.com about the goals of his organization, the unique concerns facing today’s graduates, and why more diverse players and leaders are sorely needed in the advertising field.

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Only God Can Judge: What Everyone Can Learn From TV’s “Preachers Of L.A.”

Only God Can Judge: What Everyone Can Learn From TV’s “Preachers Of L.A.”

| October 18, 2013 | Reply

There are palm trees, manicured lawns, and palatial homes with sparkling luxury vehicles parked out front. The men are dipped in designer suits, immaculately groomed and arm-in-arm with equally glamorous and accessorized girlfriends, wives and fiancees. At first glance, it’s a typical opening shot of any TV reality show on any given network…except that this […]

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Too Cute, Too “Strong”: The DMN Briefing “Jupiter Strong” Book Series Q&A

Too Cute, Too “Strong”: The DMN Briefing “Jupiter Strong” Book Series Q&A

| October 11, 2013 | 4 Replies

Jupiter Strong, in many ways, is a typical five-year-old. She’s the youngest of three, has a big imagination, loves Mommy and Daddy and enjoys interacting with the world around her. Jupiter is a fictional leading lady of a children’s book series and made her national debut almost six months ago with the tale of her […]

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Other Good Stuff

Motown: The Musical, Legends & Legacies

Motown: The Musical, Legends & Legacies

| July 18, 2015 | Reply

In the late 1950s, Motown Records was nestled between a beauty shop and a funeral home on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Founded by one-time boxer and factory-worker, Berry Gordy Jr., the one-time residence known as ‘Hitsville USA’ was the catalyst responsible for discovering and nurturing talents that spawned era-defining classics and unforgettable stage and […]

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Happy Independence Day….Only For Some

Happy Independence Day….Only For Some

| July 4, 2015 | Reply

On a day-to-day basis, more often than not, I consider myself to be a confident woman. I’m grateful for what I have, work with what I’ve got and usually look forward to where the adventure of life will take me next as a wife, mother and journalist. But Saturday’s Fourth of July will be tainted […]

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Book Review: “I Am Charlie Wilson”

Book Review: “I Am Charlie Wilson”

| June 29, 2015 | 2 Replies

…..”There I was, sitting on a bench listening to my attorney, feeling small and frightened as anyone could feel at the prospect of losing his freedom when Mahin burst through the courtroom’s heavy wooden doors, pushing past the guard and taking off toward the judge…..she wasted no time before pressing into his hands a business […]

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