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Oct. 19: A Look At “The Rebellious Life Of Rosa Parks”

Oct. 19: A Look At “The Rebellious Life Of Rosa Parks”

From a commenter: “I wish the author had written in a less academic and more conversational tone because it would’ve been more accessible. Parks’ story is very important and needs to be heard by everyone. From what I’ve read so far, the information seems well-researched and there are some really heartbreaking stories about how blacks […]

Oct. 19: Untangling Blue: The Thin Line Between “Nasty” & “Natural”

Oct. 19: Untangling Blue: The Thin Line Between “Nasty” & “Natural”

*THE FOLLOWING COMMENTARY IS A READ OF THE ADULTS INVOLVED, NOT OF THE CHILD* I simply don’t understand the Beygency/Beyhive turning a blind eye to the fubar priorities being demonstrated by the Carters and turning it into a interracial issue rather than one of class—–the precise reason I started my locks is BECAUSE the hair […]

Oct. 19: The Daily MOC Rundown, B-Day Love (Pras, Holyfield, Holliday)

Oct. 19: The Daily MOC Rundown, B-Day Love (Pras, Holyfield, Holliday)

It’s the last full Libra weekend, let’s do it big with rapper/actor Pras Michel (42), boxing champ Evander Holyfield (52) and Original Broadway Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday!!!

Oct. 18: Ebola—-Mutation Or Man-Made Menace?

Oct. 18: Ebola—-Mutation Or Man-Made Menace?

From a commenter: “The man that died came from Liberia. They claim he couldn’t use the antibodies from the doctor because of blood type, yet, the doctor got his antibodies from an African child that survived, and the antibodies have worked for the Asian nurse who has been placed in a “research” hospital, while there […]

Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

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

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

…..”One doesn’t have to be more than song or two in to recognize that there’s no denying the familial lineage even if Traci wanted to: Her tone and delivery has the expected husk and depth that we hear in Toni’s and Tamar’s, but without their dramatic dips and runs. Her range ebbs from within, like […]

Jennifer Hudson’s “JHud,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

Jennifer Hudson’s “JHud,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

….In the ten years that have passed since American Idol, Jennifer Hudson’s had a lifetime’s worth of highs and lows, including a fiance, the birth of her son, a weight loss of nearly 100 pounds and unfortunately, enduring the untimely deaths of her mother, brother and nephew in 2008. The somberness of those experiences seemed […]

Eric Roberson’s “The Box”: The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Link

Eric Roberson’s “The Box”: The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Link

……Hearkening to the musical memories of his childhood while drawing on a modern-day grown man’s experiences in love, Eric Roberson adds refreshing depth and dimension to the typical scenarios of ‘boy meets girl.’ “Haunted” is both whimsical and weary, rueing a self-inflicted torment that caused him to fear, and lose, the game of love: “I’m […]

Marsha Ambrosius’ “Friends & Lovers,” The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Link

Marsha Ambrosius’ “Friends & Lovers,” The MOC Preview & ST CD Review Link

…..If the parental advisory label on the cover isn’t enough of a clue, a quick glimpse at the track list should demonstrate the explicitness to be found within (the first half anyway) . It’s certainly not vulgarity for vulgarity’s sake, like R. Kelly’s unfortunate Black Panties, but even the most liberal of listeners might blanch […]

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

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

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

From a commenter: “This was HIS OWN HOUSE. This is what the right whines about incessantly… the government coming over the hill to take your stuff. I am pretty sure that if cops accused me of breaking into my own home I’d be a little argumentative and belligerent. You wouldn’t read about it because I […]

Oct. 2: Prince Drops New Music & Performs With Kendrick Lamar In MN

Oct. 2: Prince Drops New Music & Performs With Kendrick Lamar In MN

He may have a love/hate relationship with social media, but it looks like Prince still knows how to target what’s trending and flex its power for his benefit. School em’ Your Royal Badness!!! Towards the end of the stream, Prince finally emerged onto the stage to perform a handful of songs (three, actually) that included […]

Oct. 1, Birthday Love: Jurnee Smollett & Fmr. President Jimmy Carter

Oct. 1, Birthday Love: Jurnee Smollett & Fmr. President Jimmy Carter

A performer and former Head of State are sharing a special day, Happy 28th and Happy 90th to actress Jurnee Smollett and Pres. Jimmy Carter!!!

Other Good Stuff

Oct. 17: Michael Dunn, AKA “Loud Music Killer,” Earns Life Sentence

Oct. 17: Michael Dunn, AKA “Loud Music Killer,” Earns Life Sentence

From a commenter: “He wasn’t mortified, he was mad he was on trial. He ASSASSINATED that boy and he ran away from the crime scene! Damn straight he committed murder, murder of a child! I’m glad he’ll spend the rest of his life in prison, I hope he likes it.” “A Florida man convicted of […]

Oct. 17: The Ebola Crisis—Tips & Answers

Oct. 17: The Ebola Crisis—Tips & Answers

The ebola virus works like the common cold except it mutates every time the virus is passed to another person, so it’s no sure way of being completely safe from it but its certain precautions you can take to keep you and your family safe: 1. Get surgical mask and latex gloves. It may look […]

Oct. 17: The MOC Daily Rundown, B-Day Love (Wyclef Jean, Ziggy Marley, Sharon Leal)

Oct. 17: The MOC Daily Rundown, B-Day Love (Wyclef Jean, Ziggy Marley, Sharon Leal)

Cake and ice cream set the evening off right, let’s give it up for actress Sharon Leal (42), performer Wyclef Jean (45) and reggae heir apparent Ziggy Marley (46), let’s get it!!!