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

The MOC Monthly Rundown, Apr. 9: Yes, 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: Cleavage Present, Class Missing

The MOC Monthly Rundown, Apr. 6: Cleavage Present, Class Missing

| 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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The MOC Monthly Rundown, Mar. 25: Calling All Mammies & Mandingos, AKA “Cooning For Cash”

The MOC Monthly Rundown, Mar. 25: Calling All Mammies & Mandingos, AKA “Cooning For Cash”

| March 25, 2015 | 2 Replies

When I saw this ad, I wanted to run to the calendar and see if I still dwelled in the 21st Century: an online ad for a MANDINGO FIGHT and ANTEBELLUM PARTY? REALLY?! I don’t know which is worse, the fact that Paula Deen someone placed it or the fact that some Kneegrows WILL actually […]

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Music, Movies, Concerts and Shows

Stevie Brings Wonder and “Songs” To Dallas’ AAC, The MOC/ST Concert Review

Stevie Brings Wonder and “Songs” To Dallas’ AAC, The MOC/ST Concert Review

| March 23, 2015 | 1 Reply

Concert Review Stevie Wonder American Airlines Center Dallas, TX March 22, 2015 Glib and galvanizing, pitch-perfect yet passionate, Stevie Wonder regaled over 10,000 eager fans when he brought his “Songs In The Key Of Life” tour to Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Sunday night. Considered one of the most defining and influential albums of all […]

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Love, Truth & Soul: Leela James, Raheem DeVaughn & Ledisi Rule At The Majestic

Love, Truth & Soul: Leela James, Raheem DeVaughn & Ledisi Rule At The Majestic

| March 6, 2015 | Reply

Ledisi, Raheem DeVaughn, Leela James Majestic Theater Dallas Texas March 5, 2015 “This is The School of R&B; with me, Leela James and Raheem DeVaughn,” said a brilliantly-gowned Ledisi to the sold-out crowd at Majestic Theater last night. “It’s a good kind of nasty—-blues, spirituals, it goes all the way around. That’s why I like […]

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Feb. 26, 2015: Diana Ross Reigns Supreme At Verizon Theater

Feb. 26, 2015: Diana Ross Reigns Supreme At Verizon Theater

| February 27, 2015 | Reply

Diana Ross Verizon Theater Grand Prairie, Texas February 26, 2015 “‘I love it when the house lights are on and I can see your eyes, all your faces. I feel all of the love and energy you’re giving me and you’ve been such a great audience….” The encore song was “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s […]

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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 | Reply

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

Beverly Jenkins’ “For Your Love,” The MOC Preview & Knowshi Advance Book Review Link

Beverly Jenkins’ “For Your Love,” The MOC Preview & Knowshi Advance Book Review Link

| April 20, 2015 | Reply

“Cradling the shotgun, she bent down to get a look at him, and that’s when he rose up and crashed the pipe across her shoulder. She cried out and fell to her knees, dropping the gun. While she slumped, moaned in pain and clutched the injured arm, he scrambled to his feet and tossed the […]

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History & “Time” With Author Shawna Seed

History & “Time” With Author Shawna Seed

| April 11, 2015 | Reply

Shawna Seed is a Kansas native with a long journalism career including Colorado’s Daily Camera, The Dallas Morning News and ESPN.com. Seed’s first novel, the critically-acclaimed mystery, Identity, was released in 2013 and quickly followed by her latest book, Not In Time, a story that follows an art historian named Genevieve who’s been hired to help a family recover stolen art from the World War II era.

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The Romance Slam Jam: 20 Years Of Elevating Black Romance

The Romance Slam Jam: 20 Years Of Elevating Black Romance

| March 28, 2015 | 3 Replies

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Denzel and Pauletta Washington and even President and First Lady Obama: for decades, they and thousands of others have positively exemplified African-American men and women in lasting, loving relationships. However, for too many book publishers, the idea of black authors writing love stories and romance novels were neither logical or […]

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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

Sobriety, Success & Overcoming Adversity, The DMN Charlie Wilson Interview

Sobriety, Success & Overcoming Adversity, The DMN Charlie Wilson Interview

| March 7, 2015 | Reply

Alcoholism, a heroin habit and an expensive addiction to cocaine that left him sleeping on the streets of Hollywood Boulevard——Charlie Wilson had weathered it all. But in 1995, as he rebuilt his life and made a committment to sobriety, the R&B legend decided to not merely survive, but to triumph. “I’ve always been a praying […]

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“Selma,” Sheriff Clark & Stan Houston, The DMN/Briefing Interview

“Selma,” Sheriff Clark & Stan Houston, The DMN/Briefing Interview

| March 1, 2015 | Reply

He was cast in a major motion picture and surrounded by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, but portraying a narrow-minded nemesis wasn’t exactly the pivotal role Stan Houston had in mind. In fact, when the GA native was first offered the part in Selma as Sheriff Jim Clark, he turned it down. Twice. “[The role] […]

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The MOC Weekly Rundown, Feb. 20: When Simpin’ & Heauxin’ Goes Wrong

The MOC Weekly Rundown, Feb. 20: When Simpin’ & Heauxin’ Goes Wrong

| February 20, 2015 | Reply

Talk about “All Falls Down.” In a recent radio interview, Kanye West may have stood up for his wife, but what he also did was demonstrate his personal thirst factor and the strange sort of largesse that non-Black women receive from the brothers when it comes to questionable morals (or an outright lack thereof). Seems […]

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