Category: Pop Life

“Keeping It Real” Can Go Left, But Is Usually Right

“Keeping It Real” Can Go Left, But Is Usually Right

| April 22, 2017 | Reply

As an avid reader, I have dozens of books from a variety of authors. There are a few classified as ‘unauthorized biographies,’ and one of them is the 1988 best-seller entitled Call Her Miss Ross. Written by J. Randy Taraborelli, Miss Ross examines the childhood and accomplishments of the Supreme Diva herself, Diana Ross, as well as the love affairs […]

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Rewind: Charlie Murphy at the Addison Improv, 2008 (In Memoriam)

Rewind: Charlie Murphy at the Addison Improv, 2008 (In Memoriam)

| April 12, 2017 | 1 Reply

Sitting here stunned at the news of Charlie Murphy dying at 57 of leukemia: I enjoyed all of his film roles, his comedy bits in other projects and, of course, the now-famous True Hollywood Stories enactments from The Dave Chappelle Show. We were lucky enough to see him when I covered his stand-up performance: we […]

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Jamiroquai’s “Automaton,” CD Review/Preview Link

Jamiroquai’s “Automaton,” CD Review/Preview Link

| April 12, 2017 | 1 Reply

Imagine an oblong, intergalactic funk-fueled roller rink, tricked out with shiny chrome fixtures, a spinning globe, and a skilled DJ layering eras of funk and pop and soul over trippy, acid-infused beats. In the hands of the unskilled it would be a scattered mess, but for Jamiroquai, it’s their mastered signature style.  For over 20 years, […]

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Bad Ads Earn Companies & Their Products ‘The Business’

Bad Ads Earn Companies & Their Products ‘The Business’

| April 8, 2017 | Reply

My baby brother, Michael, is one of my favorite people on the planet. We’re over a decade apart, age-wise, but he loves his Big Sis LoLo and can be fun to hang out with. Since he’s the only native Texan among us, Michael’s full-fledged Southern roots and love for hip-hop have influenced not only his dialect, but his […]

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Women’s History Month: “Speakers” In The Present, Enriched By The Past

Women’s History Month: “Speakers” In The Present, Enriched By The Past

| March 25, 2017 | Reply

Hidden Figures, the motion picture about three African-American female mathematicians who worked at NASA and became key factors in the success of our nation’s ‘Space Race’ in the 1960s, was an exceptional film that chronicled a trio of unsung heroines. Due to the film’s critical and financial success, two important feats were achieved; publicizing the […]

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Charlie Wilson: From Down For The Count To “In It To Win It”

Charlie Wilson: From Down For The Count To “In It To Win It”

| March 11, 2017 | Reply

All mouth, no action.” “Talk is cheap.” “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hear me.” Quotes like these are easy to say…..until you become wounded by someone’s carelessly-spoken words. Sometimes it’s an ill-timed joke, other times a piercing verbal barb wrapped in the guise of “bless your heart.” And then […]

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The Ties That Bind: How Family Impacts Your Relationships

The Ties That Bind: How Family Impacts Your Relationships

| February 25, 2017 | Reply

Whether you’re single, coupled-up, or walked down the aisle years ago, nearly everyone has heard persistent myths about marriage: “Happy couples never argue.” “Love is all we need.” “I can change him/her.” Then there’s one that has been disproved time and again, yet people think that saying the words to their significant others will make […]

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Love’s In Need Of Love Today: Sweet Sentiments & Hardened Hearts Don’t Mix

Love’s In Need Of Love Today: Sweet Sentiments & Hardened Hearts Don’t Mix

| February 11, 2017 | 1 Reply

Roses, chocolate hearts, teddy bears and cards full of sweet sentiments about love and tenderness. Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, and every retail outlet since January has been awash in reminders at every turn. Darius is a young man now, more consumed with his part-time job, friends and college courses than collecting Valentine cards. His […]

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