Singer/Songwriter, Destiny ‘Adia’ Andrews was born in St Louis, Missouri but I’d say she hailed from Huntsville, Alabama. She calls herself a mutt when trying to describe exactly where she’s from, as she grew up all over. But “Huntsville is home” she insists. That’s where all her close relatives and her late grandmother – the most important piece to her puzzle—were from. Admittedly, She should probably come with a warning sign, one that reads “slow down, no assumptions just yet!” If you don’t know, Adia is a Gospel singer but not the average.


Following both the somewhat lackluster albums, No Mercy and Trouble Man, T.I. returns with Paperwork, a 15 track project that is essentially the second in a trilogy of albums from the Atlanta emcee - the first being Paper Trail, released in 2008. There are high moments and low points on Paperwork that ultimately allow for T.I. to showcase that he deserves to remain among some of the greats. Paperwork is intricate to the point where there is a sense that there were different personas at play in the studio. Pharrell executive produced the album, and that is a characteristic he has displayed in his previous trips in that role.


A ‘talented triple-threat that no one saw coming’ is the best way to describe new artist, Luke Christopher. With a collection of mixtapes floating around, Christopher has gained a fan base of followers calling themselves #TMRWGANG. He keeps them engaged by releasing a new song every Tuesday on his SoundCloud and #TMRWGANGTUESDAYS has already received over 2 million plays. His latest mixtape TMRW TMRW Pt. 2 can also be found on SoundCloud featuring contributions from Asher Roth, Baily, Shlohmo and Banks to name a few.


The Game has been a mainstay in the world of Hip-Hop since his emergence in 2005. His consistency is commendable. While there may be many varying opinions about the way he goes about handling his business, from his use of name drops to the high number of guests on his albums, it's still undeniable that more often than not Game goes off on a rap and delivers some of the best stuff out. On Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf, Game does something different from his norm, this time aiming to spotlight his own crew Blood Money Entertainment.


Point of No Return
is the sixth album from Keyshia Cole and amidst 11 tracks, she lets loose. It is steeped in expressive candor. The Keyshia featured here is frank, direct and pulling no punches.


Everything that entertains you isn't meant for pure entertainment. Kill The Messenger a new film by director, Michael Cuesta tells the story of journalist Gary Webb. He's a good natured man, a hard worker and a family man. Like any other man he's made some mistakes but his best days are ahead of him. Webb works for a small market daily publication in San Jose called the Mercury News, but he has aspirations of being more and doing more.

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During her set at SOB's Summer Concert Cruise, Elle Varner brought out her father, Jimmy Varner, an accomplished musician in his own right.  Together they performed "Not Tonight" from Elle's debut album, Perfectly Imperfect.  Her father, dressed in a blue collared shirt, with an LA fitted, took a seat at the keys and impressed, helping take the song to another level.  Check out the beautiful performance here....

Read more: Elle Varner Performs "Not Tonight " with Her Father, Jimmy Varner


Blackstreet performed in the Coca-Cola Lounge at the 19th Annual Essence Festival in New Orleans this year.  BS2 as they like to call themselves features Teddy Riley with new members, Sherman "J-Stylz" Tisdale, Lenny Harold & Tony Tyler.  The group was joined onstage by original member, Dave Hollister.  To end their show they performed their hit record, "No Diggity."  Check out video footage from the show here...

Read more: Blackstreet Performs "No Diggity" at 19th Annual Essence Festival


Faith Evans gets it. She knows what fans want and she understands how the business of the entertainment industry works.  During her performance in the Coco-Cola lounge on Day 2 at Essence Festival, she proved all those things to be true, putting on an exceptional display of professionalism during a spectacular one hour plus performance. 

Read more: Faith Evans Brings That Ol' Feeling Back at Essence Fest 2013

At her recent show at New York City's Gramercy Theatre, Lil' Kim went into a performance of her last major hit single, "Lighters Up."  She introduced it with her rendition of "Empire State of Mind," singing and rapping over the track Jay-Z and Alicia Keys made famous.  Check out the video of the entire performance here...

Read more: Lil' Kim Performs "Lighters Up" at NYC Show (Video)

Water is essential for color, clothes, and hair. It is the reason why many fashion lovers and neutral audience members enjoyed Pier 59 Studios, the site of this year's Nolcha Fashion Runway Show. Upon entering the pier, excitement arose within, for it was my first time there, and the welcoming environment immediately impressed. 

Read more: Nolcha Fashion Week Runway Show 2012: Baruni, Gulschachereli & Angelys Balek

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