If you know football, you know Deion Sanders. Primetime! Mr. “Must Be The Money.” Neon Deion. The Hall-of-Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion hasn’t really needed an introduction since his meteoric rise in the NFL spotlight, but these days it’s his moves off the field that require conversation. The second season of his reality show, Deion’s Family Playbook premieres on OWN Network on Saturday, November 1st at 9p.m. EST. For those that aren’t familiar, the show features Deion in a light that many might not be familiar with—Deion as a family man raising 10 children. That’s not all however, as Deion also helps run a charter school in Dallas Texas, Prime Prep Academy for grades K-12, and a nonprofit organization, Prime Time Association (aka TRUTH), which teaches young adults through sports and education.


Jagged Edge's eight album, JE Heartbreak II finds the quartet reunited with producer Jermaine Dupri, label So So Def and their original management Mauldin Brand Agency. The theme here is all about bringing back true R&B, so the guys shy away from Rap features or features of any kind, as well as Hip-Hop infused beats. Slow jams are plentiful in this 12 song album and with Bryan Michael Cox assisting the Casey twins on songwriting and production, its very much reminiscent to the sound of early Jagged Edge albums.


Syleena Johnson is one of the bonafide soul singers of our generation and a true R&B Diva that has maintained a penchant for great music since the late 90s. Her musical diary in the form of her Chapter releases have been stacked with hit songs since the original Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness was released in 2001. Now with a new label, Blakbyrd Music, Syleena releases her sixth installment of the series, the true to life Chapter 6: Couple's Therapy. While she has grown in her years and through her experiences, the quality of music remains grand. An overall review just wouldn't do here, so we decided to deliver a track by track review of Syleena Johnson's Couple's Therapy.


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.

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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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