Recently, I presented at the 15th annual Fathers and Family Coalition of America conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. My presentation focused on how fathering practitioners can use their life experience as a springboard to reach and teach fathers about the importance of their role as fathers. During my presentation one of the young fathers asked a very courageous question. Like many single fathers, he gets his son every other weekend and he questioned the significance of his time with his son. He stated that when he picks up his son on Fridays, before you know it the weekend is over and now he has to wait 12 days to see him again. He wanted to know what he could do to maintain his relevance.

Ever since Olivia Pope came on the scene a couple of years ago she has dominated the social media news feeds of Urban America.  She has elements of many women we all know and it's great having a familiar face on television to look to.  When Mary Jane Paul emerged on the scene a year or so ago, things got real.  Now that Being Mary Jane is a full season in, and with Scandal three seasons in, we figured it was time to look at the women that are these characters.  Given the chance who would you choose to date, to be a friend to?  Who could you actually stand to be around?

The latest Jason Derulo album, Talk Dirty, is chock full of party anthems and “get hype” tracks. The album starts off with Jason’s new smash hit, "Talk Dirty" (featuring 2 Chainz), which has spent the last sixteen weeks near the top of Billboard’s “The Hot 100” and currently sits at number four. Derulo has brought in many other popular Hip-Hop artists to collaborate on this record, including Snoop Dogg, TYGA, Kid Ink, and Pitbull. 

There was a huge debate recently about the Mt. Rushmore of the NBA.  Choosing the four greatest players to have ever played the sport of basketball proved to be quite the challenge and there is still no clear and decisive agreement on just four. The Mt. Rushmore of Hip-Hop may prove to be just as difficult, but we figured we'd give it a try and see what the readers think.

It’s a Marlon Wayne’s movie what do want me to say? It was bleeping hilarious. Literally as soon as the movie started the theatre was roaring in laughter and I’m not even exaggerating. The opening scene was arguably the most funny (actually during the Q&A after the screening an audience member said it was his favorite part). Co-star Affion Crokett is one of the first characters you’re reintroduced to and he had my stomach hurting early. I’m going to just say that I would’ve liked to see more of him in the film. Hey, Marlon told us to be honest in our critiques. With that said though, the film still surpassed the expectations of a sequel. 

Who would have ever thought a shy girl from Beaufort, South Carolina would be American Idol's Season 12 winner. She's grown a lot since only being able to sing for her parents. Life has changed for Candice Glover. Her Season 12 win is actually her third attempt at auditioning for American Idol. She's proven that she believes in herself. It was nothing short of courage to be able to face many at a third shot on the show to prove that she had what it took to take home the crown, even if she didn't know for sure herself at the time. She's motivated so many to go after what they want and to never give up. WIth the recent release of her debut album, Music Speaks, and her single, "Cried," Glover continues to motivate women everywhere.  Read the full interview to get Candice Glover a little better...




“I didn’t choose writing, writing chose me.” Self-published author, Tamika Newhouse says that she's been writing since she had the ability to form sentences. Newhouse states that although many people take creative writing classes to hone their skills, writing has been something that has always come naturally to her.

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Lendy Demetrius, manhattan born author newest release "I Live, You Move On" is both seductive and thrilling. The accountant turned writer took his life's  experiences and turned them into a ravishing romantic tale that will leave you speechless. Taking only one year to pen "I Live, You Move On" Lendy Demetrius refers to his newest release as something everyone can relate to. Using a lyrical and captivating dialogue " I Live, You Move On" leaves no room for comparison. From the first page you are trapped in the web of creativity from Lendy Demetrius.
Realism mixed poetry is how Lendy Demetrius described his versatile writing style. Beginning writing in high school with encouragement from teacher Mr.Bailey. "Mr.Bailey showed me writing is a way to express yourself" he recalled.  Citing Tiffany Millan as an influence to his writing style. Seductive and sensual is the versatile style Lendy expresses in his new romantic tale. Beyond writing Lendy Demetrius plans to begin screenwriting, taking his thrilling tales to the stage. Delivering to an expanding audiences his story in hopes it can be something many can relate to. Lendy Demetrius is simply amazing, a master at the art of seduction and suspense. "I Live, You Move On" is a must read for all generations.
About the Novel "I Live, You Move On":
Following the lives of two strong woman set in the City of New York. The novel follows the love lives of the two driven career women.
One woman Julissa Longoriez never intended on letting her personal life derail her work. Julissa character tries to avoid attachment and love.
Getting close to any man would force her to have to come terms with a past she's worked hard to bury. Julissa must decide if keepin her last secret is more important than building the future she never thought would be hers.
Nahla Voyas: The exact opposite of Julissa, Nahla has played the wife and mother role. Sacrificing her dreams to keep their home life as close to perfect as possible. When her husband's extramarital activities becomes too much to ignore Nahla decides she must love herself and her daughter more than this man. She must become a role model her daughter deserves, but the road may not be easily traveled.
The master of seduction Lendy E Demetrius captures the audience with "I Live, You Move On". Julissa Longoriez and Nahla Voyas are characters many can relate to, capturing a story only Lendy Demetrius can tell. Intense, seductive, and powerful "I Live, You Move On" will  give the minds and hearts of readers  a mind-bottling experience.

Lendy E. Demetrius is a Manhattan born author and his newest release I Live, You Move On is both seductive and thrilling. The full-time accountant and writer took his life's experiences and turned them into a real-life romantic tale that will leave readers speechless. Taking only one year to pen, I Live, You Move On, Lendy Demetrius refers to his newest release as something everyone can relate to. Using a lyrical and captivating dialogue the novel leaves no room for comparison. From the first page you are trapped in the web of creativity from Lendy Demetrius.

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Rap pioneers have almost always glorified notorious gangsters and drug lords throughout history. That’s no secret. But Mara Shalhoup, Editor-in-Chief at Creative Loafing, and author of BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family gives us another viewpoint in her debut novel. A conversation with her allowed us to see through her eyes, the inner workings of a multi-million dollar drug trafficking organization.

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It was an absolute pleasure speaking with emerging author, Sylvia L. Simmons. A product of the Washington D.C. public school system and retired Public Affairs specialist, Simmons has had plenty of life experiences, which lead to great fiction. Simmons already has two novels to her credit, both released under her own company, SiHoWa Publishing Company. She is currently working on several other projects as well, growing her brand and creating a lane for herself.

Read more: Sylvia Simmons - Growing Her Brand & Creating Her Lane

As Sister Souljah’s 1999 best-selling novel, The Coldest Winter Ever, was feeding the streets with urban fiction not seen before that time, a legal secretary and a mother from Philadelphia was awaiting her chance to reign with captivating literature. Rejected by at least 20 different publishers over six years, the upcoming author did not become discouraged, but instead self-published. Teri Woods reflects and shares with Parlé how she made it from being rejected to becoming a multi-millionaire.

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