It was my first time at Sneaker Pawn in Harlem, an exclusive spot that’s more than just a sneaker store. I climbed the steps to the brownstone and met rapper Trip Lee upstairs where we took a seat on a bench surrounded by sneakers and sports gear. What a great setting to just kick it! We chopped it up discussing his new album Rise, the journey that led him to choosing his passion of music and much more!

Growing up in Sacramento, Victoria Monét started writing her own songs at a very young age. She comes from a musical family, so one might say that she was born to be a singer. Monét admits that it was a natural fit for her and she’s been singing and dancing for as long as she can remember; getting her start in the church.  She's come along way, now signed to Atlantic Records.  October was a big month for her as she was featured on two tracks on T.I.'s latest album, Paperwork.  She also made her iTunes debut with her own release, Nightmares & Lullabies Act I.  She is more than just another female singer that will be here today and gone tomorrow, Victoria Monét has all the makings of the real deal.  We caught up with her for the full story, before the breakthrough.

Joe Budden was never supposed to make it this far. Whether it was from the drugs or the streets, he probably should've been down and out somewhere. Once the music industry took hold of him that was only supposed to be one more powerful force that would eat away at him and leave for dead. And Def Jam surely tried. Looking back at where he started, it’s a wonder that he's still here. Had it been today's industry, he probably would've succumbed to the politics, but thankfully he's been in it since 2003. Hip-Hop aficionados are grateful for his time in the spotlight and for his Mood Music lyrical diary entries as well as his “emo” rap forays.

Lil’ Mo
emerged on the music scene in the late 90’s lending her voice to hits like, “Hot Boyz” by Missy Elliott, “Put It On Me” and “I Cry” both by Ja Rule. Still it was her breakout single, the 2001 “Superwoman pt. II” that helped solidify her name is music circles. The Fabolous assisted song led to the release of her debut album, Based On A True Story, garnering her tons of fans. With her success came the drama however, including an incident in San Francisco where she was attacked with a bottle of champagne and required 20 stitches. There also came industry beefs with some of the same people she found early success with, most notably Ja Rule.

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.




“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.

Read more: Tamika Newhouse - Self-Made Author & Motivational Speaker

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.

Read more: Author Mara Shalhoup Brings The Truth Behind the Black Mafia Family (BMF)

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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