Ever wonder what people in densely populated areas and non culturally diverse suburbs tuly think about minorities? On its surface the newly released film, The Suspect looks at just that. It goes much deeper though on a journey of suspense for a tangled web since the viewer is kept in the dark about several facts throughout the film. WIth a run time of just 98 minutes the viewer gets a lot in a short time and thefilm doesn't feel rushed at all, in fact it plays itself out at seemingly just the right pace.


“Spare the rod, spoil the child.” “It takes a village to raise a child.” These are quotes that we are all familiar with by now. However, does Facebook count as the “village” needed to raise children or is there a new trend that is getting out of hand? For the past couple of years, there has been a growing popularity of videos showing parents disciplining their children in front of a camera and posting them Facebook. While some videos feature a parent disciplining a child on camera to post on the child's Facebook page as punishment for misbehavior on the site, others have simply posted videos of them punishing their child on their own pages. So is posting videos of a child's punishment on social media a necessary part of the discipline, or does it go overboard? A Michigan mother and 2 others are probably asking themselves that question while they are behind bars.


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.


 
 

 

 


Tyler Maddox Simms is a female writer, director and producer. Her titles can be found on the shelves of select Wal-Mart stores as well as on Netflix, VUDU and Redbox. There aren’t very many women that are doing what she has done. Still, Simms does not care that she’s a part of a male dominated industry, she simply knows what she wants and won’t stop until she accomplishes her goals. She recently released the film, The Power of Love, starring actress Vivica A. Fox, as well as the film, A Christmas Wedding with Miguel Nunez. Take this time to read her interview to become familiar with her because she’s is definitely defying the odds.

Read more: Tyler Maddox Simms - Defying The Odds


His name is Joseph Barrino, but you may remember him on VH1’s Fantasia For Real as "Teeny". Many may know him as the brother of powerhouse singer, Fantasia, but Joseph is determined to show the world that he is and always stood on his own. I’m sure everyone has formed their own opinion on him from what was portrayed before the world but it’s time to rethink that. He’s not dependent on anyone. He has always been a hustler and he’s ready for his close up to show everyone who Joseph "Teeny" Barrino really is.

Read more: Joseph "Teeny" Barrino - Standing On His Own


From the gridiron and into the studio: Former All-Pro Leonard Weaver used to hit oncoming linebackers, paving the way for running backs, now he just hits notes with his love for music

Life in the NFL can be cruel at times, but it can also be very rewarding in so many different ways, providing financial freedom to gaining stardom, winning championships and of course the bonds that many men forge together as they hit the field of battle every Sunday.

Read more: Leonard Weaver - A Gift Worth Being Thankful For

Jillian “JJ” Simmons knew she wanted to be behind a microphone from very early on. She has interviewed many of your favorite entertainers and does an outstanding job doing so. This time it's our turn to interview her.  She talks about everything from her working alongside Wendy Williams in New York to her “I’m Me” Foundation and her eagerness to “open up the doors to teen girls and young women for projects that provide positive social experiences, character building training and self worth to young women through education and entertainment.”  She’s JJ on the mic, a proud mommy and a blessing to others off the mic. Read the interview below.

Read more: Jillian “JJ” Simmons - The Voice of Houston's Box

When I first got the news that I would be interviewing the legendary Mr. Melvin Van Peebles my first thoughts were, what can I, little ‘ol me ask someone so great? A man who is such huge deal, having been so influential to our, my culture?

Read more: An Evening with the Legendary Mr. Melvin Van Peebles

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