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...


Drew 32, writer, producer, videographer—you name it he has done it. His hands on approach to his brand of music is admirable. From the D to the world, with stops along the way as an opening act for Gym Class Heroes, Kendrick Lamar, and the New Boyz hasn't hurt. His performances at Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Music Conference have done wonders for his buzz, and odds are his production going forward will be just as stellar. Drew32 Recently released The Batch, an ode to his fans, and a teaser for what 2014 and beyond hold.  Judging by the attention his hit single “I Am King,” is getting along with his mantra, 'the more content, the better,' the future is very bright for this Greek-American artist.  Parlé with me as I introduce to you… Drew 32.


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t has been three years since Ledisi released her last project, Pieces of Me, but the sultry songstress has been touring worldwide and appearing on television screens ever since. Her latest project, The Truth, serves as a natural continuum to her previous works demonstrating the behaviors of a strong, confident woman in love.  


The sequel to the 2009 release, We Are Young Money, Rise of An Empire fashions itself as something new and epic, but hinges on formulaic material that only reaches to live up to its hype. Incorporating the new signee, Euro, into the mix does assist in making the audio journey an earnest effort – if only for a time.


I’ve been a fan of this young woman since her YouTube days as Phatfffat, but nowadays she goes by Dondria Nicole. She started out as a YouTube sensation singing covers songs of artists like Usher, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Brandy and several others. After releasing her debut album with So So Def Records, Dondria became somewhat of a household name. Today, she is working on a new album to reintroduce the world to who she has become as a young woman. Miss Nicole is not only beautiful and ravishing, but home-girl can sing the heavens down!!! It was such a honor meeting and chatting with her. Check out the interview below and catch up on what this talented young lady has been up to.


Songstress and industry veteran, Ashanti is back with her first album since 2008's The Declaration. After the extended delay, the new album, Braveheart is almost surprisingly solid. Almost because it's easy to forget that Ashanti has a catalog full of hit songs and a history of putting out some pretty good music. While Declaration wasn't her best work and the single, "Good Good" left a slightly bad taste for fans and supporters, her return here is precise and well thought out. With a new team and a new label, Written Entertainment, in place, this fresh start is just what she needed to remind listeners of the quality of music she is capable of putting together.



 
 

 

 


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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