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.



 
 

 

 

Who is SCHEÉ? Caitlyn Hess, a Pittsburgh native, is the designer, founder, and CEO of SCHEÉ shoes, a luxury footwear company that recently launched. As a designer, Hess has merged her passion for helping others with her love of designing footwear to create SCHEÉ. Hess’ ultimate goal for SCHEÉ is to use her luxury footwear designs is to raise awareness and support for various philanthropic causes. To support each philanthropic cause, SCHEÉ donates five percent of total sales to its corresponding charity.

 

Hess’ intention for SCHEÉ is to collaborate her designs with a new philanthropic cause each season and for her clientele to “Walk To Make a Difference.” Each time a woman purchases a pair of shoes, she is supporting SCHEÉ’s chosen philanthropic cause of the season. “My favorite part about being a designer is being able to help philanthropic causes and support those in need with my designs,” Hess explains. “When women purchase shoes from SCHEÉ, they are walking to make a difference, I want my designs to make life-changing statements.” This season, SCHEÉ has worked closely with Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization dedicated to breast cancer prevention.

 

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Hess always had a passion for helping others. While attending high school, Hess volunteered numerous hours of community service in nursing homes and hospitals, including The Highmark Caring Place, and has aided in supporting awareness for breast cancer, Autism, Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s. Hess was awarded the Joan of Arc Medal to merit her outstanding community service and passion for supporting numerous philanthropic causes. Upon graduating high school, Hess attended Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in Human Health Development and became involved in numerous charities on and off campus.

 

Hess was also heavily involved in her dream of becoming a designer, specifically with shoes. “Designing was always a form of self-expression for me,” Hess says.


Intrigued by the work of shoe designers, Nicholas Kirkwood and Giuseppe Zanotti, Hess longed to expand her shoe designs into a luxury footwear brand. After discussing her designs with Ellen Goldstein-Lynch, Chairperson of the Accessories Design Department at FIT, Hess was inspired to combine her love for design with her passion for helping others. This past August, Hess showcased her collection for the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY), and her idea of “Walking To Make A Difference” was well-received. In late October, Hess held a launch party for SCHEÉ and received positive feedback for both her designs and collaboration with philanthropic causes. 

 

“I create my designs to match the philanthropic cause SCHEÉ is supporting for the season,” Hess says. “To support breast cancer this season, I added a feminine touch with pastel colors and embellished heels.”

 

Hess is currently planning for her upcoming Fall/Winter collection and deciding the next philanthropic cause she would like SCHEÉ to support. In the future, she would love to create a fashion show to create support for numerous philanthropic causes.

 

“I want SCHEÉ to help make the fashion industry an even better place—to make a difference and help others,” says Hess. “That’s what is most important in my life.”

 

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