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.



 
 

 

 


The name Meesha Mink stands out in urban fiction like no other, simply because it speaks to the uniqueness and creativity of it's owner. After making her debut in 2008 with the well received, Desperate Hoodwives, Mink has continued to release page turning quality both as a co-author and with her individual works. Her latest book to make a mark on readers is Kiss The Ring, a modern day Foxy Brown type story, about a woman on a mission to avenge the death of her son. Released in August, it's the first book of her latest series and a dynamic read for lovers of all genres. We interviewed the author to discuss the series, the state of urban fiction and much more. Check it out here...

Read more: Meesha Mink - Bow Down To The Pen Game

You may recognize her from Chris Brown’s "Excuse Me Miss" video, or from turning the pages of XXL Magazine.  You may even be familiar with her by reading the daily blogs and seeing what her name is being tied to. Most certainly, those who tune into Love & Hip Hop New York recognize her name, face, and attitude. In this interview, reality star Erica Mena opens up about some of the things she’s been through, and all that has gone into making her the person she is today.  Recently releasing her debut book, Underneath It All, a book detailing the struggle of building herself up from an abused foster child to who she is today. In our interview Erica Mena discusses the process of healing from what she experienced as a child while giving solid conversation about her relationship with DJ Envy, her feelings towards bloggers and raising her six year-old son.

Read more: Love & Hip Hop's Erica Mena Goes 'Underneath It All'


She went from writing for Fortune 500 companies to becoming an author and self-publishing her first novel, Claiming Jeremiah.  Author Missy B. Salick takes time from her busy schedule of working and raising two children to discuss her past work as well as the release of her debut novel. Claiming Jeremiah, electronically released April 6th describes the story of a young woman, Jordyn Sims, who deals with her own personal struggles while going through the process of adopting her nephew, who was abandoned by her sister, Tori.  A story Salick is all too familiar with, considering that she recently adopted a foster child she took into her home while still in her mid-twenties.   In this interview, Salick discusses her love for writing as well as her passion for foster children.

Read more: Author, Missy B. Salick Discusses 'Claiming Jeremiah' & Passion For Foster Children


When you engage in conversation with a poet, you might expect passionate words coupled with vivid imagery and wild metaphors. I had the chance to speak with 
Market of Dreams, author Ololade Siyonbola to discuss her career in poetry and her migration from Nigeria to the United States.  I was very surprised by the genuine truth and realness Ololade brought to the conversation:  a conversation spoken with truth, love and passion.

Read more: Ololade Siyonbola - Finding The Best in the 'Market of Dreams'


When I received the assignment from my editor, Mr. Kevin Benoit to interview a author who had the inside story on how a woman can fix her relationship in one minute, I simply said to myself, “Fascinating.”  I immediately thought of all my favorite childhood fairy tales where the princess finds her prince charming and they fall madly in love and live happily ever after, without a care or worry in the world.  Then I snapped out of it and reminded myself, this is real life, most women end up kissing their fair share of frogs, snakes, and dogs before they find their "Mr. Right" or even come close to finding a potential mate that has some of the characteristics that they desire. I simply could not wait to speak to the love doctor himself, Mr. Jay Fleming-Smith.  Here is a look at our full interview.

Read more: The Love Doctor: Interview with Jay Fleming-Smith, Author of 'Fix Your Relationship in One Minute'

Many people have fallen in love with the romanticism between vampires and werewolves as of lately but few realize that in the world of romantic fiction there is another growing brand of love and danger known hidden in urban fiction. Spearheading this genre with one of this decade’s most thought provoking, realistic and entertaining reads is self-made business woman and author, Meesha Mink aka Niobia Bryant. With her breakout series The Real Wifeys garnering praise from the likes of the Huffington Post, Juicy Magazine, and various blogs across the web, it was inevitable that a sit down with the self-made author would come. Check out what she had to say about her life, her books, and the evolution of her brand.

Read more: Real Wifey Hustle: Author Meesha Mink Continues Her Unique Brand of Urban Fiction

He gave the world, A Harlem Girl Lost, which sparked a series and a catalog with endless quality, all to rave reviews. Meet Cash Money Content's Treasure Blue, the man, the author behind some of Urban Literature most celebrated and purchased novels. With his latest release, Fly Betty he has added to the legacy. See where it begun, and what his brand is founded on. His thoughts, his insight and more shared with you, through us. Parlé with Treasure Blue....

Read more: Treasure Blue - It's About The Quality

Barely in his mid-twenties, Zack O’Malley Greenburg seemingly attracts success with everything he touches. I was first introduced to him as an author, having shortly after the paperback release of his first book, Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office. The book, which I went on to review is very much worth the read and quite impressive for a debut, so I was intrigued to find out more. Didn’t take long to figure out that Greenburg has a ground breaking history in Hip-Hop, thanks in part to his position as a writer at Forbes Magazine. When you talk about Hip-Hop Cash Kings, you’re talking about a list that Zack O’Malley Greenburg helped create from the beginning. And the most recent list, topped by Dr. Dre and since quoted by tons of sites, artists and publicists alike was put together completely by Greenburg. So it makes sense that when Penguin Books was looking for someone to write a business biography on Jay-Z, they’d reach out to the expert. I recently got an opportunity to catch up with the expert myself. We talked for an hour about writing, Hip-Hop, and even his starring role as a child in a major feature film—told you he finds success in everything he does. Not often that you get it direct from an expert, check out our interview for the complete story…

Read more: Zack O'Malley Greenburg - The Business of Hip-Hop Expert

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