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.


It’s a Marlon Wayne’s movie what do want me to say? It was bleeping hilarious. Literally as soon as the movie started the theatre was roaring in laughter and I’m not even exaggerating. The opening scene was arguably the most funny (actually during the Q&A after the screening an audience member said it was his favorite part). Co-star Affion Crokett is one of the first characters you’re reintroduced to and he had my stomach hurting early. I’m going to just say that I would’ve liked to see more of him in the film. Hey, Marlon told us to be honest in our critiques. With that said though, the film still surpassed the expectations of a sequel. 


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...


 
 

 

 

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'

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

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


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'

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

With the critically acclaimed street novels Anything 4 Profit and Anything 4 Profit 2 under his belt, Justin "Amen" Floyd has established himself as a top tier urban novelist.  Citing experience, and maturation as his greatest influences, the Greenville S.C. native has definitely accomplished his goal, putting on for his city. Since entering the publishing industry with Synergy Publications Amen has continued to show that he is one of the go-to-guys for urban novel lovers. Check out our interview with the charismatic and seasoned brother, as he chops it up about the name choice "Amen" as well as his past which has lead to great a present and promising future. 

Read more: Author Justin "Amen" Floyd Made A Turn For The Best

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