It was my first time at Sneaker Pawn in Harlem, an exclusive spot that’s more than just a sneaker store. I climbed the steps to the brownstone and met rapper Trip Lee upstairs where we took a seat on a bench surrounded by sneakers and sports gear. What a great setting to just kick it! We chopped it up discussing his new album Rise, the journey that led him to choosing his passion of music and much more!


Growing up in Sacramento, Victoria Monét started writing her own songs at a very young age. She comes from a musical family, so one might say that she was born to be a singer. Monét admits that it was a natural fit for her and she’s been singing and dancing for as long as she can remember; getting her start in the church.  She's come along way, now signed to Atlantic Records.  October was a big month for her as she was featured on two tracks on T.I.'s latest album, Paperwork.  She also made her iTunes debut with her own release, Nightmares & Lullabies Act I.  She is more than just another female singer that will be here today and gone tomorrow, Victoria Monét has all the makings of the real deal.  We caught up with her for the full story, before the breakthrough.


Joe Budden was never supposed to make it this far. Whether it was from the drugs or the streets, he probably should've been down and out somewhere. Once the music industry took hold of him that was only supposed to be one more powerful force that would eat away at him and leave for dead. And Def Jam surely tried. Looking back at where he started, it’s a wonder that he's still here. Had it been today's industry, he probably would've succumbed to the politics, but thankfully he's been in it since 2003. Hip-Hop aficionados are grateful for his time in the spotlight and for his Mood Music lyrical diary entries as well as his “emo” rap forays.


Lil’ Mo
emerged on the music scene in the late 90’s lending her voice to hits like, “Hot Boyz” by Missy Elliott, “Put It On Me” and “I Cry” both by Ja Rule. Still it was her breakout single, the 2001 “Superwoman pt. II” that helped solidify her name is music circles. The Fabolous assisted song led to the release of her debut album, Based On A True Story, garnering her tons of fans. With her success came the drama however, including an incident in San Francisco where she was attacked with a bottle of champagne and required 20 stitches. There also came industry beefs with some of the same people she found early success with, most notably Ja Rule.


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.



 
 

 

 


Morgan McCoy is an actress, educator and minister from Virginia, but it was her mission to tell a story that helped us cross paths earlier this year.  Her acting combined with her writing helped compose an amazing play that looks at the path that Black women have taken in America.  Amptly titled, Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House, the one-woman play uses 12 characters to put a microscope over the journey that few ever take time to focus on.  I had the opportunity to talk to Morgan about her inspriation, her other endeavors and what's next for her on this journey.  Find out more about the young superstar here...

Read more: Morgan McCoy - Girl On A Mission


Garcelle Beauvais is no new comer to the screen.  She has many credits tagged to her name like Double Take, Flight and one of her most popular roles as “Fancy” on The Jamie Foxx Show. That’s not even half of what this Haitian beauty has done. Her most recent release is And Then There Was You. I had the opportunity to talk to her about what it was like being a part of this new film. Plus, did she and Mr. Jamie Foxx have any off camera romantic chemistry back in the day? Is she single or dating? What does she look for in a man? All of these questions plus more are answered in this interview. Read on!

Read more: Garcelle Beauvais - Longevity, Consistency & Sheer Talent

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For many of you readers this New York native needs no introduction. Whether as one of your favorite Temptations or your worst nightmare in HBO’s OZ, he’s made a name for himself in both silver and small screen arenas.  Professionally known as just Leon the multifaceted Leon Robinson has been the corner stone of some of cinemas most exciting moments and now he’s back center stage with his new role in the movie, And Then There Was You. I had a chance to chat with Leon to dive into what viewers can expect from the romantic drama and he enlightened me to much more than just his part in the feature. Check out the full interview to see what he had to say.

Read more: Actor Leon Takes Us Deep Into His Latest Movie Role


From stage plays to the small screen sitcoms, there seems to be nothing the beautiful and talented Ms. Cynthia McWilliams can’t do. You may recognize her as Trina Shaw, Kevin Hart’s entertainment attorney on BET’s “The Real Husbands of Hollywood,” but what you may not know is that this talented actress has done a variety of voiceovers, stage plays, and award winning television shows all while giving back to the community and promoting causes important to her.  In between tapings for season twoof BET’s hit show she had a moment to chat with us about it all.  Check out what she had to say about working with Kevin Hart, her childhood, and much more.

Read more: Cynthia McWilliams: The Lady Behind The Laughter


The Haunted Hathaways
is a new kids television show on Nickelodeon. The series follows a single mother and her two daughters who move into a New Orleans home, which she soon finds is also home to three ghosts, a single father and his two sons. The show can be considered the ghostly Brady Bunch. It stars Chico Benymon (from Half and Half fame), Amber Montana and Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores. We got a change to talk with Chico Benymon [pictured far left] on his role, how he is an influence to the children on the show, and his other endeavors besides acting. 
 

Read more: Chico Benymon Leads Impressive Cast on The Haunted Hathaways

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