Being born in the 90’s certainly touched the new up and coming triple-threat artist Jo’zzy aka @dopebyaccident in a special way. She’s the protégé’ of super producer Timbaland and a talented singer/songwriter/rapper. Not only is the 90’s an inspiration and influence, but a way of life for this 24 year old; whose real name is Jocelyn Donald. She says of new single “Tryna Wife”, “It’s just nostalgic music and only the beginning. Some of today’s R&B and Hip-Hop can be so watered down and cookie-cutter, but my style of music makes you think of the 90’s.”


"They only get to see a certain part of your life and it’s not even fifty percent. It may be about fifteen percent of your life that these people are getting to watch so that’s never a good thing because you become this fifteen percent of what people get to see and there’s way more to most of us that are on that show..."  ~Bambi


“One thing I feel that happens a lot on the urban side of music, not as much on the mainstream pop side of music is that if artists don't come out for a few years, we forget that we loved them. This was not just some song I liked, but this was my favorite group in the world. I feel like the urban audience, we don't hold our stars up like the pop audience do. Their stars will put out an album tomorrow and it will still be double, triple, quadruple platinum…”  
~Brandon Casey of Jagged Edge 


Are you a fan of good 90’s music? A fan of music that allows you to still leave something to the imagination? Then you might want to cop that new Hi-Five The EP. Yes, that’s right—Billy, Faruq, Marcus, Shannon and Treston aka Hi-5 are making a comeback and Billy Covington and Faruq Evans assured Parlé Magazine in a recent interview, that they’re here to stay!


You've probably been a fan of Rico Love for years and didn't even know it. He has penned and produced chart topping hits for Usher, Keri Hilson, Fantasia, Chris Brown and Beyoncé to name a few. His EP, Discrete Luxury, was released late in 2013 and includes six new tracks including hit singles "They Don't Know" and "B*tches be Like." The EP serves as the prelude this debut album, Turn the Lights On, which is also the singer/songwriter’s memorable catch phrase. While Rico has made a name for himself mostly behind the scenes, the new record is his chance to not only expand his repertoire but show and prove that he has what it takes as a solo artist.


Kareem Nelson, didn’t tell the typical childhood story I expected to hear in a recent interview with the Wheelchairs Against Guns (W.A.G.) founder. He described a great childhood, a mother that provided everything he wanted and needed, if not more. As an only child, he said he had the best of everything, but the “streets” were still calling. “I chose the streets,” Nelson admitted. There was a sense of brotherhood and freedom that led him to the lifestyle that so many of our young Black men follow. Fast money, cars and women is the name of the game and where so many get caught up. For twelve years Nelson was about that life, until one night everything changed.


 
 

 

 

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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

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