Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson star in No Good Deed, the tale of what happens when a criminal escapes from prison and finds his way into an unsuspecting woman's home. We've seen this story before but with a full African-American cast, and no Tyler Perry involvement, it feels like a fresh idea and a worthy watch. Plus the stars make for pretty great eye candy, which I think the production team knew would be good for the big screen.


I was first introduced to Jhené Aiko on Kendrick Lamar's "Growing Apart." Her voice is gentle and somewhat tinged with a sultriness that often encroaches on cutting aggression. Aiko understands where to emphasize her voice, wrapping it around the lyrics to achieve a hypnotic mix of hip hop and R&B. Souled Out, the debut from the singer is made up of mid-temp melodies that emerge as freestyles, rather than songs. This is not a bad thing because Aiko has stated that her process of recording music is one of letting it unfold rather than rushing.

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Originality is such a hard thing to come by these days that it’s no wonder you’ll see so many movies, TV shows and music that look and sound the same.
 When is the last time you heard a song or movie that you couldn’t compare to something else prior? Probably never. That doesn’t mean that originality or creativity has died, but just means that people have a brand new way of seeing things. One of the greatest movies of all times, Star Wars is often compared to Star Trek. They have forums of geeks and nerds sighting the familiarities between these two, I’ll save you the time and say that I’ve seen all the Star Wars series and none of the Star Trek franchise despite their many TV shows and spin-off movies but I'm aware of how they tend to overlap each other in some aspects.


Blacc Hollywood is the fifth studio album from Wiz Khalifa - the rapper known for creating chill songs about getting high and living the high life. Being more of a fan of his mixtapes because he seems to offer more impactful, heavy-hitting rhymes on those, listening to Blacc Hollywood solidified my opinion even further.


Fresh off the stage of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, performing alongside Beyoncé, Alvester Martin—dancer, singer, and songwriter has been accustomed to a dim limelight for many years as a back up dancer for several top celebrities.  But it’s the bright spotlight he better get ready for!


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.”


 
 

 

 


New Yorkers know, just being here prepares you for everything the world has to offer. For entertainers that is true double time. Washington Heights bred, Dominican actress, Suveria Mota discovered acting was her passion in high school and she continued to pursue her dream through pursuing her degree at Lehman College in the Bronx. After she got her degree she made the move to Hollywood where things really began to take off. Now with a few roles under her belt and some soon to be released projects, Mota is a talent to look forward to. We got a chance to speak with the actress about what finding success is like for a Latina in Hollywood, the importance of education and what's next for her. Discover the next big name below.

Read more: Suveria Mota - Talent From Washington Heights to Hollywood

His name is Troy Taylor. He is a successful producer who is standing twenty four years strong and counting in the music industry. He’s worked with a truckload of artists from Boy II Men to the one and only Whitney Houston. And get this: he discovered Trey Songz before he was even a singer. You’ll have to read to get the full scoop on that and so much more. I really enjoyed this interview. And despite what his humility won’t allow him to believe; he’s a LEGEND. It’s not easy sticking around in an ever evolving industry, but he has done it and I know this is not the last we’ll hear from Mr. Troy Taylor.

Read more: Troy Taylor - Raising The Bar as a Producer & Artist Curator


He goes by the name of Drathoven! He’s a pianist by nature, playing since the age of six. He once sat in the A&R seat, and as a staff producer of Paid-In Full Entertainment. He's also shared commentary with Chief Executive, Madd Hatta (Houston’s #1 radio personality for R&B/Hip-Hop on 97.9 The Box). A producer as well as a songwriter who is successful in all genres of music including R&B, Pop, Rap and Gospel. Drathoven landed Yolanda Adams hit single "Be Still", and Tyrese’s single "Nothing On You" (from the album Open Invitation), Jacob Latimore's single "Headphones," and Khalil's single "Goodie Goodie" featuring Big Sean. I guess you can consider him Houston’s best kept secret but, I have a feeling that this talented producer/songwriter won’t be a secret for long. Learn more about Drathoven in this interview!

Read more: Drathoven - Houston's Best Kept Secret


Parlé Magazine welcomes, recent MTV VMA winner Jon Jon Augustavo. Born and raised in Seattle, Jon has always had a knack for creating dope visuals. He got his start back in his hometown directing videos for friends, family, and for Seattle artists such as; Eighty4 Fly and The Physics back in college at, Arts Center School of Design in Pasadena, California. Jon's dedication eventually led to him meeting the now famed, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. But Jon isn't some "one-trick-pony," he's also a director of commercials, short films, and documentaries - This guy is even working on a tv pilot as well! A few weeks ago alongside Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jon Jon snagged 3 VMA awards for, Best Hip-Hop Video ("Can't Hold Us"), Best Video With a Social Message ("Same Love"), and Best Cinematography ("Can't Hold Us") .

I'm sure Jon is couped up crafting more visual magic, but he took time out to chat with Parlé about his current ventures and his plans in the future. Read below for more...

Read more: Jon Jon Augustavo - Visualizing Concepts For Life

For that early morning coffee drinker and the morning rush hour racers the name Ebony Steele is synonymous with getting your day started. For everyone else it’s about to become a welcomed household name. Co-host of the hilarious Rickey Smiley Morning Show as well as a new addition to CNN’s correspondent team, Steele not only wise cracks and entertains, but she also promotes causes close to her heart while leading the way for young entertainers. Live, Love, Laugh should be her motto for the impact she’s bringing to our culture. Get to know her.

Read more: Ebony Steele: From Radio to TV and Back.

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