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...


Drew 32, writer, producer, videographer—you name it he has done it. His hands on approach to his brand of music is admirable. From the D to the world, with stops along the way as an opening act for Gym Class Heroes, Kendrick Lamar, and the New Boyz hasn't hurt. His performances at Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Music Conference have done wonders for his buzz, and odds are his production going forward will be just as stellar. Drew32 Recently released The Batch, an ode to his fans, and a teaser for what 2014 and beyond hold.  Judging by the attention his hit single “I Am King,” is getting along with his mantra, 'the more content, the better,' the future is very bright for this Greek-American artist.  Parlé with me as I introduce to you… Drew 32.


 
 

 

 


Reality TV seems to have this stigma. Nothing is real, everything is scripted, the scenes, the drama, it’s all set up.  What you can expect from this season of Mary Mary is the complete opposite of this. What do we know about the "Shackles off My Feet So I Can Dance" singers? Well, yes we know that they are a gospel group, that they are siblings and women of God. But what we seem to forget, and what this season will exemplify is that they are human too—real people with real trials, real tears and real faith. If you never before had clear examples of what it’s like to fight real life battles with faith and come out on top, solid and true, this season will give you that.

Read more: Mary Mary Season 3 Preview...


If your summer plans are not ironed out yet, the Hot 97 Summer Jam is the perfect way for hip-hop fans to kick off a sizzling season.  Summer Jam is an annual Hip-Hop and R&B festival held in East Rutherford, N.J. at Met Life Stadium and is sponsored by New York’s Hot 97 FM.

Read more: Wu-Tang, Kendrick Lamar & More set for Hot 97 Summer Jam XX

If you go to Youtube and type into the search field: “Lauryn Hill at the Apollo”, the first clip that will appear is an aged video recording of a 13 year-old Lauryn singing on the stage of the world famous Harlem theater. This is pre-Sister Act, pre-“Killing Me Softly,” and pre-Miseducated Lauryn Hill.   About halfway through she had begun to slip off-key, and the notoriously rough Apollo crowd starting booing. In what could certainly be looked at now as a make-or-break moment for her, she defiantly pulled the microphone from its holder, took a step forward and belted her way through the remainder of the song.

Read more: Lauryn Hill Faces Sentencing, Releases Statement


Diddy continues his reign on top of Forbes Magazine's list of Hip-Hop's Wealthiest Artists in 2013.  This list shouldn't be confused with the annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings List, which ranks the earned income for one calendar year.  Instead the Wealthiest Hip-Hop artist list only ranks total net worth, a list Diddy has dominated since Forbes writer, Zach  O'Malley Greenburg, started the list back in 2011.  In 2011, Sean Combs had a slim $25 million dollar lead on his counterpart, Jay-Z, but thanks to his investments in Ciroc, he now tops runner-up Shawn Carter by a cool $105 million.  

Read more: Diddy Tops Forbes Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists List Again


VH1 will be premiering it's new reality series, “The Gossip Game,” this coming Monday April 1st at 9PM ET.  Throughout the show, cameras will follow media personalities as they navigate through their personal lives, while also battling to come up on top among their competition, which just so happens to be each other.  The cast consists of seven women who have made a names for themselves within the urban entertainment industry, reporting exclusive and breaking news as it pertains to R & B and Hip-Hop’s heavyweights.

Read more: VH1 Launches New Series, The Gossip Game

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