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...


 
 

 

 


Mother's Day is Sunday May 11th.

Parlé brings you a family friendly event you'll remember. Our second Mother's Day Boat Ride, but the first in 6 years.

We return to the Hudson River with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty, South Street Seaport and Intrepid...

Read more: Parlé's Mother's Day Boat Ride NYC 2.0


The search is on for twelve women who will win the opportunity to become an Allure Moscato Brand Ambassador, and participate in a video with legendary Hip Hop Artist Warren G. A complete multi-faceted promotional program, focused upon Allure Moscatos produced by Bronco Wine Company, was announced earlier this week.

Read more: Warren G And Bronco Wines Co. Seeking Allure Models


Hot 97’s “Who’s Next” showcase couldn't have a more appropriate name. These artists are definitely next and “not because they’re dope or simply have a lot of You Tube views” as explained by the night's host Shani Kulture. “But because they’ve put in the work in the studio and the streets.” Thursday, September 17th at SOBs, its regular home, Hot 97’s “Who’s Next” took place. Tiara Thomas and August Alsina took over the stage but not before showcase guests Charlie Red, Mela Machinko and Ms. J Lynn performed. Co-Hosted by Hot 97’s Rosenberg, the show was bound to be lit, the crowd was pumped up by DJ Juanyto who was playing all the good old Hip-Hop joints, which helped prep the crowd for the performances to follow. 

Read more: Tiara Thomas & August Alsina Headline the Hot 97, Who's Next Showcase

A Hip-Hop music festival at its finest and its only getting better with time. Guerilla Union presents Rock The Bells 2013 as it celebrates its tenth anniversary. No holds barred and they have a reputation of bringing in some of the who’s who of hip-hop echelon—and this year will be no different. The line up is virtually endless as it scales the realms of old and new school performances. Ticket holders won’t be disappointed.

Read more: Rock The Bells 2013 Coming to the East Coast


D.C. native and bartender Trey Wheat’s long awaited dream has finally come true. The Erotique Liqueur Launch Party was held at the Layla’s Lounge on the District’s NE side and hosted by celebrities Laz Alonso and Vivica A. Fox, while DJ Gemini kept the party jumping on the ones and twos.

Read more: Let's Get Erotique! Erotique Liqueur Launch Event

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