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.”


 
 

 

 

Legendary female R&B group En Vogue played to a packed house on Friday (November 16) at New York City’s B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Cindy Herron-Braggs and Terry Ellis along with En Vogue’s newest member Rhona Bennett , opened the show with a high energy medley of classic soul cover songs. They lit up the stage with their own renditions of hit songs like La Belle’s “Lady Marmalade”, Cheryl Lynn’s “Got to Be Real” and Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell”. Paying further homage to other female singers that inspired them, En Vogue performed the classic version of the Andrews’ Sisters “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”.

 

En Vogue showcased their own catalog of hits performing songs like “Don’t Let Go”, "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" and “Hold On”. During the show, the ladies took a moment to show appreciation to the New York City fans for playing a major role in the group’s success. En Vogue’s breakout 90’s single, “Hold On” was well received in New York City and became an instant hit. Radio requests and record sales were so successful that it helped to propel the group’s popularity.  For over 20 years, En Vogue has maintained their signature style of class, elegance and sex appeal.

Recently, En Vogue underwent a shift in dynamics as two of the original members have chosen to disband from the group. Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson are working on a music project together as a duo called “Heirs” to the Throne. They are taking a unique approach to their music careers by going independent. “You go straight to the people and they tell you if they like it or not. They buy it directly from you through a Paypal account put it on your page and it’s done", said Robinson in a recent interview with Cocoa Cure.

 

Meanwhile, the remaining members of En Vogue continue to tour venues domestically and abroad. To experience a stellar performance of powerful, harmonized vocals check out En Vogue's tour information at the following link: 

http://www.ticketmaster.com/En-Vogue-tickets/artist/735013

 

Images courtesy of Jazziejae

 

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