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...


 
 

 

 


T-Pain continues his comeback, releasing his second street single as he continues his build up towards his fifth solo album.  The new track is titled, "She Said."  Check It Out here... 

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Drake goes full R & B for his latest track, "Hold On We're Going Home."  The track sounds like something The Weeknd would put together.The unofficial word is that the track will be featured on the upcoming album, Nothing Was The Same.  Will be interesting to see if he does more full R & B records like this on the project.  

Read more: Drake - "Hold On We're Going Home"


Melanie Fiona sticks to the formula, with a broken hearted woman theme for her new single, "Cold Piece."  No word yet on a new album, but it's always good to hear new music from Ms. Fiona.  Check it out here...

Read more: Melanie Fiona - "Cold Piece"


Robin Thicke remains in the uptempo vein as his first single, "Blurred Lines," with this follow-up entitled, "GIve It 2 U."  This time he partners up with Kendrick Lamar for a surefire hit leading up to the release of his 6th album, also titled, Blurred Lines.  Check out the track here...

Read more: Robin Thicke ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Give it 2 U"


Jason Derulo is working on his third album, Tattoos to be released this fall.  The latest single features 2 Chainz and is called, "Talk Dirty."  Check it out here...

Read more: Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz - "Talk Dirty"


So Justin Timberlake has decided to release a continuation to his 20/20 Experience album.  Smart move for the artist with the most sales so far in 2013.  The lead single from the continuation is "Take Back The Night." Another Jazz infused track with a 70's feel, complete with extra riffs and somewhat of an interlude towards the end.   Check it out here...

Read more: Justin Timberlake - "Take Back The Night"


Trey Songz releases a new single ahead of his mainstage performance at this year's Essence Festival.  The song is a sexy love ballad praising his woman.  A less rachier Trey than we've come to expect, but appreciated.  The song is called "Sensational."  Check it out here...

Read more: Trey Songz - "Sensational"

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