Stepping out of the shadows of her ex-husbands’ success, Torrei Hart is hell bent on making a new name for herself. She’s much more than just Kevin Hart’s ex-wife, and she wants to make it clear. First and foremost, she’s a mother, but she is also an actress and she’s also passionate, spiritual, driven, straightforward and a mogul in the making.


The name Meesha Mink stands out in urban fiction like no other, simply because it speaks to the uniqueness and creativity of it's owner. After making her debut in 2008 with the well received, Desperate Hoodwives, Mink has continued to release page turning quality both as a co-author and with her individual works. Her latest book to make a mark on readers is Kiss The Ring, a modern day Foxy Brown type story, about a woman on a mission to avenge the death of her son. Released in August, it's the first book of her latest series and a dynamic read for lovers of all genres. We interviewed the author to discuss the series, the state of urban fiction and much more. Check it out here...


Telling anyone's story can be tricky because it can go wrong in a number of ways. From focusing on the wrong details or overlooking something that viewers were looking forward to. When the subject is someone like Jimi Hendrix, who few really knew, it gets that much more difficult. Though he is well regarded as one of the greatest guitarist ever, his career really only spanned 4 years. That gives you a specific time period to focus on, but it also demands that you show why he deserves all the acclaim in huge chunks.


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.

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The latest mixtape from Brooklyn-based trio Flatbush Zombies (best known for their feature on the excellent A$AP Mob single "Bath Salts" last year) finds them sticking to their usual sonic palette of muffled echoing beats, spooky organ stabs, and the occasional haunted scream. Play it loudly to scare the neighbors.

Read more: Flatbush Zombies - BetterOffDead


Lil' Wayne releases the latest installment of his extremely successful Dedication mixtape series. Dedication 5 is a 29 track compilation, once again collaborated on with DJ Drama.  Check out the full project here...

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The first mixtape from Turk, of Cash Money/Hot Boys fame, since he was released from prison.  Check out the project here, which features Juvenile, B.G., Lil' Wayne and more...

Read more: Turk - Blame It On The System mixtape download


French Montana releases some of the best material of his career with his latest mixtape, the third installment of his Mac & Cheese series.  The project includes the singles, "Sanctuary," "Ocho Cinco" & "Diamonds" and it includes features from Diddy, Red Café, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Future, Trina, Fat Joe, Wale & many more.  Check out the 21-track project here...

Read more: French Montana - Mac & Cheese 3


Harlem's own Vado releases some new music for his patient fans.  Araab Musik helps out on the production while Jae Millz & Fred The Godson.  Check it out here...

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