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...


 
 

 

 


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.

Read more: Can A "Part-Time" Single Father Have An Influence?


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?

Read more: Who Would You Choose: Olivia Pope or Mary Jane Paul


Recently, there has been many cases of celebrities attacking their fans. Rihanna, Chris Brown, Kanye West and A$AP Rocky were examples of artists attacking hecklers and/or fans. Mayback Music Group artist, Wale, has become the latest artist to be caught in a scandal involving violence against a fan. The altercation between Wale and the fan, known as Side Show Joe (@chefboyrnach), took place in the stands of a WWE Monday Night Raw show and began after mentions were exchanged between the two. In the mentions, Side Show Joe insulted Wale, sending him a tweet telling him “meet me in the ring f*ck boy”. Wale then responded by asking the fan where he was seated, then met him where the confrontation ensued. Witnesses nearby said that Wale immediately started punching the fan. While it is hard to tell from the video whether or not an actual fight took place, a heated altercation definitely took place at that moment. While situations like this are great for the entertainment of those at home (and also great for bloggers), one must ask an important question. Are celebrities at fault for fighting fans, or do some of the fans bring these situations upon themselves?

Read more: When Celebrities Attack - Is It Ever Justified?


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.

Read more: Who Is On Hip-Hop's Mt. Rushmore???


When I say Tyler, The Creator in this article I am also speaking of Odd Future (OFWGKTA), which includes Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Frank Ocean, Syd Tha Kyd, Matt Martians, Hal Williams, Jasper Dolphins, Taco, Lucas Vercetti and L-Boy. This will also include the multiple groups in this collective: MellowHype, The Internet, The Jet Age Of Tomorrow, EarlWolf and MellowHigh. Ok, now that I’ve gotten all the formalities out of the way I can begin with the article.

I think his Tyler's music is ok, I even listen to it on occasion, I wouldn’t put him on any top ten lyricist list but his music is mostly mellow, campy and a bit dark at times. Many Hip-Hop heads may say that the brand of “Hip-Hop/Rap” that Tyler and his brand offer is ruining the state of music.  In my opinion, yes and no to an extent. Does it even compare to greats like Nas, Jay-Z, 2 pac, Biggie or Pun? Not even close, but as the times go on and genres of music change and evolve, the brand of Tyler and his gang of misfits are the voice of this current generation, which I will explain later. 

Read more: HOW TO COPE WITH…TYLER, THE CREATOR

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