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.”


 
 

 

 

As the collective chorus of political punditry dooms the Affordable Care Act, aka ACA, aka ObamaCare, one must step back from the noise and look at the issue plainly.

Last week President Barack Obama put it in clear terms when he publicly told the American people during his press conference that the new health care law is a “policy” and not a “website.”  However, he personally accepted accountability by acknowledging that the website “hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work.”   Nevertheless, he continued to urge Americans not to be discouraged from registering for health insurance because of the problems that have plagued its rollout.

 

Read more: Fire… Fire... Not Really! Early ObamaCare Issues


In light of February being recognized as Black History Month, a month where our heritage, ancestors, and leaders are being acknowledged for their legacies, such as the late Harriet Tubman for her bravery and resistance, for risking her life and leading hundreds of men and women to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Another notable name is the late George Washington Carver who discovered three hundred uses for peanuts, including peanut butter. I also have to mention the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. honoring his stance on civil rights and equality. So many honorable African American men and women played a significant role in moving America forward.

Read more: Greg Hall Unveiled. An Interview with the Activist

The Battle for the Soul of the Republic

Since the horrifying massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, which left 28 people, including 20 children dead; there have been over 100 murders across the United States.  The brief pause we experienced while grieving for the innocent school kids that were killed on that dreadful day could not last. Our societal thirst for blood would not be quenched simply by the lives of those guiltless young victims. Day by day, since the Sandy Hook tragedy, Americans continue to be killed in record numbers.

Before the violence spirals further out of control, we should ask ourselves a few very serious questions.   

Read more: In Guns we Trust


As the world watches to see if America can avoid going over the fiscal cliff, House Majority Leader John Boehner must feel the weight of it crashing down on him. Each day he spends much of his time trying to persuade a stubborn Republican caucus to work for the good of the country. However, today's Republicans do not resemble the ones that were in Washington when he was elected over twenty years ago.

Read more: The Struggles of House Majority Leader John Boehner

When we go to the ballot box this November we should go with two things in mind, the importance of the selection we are making and the sacrifices of those who fought for those rights before us. Black people did not always have the right to vote, or many of the other rights that we take for granted. Today it seems as if some of our own people want us to go back in time by not exercising that right. Groups of Black pastors are urging their congregations not to vote, or to only vote how the pastor endorses. That in itself is is disgraceful. It is the very definition of indoctrination; this is when a pastor teaches someone to accept doctrines uncritically. Why would a pastor of all people be willing to tell the Black community not to exercise the right that so many fought and died for.

Read more: Don't Block The Vote!!!

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