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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Let me start by saying yes, everything is bigger in Texas and that’s the way we like it. We all have big hats, big hair and big Texas pride. You’d be hard pressed to find another state in the contiguous 48 with more state pride than my fellow Texans. Now that I’ve set the record straight on that; how about a little Texas history?

Read more: Introducing You to San Antonio in the Great State of Texas

The aura of female bonding is an amazing, incredibly powerful sometimes indescribable, yet undeniable phenomenon. Women, need other women in their lives and it starts from an early age. Our childhood girlfriends help define who we are and who we hope to become. We play a fun tug-o-war of pushing, mentoring, and learning from each other as we transform into young women. As we grow up and start our lives, our careers and our families we may go separate ways and sometimes lose connections with our female friends. Life gets busy and that’s understandable, but now its time to get back on track and reconnect.

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When you think about the state of Georgia, which city is the first place that comes to your mind? Of course, it is the capitol city, Atlanta. You can't help but to instantly think about the music industry, large malls, and excellent night clubs whenever someone mentions A-town. Although these traits attract many outsiders to Atlanta, people are likely to miss out on everything else that Atlanta and the other cities surrounding the area might have to offer. Whether you want to go there for the nightlife, culture, or just have a good vacation with the family, there is always something offered in Atlanta.

Read more: Atlanta, Georgia - More Than Just Malls & Music

Norfolk, Virginia, home to the Norfolk Tides, The Norva, MacArthur Mall, The Tide, Granby Street, Waterside, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, HOT 91 and the largest naval base in the United States. To an outsider these are just names of places and things; but to a resident these are just a few of the city’s many landmarks. With a population of about 250,000, Norfolk is Virginia’s second largest city next to Virginia Beach. It is number two out of the seven cities that comprise Hampton Roads.

Read more: First Stop Norfolk VA, Next Stop…The WORLD!

Toronto, Canada might bring to mind images of blizzards, igloos and parkas, but don't be fooled: Toronto's summers are hot and humid, and most of its citizens live in high rises or town houses. In fact, Toronto's too warm to even build one igloo.

If Toronto's not all about igloos and parkas, what is it about?

Read more: Introducing You To... Toronto, Canada

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