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...


Drew 32, writer, producer, videographer—you name it he has done it. His hands on approach to his brand of music is admirable. From the D to the world, with stops along the way as an opening act for Gym Class Heroes, Kendrick Lamar, and the New Boyz hasn't hurt. His performances at Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Music Conference have done wonders for his buzz, and odds are his production going forward will be just as stellar. Drew32 Recently released The Batch, an ode to his fans, and a teaser for what 2014 and beyond hold.  Judging by the attention his hit single “I Am King,” is getting along with his mantra, 'the more content, the better,' the future is very bright for this Greek-American artist.  Parlé with me as I introduce to you… Drew 32.


 
 

 

 


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Regardless of your age or previous relationship history, Paul Carrick Brunson seeks to guide you along your dating journey right into a healthy relationship. It's Complicated ( But It Doesn't Have to Be) is the gentleman's guide to dating - for women.

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At first glance, a Hip-Hop fan of two decades might overlook a book about the hustle and prosperity of Sean Carter. Having followed Jay-Z's music and his moves since he entered in the game with Reasonable Doubt in 1996, there's not much one wouldn't know about the undisputed heavyweight champion of Hip-Hop. What makes the book, Empire State of Mind great is that it takes the things you know and shines a brighter light on them, while putting the man and his business ventures under a microscope in order to find out those things the majority of fans wouldn't know.  As far as business biography's go, this is probably one of the best you'll ever read.

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Jonathan Safran Foer made his name well known in the publishing world with his first break out book Everything is Illuminated. However it was his book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close that has made him a household name. The book has recently been adapted to a movie staring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, will hit theaters Friday January 20th.  The movie has made a lot of waves causing protests and numerous attempts to stop it from being shown. I do not understand the protests and it is extremely clear that the people protesting have not bothered to read the book.
Yes it is being advertised as a movie about September 11th. However that topic is just a minor plot point within the book its self. The real story of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is so much more then a tale of the heart wrenching tragedy that changed the world we live in.
I fell in love with the main character nine-year-old Oskar Schell by the end of page two, and my heart broke for him by the end of chapter two. The story does not take place on September 11th or even the day after. It opens about a year later; Oskar is still struggling with the death of his father in the world trade center. Along with his resentment towards his mother and her new “ friend”.  A lot of the book is flashbacks and stories that don’t always fit with exactly what is going on. However you must keep in mind that the book it’s self is being told from the point of view of an vividly brilliant, poetically, and un-rationally afraid nine year old.
As the story unfolds we find Oskar sitting in his father closet remembering the scavenger hunts him and his father used to play.  With in the untouched closet he finds his fathers tuxedo sitting on the chair, and a blue vase with a tiny envelope inside. He instantly decided that both of these are out of place and clues to a scavenger hunt his father had yet to start with him. As he pulls down the vase he has no idea that the envelopes contents are about to take him on a life-changing journey.
Inside he finds a key, and the word Black written in red on the back of the envelope.  His life is suddenly consumed with finding the lock this key goes to. He decides the only clue he has in the name black and begins a journey to visits everyone with the last name black in the phone book.  Along his journey he unknowingly helps the people he meets over come their hardships and pain.  He meets a gentleman who hadn’t left his apartment is 25 year, nor turned on his hearing aids. Oskar gives him the courage to hear for the first time in 25 years.
The story is heartbreakingly beautiful tale of how a young boy over comes losing a loved one, even worse a parent. It is a concept that everyone can relate to and silently struggles with.  As Oskar fights to hold to his father with his last scavenger hunt, he is desperate to discover what the key goes to. He is struggling to let go while his heart is desperately holding on.
This is one of those rare books that will change how you look at life and will want to read over and over again.  You will find your self-laughing as Oskar marches literally to the beat of his own tambourine and cry and he struggles with the concept of death.  On a scale of 1 to 10 my personal rating is 10. It is a book everyone should have on his or her selves.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  receives a PARLÉ
Rating:
P…Horrible
PA…Tolerable
PAR…Good
PARL…Kinda Great
PARLÉ… Classic
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Jonathan Safran Foer made his name well known in the publishing world with his first break out book Everything is Illuminated. However it was his book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close that has made him a household name. The book has recently been adapted to a movie staring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, hitting theaters Friday January 20th.  The movie has made a lot of waves causing protests and numerous attempts to stop it from being shown. I do not understand the protests and it is extremely clear that the people protesting have not bothered to read the book.            

Read more: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close... book review

In the debut novel, Young Savage, by Rasheed Carter readers will be introduced to a young child, Rodney, who is the product of a single mother’s drug addiction.  Her priorities are on everything BUT being a mother to young Rodney so he is often left to take care of himself.
As a result, Rodney gets into some trouble and is sent to a youth detention center where he finally makes a real friend. At the same time he is educated on street life as well as survival and at the end of it all Rodney reemerges as a new person.
Young Savage tells the all so familiar story of your young male who is a product of his environment and although he wants better, he also lives by the code of survival of the fittest.  I enjoyed growing up with Rodney through the book, because of the author’s ability to truly take you into the main character’s daily life.  Kudos to Rasheed for his amazing character development.
There were many emotions filled within these pages, one definitely was sympathy for Rodney because he didn’t have any options it was him against the world (his mom), but that was also what made me keep reading because I wanted things to get better.
Young Savage was a good book but with a professional edit job this story would have been a much smoother read.  Nonetheless it is indeed a story of hope. I do look forward to reading future works from Rasheed Carter because from this debut it is clear this writer has the talent.
Young Savage receives a PAR
Rating:
P…Horrible
PA…Tolerable
PAR…Good
PARL…Kinda Great
PARLÉ… Classic
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In the debut novel, Young Savage, by Rasheed Carter readers will be introduced to a young child, Rodney, who is the product of a single mother’s drug addiction.  Her priorities are on everything BUT being a mother to young Rodney so he is often left to take care of himself.

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CHECKMATE by Tiece Mickens tell the story of main character Monty Banks and at the age of 23 he is successful sex for hire escort but the only thing he is serving up is sexual relations and for his company  or I should say services he isn’t cheap either.
Monty has been able to survive and help his mom due to his lucrative business and he just wants to make his money and eventually retire from the “fast life” since it often comes with a lot of unwanted attention he isn’t actually seeking.
He wants to walk away but his pawns, as what he refers to as his clients the satisfaction of being able to bring these females to such sexual bliss is a pure adrenaline rush for Monty and he continues this lifestyle while padding his wallet.
Enter his sister’s best friend Candy into the equation a pretty young thing that he has considered taking it to the next level but due to her age he has forced himself to wait and he does but as soon as she turns legal he gives into temptation and a love affair is born.
CHECKMATE was a very interesting story and I could not put the book down, it definitely kept my attention because I wanted to know what was going to happen next especially between Candy and Monty, would it be love or money and would Candy stay around if the choice didn’t benefit her.
Tiece Mickens definitely wove together great storyline and perfect poly execution that will leave readers ready for her sequel. Definitely a literary job well done for debut novelist Tiece for Checkmate.

Checkmate by Tiece Mickens tells the story of main character Monty Banks.  At the age of 23 he is successful sex for hire escort but the only thing he is serving up is sexual relations and his services he isn’t cheap either.

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