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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Sex Therapy finds Robin Thicke sounding more mature than past albums. Fewer complexes than Something Else and the genre infusion of A Beautiful World, this fourth release offers melodies that display the artist’s progression and growth.

 

The title track is a groove where Thicke taps the right notes with the ladies. Filled with romanticism and Polow Da Don audio skills, Thicke creates an upgrade of “Lost Without You,” from The Evolution and “The Sweetest Love,” from Something Else. Rap/R & B duets have always proved to be successful and with “Meiplé,” pairing Jay-Z with Thicke,he finds success once again. DJs and dance floor fanatics will find this cut agreeable. The hook along with Thicke’s descent into storytelling offers a different side of the singer.

Duet choreography continues on the impassioned collection with “It’s In the Mornin,” a ballad where Snoop Dogg adds west coast flavor to an appealing sensual jam and “Shakin It For Daddy,” which features Nicki Minaj. Thicke and Minaj perform well together over a rapid vibe.
The standouts on Sex Therapy are the sampling of Marvin Gaye ‘s “Trouble Man,” on “Million Dollar Baby” where Thicke shines his falsetto with effortless dexterity and the 90’s Jock Jam “Elevatas,” where Thicke revisits sounds exhibited on A Beautiful World with Kid Cudi and a Michael Jackson woo thrown in for good measure. Joining his talent with rapper, The Game, Robin Thicke, invents a superb closer in the final standout track “Diamonds.” The lyricism is devotional and touching as he discusses the importance of mothers in the lives of children with the hook “pressure builds diamonds.”

Sex Therapy has some hits and some misses, but it is to be expected as few albums are flawless. Robin Thicke is finding his sonic niche as noted by the samba breeze of “Just Right” and the Prince-like havoc of “Rollacoasta.” Despite this, his vocals along with the collaborative tracks are top notch making for an enjoyable listen.

Sex Therapy receives a PAR

Kyle's Picks from Sex Therapy
Robin Thicke f/ Jay-z - Meiple
Robin Thicke f/ Snoop Dogg - It's In The Morning

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