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...


 
 

 

 

What a difference three years make! For fans of the collective of hit makers known as Slaughterhouse, the changes are obvious. Their debut self-titled album was released in 2009, under E1 Records. Selling under 19,000 copies in its first week, the crew's individual buzz wasn't enough to make for commercial success. This time around the crew has one of the year's most highly anticipated albums with Welcome To Our House. Phaoroahe Monch, Kay Young and Fat Man Scoop features from the previous album are replaced by the bigger names of Busta Rhymes, Cee Lo Green and Swizz Beatz. And needless to say Eminem is the album's executive producer, releasing the album under his Shady/Interscope label. Change has its pros and cons though for the Slaughterhouse crew.

 

The one constant on this album is the lyrical prowess of these gentleman. Whether they are involved in an intricate back and forth banter or dominating a 16-bar verse solo, they are going to impress with their wordplay and leave a punchline on you that makes you want to run the whole track back. The opportunity to hear them on multiple tracks with Eminem makes it worth a listen all its own.

 

The pressure on these guys to create a masterpiece is high, and no one knows this more than Eminem. It feels like he steered them in a direction he felt would be more effective for their mainstream debut, a direction that isn't really what makes these guys reach their highest potential. Em does produce or co-produce more than half the album in addition to featuring on three tracks. Additionally, another Shady producer, Mr. Porter, produces another two tracks. Plus, two Skylar Grey features, a song about making it rain called "Throw It Away," and a B.o.B feature??? Not saying Em thinks they need as much help as D-12, but Em clearly felt they needed assistance.

 

The On The House mixtape released a week ago feels a lot more genuine and true to the Slaughterhouse brand, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do to sell records. Welcome to Our House will do impressive numbers I'm sure, maybe even top the charts in a slow music week. And listeners will have songs like "Die," "Goodbye," and "The Other Side" to add to their Slaughterhouse hit collection.

 

Can't help but wonder what's next for Joey, Joell, Royce and Crooked though. All this new music and fans still won't be satisfied for long.

 

Welcome To Our House receives a PAR

 

Rating:
P…Horrible
PA…Tolerable
PAR…Good
PARL…Kinda Great
PARLÉ… Classic

 

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About The Author
Kevin Benoit
Author: Kevin Benoit
Kevin Benoit, 27, is the founder and editor of Parlé Magazine. As a freshman in college, in May of 2004, Benoit created Parlé, an urban entertainment magazine that focuses on literacy through entertainment. The publication has since provided a stepping-stone for many individuals throughout the country, from teens to adults and continues to provide inspiration for inspiring entrepreneurs, writers, photographers and graphic designers. Benoit graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Legal Studies.

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