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EVERYBODY LOVES KEKE WYATT [EXCLUSIVE]

In the land of R&B music, love is an ever-constant theme. From heartbreak to first loves, singing about the wonders and perils of romance comes second nature for soul singers. For nearly two decades, Keke Wyatt has made a name for not just singing about love, but SANGING about it, with a range so powerful it stops anyone fortunate enough to hear her voice dead in their tracks. Wyatt isn’t shy about showing off that voice of gold while sitting in a conference room at Centric’s headquarters on the 27th floor, overlooking Times Square in New York City. She belts out falsetto… Continue Reading

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DON’T LET VIOLA DAVIS’ EMMY WIN FOOL YOU

Viola Davis‘ graceful acceptance speech at the 2015 Emmy Awards was a powerful moment for Black women in Hollywood. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said to a round of applause while accepting her historic award for Best Lead Actress In a Drama Series. The FIRST Black woman to do so in the Emmy’s 67-year history. For obvious reasons that’s no feat to go unnoticed. Contrary to the opinion of Wendy Williams–who said she was tired of Black “Firsts” and that people should simply be recognized as winners–it’s a big deal. It’s… Continue Reading

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OUR BLACK WOMEN IDOLS ARE HUMAN TOO

We love Sanaa Lathan. And we most certainly LOVE Serena Williams. Aside from being drop-dead gorgeous with killer bodies, the two women represent Black female excellence to the highest degree in entertainment and sports. Serena has more championship trophies than Beyoncé has Grammys. And Sanaa’s acting credits include some of the culture’s biggest blockbusters, not to mention she’s the star and executive producer of America’s No. 1 film The Perfect Guy. Though they are every woman’s idol by all accounts, both ladies got a little heat this week for decisions they’ve made that some felt were not becoming of the… Continue Reading

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Dawn Richard Gets Real [Exclusive]

Real women are stars, and stars are real women… When Dawn Richard hits the stage she’s electrifying. Often coloring outside the lines in both her music and fashion, she makes it clear she’s never afraid to take risks. The singer and dancer (also known as D∆WN) made quite the splash with solo projects Goldenheart (2013) and Blackheart (2015), two albums from a trilogy concept that will round off with her upcoming offering RedemptionHeart. But when she’s off the stage, the New Orleans, Louisiana native is just like any other woman trying to conquer the trial-and-errors of life. A self-described, “belligerent introvert,” Dawn is both raw and mysterious. Right off… Continue Reading

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Album Review: Ciara – ‘Jackie’

In recent history, Ciara‘s personal life has superseded her musical career–and for obvious reasons. Nearly a year after announcing her engagement to hip-hop artist, Future, the singer shockingly called off the anticipated wedding, followed by rumors of infidelity on the rapper’s part. She even graced the cover of Brides magazine, donning a wedding dress she would ultimately never get the chance to wear. As most artists do when met with personal strife, Cici put her public breakup on wax with her first single “I Bet.” It gave listeners a glimpse into what the singer thought of the betrayal from the… Continue Reading

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PIPE DOWN AND GET OVER BEYONCÉ’S NUDITY

Like every year, the fashion at the MET Gala made the whole social media world stop. The evening’s Chinese theme inspired an array of sartorial expressions, from Rihanna’s show-stopping yellow fur cape, to Solange’s out-of-the-box Chinese fan creation. No female guests, however, garnered more attention than Beyoncé, who wore a jeweled, nude Givenchy couture gown. Reactions to the entertainer’s dress varied from “she SHUT DOWN the red carpet!” to “Blah.” Most were more on the affirmative side. But as in most cases, many accused Beyoncé of showing too much skin. Some critics felt the singer was screaming for attention, while… Continue Reading

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MO’NIQUE CALLS ON MOTHERS TO LOVE AND ACCEPT THEIR GAY CHILDREN [EXCLUSIVE]

Though Mo’Nique hasn’t been on the big screen since her Oscar-winning performance in Lee Daniels’ Precious, the actress is back with a new project and message for mothers everywhere. In Blackbird–which she also executive produces–Mo’Nique plays a mother in the deep South who struggles with her son’s homosexuality, among other family dynamics. But the theme of homophobia in the church and parents failing to accept their children simply because of their sexuality is one that pervades the film. Not only does it serve as the major thread in the film, but it’s something families are dealing with across the globe…. Continue Reading

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Album Review: Ne-Yo – ‘Non-Fiction’

Ne-Yo has long been lauded as one of the industry’s most successful songwriters. Penning female-centric anthems for the likes of Beyoncé (“Irreplaceable”) and Rihanna (“Take A Bow”) the 32-year-old has illustrated his knack for understanding the point of view of the woman. As a solo artist with hit records of his own, the singer has often used the woman as his lyrical muse, whether mourning how she broke his heart (“So Sick”) or celebrating her independence (“Miss Independent”). With his sixth studio album, Non-Fiction, Ne-Yo continues this musical trend, touring through the highs and lows of being a man with… Continue Reading

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DAWN RICHARD SPILLS HER HEART OUT [EXCLUSIVE]

Dawn Richard doesn’t back down from a conversation. Whether about the public demise of her former girl group Danity Kane (for a second time) or the nasty things haters throw her way, the 31-year-old singer does not mince words. In fact, she’s an open book. In her music, she wears her heart on her sleeve and is unapologetic about it. But where she really spills her heart is when discussing things that matter to her most outside all the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry, like the unfair standards placed on Black women. “As a Black woman we are… Continue Reading

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Album Review: Jazmine Sullivan – ‘Reality Show’

Though reality television has procured quite the bad reputation over the years, one can’t deny its ability to mirror some of truths of the human race, no matter how flawed it may be. On any given show you’re sure to recognize recurring themes of vanity, greed and toxic relationships, among other vices. These are just a few of the explored subject matters on Jazmine Sullivan’s third studio album, Reality Show, the first release since her very felt hiatus from the music industry back in 2011. Four years later, Sullivan takes contemporary television and uses it as her muse in what… Continue Reading