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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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HOW BERSHAN SHAW TURNED BREAST CANCER TO A LIFE’S CAREER [EXCLUSIVE]

Being diagnosed with breast cancer was a devastating blow for Bershan Shaw. At just 33, she was faced with a reality no woman is ever prepared for. “You should be living your life. You should be thinking about your career, marriage, kids…not breast cancer,” Shaw tells Centric of her 2007 diagnosis. Though she underwent successful radiation, two years later her cancer came back. This time at stage 4. “I walked out [the doctor’s office] and said ‘I will live.’ I got on my knees outside the door and was like ‘God, please let me be a vessel,” Shaw recalls. “Let me… Continue Reading

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NEW MAGAZINE WANTS BLACK WOMEN TO KNOW THEY ARE ENOUGH

“Nobody cares about Black women.” Those were the words that ignited fire in the belly of Qimmah Saafir to finally go out on faith with launching her own magazine for Black women. The statement came from an industry insider who started a number of magazines in the market. A casual conversation about diversity in the magazine business led to a sobering reality. “I realized nobody else cares about this. Nobody else is going to do this for us, so why not just do it?” she says. And then the conception of Hannah magazine was born. The biannual glossy seeks to give… 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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WHAT IS BLACK MEN’S BEEF WITH BLACK WOMEN?

Black men have seemingly declared war on Black women, and it’s getting real. It’s no secret that the battle of the sexes is something that’s existed since Adam blamed Eve for biting that godforsaken forbidden fruit. For centuries,  men and women have been at odds over their biological and psychological differences, both legitimate and naught. For men and women of color, however, the stakes seem to be at an all-time high. Whether it’s baby mama vs. baby daddy drama or the delicate topic of dating outside one’s race, Black men and Black women just can’t seem to see to eye… Continue Reading

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Is The Institution of Marriage Dying? [Commentary]

There’s a state of emergency in America: married couples just can’t seem to stay together. In Black Hollywood alone there have been at least seven reported divorces, including Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, Keyshia Cole and Daniel Gibson, and more recently Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose. Whether over infidelity or irreconcilable differences, it seems celebrity couples are calling it quits left and right with no sign of hope in sight. So much so that a couple actually surviving is mythical in theory (hey, Jada and Will!) Other marriages that have joined the divorce roll call this year include Randy Jackson and wife Erika Riker, celebrity chefs Gina and Pat Neely, Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally, and Paula Patton and Robin Thicke…. Continue Reading

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Author Zane Talks Career, Race and Sexuality [Exclusive]

Gerren Keith Gaynor interviews author Zane for Centric: Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that when it comes to erotica novels, author Zane is the genre’s reigning queen. Over the last 15 years, she’s published 30 books and has had her signature no-holds-barred literary sexcapades turned into the television series “Zane’s Sex Chronicles.” And on Oct. 10, the author will be entering a new medium when her New York Times best-selling novel “Addicted” makes its film debut in theaters nationwide. But even with her massive success, Zane admits she’s noticed the limitations of her career as a Black writer. With the… Continue Reading

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The Danger In Nicki Minaj and Big Booty Culture

Everyone is talking about Nicki Minaj’s butt. Ever since the female rapper released the cover art for her new single “Anaconda” (pictured above) – which shows her squating, backed turned to the camera in a g-string, with her ass in full view – many took Minaj to task for exploiting her body for music sales and shock value. While it’s no different than all the other times the female rapper got attention for her assets, this go around seems to be a public outcry against what some consider to be a gimmick executed one too many times by the rapper and,… Continue Reading

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AJ Johnson On Being A Wellness Coach, How To Be A Better You [Exclusive]

  While AJ Johnson may be best known as Jody’s momma in the 2001 film Baby Boy, what many people may not know is that over the last several years, the veteran actress has dedicated her life’s work to being a health and wellness coach to both celebrities and non-celebrities alike. One of Johnson’s clients, Gabrielle Union, made headlines when she stood before an audience at the ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon to give a candid confession about how she once “lived for the negativity inflicted” upon her fellow actresses of color out of insecurity and competitiveness. In an interview with Oprah, Union… Continue Reading

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Monifah Talks Being A Newlywed, Same-Sex Marriage Movement [Exclusive]

Check out my CentricTV.com interview with singer and “R&B Divas” star Monifah Carter… Without question, when it comes to Black representations of LGBT people in Hollywood, singer Monifah stands at the frontline. Stepping back into the spotlight since her glory days in the ‘90s, the R&B diva has become a vocal activist for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, even recently marrying the love of her life, Terez. As a spokesperson for Out Loud Secret – a non-profit that provides services for the children of LGBTQ families – Monifah is utilizing her celebrity to encourage love and equality. In September, the organization will attempt to… Continue Reading