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Where R. Kelly Went Wrong In Response To Transgender Teen

My commentary via CentricTV.com… Is R. Kelly ashamed of his transgender teen? That’s what inquiring minds wanted to know when the megastar singer remained radio silent after news broke that his child, Jay Kelly, 13, had publicly identified as transgender. “R. Kelly’s Daughter Turns Male” read one of the many eye-catching headlines that dominated the news cycle for weeks. So when word got out that R. Kelly had publicly commented on his personal family matter, many were eager to learn the singer’s thoughts. But rather than using his public, wide-reaching platform to unequivocably declare his support of his child’s decision to stand in… Continue Reading

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Necole Bitchie: More Than Just A Blogger [Exclusive]

Check out my very personal interview with celebrity blogger Necole Kane of NecoleBitchie.com. It’s by far one of my favorites: Two minutes into her interview with CentricTV.com, Necole Kane, widely known by the moniker “Necole Bitchie,” is in tears. “Damn. Every time someone brings up my parents…” she says before stopping mid sentence to dry her eyes. The famous blogger’s mom and dad both died at the age of 42, just two years apart from each other and, as expected, it’s something that remains a soft spot. In fact, death has become quite a devastating theme in her life. Before her… Continue Reading

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‘Basketball Wives LA’ Star Jackie Christie, A Jack Of All Trades [Exclusive]

Check out my exclusive interview with Jackie Christie via BlackEnterprise.com: Jackie Christie may be the better half of former NBA star Doug Christie, but rest assured she’s no trophy wife. Best known these days as the star of VH1′s Basketball Wives LA, over the last 20 years Christie has been a tenacious business woman, with her hand in almost every industry you could possibly think of. From clothing, cosmetics, music and publishing, to her more recent venture, a cognac with her namesake, Christie has the balance sheets to prove she’s the ‘Jackie’ of all trades. In an exclusive interview with BlackEnterprise.com,Christie breaks… Continue Reading

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Stop Silencing Women: Why Domestic Violence Is No Laughing Matter

Via CentricTV.com: Domestic violence has taken center stage yet again in the press thanks to D.L. Hughley’s major fail of a joke when he called Columbus Short’s wife Tanee McCall-Short “thirsty” on his morning radio show, because she accused her husband of being physically abusive. Instead of treating it as a serious news story, Hughley decided to spew a rather sexist rant about how she was a “b*tch” who was going to “f*ck her money up” by causing Short to lose his job. There were many things problematic about Hughley’s scathing words. Other than the obvious misogyny and degradation of calling another woman out… Continue Reading

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Album Review: August Alsina – ‘Testimony’

Everyone loves a good story, and August Alsina has quite one to tell. The singer’s rag-to-riches tale is captivating but, as documented on his debut album, Testimony, he could’ve been just another statistic. Luckily for Alsina, rather than ending up six-feet under or behind bars in the mean streets of New Orleans, he ended up at the top of the charts, now being mentioned in the same breath as Chris Brown and Trey Songz. But what’s so fascinating about Alsina is not just his story, but the complex duality of his artistry. Musically he sits comfortably in both the R&B… Continue Reading

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Gerren Keith Gaynor Guest Talks on ‘Huffington Post Live’

I recently appeared on HuffPost Live on a segment called “Where Did All The Divas Go?” to discuss the decline of the “diva” and whether it has lost its meaning or significance over the years. Check out the video and accompanying article: Aretha. Celine. Whitney. Mariah. The ultimate divas. Miley. Katy. RiRi. Gaga. The … ummm? We hardly blink an eye when Lady Gaga gets puked on, or when Madonna attempts to stay relevant by performing with Miley Cyrus. And how about Rihanna? She’s too busy on Instagram to be belting out her beloved hits. Seriously, what happened to our divas? HuffPost Live… Continue Reading

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Ledisi on Living Your Truth and Loving The Skin You’re In [Exclusive]

Check out my exclusive interview with Ledisi via CentricTV.com: If you’ve seen Ledisi as of late, you probably took a double take. The powerhouse soul singer not only sounds better than ever, but she looks it too. Ever since debuting her slimmer frame and sexier image at Black Girls Rock! late last year, the music world and fans alike have been buzzing. Now with the release of her new album My Truth, Ledisi is unapologetically herself and unafraid to go after what she wants. In an exclusive interview with CentricTV.com, the singer talks about where her new sense of freedom comes from, embracing self-love… Continue Reading

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Is Beyonce’s ‘Sexy’ Image Changing The Perception of Motherhood?

We all can agree that Beyonce is one hot mama. Long before giving birth to her daughter Blue Ivy, the once self-described “bootylicious” singer was often, and still is, touted as the sexiest woman on the planet. Now, as the mother of a two-year-old, Beyonce has easily become not just one of the most beautiful women in the world, but the world’s most sexiest mom. One scroll through the superstar’s Instagram page – or a simple Google search – and you’re likely to find many snapshots of her with her daughter, often dolled up in a pair of short-shorts and high-inch heels, something… Continue Reading

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The Sexism, Racism Behind Black Hair In Entertainment and Sports

Via CentricTV.com: While almost the entire country had their eyes glued to television sets to watch Super Bowl XLVIII, others were paying closer attention to Fox Sports news reporter Pam Oliver’s hair. The 19-year veteran is one of the few women in sports broadcast, especially among women of color, and despite being an intelligent, pioneering woman in sports news, the only thing the public seemed to focus on was what’s on her head, rather than what’s inside it. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the Florida A&M University alum has been under the microscope for her outer appearance. Whether it’s her… Continue Reading

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‘SNL’ Proves Why Drake Is Bigger Than Hip-Hop

Many tuned in to the latest episode of Saturday Night Live to see Drake host and perform – or to see the premiere of the show’s newest and only Black comedienne Sasheer Zamata, which was clearly secretly what people really watched for. But what’s clear is that Drake hands-down stole the show. His skits – which included impersonations of A-Rod, Lil’ Wayne and Jay-Z – were not only spot on but actually quite humorous. While Drake is often touted as hip-hop’s next in line to the throne, the 27-year-old – who once starred in the television series Degrassi during his teens… Continue Reading