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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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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In recent history, Ciara‘s personal life has superseded her musical career–and for obvious reasons.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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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

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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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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

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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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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