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Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.

A Talk With Playwright James Ijames As He Gears Up For The Debut Of His National Black Theatre Production, 'Kill Move Paradise'
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A Talk With Playwright James Ijames As He Gears Up For The Debut Of His National Black Theatre Production, ‘Kill Move Paradise’

Looking for a thought-provoking play to go to? You might want to check out the National Black Theatre, “Kill Move Paradise.” The production will mark the New York City debut of Philadelphia-based award-winning playwright James Ijames. “Kill Move Paradise” follows four Black males who have to confront the reality of their pasts and scramble to make […]

Summer Reading List:  From Entertainment To Inspirational
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Summer Reading List: From Entertainment To Inspirational

Get your summer reading list together now! You’ll need some good reads for the beach. Here are a few to consider. Spotlight On Black Heroes Book of Black Heroes: Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil Robertson is a timely release. Because Robertson, who curated and edited three groundbreaking anthologies, including Family Affair: What It […]

Jacob Latimore Pulls Off A Little Magic In New Film 'Sleight'
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Jacob Latimore Pulls Off A Little Magic In New Film ‘Sleight’

Jacob Latimore is more than ready for his close-up. This triple threat is a singer, actor, and dancer who has had success in all areas of entertainment. Now, he’s starring in the new film “Sleight,” which received major buzz at Sundance. In “Sleight,” which also stars Dulé Hill, Seychelle Gabriel, Sasheer Zamata, Storm Reid, and […]

Artist To Artist: Cape Verdean Singer ELL Cosme Chats With American R&B Singer Paloma Ford
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Artist To Artist: Cape Verdean Singer ELL Cosme Chats With American R&B Singer Paloma Ford

Music is the universal language, so when Cape Verdean singer ELL Cosme met up with American R&B/Pop singer Paloma Ford and her manager, music mogul Percy “Master P” Miller for a chat at NYC’s Bryant Park Grill they found they had lots to talk about. Ford was celebrating her latest single is “That Shit Ain’t […]

Jeff Redd: An Award-Winning Music Mogul, Recording Artist & Entrepreneur
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Jeff Redd: An Award-Winning Music Mogul, Recording Artist & Entrepreneur

Jeff Redd is much more than a 1990s singing sensation. Redd is an award-winning music mogul, recording artist, and entrepreneur. As a music artist, he is probably best known for his mega-hit singles, “You Called and Told Me” from the Strictly Business soundtrack and “Love High.”  As a music executive he helped launch the career of Mary J. […]

Spring Reading List: Page Turners To Check Out
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Spring Reading List: Page Turners To Check Out

Spring is finally here which means spending mor time outdoors. And what better way that to pass a nice spring day than reading a good book on a park bench. Here are a few books you might want to check out. Girls Rule The World: “Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe” by […]

Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams Comes With Solo CD
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Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams Comes With Solo CD

There was a time when Mint Condition was racking up hits and dominating radio, but after more than two decades as the lead vocalist for the R&B band, Stokley Williams has decided to step out as a solo artist. He has just dropped his debut solo album Introducing Stokley.Stokley called in a few friends for […]

Beauty Expert Agunes White Debuts Anti-Aging Product 'Sexy Golddigger Serum'
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Beauty Expert Agunes White Debuts Anti-Aging Product ‘Sexy Golddigger Serum’

The U.S. skin care market is expected to reach $10,717.4 million by 2018. So skin care expert and entrepreneur Agunes White, the founder and CEO of Agunes Skin Care, has decided on the perfect time to launch her latest product, Sexy Golddigger Serum™. The name is more than provocative. “The name is, yes, powerful and sexy,’” […]

A Christmas Story: Books For Everyone on Your Gift List
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A Christmas Story: Books For Everyone on Your Gift List

One of the best gifts to give a person is a book. A book can help someone in so many different ways–some give pleasure, others education. Here’s a list of a few reads that might be perfect for someone on your gift list. Highlight Review Other American Dreams by Sérgio F. Monteiro This a crime […]

Lor’Dour Designs Wowed On The Catwalk At Harlem Fashion Week
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Lor’Dour Designs Wowed On The Catwalk At Harlem Fashion Week

Last month I had the chance to check out the fabulous Harlem Fashion Week and was wowed by the fashions of Arianna Laylah, Isha Conteh, Simply Ma’am, Visions by Teonah Knighton, Yvonne Jewnell New York, and Lor’Dour Designs. The designer behind Lor’Dour Designs is Crystal Glass Warner, also the CEO of Crystal Glass Cosmetics and […]

Does United Airlines Have A Secret Racist Group? A Lawsuit By Black Pilots Claims So
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Does United Airlines Have A Secret Racist Group? A Lawsuit By Black Pilots Claims So

Black pilots over at United Airlines are not just unhappy with the airline, they feel their airline needs to be investigated for discriminatory practices. A group of African-American United Airlines pilots are currently involved in a major lawsuit over claims of discrimination at the airline. The plaintiffs are also  asking Congress and the U.S. Department […]

Stories From Cabo Verde: Meet Artist Tchalé Figueira
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Stories From Cabo Verde: Meet Artist Tchalé Figueira

They say music is the universal language, but art may even be more so. And one of the best communicators is  Cabo Verde is Tchalé Figueira, whom I have had the pleasure to getting to know. Vivacious, talented, opinionated, outspoken, friendly, fun-loving are just a few of the adjectives to describe Tchalé–and I am sure […]

Party Like Rihanna In Barbados at the Famed Crop Over Festival--But Hurry Up! Aug. 1 Is the “Last Lap”
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Party Like Rihanna In Barbados at the Famed Crop Over Festival–But Hurry Up! Aug. 1 Is the “Last Lap”

You have seen pictures of singer Rihanna celebrating Crop Over festival in her native Barbados. So why not join her this year, especially since you can stay at Mango Bay all-inclusive hotel for off season rates. The beachfront boutique-style Mango Bay Hotel, with just 76 rooms, is located nearby the festivities on the vibrant west […]

Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: Suicide and Mental Health In CV
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Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: Suicide and Mental Health In CV

I have been in Cabo Verde for more than six years and have heard of more suicides and have known more people peripherally who have committed suicide than ever in my life. Maybe this is because it’s a small country. But there still seems to be a disproportionate amount of suicides in this island nation. […]

How Agnes Davis Came To Start "Swim swim swim I SAY"
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How Agnes Davis Came To Start “Swim swim swim I SAY”

This summer is the perfect time to teach your child to swim or to put them into swimming classes, especially if you are Black.  According to the latest stats a whopping 70 percent of Blacks Americans don’t swim. This can be dangerous. This is where Agnes Davis steps in. Her New York City-based company, swim […]