RECAP: "If The Shoe Fits..."-Being Mary Jane S3, E7

Being Mary Jane was great last night! Picking up from last week, Mary Jane gets more bag options from the stylists, and gets a Birkin bag for herself for her 39th birthday. Meanwhile, Niecy tries to sell expensive flat irons at the mall, where a customer encourages her to do hair. Niecy could really be making some great money. I don't know why she doesn't, really. She talks with other employees in the mall, who help each other out with employee discounts to their different stores.

In addition to the Birkin bag, MJ also gets a new car. While driving home, she sees Mark's house for sale. She ss shocked and upset that he is really leaving for Nigeria, and also that he seemingly forgot her birthday. At that moment, Patrick calls and says that Helen had another fall and had to stay overnight in the hospital. She quickly comes over, of course. PJ comes in too, from LA, and is apparently doing well for himself at his new job, albeit illegal. MJ is suspicious that her brothers and family are planning something for her birthday, but I doubt it. Patrick asks her to come back to help Helen that night, which she takes to mean to come back for the surprise. However, with everything going on, I really think they forgot!

RECAP: "Thanksgiving"-Scream Queens S1, E10

Another murderous episode of Scream Queens! Picking up from last week, Chanel admits Chad that she pushed Hester after the girl lied about being pregnant. Of course, the body was put in the meat locker, which automatically means it probably went missing. Chad, of course, wants to see the body. Chanel, believing the secret will bring them closer than ever, takes him, and...the body is missing. Shocker! Chad wonders if Hester was even dead in the first place, and believes that, if she's not, she will be coming after Chanel.

Meanwhile, Gigi spends a boring Thanksgiving with the Red Devil. She states that Boone was crazy and the Red Devil shouldn't feel bad about killing him. After receiving an electric knife from the bellboy, Gigi gives the Red Devil the knife to cut the quail they received for dinner, but did (s)he use it on Gigi instead?!


NEW EP: Beats, Bass, Party-Timothy J. Wilson

A few months back, we had the pleasure to feature singer Timothy J. Wilson on the blog! I was impressed by his ability to not only sing, play his own instruments, and produce his own music, but also his involvement in acting and great business sense. Truly a force to be reckoned with!

On Friday, Timothy released his new project, Beats, Bass, Party, and it's definitely a great listen! The EP, which includes his track "What I Like," is fun, sexy, and great to rock to!

Check out the EP below!

In The Spotlight: Producer and Rapper J. Rhodes

Time for another artist spotlight! As always, if you or your client is interested in being featured on The Spotlight, please visit our Features/Submissions page for more information!

Today we have producer and rapper J. Rhodes from the Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas, TX. The artist fell in love with music thanks to his dad and "Uncle Bone' (that one crazy uncle everyone has as he told me). He said they would play different types of music from Johnny Taylor to Sam Cooke.  He loved it all and it just stuck with him.

Full List of Winners at the 2015 American Music Awards

Last night, the American Music Awards took place. Hosted by Jennifer Lopez, the event was filled with crazy moments and great performances, and quite a few awards were given.

Check out the full list of winners below!


MUSIC VIDEO: "The Moment"-Mosliano

Back in May, we featured rapper Mosliano on The Spotlight! He has since released his EP, Moments, and has come back with a new music video for his track, "The Moment. "

On the track, Mosliano discussed strengthening his skills, and making a name for himself in this industry. The artist is taking chances, living in the moment, and stepping out of his comfort zone to advance his career.

Check out the video below!


MUSIC VIDEO: "Destined"-Moe Cheekz

R&B singer and Gold Cloud Entertainment recording artist Moe Cheekz has released a music video for his track, "Destined!"

The song is definitely inspiring for anyone working on a dream or goal in their own life. Moe himself is unwavering in his commitment to the grind to make his own dreams happen. He believes wholeheartedly that he is destined for greatness with his gift. "I could've been gang bangin', I could've been drug slangin'," the singer admits on the track. "But I found my own way. I'm destined for glory."

Check out the video below!


NEW MUSIC: "Lie, Lie, Lie,"-Gia Allison

Singer Gia Allison has dropped her latest track, "Lie, Lie, Lie!"

The singer, based in Atlanta, wrote, produced, and arranged the track on her own. "This song is about how we lie to ourselves when we are aware of the way we should be living," Gia said of the track.

"Lie, Lie, Lie" is available now on iTunes. Check out the track below!


RECAP: "Don't Call It A Comeback"-Being Mary Jane S3, E6

How are you all liking Being Mary Jane this season? Picking up from last week, Mary Jane has a great
night at the club with Nichelle and other girlfriends, as they drink and talk about their sex lives! As the ladies all begin to leave to go home, Mary Jane sees the white boy she made out with in the last episode, and goes back in the club. They make out again, as Nichelle texts to see if MJ made it home safe. He wants to go home with her, or have her come home with him, but she wants to keep things at the club. We still don't even know his name, and neither does Mary Jane, but she's good with that.

RECAP: "Ghost Stories,"-Scream Queens S1, E9

Another dramatic, crazy episode of Scream Queens last night! Picking up from last week, Boone is walking around in his disguise, talking on the phone as if nothing is wrong. He talks to the person on the other end about how they have agreed to take out Gigi. For a moment, Boone takes off his beard, and Number 3 spots him! However, her dumb butt thinks he's a ghost, and that he's come back for revenge on her for saying he couldn't be a Kappa! She gets scared and runs off.

At the Kappa House, it's the ladies' last night there. Chanel is rocking a Sacagawea costume, thinking Sacagawea had something to do with Thanksgiving. Goodness. Anyway, she reveals that Chad has asked her to meet his family for Thanksgiving! In fact, she received a traditional Radwell turkey wishbone necklace, which, in her mind, means she's pretty much set to be engaged to him by Christmas. Of course, Hester is jealous, but plays it off. She and the other ladies nonchalantly toast to Chanel's news.

MOVIE TRAILER: Zoolander 2, Starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are back for Zoolander 2! According to Polygon, 14 years after the original film, supermodels Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald are trying to fit into today's fashion world. They are then contracted by a secret organization run by Penelope Cruz to infiltrate and destroy a group that's slowly killing off all the "beautiful people" in the world, including Justin Bieber.

The film is set to be released on February 12, 2016. Check out the trailer below!


VIDEO: "You Ever?"- Poet Toiné Houston

Chicago poet Toiné Houston explores true love in her piece, "You Ever?"

The spoken word piece, set to music, is featured on Toiné's Love States EP. In a statement, the track was explained in full:
"Today’s world of dating is a melting pot of emotion and adjustment; in a city so full of young souls eager to fall in love, trials, turns and tribulations are sure to arise before finding one’s soulmate. In the new “You Ever?” visuals, Toiné Houston explores her city and her heart to find the connection she’s been yearning for. As a woman not interested in fabricating her reality, Toiné speaks true sentiment and emotion into this record, provoking our deepest feelings and memories of loves past.
The poet uses her words, set to music, to ask raw and honest questions about love, to invoke thoughts and emotions from listeners themselves.

Check out the visual below!


MUSIC VIDEO: "Property"-Jessica Lesaca feat. Liane V

Spent the day getting through my Monday blues checking out some new music submissions along
with a new music video!

Singer Jessica Lesaca has released a music video for her new track, "Property," featuring fellow singer Liane V! "Property," which was released under Sleek Tone Records,  is a modern twist of the classic Brandy and Monica track, "The Boy Is Mine." Much like the original, we see these two girls being played by a guy, with a very interesting ending!

Jessica and Liane have been friends for a few years, and did a cover together of Aaliyah's "Miss You," as well as worked together as backup singers for a year. "Back when we were doing cover videos, I always wanted to do "The Boy is Mine" with her but we never got around to it," Jessica said. "When it came time for us to do a song together, I thought it would be fun for it to have the same kind of vibe."

Check out the video below!


NEW MUSIC: "11 Weeks"-Eeva

Check out this alternative R&B track from Serbian artist Eeva entitled "11 Weeks!"

In a statement, the song was explained as follows:
"According to popular science, 11 weeks is the estimated period of time that it takes to get over the end of a long-term relationship. Whether this is really true or not, this is Eeva's attempt to acknowledge and embrace all the emotions and phases that it takes to get over the loss so she can find courage and strength to move on. She describes her healing process in this song as 'digesting a goodbye' over this amazing instrumental by Flying Lotus feat Thundercat - "Between Friends."
Check out the soulful track below!

ALBUM REVIEW: Know-It-All -Alessia Cara

On her debut project, Know-It-All, singer Alessia Cara shows her great potential for a long career in the industry!

The album, officially released today, November 13, is a great blend of alternative pop and soul, and is perfectly mellow! Alessia is a talented singer, and her vocals are pretty impressive on the album. However, her material stands out even more. Throughout the project, Alessia shows that she has a lot of wisdom beyond just her 19 years. She's a calm, cool, and collected rebel who has no problem doing her own thing, which separates her from the pack of generic pop singers scrambling for a spot in the industry.

Check out the rest of my review below!


NEW MUSIC: "Get Rich"-NorfStar

R&B artist NorfStar has released his debut single, "Get Rich!"

The hard-hitting track was released under Wilson Entertainment Group, Lucky 7 Records & Entertainment, and The Coldest Entertainment, On the single, NorfStar sings about putting in serious work to get his money and make his name known in this industry! "Overtime, on the grind see we never stop unless it's dinnertime," the artist sings. "We eating all the cake up, cake up, cake up!"

NorfStar definitely brought his A game on this! Check out the track below!


RECAP: "Hot Seat"-Being Mary Jane S3, E5

Another great episode of Being Mary Jane last night! Picking up from last week, Mary Jane is
adamant about getting her spot back on the show. However, Greg refuses to pull Marisol from the chair. MJ then decides to make some moves of her own, and makes a donation and call to the Rainbow Coalition. A representative comes in to question Greg, wondering if race is the reason why Mary Jane hasn't been brought back on the show. Greg offers the Coalition time to speak on their organization to avoid this accusation going public, but the rep demands that MJ be put back on the air within 3-6 weeks or the Coalition will hit the press. Mary Jane doesn't feel like the rep pressed hard enough, but, for the coalition, there is a process to getting this to happen. Yet again, Mary Jane takes things into her own hands, and announces to the intrigued reporters outside that she'll be back on the air on Monday, forcing SNC's hand herself.

RECAP: "Mommie Dearest"-Scream Queens S1, E8

Another crazy episode of Scream Queens! Picking up from last week, Grace goes to talk to Dean Munsch about the Kappa baby, though the Dean dismisses the conversation, stating that Feather is the Red Devil. Therefore, Grace's theory about someone seeking revenge for the death of the Kappa sister is incorrect. Grace warns the Dean that if she keeps ignoring what's going on at the university, the Red Devil will eventually sneak attack the Dean and stab her in the heart. That night, as she showers, Dean Munsch is almost attacked by the Red Devil, but manages to beat him up before he could stab her. When he comes to, they have a brief fight, followed by the other Red Devil coming in, as well as someone dressed as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia! The Dean handles herself pretty well though, able to beat up all of them pretty good! The killers eventually run off, surprisingly, and Dean Munsch is unscathed.

MOVIE TRAILER: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Now here is a a sequel I'm really excited for! An announcement of a sequel to the hit movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, was recently announced, and now we have the official trailer!

Picking up from the original film, there has a decent gap between the ending of that first film until now, and we see that the Portokalos family is just as crazy as ever! Toula and Ian’s daughter, Paris, is now getting ready to leave for college (hoping to get away from her overbearing Greek family for a while).  Gus and Maria also discover that the priest who officiated their wedding forgot to sign the paperwork! Needless to say, this is going to be a funny, feel good movie!

Watch the trailer below!


In The Spotlight: Rady Onabanjo, Owner & Designer of Saviwear Brands

Another spotlight for y'all today! As always, if you or your client is interested in being featured on The Spotlight, please visit our Features/Submissions page for more information! 

Today, we have Rady Onabanjo, owner and designer of Saviwear Brands! The designer always had a love of style and fashion, and would receive compliments on her outfits and color coordination. Though she was into rapping and then law for a while, her journey eventually shifted to a career in fashion.

Fifth Harmony Will Be Honored as Group of the Year at Billboard's Women in Music

Fifth Harmony will be presented with the Group of the Year award at Billboard's Women in Music event!

According to Billboard, the ladies will also perform at the event, which is set to take place on December 11 in New York and air on Lifetime on December 18.


MUSIC VIDEO: "Weather the Storm"-Rebecca Jade

Singer Rebecca Jade has released her music video for her latest single “Weather the Storm!”

The track, which is from her third album A Shade of Jade, has an old school feel to it, clearly inspired from the 1940-1960s classic doo-wop sound. The visual itself goes back in time as well, clear from Rebecca's costuming. You will definitely enjoythe simple video along with her strong, passionate vocals.

Check out the video below!

Pusha T Named President of G.O.O.D. Music

Today is a very G.O.O.D. Day for Pusha T! According to Billboard, he's been appointed the President of G.O.O.D. Music!

The Virginia rapper said when Kanye West offered him the job that his position will be "to manicure the label, make it profitable and be very business-oriented about it going forward in a manicured type of way."


MUSIC VIDEO: "What I Like"-Timothy J. Wilson

Back in August, I had the opportunity to feature Timothy J. Wilson, a talented singer and musician whose work I'm really glad I got to listen to. Well today, Timothy has released with a new video for his latest single, "What I Like!"

"What I Like" is the first single from Timothy's upcoming EP, "BEATS, BASS, PARTY", which is set for release on November 20th. The visual features Timothy jamming behind a mic on his guitar, while singing to his special lady who's got exactly what he likes! The singer incorporates elements of funk in the song, as in several of his other tracks, which creates an upbeat, entertaining track to dance to, especially with that special person in your life!

Check out the video below and let us know what you think!


Melanie Fiona Is Pregnant!

Melanie Fiona is expecting her first child with her boyfriend, fellow R&B singer Jared Cotter!

The singer announced the pregnancy with a short video on Instagram showcasing her baby bump and song "I Want It All." She captioned the video,
"The greatest power a person possesses is the power to choose. The only thing greater, is being chosen. Thank You for choosing Us. Jared and I are thrilled to become Parents.  #IWantItAll #Motherhood #Love #ChooseHigher #Awake xo."

Check out the video below!

NEW MUSIC: "Miracle"-Charles "Gator" Moore

New music for y'all! R&B singer Charles "Gator" Moore has released his soulful ballad, "Miracle!"

The track, produced by Carl B Music, features Charles' soulful vocals singing to his love, so grateful to have this great person in his life. "When you come around, you brighten up my day. All the things you do for me and the tender words you say," he passionately croons. "You make a man feel like a man and I appreciate it." "Miracle" is a beautiful track of love, with the singer stating that “It's sorta like reality, but it's more like a dream."

Check out the track below!


RECAP: "Being Kara"-Being Mary Jane S3, E4

Another great episode of Being Mary Jane last night! Picking up from last week, this episode mostly surrounds Kara, hence the title of the episode. We see Kara having some romantic time with Gael, going off to finish some work, and falling asleep. However, she oversleeps, and rushes to get ready for the day. We've seen before that she has a problem balancing her work and personal life. As she gets ready in the car, she pops a pill to, assumedly, calm herself down and get on with the day.

RECAP: "Beware of Young Girls"-Scream Queens S1, E7

Soooo...last week was the World Series so, unfortunately,we didn't get to see a new episode of Scream Queens. Picking up from last episode, Chanel hosts an open casket funeral for Chanel #2, since the girl's own parents went on a cruise to celebrate her death! However Chanel uses the moment to go IN on the poor dead girl at her own funeral! Chanel reveals how Number 2 seduced Chad,  and even pushed her down to the stairs once, and got what she deserved. Everyone knows that Chanel has done worse, though!


ALBUM REVIEW: Smoke Signals-Oktoba

Singer Oktoba dropped his debut album, Smoke Signals, on October 29, a great project I had the opportunity to check out. All tracks on the album were written and performed by the artist, mixed and produced by Tim Bidwell at The Clockwork Owl Studio, Brighton. The project was mastered by Nick Lewis at Brighton Mastering.

Blending folk, pop and Americana, the singer/songwriter based in Brighton, England, created a mellow album that showcases his vocal ability and songwriting skills. "As songwriters, we are given the intimate platform to describe our lives," Oktoba said of his work in a statement. "I really try when writing, to write honestly, giving the listener something that feels familiar and something that they can relate to, no matter who they are or where they're from." With Smoke Signals, the singer definitely accomplishes that aspect, offering a lot of great material and messages that listeners will be able to connect with.

Check out more of my review below!

TRAILER: The Challenge: Battle of the Bloodlines

MTV's hit competition series, The Challenge, is coming back for its 27th season this winter, and, by the looks of this new trailer, it's going to be some serious family drama!

According to Us Weekly, on this upcoming season, titled Battle of the Bloodlines, 14 MTV reality stars will compete with their family members for a shot at $350,000! “This season is going to be unlike anything we’ve done before - we’ve paired you up with your family,” host T.J. Lavin reveals in the video.

Check out the trailer below!


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