3.31.2017

All Good Things Must Come to an End....


Indeed, all good things must come to an end. I’ve made the announcement to some a while ago, but today, I am officially closing down The Spotlight


Moving forward from Spotlight was something I was silently considering for a while now. Not because I felt a disconnect from entertainment writing (I still do that with other sites), or from the entertainment world in general. I’ll always love music, movies, and TV, and continue to write about it elsewhere. But, being a Christian, I’ve been hearing God calling me towards another path. As I started listening and meditating, His voice has become louder, not only through His own words, but through conversations and moments I’ve had with others. I didn’t tell anyone because I didn’t want to be influenced by outside advice. This was a discussion simply between me and God, and I see now where He would have me go.

3.30.2017

In The Spotlight: Pop/Rock Musician Vander



Another spotlight for y’all..today, we have pop/rock musician Vander!


Growing up on an industrial estate forty minutes outside of Sydney, Australia, Vander (born William Vandermade) revealed that he didn’t grow up with a lot of money. However, from his childhood, he learned to be grateful for what he did have and to have a positive outlook on life. “I wear that proudly on my sleeve today. And I think it in turn influenced the music that I connected with - music that was inspired by the working class,” Vander said. “U2, Bruce Springsteen, artists who started from nowhere but had the dream to be the biggest and the greatest acts in the world. I feel I connected to their roots and was also inspired by their ambition. I felt that with them, anything was possible.” 

Throwback Jam of the Week: "Crazy"-Britney Spears


It's Throwback Thursday, and we've got another jam from back in the day! 


This one is a classic song from Britney Spears herself—"Crazy!" This hit was big back then, and even now for her discography. It was also the theme track for the movie Drive Me Crazy, starring Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier, who also made cameos in the video.

Though I personally liked Christina Aguilera a little more back then, there's no denying that Britney had major impact. She was a huge part of the golden age of pop back in the mid to late 90s through the early '00s. This track was just one of her many memorable moments in her early career, and I loved it!

Watch the video below!

3.27.2017

In The Spotlight: Alternative Rock/Folk Singer Alluri


Another spotlight to start the week…check out our feature with London-based alternative rock/folk singer Alluri!


Alluri got his start in music through his father, listening to western classical music. He ended up taking violin and piano classes for a few years, but never really enjoyed it, so he stopped. The artist really had little to no contemporary music around him in his formative years. Eventually, others in his family were able to bring that influence to him. His older brother ended up introducing Alluri to his first taste of western rock music. Alluri then began to play the guitar around the age of 13, after his cousin introduced him to bands Deep Purple and Pink Floyd, and he’s been playing ever since. “[It] wasn’t until I played a few gigs in Finland while I was studying there in 2011 did I want to pursue this seriously,” Alluri said of his music.

#MondayMotivation

Good morning y'all...here's some #MondayMotivation to kick off the week! 


Today's quote is a strong reminder for me personally that an end to one thing is only the beginning to something new. It doesn't matter if you're moving on to another job, or a new city, or even letting go of a relationship. That exit marks an entry somewhere else...to a new and possibly greater opportunity for you. It may be scary, but sometimes you have to make a change in order to push yourself to new heights! 



3.23.2017

Throwback Jam of the Week: "Gangsta Lovin'"- Eve feat. Alicia Keys


It's Throwback Thursday, and we've got another jam from back in the day! 


Eve's track, "Gangsta Lovin,'" featuring Alicia Keys was released back in 2002 off of the rapper's Eve-olution album. This song was the first single off of the album, and ended up going #2 on the Billboard charts.

I remember loving this song as a pre-teen with absolutely no type of gangsta love for real! Definitely have a soft spot for this track because it reminds me of a special someone in my life now. Plus, it's a great jam to vibe to even 15 years later! 

Watch the video below!

3.20.2017

NEW MUSIC: "Hear Me Out"-R&B Singer Khari King


New music to start the week....take a listen to "
Hear Me Out," the latest from R&B singer Khari King!


Produced by DvDx, the track is upbeat and fun, as the singer croons in an attempt to get the attention of a special girl he notices, hoping that she'll just hear him out! "It's a feel-good, bouncy song about how it feels to talk to a girl with no stuntin' involved," Khari said of the song.

Check out the track below!

#MondayMotivation

Good morning y'all...here's some #MondayMotivation to kick off the week!


If it's one thing I know, after losing and failing so many times, wins come when you LEAST expect it and when you MOST need it. After you've fallen down so many times. After you've been rejected from job after job. After you've failed at creating the success you wanted from your idea. But you keep going, because you know your end is better than your beginning. That's perseverance, and that's how you'll ultimately win.


3.16.2017

Throwback Jam of the Week: "The Boy Is Mine" -Brandy & Monica


It's Throwback Thursday, and we're back with another great jam from back in the day! 

When Brandy and Monica did their popular duet, "The Boy Is Mine," it's one of the very first songs that I can remember always listening to and singing as a young 90s kid. Like I knew that trouble! The video also featured a cameo from a young Mekhi Phifer, as, in the visual,  he went out with both of them and played them for fools. They got the last laugh though! 

The song seemed to start some industry-manufactured "beef" between them back in the day. Though they came together for another great song, "It All Belongs to Me," these two clearly aren't really friends, and have had some little moments over the years that show it. Regardless of which, this song is forever classic, and is one of my favorite 90s R&B jams. And like Monica said on The Real some months ago, the only Grammy that either one of them have is together on this joint!

Check out the video below!


3.15.2017

RECAP: "Getting Serious"-Being Mary Jane S4, E9

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We're getting towards the end of this season of Being Mary Jane, and things are getting crazier each episode! 


Picking up from last week, Lee and Mary Jane are still reeling from the news that Zoe wants to use Lee's sperm to have another kid! Apparently, the two of them were talking about having another baby before Zoe cheated, and Lee admits that their kids always wanted another baby brother or sister. Lee knows that Zoe will have the baby with or without him, and kind of doesn't want to be left out from it. He asks Mary Jane to let him clear his head for a minute, like he's actually considering this craziness!!!! That, of course, gets MJ emotional. Mary Jane wants a baby herself, and is really considering having one with him, so it's completely understandable that she wouldn't want him having a new kid around with his baby mama!

3.14.2017

Tyra Banks Announced as the Next Host of 'America's Got Talent'

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Looks like Tyra Banks has a new hosting gig! 


Just weeks after Nick Cannon announced he was leaving his job hosting NBC's America’s Got Talent, it's been revealed that Tyra is taking over!

3.13.2017

MUSIC VIDEO: "See You Again"-UK Singer/Songwriter John Adams


A great new music video for you all today...this one from UK singer/songwriter John Adams for his powerful song "See You Again!"


Blending pop with gospel elements, John wrote the track as a tribute to a friend's father who passed away. "I wouldn't consider myself a religious person but the only words I can ever find to comfort the people left behind is the hope that there's a heaven," he said. The soft song is definitely one of solace in the midst of grief. Many of us have lost at least one person in our lifetimes, so this is definitely a comforting track in hopes of seeing those people again soon. 

Watch the visual for the moving track below!

#MondayMotivation

Another weekend gone...another Monday here again. Shake off those blues with some #MondayMotivation!


This is a reminder to y'all (and to myself) that where you are right now isn't where you're destined to be. This is just your starting point. This isn't where the race ends. I know I've come far, but still have a ways to go towards where I want to be, and the finish line seems so far out of sight at times. But I can't let where I am right now discourage me from my destiny...even if takes me longer than others to get there. Don't let that happen to you either! 


3.09.2017

Throwback Jam of the Week: "One More Chance"-The Notorious B.I.G.


It's Throwback Thursday, and we're back with another great jam from back in the day!


Crazy to believe that today marks 20 YEARS since the Notorious B.I.G. was killed. I was young, but still remember all of the reports and specials on the East Coast/West Coast beef, and both Tupac and Biggie's untimely and tragic murders. It's truly sad that their lives were cut short, but their legacies live on.

One of my favorite tracks by Biggie is definitely "One More Chance," with vocals on the hook from his then wife Faith Evans and Mary J. Blige. I loved how smooth this was, even back then when I probably shouldn't have been listening anyway! RIP Biggie...continued thoughts and prayers to his loved ones!

Check out the video below!


3.08.2017

RECAP: "Getting Risky"-Being Mary Jane S4, E8

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MJ definitely stood her ground at work on this episode of Being Mary Jane...but she has another big battle in front of her when it comes to Lee!


Picking up from last week, Lee's baby mama Zoe comes to NYC, meeting him and Mary Jane for dinner. Zoe and Lee are really close...a little bit too close for Mary Jane's liking! Lee and Zoe make crazy jokes about sex and other things, and Zoe even gets on him about minding his sodium level with his high blood pressure, which MJ didn't even know about! Who's the girlfriend here?! MJ pulls Lee to the side, and asks why the two of them aren't together. Lee reveals that Zoe cheated on him. Once that trust was broken, he couldn't go back. In a way, he still has feelings for her, as the mother of his kids and best friend, but he's not interested in her romantically. It looks though like Zoe might still be harboring some deeper feelings!


RECAP: "The Mile High Club" -The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions E6

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This latest episode of The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions was definitely a great one to watch! 


Picking up from last week, a lot of romance going on, or at least being attempted! Most of the house, at this point, is drinking and having a good time. Nicole continues to try to flirt heavy with Cara Maria. Zach and Jenna have some awkward conversation, and it's clear that there is a spark between them still. Zach admits in a confessional that he ruined what was probably the best thing he's ever had, but will Jenna forgive him? Cory still tries to give Kailah the cold shoulder and wants to be left alone. Instead of giving in though, she still goes after him, and they have sex and reconnect.

Meanwhile, Nelson tries to get with Sylvia after he was just head over heels about Latoya some weeks before. When Sylvia rejects him, Nelson goes Incredible Hulk and starts lashing out, flipping over furniture and all! Why? Because everybody is drunk and needs to go to bed. I say this every season. Nobody wants to be with a crazy person who goes off like that when he gets drunk, Nelson! Both Tony and Camila see this, and realize that's exactly how they were on Rivals III before they got kicked off because of their tempers. They talk things through, and patch things up. It's good to see them both in much better places than before!

3.06.2017

In The Spotlight: Podcasters Chloe Zora and Chanel Glover of Overqualified & Drunk


Another great spotlight to start the week!

If you're a podcast lover, you may have heard about them...if not get ready! Ranked #5 on Podcasts In Color'a Top 5 LGBTQ Podcasts in 2016 List, Chloe Zora and Chanel Glover, the ladies of the Overqualified & Drunk podcast, are a must listen! 


I'm glad to have the chance to feature them on The Spotlight, especially because I wouldn't have pursued a career in radio if it wasn't for Chloe, one of my first college Resident Advisors.


NEW MUSIC: "Bad News"- Reggae/R&B Singer Eva Lazarus


New music this morning! Check out the latest track from reggae/R&B singer Eva Lazarus, "Bad News!" 


Produced by Sam Interface  and Brad Baloo, the track fuses elements of reggae and synthpop and features Eva's sultry vocals as she sings to her lover, as she laments that they are both truly bad for each other. Yet she still has feelings and they can't stay away from each other. "I know that you're bad for me, but when we get together, it's all good, good, good," she croons. Who hasn't been through that?! Definitely relatable.

Take a listen to the track below!


Full List of Winners at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards

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The iHeartRadio Music Awards just took place last night, and we've got the full list of winners


With performances from Katy Perry, Big Sean, Ed Sheeran, and more, the night was definitely packed with great moments in its two-hour live broadcast. It was great too to see other artists that maybe wouldn't typically win at the Grammys or another show take home an award here.

See if your favorite artist took home an award below!

#MondayMotivation

Another Monday, and it's always somewhat of a struggle! But here's some #MondayMotivation to kick off your week (and mine)!


Self-discipline is everything. Nobody's going to hold your hand to make sure you complete your tasks for your business, or as you work towards your degree, or as you strive for financial freedom. You have to put in that time, money, and work yourself, and be disciplined enough to get it done. That means making the necessary sacrifices! Not going out all of the time with your friends, saving money by not shopping all of the time, or cutting out your beloved Netflix (I know...crazy). But you do what you have to so that you can get to where you want to be. Discipline is key!  


3.02.2017

Throwback Jam of the Week: "Another Sad Love Song"-Toni Braxton


It's Throwback Thursday, and we've got another great jam from back in the day! 


"Another Sad Love Song" is probably my favorite track by THE Toni Braxton! It was the first official single from her self-titled, debut album back in '93. I was a young one, but as I grew older and listen to more and more R&B, Toni's discography definitely became a huge part of my music library.

This is indeed a sad love song, but, with the 90s vibes of the track, it's a great track to just sing at the top of your lungs and jam to! It's definitely one of Toni's greatest hits, with it hitting the top 10 on the Billboard 100 back then and winning Toni her first Grammy! It's music like this that really makes me think I grew up in the wrong era for music!

Watch below!

3.01.2017

RECAP: "Getting Judged"-Being Mary Jane S4, E7

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Big development with MJ...she got to meet Lee's kids this week on Being Mary Jane


Picking up from last week's episode, Justin quizzes Mary Jane on her research for her interview with Judge McAllister. This is probably one of the biggest interviews of both of their careers, so they really have to knock it out of the park! Meanwhile, MJ buys a bunch of pool toys for Lee's kids, but Lee tells her that they're in middle school now. They'll probably be on their phones the whole time, anyway. It's nerve wrecking for Mary Jane to actually meet them. Obviously, she wants them to like her and is overcompensating a little bit with all of these toys!  Meanwhile, PJ goes out for a night with his boys at a lounge, and finds an old college schoolmate, Sunitha. He manages to snag a date with her, hoping to rekindle their flame!


RECAP: "Underdog Eat Underdog World"-The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions, E5

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Welp, the Champs have officially invaded the game on The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions!


Picking up from last week, TJ brings out the Champs, and reveals that the game is changing. It's going to be broken down into teams— the Champs versus everybody else (aka the Underdogs) from here on out! For each challenge you win as a team, you bank $10K  in your team bank account. Each day will either be a champion elimination day or underdog elimination day, and, in the elimination, you'll be battling members of your own team.

So, for the first challenge between the Champs and the Underdogs, TJ reveals they'll be playing Knockout. It'll be broken into guys and girls heats, with six Underdogs against four Champs. TJ will launch a ball out of a catapult, and everybody has to scrap to get the ball into their goal. The first team to score three times wins the heat. The first team to win two heats total wins the whole thing. And TJ adds another twist: the first underdog during both the girls' and guys' heats to score a point will choose a member of the opposite sex to go into elimination, since it's an underdog elimination day!

2.28.2017

Emma Watson Stuns on the Cover of Vanity Fair

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Emma Watson is absolutely gorgeous as the latest cover star of Vanity Fair!


The actress has obviously grown so much since her days as Hermione Granger, and will soon hit the big screen as Belle in the Disney remake of Beauty and the Beast (to be released on March 17). In promotion for the film, Emma sat down with the magazine, opening up about her life after Harry Potter, her own personal love of books, and how she revamped Belle for the modern world.

Check out some highlights from the interview below!

2.27.2017

MUSIC VIDEO: "Best of Us"-Malone feat. Ismael Sankara & Ferricia Fatia


French artist Malone has released a new music video for his track, "Best Of Us," featuring Ismael Sankara and Ferricia Fatia!


Directed by Threzor Eihls, the black-and-white visual, which dropped a few weeks back, features Malone and his crew dancing in the streets, celebrating the positive things in life. The track itself starts out with a French verse, before breaking it down in English, but it's truly a positive song for all listeners. "There are things in life that encourage us to give the best of us," Malone said. "This song is our way to honor all the positive things in life that give us strength, motivation and end up shaping who we really are."

Watch the video below!

Check Out the Full List of 2017 Oscars Winners!


The 2017 Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, took place last night, and I'm still freaking out over the winners!


Moonlight was the big winner of the night, even taking home Best Picture (after the most awkward mix up I've ever seen on the Oscars!). La La Land, of course, had wins too, especially with Emma Stone taking home Best Actress for her role! 

Check out the full list of winners below! 

#MondayMotivation

The weekend came and went as it tends to do, but here's some #MondayMotivation to get your week started!


In everything you do as you put in the work towards your goals, give your all in every action, big or small. Success will undoubtedly come when you give everything you've got towards it! 


2.22.2017

RECAP: "Getting Home"-Being Mary Jane S4, E6

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I'm really loving this season of Being Mary Jane way more than the rest! Tonight's episode was a perfect example as to why... 


Picking up from last week, Mary Jane is doing another small segment outside in New York's brutal winter. Right before she goes off air, she gets hit with a snowball, and goes off right after the cameras cut! The cold, her correspondent gig, and being away from home is clearly getting to her. Kara calms her down with the news that that they will be covering the Racial Justice Coalition event honoring the 50th anniversary of Thurgood Marshall's confirmation in the Supreme Court. It'll happen down in Atlanta, so both Mary Jane and Kara (who's made a power move with Garrett to go) are excited to head back home!

RECAP: "Four Tickets to Paradise"-The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions, E4

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Last night's episode of The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions was a game changer on a few fronts! 


Picking up from last week, we find that there's only four tickets left to make it to the Oasis. Latoya, Sylvia, Amanda, Nelson, Shane, and Anthony are all without a spot, and will still have to fight for one this week...either in the challenge or at elimination. But, until then, everyone is still struggling at the Shelter. Of course, no Challenge would be complete without hookups though. Kailah and Cory get cozy and end up making out. They both just like to have fun, and Cory is a major player, so I don't see it being anything real. Later, another potential couple emerges in Nelson and Latoya, as they bond and talk about the game. Later, they make out on their cots, and, since the Shelter is so open, EVERYONE can see them. The two get a standing ovation from the house before taking their romp to the beach!

2.21.2017

J. Cole Announces 4 Your Eyez Only Tour Dates

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J. Cole is hitting the road this year for his upcoming 4 Your Eyez Only tour, announcing 57 dates for the fans!


The tour kicks off on June 1 in Columbia, SC at The Musix Farm as Cole hits 13 more intimate spots before hitting arenas across North America and overseas through December. Literally half the year on the road...on the grind!

Check out the full list of tour dates below!


2.20.2017

In The Spotlight: R&B Singer Bahja Rodriguez


Another great spotlight to start the week!

Today, we have R&B singer Bahja Rodriguez (formerly of the OMG Girlz)! 


Bahja grew up on the Eastside of Georgia, supported by loving parents and others around her. “When I think about my childhood, nothing was impossible,” the singer said. “No one ever said to me, ‘You can’t do that.’” With that great mentality, Bahja started dabbling in singing at the young age of 5. She did a recording then of New Edition’s smash hit “Mr. Telephone Man,” along with Zonnique Pullins (daughter of singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris and former member of OMG as well). Though she started professionally at 12, she knew that day, at only five, that she wanted to sing forever!

MUSIC VIDEO: "Take Me Down"-Pop Singer/Songwriter Julia Carlucci


New music video this morning from Canadian pop singer/songwriter Julia Carlucci for her debut single "Take Me Down!"


Directed by Merik Williams, the video features Julia performing the soulful track with a full band and background singers underneath a spotlight. Though the track, produced by Cat Lewis and Andrew Kesler, is soulful and upbeat, it tackles "the age-old battle of 'head-versus-heart.'" Julia explained further, "Take Me Down is about falling for someone you know you shouldn't. It's when your head knows better but your heart is too curious to walk away. Although the lyrics are vulnerable, I always imagined the song with a strong sound and upbeat vibe, so the production needed to be just right. It needed to have that throwback feel but still punch like a contemporary pop record and I think we definitely achieved that."

The song is definitely fire, and it was great to watch Julia perform it as well in the video. Watch below!

#MondayMotivation

Today's a holiday for many of y'all, but still, here's some #MondayMotivation to get your week started off right! 


I love this quote. At the end of the day, you can't change the circumstances that come your way, but you can change not only the way you react to them, but how you work through them. Life is all about constant adjustment to obstacles, a lesson I'm glad to have learned early. Don't get so caught up in the bad that comes your way as you work towards your goals. Adjust your attitude about it and your actions, and keep working at your dreams!


2.16.2017

Throwback Jam of the Week: "Thnks fr th Mmrs"-Fall Out Boy


It's Throwback Thursday, and we've got another great jam from back in the day!

Today's throwback is a great one from Fall Out Boy! I'm not even the biggest fan of rock music, but I LOVED this song! The video was weird, but I liked the group's energy and performance style. Plus a younger Kim Kardashian was in this, which I didn't even realize back when it first came out! Really, really strange visual with these chimps all throughout, but this was still a great song. 

Watch the video below!

2.15.2017

RECAP: "Getting Served"-Being Mary Jane S4, E5

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This episode of Being Mary Jane took us back down to the ATL to check in on Niecy and the rest of the Pattersons!


Picking up from last episode, Niecy goes out for a night on the town with her girls, blowing more of her settlement check on a VIP table with plenty of hookah and bottles. They get to talking about Dante, with Niecy foolishly thinking that Dante wants to be a family with her, Isabelle and Treyvion (who isn't even his son), but really he's using her for her money.

In The Spotlight: Podcaster Loren "Lo Skeet" Gross


Happy to bring ya'll another great person to spotlight in 2017!

I recently linked up with a fellow BGSU alum, Loren "Lo Skeet" Gross, to speak about his podcast "Inaudible Raucous", which has currently been going on strong for 43 weeks straight! The podcast involves Lo speaking on a variety of topics including pop culture, health, sports, social justice, financial advice, etc. As a student of the radio art form since he was 13, Lo said he got the idea to do a podcast about three years ago when he started to see a shift in the radio industry. After much procrastination, the podcaster started his up last year in 2016. The idea for the name came after speaking with some friends about oxymorons that catch people's attention. From there, he thought of a "clever way to spin cliche terms like “Sounds from the Underground” or “The Quiet Riot." Lo stated, "I went to a thesaurus and picked those two words: Inaudible and Raucous."

RECAP: "Helter Shelter"-The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions, E3


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After this week,
The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions is about to get a lot more interesting! 


Picking up from last week, at the Shelter, the house gets a clue in a bucket: "Tomorrow's the only time in this game that you'll want to be a floater." Definitely meaning something with water! Surprise little twist, though: those have earned their way into the Oasis, though, get to kick back and watch! Looks like they get a break from competing since they've already won a spot in the real house!

2.14.2017

Alt-Pop Rock Group The Middle Ground Releases "Paper" Visual, Announces Tour Dates


Nashville's own alt-pop rock group, The Middle Ground, has released a new visual for their track, "Paper!"


The song itself is raw and emotional, as the group gives an acoustic performance of the track and roams the city streets at night.

Watch the music video below!

2.13.2017

Top Moments of the 2017 Grammy Awards

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The 2017 Grammy Awards had some awesome moments and incredible performances, and was overall great to watch. 


Hosted by James Corden, it was definitely music's biggest night, filled with its share of downfalls, of course, but the good outweighed the bad. Watch some of the top moments below!

List of Winners at the 2017 Grammy Awards

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Last night's Grammy Awards were great to watch, and it was interesting to see who did (and did not) take home an award!


Adele and Chance the Rapper were definitely the big winners of the night, with Adele taking home the biggest awards, including Album of the Year! David Bowie was also posthumously honored with five Grammys for work on his final studio album, Blackstar. Of course, because of time, the majority of the winners were not announced on air, but congratulations to all who took home the coveted award!

Check out some of the top winners below (the full list is available on The Grammys website)!

#MondayMotivation

Good morning everybody...it's Monday, and here's some #MondayMotivation to get your week started off right! 


The road to success is HARD, y'all. Very hard. No matter what you're working towards. Maybe it's getting healthier. Maybe it's building up your own business. Maybe it's trying to get that degree. No matter what it is, the journey to reaching a goal is quite difficult and tiring.

Yet and still, you can't stop when you're tired. When you stop every time you're tired, you're just prolonging the process of getting further along in your journey. You have to choose to push past feelings of fatigue, or insecurity, or doubt, to continue towards your purpose. If it was easy, everybody would do it. So don't stop when you're tired...stop when you're done. 


2.09.2017

Throwback Jam of the Week: "Heartbreak Hotel"-Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price


It's Throwback Thursday, and we're back with another jam from back in the day! 


It's crazy to believe that Saturday will mark five years since the legendary Whitney Houston passed away. Through all the ups and downs and even after her tragic passing, Whitney is still treasured in music and will forever be. Her voice was one of a kind!

One of my favorite hits from the singer was "Heartbreak Hotel" with Faith Evans and Kelly Price. Lyrically, it's a song of hurt and sadness, but musically, this joint is a BOP! And these talented three worked well as a trio on this song. When it comes on, I still sing and dance my heart out like I'm going through it myself...definitely a classic.

Watch below!

2.08.2017

RECAP: The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions Season Premiere

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Man, I missed The Challenge! The latest installation of the hit show is back on MTV, and I'm recapping every step of the way! 


This season is The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions...only the people in the house right now don't know that yet. In Krabi, Thailand, we see 18 underdogs — some who have competed before and some who haven't. There's a lot of new faces from these seasons of Real World and/or Are You The One (which I don't watch anymore so I wouldn't know who's who and where they're from) and some old. However, the common factor among them all is that none of them have actually won a challenge.

RECAP: "Getting Schooled"-Being Mary Jane S4, E4

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This season of Being Mary Jane is really looking to be one of growth for our girl MJ! 


Picking up from last week, MJ pitches a story idea about a kid in New Jersey, Calhoun Jeffries who was wearing a kilt out and about. His dad sees him, and smacks him around for it, eventually dragging him away, which sparks a conversation online about fashion statements like this and acceptance in the black community. Does it really determine gender or sexual identity, or is it just fashion...and was the dad in the wrong or was he just trying to protect his kid?

NEW ALBUM: 'Maj' - R&B Singer/Songwriter BrownBoi Maj


New music for y'all this morning...the debut album, Maj, from R&B singer/songwriter BrownBoi Maj!


Released via Team Jon Doe/Capital Visuals, the album is a mix of 90s pop/R&B with today's "new wave" sound. The album is said to give listeners "honest and pure music" that they'll be able to automatically relate to. BrownBoi Maj is "speaking for the broke boys…those who might be socially awkward. The ones who feel like they can’t get THAT girl," per press release.

The 11-track album includes BrownBoi’s latest singles, "Lo$er" feat. the artist's fellow Team Jon Doe recording artist, JusXJustice and "$he" along with other hit tracks, "Broke Boi," “Drip” feat. E-Batt & Davinci and “Drop” feat. Cruise & Loh.

Take a listen to the project below!


2.06.2017

Lady Gaga Announces Dates for Her Joanne World Tour


Lady Gaga is definitely capitalizing on her great performance at last night's Super Bowl Halftime Show!


For all of her Monsters, the singer has announced that she's heading out on her Joanne World Tour tour later this year, to support her latest album!

Check out the dates below!


#MondayMotivation

Good morning y'all...here's some #MondayMotivation to help you get through the week!

I am a planner. I have been a planner for a good majority of my life. If it's one thing life has taught me, after graduating college especially, it's that life doesn't always go according to how YOU planned it. Not Plan A, or Plan B, etc. etc. But you have to keep calm and keep going. Re-adjust and work some things around. Everything will work out exactly how it's supposed to, when it's supposed to. And often, it's not how you'd planned it...but it turns out to be even better!


2.02.2017

In The Spotlight: Radio Host/DJ/Podcaster Alex "A.D." Davis



Happy to bring ya'll another great person to spotlight in 2017! If you or your client is an upcoming artist, designer, etc., and would like to be featured on The Spotlight, please visit our Features/Submissions page for more info.


Today we have CBS Radio’s 98.5 KLUC DJ/radio host Alex "A.D." Davis



A.D. currently handles working at KLUC out in Vegas as the night jockey every Monday-Friday from 6p-11p. He also balances co-hosting the Fresh DOPE podcast, writing for music site GroundSounds.com AND operating the brand Elevated Livin’ LLC (Check out our spotlights on Elevated Livin' artists Sav and J. Smith)! We talked mainly about the podcast, some fitness and sneaker talk, and how A.D. balances it all!

Throwback Jam of the Week: "No More"-Ruff Endz


It's Throwback Thursday, and we've got another great jam from back in the day!


Ruff Endz is one of my favorite R&B groups, probably the most underrated on my list. Nonetheless, they had some hits including "No More!" On the track, Dante ("Chi") and David ("Davinch") called out their girlfriends for being golddiggers, and shut down all their VIP treatment in a pretty classic early '00s video!

The group is on the comeback, with plans to drop a new album on Valentine's Day. And I, for one, am glad they're coming back!

Check out the video below...

2.01.2017

Beyoncé is Pregnant....with Twins!!!!

I CANNOT BELIEVE!!!!!! LET ME CATCH MY BREATH!!!!


In a shocking announcement (on the first day of Black History Month no less), Beyoncé announced that she and husband Jay Z are expecting...and the blessing is TIMES TWO!

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