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This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing the off Broadway play “Angus” held at the Lion Theater here in NYC. I sat down with the writer and star of the play Ise Lyfe , along with his co-stars Khalil Kain & Brian Burke for an in-depth interview about the must see show at Theatre Row. Now before I got the chance to experience the brilliant piece for myself , I had to talk with them to see why this show was so important to see & why they wanted to be apart of this eye opening play. Now before I even knew of the spoken word poet/ actor Ise Lyfe , I was intrigued to see the show due to one of my favorite actors Khalil Kain ( Juice , Renaissance Man , Divas , Girlfriends , For Colored Girls ) announcing that he was going to be apart of it. Now although I had no clue what the show was about sometimes star power is what will bring an audience into theaters. While talking to Khalil I learned that with all the success he has had in Hollywood in film & tv sometimes returning to the stage is more powerful to an artist then all the cameras on a sound stage making magic happen for millions of viewers to see. The intimacy & of theater truly can bring out the passion of an artist work which can most definitely be felt by the audience.

Ise mentioned that it took about 2 years for his work to hit the stage but trust me when I tell you the wait was well worth it. His brilliant performance as Agnus a man being held captive in prison in the year of 2047 left so many of us wanting more but in a good way. The dark & mysterious story filled with many comedic moments was perfectly cast but the true standout was clearly Ise as he took the audience on a journey of what life could be like in the future of an innocent man who is in for the fight of his life. What was intriguing to me was that although we don’t have a clue as to what the future may hold when it comes to politics , social injustice , prison , media , privacy , technology or anything else displayed in this show it’s obvious that we need to stick together in these times of so much uncertainty in the world. While there were some mentions of horrible things put into place by President Trump , the use of technology in the Show didn’t seem to far fetched as to where we are heading. Though there were many times where we laughed as an audience at Agnus as he went through hell during his experience , it also wasn’t hard to feel compassion for the man who simply was made to feel less than. Now don’t get me wrong this clearly wasn’t a one man show because Khalil & Brian gave a great performances along with standouts in the show H Foley & Cedrice Webber who clearly are ones to watch in the future. Their great performances are a testament to the work that was written as they all shined in the show. While leaving the play I talked with others and many felt that this story just might of been too small for the stage and could easily have been developed for a film , but the fact remains that this story at this time is exactly what needed to be told. Trust me when I say this must see show is only the beginning for what’s to come for Ise Lyfe and this incredible story but if this is the only way to experience for it now then I’m truly grateful that I was able to . Please do yourself a favor and catch the show before it closes on Feb 11th. Check out my in depth interview with the Ise , Khalil & Brian below for just a taste of what’s to come before the experience of “Agnus”.


Yesterday i had the pleasure of attending a special press luncheon at the infamous Akwaaba House in Brooklyn, NY to talk with the owner Monique Greenwood. The self made entrepreneur has teamed up with OWN TV for a new series ‘Checked Inn’ which follows Monique and her team which includes her husband Glenn , daughter Glynn and her director of operations Melody . The new series follows the Bed & Breakfast queen who has mastered the art of luxury accommodations with 4 different locations in Brooklyn, NY , Cape May NJ, Washington DC & the Poconos,PA. We were delighted to take a tour of the mini mansion which is filled with 4 beautiful bedrooms with a gorgeous layout of amenities including fireplaces , Jacuzzi’s , library & more. I has the pleasure of attending the mansion located in Bedstuy for a wedding & baby shower but this was the first time i was able to take a tour of the whole place. We were the treated to a special lunch as we sat and talked with Monique, Glenn & Glynn about their new series and the bed & breakfast lifestyle.

The self made mogul who was once the editor in chief at Essence Magazine talked with us about why she decided to team up with OWN for a reality series, why passing down a legacy to her family is important for generational wealth , the importance of taking time to enjoy the fruits of your own labor & so much more. Now with celebrity guest like Taraji P Henson , Anthony Anderson , Kerry Washington , Peabo Bryson & more on their list of clientele its clear that there is simply no other place to be. Watch our exclusive footage from inside the Akwabba mansion as Monique and her family drops so many gems , it was only right that i had to share it with my readers.

Photos By Bernard Smalls

Check out a sneak peek of the premiere episode below and tune into the series premiere when it airs on Nov 21st at 10pm on OWN TV.

Now its been a few months since we have featured any new talent but this one was worth getting our spotlight attention, so we definitely couldn’t pass this one up. Actress/Model/Dancer and all around entrepreneur Shoniqua Horton is a rising star who is ready to conquer the world of entertainment in every way. The Buffalo, NY native who started out as a model/dancer sites performers like Janet Jackson , Michael Jackson , & Chris Brown as some of her inspirations which led her to pursue a career in entertainment. Now while pursuing her dreams of dancing & modeling in Atlanta she also stepped into the world of acting which paid off with featured appearances in major films including ‘Alvin And The Chipmunks’ the upcoming Tyler Perry film ‘Acrimony’ . Listen to our exclusive interview with Shoniqua as this hard working single mother talks about her journey , the future & more below.

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Earlier today we had the pleasure of talking with one of the R&B Kings Case. The singer/songwriter who is celebrating 21 years in the game is still in demand and is returning home to NYC tomorrow to hit the stage at the Kings Theater as apart of the Love In The 90s Tour. Listen as we talk to him exclusively about his journey in music, how r&b has changed, who he listens to now and what fans can expect from his show and upcoming projects below. Now if you’re in the NYC area make sure to cop those tickets for the big show tomorrow night before they sell out HERE .


Last night stars came out for the kick off of the 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC. The first night started off with a bang at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square as filmmakers, writers , press & fans came out to see some of the featured works for the evening. Rapper/actor Trinidad James was in attendance as they screened the premiere of his new web series “Independent” , while actor Shaun Baker was in attendance for his film “Antone”. We also spotted actor Craig “Mums” Grant (OZ) who came out for the premiere of his film “The Middlegame”.

Now if that wasn’t enough Irv Gotti definitely took over the first night with the premiere of his latest episode of his hit BET anthology series “Tales”. The executive producer presented “Trap Queen” to the urbanworld audience and trust us it was a killer episode. Stars of the episode Michelle Mitchenor, Woody McClain and Jermel Howard were all in attendance for the big event which closed out with a special Q&A . “Trap Queen” which also stars Lance Gross was one hell of an episode filled with Drugs , Guns , Sex , Murder & tons of Action which has the audience screaming at the screen especially due to the trailblazing performance by the Trap Queen herself played by Michelle Mitchenor. You may know her from her roles in Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” or from FOX’s “Lethal Weapon” but trust me her performance in this role is must see tv in its finest. Make sure to look out for the episode when the show returns in Oct on BET. If you weren’t there last night check out pics & exclusive footage from the evening which is just a taste of what’s to come from this exciting weekend.

Now its been a few months since we have featured any new artist that was worth getting our spotlight attention, but we definitely couldn’t pass this one up. Dancer/Actor/Model turned Director r Chris Lylez is a rising star who is ready to conquer the world of entertainment in every way. The Philly native who started out as a dancer sites performs like Michael Jackson & Ciara as some of his earlier inspirations which led him to pursue a career in Dance. Now while pursuing his dreams of dancing in NYC he also stepped into the world of modeling and acting which paid off with features roles on hit series including ‘The Mysteries Of Laura’ & ‘Power’. Listen to our exclusive interview with Chris as he talks about his journey which led him to develop his upcoming docu-series ‘Dirty Chucks’ & more below. To Keep up with Chris follow him on Instagram & Twitter .


This years Essence Festival was filled with so much Black Star Power its impossible to understand how Essence continues to top itself each year. This past weekend so many of our favorites in music , television , fashion & film were in attendance to for this years festivities. Stars like the cast of Girls Trip ( Jada Pinkett Smith , Queen Latifah , Regina Hall , Tiffany Haddish ) , FX Snowfall , Empire ( Bryshere Gray ), STAR ( Ryan Destiny , Jude Demorest , Amiyah Scott , Brittany O’Grady , Lance Gross ) , Insecure ( Issa Rae , Jay Ellis , Yvonne Orji ) , Queen Sugar ( Kofi Siriboe , Rutina Wesley , Bianca Lawson ,Nicholas Ashe , Dawm Lyn Gardner) , CLAWS ( Niecey Nash and Karreuche Tran ) , The Haves and The Have Nots ( Angela Robinson , Tyler Lepley and Gavin Houston ) & more spoke with press and fans as they promoted their hit series and films which was enough for any fan in attendance to go home satisfied.

But see that was just half of all the stars that came out during the day at the expo, but who could miss out on the evening which was filled with tons of concerts and parties as fans were able to enjoy all the sounds of legendary acts like Diana Ross , Chaka Khan , Mary J Blige , Master P , XSCAPE and more along with some of today’s show stoppers including Chance The Rapper , Solange , John Legend , Jazmine Sullivan , Monica , Teyana Taylor , K.Michelle , LeToya Luckett , Erica Campbell , Jhene Aiko , Jill Scott , India Arie . Now you know we couldnt be there and not give you exclusive looks at everything that went down, so check out tons of exclusive footage that for sure will make you want to be in town next year.

Now its been awhile since we have featured any new artist that was worth getting our spotlight attention, but we definitely couldn’t pass this one up. Singer/Songwriter Bryan Joon is a rising star born in Seoul, South Korea but raised in Connecticut who grew up listening to a diverse background of music. He sites Mary J Blige , TLC , Toni Braxton and other 90’s artist as his earlier inspiration which led him to pursue music. Listen to our exclusive interview with Bryan as he talks about his journey to NYC , becoming an artist & more then get into his 5 track EP ‘Project Ex’ below.



Earlier this morning superstar Nicki Minaj finally reunited with Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club as she called in to talk with the morning show crew. Listen as she chats about her epic performance at the Tidal X 1015 concert , females in the rap game , meeting Lauryn Hill , new music , twerking & so much more below.


Last night stars came out in NYC for the Season 2 Premiere of the hit WEtv series ‘Growing Up Hip Hop’ . The private event held at The Paley Center For Media was packed with celebs , press & special guest who couldn’t wait to see whats next on the new season. Now of course some of the shows stars were there in attendance to hit the red carpet. Romeo was joined by his father Master P & sister Cymphonique along with Egpyt , Kristina Debarge and Dame ‘Boogie’ Dash. Unfortunately cast members TJ Mizell couldn’t attend due to previous obligations and Angela Simmons had to miss the event due to the fact that she just gave birth of her baby boy Sutton this week. The cast spoke with press about the new season before joining the shows executive producer Datari Turner and guest to screen the first episode . After the screening the cast joined radio host Angela Yee on stage for an intimate Q&A in which they spoke about everything from their careers, love life , family drama & more. Check out pics & footage from last night as fans have to await the big season premiere when it airs on Oct 13th at 9pm on WEtv.










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