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Checkout superstar Tiny Harris as she covers the new issue of Upscale Magazine. Look for her cover story as she opens up about Xscape reuniting , her marriage & more when it hits newsstands later this month. Peep more shots from her cover spread below.

Check out superstar host/actress LaLa Anthony as she covers the new issue of Latina Magazine. Get into her cover story as she opens about being a wife , mother , actress and entrepreneur when the winter issue hits newsstands later this month.

Check out rap queen superstar Nicki Mianj as she covers the new issue of Paper Magazine. Look for her cover story as she breaks the internet with this fierce cover when it hits newsstands later this month. Peep more shots from her sickening cover spread below.

Check out breakout star actor Kofi Siriboe as he covers the new issue of ESSENCE Magazine. Get into his cover story as he opens up about his journey in Hollywood, ‘Queen Sugar’ , becoming a sex symbol & more when it hits newsstands later this week. Watch a behind the scenes feature from his cover shoot below.

Last night we had the pleasure of attending 4x Grammy Award winning powerhouse Lalah Hathaway’s sold out concert at the legendary Highline Ballroom , and from the beginning of the show we clearly knew why she packed the house out. The soulful singer kicked off her set with her latest single ‘Honestly’ which is also the title of her new album that she celebrated all night throughout her show. Lalah performed some of her new cuts like ‘ I Can’t Wait’ and ‘Mirror’ but what constantly makes her win over the crowd is her incredible covers of classics like ‘Summertime’ , ‘Angel’ & ‘Rapture’. Ms Hathaway is a true musician who uses her voice as an instrument to captivate every listener as she sings effortlessly into the mic. But just when we thought we had enough she performs her fan favorite hit ‘Forever, For Always , For Love’ which brought the house down and as fans thought the show was over her encore performance of ‘Something’ was simply breathtaking. Now as the daughter of the late & great icon Donny Hathaway, its sometimes scary to see & hear his influence on her through her vocal performance but that’s what makes her great because she still knows how to stand out on her own. Please do yourself a favor and see this women in concert if you haven’t already, i promise you its one show you wont regret. If you missed out on last nights show, check out exclusive footage for a limited time below.

Today it was announced that American Idol breakout star Jordin Sparks has kept a few secrets. The singer/actress is not only married to Dana Isaiah but the two are expecting their first child. They broke the news exclusively to People Magazine and the happy couple clearly couldn’t be more elated. Check out their special revealing interview and photo shoot HERE

Check out superstar athlete Colin Kaepernick as he covers the new Men Of The Year issue for GQ Magazine. Get into the controversial NFL star’s cover story as the Citizen Of The Year opens up about his fight for equality , taking a stand . not being silenced & more HERE. Peep more shots from his inspiriting cover spread below.

Check out breakout rap star Cardi B as she covers the new issue of New York Magazine. Look for the reality tv star turned rap diva’s cover story to hit newsstands later this week. Peep more shots from she cover spread below.

Check out the Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige as she covers the new issue of Net A Porters The EDIT. Get into her cover story as she speaks on the Strength Of A Woman HERE . Peep more shots of her stunning cover spread below.

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.

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