26.2 Reasons to NEVER Run a Another Marathon (Guest Blogger Donna Roberts)

26.2 Reasons to NEVER Run a Another Marathon (Guest Blogger Donna Roberts)
Today I woke up a Marathoner! The training was intense, the rain was disrespectful, my aches and pains slowed me down, but I did it! I contemplated what I would write on the blog this morning to salute my city and chronicle my accomplishment when I ran across the words of my friend Donna Roberts.... Read more »

Love You Mo'Nique, But No

Dear Mo’Nique, A little over a month ago you asked us all to stand with you and boycott Netflix for gender and racial bias. You laid it all out and showed us the low-ball offer they extended to you to do a comedy special on their streaming platform and told us what others were offered by comparison. Since... Read more »

Why I'll Never Make Another Halloween Costume!

Why I'll Never Make Another Halloween Costume!
When it comes to Halloween, I’m usually a Party City/Target/Walmart kind of girl, but when my daughter saw two little girls dressed as Salt N Pepa last year she was determined to rock an Idol Maker jacket of her own. Then, if that wasn’t enough, Beyonce and the whole fam got in Formation as SNP... Read more »
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HBO's The Defiant Ones Sheds New Light on Important Moments in Hip Hop History

There are some things that fans of Hip Hop accept as truth with or without any tangible evidence – OJ did it, the East Coast – West Coast feud killed Tupac and Biggie, and that Dr. Dre’s a genius. The HBO’s 4-part documentary is about the relationship between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. In it,... Read more »

Is There Really Such A Thing As Runner's Block?

If Runner’s Block is really a thing, then I have it. Big Time. I started my running journey over 3 years ago and at that time I ran everything!!! I ran the Hot Chocolate, the Biggest Loser, Chicago 10K, Big Ten.  You name it, I ran it or considered it — as long as it... Read more »

Reality TV is Killing the Fantasy

Don’t judge me. I’m trying to overcome my addiction, but Reality TV is one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t like to even admit that I watch it, but admitting is the first step.  After each season, each show, each episode I swear I’ll never watch it again but somehow I get pulled back in. I... Read more »
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Who's Invited? Author Tony Bowers from 79th Street

Tony Bowers and I met through social media, a common interest in writing, and mutual friends, but our greatest link is that we both grew up on Chicago’s infamous 79th street. The Nine was the stomping ground of my hot-comb-candy-store-Reebok years, so when Tony Bowers’ collection of short stories, On The Nine, first debuted I not only had... Read more »

I'm Dedicating the WHOLE Month the Frederick Douglass!

I'm Dedicating the WHOLE Month the Frederick Douglass!
Frederick Douglass is not having a great week. Here he is resting in peace, minding his own business, preparing for people to celebrate him for Black History Month, and then on the very first day things go left (or right in this case, I’m not totally sure). In just the first three days of February... Read more »

What if Ralph Tresvant really DID sing the vocals on "Every Little Step" and other What If's about New Edition

What if Ralph Tresvant really DID sing the vocals on "Every Little Step" and other What If's about New Edition
Ok, so I’ll admit that BET’s New Edition Story reignited my love the for the R&B super group. I spent the weekend listening to the music and watching old videos and interviews. From The Breakfast Club interview where Michael Bivins politely calls bull$#%! to Ralph Tresvant’s claim that he was asked to be a solo artist early in... Read more »
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Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny! 5 Reasons Why The New Edition Story Was A Must-See for Superfans!

Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny! 5 Reasons Why The New Edition Story Was A Must-See for Superfans!
“Perm in ya hair or even a curly weave with your New Edition/Bobby Brown button on your sleeve” – “Around The Way Girl”, LL Cool J I guess I am an “Around The Way Girl”, because for me, Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and even Johnny will always be INVITED! The BET three-night biopic about... Read more »