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Rick Gonzalez: Mane Attraction

Inside Hollywood there is an array of young actors that dare to be different, try to find their niche, and master their craft. You can definitely put 25-year-old Rick Gonzalez into that category. A native of New York, Bushwick to be exact, Rick definitely does his thing on the silver screen. From playing Timo Cruz,… Read more »

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Lina: True Inspiration

At a time when women are seen as objects and not companions, soul singer Lina has set out to prove that it’s what inside that truly makes you beautiful. Raised in Dallas-Ft.Worth, Texas, Lina grew up in a music-loving family with roots in Gospel and Jazz. She began singing in her local church at the… Read more »

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Mashonda: My Turn

You heard her on Eve’s “Gotta Man” and Jay-Z’s “Girl’s Best Friend,” saw her in Cassidy’s “Get No Better” video, and you probably know she’s married to former Ruff Ryders producer Swizz Beatz. But after blessing numerous hooks with her saintly vocals and songwriting skills, it’s finally time for Mashonda Tifrere to hold her own…. Read more »

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T.O.K.: A Cut Above

Since hitting the American scene in the early 1970’s, Reggae music has been very influential to all music as a whole. With classic artists like Bob Marley, Super Cat, Shabba Ranks, Sean Paul, Beenie Man and countless others influencing both the way American music sounds and moves, it was only a matter of time before… Read more »

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Maya Azucena: Who’s That Girl?

Refreshingly authentic artists are always welcome on the R&B stage. While you probably wouldn’t recognize her face, Maya Azucena’s (pronounced AH-zoo-SAY-na) sugary voice—a concoction of soul, Hip-Hop, and funk with a little bit of rock—reverberates across television screens daily. The well-traveled Brooklynite first gained notice doing live shows with her aptly-titled ‘Band’ at local New… Read more »

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Jamie Hector: Calming Force, Pt 1

With only one season under his belt, Marlo Stanfield all but took over prime street corners in HBO’s hit series The Wire. Brooklyn-born actor Jamie Hector plays the sadistically driven drug lord who quickly riveted Wire fans already captivated by the show’s authentic portrayal of urban street affairs. But from Hector’s amicable demeanor recently at… Read more »

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Al Green: Dropping Gems

Do you know that Suge Knight is rumored to lift weights to Al Green everyday? Clearly, RZA, Kanye West, and even Ganja K have proven that Al Green is required in any producer’s listening exercises. In the privacy of cars and showers, we all mimic one of the greatest voices in musical history. With the… Read more »

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Yara: Heart’s Desire

Frankly, today’s up-and-coming R&B divas seem to be cut from the same never-ending cloth. Their back-stories rarely differ from those of their peers, sticking mainly to either earning stripes as part of a group or through a co-sign from an industry heavyweight. Thankfully, newcomer Yara is far from typical. The 21-year-old singer/model sports a bio… Read more »

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Nafeesa Monroe: Phenomenal Woman

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that ignoring Gandhi was our own risk. There is nothing wrong with taking a trip to the “Candy Shop” with 50 Cent, but ignoring young, educated and inspirational artists such as Nafeesa Monroe might be our biggest mistake. Without taking any credibility from other, more pop-oriented artists out there,… Read more »

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