Flashy New Hip Hop Drama 'Empire' Started as a Hot Mess, But It's Getting Better Already

I was excited just like anyone else when FOX decided to launch a new show with a diverse cast. Set in the worlds of hip hop, drugs, and centered on the African American community, Empire premiered with amazing ratings.   But after viewing the first episode I was for, lack of a better word, a bit underwhelmed.  With a cast like Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, and Gabourey Sidibe I was expecting…well I don’t know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn’t the stereotypical hot mess I came across. ...more
I've been watching and enjoying Empire. My only complaint was this week when Gladys Knight was ...more

Sounds from Down Under Blog Series: Day 2

The Bee Gees were a pop music group that was formed in 1958. The group's line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a rock act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as prominent performers of the disco music era in the late 1970s....more

Sounds from Down Under Series: Day 1

Flashback Friday: Lovefool

I was in the car this weekend and I was flipping through the radio stations. Two of my go-to stations are 90’s on 9 and Pop2K on Sirius XM. They play the songs of my childhood, teenage and college years. A song will come across the radio, and I will instantly flashback to a certain point in my life. The memories will start filling my head: where I was, who I was with… the music makes my mind drift to places of the past…I smile, thinking of the those times....more

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John McAndrew Showcases His Piano Skills in His Uplifting New Album Forgiven Coming Out February 2015

John McAndrew showcases his piano skills in his uplifting new album Forgiven due to release in February 2015. McAndrew is a singer/ songwriter that has a passion for telling tales that attract the attention of adult contemporary listeners and blues/pop fans. His lyrics tell stories of forgiveness, hope, and God’s love that listeners really connect to. His community work with churches, recovery groups, and treatment centers solidify his message of love and healing....more

What's On Your Workout Playlist?

It's the time of year when I sit down and reassess my fitness goals. What do I want to accomplish this year? How am I going to meet my goals? What is my motivation? I don't know the answers to all of those questions right now so I'm doing something I do well—I'm procrastinating. I decided to make a new workout playlist but I'm not especially good at making playlists. I reached out to the BlogHer Editors for help. Here are some of our favorite workout songs....more
I love everything from Taylor Swift to P!nk to Kelly Clarkson, but I had a breakthrough last ...more

Music Review: Therapy

Going down my followers list on twitter one night and following back everyone that follows me, I ran across a Hip Hop artist from England, who calls himself Blessin.  Usually this isn’t such a big deal twitter is full of underground/indie hip hop artists, DM’ing you with links to their music; honestly I’ve discovered some real talent on twitter saying some real things.  What struck me at first about this guy, was his tweets, not the usual indie rapper, who already thinks he’s Kanye or Tupac-there was no ego to Blessin just him promoting himself and tweeting what he thinks and feel...more

Sia’s ‘Elastic Heart’ Controversy Is Gorgeous

I was shocked like most when Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ music video popped up on Vevo last year, but in a delightful way. Sia entrusted tween Maddie Ziegler, from Dance Moms, to display her eerie and hypnotizing dancing performance. The result was absolutely gorgeously weird, and artsy. Maddie dressed in a nude leotard and a blond pixie wig, the now 12-year old mesmerized us with her dance as Sia sang her heart out....more

Come See The Lovely Jazz Songstress Cheryl Barnes Play Music From Her New Album At H.O.M.E. In Beverly Hills

Looking for an elegant night on the town with some live jazz music? Singer Cheryl Barnes will be performing at H.O.M.E. in Beverly Hills on Saturday January 17, 2015 at 7:30PM. House of Music & Entertainment (H.O.M.E,) is the premiere live jazz supper club located in the heart of Beverly HillsCalifornia. Accompanying Cheryl on this fun filled night of live music is Philip Cabasso on keyboards, Leo Nobre on bass, and Quentin Dennard Jr. on Drums. For reservations, call 310- 271-4663 plus a $10 entertainment fee....more