Journalist Aliya S. King created a hit with her debut novel, “Platinum.” The book focused on a topic she was more than familiar with as an established music journalist—hip hop megastars and the lives their wives live. In her follow up, “Diamond Life,” she picks up where the storyline left off, adding in scenes of drama that seem all too real.
Pat Tucker is a national bestselling author—yet she still has her day job. The author of six novels and three anthologies is also a radio news reporter in Houston with more than 15 years in the media industry. The L.A.-native’s recent effort, “Football Widows,” takes readers through the lives of the wives of football coaches via a group of friends who experience a betrayal that changes everything. Here Pat talks with GlossMagazineOnline about the novel, her background in media and the future of black literature.
More than 20 years ago, the genre of Hip Hop began as a form of expression giving voice to the woes of society, inner city life and economic inequality. Since then, it has become one of the world’s most prominent art forms, and subsequently morphed into a more commercialized entity where clubbing, drinking, sex and materialism are the focus.
Singer/songwriter Charlie Vox, by way of Jersey City, N.J., is making her big break this year from behind the scenes and onto the front stage. Having opened for Destiny’s Child, as well as penning songs for artists like Rihanna and Melanie Fiona, Charlie is finally letting her own voice be heard. In this interview, she discusses her start in the music business, why it’s easier to “lie instead,” and her commitment to music.
"My mom had this video tape of Kirk Franklin for his album called What You Looking For, and I remember as a shorty, I used to jump around and try to act like I was him," 24-year-old Chicago rapper Gerald Walker recalls as he talks about his musical beginnings.
Kenny “K.O.” Ollins says he doesn’t resent his experiences because he’s learned from them.
Christmas is almost here, and you know what that means – old and new Christmas movies for the holidays. There are so many movies that we have to watch when the holidays get here. There are those movies that you loved to watch as a child, the oldies but goodies, and then the new ones that are released every year around this time. Here are three of my favorites that never gets old:
It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when hits like “You Bring Me Joy,” “Be Happy,” and “I’m Goin’ Down” were “new joints” courtesy of the first “My Life.” It probably feels that way because even today that classic album is still relevant.