Interview with Cynthia and Peter from RHOA(Video)

Cynthia and Peter talk about their new book and share the elements of a successful marriage.

New Music: Let's Hear It For The Boys

New music from rapper/producer Che Grand, Brian Angel(Day 26) and Calvin Richardson

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2014: Katya Zol

Mongolian fashion designer Katya Zol takes NYC by storm in her first Mercedes Benz Fashion Show.

Easy Mo Bee On The Notorious B.I.G. (Video)

Grammy winning producer Easy Mo Bee talks about Biggie and more.

Kids Corner: 3D Animated Series "Purple and Nine(Video)

Purple and Nine is a show for smart girls and tweens looking for a fun way to learn about technology.

Fashion Corner: 5 Great Finds That Make PURPLE Reign


I was so excited hearing Prince's new song yesterday that this morning I woke up determined to wear something purple to celebrate. Anything, a hat, a dress, shoes, a scarf or even some lipstick.

Problem is, I don't really have anything cute & purple in my wardrobe or accessories. 

Ladies, you know what happened next, right? Yep. I started online window shopping for the perfect purple finds.

Instead of just favoriting the items and placing them in a bookmarked folder I'd wind up forgetting about I decided to share them with you. Consider this my blog post placeholder.

New Music Monday: Prince - The Breakdown (Listen) + His New Deal With Warner Brothers



All hail! Our royal Prince is back to do what he does best, give us eargasms.

Fresh off the heels of announcing his new deal with Warner Brother Records, the purple one has released a new single called, “The Breakdown”.

Yes, you read that right, ‘a deal with Warner Brothers’

Happy Record Store Day! What Exactly Does That Mean?



Happy Record Store Day!

You may or may not have seen the buzz on the internet these past couple of weeks leading up to Record Store Day. I even mentioned it briefly myself the other day when I was talking about cassette tapes.

If you have heard chatter about it and are wondering what it’s all about then you’ve come to the right place.

If you know what it’s all about, you’ve still come to the right place because I will point you in the right direction to celebrate near you.

What is Record Store Day?

Fashion Corner: Ultra Comfy Coobie Seamless Bras (25% Discount Code)

The weather is going to get warm and stay warm here in NYC any day now. I know it.

Right now we’re getting one day of 70 degree weather followed by snow and misery the next day.

I have visions of tank tops and sundresses dancing in my head in anticipation of that beautiful day when we can finally shed our winter coats.

Speaking of tank tops and sun dresses, the bra you wear underneath pretty much goes hand in hand with your entire outfit. The color and how it fits underneath the tank or sundress makes a huge difference in your entire look.

♫ Indie Spotlight: Ricky Rebel – I Adore You feat. Jayk Gallagher (Listen + Interview)

you’ve got that something
that makes me want
to change my ways


Genre: Pop, Dance, Alternative

Ricky Rebel had success as a teen in the music industry. He was discovered by Michael Jackson and signed to Madonna's Maverick label as a member of the boy band No Authority.

He’s left the boy band days behind and is now venturing out as a solo artist. He's taken his sexy pop sound the indie route with the release of “The Blue EP” with a full album due out in July.

We had a chance to chat with Ricky Rebel and learn a little bit about his creative drive:


Where are you located? 
I live in Los Angeles California

Describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard you before.

Ricky Rebel is a POP, Rock, EDM hybrid. I like to call it Rebel POP because I sit somewhere in between all those styles with no apologies.

What inspired you to pursue a music career?
I knew that I wanted to be a singer the first day my brother bought me the Madonna "Like A Virgin" CD. I was entranced by her beauty, charisma, and performance ability. She was so much more than just being a good singer.

What has been your greatest career accomplishment to date?

I was discovered by Michael Jackson and then signed to Madonna’s record label in 2000 with the pop group No Authority. We released 2 albums & opened for Britney Spears but nothing compared to winning Artist of the year at the 2012 RAWards.

It was a simple accomplishment compared to what I had already accomplished; it meant so much to me because the band and I earned it ourselves without the help of a major label!


What has been your biggest challenge as a music artist?

Getting exposure for my work. You have to work extra hard to be heard these days. It seems like everyone has an album out. The ones who have the tenacity to stick it out for the long haul are ultimately going to be the ones to succeed.

Tell us about The Blue EP.

The Blue EP is a collection of 5 handcrafted songs that I wrote and produced with an extra "Savior" remix that was produced by the talented Matt Boss.

The EP gives a little glimpse into the depth of my upcoming Blue Album. I tackle subjects like Love, Commitment, Divorce, Regret, and life after Loss on this record.

The color Blue has many connotations to it. Blue can be a depressive feeling and it can also be healing entity as represented with the sky and the ocean. My album covers all of these feelings. I feel like this record is about healing and renewal.


Tell us about your upcoming shows and full-album release?

1. I have an upcoming show that will be live streamed April 21st
Ricky Rebel Live at POPCAT at the famous Gay club RAGE in West Hollywood CA


2. June 14th I am going to be performing at the “OUT AT THE FAIR” event in San Diego. It’s a gay friendly community fair that we are going to be performing at to raise money for the LGBTQ community.

3. HUGE CD release party at Club Bar Sinister July 12th.

4. My upcoming LP “The Blue Album” is scheduled to drop JULY 1st.


What are your immediate music career goals? (1 to 3 years)

In 1 - 3 years I want to book some festivals like Coachella, SXSW, Warped Tour etc.


I also want to perform on a talk show like Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, or any show on Primetime. I have a feeling when people see our act their jaws are going to drop. I have been performing since I was child and I know how to entertain a crowd. My goal is to just be the greatest entertainer that I can possibly be. PERIOD.

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 “I Adore You” is the latest single from the The Blue EP. It’s written and produced by Ricky Rebel himself and features Jayk Gallagher (an actor and musician in his own right).

It’s a fun, catchy dance track that will definitely have the dance clubs moving.


Peep the track and let me know what you think:


 ♫ I Adore You ♫ 




Connect with Ricky Rebel

Bonus:
Check out the official video to the first single “SAVIOR"



Throw Back Thursday: Rocketcases - Retro Cassette Tape Phone Cases

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Remember cassette tapes? I wonder if they’ll make a come back like vinyl records. There’s even a worldwide record day celebration yet, somehow tapes have been thrown in the back heap and forgotten.

I still have a stereo that has a slot for cassette tapes but, iI couldn’t tell you the last time I owned a tape or physically saw one in person.

Author Spotlight: Emmy Nominated Producer Barbara Hall on Writing, Inspirations & Her Novel 'Charisma'


"Deciding to write was always a visceral rather than an intellectual decision for me"- Barbara Hall

Barbara Hall wears many hats and wears them well in television, music and literature.

The talented writer and producer has a successful Emmy nominated television career that includes creating Joan of Arcadia and Judging Amy. She is currently working as co-executive producer on the Showtime drama series Homeland and is also working with Morgan Freeman on a pilot called "Madame Secretary".

5 Super Easy Last Minute Easter Dessert Recipes


Hippity hoppity Easter’s on its way and if you’re like me you look longingly at all the clever and creative crafts and recipes that everyone seems to come up with for Easter and you’d like to make your own but, you really don’t have the time.