Interview with Cynthia and Peter from RHOA(Video)

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

Signed Sealed Delivered

A look into the new show on The Hallmark Channel.

Missoni 2014 Winter Collection (Photos)

Missoni Fall Collection Includes Fanny Packs!

Enter To Win 3 Amazing Products From InstaNatural (Ends Today)

Beat The Heat Summer Giveaway

TWO winners will be selected at the end to receive a package of three items from InstaNatural valued around $60:

Vitamin C Serum
100% Pure Rosehip Seed Oil
Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer Cream

These products are great to restore your skin of nutrients and moisture that is stripped away from the sun, beach, pool and other summer activities.

To enter, all you have to do is Like the InstaNatural Facebook Page and submit your name and email address... that's it! 

The giveaway ends today (8/22) so enter now.

Good Luck!

♫ Indie Spotlight: Sampahh Debuts His New Single "That Guy" ( Listen + Interview)

I ain’t never seen a girl so lovely
Anything you say you want I’ll get it
Anything you say you want I’ll get it
Baby I’ll do it all for, tell what it do

Book Review: Trailblasian – Black Women Living In East Asia By T.K. McLennon

The title and author of this book may seem familiar to you it’s because you have. A few week ago I interviewed author T.K. McLennon for our Author Spotlight Series and she talked about TrailBlasian.

Independent Film Maker John Barrett Set to Release "Reel Montauk" Documentary (Video Trailer + Interview)

After watching Reel Montauk, people will gain an insider’s knowledge about “The End” and a newfound appreciation of one of America’s greatest towns.

When people mention the Hamptons you tend to think of summer beach shares, celebrities, Puff Daddy Memorial Day white parties and Billy Joel.

Having grown up in Long Island I’ve done my share of heading to the Hamptons for summer and even The Gurney’s Inn at Montauk but, there’s much more to the Hampton’s than that summer fun.

When the last bbq grill is cleaned and packed and everyone heads back home after Labor Day, life in the Hamptons continues for those that live there year round.

Independent film maker and local resident John Barrett sets out to show daily life in the Hamptons. His first focus is Montauk and the history of how it came to be in his upcoming documentary “Reel Montauk”.

Hosted by long-time resident Tom Bogdan of Montauk Adventures, “Reel Montauk” uses old footage, animation, original music and insightful interviews of long-time local residents to explore the natural beauty and rich history of Montauk.

The documentary is set to premiere in October but while you wait, you can catch the trailer right here followed by an interview with director John Barrett.

Interview w/Director John Barrett

When did you first become interested in making films?
I have always been interested in films and I worked in TV production in the 1980s as an independent producer.

What influenced you to become a director?
I became a director of "Reel Montauk" because I wanted to have more creative control over my film projects.

How did “Reel Montauk” come about?
"Reel Montauk" grew out of my experiences as a karaoke singer at Liars' Saloon in Montauk, NY.

Tell us in 30 words or less why we should see Reel Montauk?
I wanted to capture the beauty of Montauk, NY before gentrification and development completely destroy its rich cultural heritage.

Is this going to be a one shot documentary or are you looking to develop it into a series?
I am interested in producing and directing other films about the Hamptons, NY, an area where I have lived since the early 1980s.

What has been your biggest challenge putting this documentary together?
The biggest challenge in putting "Reel Montauk" together is working with other individuals on a spec project and balancing their other careers with this independently financed documentary.

Where can we catch the premiere of ‘Reel Montauk’?
"Reel Montauk: is scheduled for release in late Fall 2014. My next project is to begin researching Sag Harbor, NY for my next in-depth Hamptons documentary. John B.

For more information about the Reel Montauk Documentary, please visit

♫ Indie Spotlight: JC Seals III “Paul Pierce (The Truth)” – Video + Interview

"I make songs that make sense." 

JC Seals III definitely has a bit of a sense of humor that he lets shine in his new song “Paul Pierce (The Truth). As the title suggests, that humor is coated in truth.

The single is the lead for JC’s upcoming mixtape, the fourth in his “Its Just Rap” series.

The  Houston, Texas rapper by way of Tulsa, Oklahoma doesn't describe himself as a rapper but just a regular person who can rap who “has a laid back approach that grabs your attention and keeps it from start to finish.

Well, JC Seals III caught our attention today with the official video for new single which we're sharing with you today as part of our Indie Spotlight Series along with a quick Q&A with JC where he talks about his equally humorous musical influence, his goals as an indie artist and “It’s Just Rap IV” which is due to be released September 21st,2014.

Q & A w/JC Seals III

Describe your music for those who have never heard it.
I make songs that make sense. Anyone with common sense can relate to my music.

Tell us about this song – Paul Pierce (The Truth).
This song is dedicated to everyone who has ever been in love with someone who they just couldn’t stand. You ever been in love with someone that you couldn’t stand?

What inspired you to pursue music?
I had quite a bit of influences who inspired me when it came to my decision to pursue music as my full time job. But, the ultimate reason is because it is what I love to do. I love music, creating, listening to, etc…

Who is your favorite artist?
I have way too many to name. I love musicians of all genres but I can say ever since I was young I have always been a fan of Weird Al Yankovic.

What has been your greatest career accomplishment so far?
CoStarring in the 5th Annual Get Money Stop Hatin Tour

What has been your biggest challenge?
In an over-saturated market finding a way to get my music to the ears of true hip hop listeners.

What's your career goal for the year?

Continue to spread my music to as many people I can.

Beauty Corner: One Direction’s Looks Makeup Collection is here! (Review + Photos)

Well, well, well, I received my Limited Edition One Direction Looks Makeup Collection Kit. Yay! I half expected it to be intercepted by one of their thousands of adoring fans who read, shared and tweeted my original blog posts introducing the makeup kits since they knew I was one of the lucky ones receiving it in advance to review.

But, alas, the package arrived safely and I hope that if you’re reading this and entered the contest to win one of your own kits that you were indeed one of the chosen winners. 

If not, that’s okay. I’m going to give you a review of the kit and if you like what you read you can pick up one now at Macy’s or at Stage Stores, Dillards, Beauty Brands or Lord & Taylor starting August 25th and they’re only $29.99.

There are 3 (three) kits in the collection, Midnight Memories, Take Me Home and Up All Night.

All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectable keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own!

I received Up All Night for review but the quality and contents for all the kits are the same with the exception of the colors and hues of the makeup.

Before I show you everything in the kit I’ll give you my review.

What do I think of the Look Collection Kit and do I recommend it?
I think it’s a great kit for the One Direction demographic of fans. I like that the colors are bold but, subtle when applied.

It’s a fun kit that fans will really enjoy and it’s at a great price. They would make great birthday and holiday gifts so I’d say stock up now because they will sell out.

Here’s what came in my kit:

4 +1 Eyeshadow palette containing:
More Than This - Soft blushing pink
Gotta Be You - Silvered taupe shimmer
Save You Tonight - Shimmering turquoise blue
Another World - Royal blue shimmer
Up All Night - Sapphire glitter creme

4 +1 Eyeshadow palette color swatches

‘Taken’ Liquilights glow gloss:
Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light

‘I Should Have Kissed You’- Bubblegum pink creme lipstick

‘Little Black Dress’ - Volumizing black mascara

‘Na Na Na’ - Aqua blue metallic chrome nail polish

Stand Up’ - Dark denim eye and body crayon

5 piece decorator stencil set!
Decorate yourself, your stuff, your friends with ONE DIRECTION doodles

Which kit are you planning to get? Make sure you come back and let me know and also, be sure to like the One Direction Looks Makeup CollectionFacebook Page  to receive the latest updates.

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♫Indie Spotlight: 2Millie - What You Know ~~F*ck With Me 2 (Video + Interview)

The name 2Millie may seem short and to the point but, the up and coming hip hop artist who chose the name shares that it has a much deeper meaning to him than what appears on the surface saying,

The reason why I choose that name is because it keeps me motivated. The main goal being to provide a stable, financial life for my daughter while also doing something I love, music.

The two represents the second chance I have at life because, it was almost cut short in a car accident when i was in the 6th  grade that left cut on the left side of my forehead. Millie is the amount of money i will like to one day achieve and ultimately surpass.”

The Miami artist whose real name is Jermaine Lockett is focused on his career and determined to make a name for himself in the game.

He continues his grind with his latest video “What Your Know” is off his second mixtape titled, “Fuck With Me 2”.

2Millie shares the video with us today along with a quick interview describing the song, his sound and his music goals for our Indie Spotlight Series as he begins work on his next project “Revenge of the Left Out Kid” set to drop in February 2015.

Q & A w/Hip Hop Artist 2Millie

Describe your music for those who have never heard it.
I would describe my music as a movie because, when I write a song I like to tell a story to give the people more of a vision of what I am talking about in the song.

Tell us about ‘What You Know” ?
The song ‘What You Know” was made from anger because everyone is always talking about what they heard or what someone told them but, they never know facts. They just go with he said she said stuff and I just put it in a song to tell you how I felt.

What inspired you to pursue a music career?
I always loved music. It helped me get through a lot of pain in my life and I know a lot of people out there that's going through things. I just wanted to be a part of the healing process in the world by sharing my pain and life experience through my music.

What has been your greatest career accomplishment so far?
My greatest accomplishment so far would be being featured in my first magazine for Coast2Coast. It was a proud moment in my career.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Honestly, I have not really faced a challenge that i could not overcome; at least not yet.

Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist would be Eminem. He talks about real things that were going on in his life and I could relate to everything he was talking about. He is the reason why I started to do music and share my issues and problems to the world. It really helps to let out all the pain you have inside and he showed me that through his music.

What your career goal for the year?

Well at the beginning of year I made promise to myself that people will know the name of 2Millie by 2015. So, I remain strong on that.

Author Spotlight:"Bamboo & Fern" By Ava Brown - Overcoming the Obstacles of Growing Up Poor in Jamaica (Interview)

“I have realized that we can directly measure life by our will to endure, persevere and survive” – Ava Brown

One of the most consistent bits of advice given to writers is ‘write about what you know’. They say that the best told stories come from experience.

Author Ava Brown has taken that advice with her new book “Bamboo & Fern”, an autobiography of her life growing up as a child in Jamaica an having to forgo school to sell mangoes on the trains with her family because they were poor.

The title of the book reflects on Brown’s character and resilience to get past the heartache and ultimately embrace it and triumph over it -- “Using the metaphor of the bamboo, her childhood experiences gave her strong roots to grow but made her tough and bendable like the bamboo plant, she is also like a fern, vulnerable but with a huge capacity for survival.

Ava’s self-taught belief that she was destined for more then the community's recreational activities of sex, raising babies and going to the farm gave her the courage to forge a very different path than the one expected of her.

Bamboo & Fern will take you through many different emotions from sorrow, to laughter to ultimately triumph as Brown is now a  Global Business Development Manager with an MBA degree.

Enjoy our interview with Ava Brown as part of our Author Spotlight Series and purchase your copy of Bamboo & Fern which is available on Kindle and paperback at or

Q & A w/Author Ava Brown

What inspired you to become a writer?
I started writing as a way to escape sadness and the trauma I carried around since childhood so escapism essentially.

Who is your favorite author?
John Grisham as he captivates me and makes me feel as though I am in his books.

What books have influenced your life most?
Books that have influenced me are - Finding Fish: A Memoir By Antwoine Fisher, Oprah, James Brown, Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela and Marilyn Monroe’s biographies.

Describe “Bamboo & Ferns” in 30 words or less.
It’s all about survival, hardship, challenges, fear, insects, and most importantly resilience. It touches on issues many black people are afraid to touch but, it has a great essence of motivation and encouragement in many aspects such as you can do it, roll up your sleeves, where you are from doesn’t decide where you can go.

Why should we read it?
You should read it because "Bamboo & Fern” will break your heart, before it makes you smile. Be prepared for a rollercoaster ride that breaks hearts, will undoubtedly motivate, Inspire and fuel the desire for change.

Author Spotlight: And They All Lived Happily Ever After! By Crystal Connor (Interview + Video Teaser)

Once upon a time, in a dark & scary place, in a frightening land way too close to home...

And They All Lived Happily Ever After! Is a collection of 14 short stories of horror, science fiction and fantasy by author Crystal Connor.

This collection promises something for everyone, well except children as Connor’s explains, “And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a collection of short fables not meant for children; but for those who enjoy the madness of nightmares.”

Connor’s chatted with us about the book as part of our Author Spotlight Series and she even shared a teaser reading of the book which you can listen to in the video clip below.

You can purchase your copy of They All Lived Happily Ever After on

Q & A w/Author Crystal Connor

What inspired you to become a writer?
Telling stories is something I’ve always done. When I was younger I ale\ways got invited to slumber parties because I told the best scary stories! I didn’t start writing them down until I was in Jr. High school and I’ve been writing them ever since.

Who is your favorite author?
Stephen King! The 1st book I read without being forced to do so was Pet Sematary and it drew me in like no other book had, I ran out of my room in tears when the character Gage was killed.

Scared the heck out of my mom because she didn’t know what was going on and couldn’t understand what I was saying through my tears. He’s been a staple in my literary diet from day one.

What book has influenced your life most?
The King James Version of the Holy Bible     

Describe “And They All Lived Happily Ever After!” in 30 words or less.
Bold, action-packed, exotic, intense, provocative, scary, brash, chilling, all consuming, unsettling, suspenseful, refreshing, startling, riveting, flagrant, thrilling, highly recommended, top notch fiction that leaves you wanting more!

Why should we read it?
Because it’s different from the norm. For one the strong leads in most of the stories are women of color or children making unbelievably tough decisions. All the stories in terms of tone, pace, and plot are completely different from one another and none of them are predictable.

What other books have you written?
The Spectrum Trilogy, the three books of the volume are The Darkness, Artificial Light, and bringing up the rear is In the Valley of Shadows.

I’ve also co-written two novels with paranormal romance novelist Lori Titus; In the Foothills of Mt. Empyreal: The End is Now and The Guardians of Man: Black Feathers Fell.

Both books revolves around the same incident, the same town, and the same people but they are completely separate from each other and tell a different story.

We wrote those books under the pen name Connor Titus.