Summer Must-Have Music

Music is my first love. I’m a writer, but a songwriter first, and always go to music when I need an outlet to express emotion, tell a story, or whenever the mood strikes me to create. I also LOVE musicians (I married a trumpeter) and I keep an ear to the ground for the latest good music. Luckily my hubby is a collector of good music and a serious hip-hop head, and one of our very best friends, and Black Is author, Mr. CEO is cut from the same cloth. The three of us put our heads together to compile a list of music you all MUST have in your collections. We tend to shy away from what plays on the radio – you’ll hear those songs repeatedly this summer – but these are albums that are worth downloading or buying from your local record store. So without further ado:


(click on each artist to see/hear more)

Actress – Splazsh

Dam-Funk – Toeachizown

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two

Flying Lotus – Cosmograma

Janelle Monae -The ArchAndroid

Jose James – Blackmagic

Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon – Wu Massacre

Nas & Damien Marley – Distant Relatives

Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute

The Roots – Dilla Joints

The Roots – How I Got Over

Yahzarah – The Ballad Of Purple St. James

Foreclosure Myths

I’ve always had an interest in real estate, thanks to my grandfathers being investors. They shared how important it was for everyone to invest in property and own their own home; but they always stressed the fact that it was the quickest way for a person of color to build wealth. After a two-year home shopping extravagnza, I’ve not only become extremely informed about the process, but I can’t read enough information about it and passing it on. My hope is that more people of color will get informed and invest in property. With the downturn in the economy, those that have stayed afloat or have never invested should take advantage of all the properties in distress.

With that being said, here is a list of foreclosure myths compiled from one of my favorite real estate websites, Trulia:

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