Friday, November 20, 2009

Write A Quick Post on Peace & Win A Nice Piece of Jewelry via MyBrownBaby

So one of the baaaaaadest writers I know, Denene Miller of the blog MyBrownBaby (and a kazillion articles and books - latest with Steve Harvey and ATL Housewives NeNe) is celebrating writing with her monthly Beautiful Mind Writing Contest.

This month's subject is peace and your entry is due today to win a gorgeous necklace created by another gifted writer, Tameka Allen-Mercado of Tea & Honey Bread, who is also the judge for the contest. You should follow both MyBrownBaby and Tea & Honey Bread for some good writing on a regular basis. And if you can whip out some genius writing today about peace, make sure to enter the contest.

The November winner and links to all of the writers' submissions will be posted on MyBrownBaby on Tues, Nov. 24th. Like I said, its monthly, so you can save your genius for next month if you're on deadline like me or if the thought of creating something today causes brain freeze.

Happy writing. And please keep the party going by sharing this post with other writers you know.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ledisi is all Heart & Soul

Last night my girl Vanessa and I were literally rocked to our soul by Eric Benet, Mint Condition and Ledisi, whose album I reviewed in the October-November issue of Heart & Soul magazine, currently on newsstands. Ledisi looked amazing, worked the crowd, and blew out some of her new songs as well as favorites like "In the Morning" and "Alright." She even did some fantastic Frankie Beverly. Her vocal acrobatics were impressive and soul touching.

Stokely Williams of Mint Condition showed why the band has been around for 20 years. He was all over the stage, ripping classics like "What Kind of Man," "You Send Me Swinging," and "Pretty Brown Eyes," and serenading the ladies with "Nothing Left to Say." We danced so hard to Mint Condition's jamming rendition of The Jackson's "Heartbreak Hotel" that my back was sore this morning. It was so great to see a real band. And Eric Benet closed the concert out with his smooth falsettos and romantic ballads. He even had the men in the audience singing. Watching real singers perform is so rare these days. I hope talent like this continues to get support.

I hope you get a chance to check out the newest issue of Heart & Soul with actress Tamala Jones on the cover. In the monthly Downtime column, I reviewed or previewed the films Precious with Mo'Nique and Good Hair with Chris Rock and Nelson George, autobiographies by Serena Williams and Sherri Shephard, and new DVDs featuring B. Smith's cooking, a family's survival of Hurricane Katrina, and Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker's term. If you pick up the issue or check out anything I reviewed, let me know what you think. I love feedback.

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