Monday, November 29, 2010

Dwele Swoons Crowd at The Shrine Chicago

By: Iya Bakare

Cold temps were in the air outside, but hip hop neo-soul singer Dwele warmed our hearts at The Shrine Chicago on Saturday.

House deejays prepped the crowd with their mixes of old-school “feel good” music. With standing room only at the exclusive concert, Dwele graced the stage with his Detroit swagger and performed hits from his previous projects and his new CD, W.W.W. (W.ants W.orld W.omen). They included “Tainted Love” (his hit with Slum Village), “A Pimp’s Dream,” “I Think I Love You," “Flap Jacks” and others. With a masterful blend of jazz, R&B and hip hop, Dwele provided that old-school/new-school vibe that resonated with the audience, as we echoed the lyrics to his songs. He closed the concert when he joined the crowd as he jammed with us and sang "Find a Way."

Dwele’s concert was hosted by Zondra Hughes of M.O.O.D Lounge and WGCI-FM’s radio personality Leon Rogers.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dwele Performs at The Shrine in Chicago--Thanksgiving Weekend

By Iya Bakare

I’m thankful for many things this year, and one of them is for this event. Hip-hop soul artist Dwele returns to his Midwestern roots and finds his way to Chicago for an exclusive concert at The Shrine Chicago on Saturday, Nov.27. The Detroit native hip-hop emcee and soulful singer will perform hits from his earlier projects, in addition to songs from his latest CD, W.W.W. (W.ants W.orld W.omen) such as “What’s Not to Love” and “I Wanna.”

The Shrine Chicago ( opens its doors at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and are on sale now at The Shrine is located at 2109 S. Wabash Ave. in the South Loop.

Zondra Hughes of “M.O.O.D. Lounge” will host the concert, along with the house music sounds from DJ Jay iLLa DJ Leonard Part Sixx to set the mood for the exclusive event, which is sponsored by

It’s not often you hear a perfect blend of hip-hop, soul and jazz fused into one sound. As a writer, producer, musician and singer, Dwele masters this art. Don’t miss out on this special night!

Tune in to the Glossy Blog next week to catch a recap of Dwele's performance at The Shrine, and check out the Jan/Feb issue of to read an exclusive interview with Dwele!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sex On The First Date: Good Or Bad?

By Jamenise Wilson

In today’s society, it’s common for men and women to engage in casual sex. It has become apart of a lifestyle for many; but does having sex on the first date ruin the chances of a male taking you seriously? Let’s think about that for a second…yes it does!

If you are seeking a fulfilling relationship from your male companion, jumping in the bed with him is not the way to go. This is for the women who are looking for a meaningful relationship. How do you expect a man to take you home to momma if he only sees you as a sex object and nothing more? How can you get mad at him when he calls you for sex if that is what the relationship was based on all the time? To end well you have to start well, and that means keeping the cookie jar closed until the time is right. If the mental aspect of the relationship is blossoming when the time is right, the sex will be better than ever.

Some ladies tend to take the chemistry aspect of the relationship and turn it into something more than it really is. Chemistry is nice to have, but it does not hold a relationship together in the long run. If we are talking long-term as far as relationships go, then we need to think about what factors we have in common and so on. With all these factors to consider, one would want to take the time and think about it before jumping in the bed even comes into play.

As women we go off of emotions and whether we like it or not, when we have sex, emotions get involved, but that is not always the case with men. Lust is always mistaken for love, and when you’re feelings are involved, why take the chance?

Having sex on the first date is not worth all the heartache and pain that it will bring in the long run. Taking things slow could be the best thing that ever happened for you and your relationship.

GMO Poll

Sex on a first date has been a debated topic since, well, forever. What do you think about getting “down” on the first night as Monica put it in her 1998 hit song “First Night.” Have you done it (so to speak) and if you have, what happened after? Do you agree with Jamenise – are emotions always a factor or can girls really just wanna have “fun” – so to speak?

Leave Your Comments HERE! Let's Talk About ... well ... Sex!

Jamenise’s Facts: Jamenise Wilson is a recent graduate of Tennessee State University. She enjoys writing poetry, urban fiction, and music. Jamenise also created the black Soap Opera “Ebony Heights.” Ebony Heights is posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the blog She can be contacted at

Sunday, November 21, 2010

“For Colored Girls” ––Worthy of Viewing

By Parker, C

Tyler’s Perry new movie “For Colored Girls,” opened in theaters across the country November 5, 2010. This film is a departure from Perry’s typical drama and romance films, which usually scratch the surface on a wide range of issues within an extended African American family. They also often feature his infamous, beloved, and sometimes hilarious, Madea character.

The film “For Colored Girls” is an adaptation of the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow Is Enuf,” written by poet Ntozake Shange. Written, directed and produced by Perry, it is also his first R-rated film. Based on Shange’s award winning stage play, the film has the difficult task of taking poetic words and turning them into a storyline. Tyler accomplishes this by adding male characters to the film––the original play consisted of only seven female characters.

The film addresses a series of “taboo” subjects within the African American community––from homosexuality and the recently written about down-low behavior of black gay men––to incest and molestation. The play was written in 1975 and appeared on Broadway in 1977. Therefore, there are probably generations of younger African Americans unaware of the play’s content. For those moviegoers who are unfamiliar with the play, if you’re expecting the typical Perry feel-good film, you will be disappointed. Madea is not in the “For Colored Girls” film. In fact, very little exist to laugh about in this film.

What’s missing is dialogue. The poetry spoken throughout the film begs for dialogue between characters, and not always the recital of one of the twenty poems from the original play. However, the film does get some parts right and perhaps we’ll see a trend in movies including more poetry. Or maybe, “For Colored Girls” will give a boost to poetry, like “Love Jones” gave a boost to spoken word.

The black ensemble cast of actresses and actors, including Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Phylicia Rashad, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg, Macy Gray, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, Omari Hardwick, Hill Harper, Michael Ealy, Khalil Kain and Richard Lawson, all give good performances but there are several outstanding, noteworthy performances. In particular, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, and Michael Ealy give strong, convincing performances of victims in denial of, hidden, accepted and ignored pain.

There’s online Oscar buzz surrounding this film. It’s been rumored that “For Colored Girls” might win Perry his first Oscar nomination. If so, then the performances by Devine, Newton, and Ealy are all worthy of Oscar nominations.

Warning: disclaimer ahead.

It should be noted this film may upset some moviegoers. There were not many dry eyes in the audience when I viewed the film. That said, if you are a survivor of physical abuse, molestation, or sexual abuse, some of the content––and in particular one scene––might be especially disturbing.

Love Your Self First, Inc. Hosts Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser

By Samantha Mitchell

Love Your Self First, Inc., founded by Kristi Dawson, hosted their annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser Saturday November 6, 2010, at Big City Swing in Chicago. This annual event is used as a tool to bring awareness to breast cancer, and also raises funds for non-profit cancer support group Helping Her Live, Inc

The evening began with a "Pink" Carpet/Meet and Greet where guests, media partners, and speakers took pictures, mingled, and did interviews. Next, various speakers gave educational and financial presentations, and the evening ended with an uplifting and heartfelt survival story from Breast Cancer survivor Dorothy Dahe. Dahe talked about her journey from her annual mammogram to surgery, to her spirituality and faith in God. "I believe that God wouldn't take me through anything I couldn't handle, and I am grateful that God chose me for this journey." The intimate crowd, which consisted of family, friends, cancer survivors, and media outlets, stood and gave Dahe a standing ovation for her touching story.

Keeping the good energy flowing, Gospel Singer Melinda Watts, winner of the 2008 “Gospel Dream Competition,” kept the crowd uplifted while performing two of her hit songs, "Happy" and "Walk In Your Purpose." Watts, diagnosed with Cervical Cancer in college, talked briefly about her cancer survival, singing career, and motherhood. Watts also founded a non-profit youth group, "Dreamgirls," which she calls "her baby." The group targets young girls ages 8 to 18-years-olds who need positive role models in their lives. Dreamgirls has been on tours in various cities, including: New Jersey, New York City, Cleveland and Miami. They will soon bring the tour to Chicago.

The night ended with two award recipients. One received the Pink Passion Award and the other received the Breast Cancer Survivor Award.

Founder and host Kristi Dawson, who's also a Cervical Cancer Survivor, expressed that she built her foundation on a promise that she made to her grandmother. "I promised my grandmother, who suffered from cancer, that no one else would suffer like she did––which inspired me to start Love Yourself First."

Guests enjoyed an array of Hors d'oeuvres and beverages, party music, and networking with media outlets such as: Action Magazine, Moody Radio, Flair TV, and GlossMagazineOnline.

For more information on Love Yourself First, Inc., contact Kristi Dawson at

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Nov/Dec '10 Issue of GlossMagazineOnline.Com

Welcome to the November/December 2010 issue of! GMO is back and we can't wait for you to "click through" this end of the year edition of the online magazine written BY you and FOR you.

Thank you for continuing to turn to GMO for the latest news, hot topics, and creative pieces written by young, up-and-coming talents just like you! We know you're busy getting ready for the holidays, but take a moment to kick back and flip through the virtual pages of
YOUR online magazine! You can even take it with you!

In This Issue:

and so much more!

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Monday, September 13, 2010

There's a New Issue of GlossMagazineOnline!

The September/October 2010 issue of (GMO) is live now! Please go ahead and "click through" this end of fall edition of the online magazine written BY you and FOR you.

Thank you for continuing to turn to GMO for the latest news, hot topics, and creative pieces written by young, up-and-coming talents just like you! So, as you "fall" into fall, be sure to take a moment to sit back, relax and flip through the virtual pages of YOUR online magazine! You can even take it with you!

In This Issue:

And More! So what are you waiting for?? Get Glossy!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Book Review: A Taste of Honey by Jabari Asim

By Nicole Walker

Jabari Asim, editor-in-chief of The Crisis, the NAACP’s national magazine, and author of The N Word and What Obama Means…For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future, beautifully weaves together stories of members of a community living through the civil rights era.

Too many times, the younger generation looks back on historical events without an eye to the reality that they were not only members of a period; they were real people who lived, loved, struggled and achieved. With that premise, Asim takes us to the hot summer of 1967 in the fictional town of Gateway City where the descendants of the Great Migrators enjoy some sense of autonomy but are reminded daily that there is an our side of town and a their side of town. Although racial strife is an overarching theme, Asim enchants us with tales of young people coming of age and of not-so-young people coming into their own.

Eighteen stories, although separate, should be read together. The same characters waltz in and out of the lives of the others, and we feel as though we know each a little better at every turn. It is the best kind of story collection: Although one could close the book after the end of one tale, the desire to press on to the next one remains. Refreshingly, there is no gimmick here: He does not use any cheap trick or cliffhanger to taunt the reader to read on.

The tales center around Reuben and Pristine Jones and their three children, Ed, Shomburg and Crispus. We are introduced to the fictitious Gateway City by young Crispus, who, while in the shadow of two handsome, popular older brothers, must find something great within himself. He has tightly-coiled naps, is called “Beanshots” and describes himself as yellow during a time when Black is finally deemed beautiful.

We are captivated by Crispus as he takes in the world around him. He notes that his eldest brother Ed, now 17, has become inspired by the revolution rising and no longer has time to share comic books with him anymore. He takes pity – in the way only a child can – on a broken and blind candy store owner whose days of love and light have come and gone. He attempts to become cool like his brothers by getting a girlfriend (who is the best he can get under the circumstances, he decides). He is on the cusp of becoming a young man, but his world is still full of bullies, zombies and a mysterious child ghost who sits on his living room couch.

The adults of Gateway City too try to make sense of their world and ask themselves whether they believe in second chances. One character must decide if she will continue an abusive relationship or if she will try to see herself the way a certain admiring man does. Another must decide if she will allow a traumatic event to take away her will to live despite the fact that she has a brilliant son who needs her. We follow them closely hoping for the best but remaining in suspense until the end.

Lest we get too comfortable, Asim reminds us that there is another side of Gateway City, which holds itself above and apart from the characters we have grown to know. Good resources, including grocery stores, are all on the white side of town. “Thirteen years after Brown…and Gateway City’s schools are still separate and still unequal,” a local newspaper notes. The only white citizens of the city who appear in our black world are the police represented by racist cop Ray Mortimer who taunts and harasses anyone with brown skin, regardless of guilt or innocence. White people, even when they are not present, are still in the back of the minds of the residents. Ed, while contemplating the common refrain that black people must be twice as good to be considered half as good, acknowledges that while this newfound blackness was empowering, it was also confusing since it made so many things he deemed good – like standard English and Ivy League schools – white, and thus bad. This debate is still a hot topic in our community’s discussions today.

Tying all of the stories together is the string of community. We can reminisce on the times when we played as children until the streetlight came on because we knew at least one of the neighbors, if not several of them, was keeping an eye on us. Sadly, with our new world of separate lives where no one trusts each other and usually for good reason, we often don’t know our neighbors enough to wave “good morning” as we pull out of our cul-de-sacs, let alone trust them with our children, our houses and our lives. In one scene, Pristine sends Crispus back home to run an errand after dark:

The door is closed but the latch is off. Just make sure you pull the door shut

when you leave…Mr. and Mrs. Collins are on their porch. They’ll look out for you.

A series of serious events, culminating in an event suited for the times, remind us of the importance of community and family. A Taste of Honey not only entertains; it inspires. Asim, in the character Reuben Jones, shows us how the heroes can inspire us to greatness and tells us in the names he gives his children to remember those who came before us. And so it goes: the lives of those in the present – whenever that particular present may be, whether it is the present for the characters in 1967 or our own current present – not only strive to aspire to their own dreams but also struggle with comparing them to the lives of others around them, of those before them, and of those who will come afterwards. Perhaps Mr. Asim will again revisit the realm of fiction. Let us all hope he does.

Nicole Walker has been a writer for 10 years and has had poetry published in the University of Georgia's Stillpoint literary magazine. She is currently working on a short story collection.

I’m having dinner with Disney!

The publisher of GMO, Tiffani Alexander, is having dinner with Disney!

Yes, I interviewed the Social Media Director for Disney, Mrs. Laura Spencer, for another equally fabulous publication (Sister 2 Sister whose longevity and relevance GMO strives to match!).

While you will see that interview in an upcoming S2S issue, you will get the 911 on this fabulous dinner (attended by other media outlets, including those run by women - and not just any women, mothers!) exclusively on the Glossy Blog! The dinner is Sept 13, so look for my post to immediately follow! Big Things happening :) Get Glossy!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Welcome to the Glossy Blog for the July/August Issue of GMO!

Welcome to the July/August2010 issue! GMO is back and we can't wait for you to "click through" this end of summer edition of the online magazine written BY you and FOR you.

Thank you for continuing to turn to GMO for the latest news, hot topics, and creative pieces written by young, up-and-coming talents just like you! We know you're busy hitting the pools, beaches and barbecues, but take a moment to sit back, relax and flip through the virtual pages of YOUR online magazine! You can even take it with you!

In This Issue:

  • Living a Bold Right Life with Gospel Singer Kierra Sheard
  • Get to Know "Flavor of Love 3's" Mona Lisa
  • What's Going on in the World of Education
  • Meet the Ladies of Preppy Gyrl Boutique
  • Go to Church with Robin Givens and Drew Sidora
  • New Creative Writing Pieces
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DC's Premiere Fashion Event: Closet Runway

As you know, GMO caters to the up-and-coming talents in the worlds of media, fashion, design, art, photography, beauty, modeling, and more. If you're doing something big, creative AND it benefits the community -- then we are all over it! Closet Runway is one such event.

According to the Closet Runway website, the events are intended to "
bring you an exciting real runway experience with cutting-edge, unique fashions and trends from boutiques, designers, and retail stores." GMO was in the house for the first two events held in Washington, DC at
Ebenezers Coffeehouse.

On the giving back side, Closet Runway donates a portion of the event's proceeds to
the Board of Child Care ( and the Haitian Community Hospital (

During the event, local boutiques are showcased using local models of all ages, races, sizes and shapes, and an artist from the area also performs. There are vendors in the house (selling everything from jewelry, to make-up, to shoes and purses) and presentations from GMO affiliate Exclusively Styled. Owner Tami Harrigan gives a fashion makeover to a good-natured participant. She goes into their closet to get a sense of their personal style, and flips it -- often dressing them in pieces they would never buy on their own (she does let them keep one item from their closet, which she incorporates into the new look).

Tami's partner, NeShea Jenifer, is owner of J Witt Events (JWE), providing c
oordinating services for social, corporate, non-profit and wedding events. Together, the ladies create a truly unique fashion event (I hesitate to call it that as you get art, music, and networking opportunities in one room!).

Make sure you're in the house for the next Closet Runway event, scheduled for September 10 at
Ebenezers Coffeehouse:
201 F St. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Images from Closet Runway

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*Photos courtesy of Morris Davis Media.

Review of the Stage Play “Church Girl”

By Bonita Holmes

I took my seat among the crowd of spectators at the Arie Crown Theater on May 19, 2010 with a mind full of anticipation and prejudgment. The humble cast of Angela Barrow-Dunlap’s “Church Girl” provided me with a prelude to the play, which made the experience comforting and inspirational. Naturally, I assumed that “Church Girl” would convey what most urban, African American stage productions accomplish—the cliché tales of the lives of people in the black church culture. However, unknowingly, “Church Girl” would uplift me spiritually and open my eyes to so many new ideas.

The production, which featured such stars as Robin Givens, Drew Sidora, A’ngela Wimbush, Demetria McKinney and Sean Blakemore, opened up to a typical church scene where precisely dressed middle-aged women bellowed the sounds of the gospel. Style and class were the themes of the cast’s wardrobe. Every individual who graced the stage modeled off their “Sunday’s Best.” Their clothing sparkled, allowing their performances to be all the more exciting. Demetria McKinney, who portrayed the role of Emily Franklin, the lead character and ultimately the good girl gone bad, brought innocence and lust to the stage. Her character emphasized the power of love, hate and how easily one can be misled by friends, men and life.

Robin Givens, who portrayed a role she has often done in the past, nearly mastered this idea of a scorn woman leaning on a man for comfort and protection. Her character Cat Jones is stylish, witty and the reason why Emily’s secret life no longer remains hidden. For some reason, the character Cat Jones is alternated between Givens and Drew Sidora who didn’t have the opportunity to perform on this particular night.

A’ngela Wimbush brought a strong presence to the stage with her stunning voice and motherly affection. Her character, Maya Franklin represented the typical black woman—strong, and God fearing yet hurt by a troubled marriage. She is indirectly living her life through her daughter, which causes Emily to become rebellious. Sean Blakemore portrays the suave, classy, yet greedy and manipulative Jacob Sinclair. This character is the epitome of a woman’s weakness whose devilish ways are overcome by a congregation’s belief in God.

The stage design was quite impressive, although it only seemed to alternate between a church and a night club, and the music consisted of selections which catered to all age groups. A blend of gospel, hip hop and R&B allowed the characters to also tell their stories through song, which eventually became annoying and predictable. The other downside was how long the play became, and soon each scene started becoming drawn out, leaving no time for the main point of the plot.

“Church Girl” was an interesting tale of a young woman who started off on the right path but allowed the cruelties of life to trick her into a dangerous lifestyle. The play is about overcoming triumph and getting over your pride to be where you should be in life. I would recommend “Church Girl” to the 30 and above crowd only because it seems that they’d receive the messages on a greater level.

Let Bonita know what you think of her review by leaving your comments here or sending her an email to Also, check out her GMO Feature article on the play here!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Welcome to the March/April GMO Blog!

Thank you for checking out GlossMagazineOnline and for venturing over to the Glossy Blog!

We hope you enjoyed the issue. Tell us about it? Did you read about The Ramsey sisters—Morae, Milan and Nikki — founders of Paper Dollz Productions? What do you think? Would you love to work with them?

What about the GMO Spotlight Artist Carlos Ricketts Jr.?

He's written for and sang with some legends (can you say Patti LaBelle?!)

Did you check out the single "Playlist?" Is he ready to take the lead?

Three Peas Art Lounge: have you visited? Would you like to see the vision of owners Maya-Camille Broussard and Chrishon Lampley in person?

Tell us your thoughts on these featured articles, as well as on all the other great stories that fill the Glossy pages of GMO.

Don't forget to email us if you are interested in joining the staff, being profiled, hosting an arts event, or have any adds to the Events Calendar. GMO is here FOR you and BY you. You know the drill, Get Glossy!

Share Your "Must Read" Novels Here

Agree with the top five books GMO Staff believes women of color should read? Have some additions to the list? Share them here!

More Images from the "All That Glitters" Stage Play

View more images from Steven A. Butler, Jr's musical stage play, "All That Glitters."

Read about Steven A. Butler, Jr's musical stage play, "All That Glitters" on GlossMagazineOnline.Com.