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

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