Lady Alma: Cherish & Bless Her

Music has been a tremendous blessing to me. I have unexpectedly built friendships that will take me through this lifetime. I thank God for giving me a spirit that I have where business ties often become personal and filled with love.For those who are unfamiliar with the sister in this picture, Lady Alma Horton (https://www.facebook.com/TheRealLadyAlma/), take a moment to visit her page, check her out on YouTube or google her. She’s a bad chick, for

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Can Music Give Me: Reciprocal Love Again?

I can’t seem to get the dialogue out of my head that PJ Morton dropped during his intimate New York listening party earlier this week. There was so much knowledge shared about the industry/indie artists in such a crowded space to shine one above the other/radio today/creating music that you love, not a generic project that doesn’t feel good to your soul that others try to push you to create. And, I really fell in

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My name is…

Detrel, I am 45+ years of age and I was born to Helen & Oliver at Westchester Square Hospital in the fine borough of the Bronx – a place where stars are born and bred! I’m here to leave my mark on a world that hasn’t always been so kind to me.  I refuse to allow the foolish ways of others to deter me from the path that God has ordained for my life. The

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Flashback: The Hempstead TSS Record Department

The best job I have ever had was working in the record department at TSS in Hempstead, NY. During my high school years, and school breaks when I went up to Buffalo State College, I could not wait to get back to work. My love of music was fed in the same manner that you would pour lighter fluid on a barbecue pit to ignite a flame! 

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Cupid’s Hunt 10th Anniversary Mix: When Love Goes Awry – Part 1

Anyone who has lived long enough knows that love relationships can be far from perfectly happy moments all of the time. But, what about when things just start to fall apart? When you know that you need to let it go because you see it fading fast?

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Blessed!

sometimes you have to stop, take stock in your own life and acknowledge just how blessed you are in spite of your journey … my best days are ahead and the sun will keep shining!

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And then I Cried…

So many heartfelt losses during 2016. The tears rolled down my cheeks, and an ugly cry welled up in my throat (Kashif, Prince, Sis. Afeni, Colonel Abrams, George Michael, Phife, Natalie Cole, Maurice White, Vanity, Sharon Jones, Billy Paul, on & on)!

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Joey Gallant: Makes You Stop & Listen!

Remember the video of the soulful mochalatte crooner paying tribute to President Obama that made its way to every inbox when the world realized we were heading for a horrid 4 years under the leadership of the new person occupying the Oval Office? Well, here’s another offering from Joey Gallant that will simply make you ‘pause!’ There isn’t much to say except, “shhh please listen!”

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Coming in 2017…

Sometimes you have to step out of the shadows in your own life when you realize that the life you thought you’d be living is not the life for you after all! #truestory

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Freedom

Independence ~ Self Assuredness 

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A Concerning Observation!

Last night, one of my very best friends treated me to a show featuring Charlie Murphy and D.L. Hughley, with Terry Hodges as the opening comedian as an early birthday gift. Anyone who really knows me, knows that I can just sit and ogle at D.L. for days — he’s been deemed my ‘next lifetime husband’ (snickering)!

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Living: Inhaling/Exhaling & Smiling!

So FYI ~ a vacation doesn’t always involve sandy beaches/airports or passport stamps ~ but when that word hasn’t been in your vocabulary for 5 years, and you know that it’s time ~ you plan to do things that you’ve wanted for quite a while and you make it a reality! On the day that I created a facebook photo album, I had a date to see a LADY! (a green lady who stands 305

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Do Our Black Lives Really Matter?

Heartbreaking ~ how can we fight and say that Black Lives should matter to others when they seem NOT to matter to US?!  Death at Jouvert

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No need to apologize!

2016 has not been the kindest.  I have learned hard lessons about life, and love particularly — matters of the heart. I have also been forced to make harsh decisions about what is best for me, and I began reevaluating relationships — on all levels. I am not sorry for what I’m feeling. I’m not depressed over what I’ve experienced. I am no longer expending energy on relationships with family members whom I have previously

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Great Music Lives On…

Stuff like this song performed by Jarrod Lawson and Tahirah Memory makes my heart smile…

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Proud Woman of Color

I was challenged a few times ~ what an honor ~ to post 1 picture that represents me being a ‘Proud Woman of Color’ and though you may have seen this particular picture more than once, I chose it again because I continue to emulate the queen whose lap I sat on at the age of 4 (1972). I knew then that I was a Nubian Princess because she was the epitome of black pride.

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An Open Letter from A Loving Mother to Her Only Son

That September 4th morning in 1992 when I realized that my trip to the hospital meant that I was about to bring forth a life, I leaned over the top of the banister at your grandma’s house and cried. I broke into wailing sobs. Thoughts raced through my mind from wondering if I would be a good enough mom to you, to being honored that God would bless me with such a precious gift! And,

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Life & Death

   It’s not about the way in which a person departs this life but by how they’ve lived it & the manner that they’ve touched so many others ~ tonight’s tribute to my god brother/cousin, Hassan Jeffrey left me feeling honored to have been a part of his life but saddened that I didn’t know the parts of his life that others shared ~ there was standing room only and many moments when there wasn’t

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Death: Too Much is More Than Enough!

I said to someone recently that 2016 has had the ring of death in the air like never before & they attempted to shush me by saying that we just pay more attention to death now because we are getting older. I disagreed w/that statement then and still, now. 2016 is not even 5 months deep & the loss has spanned from celebs that we thought we knew because their faces were part of our

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Healthy Change 

  I am a picky eater — have always been. I love vegetables, dried fruit and smoothies, but I can’t live without seafood (particularly: fish & shrimp). I love rewarding recipes, blogs and articles that insight new ideas about what I might like to concoct in the kitchen. A late night commercial led me to this website, I Eat Grass that I plan to look into with passion. If you’re reading this, and know of other places

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