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Women That Rock: Ray BLK

Over the weekend, I surrounded myself around music. I know some of you may be wondering what does that mean. Well, I’ll tell you. So often we as music lovers just put on a piece of music to just have sound filling up the room. Often times you don’t literally listen to the words or…

Cynthia Bailey Featured in “Freedom From Fibroids” Documentary

Esteemed female professionals recently convened for the official Premiere of the documentary Freedom from Fibroids, featuring Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey, Former TV Anchor and current Radio & TV host Monica Pearson, and John C. Lipman, MD, FSIR, Medical Director of the Atlanta Fibroid Center (http://AtlantaFibroidCenter.com). Guests enjoyed red carpet arrivals, an intimate…

Women That Rock: Dawn Richard

We are experiencing a great moment in music. I think with what is going on in our country and our everyday lives as a people, we can surely say that our music is speaking loud and clear to the many diversities, that are plaguing our cultural society. Many of our very talented artists are indeed…

Women That Rock: Ari Lennox

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Discovery of viable artists seems to be sprouting up everywhere you look. And this week’s selection is a welcome addition to that growing list.  This week’s “Women That Rock” selection hails from our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC. I present to many and introduce to some the ever talented singer songwriter Ari Lennox. So, let’s jump…

Women That Rock- K. Avett

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Now, that the Grammy Award event is over and all the lavish parties have ended, maybe you found that your favorite artist claimed the most prestigious accolade in the music industry that night, or maybe, not. Then there is the infamous day when all the morning shows are buzzing about the shows winners and performers,…

One to Watch: A United Kingdom

“A United Kingdom” is a ravishing film that expresses to the world courageousness and love by taking a stance for unity in a nation of segregation. The true love story of Seretse Khama, an African King and Ruth Williams, a white woman and London native; looked beyond color, tradition, notoriety, and defied all rules for…

Women That Rock- Terri Walker

Like most of you by now, I have seen the most inspiring made for TV movie of all time, the “New Edition Story”. This movie was the equivalent to an R&B Roots. Three jammed packed nights of shear excellence. Once again we got a up close and personal look into the glamorous, but sometimes ugly,…

Happy New Year! Women That Rock- Ella Mai

Well, we’ve made it through another year. In the midst of creating new resolutions for the New Year, I’m always on the quest to discover timeless artists, that are attempting to prove to everyone that they are indeed the next biggest star status or accolade. I’m very optimistic that 2017 will provide us true lovers…

Rickey Smiley For Real Season 3 Screening ATL

Known for his comedic style, Mother Bernice, the hilarious Rickey Smiley Radio Morning Show, Joe Willie and the Deuteronomaires, and for playing the keyboard, one of America’s favorite Que Dawgs, Rickey Smiley and the cast of   Rickey Smiley For Real hosted a live viewing party at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta, Ga Tuesday November…

STAR: Atlanta Screening

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Ahh, the joys of a young actress who auditions for the role of a lifetime. She stands in line and waits her turn. She’s feeling confident as she stands with thousands of hopefuls knowing that she has what it takes. She’s the total package, she can sing, dance, & act making her a triple threat….

Women That Rock- The mysterious HER

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Fall is officially upon us, and with each season, I would have to say brings about a different type of attitude, mood and state of mind.  Let me explain, for instance Spring & Summer are both seasons that share a sense of urgency to get out and roam about with friends and it also gives…

Women That Rock- Jamila Woods

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Guys, I have a confession. Lately, each week it’s becoming more and more difficult searching for great music to showcase. There’s so much garbage out there these days; that the real artists are being smothered. This is why I’ve set out on a quest to only provide my readers with quality musicians who truly are…

Women That Rock: Solange

It’s been four years since this gifted young talent’s last album. And I’ve been eagerly anticipating her triumphant come back. The Women that Rock artist I speak of is none other than Solange.  Okay, let me give some of you guys a little background on this underrated artist. This American singer songwriter hails from the…

Tracee Ellis Ross’ Historic Emmy Win…

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Ok, THAT’s what should have happened!  After 30 years, Tracee Ellis Ross became the first black actress to receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson, the matriarch on black-ish.  I know, I know… it’s 2016 and we’re still dealing with “firsts”.  It’s a…

Tichina Arnold Wows at Triumph Awards 2016

Sunday, I Hear That Girl! covered the red carpet for the 2016 Triumph Awards.  Hosted by actress and philanthropist Tichina Arnold, the Triumph Awards recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The show was taped in front of a live audience and will air Sunday, October 2…

Solange on Angry Black Women

Solange Knowles didn’t have a very pleasant experience when she attended a Kraftwerk concert on Friday night. Knowles went to the concert in New Orleans, Louisiana with her husband, 11-year-old son and a friend of his. After standing up to dance to Kraftwerk’s hit Machine, Knowles claims a group of white women told her to…

Kelis Starts New Venture With Pop-Up Restaurant

Singer Kelis Rogers, is steadily spreading her wings!  The singer has always been a foodie, hence the latest album title, “FOOD”.  This time, she is venturing into the restaurant industry with Pop-Up restaurants in the UK.  When I heard about her new endeavor I was shocked, but was reminded that Kelis is a  Cordon Bleu-…

Toni Braxton, Wendy Raquel Robinson Honored at 365Black Awards 2016

A number of notable celebrities, community leaders and entertainers descended on the city of New Orleans once again to attend the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, held today at the New Orleans Theater in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. They were joined by spectators who converged to salute this year’s recipients of the distinguished…

“QUEEN SUGAR” MAKES SPLASH AT 2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL

Queen Sugar, the new original series from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey,  gave festival-goers a sneak peek of the highly-anticipated drama premiering September 6-7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. On Saturday night, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network completed day two of its “Queen Sugar” Essence Festival promo run with a Q&A on the…

Women That Rock- Syleena Johnson

Well guys, it’s officially the beginning of a new season. I absolutely love summer. Here’s your chance to catch all the latest festivals and concerts of year. Just this past weekend, I’ve had the pleasure to catch the ATL “Soul Life Festival” hosted in the great city of Atlanta Georgia. It’s a two-day festival featuring…

On The Scene: Rickey Smiley Foundation Celebrity Bowling Tournament

Last night, Rickey Smiley’s, “Rickey Smiley Foundation,” hosted a celebrity bowling tournament at Slingshot Entertainment in Atlanta, GA. Atlanta’s top VIP’s battled each other in a fun game of bowling led by Rickey Smiley and ED Lover. Special guests in attendance included: Karlie Redd (VH1 “Love & Hip Hop), Porsha Williams (“DISH NATION”), Da Brat…

Denzel & Pauletta Washington Raise $17M for Smithsonian

courtesy of The Rickey Smiley Show Oscar winner Denzel Washington used his influence, likability & talent recently to raise millions in a fundraising event held at his LA home. The multi award-winning actor, filmmaker, and philanthropist co-hosted the event with his wife, Pauletta, which set out to raise funds in support of the National Museum…

Kerry Washington & Viola Davis Creating Production Companies

courtesy of BYP So far, 2016 has been a wonderful year for Black woman seizing their own opportunities. Early this spring, Kelly Rowland announced that she plans on starting a makeup line for dark-skinned women. Shea Moisture is taking a stand against the racism in the beauty industry. Recently, it was announced that Kerry Washington…

Women That Rock- Tarica June

I have a question for all my music enthusiasts out there. Is there a viable movement being pushed for pure conscious music to return by the people, or is it all hype? Well, I’d like to believe that idea of socially conscious music is coming back and with a vengeance. I believe that I have…

Jennifer Hudson to Star in Hairspray Live!

Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson will headline the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” the network’s next live Broadway musical holiday event following the phenomenal success of “The Wiz Live!” “We are beyond thrilled with this incredible talent of stars for ‘Hairspray Live!,’” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.  “We’re also so…

Ciara Is Spring Gorgeous on Essence Cover

Ciara looks so happy on the cover of ESSENCE’s May issue.  We can’t help but to share in her joy.  The recently engaged singer gushes about Russell Wilson, her son, and much more. “Marriage is something I look forward to. I believe in family, and the beauty of two people committing to spend their lives…

A New Perspective on the Paranormal

Yesterday, I was invited to a private media screening of the all-new series, “Ghost Brothers”.  I’m a huge fan of the horror genre and the paranormal.  I’m geeky like that.  Yes, I’m the girl that rushed to literature class whenever we were covering Edgar Allen Poe.  I LOVE it! So you can imagine my delight…

Women That Rock- Nik West

After spending an awesome weekend with my siblings talking about, well you’ve guessed it, Music. I discovered that the conversation the industry should be having is, what it takes for an artist to become a superstar or to even be heard from the sea of individuals that are all competing for their shot of stardom….

Lupita Nyong’o Gives Sneak Peek at Jungle Book

Here at I Hear That Girl!, we love all things Lupita!  She is an example of grace, poise, and beauty that defies stereotypes of black women.  I love seeing this beauty on magazines, commercials, and film.  Now, you can hear her voice as Raksha, the mother of Mowgli in Disney’s new film, Jungle Book.  Lupita posted…

Oprah’s “Greenleaf” Teaser Released & We’re Excited!

Oprah Winfrey Network unveiled today a first look at its new original drama series “Greenleaf” from Lionsgate TV and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under,” “Brothers and Sisters”). Featuring Oprah Winfrey’s first recurring scripted television role in two decades, the family drama set against the backdrop of a sprawling Memphis megachurch will launch…

Women That Rock- Tweet

As we embark on yet another season change, I’m often eagerly anticipating which artist is going to have the biggest spring and summer hit. Warmer months also bring the start of outdoor concerts,festivals and backyard barbecues. So, I’m officially suggesting the hot new spring and summer album to listen to is by a young lady…

Women That Rock- Candice Nelson

Well guys I know there has been a lot of things happening in the news and the entertainment world in past several months, addressing our issues as a black people. From Stacy Dash’s stupendous comments, regarding whether or not to get rid of black history month to Jada Pinkett Smith’s heart felt plea to the…

Meet the HCIC (Head Chic In Charge) at ABC!

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There’s a new HCIC (Head Chic In Charge)!  ABC names Channing Dungey as the first African American President.  Dungey, who previously served as the Executive Vice President of Drama at the network has become the first African American to head a major television network. Originally from Sacramento, 46-year old Dungey worked her way up from…

Women’s Powerful Impact in Gospel Music Shine at Stellar Awards

With eight and six nominations respectively, Erica Campbell and Tasha Cobbs demonstrate the powerful impact of women in gospel music, recognized for Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year, Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year. Campbell also receives a nod for Urban/Inspirational Single…

Women That Rock: PJ

Every now and then music will change course right in front of your very own eyes. This week I’ll be introducing you guys to a very special up incoming talent. She goes by the name of PJ and this singer songwriter has a lot to say. Her musical approach is somewhat refreshing. This fresh hot…

I Hear That Girl!: Egypt Sherrod receives NAACP Award Nomination

With the current outrage at the lack of diversity of the Oscars, many African-American actors, actresses, and writers are looking forward to a platform in which they will be, always have been, acknowledged for their talents and effort.  This award platform is the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards. Egypt Sherrod, HGTV host and author, has…

Women That Rock- B.O.Y. (Be Only You)

Well guys, it’s officially 2016 and now that the New Year is here, and everyone is currently making New Year’s resolutions on self- preservation, I thought why not give my music fans a motivational soundtrack to help keep you encouraged as you go on your journey in becoming a better you. This week’s choice is…

Lupita Speaks Out on Oscars’ Lack Of Diversity

Lupita Nyong’o is the latest star to speak out about the stunning lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars. In a thoughtful Instagram post, the actress — an Academy Award winner herself — addressed the issue and expressed her disappointment. “I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year’s Academy Award nominations,” she…

Listen: Erykah Badu Has Some “Trill Friends”

Badu is at it again!  She loves remixing songs and we love it even more!  Kanye West dropped this single last Friday and already, Badu is giving us her version.  Yes, we can relate!  We all know someone that fits into this role.  I’m thankful for my Trill Friends!!  Do you have some “Trill Friends”?…

Women That Rock- Ashley Dubose

I want to ask you guys a question. With shows like the Voice and American Idol, which will be celebrating their farewell season in 2016, can we say that shows of this caliber have provided the stepping stones to launching the musical careers of some of the most talented singers in the country? I pose…

Video: Lifetime releases extended trailer for Toni Braxton’s ‘Unbreak My Heart’

courtesy of The Radio Revival Lifetime’s Original Movie, “Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart,” starring newcomer Lex Scott Davis (“The Exes”) as the seven-time Grammy® Award-winning R&B icon, premieres Saturday, January 23 at 8pm ET/PT. Toni Braxton executive produces the two-hour film, which is based on her popular memoir Unbreak My Heart. Immediately following the movie,…

Good God Almighty!! New Music From Brandy!

Brandy dropped a bomb last night!  Yes, her new tv series, Zoe Ever After debuted on BET to great responses and she gave her fans an extra treat with new music!  Fans have been salivating to hear new music from the “vocal bible” and she was ready to deliver!  This song is HOT!  It’s called…

Chris Rock Stands Up For Black Women in Hollywood

Comedian Chris Rock sheds light on the entertainment industry’s hypocrisy when it comes to actors pay. “Black women have the hardest gig in show business,” he told the New Yorker. “You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she’s a woman — if she was black, she’d really have something to complain about.” Back…

Women That Rock- Jaime Woods

Well guys it’s that time of year again, Christmas time. And if you’re anything like me you’re probably waiting to the last to start your Christmas shopping. Well, as always I do believe that music is the best gift to receive at Christmas. I don’t know maybe it’s the thought of turning on that special…

20 Years Ago: Waiting To Exhale Gives Us Life

It was an unlikely hit — a comedy-drama about four African American female friends dealing with issues of romance, careers and fulfillment. But when “Waiting to Exhale” opened two decades ago this holiday season, the movie not only became a breakout success but also touched a cultural nerve with an underserved audience. “‘Waiting to Exhale’…

The Color Purple is 30 Years Old Today!

courtesy of ABC.COM Thirty years ago, the movie “The Color Purple” brought to the big screen a world audiences had scarcely seen before — that of poor African-American women facing domestic abuse, incest and racism in the rural South in the early 1900s. Based on Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the movie, like the…

College Credit for Studying Beyonce…Maybe Not?!

courtesy of Refinery29 Apparently, Rutgers University administrators are not a fan of Sasha Fierce. The New Jersey-based university has canceled a class on Black feminism called “Politicizing Beyoncé.” Women’s Studies professor Kevin Allred, who taught the class, was told that it would not be offered for the spring semester because the school is “rotating” its…

Women That Rock- Caretta Bell

With great appreciation, I was granted the opportunity to DJ this weekend in Houston TX, at the Nzuri Natural hair expo. While attending this amazing event I also had the chance to uncover a brand new “Women that Rocks” artist for you guys. Her name is “Caretta Bell”, she hails from Houston TX. With an…

Kennedy Center Honors Cicely Tyson’s 60 Year Acting Career

courtesy of Atlanta Black Star Cicely Tyson, along with singer/songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress Rita Moreno, and conductor Seiji Ozawa, were honored last night at the Kennedy Center for their creative careers. In addition to the award, the 90-year-old actress is starring in The Gin Game, which is currently on Broadway. The production reunites her with…

Queen Latifah to Lead Cast in ‘Empire’ Spinoff

*Lee Daniels has chosen Queen Latifah to lead his long-rumored spinoff of “Empire.” The series, known tentatively as “The Untitled Lee Daniels Project,” will follow three women played by newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady – all with hopes of making it big. The drama will showcase the allure and heartache of the cut-throat…

Sisters of Comedy Is Proof That Black Women Need Entertainment That Truly Represents Us

Laughter has healing power. And with the violent climate plaguing not only our own country but the entire world, it’s obvious that we need healing right now. That’s where activist, writer and filmmaker Agunda Okeyo comes in. She understands that joy battles pain, and so she’s married her love of activism with dynamic black comediennes…

RACE- The Jessie Owens Story

The movie”RACE”, focused on the career of Jesse Owens who penetrated the sport of track and field and left his mark. It was overall a good movie. It had the same feel as the movie “42” (2013) which centered on the Jackie Robinson biography. Coincidently, both Jesse and Jackie both reigned in their specific sport in…

David Banner Stands Up For Black Women In New Song ‘Marry Me’: They ‘Don’t Feel Protected’

David Banner has had enough of black women being treated poorly by men. The ‘Play’ rapper defends and celebrates black women across the world in his new song, ‘Marry Me,’ promising to ‘protect’ and keep them ‘safe for eternity!’ Click to hear! Crunk has grown up as David Banner, 41, one of the rappers who helped…

Women That Rock- Sheena Player

Is R&B music dead? This is the question I have to ask you guys this week.  I recently asked myself the same question.  After doing my weekly research to find the next “Women that Rocks” feature, by searching several online music magazines, I discovered there’s a growing shortage of what I would classify as true…

Black Women Search for Love in New ‘Black Love’ Reality Show

courtesy of Essence A new reality show follows five Black women as they navigate through a tough dating pool in New York City. #BlackLove premieres on December 8 on FYI and features five dynamic career women who are also looking for success in love. Newly-single Married At First Sight star Monet Bell (in yellow)—who ended her…

Syleena Johnson Continues to Make Moves With New Management Deal

Grammy Nominated singer, songwriter, actress and soon-to-be published author Syleena Johnson joins the Primary Wave talent management roster as she wraps her multi-city tour in support of her current chart-topping album, “Chapter 6: Couple’s Therapy” on Blackbyrd and eOne Music.  Johnson, had a hand in the creation of each song. “Chapter 6: Couple’s Therapy” is…

Women That Rock- Melanie Fiona

What happens if a well known artist happens to use their musical platform to raise awareness around social issues that plague this nation. Well, let’s see. Marvin Gaye gave us one of the most prolific albums to date. Then there was Stevie Wonder’s  “Songs in the Key of Life”  masterpiece. This is just to name a…

Women That Rock- Lianne La Havas

After catching up on reading several music blogs this weekend, I stumbled across a fresh new voice. Her name is “Lianne La Havas”. By now, you guys should know that I absolutely love all types of music. This young lady’s music embodies several different types of genres. La Havas began singing at the tender age…

The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Slays in Vibrant Photoshoot

You guys know I LOVE ‘The Walking Dead’, right?!  And you should also know how much I adore Michonne…or should I say the character Michonne.  Danai Gurira, the actress that plays my beloved Michonne, stole my heart once more with her most recent photo shoot for DuJour magazine!  I’m in love with this blue ensemble!!…

Tweet Releases New Video “Won’t Hurt Me”

The Southern Hummingbird is back after a long hiatus from the music scene with her latest single, “Won’t Hurt Me”.  The song dropped a few weeks ago, and now Tweet has followed up the well received single with the video.  Check it out here:   Get More: Tweet, Won’t Hurt Me, Music, More Music Videos

Women That Rock- Erin Stevenson

Hey guys, I have a question: does it pay off being in an all-girl group vs. becoming a solo artist?  Well, I’m guessing everyone wants to go solo. Cause, you can’t even name one mainstream R&B group today. Another question for you, do you guys believe that there’s a need for the girl group in today’s…

Janet Jackson is truly UNBREAKABLE

I’m still on an extreme high from attending the “Janet Jackson” concert over the weekend.  I witnessed a true legend at her best. This lady still got it y’all.  I mean at 50 yrs. young, she entertained a crowd of goers from all walks of life, like never before. I mean everyone from the young…

Tisha Campbell Wears Rapists’ Apology in “Steel Here”

Tisha Campbell is back…or should I say, she’s STEEL HERE?!  Either way, we’re happy she is!  This beauty has been doing her thing, consistently, for almost 30 years!  Can you believe this diva is 46?  Black surely don’t crack she looks confident, strong, and fearless in her new music video!  Yes!  Tisha Campbell is back…

Women That Rock- Alice Smith

Recently, I’ve noticed a certain trend developing with some of our favorite TV shows. Judging by the huge success of some of the most popular shows on network television, many of these shows can credit their huge following by the music that’s being played. For instance, everyone is so infatuated with the very diverse musical…

Uzo Aduba Picks Up Emmy Number Two!

Uzo Aduba won her second straight Emmy for her work as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black at tonight’s awards. (She won last year as a guest actress; she was upgraded to a supporting actress this year.) Her victory will be hard to forget: she delivered an incredible acceptance speech,…

Regina King Wins An Emmy & the World Sees #BlackSistersLove

As if Taraji P. Henson could be any better, we can now add Most Supportive Friend to her list of superlatives. Exhibit A? Tonight’s Emmy Awards.The Empire actress had the pleasure of presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie award to her close friend Regina King and she just couldn’t help…

Ms.Lauryn Hill Stuns & ONE Musicfest Day Proclaimed

Over the weekend, thousands of people flocked to Atlanta to witness the 6th annual ONE Musicfest that took place at Aaron’s Amphitheater in Lakewood on September 12, 2015. Gracing the stage were the talented Ms.Lauryn Hill, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, Wale, Janelle Monae & Wondaland, Raekwon, Ghostface, The Internet, Raury, SZA, Scarface, 8Ball & MJG, Big…

Celebrities Come Out to Honor at the Triumph Awards

Last night, the 2015 Triumph Awards presented by Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network (NAN) and TV One, was filmed in Atlanta at 200 Peachtree. Hosted by actressTichina Arnold, the ceremony – now in its 6th year – recognized the impact its honorees have made on our society. Recording artist and philanthropist Tyrese Gibson was…

The Moment Shonda Rhimes Realized She Never Wanted To Get Married

Shonda Rhimes will never walk down the aisle — and she is more than happy with her decision not to. In a Sept. 8 interview with Entertainment Weekly, the screenwriter, director and producer discussed her upcoming memoir Year Of Yes and some of the topics she covers in it. Rhimes told EW that she realized she didn’t…

Vanessa Williams Returns To Miss America Pageant

Three decades after she gave up the crown amid a nude photo scandal, Vanessa Williams is returning to the Miss America pageant. The Miss America Organization, Dick Clark Productions and the ABC television network announced Tuesday they are bringing back the award-winning actress and singer to serve as head judge for the 2016 competition. It…

Women That Rock- NAO

Lately, I’ve been listening to some amazingly talented artists from abroad. And I dare ask the question, “Who’s got more soul? Is it our sisters here in the states or our sisters across the pond?”  Now, I know what you may be thinking… is she crazy or what?!  I mean let’s examine the thought for…

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