Posts Tagged ‘Link Luv’

Link Luv: ‘AP’ Price Launches New Blog, Catches Up W/ Sparkle [Memba Her?]

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

You guys know I am all about showing new blogs luv.

Celebrity Journalist Alysha “AP” Price recently relaunched her entertainment blog (HYFNW). An interviewer at heart, AP strives to balance news and gossip posts with reviews and exclusive interviews connected to R&B, Hip Hop and the Black urban experience as a whole.

“This is a blog for people of all ages; from those completely submerged in the culture, down to those who only want a taste,” AP says.

AP spent the last several years working for several major urban blog sites such as, Minnesota Public Radio Art Hounds, and 89.9 KMOJ Radio (Minneapolis), the #1 R&B and Hip Hop station in the Twin Cities.

“I started the blog a year ago as a way of staying current as a journalist, however after an amazing reception from readers I decided it was time to remix the site and relaunch with a bigger, better look and presence,” AP recalls.

In addition to cultivating her new blog community, AP will continue her work as a certified motivational interviewer and program coordinator for a local university, as well as serve as a community activist and advocate for underprivileged youth.

Be sure to check out the latest posts at New this week is an exclusive interview with the Midwest songbird Sparkle, the former protege of R. Kelly. Check out the interview below and her remix of Kelly Rowland’s “Dirty Laundry”.


HYFNW Exclusive Interview
Sparkle Dishes on R. Kelly New Music and More
Sparkle is making a comeback and her 10 year lull does not define her! Inside she talks with Ms. F’n Write about everything from her zodiac sign to her relationship with Platinum Singer/Songwriter/Producer R. Kelly.
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Link Luv: @RawDawgBuffalo Discusses “Black Urban Media: The New Blackploitation”

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

I’m sure many of readers have noticed that I have completely turned my back on the entertainment reporting. Though I spent a large part of my professional career being the “pit-bull” of bloggers attacking any and every entertainment story with a vengeance, I have come to realize that, though I despised urban media outlets from distracting black people to whats really going in the world, I was also apart of the problem. This amazing platform that I worked so hard to obtain was used in a way that was simply unsatisfying. And truth be told I came to loath it.

The past two years of my life have been spent researching an array of topics that really matter in the world. And, as a result I am simply not able to be apart of the problem any longer. After finally taking the “blue pill,” I have come to realize that we are slaves to  to the evil doers of the world. And, rather than standing up and demanding change, we’ve all become so distracted that if we don’t wake up, the future will be bleak for those who lie dormant.

And echoing my point, political blogger, Raw Dawg Buffalo has penned an incredible blog on how Urban Media does nothing more than exploit and distort “the real” in ways many of you probably don’t even realize. Putting it plainly we have all failed you as the reader. And it’s a failure that I plan to rectifying within the confounds of Take some time to read his take on urban media and how they essentially fail us all.

Information is freely available everywhere. So much that it is easy to verify and substantiate with a little effort. However, for most African Americans, the major news topics of the day are ignored by their most treasured sources of information – black owned urban media and radio.

Now if you want to find out about the release of an album, which is sleeping with who, the latest baby momma or what celebrities were fighting at the club, black urban media is your place. Most it seems have adopted the playbook of the National Enquirer. Now they will cover every itty bitty nuanced piece of information on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, Real Housewives and Basketball wives, as well as stories on young black men being shot by white men, but only after it becomes the focus of the world. And let us not forget President Obama, it seems as if the only politics covered dally with the commander in Chief 95 percent of the time. But rarely anything else. You won’t find anything on the Eurozone Crisis, or the LIBOR scandal, or serious presentations of what is occurring in Libya, Syria, Somalia, or even the continuing crisis in Haiti or the senseless shootings in Chicago.

If such topics are presented, they are aggregated and tend to not have any prospective insight regarding the direct impact they have of African Americans, and worse, if they involve being critical of the Obama Administration, they are not presented at all.

ow maybe Blackploitation is not the correct term, afterall they made certin not to shot at anyone other than “the man”, “charlie,” or uncle tomes helping the man. Not to mention their message was always one of the come-up and collective empowerment. Maybe I am making a big issue out of nothing, maybe I’m not. What I can say is that we in this medium are intentionally dumbing down our community by offering garbage over the proper material for health intellectual development.

I take this from the message I learned reading “the Miseducation of the Negro some 30 years ago written by Carter G. Woodson. In the book he wrote: My query is, are we in urban black media building the back door without asking? I have often asked when did getting paid become for important than education in our community. If the answer the the previous is yes, than I have my answer.


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LinkLuv: @MelanieSnare Finally Answers

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

I’ve been meaning to get to this. While Atlanta is known as the hub for the latest music, and TV & Films, there’s also an explosion of dope bloggers on the scene. From CNN’s Richelle Carey’s new blog, to today’s link luv Melanie Snare, the blogsphere out of Atlanta is definitely an impressive thing to watch. is Melanie’s digital creation giving readers a birds-eye view into her life as a working mom. From beauty tips, to exclusive red carpets, Melanie’s always being asked “How she does it all?” And now you can find out with a simple click.

I took a tour around the impressive site, and it’s got all the bells and whistles any mommy blogger would hope for.

Melanie’s immensely challenging schedule of being the mother of two beautiful girls, while also juggling her numerous gigs at Comcast, and the Atlanta Falcons –just to name a few- is documented in away that gives the budding superstar blogger an edge over her competition.

Wanna “Steal Her Look?” Check out Melanie’s money saving tips on how to look fab for less.

Take sometime and checkout the fantastic site in Gyantunlugged’s second Link Luv Feature. Log onto

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Link Luv: @Youngsinick of The Examines If R&B Is Having An Identity Crisis!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The Atlantic posted a fantastic piece on music, and genre’s, as it relates to black people and R&B music in 2o12. While it’s no mystery that African-American artists are trading in years of tradition and soul for more “Euro-Soul” aka Pop club hits, the rise of white soul singers of the world have presumably taken over. From Adelle’s breakout album of 2011, to Joss Stone belting  her barefooted soul out, UK singers seem to be taking it over. But do  black people see it as a relic of a time gone by of sorts? Its a very valid and real question.

Los Angeles based writer Michael Arceneaux pushes this issue under a microscope to bring an interesting perspective that I thought I’d share with you all.

Per The

The problem, many black R&B artists say, is the way that in-vogue club pop sounds have infiltrated the genre they love. So-called R&B radio stations play music that, save for tracks from the likes of Trey Songz or Mary J. Blige, aren’t actually R&B—yet get labeled as such because black artists are singing on them: tunes like Drake and Rihanna’s “Take Care” or Usher’s “Climax” (which Usher calls “electro soul,” whatever that means). Earlier this year, Boyz II Men, who at their peak scored several megahits off their soulful tracks, made this point. On the state of contemporary R&B, member Shawn Stockman said, “It’s taken a step to what I think really isn’t R&B. It sounds more electro pop, I think the only reason people call it R&B is cos black folks are singing it.”

In 2010, Erykah Badu turned off her radio and took to Twitter to complain as well about the “electro pop” turn R&B has taken, writing: “They playd 6 in a row today- #pop techno songs back to back with so called r&b and rap artists… on the [hip-hop] station. Where I been? Like I said, how y’all gone STAND by and let our music turn into pop techno cornball ass music?”

She went on: “I like the idea of no distinction in race when it comes 2 music, but SOULkeepers, U dont give up the boom bip and the hump 4 the payday.”

Trey Songz, one of the few successful artists where the R&B tag is actually applicable, echoed Badu’s thoughts in an interview with the Power 105.1 radio show, “The Breakfast Club.” “The success of crossover is something we all want to attain, but the route to get there is what’s important to me,” Trey said. As for why so many of his peers have changed their sound, he acknowledges that it was “the easy thing to do right now to get a hit.” Indeed, Trey noted that, “It’s not cool to be an R&B singer no more.”

I know that I am viewed as “the hater,” in the game, but I truly am just tired of artists putting fame over artistry. I can’t tell these days if artists are lovers of music, or just attention whores seeking validation in a world where everybody is lost. Will it change? Who’s to say. But at least someone had the guts to call em out on it. Go Michael.

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HLN’s @RichelleCarey Launches Brand New Blog Empowering Young Girls & Women Everywhere!

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Shouts to one of my favorite HLN Anchors Richelle Carey! The Baylor University graduate, is taking a major step into a new frontier with her very first blog, that just went live moments ago. From violence against women — to women issues in general — this prominent philanthropist’s new blog site definitely deserves a warm reception from the virtual community. With a passion for being a voice of empowerment for young girls and women, the mission of, is clear:

“…I feel we have a responsibility to each other – especially to young women – to speak up about critical issues we face…domestic violence, sexualization of girls in the media, sexism, victim blaming and so many other topics. I say “we” because even if you haven’t personally experienced any of these, someone you know has. I mention triumphs too because there are oh so many triumphs to highlight, from female heads of state to teenage girls starting a successful non-profit, to women winning the Nobel Peace Prize….”

Well said! Take some time check out her brand new site at Oh, and Richelle..WELCOME!

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Link Luv: Taps Gyant & Others To Explore The Taboo Topic of Men & Dieting

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

One of these things is not like the other. One of these thins are not the same. Anybody who knows me is all too familiar with my desire to get my weight under control. Being a blogger, working late nights, and constantly surrounded by all sorts of libations and food, the battle against obesity is even more difficult than in the real world. If you look at the pic above you’ll see a bevy of physically fit men. Some older some younger, but what can’t be missed is my Big Bird looking self. SMH. Yet the connection amongst most men –that’s almost never spoken– is our desire to keep it right and keep it tight.

While I have made 2012 the year of dieting and getting back in shape, there’s not much conversation amongst my fellow males about the taboo topic. Typically when it comes to males and dieting there’s not much conversation. Oftentimes the unspokenness of it all can be deafening.’s Emma and Gavin explore this topic in a well written article on tap yours truly to join the discussion.


Men face the issue at the same rate as women, but until recently, ads for weight loss products mostly featured female faces and voices. According to ad industry watchers, the female-centric advertising had the inadvertent effect of scaring men away.

Enter a slew of new ads from the biggest names in dieting: Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig.

Weight Watchers took a direct approach, with television spots that explicitly tell men it’s OK to diet. One commercial proclaims “Weight Watchers online is for men, too,” and, as a nod to the brand’s more feminine advertising of yore: “It’s not all rainbows and lollipops.”

“Women really appreciate the fact that we are recognizing it as a widespread societal problem,” said David Burwick, president of Weight Watchers North America.

Beyond the multimillion-dollar campaign lies the hope for company expansion. Burwick estimated that only one-quarter of men who have weight problems actively seek to lose weight. That means plenty aren’t spending money on weight loss products and programs, at least not yet.

Aside from the attention paid by Madison Avenue, some men said they’re learning they need more than just a plan; they need people to hold them accountable and to relate to their struggles.

I chime in..

Lloyd Dinwiddie, an entertainment correspondent who goes by the name Gyant, said men don’t often talk about their diets with other men, something he said he wishes would change. Though his nickname comes from his 6-foot-8-inch frame, Dinwiddie said not everyone appreciates his desire to slim down, and after years of diets, he’s trying new techniques.

“Women look at me like I’m crazy. They say, ‘You’re just big, Gyant,’” he said. “At 310 pounds, every book in the world is telling me I need to lose weight.”

Dinwiddie said he applauds Weight Watchers and other companies that focus on men’s health, but an “average Joe”-style spokesman would work better than a Charles Barkley or Mariah Carey, who have trainers and chefs to keep them focused.

Dinwiddie’s current dieting effort includes a lot more chicken salads and outdoor activities, with a goal of losing 80 pounds. He has turned to an online community, hoping the discussion will serve as communal motivation.

“It’s actually been a collective support system in a roundabout way ’cause in six months, if I’m not following it, they are going to be like, ‘Yo, what’s going on?’”[Source]

If you get some time run on over to and listen to the audio portion of this interview. There’s tons more to this discussion. Special shouts to Emma and Gavin.

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Morning Links 12/23/2012: Swizz Explains CEO Status, Cudi Flips Out In Australia & More!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Swizz Beatz’s Megaupload CEO Status Explained, “They Put That Up Prematurely” [SOHH]

Gucci Mane – Trap Back (Mixtape Trailer)

Rihanna Becomes First Woman To Reach Two Billion Views On Vevo

Kid Cudi Trashes Stage in Australia After Performance Cut Short

Common Canada Dry Drake Freestlye In Atlanta

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Morning Coffee: Oprah Cancels ‘Daytime Talk’ Show, @IAmSteveHarvey Sues 1st Wife, Nas Owes 6 Mil & More!

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Looks like the “Oprah Winfrey Network” cancels Mark Burnett show: Could their be trouble in paradise?

Steve Harvey is going after his ex-wife for blasting him on those cheating ways.

Nas owes Uncle Sam 6 million dollars in back taxes? Damn between he and Kelis what the hell is going on?

Jennifer Hudson shuts down Illuminati rumors.. um.. how did they even start?

Octomom turns down one million dollar check!

Mark Zuckerberg’s Identity Was Hacked on Facebook

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Morning Coffee: @The_Real_Shaq & Hoopz Crossdressing Halloween Costumes Revealed, @Nelly_Mo Takes It Off For Twitter Fans, @MCHammer Attacks Jay-Z In New Video & More!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

MC Hammer continues to go at Jay-Z. And now there’s a new video where the once Pop phenomenon tries to cum for Jay’s neck. I can’t even believe we are actually posting content regarding Stanley & Shawn Cater. How will this end?

Only time will tell.

Shaq & his new fiance Hoopz revealed their Halloween costume. Shaq requests Shaquetta and Hoopz’m not sure exactly.

Watch the video below.

Shaq loves wearing his wigs doesn’t he?

The comeback kid Nelly Celebrated his B-Day w/ his fans by posting a revealing photo on twitter. I don’t know why, but this guy has always come off so cornballish to me. He and Ashanti are perfect for one another.

Whoa..Talk About A Close Call…

The Allure of the Sea, Royal Caribbean’s $1.5 billion dollar “superliner,” took off for Ft. Lauderdale, Florida narrowly missing the Denmark’s Store Belt Bridge by 1.5 inches.


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#LateNightSnack @Rihanna SNL Skits, Celebrity Halloween Costumes Revealed & More!

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

In total fluff news tonight, the overly dramatized Rihanna absence from alleged bestie Katy Perry continues to spiral out of control.

Per Gossip Jacker:

“I didn’t get to go to the wedding. Luckily, Katy is in the same industry as me, so she understands and she knows how it can get.

“But I was fortunate enough to be able to throw her bachelorette party, so I got to be involved somehow.”

I can’t believe the things we call news these days. I’ll sleep easier tonight knowing that Katy was so understanding.

And Speaking of Rihanna…

Rihanna’s skit on SNL this weekend was cool enough to show some love on. Check out her mildly funny Ronnie and Clyde parody.

You can also watch her “Only Girl,” and what’s my name performances Here and Here

In YT People’s News…

After almost After 58 hours of deliberations over almost two weeks, the jury’s split decision came yesterday (28th October 2010), convicting Anna Nicole Smith’s attorney Howard Stern and Smith’s psychiatrist KHRISTINE EROSHEVICH, reports the New York Daily News.

They were found guilty of providing excessive prescriptions of drugs to the late model and actress.

Can’t say I’m surprised by that one at all. It’s a damn shame how the ones closet to you are the ones to f*ck your shit up.

Now that Halloween has come to a close, it’s time to look at some of the more interesting celebrity get ups.

I’m not sure who or what Janet was this year, but she rocked it no matter what.

Sherri Shepherd…

Niecy Nash flashing tha, tha, tha rock.

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