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Kiana Dancie Talks Comedy, Life And Her New Book

In a few hours Kiana Dancie will return to the stage, bringing the laughs to Houston’s popular Dolce Ultra Lounge. The comedian has been on a roll, fresh off a tour in Chicago with veteran Paul Mooney and enjoying a regular residence as the house emcee at the Atlanta Comedy Theater. The Ohio native has become a regular on the comedy circuit, building an impressive list of projects alongside Earthquake, Sheryl Underwood, Rodney Perry, Katt Williams, Academy Award winner Monique and more. Now she’s poised to to enter the big…

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America’s Diversity Gets Reflected in New Disney Films

The creator of the magical world of Disney, like many other figures in American history, Walt Disney was a complicated soul. An entire generation grew up with Mickey Mouse and company, as the Disney name expanded into a global brand. But despite the success, the brand has not been exempt from criticism, thanks in part to racist characters and tired stereotypes once seen in hits like 1941’s Dumbo or the blatantly offensive, Songs of the South. By the time I’d discovered this as an adult, like countless others, I’d already fallen in…

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Demi Lovato Takes Control at the Houston Rodeo

On Tuesday night, songstress Demi Lovato made a triumphant return to RodeoHouston’s famous rotating stage. It’s been several years since she first appeared alongside Austin Mahone in 2010 – and again with the Jonas Brothers in 2013 – but the third time was indeed the charm for the Disney sensation, who drew over 66,740 people into NRG Stadium. Stepping in after Meghan Trainor was sidelined by a vocal injury, Lovato thanked the crowd for coming out for the show with, “I’m really grateful you all stuck around for the show,…

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SuperBOLD Luncheon Celebrates & Embraces Women BOSSES

All it takes is an idea, and the tenacity to see it through. When I spoke with Nicole Coleman a few weeks ago she was busy preparing for SuperBOLD; an empowerment brunch that she hoped would bring like-minded women together. It was an idea that sprang from an unlikely source, coming to her as she lay recovering in a Houston hospital from an unexpected illness. Personable and energetic, during our first chat the mother and entrepreneur revealed she had come up with the idea while in the ER as she…

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Why Nicole A. Coleman Is Living SuperBOLD

Whether juggling the demands of a career, a growing family or even both, it’s nearly impossible to find a healthy balance between work and home but us women are resilient and we seem to be able to accomplish the task with stride. We take risks each and every day; risks to create and build the life we want to lead. Venturing out into entrepreneurship is a difficult decision, requiring tenacity as well as the ability to accept that failure is, at times, inevitable. However, when our dreams come to fruition…

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Cedric The Entertainer Tackles Diabetes in Houston With Step On Up Campaign

While he may forever be known to most as one of the “Original Kings of Comedy,” whether it be The Steve Harvey Show or his hilarious turn in Barbershop, there’s little that comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer hasn’t already accomplished. Now he’s added spokesman to his already impressive resume, using his massive platform to inform others about the dangers of diabetic nerve pain (also known as “diabetic peripheral neuropathy) through a campaign called “Step On Up”. Though you’ve probably seen the commercials, off-screen it’s a condition incredibly near to…

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A Quick Q&A With Tank About Careers, Appearances & Cooking

Last week during the Texas Black Expo, Tank performed and did his usual ladies man routine. We’ve had the pleasure of catching him seemingly all over the country with a TGT appearance at last year’s Essence Festival throw in for good measure. His brand new album Stronger is on the way and he was gracious enough in between serenading ladies and causing them to faint or tell their girlfriends to offer us a few answers to questions that needed answering. Day & A Dream: In addition to some of your…

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A Quick Q&A With Tank About Careers, Appearances & Cooking

Last week during the Texas Black Expo, Tank performed and did his usual ladies man routine. We’ve had the pleasure of catching him seemingly all over the country with a TGT appearance at last year’s Essence Festival throw in for good measure. His brand new album Stronger is on the way and he was gracious enough in between serenading ladies and causing them to faint or tell their girlfriends to offer us a few answers to questions that needed answering. Day & A Dream: In addition to some of your…

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Iriel Franklin Sets To Transform Houston With ‘Get Fit or Get Fat’

Like many modern women, Iriel Franklin is a wearer of many hats; yet what separates her from the pack, is her zest to inform and foster the success of others. By chronicling her own journey as she forged a path to enhanced health and wellness, Franklin has inspired others to join her in the process with her Get Fit Or Get Fat website transforming from just a health blog into a lifestyle piece that takes testimonials, weight loss photos, a clothing line and more. We sat down with the health…

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UB Rodriguez: Out OnAir

In January, 93.7 The Beat announced itself as the newest force in Houston radio with a private meet and greet session that instead sent shockwaves around the city. With a new format change and plenty of power names filling up jock seats, The Beat has shown in its few months on the air that not only competition is a good thing for Houston but that they’re coming with a certain edge 97.9 The Box may no longer employ. One of those power names manning station hours is UB Rodriguez. In…

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