Boss Lady Joins TheSTASHED.com Hip-Hop Roundtables

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News and culture site TheSTASHED.com recently invited me to take part in their fun roundtable series.

Hosted by the STASHED editor Kazeem Famuyide, I joined fellow media types Jeff and Eric Rosenthal (It’s The Real), Tracy G (“Sway in the Morning” on Shade 45) Jayson Rodriguez (Editorial Director, REVOLT) David Amaya (Complex) and STASHED writer Nate Santos to share our 2015 music predictions for newcomers and legends in the game plus pay tribute to A$AP Yams.

Beyoncé Releasing “Platinum” Edition Of Self-Titled Album For The Holidays

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Beyoncé‘s phenomenal self-titled album is the gift that keeps on giving.

Due Monday, November 24th, the Platinum Edition Box Set adds an extra disc of new music plus another DVD of live performances from her recent Mrs. Carter Show World Tour to the “visual album” B dropped last year.

According to RollingStone.com:

Platinum Edition Box Set will features two new Beyoncé tracks, “7/11” and “Ring Off,” as well as four new remixes, including the previously released “Flawless” remix with Nicki Minaj. Beyoncé‘s “Blow” will get the Pharrell Williams treatment, the pre-Beyoncé single “Standing On The Sun” will be remixed by Mr. Vegas and the long-rumored “Drunk In Love” featuring both Jay Z and Kanye West will also be included on Platinum.

The Platinum Edition‘s four discs also come with Beyoncé’s 2015 mini-calendar. Fans who digitally purchased Beyoncé when it arrived in December 2013 will have the option of buying only the new material.

Change The Game: Rajé Shwari Interview

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Self-professed “Queen Of Bollyhood” Rajé Shwari is ready for her return to the spotlight.

Born in the United States with close ties to her Indian culture, Shwari first found fame when she guested on hits like Jay-Z‘s “The Bounce” and Timbaland‘s “Indian Flute.” With a new set of music on the way, Shwari sat down with me for the “Change The Game” segment on “International Affair With Boss Lady” (The Cut channel, DASH Radio) to talk about her big break in the industry, stepping away from Timbaland to do her own thing, crucial advice from Missy Elliott and more.

Tina Knowles Speaks On Beyoncé’s “Divorce Rumors”

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When it comes to drama touching her family empire, Tina Knowles doesn’t play.

Known to be fiercely protective and private, Mama Knowles was stopped by TMZ and asked about the persistent divorce rumors surrounding daughter Beyoncé and husband JAY Z. While most would have ignored the cameraman or replied rudely, the family matriarch gave a clear and direct answer.

“Haters gon’ be haters,” she simply replied. “There’s nothing we can do about that. Everything is perfect. I just don’t even read the bull.”

Jay and B recently wrapped their successful “On The Run” Tour and Beyoncé is set to perform at the Video Music Awards this Sunday 8pm ET on MTV.

Book Review: P.S. Pray The Same For Me

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Nothing feels more special than someone achieving clarity in their innermost thoughts and then graciously sharing them with the world, which is what first-time author Marquita Smith has done with P.S. Pray The Same For Me.

As a woman who grew up in a long line of “boss ladies”, the inherent concept of this book struck me immediately. Pray for the females in your family who came before you and ask that they do the same for you. Smith writes P.S. Pray The Same For Me is dedicated to women “willing to reach back and bless prior generations in order to release themselves.” The idea of drawing strength from those who preceded us isn’t a new one, but it’s presented differently here; a somehow mutual exchange between past and present taking place for the betterment of both.

The book’s theme is a journey to healing for Smith after losing her mother and her father within two weeks of each other. The way tragedy and beauty intertwine in our lives jumps out from the first chapter: while the writer is vacationing in Portofino, Italy (“the most breathtaking place I have ever visited in my life”) she receives news her mother has passed after a long battle with cancer. Every chapter thereafter features spiritual poetry from her mother, the late Janet Matthews Moore, coupled with deep, heartfelt and well thought-out prayers from Smith plus a section for the reader to “pray the same for her” with our own prayers (which will take a second to complete, considering Smith covers so much beautiful ground with her words).

A self-reflection tool to keep close by whenever encouragement is needed, P.S. Pray The Same For Me is supported on a digital level with Smith’s site HowIGrewToday.com, dedicated to encouraging daily growth and mindfulness.

P.S. Pray The Same For Me will be available from November 21. You can pre-purchase it here.