Happy Mother’s Day from Dead-Prez – The Beauty Within

Dead Prez “The Beauty Within” is dedicated to the natural beauty of women of color. These brothers are about activism on all levels, this time pushing hard for self-esteem. Be sure to be on the lookout for Dead-Prez on tour in your area, and check them out at

Health + Wellness

Rahman “Ray” Grayson Says “Shut up & Train” With His 30 Day Cardio Challenge


Idris Elba Produces Web Series Developed by HBCU Alum

Here’s a first-look trailer at a new web series executive produced by Idris Elba, titled Milk & Honey, created by Brown Paper Dolls (Dana Gills, Asha Kamali May, and Jeanette McDuffie – all Chicago natives (Spelman, Howard U & FAMU grads) who started the production company in LA.

The series, which is headlined by Lance Gross, Debbie Allen, Faune Chambers, Bryce Wilson, and Asha Kamali, centers on 4 black women living in Los Angeles, who are on “spiritual, professional and romantic journeys to make their dreams reality.”

Brown Paper Dolls have been working on the project for “over 3 years,” and say that it will be available on all platforms, not just the web (TV, mobile and more). They describe it as “a mix between HBO’s Entourage and Sex and the City.”

I have no info on when exactly the series will debut, but you can follow its progress on Facebook (HERE) and/or Twitter (HERE) for any and all updates.

The preview follows below:

milk + honey series trailer from brown paper dolls on Vimeo.


Campus Life

Joey Digital: Reflections 10 Years After Crossing


Campus Life

DJ Vince Adams: Reflections 20 Years After Pledging

March 14, 2010 will commemorate my 20th year as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. As the cliché goes, I can remember “crossing over” it as if it were yesterday. Like some people that pledge a Greek Letter Organization, and unlike others, I had no idea of what fraternity life on a Black College campus meant. Technically, I didn’t know anything about fraternities and sororities on any level.

I guess in an odd way, my first “real” introduction to fraternities was through the viewing of Spike Lee’s part satire, part musical, part drama, School Daze. I can remember leaving the theater in 1988 after seeing the movie my senior year of high school with one prevailing thought: “I will never pledge anything!!” For those who have never seen the movie there are a lot of sub-plots, but one of the main components of the story centers on the G-Phi-G pledgee known as Half-Pint. Half-Pint (played by Lee) had to follow the bizarre orders of the “big brothers” to pledge the fraternity, which would then open the proverbial “college golden gates” where cool points, hot women and status reside.



FAMU’s All-Star Hall of Famer

FAMU Alum Andre Dawson has been elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Dawson received 420 of 539 votes in voting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, 15 more than the 75 percent necessary to gain election. Dawson was an eight-time All-Star, has 8 Gold Gloves, was the 1987 NL MVP, was the 1977 NL Rookie of the Year, and was 1 of 3 players of all time with 400+ home runs and 300+ stolen bases.

Dude’s game was awesome.

Born: July 10, 1954 in Miami, FL
High School: Southwest (Miami, FL)
School: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 11th round of the 1975 amateur draft.
Debut: September 11, 1976
Final Game: September 29, 1996
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 2010 (420/539 ballots).