I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the new reality show Hollywood Exes. Vh1 has been putting out a lot of lowclass foolishness aimed at the Black audience so I wasn’t holding out too much hope. The show features Nicole Murphy, (Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife) Jessica Canseco (Jose Canseco ex-wife), Sheree Fletcher (Will Smith’s ex-wife) , Andrea Kelly (R. Kelly’s ex-wife), and Mayte Garcia (Prince’s ex-wife).
The women have real friendships, not the scripted nonsense you see on the other reality shows. All the women are likeable, though I’m on the fence about Jessica. I’m giving the premiere a thumbs up and we’ll see if the entire season holds my interest. I see there might be some scuffling coming up with Jessica and Mayte as well as tension with Jessica and Sheree.
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Eric Benet is giving me hope on the state of R&B with his new album, The One. If there is any question, let’s clear it up right away. The boy can sing. The album is a solid nod to classic R&B and reflects the love and hard work that obviously went into making it. There are musicians who are in it for the craft and Mr. Benet is definitely one who loves what he does.
I’m big on meaningful lyrics and The One has that and more. The musical arrangement is top notch as well. Standouts include: Real Love – touches the soul. I believe everything he is saying in this song. He works it out with that falsetto. News For You – makes you want to dim the lights and kick back. Gonna Be My Girl and Come Together – both delve into the complexities of love with a nice smooth groove.
This is Eric’s sixth studio album and the first on his label Jordan House. Get your copy here.
Rizzoli & Isles is back all new Tuesdays 9/8c on TNT so here’s a quick recap of last season’s finale to bring you up to speed. During the episode Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles investigate if a fire that killed a firefighter was a result of arson. Maura’s adoptive mother is in visiting and while the two are out walking after dinner a car speeds toward them, the mom pushes Maura out of the way running the mom over. The question now becomes was this an accident or was the driver aiming for Maura? Enter Maura’s estranged biological father, mobster Patrick “Paddy” Doyle.
Jane’s former flame, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, is back in town looking to rekindle their relationship. She doesn’t tell him that she is already seeing someone else and ends up sleeping with him. While basking in the afterglow, Jane tells Gabriel that Paddy is back in town and they wonder if someone tried to killed Maura to get to Paddy.
At the hospital Paddy shows up to visit Maura’s comatose mother. It is revealed that he knows the adoptive mother and it appears they had some sort of relationship. Read more
After a 4-year absence, Monica is back with her new album, Still Standing. She delivers a strong return with a solid R&B album. The album covers the good and bad of relationships with maturity and it shows Monica’s growth over the years.
Stand outs: Everything To Me – a classic R&B ballad perfect for Monica’s mellow voice. The song samples Deniece Williams’ Silly. Mirror – She shines on this mid-tempo inspirational ballad with lyrics like, “I’m happy with who I am and who I have become, and because of that I’m able to do whatever it is that I want to do in life without hesitation.” Believing In Me – a touching song about moving on from a bad relationship. Mo holds her powerful voice masterfully on this one. Love it.
Monica’s performance throughout the album is on point, no gimmicks, just straight singing which proves why she is Still Standing.