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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Pac Man & Super Mario Bros: 80s Childhood Video Games (From the Mind of V Diddy)

Pac Man & Super Mario Bros: 80s Childhood Video Games (From the Mind of V Diddy)

Last weekend, my children decided that they wanted to challenge their mom on a video game. Looking at the fact that video games are a huge part of my 13 year old son's life right now, I quickly obliged. The Brooks Museum has an exhibit called "The Art of Video Games" and as a part of the exhibit you get to whoop your kids in a game of Pac Mac or in my case, Super Mario Bros. I haven't had that much fun in a while. I couldn't believe that I remembered the old strategies of getting extra coins and secret passages on a game that is nearly as old as I am. Take your children out for some inexpensive fun at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

"The Art of Video Games is the brainchild of Chris Melissinos, founder of Past Pixels, an organization which records and preserves video games. He planned the exhibition in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, but relied upon the public to decide its contents. The Art of Video Games reflects the choices of 119,000 people from 175 countries who cast 3.7 million votes to decide which, among hundreds of games, were the most important. Featuring the work of the most influential artists and designers The Art of Video Games explores eighty-five examples of the genre, ranging from early works for Atari VCS to the cutting-edge games of PlayStation 3.  Five playable games—Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower—allow visitors to interact with diverse virtual worlds, highlighting not only their innovative techniques, but their legendary, almost addictive appeal." 

"The Art of Video Games is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young." ~From the Memphis Brooks Museum website http://www.brooksmuseum.org/

The Art of Video Games ends September 13th at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art located at 1934 Poplar. Admission costs are $7 Adults and $3 Youth (7-17).
Monday, June 22, 2015
Hey Myron: "Porn as the Replacement"

Hey Myron: "Porn as the Replacement"

Hey Myron, I’m dating this man who loves to watch pornography.  When he first introduced me to it I was totally against it. However, now I have grown to enjoy it so much that I don’t even care if my boyfriend is involved or not. I actually prefer that he isn’t. I love being alone and touching myself while I watch the videos more than him touching me when we watch together.  As a matter of fact, I’m not even all that interested in my boyfriend anymore.  We have been together for 4 years.  Should I leave my boyfriend? Or should I stay with him in hopes that my interest will return? Totally Addicted


Hey Totally Addicted, if what I’m reading is correct, you have all but replaced your man of four years with pornography…and he introduced you to his replacement.  What I gathered by reading your letter is that the most important thing you two seem to have had in common was sex. And now that the sex in jeopardy, the interest is no longer there for you.

You asked me if you should leave your boyfriend. First of all, I would never tell anyone to leave their mates. That one has gotta be totally up to you. But I’m curious. I’m wondering what type of relationship the two of you had before porn entered the situation. Did the two of you actually care for one another? Did the two of you ever go out and do things together? Did you enjoy spending time around each other? If you spent the last four years of your lives together and you answered YES to any of those questions, it’s obviously clear that the two of you have something in common outside of sex?

However, whatever that may be doesn’t hold much value, because now that porn has entered the picture, you have pretty much checked out and you’re now ready to walk away. And I gotta be honest, I’m very curious to know what type of porn causes a person to walk away from a four year relationship? Sounds pretty powerful to me.

Again…I’ll never tell you to leave your mate but staying with him in hopes that your interest will return is not fair to you nor him. However, if this is solely a sexual thing for you and you have no real feelings involved and pornography is all you need, then it’s senseless to string someone along when you’re no longer interested in them.  If you don’t love him and cannot see any kind of future with him, he most certainly needs to know that. But remember this…pornography is not a substitute for a real person.

Sunday, June 21, 2015
From the Mind of V Diddy: That's Your Baby's Daddy!

From the Mind of V Diddy: That's Your Baby's Daddy!

"Happy Father's Day to the REAL Fathers!"
"Happy Father's Day to myself because I hold it down for me and my kids."

Yes, we know you hold it down all by yourself so you should be recognize on Mother's Day and Father's Day. You are two people rolled up in one! Well, let's look at from another perspective. You are a female. You chose to lay down with a male. Y'all chose to lay down together. The relationship didn't work out. You both or maybe just one of you decided that this train ride was over with before it left the station. You now have a child or children to raise. Its sad when anyone leaves a partnership and the children but under no circumstances should you begin to bad mouth, beat down, drag through the mud, pick up, and drag through the mud again this man who you chose. That's your Baby's Daddy! Of course, your children should have two parents but because the father is not there, that doesn't mean you should receive two gold medals.

Being a single mother of two teenagers, it had been rough. I have had to endure way more than any person should but I can either do one of two things: take care of the children I had or belittle their fathers. The thing is I know way too many GREAT Fathers out there to talk about a man who acts like a teenager when we are well into our 30s. I chose to honor my father, grandfathers, uncles, friends who put on the cape to serve as a role model for many children in the neighborhood. If you don't know anyone like that then you may need to get your life back. There are black men out there that love their children. Some have also taken on the role of single parent because "Momma left us." Children should grow up in a loving and productive environment. If you are still mad and upset with Roosevelt that left 10 years ago, get some counseling for you and the children because you are the "Bag Lady" that Erykah Badu was talking about. "Bag Lady, you gone miss yo bus, you can't hurried up cuz you got too much stuff"...

Happy Father's Day to the MEN!




Zo! + Carmen Rodgers Live @Brinson's Downtown Memphis Aug.6th

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers Live @Brinson's Downtown Memphis Aug.6th

Multi-Instrumentalist/Producer Zo! is Detroit-area born and raised, Lorenzo Ferguson. Influenced by a wide range of music genres introduced to him at an early age, Zo! utilizes multiple layers of thick instrumentation to shape his compositions, as demonstrated on his most recent solo albums, SunStorm and ManMade
While touring his own solo material, Zo! can also be seen on stage as the keyboardist and live band musical director for GRAMMY-nominated duo, The Foreign Exchange. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Zo! just recently wrapped music work for the Adult Swim animated series, Black Dynamite. Zo! is also currently scoring un upcoming documentary on the history of soul music entitled, Undeniable, as well as working on two brand new projects. You can find more information and download music from the Zo! website, zo3hree5ive.com. 
Along with Zo!, Carmen Rodgers will be performing as well! Carmen Rodgers, the lyrical psychologist who turns happiness and heartache into melody, is back and better than ever. This is what can be expected of Carmen Rodgers as an artist: deep soul, striking arrangements and blunt but beautiful lyrics that places challenging, mellow and sometimes somber yet the exciting highs of life in a melodyThe Bitter Suite album was released May 25th. Find out more info on Carmen Rodgers at iamcarmenrodgers.com. 
Tickets for the upcoming Memphis show at Brinson's are ON SALE now! Find ticket info on zo3hree5ive.com and Eventbrite!


Saturday, June 20, 2015
Summer Jam @Brinson's July 5th

Summer Jam @Brinson's July 5th

Hello Summer!! Just in time for the Summer heat, Summer Jam at Brinson's is July 5th!! Summer Jam is an Artist and Producer Showcase that highlights the talents of local singers, poets, musicians, dancers, and all talent of the Mid South! This is a FREE Community Event for all ages! Vendors will be present! 
Come check out the NEWLY RENOVATED Brinson's Downtown located at 341 Madison Ave! Summer Jam is from 3pm-6pm. Following immediately is Rock the Mic Cypherfest and Networking Mixer! Hosted by Point Blank Ent and in conjunction of RBS Ent's Strictly Hip Hop Sunday! Interested in performing or vendor space at Summer Jam, email velisawoods@gmail.com! Come out and support local artists and businesses!


Thursday, June 18, 2015
For all you HWOA Fans!

For all you HWOA Fans!

Want to see one of the most talked about Atlanta Housewife live and in action? Check out Porsha Williams as she hosts Big Brownlee's All White Birthday Party at Reign Ultra Lounge Saturday, June 20th, just in time for Father's Day! Reign is located 2164 Frayser Blvd, Memphis, TN. Porsha is currently working as an entertainment news contributor with the Ricky Smiley Show and co host on DishNation! Come out and help Big Brownlee celebrate his birthday! Doors open at 4pm! Free Admission until 6pm! All White Attire is REQUIRED!


Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Juneteenth Urban Music Awards

Juneteenth Urban Music Awards

The 2015 Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival kicks off its 2015 event with the Urban Music Awards this Thursday June 18th at the Memphis Hilton Hotel 939 Ridgelake Blvd at 7:30. General admission is only $10. Hosted by Yvette Whiteside and Myron Mays! Awards will be given to winners in Music, Fashion and Comedy. The FREE Festival takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Robert R. Church Park at Beale Street. Get more information at memphisjuneteenth.com
Feel Good Fridays at Memphis Sounds

Feel Good Fridays at Memphis Sounds

Enjoy a night of Jazz and soulful sounds with Will Graves and Soul as they perform this and every Friday night at Memphis Sounds Lounge, 22 North Third Street in Downtown Memphis. Doors open as early as 5pm. Admission is only $12
Daddy and Me Paint Day

Daddy and Me Paint Day

Here’s a creative way to celebrate Father’s Day! Daddy and the kids can create their own work of art this Saturday, June 20th from 11am until 1pm at Painting with a Twist, 3116 Village Shops Drive #22 in Germantown. Admission is $35. Get more information by calling (901) 457-9962.
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