Music Mixx….


 Such positive words from @ebonymagazine! Sat down with them and talked about the making and transition of #MaliIs… Hit link in bio for full interview/article

Such positive words from @ebonymagazine! Sat down with them and talked about the making and transition of #MaliIs… Hit link in bio for full interview/article
 Thank you to everyone who've already purchased my new album, #MaliIs... And if u haven't had the opportunity, touch that link in bio for iTunes. Also available on Amazon and in Best Buy and Walmart doors #PositivelyImpactTheWorld

Thank you to everyone who’ve already purchased my new album, #MaliIs… And if u haven’t had the opportunity, touch that link in bio for iTunes. Also available on Amazon and in Best Buy and Walmart doors #PositivelyImpactTheWorld
 I don't do it often.. Today is an exception. #Suited #Open #Grateful hope you all are having a good day.

I don’t do it often.. Today is an exception. #Suited #Open #Grateful hope you all are having a good day.

Growing up in Savannah, Georgia, the man now known as Mali Music grew up in the church. He has had a career as a gospel artist but has now moved into the secular ranks with a deal with RCA Records. This move didn’t sit well with some of those who first encountered him via gospel music, and they took to various social media outlets to say so. Mali says despite the classification change, he’s still the same artist at heart.

“There has been no change, there has just been an elevation because of the platform that gospel music has been considered on. So now it is because of what I’m doing.”

He considers his music to still be inspirational. Sybil Wilkes says that it’s music that even heathens can ride to.

Watch Mali Music’s In-Studio Jam here.

The former Kourtney Jamaal Pollard, 26, got his musical moniker from his middle name Jamal, which became as it often does in Black families, abbreviated to Mali. At 11, Mali became the musical director at his church. At 16, armed with Pro Tools and recording equipment, he crafted an independent album The Coming after a strong response from his MySpace page.

After gaining popularity as a traditional gospel artist, Mali performed during the Music Matter segment at the BET Awards and was approached by Akon, but ultimately signed with Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts’ Bystorm Entertainment. His RCA release Mali Is…is out June 17th.

“I’m so excited about it. I put my whole heart into it and it’s the evolution from where it was before to where it is now and I don’t think anybody can not relate to it.”

Mali ways he was released by his church, Savannah’s Faith In The Movement, as the minister of music once he was 21. While he was surprised at the backlash he received moving more fully into secular music, he says he’s had support from those who count, including his pastor.

“I get texts and emails from my pastor all the time on how proud he is of the things that are happening. A lot of the response from home has been very good but I think it was the misconception from the body of a whole that threw me for a loop, but time will heal.”

Mali Is…Tracklisting

1. No Fun Alone

2. Ready Aim

3. Beautiful

4. Heavy Love

5. Fight For You

6. Walking Shoes

7. One

8. Make It To Heaven

9. Little Lady

10. Royalty

11. Johnny & Donna

12. I Believe

Pre-order Mali Is….here.

We’re Hosting a Twitter Chat with Our Guest Editor Lauren Conrad on Tuesday, July 29!

The Evolution! Society:

Celebrity News!

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If you’re like us, you probably can’t get enough of Lauren Conrad‘s flawless Instagram, her impeccable style, and her countless, informative how-to videos. How does she do it all? Well, you can ask her live!

We’re hosting a Twitter chat with Conrad, who will also be our guest editor for the day, on Tuesday, July 29, at 4 p.m. ET. She’ll be answering all of your questions from beauty to style to home decor, plus much more! If you already know what you want to ask her, submit your question now with #AskLaurenC. Then, be sure to follow @LaurenConrad and @InStyle so you don’t miss a thing.

Plus, be sure to check all day long to read exclusive content from Conrad. In the meantime, click through some of her best looks ever in our gallery.

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Sometime ago, I had introduced to you my weight loss journey, so even though I have been somewhat consistant, I haven’t reached my initial goal weight (yet). Crazy me,  I have taken several challenges (which frankly I’m bored with), so now I’m taking it a step up.  I’m making it a routine to just simply live healthier (that’s it).  There is nothing worse than going on yo-yo diets, being intuned with the new fad either it’s juicing, mixing, pilating or smoothing :). With  all that being said I decided to put it all into perspective with my new blog entry  Wellness Wednesdays. For the record I’m not a health guru, or a physician I just know what I know and not afraid to share it!

My Wellness Wednesdays  health blog chats will educate, inform and inspire
the community to better health and wellness. I will be bringing you tasty recipes, work out routines, healthy living, hair, skin, sex, fun,  and any where in between.  Wellness is not just about starting a routine it’s about a lifestyle that will benefit in making a Happier, Healthier YOU!.

Here is just a tid bit of what you can look forward to…

Grapefruit Mint and 4 Other Ways to Healthfully Jazz Up Water

For this weeks Wellness-Wednesday, I wanted to give you some ideas on delicious ways to spritz up water during these hot days of summer. The right (or wrong) beverages can literally make you or break you when it comes to a healthy body weight. As great as a diet soda may be to cut calories, sometimes just a fresh look at water can be great way to quench your thirst naturally. These ‘water recipes’ are a few different ways to jazz up your water without ‘adding to the luxury of your waistline.’Grapefruit Mint
*1 sliced grapefruit and a 5-6 sprigs of chopped mint per 2 liters of water

Cucumber Lemon
*1 sliced cucumber and 1 sliced lemon per 2 liters of water

Lemon Mint
*1 sliced lemon and 5-6 sprigs of chopped mint per 2 liters of water

Strawberry Basil
*6 sliced strawberries and 3-4 sprigs of chopped basil per 2 liters of water

*1/2 sliced grapefruit, 1 sliced lemon, and 1 sliced lime per 2 liters of water

So come join the fun every week, and see what’s up in the health and wellness world, I’m also seeking any one who may have ideas, good recipes, or even what you do to stay healthy…all comments are welcomed, hope to hear from you soon! Also catch me living My Best Life on any other one of my links, I would love to hear from you or connect with you.

Until We Meet Again……Stay Well!


Get Organized

We are in the middle of July and even though we should be doing this, it doesn’t hurt to have a refresher….

5 Easy Steps to a Clutter Free Desk

For Women & Co. by Ella Morton

What does your desktop look like right now? Is it a smooth, minimalist expanse that invites calm and creativity or is it piled high with receipts, wayward documents, scattered office supplies, and that cute little free plastic thing from that conference you attended a few months back?

A cluttered workspace doesn’t just make it hard to find what you need—it can have a negative effect on your productivity and morale. Look at your workflow and take note of how you use your space; when you streamline your desktop accordingly, it can help make work tasks easier and improve your mood.

1. Start with a blank slate.

First, here’s a radical but effective clean-up method: Remove everything—everything!—from your desktop; and only bring back what you need, as you need it. You’ll quickly realize that many of those “essentials” cluttering your workspace don’t get used at all. Then you can decide what goes into storage and what gets tossed for good.

2. Arrange items to suit your workflow.

Everyone works differently, so a system of desktop organization that works for one highly productive person may be frustrating and illogical for another. Analyze your habits. What do you need to have within easy reach? What do you only need occasionally? How often do you really use that tape dispenser, or the paper clips? Are you left- or right-handed? Do you work on multiple projects at once? The answers to these questions will determine where you place your documents and supplies, and what gets classified as an “easy access” or “storage” item.

3. Do an end-of-day and end-of-week cleanup.

When you’re nearing the end of each workday, take a few minutes to put everything back and think about what you’ll need first thing tomorrow. Arriving to find a clean desk makes it easy to get started on tasks without feeling overwhelmed. Similarly, at the end of the week, file or scan documents that are no longer active and save them in some type of “Work” folder, labeled perhaps by week or date.

4. Go as paperless as possible.

Cutting down on incoming paper saves time, space, and trees. Opt to receive bills and transaction records online only—services like Citi’s Paperless Statements give you easy access to up to seven years’ worth of statements from your account. Having all that data in one place makes it easy to search records without having to thumb through a filing cabinet.

5. Set up an electronic storage system.

Making the switch to digital documents cuts down on clutter, but you’ll also need to establish an archiving system that keeps your files safe and allows you to find specific information easily. A good option is to download your statements as they arrive and keep them in a cloud-based file-storage service that you can access from any device, anywhere.

Consider using cloud storage for other financial documents you may have in digital form—such as tax returns, spreadsheets, budgets, scanned or emailed receipts, and bills. How you categorize everything in your archive is up to you—you could create separate folders for work and home, organize everything by date or subject, or use a method that only you understand. Just make sure you have a plan in place before you start the process

Bonus:  File or scan documents that are no longer active.

My Sista’s Business (A Man’s Edition)….Rayon Richards


Rayon Richards


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I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by some extremely talented people who keep me inspired daily and today’s In His Shoes subject, Mr. Rayon Richards, is truly no exception. While we live in a society that’s almost obsessed with instant gratification, one thing is for sure, successful careers don’t happen overnight – at least careers that last. Rayon’s work was first published 13 years ago in the summer of 2001 and over the course of his career, his images have appeared on the covers and pages of some of our favorite publications such as O: The Oprah Magazine, Fast Company and Huffington Post Magazine. His entertainment industry experience also reads like a Who’s Who list including Atlantic Records, Universal Records and Island/Def Jam.

As a product of Jamaican parents, a native of Brooklyn and a graduate of School of Visual Arts photography BFA program, Rayon is truly that creative you need to know. Today, the talented gentleman sits down with In Her Shoes to talk shop and give us a glimpse into his entrepreneurial journey:

In Her Shoes: What was your earliest memory with photography as a young boy?

Rayon: My earliest memory with photography as a young boy is a story I tell often about when I first discovered the need to document and record moments. I was 14 years old and it was the summer before I entered LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and The Performing Arts in NYC. On a family vacation back to Jamaica, I noticed that a lot of things had changed since my trip 10 years prior. My memories were vague but they were enough to inspire me to purchase a couple of disposal cameras and take pictures of all the things I thought were important so that if there would be another 10 years that passed before I returned to the island, at least I had a visual record of my experience.

Ossie Rubie Dee

 Photo Credit: Rayon Richards

In Her Shoes: You’ve been a force in the industry for quite some time now, shooting everyone from Kevin Bacon to Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis. How did you land your first celebrity job and what was the most unforgettable moment from that shoot?

 Rayon: Thank you, I’ve considered myself extremely fortunate from the very start of my career. The amazing thing about being a freelancer is that no two stories of how someone becomes successful at their craft are alike. Back in 2000, when I was a freshman in college, I spent a lot of time focusing on honing my skills and showing my work to some of the people I met when I was assisting my mentor during my high school years. One of those people was a man named Cacy Forgenie, who at the time, was the photo editor of Mass Appeal Magazine. On many occasions, he generously gave of his time to meet with me, review my portfolio and offer constructive criticism on my work. At some point he decided to hire me. He sent me to Philadelphia to document A Day In The Life of Steph Lova, who at the time was one of the more prominent VJ’s on MTV2. It just so happens that she was heading to Philly for their “Summer Jam” concert and I was there to tag along. So excited that this was my first real assignment, she told me that she would make sure that I got a chance to  photograph every single person she interviewed backstage. Eve, Ja Rule, Beanie Siegel, Sisqo, Bow Wow, Red Man and Sunshine Anderson are just a few names among the list of people I was able to photograph that night. When I returned to New York, I ran straight to the darkroom, developing all of these images into what would become a full portfolio of music artists that I could now take to other publications to acquire more work. Thirteen years later, the ball continues to roll and has never stopped.

In Her Shoes: If you met yourself when you were first starting out, what advice would you give your less experienced self now that you are here?

Rayon: If I met my younger, less experienced self, the first thing I would say is to be more open, more experimental and spend just as much time and energy on personal projects as you do on your commercial work. When I was in school I was very focused, I knew exactly what I wanted, and I knew where I was going to be. My sole goal was to make it in the commercial realm so I didn’t spend as much time working on my own personal creative projects as I did making myself marketable to the photo industry. I wanted to be published and shoot celebrities, that was my idea of success. Now that I’ve created a foundation for my work, I’ve been really investing a lot of time in a few of my own projects which I hope to be able to show shortly. Today I feel more balanced and way more fulfilled.



Photo Credit: Rayon Richards

In Her Shoes: Congrats on the unveiling of v.5! What can we expect to discover in your new and improved online home?

Rayon: Thank you! I’m very very proud of the new site. I think it really showcases my work in a way that previous versions of the website did not. I think you really get a good sense of my body of work and my vision as a photographer through this new site. I can say that confidently because I myself have come to realize my own vision just seeing this project put together. When you’re an artist you’re told to create a style that’s going to make you recognizable and for a long time I couldn’t really figure out how to do that deliberately. I couldn’t force a style. The joy in putting this new site together, is that once it was completed, I saw that the style was there all along I saw how it had developed on it’s own organically. In fact, other people who’ve viewed the work are the ones who’ve pointed this out to me and I suppose it was just intrinsic so I didn’t necessarily notice it and that’s what makes it all the more special because I was just being myself. It’s a feeling. Every facet of my personality is in the work and in some ways that also makes it “personal work”. It took me 14 years to “develop a style”…all this time I was just doing what came natural to me.

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In Her Shoes:  What is a day like in Rayon Richards’ shoes? 

Rayon: For me, no two days are ever the same and that’s what I enjoy most about being a freelancer. I don’t have a normal 9 to 5 routine; there are some days when I am out shooting, other days when I’m running around the city in meetings and days when I’m in my office at my desk for hours, so it never gets boring. On days when I’m not shooting, I’m usually up at 6 AM. After breakfast and the gym, I can be found at my desk handling the day-to-day tasks that keep my business running, such as corresponding with clients, working on new marketing strategies, preparing for meetings, producing personal projects and updating my physical portfolios & website. All other days I’m behind my camera.

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In Her Shoes: What are your thoughts on the growing popularity of smart phone/Instagram photographers and the (almost obligatory) use of filters in social media?

Rayon: My feelings about Instagram/smartphone photography are ones of love & hate. I think the rising popularity of photography via smart phone is very interesting. When you start shooting on film as I did in the 90′s, you learn to understand that the quality of the image is not based on the tool used to create it but on the vision of the person who is capturing the moment. Since the digital revolution in photography has made the medium so much more accessible, there seems to be less respect for the craft because you don’t really have to know how to do anything except point and shoot to make an “acceptable” image. Learning how to properly expose film was a skill. Most of the popular filters on apps are based on actual darkroom chemistry processes, types of film and large-format manual camera manipulation. Today people are led to believe that a good image is solely dependent on the camera used. Most people’s first question these days is “What camera/lens did you shoot that with?” The idea in their mind is that the camera made the image, not the camera operator. With smart phones and social media, the same mode of thinking applies but what I like about smart phone photography is that it completely dispels the thought that “if you just buy a fancy camera you can make fancy pictures”. With smart phones, everyone is pretty much on a level playing field so if everyone’s pictures aren’t amazing that should really show how much of a separator talent and vision actually are.

In Her Shoes: If you could predict or forecast the future of photography in the next decade, what would it be like?

Rayon: That’s a very good question. Prior to digital photography, you could have a film camera and it would last you for decades. Today, because technology changes so quickly, cameras become obsolete within a couple of years. Technology on a whole has been improving at an incredibly rapid pace…especially in the last 10 years. To be honest, I have no idea what the future holds for the world of photography but whatever it is, I’m excited for it and am always ready to embrace change and growth in the medium.

In Her Shoes:  Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Rayon: I’m really grateful for everyday that I get to live and do what I love. My spiritual relationship to God is directly related to my work. Being a photographer fuels my faith and my faith is the source of my continued success in the photo industry.

“You know, everybody…a friend of mine says that every tub has to stand on it’s own bottom, you know. And in that respect, we all get to do what our passion is. See that’s what praising God is all about, is doing your passion. You know, it’s not useless, worthless ritual, you know, monotonous ritual, where we just show up and can’t wait to see the game, you know. It’s doing your passion and fulfilling your passion. You know. That’s how we’re thankful. That’s how we say we appreciate the opportunity to be alive.”

- Lauryn Hill (Interlude 5: MTV Unplugged 2.0)

To learn more about Rayon Richards visit or follow him on Instagram (@rayonrichards)!

ESSENCE’s August Cover…..

First Lady Michelle Obama Graces the Cover of ESSENCE’s August Issue

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First Lady Michelle Obama has always been vocal about her passion for higher learning, and this month she expounds on that in her candid conversation with ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush. A big part of the recipe for success has to do with nurturing reslience in our children, she says.

“I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don’t have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard,” says Mrs. Obama.

And in order to even get that far, she says, they have to see education as an opportunity and take advantage of that kind of foundation.

“We cannot waste the opportunity that we have here in America, especially as African-Americans. Our ancestors fought and bled and died so that we could go to school,” she says. “And I still think about that.”

It’s a message she’s drilled into her daughters. “We talk about responsibility and accountability, about making sure that they’re not wasting the opportunities they’re given. We make sure they know how lucky they are and that, because of that, they have an obligation to have their acts together and to take their education very seriously.”

Summer Serenity…..

Summer Serenity Series for Moms: Create an Inexpensive Girlfriend Get Together

By Erica Gordon

We made it through another hectic school year and summer, my favorite season, is finally here. Now that the kids are out of school, I can finally breathe. As much as I’m an advocate for learning and education, nothing beats not having to check homework and help with science projects. I’m just sayin’.

As moms we are great at planning fun in the sun for the family, but what about us? Moms want to have fun, too!

So for the next few weeks I’m going to share ideas for you to find serenity and have some fun for less.

Hanging with girlfriends is a fun, inexpensive way to unwind.


You can host the first get-together and everyone can take a turn hosting. This works well if you and your girls have children around the same age. The kids can come along and play with each other while the moms hang out.

Tips for creating the ultimate girlfriends get-together:

  1. Gather your favorite board games and pick one or two to play. Leave the rest as options – who knows what will happen as the day turns into night.
  2. Make it a potluck. Ask your girlfriends to bring a dish or a drink so the hostess doesn’t have to do it all. Everyone will appreciate this when it’s their turn to host.
  3. Transform your backyard into a tropical getaway with inexpensive decorations from the dollar store or Five and Below. Their selection has really improved and they have great deals. gI_74618_luau-party-ideas
  4. Instead of paying a DJ, create a playlist on your iPod and get the party started.
  5. Have special treats/prizes to reward the kids for good behavior (i.e. not bothering mommy while she’s at her party).
  6. If at all possible, ask your spouse or partner to take the kids for the day, or keep them occupied for a few hours.
  7. ENJOY YOURSELF!! Kick back and relax with your girls. If this isn’t something you do on a regular basis, force yourself to live in the moment. Don’t worry about anything else outside of laughing, eating and drinking your favorite summer drink. Take full advantage of this time to rejuvenate and recharge.

How will you make time to have fun this summer?

Looking for a good read? Check out my newest book, Motherhood & Dreams: You can have it all!


Money Matters….

Can you inherit your dead parent’s debts?


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If your parents die before paying off their debts, you may worry creditors will come after you. Usually they can’t, but not always. The rules are complex and much depends on state law.


For adult children, the death of a parent is a fraught experience. Adding to the stress: the unwelcome surprise that Mom or Dad died with big debts.

Who is on the hook to pay them?

Unless you cosigned one of your parent’s loans or accounts, it’s usually the estate, not you.

Usually. Not always. The rules are complex and differ depending on the type of debt and where your parent lived.

Creditors typically have a fixed period of time — usually between two and six months — to make claims against your parent’s estate.

If there’s not enough money to cover the debt, in many instances “[your parents'] debt will die with them,” said certified financial planner Mari Adam of Adam Financial Associates.

But if there is money or other assets, they must be used to pay the debt before anything is distributed to heirs.

So even when you’re not legally responsible to pay the debts, they may still reduce — or wipe out — what your parent intended to leave you.

For instance, an executor may need to sell some of an estate’s assets to satisfy creditors’ claims.

Or, say you expected to get the money in your mom’s 401(k) or IRA. It will only be protected from her creditors if she listed you as a beneficiary on the account itself.

If you are not listed as a beneficiary, the money will be rolled into the estate, and creditors can make claims against it, said Steve Hartnett, associate director of education at the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.

Credit card debt: Unless you’re a cosigner on your parent’s credit card, his or her Visa bills are not your problem.

That’s not to say that debt collectors might not try to convince you otherwise.

But they’re only allowed to call you requesting payment if you’re the executor. (Here are federal rules governing who creditors may call regarding a deceased person’s debts.)

The credit card company is often a low-priority creditor behind funeral homes, federal and state tax agencies and various lenders. So it may be willing to negotiate a lower payment, Hartnett said.

Medical debt: If your parent received Medicaid, the insurance program for people who can’t afford care, the state where your parent died can recover the payments it made from the time your parent was 55 until death.

A house is the only substantial asset a person may keep and still qualify for Medicaid. So the state may place a lien on your parent’s home to recover payments.

Some states, however, may be willing to negotiate and let the executor pay less than the total due, said attorney Howard Krooks of Elder Law Associates PA.

The state may not, however, ask you to use your own funds to pay the bill. Nor is the state allowed to pursue payments during the lifetime of a surviving spouse.

The state is also barred from collecting if you or an adult sibling lived in your parent’s home for at least two years before his or her death and provided care that delayed your parent’s admission to a nursing home or other medical facility.

If your parent wasn’t on Medicaid, but died with unpaid hospital or doctor bills, the estate is responsible for paying them if it has the money.

But check state law. Close to 30 states have what’s known as “filial responsibility” statutes. Those require adult children to pay for a deceased parent’s unpaid medical debts, such as those to hospitals or nursing homes, when the estate cannot.

Mortgage debt: Inheriting a home with a mortgage is a very complex issue. So talk to an estate lawyer familiar with all state and federal laws governing the issue.

Generally, if you inherit your parent’s home and it still has a mortgage on it, the lender may not demand that you pay off the mortgage immediately. In other words, the bank can’t call the loan. But you will be responsible for making payments on it going forward.

If the mortgage is worth more than the property when you want to sell the home, ask the bank if it will agree to a short sale, said attorney and real estate expert Stuart Ebby. If it won’t, you can tell the bank to foreclose.

Either way, you should not have to pay the bank the difference between the sales price and the money still owed on the loan. But, Ebby noted, in the event of a foreclosure, “the bank could go after the estate for the difference.”

The foreclosure should not affect your credit score, either, so long as your name is not on the mortgage. But it all depends on how the mortgage company reports the transaction to credit bureaus. Wells Fargo, for instance, would not report the transaction under your name, even if it was listed on the title to the property, just so long as your name isn’t on the loan itself.

You may also choose to disclaim your inheritance, in which case the house would go to the person designated if you had died before your parent. If no one was named, in many states the house becomes part of the general estate.

Taxes: The estate is responsible for paying any property taxes and income taxes, delinquent or otherwise. And tax agencies are usually given top priority as creditors.

Also, if federal estate tax is due but property is distributed before it’s paid, the IRS can puta lien on the property and collect on it, said estate planning attorney Roger Levine.

Have you ever had problems with the debt of a deceased parent, spouse or even ex-spouse? Please tell us about your experience at #YourEconomy.

Be A Part of The Solution….


Be A Part of the Solution!
We encourage all audiences to come out and support IBE’S annual Film Festival during this year’s Summer Celebration. This year, we are screening Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin, which is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This film delves deep into topics including the global African presence and the science of melanin. There will be a panel discussion immediately following that will be facilitated by Dr. Pat Payne.The panelists include Representative Bill Crawford, Robert Chester and others.  Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin will be screened at 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 12th.

                           Satuday, July 12th
                          11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Toby Theater, 4000 N. Michigan Road
                  For more information, click here.
                            Sunday, July 13th
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Tobias Theater, 4000 N. Michigan Road
For more information, click here.
The Film Festival is FREE to the general public!

Summer Celebration takes place July 10th through July 20th and is IBE’s signature event showcasing African American culture through concerts, exhibits and workshops.  For a complete calendar of events click here

Go with IndyGo!

IndyGo public transportation provides convenient service to all Summer Celebration events. On weekdays, 27 of IndyGo’s 31 routes converge on central downtown within walking distance of the convention center. Visit to plan your trip on IndyGo.


First Look: NWA Biopic




First Look:  Ice Cube shares First Photo From NWA Niopic Starring His Son

Written by Cortney M. Wills



Are you ready for the NWA biopic?

Ice Cube just posted the first official photo from the upcoming film, Straight Outta Compton, via social media and it looks like casting directors nailed it.

The rapper will be played by his own son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. and Jason Mitchell and Cory Collins will take not he roles of Eazy-E and Dr. Dre. 

The film is set to hit theaters in August 2015 and will be produced by Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright. The flick will be executive produced by Will Packer and directed by F. Gary Gray. 

Check out the description:

“In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.”



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