"Nordstom Cosemetic Trend Show
In San Francisco, CA Saturday October 20, 2012

Do-Wa-Doop-Doop-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do.... In the words of Ice Cube, "Today Was A Good Day!".... I had such an GREAT time, once again, at the "Nordstom Cosmetics Trend Show".

So, the only thing that I don't like about the "Trend Show", is that it starts soooo early. Doors opened at 8am, and soon after the fashion show begins.

I arose at 0'dark:30, as instructed by my sister, "Vee", of "Dime On A Dime", and was told we'd be leaving around 7am. 6:30am hits and she texts me, that we'll be leaving around 8ish. She finally arrived to pick me up at 8:45. As we enter Richmond, Ca the sky began to turn gray and misty, both of us were glad we had brought our, fashionably cute, coats. We reached the "Bart" station in Oakland, to find no parking. After driving around the lot, crazed like "Foster's Farms Chickens", we park on the street and board the Amtrack train bound for San Francisco, which probably took less than 5 minutes.

By the time we reached "Nordstrom" it was 10am. We had already missed the the show, which I'm sure was AWESOME!!!!, because "Mr Magnificent", himself, "Vince Camuto", was in the building and put on a fashion show showcasing his clothing, shoes, watches and accessory lines. My consolation prize was that "Vee" and I got introduced to "Vince" and got to take our own picture with him and received a personal autograph photograph of him.

As we stood there, like groupies at the front row of a concert, we were introduced to his new line of watches, which were HOT, to say the least. I tried on the "Goldtone Pyramid Stud" watch, and was fully prepared to have security chase me through the parking lot, as I mad my get away, but then I realized, we rode the "Bart", where was I going to run? So, I wiped the drool from my face, and set the watch back in it's place.

At this show, we did not drink in the atmosphere like we did last time. Last time we sat in every chair and got every demonstration possible. It seemed to be pretty much business as usual. Parfum spraying, facials, moisturizers, lotions, anti aging creams and anything to make a women more beautiful, you could sample it, try it and buy it. What I love the most about attending the Trend Show, is seeing the sea of women, who stay constant from morning to night, as they receive their free, full make up, demonstrations from all the vendors in "Nordstrom", including  Mac, Bobbi Brown, Este Lauder, Lancome and more. 

But, what we did do different this time, than last, was fragrances. Last time we avoided them like the plague, this time we went home smelling like a fragrance bomb!!!! I had Chole on my pinky, Balenciaga on my right hand, Flower Bomb, on my left hand, Vince Cumuto on my left wrist, and Dot on my right wrist. Of course, my favorite being Balenciaga and "Vee's" favorite was Vince Cumuto. What we did learn, from our fragrance consultant, do not rub in the fragrance on your wrist or on your neck, because it breaks up the molecular structure of the original formula and creates a totally different scent. Just spray, walk away and have a fragrant day.

What's In My "Bag Of Swag"

Now, to my bag of swag!!! Last time, we were presented with a cute little tangerine canvas bag, this time we were swagged out with a red patton leather pleaded-stitched bag. This bag is more fashionable and has more of a dual use, but it doesn't have the "Nordstrom" label, like the canvas bag.

Anyways, let me tell you about the samples we got. "I Love NY For Fathers", "Daisy", By Marc Jacobs, Prada, "Infusion D'Iris", Victor &Rolf, "Flower Bomb", CLinique's "Repairwear Laser Focus", "Rich Girl", cosmecutical anti aging hadn and cuticle cream, Prada, "Candy", "Dot", by Marc Jacobs, "Encounter",  for men, by Kalvin Klien, Dolce & Gabanna, "The One Sport" for men, "Vince Camuto", parfum, "Black Berry & Bay", cologne by Jo Malone, "The Lancer 3 Step Method", skin care regimen. Clarins, "Demaquillant Express", instant eye make-up remover, and the cutest red, patton leather clutch, with a bow!!!!

Where We Took A Seat, To Eat

So, we ended off our day in a FANTASTIC way. All that walking and shopping got a girl hungry. So we stopped by "Straits", and arrived just in time to have the bottomless "Mimosa" brunch with french toast, bacon and fruit, with a side of calamari. (lol) I had more than my share, but you couldn't help to, when before you could sit your glass down another was arriving. I know I had 4 and needed no more. My sister, "Vee", was the designated driver, so she only had one, but we still had fun. "Straits" is a very chic and hip. The decor sets the mood, but the music sets the tempo. When we arrived there were maybe 5 tables of patrons. When we left 45 minutes later, all the tables were full, the bar was packed, and there was a line at the door. So, my suggestion, if you want to take advantage of the "Mimosa" brunch, go early.

"My Day, In The Bay"

"Vince Camuto" Goldtone Pyramid Stud Watch; $175.

What I love about this watch is the hideaway piece. You can close the door to the face of the watch, and wear it as a gold studded bracelet, or you can leave it open and wear it as a, fashionably studded, watch.

"The Lancer Method" $200 for complete set.

Beverly Hill's Dermatologist, to the stars,  "Dr Harold Lancer, was present at the "Trend Show", and presented the latest and greatest developments in skincare, by sharing his product line LANCER Skin Care. The Dr. also took drop in appointment and gave one-on-one appointments. 

The Lancer Method was developed with the belief that skincare doesn't have to be complicated to be effective. With a simple, daily 3-step program, the LANCERx products bring improvements in fine lines, texture, discoloration and pore size in about a week.

STEP 1: Polish/Exfoliate The LANCERx Polish is an advanced exfoliator, removing dull, dead skin cells and leaving the skin noticeably smoother and more radiant. The natural sea minerals immediately energize the skin without causing redness (even for people with rosacea) and prepare it for effective cleansing. Polish - Natural Sea Minerals by LANCERx $50.00

STEP 2: Cleanse Once the skin is rid of debris it is ready to be cleansed. The Lancer RX Cleanser washes away impurities & environmental toxins while bringing a uniform freshness to the skin. 
Cleanse - Extremely Pure by LANCERx $50.00 

STEP 3: Repair After the skin has been polished and prepped it is time for repair. The LANCERx AM/PM Nourishing Treatment increases firmness, diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles and nourishes the skin with essential botanical extracts and powerful antioxidants.
Repair - AM PM Nourishment by LANCERx $100.00

$65.00 for a 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette Spray 

Daisy is described as a sparkling floral bouquet capturing the vintage edge of the violet. 

I'm not a floral fragrance wearer, but I actually really like this scent. It's very light, very fresh and not too overbearing. "Daisy" is deffinately a scent that I wouldn't mind wearing.

$105.00 - $175.00 "I Love NY For Fathers"

I've never had the pleasure, before today, of smelling "I Love NY", but I was pleasantly surprised. When I seen the packaging I just assumed that this was a lower end fragrance, but duuuuh! With it being showcased at Nordstom's, should of known better. As it begins to settle and breathe, "I Love NY", becomes a real sexy scent.

Described as: An Easy-to-wear; easy to love fragrance. A velvety smooth java infusion where full bodied geranium meets sandalwood with street smarts.

Notes of bergamot, muguet, pepper, cocoa lmr, coffee beans, creamy chestnut, patchouli, vanilla, leatherwood and sandalwood

Marc Jacobs "Dot" Eau do Parfum  $69.00-$89.00

Now, I love this bottle. The bottle alone is almost worth the price, but I just wasn't a fan of the scent. Ok, due to the fact that I'm not a floral fragrance wearer, is probably the only reason I wasn't blown away with it. Though, I will admit, once the scent has a chance to settle, it's actually not bad, but the initial spray and application, was just a little over powering for me.

Described as: "Dot" is a chic and charming, lush floral bouquet of beautiful jasmine and juicy red berries.

Prada "Infusion d'Iris" Absolue' de Parfum 

Hmmm, the jury is still out on this one. When I initially applied "Infusion d'Iris", I had an overpowering scent of alcohol and I was immediately turned off. But as quickly as it was applied, it dried into a very light scent. Almost too light. But, once the fragrance had a chance to settle on my skin, it did not win. Don't really like it at all. The weird thing is that "Infusion D'Iris" morphs into like 3 different scents, before it nearly disappears. 

Described as: It features floral top notes of orange blossom, absolute and Italian Iris; sensual middle notes of benzoin and white musk; oriental base notes of tonka bean and Madagascar Vanilla.

Prada "Candy" Eau de Parfum Spray 

Now this I really like ALOT. It possesses that sweet, cotton candy fragrance, that drives men crazy. Makes them want to eat you up like a bag of candy. If you're not careful, you might attract ants in your pants, but that's a whole nother dance. (lol)

Described as: "Candy" is the new feminine fragrance of Prada. It enriches the Prada Fragrance universe with another vision of the brand: colorful, pop and explosive. Prada "Candy" incarnates the new Prada woman: she's daring, sensual, full of life. The perfume is named after the seductive and joyful girl who is running wild.

Base: vanilla notes of sensuality, benzoin overdose.

Jo Malone "Black Berry & Bay" Cologne 
3.4 oz $110.00

"Blackberry & Bay" is not a bad cologne, but it's just so woodsy. It actually settles down to a very nice manly scent. At first spray I did not like it, but after it had some time to breathe, I could see me sniffing my man's neck and giving him more than a peck. (lol).

Described as: Childhood memories of blackberry picking, stained lips, sticky palms. A burst of deep, tart blackberry juice, blending with the freshness of just-gathered bay and brambly woods.

Top: Blackberry Heart:Bay Leaves Base:Cedarwood

Viktor & Rolf "Flowerbomb" $105.00-160.00

Well, Well, Well. If this is what "Wale" was singing about, in his hit song, "Lotus Flower Bomb", I get it. This is a SEXY scent. It's very sweet, like a dessert you would love to eat. 

The 2012 Nordstrom Beauty Award Nominee is described as: Full-bodied and opulent. "Flowerbomb"  is a floral explosion, a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive.

Notes: bergamot, tea, freesia, jasmine, orange blossom, orchid, rose, patchouli.

Vince Camuto Eau de Parfum Spray 

Now, this right here, I'm really loving, but not as much as "Vee". She kept talking about this, all day, and even after we got home. This is a very nice scent. Not too floral, not too sweet, not too over bearing and sexy for the wearing. "Vince Camuto's" parfum smells good from the initial spray to the end of the day.

Described as: Discover the sensual new fragrance from fashion footwear designer Vince Camuto. This romantic floral chypre embodies the true essence of the modern woman. Indulge the senses.

Dolce & Gabanna "The One for Men sport" 
Eau de Tiolette $57.00 - $73.00

I'mma be honest with you. I REALLY like this cologne. I actually wanted to purchase it for my son, but "Vee" and our cologne consultant talked me out of it. Though, I'm not big on a "musk" scent, it was the  better out of the scents I was introduced to. And I guess, because I was buying it for my son, as woman said, "It needs to be a panty dropper". (lol) Once she said that, I was like oh, ok. Well, I don't want having no panty dropper cologne, for my son, so, I went with something else.

Described as: "The One Sport" celebrates the man who embodies the perfect harmony between physical and mental accomplishments. A modern composition that celebrates freshness and energy featuring water notes, rosemary, cardamom, Sequoia forest accord, patchouli and musk.

Calvin Klein "Encounter" Eau de Toilette 

This was the choice cologne that I purchased for my son. "Vee" and our cologne consultant would not allow me to purchase anything but. I hope it's not a panty dropper. (lol) I liked it, but I did not love it, but they were adamit about me purchasing it. Still, I'm not feeling it, we'll see what my son says. But now, as I keep sniffing the sample card, I might have to keep this for my future boo, so we can do what we do. (lol). 

Described as: Calvin Klein Encounter captures the essence of masculinity in all of its complexity with sophisticated layers of confidence, power and mystery.

- Top notes: mandarin, cardamom, rum.
- Middle notes: pepper, Egyptian jasmine, patchouli, cognac.
- Base notes: agarwood, atlas cedarwood, musk.

"Deborah Lippmann" "Rich Girl" Hand Cream 
SPF 25 $28.00

Haven't had a chance to use it, because I did not want to waste my sample just sitting in the house typing on the computer, but I'm sure its great.

Described as: Multi-tasking hand & cuticle cream with shea butter, avocado, jojoba oils and anti-aging fade botanicals. SPF 25

Clinique "Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector $47.50 - $73.00

Described as: Potent serum gives skin a second chance against lines, wrinkles and sun damage. In 4 weeks, see obvious reduction in lines and wrinkles, improved texture. At 12 weeks, the visible wrinkle-reducing power is remarkably close to a dermatological laser procedure. 63%, to be exact. Different commitment, different results. And yet impressive results, guaranteed.

How to use: Apply 3 to 4 drops twice a day to face and around eyes. Partner with any of Clinique's de-aging solutions: For increased prevention against the effects of stress, sun and pollution, add Superdefense SPF 25 and Super Rescue. For intense visible repair, add Youth Surge SPF 15 and Youth Surge Night. For visible lifting and firming, add Zero Gravity Repairwear Lift 15 and Repairwear Lift Night

Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover $26.50

Heeeeeeeey, now this I really like. I was a little skeptical about using a make up remover. I'm not a big make up wearer and I generally wear a little eye shadow, a lil liner and some mascara. I recently purchased some new mascara, which Im going to return, but any hoo, it was not easy to take off and I was displeased with that. I used this "Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover" and it removed it quickly. I was worried about irritation to my eyes, but there was none. It has an oily base so after removal my skin felt moist and hydrated. LOVED IT!!!!

PS. A little went a long way. I used a drop for each eye and did not have to re-aply.

Described as: This extremely gentle eye makeup remover is specially formulated to quickly and easily remove heavy makeup and waterproof mascara.
Suitable for even the most sensitive eyes and/or contact lens wearers.


"T.I."  Ft. "Lil Wayne
"Ball" [Music Video Teaser]

"Chris Brown"
Takes You Behind Da Video Scene Of 
"Don't Judge Me"

Tune in to the world premiere immediately after VH1's "Family Hustle" on Monday, October 22nd at 11pm EST. Followed by additional rotation on MTV.com, MTV, MTV2 & MTV Jams. New album "Trouble Man" coming December 18th. Buy the "Ball" ft. Lil Wayne single on iTunes.

"Chris Brown"
Takes You Behind Da Video Scene Of 
"Don't Judge Me"


(11) "Artist With Street Heat"

"Nazdaq Brixx" Ft "Casino" & "Ryshon Jones" - "Stay Apart"
 "e-dubble" - "Two Steps From Disaster
"Lil Durk" & "Sweetz P". & "LINK" & "M.O.E. Mighty" - "NUTZO"
"Montana Staks" Ft. "Yung Ralph" - "Molly Party" (Live)
"One Stream Mental" Ft "Irealz" - "The Void" (Official Video)
"Stylez" - "Good Ole A Dweet" (Official Video)
"Masterminds" - "Brooklyn Blackout" (Official Video)
"KJ Hines" - "Pop Off
"Kingpen Slim" - "Triple Beam Dreams"
"St. Laz" & "Opium" Ft "Jadakiss" - "Swag On Pluto" (Video)
"Chinwe" - "Breeze Pass" (Official Video) 


"St. Laz" & "Opium" Ft "Jadakiss
"Swag On Pluto
(Official Video)

Twitter: @StLaz  @OPIUMPF @therealkiss

"D.C" Rapper "Kingpen Slim
"Triple Beam Dreams"

Twitter: @kingpenslim

Triple Beam Dreams is Kingpen Slim's most anticipated and most detailed body of work to date. Kingpen Slim has been crafting this album since the release of "The Beam Up 2: So Cinematic" 2 years ago, but has lived with the memories for most of his life. The inspiration for this album has been transparency Kingpen Slim has decided to let you in to his life with no filter, no restraints, no inhibitions and just pure honesty. This is an open book so feel free to flip the pages.

"New York" Female MC "Chinwe
"Breeze Pass"
(Official Video) 

Twitter: ‏@chinwemusic

Independent recording artist Chinwe who is a female rapper living in New York borough of Brooklyn just dropped her newest hit single . Chinwe is part of NYC rap crew TeamUp, which consists of three other artists that all support each other at shows on and off stage. 

Chinwe would like to formally announce her newest jam entitled Breeze Pass to all media and press outlets. The track which has a variety of auto industry terminology is the first of its kind and is a sound that has been stirring up buzz throughout the music industry community already establishing over 15,000+ plays on YouTube due to its great production and Chinwe’s memorable hooks. 

"KJ Hines
"Pop Off

Twitter: @KJHines

"Pop Off" is an upbeat easy going song with smooth lyricism and a cool hook that is sure to capture your attention and hold on to it till the very end. KJ Hines is currently hard at work on his next mix tape entitled Eternal Knowledge due out at the end of the year. "Pop Off" will not be included on the new mix tape Eternal Knowledge how ever KJ has chosen to release this along with a few more tracks to come in the next few weeks that follow in order to build a consistant steady hype for the upcoming project. 

"Brooklyn" Rapper "Masterminds
"Brooklyn Blackout

Twitter: @MastermindsNYC

late last year tarik and kimani were kidnapped by the government. they underwent a series of tortures ripped straight from the movie a clockwork orange. eyes kept open with metal they were forced to watch rap videos for hours on end while a "scientist" kept the eye drops running.

they learned a lot from that experience. turned off by what they saw they called basil weathersby who in turn called up juliette from gods girls. gods girls being the home of gorgeous alternative pinup, gothic, emo, tattooed, pierced, hot and sexy girls. together they decided to make a video which is exactly the opposite of all rap videos made in the past.

Together they made a short horror film in time for halloween complete with nudity, pools of blood, a butcher knife, and an apple modeled after the guy from hellraiser. the perfect movie to accompany the angry and demonic synths driving brooklyn blackout.

After a ten year absence this is the second single off of the upcoming new record giant antlers by the masterminds.

The masterminds are tarik and kimani. born in new york. formed at 
wesleyan university. son's of 60's jazz, 70's soul, 80's pop, 90's 
hip-hop, and 00's indie rock. we've been friends since 1994. put out 
our first 12" in 1996, and our last record in 2002. took some time off 
to be alive, and now we're back.

"Good Ole A Dweet"
  [Official Video]

Off "Stylez And Hiz 6ix Diciplez"

Twitter: @IamStylezMusic

"Lausanne Switzerland" Beat Maker 
"One Stream Mental" Ft "Irealz
"The Void"
(Official Video)

"The Void", featuring Irealz and with cuts by Dj Afar is a hard knockin' track, reminiscent of the Golden Age, a sound that nowadays you can still hear coming from overseas, where One Stream Mental is from, Switzerland to be exact.
The song is on the project "When The Night Falls", which is beatmaker One Stream Mental's debut album. 

The release features artists like LMNO - Chief Kamachi - Beast1333 - Masai Bey & more. The Lp is available on Cd, Vinyl & Digital at www.avalonzone.com. This album is the first part of a double project. Second part will be titled When The Days Comes and is currently in the works.

One Stream Mental is a beatmaker from Lausanne Switzerland. 
Works from Mental are always originals & with their own style. One Stream Mental is also a big vinyls collector & he likes to work with samples (he is working on the sampler Roland Mv-8800). Music is the essence of his life & for that the One is prayin all day for Hip-Hop.

"Sacramento" Rapper "Natomas Slimm
"She Gettin' It

Off "Pretty N*gga Shit" Mix Tape

Twitter: @NatomasSlimm

Natomas Slimm is an up and coming Hip-Hop artist hailing from the Golden State of California (Los Angeles/Sacramento/Inland Empire).

"She Gettin It" already has over 12K views and it doesn't even have a video. He is gaining a solid fan base already.

"Baltimore" Rapper "e-dubble" 
"Two Steps From Disaster" 

Twitter: @EdubHipHop

"Two Steps From Disaster" is a little bit like the anxious laughter between a car full of friends following a narrowly avoided car accident. Nothing is funny per se, but the void needs to be filled, otherwise you'd have a car full of nostalgia for the past mixed with uncertain hope for the future." - e-dubble.

In early December 2009, e-dubble released his debut album Hip Hop is Good which was written, recorded and self produced at his home studio in Baltimore, MD. Following the release of the album, in attempt to build his brand and develop his sound he came up with a weekly song series dubbed Freestyle Friday. The series began in January 2010 (months before the current hip-hop trend) and for 52 straight weeks he released tracks sampling artists from multiple genres such as Lykke Li, Yacht, Regina Spektor, Tom Petty, The Black Keys, The Cold War Kids, Health and even Guns N Roses. The project culminated with the track “Robots Can’t Drink” in which he brought the series full circle by sampling his own song “Robots Pop Songs.” All 53 songs were made available as free downloads and have amassed over 900,000 downloads and well over 10 million online streams. In following, his most recent release "Changed My Mind" charted 6th on Hypem with over 80,000 streams within the first month. In addition he was advertised by fans and major industry professionals alike for his raw and unique sound.

"Lil Durk", "Sweetz P"., "LINK" & "M.O.E. Mighty
 (Official Video)

Off "Complex"

Twitter: @SWEETZP @LilDurk_ @MoeDoinThangs

Fresh off the success of "Bout That Life" & "Trippy" Twin Cities based Indy hip-hop label D.G.B. MUZIK ENT. is back at it again with another banger!

Here are the visuals for the first single from Sweetz P.'s upcoming collection of work, "#Liferrrs: Guide To Total F*ckin' Awesomeness".

Featuring Sweetz P.'s D.G.B. MUZIK ENT. label mates, M.O.E. Mighty & LINK along with Def Jam recording artist Lil' Durk.

"DMV" Rapper "Montana Staks" Ft. "Yung Ralph
"Molly Party" (Live)

Twitter: @Staksondeck808 @drankanddank

"Bronx" Rapper "Nazdaq Brixx
Ft "Casino" & "Ryshon Jones
"Stay Apart

Off "Bronx To Wall Street 2" (Greed and Lust)

Twitter: @nazdaqbrixx 

Fresh off the "The Bronx To Wall Street" EP and being featured in "Hip Hop Weekly" the 27 year old Bronx native, is back with the second single off the upcoming "Bronx To Wall Street 2" (Greed and Lust) project.


Check Out Your Favorite Bay Area Artist's Videos
On "In Yo FACE TV" v3 
In Stores October 23rd 

This is the third installment of the most popular music video DVD series ever created -- In Yo FACE TV v3. Over 99 minutes of continuous music with videos directed by the #1 West Coast Independent urban music video director, Damon Jamal. This disc features music videos from artists such as Kendrick Lamar, E-40, Too Short, Snoop Dogg, J. Stalin, Pinky, Philthy Rich, Daz, Kurupt, Stevie Joe, and many more of your favorite artists in and out "The Bay".


"What Gives In Celebrity Biz?"

"RZA" Talks "The Man With The Iron Fist"
"Charlie Murphy" I Really Wanted to Be a Rapper "Brian White" Talks New Show Beauty & The Beast Are Tyler Perry Fans Ready For Alex Cross?
"Mike Epps"  Finally Set To Play Richard Pryor 
"Tyler Perry" Talks Losing 30 Pounds & Oprah Deal "Daphne Wayans" Talks Being Cast On "Hollywood Ex"
"Hollywood"  Talks President "Barack Obama"
"Beyonce" Hitting The Superbowl Stage
"DJ Paul" (Of Three 6 Mafia) Talks NYC Arrest
"Oscar De La Hoya" Talks Boxing In Brooklyn & 50 Cent 
The Truth With Elliott Wilson: Are Public Feuds Hurting Hip Hop? 
"50 Cent" On FOX NFL Sunday Pre Game Show 
"Trey Songz"  - CHAPTER V The World Tour - Tickets On Sale Now!
Big Things Happening On New Episodes Of "Tia & Tamera" 
"Dapper Dan" Talks Harlem World:Documentary
Road To Brooklyn: "Ball So Hard


Hitting The Superbowl Stage

"Oscar De La Hoya
Talks To Angie Martinez About Boxing 
Back In Brooklyn, 50 Cent & More! 

"Trey Songz
CHAPTER V The World Tour - Tickets On Sale Now 

Famed Fashion Designer "Dapper Dan"
Talks Harlem World: Documentary

With his eponymous store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered streetwear in the early 1980s by co-opting luxury branding from the likes of Louis Vuitton and MCM and designing original menswear with high-end detail—including exquisite leathers, furs, and skins. First drawing neighborhood hustlers and friends, Dan eventually outfitted rappers and other celebs of the time, such as Eric B & Rakim and Mike Tyson, to name a few. Now, nearly thirty years after entering the clothing game, Dan is plotting his return to the public eye. The reclusive designer recently sat down with Life +Times to discuss his career—alongside childhood friend Pee Wee Kirkland—retracing Harlem history in the process.

"Charlie Murphy"
I Really Wanted to Be a Rapper 

Famed entertainer Charlie Murphy revealed that he was interested in a rap career before he turned to acting and comedy, but says people told him he was too old to rap at 28. Charlie also details surrounding his now-infamous show at Grambling State University, where he says a certain group was trying to sabotage his career with their negativity.

Road To Brooklyn: Ball So Hard 

In this episode of ROAD TO BROOKLYN, JAY Z's Life+Times hits the streets, and the courts to see how the street ballers feel about the Nets moving to BK.

Big Things Happening On New Episodes Of 
"Tia & Tamera

"RZA" Talks His 1st Directorial Debut
"The Man With The Iron Fist"

"50 Cent
On FOX NFL Sunday Pre Game Show 

"The Truth With Elliott Wilson"
Are Public Feuds Hurting Hip Hop? 

In this episode of The Truth, YN asks and answers the questions: Have public feuds gotten out of control? Are they good or bad for rap culture?

"Brain White
Talks Newlywed Life & Beauty & The Beast 

Actor Brian White dishes on his role on the new CW show Beauty & The Beast and married life.

Are Tyler Perry Fans Ready For Alex Cross?

Tyler Perry steps away from the Madea Franchise to star in the crime thriller Alex Cross. Taking on the role vacated by Morgan Freeman, Perry drops the drag and morphs into a hard-as-nails detective out for revenge. When Hiphollywood caught up with Perry he was confident his fans would love him in this new action hero-esque role and dished on how he prepared and working with the legendary Cicely Tyson.

"Tyler Perry
Talks 30 Pound Weight Loss & Oprah Deal 

"Mike Epps
 Finally Set To Play Richard Pryor 

Mike Epps has gotten the blessing of Richard Pryor's widow to play the comedy icon in the new Nina Simone biopic.

"Daphne Wayans"
Talks About Being Cast On "Hollywood Ex"

When VH1 renewed Hollywood Exes for a second season, they announced they would be adding a new ex-wife, Daphne Wayans. HipHollywood however, can tell you a little more about the woman who was married to Keenan Ivory Wayans for four years.

Daphne -- who has five children with Keenan -- describes herself as a part-time hippie who's been friends with Hollywood Exes stars Nicole Murphy (Eddie Murphy's ex) and Sheree Fletcher (Will Smith's ex) for over two decades. When we chatted with the former Mrs. Wayans, she dished all about why she joined the show, Keenan's reaction and if she'll be involved in any drama.

 Sounds Off on President Barack Obama

Jay-Z isn't the only one going hard in the paint for President Barack Obama. Believe it or not, Hollywood celebs (though noticeably more reserved than election season four years ago) are indeed still in support of the President and want him back in office for another four years. 

Check out these responses we got from some regarding the election and the importance of the black vote!

"DJ Paul
Speaks On NYC Arrest, Didn't Know Taser 
& Open Container was Illegal  


"Michael Jackson Bad 25" Documentary Trailer 
Airing Thanksgiving Day November 22nd

This first-ever glimpse of ABC's 60-second trailer previews the documentary film by award-winning director Spike Lee, WHICH DEBUTED EXCLUSIVELY ON ABC'S "THE VIEW," celebrates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's landmark "BAD" album and tour. "Michael Jackson: BAD25" will air Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22.


Balenciaga, Paris "Florabotanica" Eau de Parfum $95.00-$125.00

 I just happened to be attending the "Nordstom's Cosmetic Trend Show", In San Francisco, on 10/20/12, when a man, who must have been sent from up above, introduced me to my newest true love

"Florabotanica", showed me what its worth, to learn the true meaning of "heaven on earth". This ora of angelic peace transcended down upon me in the form of a glorious and effervescent scent, that any amount of money, would be very well spent

As I stood, with my sister, "Vee", of "Dime On A Dime", I was instantly entranced and captivated by the aroma sprinkling my wrist and became intoxicated with every twist. I was held captive under this enchanting and bewitching spell, and you will too, as soon as you smell.

There is just something about this scent. I don't know what it is. I'm not a floral fragrance type woman. I like my scents more sweet. Even then, I don't really purchase fragrances. My perfume lasts me for years. I had one bottle of perfume before today.

But, when I had a sample of this, I fell in love with it. I walked around sniffing my hand all day and finally I had to come back and break the bank, but it was worth it, "Florabotanica" is intoxicating, hypnotic and erotic. When you read the description, it pales in comparison to the scent of loveliness that exists. If you feel that a rose is just a rose, you haven't smelled the "Turkish" rose, they chose. It's a rose like no other.

My fragrance consultant, at "Nordstom's", said that "Balenciaga" is 10 years ahead of their competitors, with this fragrance, and they have pioneered and new balance and combination of fragrance that other companies will soon be trying to replicate and emulate

I'm not as enamored with the cool-hip-youthful look of the bottle, like everyone else seems to be, but I am in LOVE with the fragrance, as everyone else seems to be. I've read about 10 reviews and can't find a negative word, except about the spokes woman, from the "Twilight" movies, Kristen Stewart, and her look in the ad campaign.

Described as: "Balenciaga Eua de Parfum combines the fantastical and ultra-contemporary aspects of the Balenciaga brand. The Vetiver, Amber and Caladium Leaf accord to create a resonance of mossy and mysterious dark wood. And the Rose, Carnation and Mint accord like an exhilarating note with juvenile freshness. This Experimental Rose has the power to endlessly charm."

"Florabotanica is the new fragrance from the botanical gardens of Balenciaga, inspired by the woman who is beautiful but dangerous like many rare botanical flowers. A bewitching fragrance, this new scent twists Turkish rose with hemp and vetiver roots for an addictive trail."

The scent was developed by perfumers of the well-known IFF. Olivier Polge and Jean-Christophe Hérault created it, using accords of vetiver, amber, and caladium leaf to create a resonance of mossy and mysterious dark wood. The rose, carnation, and mint accords add an exhilarating note of freshness. The unique rose is a hybrid, expressing the olfactory imagination of the two perfumers.


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