Alex Elle Banner Wandering But Not Lost: Alex Elle words: iman n. milner With social networks being oversaturated with narcissism and identities created in exchange for the currency of followers and “likes”, it’s not too often that you come across a person whose very soul shines far beyond their wittiness in hashtag creation needless to say; Alex Elle is a true gem. Her confidence and willingness to share her… Continue »
karen-banner The Civil Life Movement: Karen Civil story: Iman N. Milner Photos: Phoenix White Hip Hop is a boys club. Even after so many women have stepped up to stake their claim in the music industry, it is still dominated by men who think alike, behave alike and feel they have the final say on the role(s) women are allowed to play in it. To the uncivilized… Continue »
mindless-behavior-banner Mindless Behavior: Elevated by: iman n. milner photos: Tyren Redd for EDGE Magazine There is something to be said about being able to remember the entire career trajectory of an artist. To watch them ascend from new height to new height time after time, with ease, brings us, the spectators, pride as if somehow their success breaks through the glass ceilings standing in… Continue »
OLORI-BANNER Olori Swank: Swank Is The New Black by: iman n. milner Photos: Lance Gross for EDGE Magazine Webster’s Dictionary defines extraordinary as “unusually great” or “remarkable”. Extraordinary is not a word often used in our generation. We shy away from the magnitude of it, from what it suggests. But sometimes, the word just fits. Olori Swank is extraordinary. Her unique style combined with her commitment to excellence for… Continue »
A-BELLE-IN-BK-SLIDER A Belle in Brooklyn: Readies Her Second Chapter by: iman n. milner Many have said the business of blogging has given women a chance to scale the ladder of success without relying on their male counterparts for opportunities. For women of color, it’s given us a chance to put voice to our experience, breaking down the barrier of pre-imposed strength and replacing it with the complex vulnerability we… Continue »
RAMSES-BANNER Ramses Barden: One Of A Kind by: iman n. milner photos: phoenix white for EDGE Magazine “Ramses is someone who is for the people. He’s caring, he’s loving, he’s engaged, he’s responsible, he’s committed, and he’s passionate”. There was no better way to start this feature on a man who blew me away from the moment we met up with him in his childhood home until… Continue »
ellenewslider R&B’s New “It” Girl: Elle Varner by: Iman N. Milner Elle Varner doesn’t think of herself as a household name yet but she undoubtedly is one. Her signature curls, pin up girl curves and enviable pout coupled with her perfectly raspy vocals—and a really dope cosign from our nation’s First Lady–have already made her R&B’s most sought after female rising star. But Elle’s ascent cannot only… Continue »
taeopening The Beauty of Rebellion: Tae Heckard by: iman n. milner Lashontae “Tae” Heckard is beautiful. And not beautiful in that generic store bought way. She has the kind of beauty that radiates from the inside out when she smiles. She has the kind of beauty that silences a room and gives no one permission to breath until she speaks. There’s an ease in her beauty that… Continue »
rudygayintro Heart of Gold: Rudy Gay words by: iman n. milner Rudy Gay is a wildly athletic funny guy with quick wit and a great smile who was taught to be a man by his grandfather and given a chip on his shoulder by his hometown of East Baltimore. He stands at 6’8 but appears approachable and friendly and he’s uncharacteristically transparent for a young superstar… Continue »
LecraeEDGEOpening The Rap Warrior: Lecrae Written by: Iman Milner Religion and music are two things that are often discussed, over analyzed, critiqued and may be two of the most divisive entities in the world—they have brought people together and torn them apart since the beginning of times. During the Jim Crow era, music desegregated concert halls around the world and broke down barriers of race,… Continue »
shawnchrystopheropening The Ascension of Shawn Chrystopher words & interview by: iman n. milner The reason I love words is the same reason I essentially love hip hop: it’s never just the words themselves but how you put them together that makes your statement powerful or mediocre at best. Hip hop has this great vastness and diversity that allows it to reach inside of you, with all… Continue »
kevinmccallintro Something You Can Feel: Kevin McCall story by: iman n. milner “Kevin McCall as an artist? You know it’s funny—a lot of artists have a character that they play, you know? Like they’re in a movie. But me, I’m just K Mac or Kevin, that’s what I want to come through in my music. It’s not just enough to say you’re real, people have to feel… Continue »
reagangomez_edge Everybody Loves Reagan written by: iman n. milner “If I could look back and tell myself anything—it would probably be to act on what I feel and to just know that it’s going to be ok.” That self is a 15 year old Reagan Gomez who, at the time, was the apple of every teenage boy’s eye and the young costar to Robert… Continue »
Lauragovanopening Facing Reality: Laura Govan interview by: iman n. milner For many the Basketball Wives franchise is a means to some false sense of stardom end but for Laura Govan, it’s just a job. The beautiful mother of four doesn’t plan on wearing out her welcome in the spotlight and she’s continued to stay focused on what’s most important to her—her family. Many viewers remember her… Continue »
toyaopening image LeToya Luckett: More Than Enough written by: iman n. milner Any 80′s baby will tell you that no generation knows more about one hit wonders, overnight stars and microwaved talent than we do. We see them come and go. From boy bands to girl bands, reality TV contestants to YouTube stars—we’ve seen it all. Ever so often there’s an artist that we commit to, rally… Continue »
BrianWhiteEdge2 Brian White: The Difference written by: iman n. milner Since his breakout role in 2007’s Stomp The Yard, Brian White has steamed up the screen with various roles in some of Hollywood’s biggest films.  Though his charming good looks and perfect physique often take the lead in conversations about the happily married actor, his outspoken and fearless way of thinking is what keeps him… Continue »
IssaRaeEdgeopening Issa Rae: The Lady written by: iman n. milner “Awkward Black Girl was necessary to me. I see awkward white girls all the time. And awkward Asian girl? Well that’s just obvious. But never an awkward black girl. We’re all supposed to be cool or super hood—there was no Black Liz Lemon” says Issa Rae, the one woman army who turned the internet on its… Continue »
MateoOpeningEdge Mateo: The Breakout Kid interview by: iman n. milner The first time I heard Coldplay’s “The Scientist”, I felt that somehow they’d reached into my heart and read every fear I’d had of love out loud. When the beauty of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song For You” filled my ears, my soul shifted. And the perfection of the Isley Brothers’ “Voyage to Atlantis” brings a… Continue »
StacyBartheEdge Stacy Barthe: Set Free interview by: iman n. milner Stacy Barthe has been making her way through the industry like a quiet storm since she left the comfort of St. John’s University for the life of a songwriter in Atlanta, GA. After a string of hit records, disappointments and wake up calls, Stacy finally let the world in to what everyone around her had… Continue »
TiffanyEvansEdge3 Tiffany Evans: Revealed   While most 9 year olds were singing into their hairbrushes, singer Tiffany Evans already had Star Search winner and signed recording artist on her resume. By 12 years old she had already appeared on countless TV shows and  at 15 she was hard at work on her first studio album, Tiffany Evans. After moderate success following her single “Promise… Continue »
BaiyuOpeningEdge Baiyu: Limitless interview by: iman n. milner Introduced to Baiyu through a string of her popular videos, we were first impressed by her fearless and in your face style. She may seem sweet and reserved but there’s nothing sugar coated about this singing diva! Influenced by hip hop and R&B culture and yet true to her roots, she blends the likes of… Continue »
ChristianKeyesEdge Edge’s Most Eligible Bachelor: Christian Keyes   Edge: Tell me about the journey to this place in your career: Christian: I started modeling first, then maybe around ten years ago I started getting into theatre and fell in love with it. As theatre production kept getting bigger and bigger I started touring nationally.  That led me to move out to LA about 5 years ago.  I… Continue »
dawnedge The Heart of the People: Dawn Richard written by: iman n. milner   “I wanted people to literally fall into my heart. And if they could hear each beat of my heart those songs would be the sound. If you took a walk in my heart those songs would be the soundtrack”. That’s the mind of Dawn Richard. She’s discussing her mixtape, A Tell Tale Heart, which… Continue »
2IntroDhantayJonesEdge A Class Act: Dahntay Jones written by iman n. milner Still beaming with the glow of new found marital bliss, Valeisha Butterfield and Dahntay Jones are content. Their love shows like that of a high school couple, she the beautiful class president, him the surprisingly laid back jock with the barely above a whisper speaking voice. For many, Valeisha is a new face in media;… Continue »
IntroValeishaEdge What Every Woman Wants- Valeisha Butterfield Jones written by: iman n. milner Valeisha Butterfield is newly married to NBA baller, Dahntay Jones, but she is far from a basketball wife. After a successful stint with Russell Simmons as the executive director of his Hip Hop Summit Action Network and as top director in the office of our nation’s first African American president, Butterfield is more than worthy… Continue »
EDGEBridgetkellyintro Who’s That Girl?- Bridget Kelly written by: iman n. milner “My nails are supposed to look like Pokémon, can you tell?” says Bridget Kelly as she makes herself comfortable with our staff. Laid back in sneakers and jeans the sultry, raspy voiced singer hailing from New York and the fresh faced front girl of Roc Nation has an ubiquitous charm and an alluring authenticity that… Continue »
NickYoungEdgeOpening The Fearless Original: Nick Young               The Valley Village bachelor pad that is home to Washington Wizards guard, Nick Young is modest. A shelter for oversized flat screens and enough snacks to feed a summer camp of children, the condo would seem fit for a laid back and understated personality, neither of which describe the 6’7, 210 pound Young who… Continue »
chasencasheintro The Standout: Chase N. Cashe   Upon meeting Jesse Woodard, known to many by his stage moniker Chase N Cashe, the ease in his presence is striking. There is something that seems to be hidden behind his eyes, a secret that not even time alone with him would tell. He commands the attention of everyone sitting inside his Beverly Hills Hotel room without ever looking… Continue »
Tanayaopening Beyond the Stereotype: Tanaya Henry It’s 2011 and, let’s face it, if sex sells then beauty is an absolute gold mine. Beautiful people seemingly float effortlessly through life having everything handed to them on a diamond encrusted silver platter. We ignorantly envy, judge and scrutinize the beautiful, never once stopping to think that maybe, just maybe, they struggle the way we all do. The beauty… Continue »
JheneIntro Redefining the Female SuperStar: Jhene Aiko written by: iman n. milner “I’m just a regular person”, says reigning queen of mixtapes, Jhene Aiko as she strolls into our shoot in Beverly Hills with her bouncing 2-year-old daughter in tow.  A far cry from many of her industry peers, Aiko is dressed down. Wearing simple sweats and an oversized t-shirt while toting a “mommy bag” over her… Continue »
Fstolks Off the Cuff with F. Stokes Every year there seems to be a great influx of new talent in the hip hop world. Some artists come bearing messages others just come hoping to have a good time, make us dance and have the summer anthem.  Then there are those talents who come into the game with some of everything. The artists we all know are here… Continue »
BibiOpening The Tranquil Rock Star: Bibi Mcgill Out there somewhere there are a thousand little girls hoping to grow up to be the next big pop star. They’re singing into their hairbrushes, making up dance moves and forcing their family members to watch their countless performances in the living room. These little girls have existed in every generation and will continue to be born each year. But… Continue »
teyanaTayloropening3 Follow The Leader: Teyana Taylor Teyana Taylor is a presence. She is one of those rare women who walk into a room and take it over just because she’s unapologetically original. At only 20-years old she has found and embraced what most women spend their whole lives trying to alter: the very essence of who she is. The person she has become is admirable. But… Continue »
SergeIbakaEdgeopening2 The Rising Phoenix: Serge Ibaka With just a few days standing between him and his first All Star appearance, Serge Ibaka is relaxed and personable. It doesn’t feel like only a few years ago he did not speak English and had never lived in America, he’s too comfortable in this moment. Eating a sandwich and requesting upbeat music on our set, he seems like one… Continue »
MarcedesLewisOpening Purpose Driven Life: Marcedes Lewis Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis is just ending what he would agree has been his best season in the NFL since his arrival in 2006 but he is not hoping to be remembered for his standout, Pro Bowl season. In fact, Lewis’ focus from the very beginning of his journey is to simply make a difference with the life… Continue »
vsb2 The Voice(s) of Reason: Very Smart Brothas Many women attribute their successful relationships to the advice that their platonic male friends offer during tough times. The truth of the matter is women give women bad advice—roughly 80% of the time. It is impossible for a woman to understand the mind of a man. And equally impossible for a man to explain the way his mind works to… Continue »
KhleoThomasEdgeIntro The Boy Next Door: Khleo Thomas Yes, you’ve seen him somewhere before. Many of us first fell in love with him in 2005’s Roll Bounce. But now the cute kid with the curly Afro is a man looking to cement himself as an all around entertainer. After fifteen films, ten TV shows and two very successful mix tapes, Khleo Thomas is ready to show the world… Continue »
AndreaLewisintro Andrea Lewis: In Her Own Lane You may remember her as “Hazel Aden”, the girlfriend of a then unknown Drake’s character “Jimmy Brooks”, on the hit show Degrassi but Andrea Lewis is determined to make sure you know her for more than that.  Daring and unique, Lewis is fighting for the place in Hollywood where women of color can be whoever and whatever they want…. take… Continue »
Lanceintro Behind the Smile of Lance Gross written by: iman n. milner Actors are often generalized. They’re seen as outgoing, self-serving maniacs who we all assume were always the life of every party.  We give surface definitions to this breed of entertainers and write off those who seem too beautiful to have ever been an outsider.  So imagine the surprise one may have meeting Lance Gross, the… Continue »
ENITANIIOPENING Man In The Mirror: Enitan Bereola II Bereolaesque: be*re*ola*esque adj. Definition: highly appealing and pleasing to the human senses and/or mind; captivating; providing pleasure or delight, especially in appearance or manner; charming, alluring, attractive. One of my favorite movies of all times is Lady Sings The Blues. Aside from Diana Ross’ amazing performance as Billie Holiday there was Billy Dee Williams as the awe inspiring Louis McKay…. Continue »
LashindaOpening Lashinda Demus: Finishing First Professional track and field athlete. Wife. Mother.  Ranked no.1 in the world in 400 hurdlers. Nike spokeswoman. Impressive? We’d say. But you may have never heard her name, saw her on the front of your morning cereal or spotted her face in a national ad campaign. That ends today. Lashinda Demus is absolutely super heroic. With the will to fight… Continue »
cocoabreezy Coco & Breezy: The Martians Different has become so ordinary over the years. Everyone is vying to be the most over the top. The weirdest of the weirds. The trensettiest of the trendsetters. But very few people are true originals. That’s where identical twin designers Coco and Breezy, real names Corianna and Brianna Dotson, come in.  If you’ve had your eye on any celebrity over… Continue »
JREDDIGITAL Jon Redwine & Robby Blackwell “Music is breath. It’s the air that you breathe in. It reflects everything, all human existence because people revert to music. It’s the most primal”. Jon Redwine leans back in his chair surrounded by top of the line recording equipment and enough guitars to make Jimi Hendrix bow down. This is his lair. A dim studio in the heart of… Continue »
Feopening Coloring Outside the Lines: Felicia Khong Art transcends. It heals. It bends to takes shapes and forms that we didn’t even know it was capable of. It changes our hearts and the way we view the world.  It is ever evolving. And with its growth it has opened the door to dozens of new artists with voices and ideas that are blowing the top off of… Continue »
MannforEdge2 On Edge with Def Jam Recording Artist: Mann Who are you? I’m Mann. A musician. Signed to Mercury Island/Def Jam. 19 years old, out of the Westside of Los Angeles. I rep that hard. I’m a birthday boy, which means I live life like everyday is my birthday. That’s how WE live life; me and my crew, me and my people. That’s all I stand for: having fun…. Continue »
finalCDOUGOPENING2 More Than What Meets The Eye: Chris Douglas-Roberts If there was ever a time when the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover” could be used, this is as good a time as any. Chris Douglas- Roberts, who seemingly is an arrogant “thug” with too much time on his hands, is a perfect blend of a wise Renaissance man whose contradictions make him simultaneously intriguing and mysterious…. Continue »
MBJINTRO A Few Steps from Legendary: Michael B. Jordan by: iman n. milner The sun is out in Los Angeles, CA as actor Michael B Jordan strolls into a neighborhood barbershop to get ready for his first night out in many months. He walks in and shakes hands with all the familiar faces that congratulate him on his work and patiently waits for his turn in the chair. Dressed… Continue »
PIA2 A Beauty Behind Art: Michelle Papillion In a world where the term “artist” is overused and wrongly identified as a term befitting anyone who can rhyme over a beat or sell a movie ticket, Michelle Papillion is a breath of fresh air.  Raised in Oakland CA, Papillion is an actress turned creative artist turned art gallery owner with an impeccable sense of style and an enviable… Continue »
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karen-banner The Civil Life...
mindless-behavior-banner Mindless Behavior:...
OLORI-BANNER Olori Swank: Swank Is...
A-BELLE-IN-BK-SLIDER A Belle in Brooklyn:...
RAMSES-BANNER Ramses Barden: One Of...
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taeopening The Beauty of...
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LecraeEDGEOpening The Rap Warrior:...
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Lauragovanopening Facing Reality: Laura...
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IssaRaeEdgeopening Issa Rae: The Lady
MateoOpeningEdge Mateo: The Breakout...
StacyBartheEdge Stacy Barthe: Set
TiffanyEvansEdge3 Tiffany Evans:...
BaiyuOpeningEdge Baiyu: Limitless
ChristianKeyesEdge Edge’s Most...
dawnedge The Heart of the...
2IntroDhantayJonesEdge A Class Act: Dahntay...
IntroValeishaEdge What Every Woman...
EDGEBridgetkellyintro Who’s That...
NickYoungEdgeOpening The Fearless...
chasencasheintro The Standout: Chase...
Tanayaopening Beyond the...
JheneIntro Redefining the Female...
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BibiOpening The Tranquil Rock...
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SergeIbakaEdgeopening2 The Rising Phoenix:...
MarcedesLewisOpening Purpose Driven Life:...
vsb2 The Voice(s) of...
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AndreaLewisintro Andrea Lewis: In Her...
Lanceintro Behind the Smile of...
ENITANIIOPENING Man In The Mirror:...
LashindaOpening Lashinda Demus:...
cocoabreezy Coco & Breezy:...
JREDDIGITAL Jon Redwine &...
Feopening Coloring Outside the...
MannforEdge2 On Edge with Def Jam...
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MBJINTRO A Few Steps from...
PIA2 A Beauty Behind Art:...

EDGE Film: Allen Iverson Documentary Debuts at Tribeca

Allen Iverson will be one of the most underrated legends of basketball the sport has ever seen. Why? Because he wasn’t the face of the NBA that the NBA wanted. Because he was the kid with the tattoos, braids and oversized sweatpants who imploded the clean-cut and smiling image put in place by the greats who came before him and… Continue »
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EDGE Discussion: Does Mona Scott Young...

by: iman n. milner I’ve been sitting on this article all week because I didn’t want this to be an article blaming Mona Scott Young for the actions of consenting adults. I also don’t want this to be a moment to bash another Black woman who’s feeding her family using the resources she feels are available to her. You can’t… Continue »
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EDGE Music: Full Outkast Coachella...

Coachella is in full-swing here in California and of course the talk of the moment is Outkast’s headlining performance during last night’s opening day. Crowds of over 75,000 fans packed onto the main festival grounds for what was slated to be a history making comeback performance from arguably the greatest hip-hop group in the world. The show began with Outkast… Continue »
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EDGE Discussion:...

by: iman n. milner Everybody wants to be a nigga but nobody wants to be a nigga.- Paul Mooney I don’t know if that applies here…but possibly. Teenagers in Japan have started a new cultural movement, “B-Style”, a combination of the words “Black” and “lifestyle”—for those who love American hip-hop and thus try to look as African-American as possible. The… Continue »
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EDGE Music: Janelle Monae and M.I.A...

Holograms have been slowly making their way into normalcy. After Will.I.Am was hologrammed in to CNN following President Barack Obama‘s election in 2008 and Coachella debuted a Tupac hologram a couple years back, people have been wondering who’s next to be technologically created. Well, the wait is over. Last Thursday night, Janelle Monae and M.I.A performed together despite being in… Continue »
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Music News: Nas and Michael Eric Dyson...

On the heels of the 20th anniversary, (damn, man), of Nas’ prolific Illmatic album, the rap King is talking about the state of hip-hop in today’s world. Nas and famed author/speaker, Michael Eric Dyson, spoke live at Georgetown University‘s Gaston Hall on March 27th. The one-hour discussion covered the profound effect Nas’ first album had on the game and where… Continue »
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EDGE New Visuals: Dominique Toney...

by: iman n. milner I had the pleasure of meeting and working with this talented young woman last year and became an instant fan! She’s been rocking all over the country as both an actress and singer. Dominique Toney is a TISCH graduate and LA native with art flowing through her blood. Today she’s released a new video for a… Continue »
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EDGE Music: 5 Pharrell Songs You...

by: iman n. milner Pharrell is continuing his amazing reign over the music world with a new gig as a coach on NBC’s The Voice. The mega-star producer/artist took to his instagram to make the announcement yesterday and it shocked many. Here’s what the show runners had to say about the decision to replace CeeLo Green with the “Happy” singer:… Continue »
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EDGE Discussion: Nick Cannon in White...

  by: Erika D. Coldman This morning, the Internet was set ablaze with pictures of Nick Cannon, of Wildin’ Out fame, dressed as a white man. The façade was meant for nothing more than to promote his new album, “White People Party Music” but a few people have failed to see the comedy in this stunt. Cannon was automatically labeled… Continue »
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Throwback Thursday: A Different World

Every morning, from 6am to 7am, I watched two rerun episodes of this show before heading out to school. A Different World is what shaped my imagination on what it was like to be a young college student, especially at an HBCU. It settled my appetite, serving as a perfect spin off to the iconic Cosby Show, while touching on… Continue »
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EDGE TV: T.I. and Tiny Keep The...

  The Harris clan is one of my favorite families on television. I’m woman enough to admit that. T.I‘s brand of parenting mixed with the adorableness of the children both he and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, have created makes for some much needed positivity on VH1. The family makes its way back to our living rooms starting on March… Continue »

EDGE Film: Allen Iverson Documentary Debuts at Tribeca

Allen Iverson will be one of the most underrated legends of basketball the sport has ever seen. Why? Because he wasn’t the face of the NBA that the NBA wanted. Because he was the kid with the tattoos, braids and oversized sweatpants who imploded the clean-cut and smiling image put in place by the greats who came before him and… Continue »
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EDGE Sports: “30 for 30: The Bad...

The Bad Boys era Detroit Pistons are one of the best teams in basketball history and one of the most feared of all-time. Tonight’s documentary just reminded us all what basketball used to look like before David Stern turned into a daycare for inflated egos and stars who need extra luggage for their man purses. We’re talking about a team… Continue »
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EDGE Discussion: Does Mona Scott Young...

by: iman n. milner I’ve been sitting on this article all week because I didn’t want this to be an article blaming Mona Scott Young for the actions of consenting adults. I also don’t want this to be a moment to bash another Black woman who’s feeding her family using the resources she feels are available to her. You can’t… Continue »
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EDGE Music: Beyonce Joins Solange At...

Coachella continued yesterday with more performances and they all seemed to move the crowd much better than the long awaited Outkast reunion. Soul sista #1, Solange Knowles, was keeping things funky on the stage when she was joined by her superstar big sis, Beyonce. The duo both looked adorable with Queen Bey rocking a Top Shop skirt and shirt combo… Continue »
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EDGE Music: Full Outkast Coachella...

Coachella is in full-swing here in California and of course the talk of the moment is Outkast’s headlining performance during last night’s opening day. Crowds of over 75,000 fans packed onto the main festival grounds for what was slated to be a history making comeback performance from arguably the greatest hip-hop group in the world. The show began with Outkast… Continue »
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EDGE Exclusive: Actor LaRoyce Hawkins...

by erika d. coldman Last week, I got the opportunity sit and talk with LaRoyce Hawkins, actor on NBC’s hit drama, Chicago P.D.  If you are unfamiliar with the show, it follows the lives of the officers from the Chicago police force, focusing more on the Intelligence Unit as they handle crimes such as drug trafficking, organized crimes and murders…. Continue »
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EDGE Webseries: American KoKo Imagines...

by: iman n. milner Ever wondered what it’d be like if Olivia Pope and her Gladiators dealt with all the highly racist things that happen in our “post-racial” America? Look no farther than Diarra Kilpatrick’s American KoKo. Kilpatrick is a Detroit native and a supremely talented actress whose new series isn’t just entertaining but highly intelligent. The series follows Akosua Miller as… Continue »
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EDGE Discussion:...

by: iman n. milner Everybody wants to be a nigga but nobody wants to be a nigga.- Paul Mooney I don’t know if that applies here…but possibly. Teenagers in Japan have started a new cultural movement, “B-Style”, a combination of the words “Black” and “lifestyle”—for those who love American hip-hop and thus try to look as African-American as possible. The… Continue »
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EDGE Blog: A Letter For The Friends Who...

by: iman n. milner   Last year, I missed the wedding of one of my closest friends. A wedding that I had RSVP-ed for and even chosen fish for my entree at the reception. I felt awful. I was here in Los Angeles working on what I thought would be a dream project. The crazy (and absolutely f$%@& frustrating) part… Continue »
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EDGE Beauty: MUA Britt Garrison Gives...

by: iman n. milner The summer is almost here and ladies, you’ll need a few go-to looks to turn heads at all of the festivals/cook-outs/beach dates/etc… Well, I think the following tutorials from our good friend, Britt Garrison, will help you achieve some of this year’s hottest looks. (1) Kim Kardashian Vogue Cover Tutorial KimYe’s Vogue cover is all the… Continue »
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EDGE Music: Janelle Monae and M.I.A...

Holograms have been slowly making their way into normalcy. After Will.I.Am was hologrammed in to CNN following President Barack Obama‘s election in 2008 and Coachella debuted a Tupac hologram a couple years back, people have been wondering who’s next to be technologically created. Well, the wait is over. Last Thursday night, Janelle Monae and M.I.A performed together despite being in… Continue »

EDGE Discussion: White Writer Says “They Are Still Our Slaves”…Is He Right?

  by: iman n. milner Well here we go…a white writer recently wrote this post and it was read on New York radio station by CBS broadcaster, Dee Lee. It’s an interesting article in the vein of the Willie Lynch letter that was written years ago but sadly some of it rings true. Read it through…and let’s discuss. “They Are… Continue »
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EDGE Discussion: White Writer Says...

  by: iman n. milner Well here we go…a white writer recently wrote this post and it was read on New York radio station by CBS broadcaster, Dee Lee. It’s an interesting article in the vein of the Willie Lynch letter that was written years ago but sadly some of it rings true. Read it through…and let’s discuss. “They Are… Continue »
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More Than What Meets The Eye: Chris...

If there was ever a time when the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover” could be used, this is as good a time as any. Chris Douglas- Roberts, who seemingly is an arrogant “thug” with too much time on his hands, is a perfect blend of a wise Renaissance man whose contradictions make him simultaneously intriguing and mysterious…. Continue »
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A Few Steps from Legendary: Michael B....

by: iman n. milner The sun is out in Los Angeles, CA as actor Michael B Jordan strolls into a neighborhood barbershop to get ready for his first night out in many months. He walks in and shakes hands with all the familiar faces that congratulate him on his work and patiently waits for his turn in the chair. Dressed… Continue »
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Redefining Street Fashion: Fli Pelican

Every day top fashion executives take field trips to street corners to see how our pants hang, our shirts fit, how we lace our shoes and how we wear our hats. What WE wear influences what’s hot and what’s now. Our “swagger” can be seen transforming runways of near and far. But when we become the masterminds behind our own… Continue »
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Modern Day Gypsy: Melissa Flavia of...

Melissa Flavia is as unassuming a warrior as ever. She is calm, poised, ethereal and approachable, but not in a way in which one can assume that she is complacent or boring.  On this night she is gearing up to perform in front of a sort of “meals on wheels” operation. The venue is ‘Leo’s Taco Truck’, simply named for… Continue »
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Volunteer Opportunities

“If you continually give, you will continually have.”- Unknown Edge Magazine is dedicated to finding ways to get involved with giving back to the community we live in. It is the duty of every man, woman and child to leave this world with more than what it had when we arrived. There are endless ways to give back through volunteering… Continue »
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Dawn Richard remixes...

There’s no mistaking that Dawn Richard is the standout from Diddy’s “Dirty Money” crew. If you perhaps got to see Dirty Money on tour you were slapped in the face by her killer vocal, smoking hot body and enormous stage presence. Today she is LIGHTING up the internet with her remix of Frank Ocean’s hit “Novacane”. Her remix is intoxicating,… Continue »
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Marlon Yates

I know you’re thinking, “Where have I seen this cutie before?” Well you may not know his name but you’ll recognize him as the arm candy of Basketball Wives creator Shaunie O’Neal. Marlon Yates, Jr. is a 23-year-old model from Los Angeles, CA who’s gearing up to make hearts melt with his venture into acting. After being derailed from a… Continue »
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Follow The Leader: Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor is a presence. She is one of those rare women who walk into a room and take it over just because she’s unapologetically original. At only 20-years old she has found and embraced what most women spend their whole lives trying to alter: the very essence of who she is. The person she has become is admirable. But… Continue »
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The Road Less Traveled: Superstar Nail...

Ariana Pierce is not your average college student. In fact, she’s not your average anything. She’s the CEO of four businesses, a full time student and role model who names “wanting to create my own wealth” as the reason she remains so focused. Superstar Nail Lacquer is just one of her business ventures and is primarily responsible for Ariana’s plunge… Continue »