K.O.D.: The Best J. Cole Album Yet?

Since 2010 the world has found a place in the mind and the music of Jermaine Cole. Friday Night Lights, J. Cole’s last mixtape, was a dazzling display of true lyricism that was not only sorely needed at the time but set him on his current trajectory. Coles’ introspection on the project comes from a…

Two Podcasts I Can’t Listen to Enough

1. Bronzeville The podcast describes this series as “an audio theatre for the mind” and this could not be more accurate! My bias towards all things Chicago aside, this is a phenomenal series that honestly elevates the podcast-sphere. This series is jam-packed with A-list performers: Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Wood Harris, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick,…

Washington, DC’s Newest Gem: Mahogany Books

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Mahogany Books, DC’s newest Black-owned bookstore. What makes Mahogany books so special is that it is the first time in over twenty years that a bookstore has existed east of the Anacostia River. For those of you not familiar with the neighboorhood dynamics of Washington, DC, Anacostia…

Policy Decisions You Should Probably Be Paying Attention To

The lack of a maternity ward east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC Earlier this year while attending a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” I was hit with a startling realization that I wasn’t aware of; that the only maternity ward east of the Anacostia River has been closed. This matters because the majority…

André Leon Talley Gets a Documentary!

Anyone who is even remotely into fashion knows this name! He has been such an icon in high fashion and a trendsetter in his own right. The movie “The Gospel According to Andre” will release on May 25, 2018, and I will definitely be making my way to see it. Will you? -Ms. Malcolm Hughes

A Few of My Favorite Things 2018: Quarter 1

I can’t believe the first quarter of 2018 is already over! I want to take a moment to reflect on some of my favorite experiences and most used items of 2018. Here we go: 1. Maluma’s F.A.M.E. Concert As I’ve stated in other posts, concerts are one of my many favorite pastimes. In March I…

Watch or Pass: 2018 Movie Releases

1. Annihilation Release Date: 2/23/2018 Roger & Ebert Rating: 3.5 out of 4 Ms. Malcolm Hughes Rating: Pass I thought the movie was well done, and I appreciated the actresses and actors, but the ending fell super flat for me. 2. Black Panther Release Date: 2/16/2018 Roger & Ebert Rating: 4 out of 4 Ms….

I’m so Disappointed in You All!

Why is it so easy to pull the wool over sheep’s eyes? No, but really, why is it so easy to appease the masses? People have been contacting me, telling me I need to listen to Wendy’s mixtape like its absolute fire. IT’S AN ABOMINATION! Can we please stop disrespecting and pimping out hip-hop? No,…

Is Your Love Big Enough? Re-Release…I Need Answers!

For the better part of the last 5 years, I have been on a hunt to find Lianne La Havas’ debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? on vinyl. However, up until today, I hadn’t purchased it because it was limited edition release and being resold for upward of $400. But low and behold, today…

Does the Set It Off Stage Play Live Up to the Film?

Over the weekend I went to see Set It Off, the stage play. Let me begin by saying that I laughed until I cried, at least twice. It wasn’t my impression that it was the play writer’s intent for it to be a comedic drama, but that was attendees take away. At the very least,…

This Sterling K. Brown Interview Blessed My Life

This concise snippet of a Sterling K. Brown interview blessed my life this morning, and maybe it can do the same for you. What I find myself so drawn to about Brown is his seeming openness and vulnerability. It is truly a reminder to us all. To be more vulnerable, more honest, and more reflective…

Bingo Love (Book Review)

Have you ever heard the concept for a book and knew immediately that if done right you would love it? If so, you were basically me when I first heard of Bingo Love. Did the book live up to my expectations? Was I disappointed? Find out by watching here: Until next time, Ms. Malcolm Hughes

Thursday Tunes: R&B Edition

As an individual with a rich appreciation of music, I love to share gems that I feel are often slept on. This week, here are some songs on my playlist that I feel should be more widely known: 1. “Monsoon” – Amber Mark 2. “The Woman you Love” – Ashanti 3. “No Bonnie” – Frank…

Go See Black Panther, Again!

Recently, I read an article that stressed the importance of not only opening weekend numbers, but also second week’s numbers to determine how well a movie will perform in the long run. I have seen Black Panther three times now, and will probably see it two more times before I decide to stop and wait…

It is what it is, not what it could be

Break the cycle in 2018. Not because it’s a new year, but because you deserve the unknown. In life, I find that it is easier for most people to circle back to what they’ve always known, instead of walking in the potential of the future. Sure, you have no idea what tomorrow may bring, but…

A Review of The Wicked + The Divine

Anyone who has spoken to me over the last two months, or watched my book reviews, knows that I have been raving about the comic book series, The Wicked + The Divine. Finally, the review is here: As always, I would love to hear your feedback! Either write it in a comment below or email…

Part Deux: Guide to Having a Tear Free Valentine’s Day

*Sniffs the air vigorously* Anyone smell that??? *sniffs more* Ahhhhhh… I know that smell! Yes… It’s that undeniable scent of sweet nothings being engraved into small, sugar-covered tarts all around the globe. The lovely scent of roses, tulips and, carnations being snipped, wrapped and delivered to homes and office buildings alike. The pungent scent of…

Sour Honey & Soul Food (Book Review)

First and foremost, HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH! Alright, first book review of 2018 is here for your viewing pleasure :). Of course, let me know your thoughts and let’s just engage in fun and thought-provoking dialogue. The next read is a comic series I’m very excited about, The Wicked + The Divine. See you with…

The Chi (A Chicagoan’s Review)

As we all know, the new Showtime series, The Chi, has made its debut. I initially watched in December, when the premiere episode was released early, but decided to wait until the second episode to provide a review. During that time, a review came out that actually captures most of my thoughts, here. For the…