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Meet The Family Starring In OWN’s “Checked Inn”

“Checked Inn” Premieres Nov. 21 On OWN

The black innkeepers behind a string of successful bed and breakfasts are taking the personal touch that they bring to their guests to the boob tube.

Former Essence Magazine editor-in-chief Monique Greenwood, her husband Glenn Pogue, and their daughter, Glynn, own and run “Akwaaba,” a collection of Africana-themed bed and breakfast inns across the northeast.

The family will star in a new docs-series, “Checked Inn,” about running their properties – in Brooklyn, Washington, DC, Cape May, NJ and The Poconos – as well as their often famous guests.

“What I love about this show is that it is truly unscripted,” Greenwood said at a media lunch this week. “And it is the reality of our lives, it really is…Nobody told us to do anything.”

Photo by Bernard Smalls

On the show, Greenwood said she not only provides a great stay, but tries to help people – and especially couples – reconnect.

Pogue said that in part is because of their strong relationship, and he said he loves to watch his wife shine.

“I would tell guys to never be intimidated by a powerful woman,” Pogue said. “That’s not the way. You won’t be able to achieve anything that way. You’re lucky. That guy is lucky. I mean, I think I’m smarter than her!”

Photo by Bernard Smalls

Greenwood said the family’s approach to inn keeping has attracted reality show producers before, but she but she balked because she was concerned about accurate representation.

“Five years ago, reality shows were a little more ratchet than they are now. And even back then, I was getting asked questions like, so where do you like to shop? And I’d say, ‘Home Depot.’ So that didn’t work.”

Take a sneak peek of the show in the video above.

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Jack Harlow channels the “Dark Knight” in his new video

By teckzilla Word Is Bond


Atlanta, GA based Indie rapper Jack Harlow delivers an energetic trap influenced banger titled “Dark Knight”. In the visual, Jack is making a declaration that his sound is the new wave. He and his crew ‘Private Garden’ are seen mobbing in a dark alley as Jack drops bars all the way through with no hook. His fresh style, unconventional sound, rebellious spirit and charming personality sets him apart from the current sound we hear today.

Check Out Dark Knight Now and Stay Tuned for his Album Coming This Fall

Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Harlow is known for his quick and precise delivery, unique style and catchy subject matter. At 17, he quickly gained attention locally with his high school fan base, which in return led to him selling out shows in his hometown. He grew fame with the release of his debut project ’18’ in 2016, with songs like ‘Ice Cream’ garnering more than 800K plays on Spotify. Now, with over 5 million total streams, Jack Harlow has teamed up with popular engineer KYFINIS (who recently engineered 2Chainz iconic ‘Pretty Girls Love Trap’ album) and is now gearing up for the release of his latest project, which is set to drop mid-November.

Soundcloud of Single:HERE

 

Keep up with  Jack Harlow | Soundcloud : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

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Dyme-A-Duzin – “Rollie Dreams”

Brooklyn’s Dyme-A-Duzin is gearing up for the highly anticipated release of his “Crown Fried” album. To whet our appetites a bit, Dyme gives us a taste of some new music with his new track entitled “Rollie Dreams.”

Dyme wrote this song as the anthem of our everyday struggle. Produced by Montage, the record speaks on tough times, being less fortunate, but desiring to overcome opposition by remaining resilient. Dyme’s smooth flowing delivery and story-telling matched with Montage’s gloomy and heavy production make for an interesting contrast.

The accompanying artwork for “Rollie Dreams”, seen below, depicts the imagery created by the song’s lyrics. Each letter contains an image of an element that reflects the theme of the everyday struggle.

Listen here, courtesy of SoundCloud.

Follow Dyme-A-Duzin on Twitter” @DymeaDuzin

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Sad Palace – Melody Crux

Sounds like: CRUISR, HUNNY, Beach Weather

Song: Sad Palace - Melody Crux

What's so good?

Self-proclaimed “supernatural groove rock” band Sad Palace released a new single today titled, “Melody Crux.” Though this is only Sad Palace’s fourth release, the band has gained momentum quickly. Their sound fuses brooding indie with retro influences. “Melody Crux” is the perfect addition to their previous releases, “Frostbeat,” “Breeze,” and “Rainbow Melt.” All four tracks ride a similar moody wave of upbeat rhythms, funky guitar riffs, and retro synth melodies. Their songs are somewhat deceiving as the lyrics are rooted in late night existentialism draped over upbeat melodies and infectious hooks. Sad Palace describes this phenomenon saying, “the music stays really upbeat as the words slowly deteriorate with the night, because the night doesn't care about your feelings, it goes on anyway.” Find Sad Palace on SoundCloud, Spotify, and iTunes. 

1. Original post: Sad Palace - Melody Crux

2. Find more music on Indie Shuffle's Indie Music Blog.

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