International Flavor Music 

Soul Singer Heston is Back and Better than Ever

By Angela P. Moore From rave reviews to landing on Billboard’s Top R&B 100 Chart, International Soul Singer Heston Francis is back and better than ever with his highly anticipated album, Transparency. Listen to the album and immediately you can tell Heston put his heart and soul into the project and his hard work continues to pay off, both in the United States and abroad. He will kick off his international tour early 2017. “I’m a bit more confident with this album. Most of the music was co-written, and I…

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Your Health and Spirit 

#OURVOICES: Pastor Anthony Payton

When you read the story of Anthony Payton on the church website and other outlets via online, you truly do not get the full measure of the man…. His life, as he tells it, is transparent and open for all to see. Like our elders would say back in the day, “the covers laid bare!” And to the Senior Pastor of Come As You Are Community Church in Fort Wayne Indiana, Father, Husband and Mentor to many that is important. Because without doing so, how can you truly connect to…

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Literary Treasures 

Literary Treasures: Imani Wisdom!

Imani Wisdom is the founder of Pink Noire Publications.  Based in Indianapolis, IN, Pink Noire is a groundbreaking company with an unpredictable brand of literary storytelling.   Wisdom is also the creator of Pink Noire Blog, which hosts inspirational posts for the soul, along with social commentary.  Born and raised in “Indy,” Wisdom spends her days overseeing a family of five, writing short stories and books, cooking vegan dishes, running 5Ks and mini-marathons, and enjoying quality time with her friends and family. Wisdom is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College,…

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Features 

Teka’s Take…..

On…New Year, New… You?   So if you’re reading this you triumphantly defied the year that will always be remembered as 2016 (dun dun duunn)…and lived to ring in 2017!  So maybe it’s not as dramatic as all of that, but I believe the only thing agreed upon in and about 2016 is that it was quite a tumultuous year for us all.   A country so divided-races, sexes and cultures clashed year-round; which ended in majority refusing to claim or acknowledge our President-elect Trump, a good bit of the…

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Featured Stories Strictly Business 

Let’s Talk PR with Keema & Dana

Let’s Talk PR is a monthly segment on This Needs to be Said Radio.  I am very excited to be able to share the interviews with the readers of Urban Tymes Magazine. This month I spoke with Dana Sidberry, founder of Motivation Marketing Firm. Dana and her team specialize in Entertainment, Beauty and Business Marketing and Public Relations. This is not just an interview, this is a conversation with my PR sister. Dana was one of the first PR professionals that I met via social media when I was starting…

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Features Literary Treasures 

Latise Howie: Black and White

To sit and talk with at with award winning author Latise M. Howie, you learn so much more about this multitalented sister. The creative mind behind The Chronicles: Elevator Silence, The Chronicles: Sidetracked and, The Chronicles: Highways, Intersections and Exits is also a mother of three amazing children, a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. To even say that her works are spiritually lead and engaging would be an understatement:   for they allow the reader to truly look within, relate and emerge with a newfound understanding and connection to their lives….

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Features Urbanity 

Our Latest Issue!

February’s issue is “Collaboration over Competition! Fourteen men from different backgrounds and abilities connect together on one day to network, fellowship, and create a bond that will bring forth a new concept in community involvement! Get your copy and see what we are talking about! Click on cover to get your copy today!

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Music 

The 2016 Queen City Awards: 10 Years of Bringing All Genres and Professionals Together!

  This year’s Queen City Awards left nothing to chance with multi-talented artists and individuals in attendance. Held December 10th 2016 at Community Outreach Christian Ministries in Charlotte NC, the event definitely heated up things that Saturday evening! As nominees and attendees arrived, they were greeted by a red carpet affair that caught  much of the style and fashion that is synonymous to the Queen City Awards.  Keeping the crowd live and engaged was the people’s host, Cedrice “Nuff Ced” Brown, and music provided by DJ Phassad, a double hit of talent, perfect…

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Music 

22-City NuSoul Revival Tour

    Eleven-time Grammy Nominated and 2x Platinum Selling Artist, Musiq Soulchild To Headline 22-City NuSoul Revival Tour Kicks Off Feb. 3rd 2017 In Raleigh, NC With Other Shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, NYC, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans, and more. Tickets On Sale Friday, Nov. 4th In celebration of drawing over 10,000 soul and R&B music lovers, from all over the U.S, to the largest annual Soul Music Festival in the SE region, the producers of the ATL Soul Life Music Festival are expanding on that successful concept. The 22-city…

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Literary Treasures 

Literary Diva…Kisha Green!

Kisha Green is no stranger to the literary world. She is the owner of DivaBooksInc, the author of several titles, literary consultant, and promoter. As the host of Writer’s Life Chats, an online radio show, Green interviews aspiring and seasoned authors. Green is also an avid reader, proofreader and book reviewer whose reviews have appeared on Amazon, Goodreads, Urban Book Source, Shelfari and other notable sites.   For readers of the Literary Treasures column, you know that Kisha Green prides herself on showcasing some of literary’s finest and what better…

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Food and Wine 

Food & Wine Tyme…Joe’s Doughs!

Joe’s Doughs 1721 North  Davidson Street Charlotte NC, 28206 704-343-5234 orders@joesdoughs.com https://joesdoughs.com/ Ok, I gave in…. I was doing so well on my “changes in eating plan” ( I won’t call it a diet) My goal was to simply eat lean meats and increase in vegetable and fruits as well. So, on the way to the office on a cold Wednesday morning, I passed Joe’s Doughs. The smells of fresh baking cut through the air like a finely honed blade. And like I stated before…… I gave in. Inside I…

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