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John Mayer Born and Raised

There is no better way to finish the school year and welcome the summer than by the release of a new album. John Mayer’s long-awaited album “Born and Raised” finally hit the shelves, and even though he can’t sing right now due to throat surgery, he left everything on each track.

True to Mayer’s style, several of the songs are calming and slower paced with his vocals complementing the flow of instruments.  The song “Speak For Me” stays predominantly calm until Mayer builds his way up to strong vocals.  While “Love Is A Verb” shows more of lazy rhythm that is the perfect song to sit outside and just enjoy the day to.

One complaint about the album is that Mayer doesn’t take as many risks with his music. Although very calm, soothing, and sing-along material, his songs are very predictable. Mayer knows where his strengths lie and hasn’t parted from his trademark soft guitar and his vocals depicting traces of country and blues music. This album is no different from the rest.

John Mayer’s songs always have certain qualities that can distinguish them from other artists; they are pretty hard to tell apart from one another. The songs have similar tempos and feelings coming from them that label them as a “John Mayer song.” That isn’t always a bad thing though because if you are a hardcore John Mayer fan this album is right up your alley.  Who wouldn’t want to sit in their room with their bffs just listening and singing along to his inviting voice? On the other hand, if you’re looking for variety in the songs, you might want to try listening to another album because this might not be what you’re looking for. Give it a listen and judge for yourself if this John Mayer album is right for you.

—Gabriela Castelan

Romany Alco and Megan Good in Steve Harvey's "Think Like a Man"

 

You wouldn’t go to an optometrist for a sprained ankle,  why do we always go to girls for guy advice? Thanks to Steve Harvey’s “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” we don’t have to. And thanks to Screen Gems’ “Think Like a Man” starring Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Hensen, Romany Alco, Megan Good and Gabrielle Union, to name a few, we can have a hilarious movie version.
 
“Think Like a Man” gives an inside look into a man’s world and what can happen when ladies get their own guidebook for how to get what they want. The film features a few great case studies: Mamma’s Boy (Terrence J), Player (Romany Alco), Dreamer (Michael Ealy) and the Non-Committal (Jerry Ferrera). Where does Kevin Hart fit in? He’s the hilarious thread that weaves it all together and the self-proclaimed happily divorced man.
 
The women of the film have had enough of let downs and losers. After Mya (Megan Good) has a terrible experience with a hot, but douchebag player, played by Chris Brown, she turns to Steve Harvey’s book to learn how to get a keeper (It has something to do with cookies). Gabrielle Union’s character has been with her boyfriend (Jerry Ferrera) for nine years and he still hasn’t put a ring on it! The film tracks how their relationships unfold and how the guys depend on each other for support during their YMCA basketball games and bro parties at Rush Street.
 
You might need to see the movie twice, just to catch all of the celeb cameos in this movie! Keep your eyes peeled to see Lisa Leslie, Toccara, Keri Hilson, Wendy Williams and so many more.
 
Romantic comedies often deliver one or two laughs, but hardly the howls you get from watching “Bridesmaids” or “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” “Think Like a Man” may make you cry, but they will be tears of laughter! Its balance of romance and comedy makes it a tasty treat. Director Tim Story shot for a romantic comedy that appeals to everyone, not just an African-American audience, and he scores.

 

Check out Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo’s song inspired by the movie!

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