Looking for some A-List options for stocking stuffers this holiday season? Well, I’ve got some of my favorite things for you to add to your holiday gift giving.
Devon Franklin’s “The Hollywood Commandments” – Whether you’re in the entertainment industry, know someone aspiring to be or just need some great principles to apply to your own professional endeavors; Devon Franklin’s “The Hollywood Commandments” may be the ideal read for you. This Hollywood executive, New York Times bestselling author and renowned minister offers some fundamental advice and perspective on how to have success in life while maintaining your integrity, applying faith to your pursuits and other solid tools for both personal and professional advancement. Devon reveals 10 life-changing lessons picked-up from his over-twenty-year career in the entertainment business. He declares these are lessons you may not learn in the church, but believes they will help you achieve an amazing life and thriving career that glorifies God. (Price $25.99)
PodPocket – Do you love you AirPods for your iPhone the way that I do? Well the chord-less earphones can now be carried in a cool case called the PodPocket. These cases are made of a molded high-grade silicone that secures the AirPods charging case. They come in multiple colors and have a key ring and clasp so it can be attached to any bag, key chain or your belt loop (that’s where I like to wear mine), so that they are easily accessible at all times. The sleek, modern case also protects the AirPods case. And the case is made with a slit in the bottom so that you can keep the AirPods in the PodPocket and continue to charge them. (Price $19.99)
Isaac Carree’s “Service: My Words. My Life. My Truth” – Despite being a young man, Isaac Carree has become a Gospel Music veteran with two solo albums under his belt in addition to having recorded music with Kirk Franklin, Men of Standard, John P. Kee and others. And even with his own steady music career, the husband and father has toured in recent years with country music couple Faith Hill and Tim Graw, as well as P. Diddy and the Bad Boy Reunion. Now Isaac is sharing his road to success in “Service,” a tome where he shows people how blessings come from you paying dues and serving others. In addition to providing keys on navigating and building longevity in your respective business; Isaac opens up about personal shortcomings and mistakes he’s made along the way. A great read for anyone looking to break into the entertainment business. (Price $12.99)
PJ Morton’s “Gumbo” – I love gifting people music. Whether you send an iTunes album, order a traditional CD or gift someone with music from one of the other download platforms; PJ Morton’s “Gumbo” album that will be a soulful addition to anyone’s music catalog. This New Orleans native, who is a member of the pop band Maroon 5, offers a well-crafted mix of melodic gems and foot-stomping soul grooves that invoke the vibes of The Big Easy with Morton’s contemporary spin. The collection of funky love songs and musical life lessons features guest turns by BJ The Chicago Kid, The Hamiltones and Pell. The album has garnered two Grammy nominations, one for Best R&B Album and one for Best R&B Song (“First Began”). (Price $7.99)
Maysa’s Unforgettable Man – Grammy nominated vocalist Maysa is more than just a dynamic singer. This renaissance woman with an unforgettable voice is expanding her empire with a line of fragrances, one called Unforgettable Man. The clean, masculine scent was crafted by the soulful jazz chanteuse, who designed a scent with her ideal man in mind. Fusing aromatic and fresh notes with a slight hint of woody nature, Unforgettable Man is the perfect accent for the well-dressed man and is bound to leave a positive lasting impression. This scent is as smooth on the nose as Maysa’s velvety, honey-coated voice is on a song. (Price $35.00)
Russell Westbrook’s “Style Drivers” – Russell Westbrook is an iconoclast of the NBA and continues to show his fashion enterprising prowess with his debut book, “Style Drivers.” As a style innovator, who has designed collections for True Religion and has his own brand in Barneys New York, this book is the perfect brand extension for Oklahoma Thunder MVP. The coffee table book is a celebration of Russell’s unique personal style and homage to the creative people who the star athlete admires and works with. This book was created with three different covers designed by Raymond Pettibon. It featured photographs documenting Russell’s headline-grabbing clothes worn during the playoffs; in addition to original quotes, interviews with other athletes, designers and creative types. Whether you’re a cool kid, a sports fan or someone obsessed with fashion, this book is for you. (Price $55.00)
José James “Love in the Time of Madness” – José James may be one of music’s best kept secrets, but I’m so glad I found him years ago. It was 2010 and I was in Los Angeles screening the film “Our Family Wedding” and there was this smoky-voiced artist with deep soul that just enchanted me. I copped José’s album “The Dreamer” the next day and have been vibing with him musically ever since. This brassy baritone has ventured out from the jazz genre on his seventh album, “Love in a Time of Madness,” and is offering a more commercial R&B collection. The genre-bending album mixes contemporary soul, trap music, disco and alternative R&B, yet this progressive outing from José doesn’t dilute his gift one bit. He’s a song stylist, and his voice particularly shines on songs like his duet “I’m Yours” with the great Oleta Adams. “Love in the Time of Madness” is a great way to get acquainted with José. (Price $8.99)