09/09/2013 10:31 am ET

Get Into This: 5 Things We're Living For This Week (Sept. 9-15)

It's the top of the week, and if you're like us, a little Monday motivation is in order. Here are five things the editors of HuffPost Black Voices are turning to for inspiration, help, and downtime in the days to come.

  • 1 Brennan Williams, Pop Culture Editor
    One of the things that I’ve been vibing to this week is Raheem DeVaughn’s new album, “A Place Called Loveland,” which is his first new project in over three years. If you’re looking for some fresh R&B music for your next date night with that special someone, #GetIntoIt!
  • 2 Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, Lifestyle Editor
    I've been on the hunt for something to sip on, sans alcohol, since The New York Times named mocktails one of this season's hottest dining trends (and since a bartender whipped the most delicious virgin mojito for me during vacation a couple weeks back). Local haunts like Saxon & Parole and DLO Infusion Bar have rolled out mocktail menus for those in NYC, but at home, they're just as easy to create. Here are some I spotted among Polar Seltzer's Fashion-Week-inspired lineup of drinks (which also includes real-deal cocktails with adorable names like The Publicist, The Market Editor and The Tailor). Their mocktails, called The Buyers, are straight and to the point -- just bubbles, fruit and a good sense of style.
  • 3 Jermaine Spradley, Multicultural Editor
    This last week, I finally got around to checking out Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines" and it was everything everyone said it was. Definitely an Oscar contender. Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper's performances are both stellar, but so is that of Emory Cohen. Cohen, who plays "AJ", the troubled son of Cooper's character, almost steals the show. From all the unexpected twists, to all of the great performances, and the super-tense plot, "The Place Beyond the Pines" is definitely something to get into this week.
  • 4 Julee Wilson, Style & Beauty Editor
    I'm having a blast at Fashion Week but that doesn't mean it's void of snafus -- like a broken heel, ripped stockings, running mascara, etc. But thanks to Kmart, if any of these #FashionWeekProblems arise, I can fix them with just one tweet. The mega store will literally hand deliver whatever I need! Check out the video above for all the details.
  • 5 Danielle Cadet, Editor
    I'm admittedly late on this bandwagon, but after seeing a couple of commercials in cabs, I watched one episode of "Ray Donovan" and I was automatically obsessed. Liev Schrieber is an amazing actor (not to mention great eye candy) and his chemistry with John Voight is electric. The show is smart, funny and mysterious. Plus, if you have Showtime Anytime (or a friend who doesn't mind you mooching off his/hers), you can watch it whenever you want. This may be the show that fills the void in my heart once "Mad Men" ends.

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