Too Blessed To Be Stressed

As lay here poolside viewing North Miami’s beach, I can’t help but to feel blessed. I know its been a LONG while since my last post, but God has opened so many new doors for me and pray you all would understand.

Since my last post, I was fired from Long Days, Late Nights blog site. Shocker, I know. Like who in their right mind would fire me, I’m a freaking rock star. LOL I don’t even believe that. But No hard feelings to my serious Editor, I learned so much from him in the short amount of time I worked with him. Only wish hi the best. God is awesome, I tell ya! As one door closed, He opened up a FEW others. I started my radio career. This s huge for me, many don’t know this but since I was a small child, I’ve LOVED radio and have ALWAYS wanted to work in radio. Well God has allowed me to finally open up, move out of my own way and pursue a life long dream. As of right now, I’m on air three times a week. Sunday 2-5 Tuesday and Wednesday 5-8 on New Jersey Web Radio. I am grateful.

See because i am not in school, all the internship programs attached to “Big  Time” stations will not allow me to intern. So instead of giving up, I found a platform in which i could get all the experience I can get right now. I am blessed. At first I was terrified. I spent HOURS in the station learning how to run the board. I created my show from scratch by literally studying audio, from Wendy Williams radio show, Angie Martinez, Miss Jones, Deja Vu, Egypt, and The Breakfast Club just to name a few. I came up with different segments, I book different people to interview with me. The only think I have not bee able to master is the DJ part. I’m finding it had to find DJ’s that will come in for free to do a 30-45 min set.  But I don’t fret, the show MUST go on. The show has been teaching me A LOT, and I thank God for the opportunity.

I haven’t been writing/blogging as much. But different opportunities have been forcing me to get to work. Recently, I was afforded a media pass to do the RED CARPET of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Now for me, this is HUGE. I was out there conducting interviews along the side of media power houses such as MTV, BET, Hello Beautiful, Huffington Post, NEWARK MAG, Sway In The Morning, TV ONE, the list goes on and on. And here I am this grown ass, tall ass women on my very FIRST red carpet event!!! To say excited and nervous in an UNDERSTATEMENT!!! I was nervous as F**K. I don’t talk things like this lightly. I know there are people who studied this craft and I would never disrespect them or myself in any way. I had a blast that night. Even got to watch a “Bucket list” concert. I got to sit in the actual tapping for BRG!!!! I witnessed Brandy, Monica, Jazmine, Gladys, and Lauren perform for FREE!!!  Man I didn’t even get into the after party yet! My SNAP was LIT! Queen Moths Erykah Badu DJ’ed free food and drinks, and amazing room of people. Again I am blessed.

Now fast forward to my current situation. I am in Miami on vacation visiting two of my Fordham teammates Lisa and Jade. It’s been a while since I’ve seen these two amazing women. For me these women are family (RAMily as I like to call my FU sisters/friends). Originally I came down to only vacation, but I had the bright Idea to interview these two. See for some of you that may not know, Jade and Lisa are pretty amazing women. Jade is just returning from India where she worked with the Jr. NBA for the past six months. And Lisa, who graciously allowed me to stay in her BEAUTIFUL home while here in MIA, is like a freaking Wonder Woman. Beside the fact that her children’s clothing line LIVLY is taking the fashion world by storm and can now be found in Barneys New York. She is a loving wife, mother of four adorable children (Liv, Lily, Marley, and Miles), successful business woman, and bad ass! Later on tonight I will be interviewing these two, to share their stories with the world.

I thank God for his grace and mercy every day of my life. Although I am not exactly where I want to be, I am moving closer to all of my dreams. Stay tuned for the interview on my social media sites, but major publications as well! I’m about to hop in the pool to cool off a bit. I will talk to you guys soon.

Continue to keep being the change you wish to see in the world! TTYL 🙌🏾✌🏾😜

 

Come Through NJ’s Own Ms. Lauryn Hill🙌🏾👸🏾👑🔥

I am STILL on a high! But before I go all the way in on this blog, let me give you guys a precursor. Please don’t get it twisted! Although I am a HUGE fan of Ms. Lauryn Hill, if I felt like her show was bad I would say so. I am not bias when it comes to live performances. So with that being said, MS. HILL JUST GAVE ME LIFE LAST NIGHT!.

Yes this was a #BucketListConcert for me. I became a TRUE  Lauryn Hill fan pretty late in life. I think it was Spring of 2000, I was playing AAU with the NJ Monarchs. We were all piled in this van going someplace, and in the background, Ms. Hill was playing. Now let me be clear, I knew who L-Boogie was in these Fugee streets. I loved her in Sister Act 2, her singles played all the time. But prior to this particular road trip, I never took the time to fully and truly listened to The Miseducation. Please don’t shoot me, I was young!!! My life consist of Gospel, Jazz,  Country, Church, School and Basketball. I didn’t have older siblings that let me sneak and listen to their music. Therefore, my education on anything outside of theses things were a tad bit delayed.

I will never forget the moment my life changed. As we are riding along crammed in this van, Every Ghetto, Every City starts to play. Now me being a Newark Girl (Brick City Born and Raised). Ms. Hill had my ear,  “Story starts in Hoodaville, Grew Up NEXT To IVY Hill”.  Wait, what Hoodaville, Ivy Hill, THAT’S MY NEIGHBORHOOD, I thought to myself. As I attentively set up, took notice, and witness Ms. Lauryn Hill run down every spot of my life. S. Orange Ave, Boylen Pool, Main St, Springfield Ave, Frelinghuysen, Hawthorne and Chancellor’s beef, Hillside, P-S-P… I felt like my heart was pumping out of my chest! Like I knew Lauryn and the Fugees were from NJ, but it wasn’t until this day that I knew they were FROM NJ. Not just NJ but MY NJ. This was the first time I’d ever heard someone break down so much about my childhood and area I grew up in, I was hooked. I’m sure my Monarch teammates were so done with me, I asked Coach Fu to run the track back like three times! Since that day, I could never get enough of Ms. Hill!

All that being said, coming into last night’s concert I was already on a natural high! I purchased a solo ticket, and took my happy self to the concert. I have to be honest, I was a little nervous about the show. Listening to all the “stories” one hears about L-Boogie, I expected her to be 3 hrs late, and we wouldn’t leave until like after 2am. Although all the rumors stated Ms. Hill usually put on a bad show, I wasn’t worried. I had faith! Shoot, clearly Ms. Hill loves NJ like I do, so I KNEW she was going to put on a GREAT show!

Based on me knowing Ms. Hill was going to be a little late, I didn’t leave my house until 8pm.Got to venue by like 8:20, parked, stood on line for about 10 mins and walked damn near straight to front of the stage! Ms. Hill hit the stage at around 9:40 which is NOT bad for an 8pm show. I think the longest I ever waited was at the Jay and Em concert at Yankee Stadium. This is pretty common in the hip-hop world of concerts so I was cool.  So here I am, in all my glory waiting for Ms. Lauryn Hill to hit the stage. While waiting for Ms. Hill, made friends with a group from Brooklyn who recently moved to NJ. As the DJ started to spin, I’m Snap Chatting my life away, in anticipation of Ms. Hill!

And then she walks out, and my life is again changed forever! Man people say the b.s about Lauryn Hill, but she put on an AMAZING show last night!!!! I tried to catch every bit of it on camera. Had to put my phone down a few times to fully be in the moment of the vocal and lyrical BEAST OF A WOMAN!!! I imagine Ms. Hill to be a perfectionist, because she wanted nothing but greatness from her band, as she directed her life throughout the concert. I am still in awe about what I witnessed last night.

Over all Ms. Hill is simply put A BEAST! I stood in amazement as she flexed her vocal talent, and laced the crowd with lyrical insightful rhythms. I tried to share as much as I could to the people to prove that Ms. Hill is always and forever a GEM in this wold of music. I was doing a pretty good job, my twitter, IG, FB, and Periscope followers were loving Ms. Hill. I feel bad because for whatever reason, my phone started acting up during the BEST performance of the night. Sorry to my Periscope friends. My phone was acting up on the BEST SONG OF THE NIGHT!Ms. Hill slayed, killed, gave life, killed again and gave more life through her Nina Simone “Feeling Good” rendition!!!! WHY WASN’T Ms. HILL BOOKED FOR THE NINA MOVIE AGAIN 😒😶😐🤔 󾌦?! Ms Lauryn Hill not only CAME THROUGH NJ, but she gave her soul!!!!

I am still on a natural high! Ms. Lauryn Hill gave me life last night! Vocally STILL A BEAST in the game. Her lyrical rhythms left me speechless. I still feel like a little kid lol all night I dreamt about the show! I’m blessed!! Ms Lauryn Hill not only CAME THROUGH NJ, but she gave her soul!!!! Again s/o to my 🔌 Amanda Chanel Hill and Jazmine Wright, I was simply happy to be in the building! Even if y’all couldn’t have, I was excited! But y’all did and made my life that much more amazing! The ONLY thing that would have made my life even better is if Ms. Hill had performed Every Ghetto, Every City. But I have no complaints. Love and Peace to the Queen Ms. Lauryn Hill THANK YOU! 👸🏾👑💁🏾🙌🏾🔥✌🏾😘

 

Sage That was Cute, But Really?!

Initially when I clicked on The Shade’s Room article of  Sage The Gemini’s IG post to Ex girlfriend Jordin Sparks, I thought I had no clue who this guy was. Clearly I have a life because I didn’t even know Jordin bagged herself another  boo. Last I heard (or paid attention to) was her break up with Jason Derulo.  However, earlier today Sage took to his Instagram page to air his feelings out about his missed love Jordin Sparks.

As I’m reading the story, of course I HAD to figure out who this guy is. So what did I do?  I went on Sage’s IG page to do more research (this guy is a little cutie). After about 5 minutes, I learned that this Sage The Gemini, is the same guy that sung that Red Nose song.  Y’all know the “She Gona Shake It, Like A Red Nose, LIIIKKKE A RED NOSE”. Lo key, this was my song real quick. I’m more than sure I’ve  partaking in a few “Red Nose” dance battles with my homegirls (judge me I don’t care 😝). But back to his post.

Although I think his intention were coming from a sincere place, I couldn’t help to notice a few key words that may indicate Mr. Gemini really isn’t missing Jordin in the sense of true love.

  1. “You the only girl that can wake up out of a dead sleep and get me some water because I was coughing in my sleep the only girl that loves me the way you were supposed to.”  I’m pretty sure a lot of us women have gotten up in the middle of the night to get Bae some water bc his ass was keeping us up with all his coughing. But this act is never something any woman is SUPPOSED TO DO! These are acts of love.
  2. “But yea this shit is crazy I just wanna tell you I’m still being a good boy just incase you come to your senses”. Sir, it would have been nice if you were “being a good boy” when you were with Jordin. But what do you mean “Come to your senses” LMAO 😂😂😂, for the sake of romance, I pray that this is some type of inside joke the couple understands. If not sir, please take several seats!!! 
  3. “Please call me back I just want like a hug and a kiss or something. Sincerely Dominic Wynn Woods”. So Sage you don’t want to talk, you want a hug, a kiss, or something. So this is a physical thing for you. This guy keeps digging a deeper grave.

No shade to Sage The Gemini, and his new age attempt at getting his woman back. However, his post seemed to only focus on his selfishness in the relationship. Almost every reason he gives of why he wants Jordin back has to do with how she treated him. What she did to and for HIM. Not once did we see an apology or any accountability as to what Sage did wrong in the relationship. No he doesn’t owe the reader any of this, but if his actions were honestly to woo Jordin back into his life, he definitely went about it the wrong way.

In life, people take other’s for granted. In life people often miss people not actually for who the other person is, but instead what the person did for them. No doubt Sage misses Jordin, it is evident in his IG  post. However, I think Sage needs to evaluate himself, and make whatever changes he needs to make for a healthy Sage/relationship moving forward. His previous IG post clearly show that he wants love and has a good heart (extending an invite to all the single people to meet up and go bowling on Valentine’s Day). But he has some personal growth to do.

If Jordin decides to take him back, it is ultimately up to her. The choice is her’s and no one else’s. If she does, hopefully they can forgive each other and move forward,  I would hope she knows and understands her worth. I am not hating on Sage, as a matter of fact the post was kinda cute and romantic (in a new age social media world), but I understand what a healthy relationship is and looks like. And in my opinion, of the quick glimpse of information I’ve interpided via his post, this guy needs to continue to do his work, and grow as a man.

Update, since yesterday Sage has deleted both Tweet and IG post . View The Shade Room’s post here.

Here is some back drama of Sage and Jordin’s The Drama 

Lil Durk And Dej Loaf Channel Their Inner Q & Monica In New Video

I have definitely been slipping these last few weeks! Def Loaf done copped herself a boo, Lil Durk. They appear together in his new video entitled, My Beyonce. The video was realsed back on January 11 (damn how could I have missed this!). I was just on iTunes looking for some new music, and I stopped by Dej Loaf’s page. Look down and see a video that looks like one of my FAVORITE movies of ALL-TIME Love & Basketball. So OF COURSE I click to watch. OMG, this is the cutest videos I’ve seen in a long time! I may be over reacting a little because of how much I love Love & Basketball. But seriously this was done well. The couple, producer, and director did such a good job on this one. The video pretty much sticks to a few key scenes from the movie, I love how detailed the video is. Over all really cute video, check it out below. ✌🏾

 

Mr.West is FINALLY Back in the Building!🙌🏾

Kanye West has FINALLY graced us with his lyrical presence! Recently Mr. West took to his SoundCloud page to drop new music. Truth be told, I’d received many notifications of Mr. West’s ‘No More Parties in LA’ song. However, I was unbothered. My opinion, Kanye hasn’t lived up to his full lyrical potential the past few. So when getting all these text, emails, and notifications of his new song, I wasn’t in a hurry to listen.

One day earlier this week, as I’m sitting at a red light, I receive a Twitter notification from Power 105.1 Breakfast Club host Charlemagne Tha God, in which he gave praise to the track. As I sit in my car, making a conscious decision to give the track an honest and open listen, I’m AMAZED. Kendrick Lamar’s feature on this song is indeed “SCARY” as Kanye states after Lamar’s bars. Kendrick is consistently flexing his lyrical muscle in the game right now! Proving himself to be one of the best right now and a BEAST at what he does. After Kendrick’s verse, I am on a musical high and now wishfully hoping Kanye brings it on his own track! MR. West DID NOT disappoint this time!

I haven’t felt this good about a Kanye track in a LONG time. While listening I began to ask myself why in the hell had I deprived myself of this for this long. As on cue, Ye spits #FACTS, “I know some fans who thought I wouldn’t rap like this again. But the Writer’s block is over!”. Thank God for Ye. Although, I wished Ye would stop taking shots at Amber  Rose, I loved his verse on this track! Check out track here. Enjoy ✌🏾

 

 

I’d Carpool Karaoke with ADELE Any Day !

Adele has been my BFF in my head, since my Fordham U teammate Jade Leitao put me on to her a few years back. I will never forget that spring day, at the Women’s NCAA Final Four in Indiana. At lunch watching Rolling in the Deep video with my sis, literally changed my life (thanks sis).  Sorry die hard Adele fans, I joined the bandwagon a tad bit late, but my love for the woman is sincere! Coming off a some great numbers with her third studio album 25, Adele can do absolutely no wrong right now. And she has proven once again that she deserves to be permanent BFF.

While home in London for holidays, Adele linked up with The Late Late Show host James Corden, for one of the BEST Carpool Karaoke‘s to date. Adele looked flawless. Face beat to the gods, in her sleek black coat and cute Bob cut (cut so cute James had to compliment her on it). After some small chit chat, the Carpool Karaoke commenced and boy did Adele SLAY!

I don’t care if you are a fan of Adele’s or not, but when this woman opens her mouth to sing, you HAVE TO RESPECT HER. During the ride along, I was shocked to learn that Adele  herself was the actual person playing the drums on her smash hit ‘Hello‘. James surprised Adele with his pipe game (pause) during this duet. After chugging a cup of tea LIKE A BOSS, Adele  goes on to explains her holiday tipsy shenanigans and her kind heartedness.

Two of my favorite moments of this video: Adele paying homage to one of the GREATEST  girl groups EVER, The Spice Girls (yes it’s THAT serious for me). Number two, when the Queen BEAST the Nicki Minaj verse of ‘Monster’. Both Geri and Nicki responded to Adele’s Carpool Magic.

CLEARLY Adele is BFF BAE. Our common love for the Spice Girls and Nicki Minaj’s Monster verse just solidify this truth for me. Check out full video here! Well worth the watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Earlier this week, Forbes released their annual 30 under 30 list. Said to be list of America’s top movers and shakers under 30 in categories. From Sports, Music, Business, Technology, Media, these young people are out here doing the damn thing! The list consist of 600 men and women at the top of their game, and I definitely am super excited to see a few names!

Sports: Stephen Curry 27, Mo’ne Davis 14, Allie LaForce 27 (Reporter CBSSports) Katie Ledecky 18 (Swimming), Damian Lilliard 25, Cam Newton 26, Russell Westbrook 27, Russell Wilson 27

Retail & Ecommerce: Kelechi Anyadiegwu 26 (Zuvaa). I love this clothing line.

Music Kehlani 20, Pentatonix, Demi Lovato 23, School Boy Q 29, Nick Jonas  23,  Fetty Wap 24, The Weekend 25

Media: Blavity, Kimberly Foster 26 For Harriet (Yep that’s one of my articles which is featured on For Harriet, shameless plug), Hben Nigatu 24 Sr. Editor (BuzzFeed), Angelica Nwandu 25 (The ShadeRoom)

Media & Marketing: Chloe King 28 (PR and Social Media Manager Bergdorf Goodman).

 

These are just a few of my favorites, but check out full list here:

 Forbes, 30 Under 30