This year Essence Magazine hosted the 22nd Annual Essence Music Festival in the heart of the South, New Orleans, Louisiana. The weekend-long event featured nightly music performances by some of today’s favorite artists as well as a few of the classics, as well as family […]
From the surprise opening performance by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar to the outstanding tribute performances honoring the late great Prince, the BET Awards were nothing short of outstanding. The BET Awards were also nothing short of #MelaninMagic and not so subtle messages to America that […]
How I’m Redefining my Path and Updating my Goals
Who knew starting my own PR and Social Media Consulting company would be so much work? I know what you’re thinking, “Well duh! Of course starting anything worthwhile takes work” and yes I know every company has to start somewhere. Coca-Cola only sold 25 bottles in their first year. I haven’t been in business a year yet and not to toot my own horn but I think I’ve definitely accomplished a lot, but I know that I am capable of so much more.
When you’re starting your own business it’s hard not to become anxious and want to see progress immediately. There is something to be said about growing up in my generation where instant gratification is the norm and waiting for results is almost unheard of and certainly nerve wracking. In my quest to find patience as well as what success truly means to me I have found that staying current and fresh is key. It is this realization that has lead me to re-branding my site as well as go back and clearly redefine the purpose of my company and my overall goals.
If you take a spin around the site you’ll notice a brand new layout, new pages to clarify my purpose and just a cleaner overall look. When running a business it’s important to continue learning and stay relevant with your skills. I have taken up web design as one of my first tasks, so how do you think I’m doing?
This morning bright and early the Nominees for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on CBS and the Twitterverse came alive. Everyone and their mama voiced their opinion on the nominees, good or bad. Leading the pack in nominations, Kendrick Lamar becomes the second […]
The 57th Annual GRAMMY awards took place Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The awards show known for over the top performances, once in a lifetime collaborations and out of this world fashion was surprisingly somber. At a time when there […]
Katy Perry Glimmers but Missy Elliott Steals the Show
Last night the New England Patriots took on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Sadly, or maybe not so sadly the New England Patriots came out with the win in the final seconds of the game. When I say the final seconds I literally mean in the last 20 seconds they stole the game away (or Seattle gave it away) after a game changing play. I may be a bit disgruntled about the outcome of the game but I digress because what’s most important is what occurred during the halftime show.
In recent years the Super Bowl halftime show has been a bit yawn worthy when it comes to the entertainment factor. After the 2004 Super Bowl where the infamous “nip slip” occurred the FCC and organizers of the Super Bowl halftime have been very cautious of the acts to perform. In the wake of the mishap the halftime show has been headlined by such acts as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, among others. Now don’t get me wrong they are all great musical acts but not very relevant in today’s music scene. In the most recent years performers have included acts such as Bruno Mars and Beyonce which are both more mainstream but I have to say Katy Perry was among the most flashy when it comes to the creativity and surprise factor which is what Super Bowl halftime should be.
Last night’s performance featured an appearance by rock great Lenny Kravitz who came out to do a rock rendition of Katy’s break out hit “I Kissed a Girl” which was great but it would have been nice to see him do some of his own materials. American Woman anyone?? In the weeks leading up to the game announcements had been made that Lenny would make a special appearance so that was no surprise but what came next no one saw coming. As Katy transitioned out of “California Girls” a tease of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ya Freak On” dropped. Moments later Missy took the stage with Katy and quite possibly stole the show.
How can you be the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show, the biggest stage in the world, and let a surprise performer outdo you? Missy had more energy, better moves (not hating just being honest) and a huge smile throughout her entire performance. I mean after being out of the spotlight for nearly a decade I would be beaming from ear to ear as well. Missy had the energy, the moves, and didn’t need the theatrics to make her show entertaining. She took it back to the days when a performer had to be a performer and not rely on pyrotechnics and theatrics to make a show great. So if you ask me Katy Perry glimmered (or maybe it was her numerous outfits) but Missy was the shining star.
Jodeci Reunion, Femcees Unite, and Kool & the Gang Tribute
The biggest soul train line aired last night in the form of the 2014 Soul Train Music Awards. The show which is iconic for not only it’s catch phrase “Love, peace, and soullllll” was also known for the infamous soul train line. Last night the awards, that in my opinion always remind me of a family reunion, brought out performers old and new for a night of performances to remember. Performers such as Chris Brown, Tinashe, Kem, and the reunion of Jodeci. Just like every awards show there were some highs, lows, and winners that were maybe unexpected? Who really saw the Best New Artist Award going to Niko and Vinz??
The show opened with a performance by Chris Brown, who took home 3 awards, that took us back in time with past hits such as “Yo….Excuse Me Miss”, “Take You Down”, “Loyal” and “New Flame”. I personally love Chris as a performer and this performance was a reminder of what made us all fall in love with him in the first place. Despite all of the personal problems Chris has faced it does not change the fact that he is one of the greatest performers of this generation. Tinashe, a relative new-comer to the scene also hit the stage where she opened her set with a snippet of her new single “Pretend” which led into her more well-known hit “2 On”. I’ve only seen the girl perform a few times but this performance definitely appeared to be a come up for the young singer. She danced more and definitely seemed to own the stage with her live vocals unlike some performers. Now this is not to throw shade at Jodeci who were clearly lip syncing during their performance but I really did expect more from such a legendary group.
The Soul Train Music Awards brought together Jodeci for a long-awited reunion and while it had all R&B lovers singing along it apparently forgot to clue the guys in to sing along too. I love Jodeci just as much as the next girl but for as highly respected as they are they needed to perform live. And, maybe if the lip syncing wasn’t so terrible it would have been acceptable but unfortunately for them that wasn’t the case. You can’t let B.o.B. come out during your big reunion performance and upstage you by simply performing live (note: I adore B.o.B. so no disrespect). A few performances that did get it right were the collaboration of the female emcees as well as the tribute to Kool and the Gang. The collaboration of Missy Elliott, Da Brat, Left Eye (through old video) and of course Lil Kim was a shining moment of the night. It took me back to a time when there was more than one reputable (I use that term loosely) female emcee putting out quality music. Lil Kim who has been making a steady come back definitely came thru for me and put it down. The other major highlight of the night has to go to the tribute to Kool and the Gang headlined by the incomparable Doug E. Fresh. The performance featured appearances by Liv Warfield, Elle Varner, Tank, and MC Lyte. This performance exemplified what I think the Soul Train Music Awards are all about and that’s the ability to cross generation lines.
If there’s one thing the Soul Train Awards know how to do, it’s having fun and this years show was no different. Also, let me give a little shout out to host Wendy Williams who did her thing. She was the same old Jersey girl (debatable) that we are all used to and it made for good laughs. Until next year….
Last night the 2014 American Music Awards, the biggest fan voted award show, aired on ABC. The awards show featured performances by Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and One Direction just to name a few. There were some highlights of the night […]