Category Archives: Television

A Day @ 14th & U

Mos Def Retiring?!

Hello New World,
Yes, it is so true. On January 2, 2017, Yasiin Bey (a.k.a Mos Def) has officially retired from hip hop. I was shocked and saddened at the same time. One of hip hop’s vital minds, has now retired, and I’m in my feelings, here. My mind can’t comprehend this situation. I saw his last performance, in DC. He performed at the Kennedy Center and it was phenomenal. I can see how he has evolved, as an artist. Anyone that knows me, has heard this story, but I will tell you about it. When I was in high school, I shadowed with an entertainment lawyer, named Sherri Wyatt. I don’t even know if she remembers this, but I can’t forget this. Mos Def was performing at the University of Maryland, doing a campus show for the students. We, me and Sherri, was watching the performance from backstage, and he looks over at us, and I could not make this up. He goes into his hit “Ms. Fat Booty”. I was hype when he went into it. So, in my eyes, it was soooooo fitting that, at the end of his show, he performed a piano rendition of “Ms. Fat Booty”. I almost cried. I realized that he was the first artist I’ve seen with a career. He started, evolved, and retired, and I am proud to say that I saw it through. So, enough with the personal crap, how was the show?
Let me start off by saying I was surprised by the show. I did not realize how many DC cats was into Mighty Mos?! I know will sound stereotypical, but this was all I saw. I knew a handful of people that really listened to rap (hip hop). When I came up, people here was hard on go-go bands. The show starts with a screen displaying scenes from the movie “Wild Style”. I loved that movie. It made me love New York. Since going to the show, I, now, need to have “Wild Style” playing, while I listen to his music. Anyway, he starts off with new material, that no one has heard. Honestly, the new material can be kept to himself. It was garbage. Then, he goes into his established hits, like Mathematics, Oh No (with special guest Pharoahe Monch), Auditorium, and Respiration (with special guest Talib Kweli). This was the music that, literally, gave me the love of hip hop. He told a few jokes and preached to the crowd. I thought it was pretty cool. So, I have some good news and bad news. The good news is that I was able to record some of the show. The bad news is that I shot it on my iPhone. Not the best film quality, I know. Honestly, I did not think I was going to be recording. I was inspired out of left field. With that being stated, I put together a small something, something. 
Enjoy!

TTYL

One Thing Everyone Must Do

Good Morning New World,

dsc_0005I know it has been a while, and I do apologize. I am in the process of putting my life in a position where I can be back to being me. I realized that during the process of unemployment, you go through a process of redefining. It is very hard, to say the least. In the midst of unemployment, school bankruptcy, etc., we get clouded with moving forward and feel comfortable staying where we are. Wait a minute, you didn’t come here to read about my philosophy. Did you?! Probably not.

So, I will chat about something everyone needs to do. The African American Museum, in Washington DC, is finally built. The outside of the building, is a really eccentric design, but it’s what’s inside that really counts. “The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. When the NMAAHC opens on September 24, 2016, it will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.” (nmaahc.si.edu, 2016) It has seven floor of history and, from my understanding, the floors goes from the darkest hours, on the bottom floors, to the lighter times. Unfortunately, due to my past injury, I could not view the entire museum. However, I will show you what I did see.

TTYL!
And Enjoy

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VR Fashion?! 

Good Morning New World, 
So in most of my recent posts, I have yet to chat about fashion. I know I have been back and forth with my personal quests, but it’s time that I brought the subject into light.

So, I received a notification of YouTubers I subscribe to, and one caught my eye. Spankie Valentine, who’s videos often range from fashion, comedy, and music, just uploaded a VR fashion video. It’s called “360 VR- Summer Lookbook”. She goes over the latest summer trends, and on a mobile device, can look left, right, up, and down. Off of that technology alone, I was AMAZED! Literally! Anyone that knows me, knows that I did not get a chance to finish the video. Don’t get me wrong, Spankie is a very cool lady, with amazing content. She is absolutely brilliant for the virtual reality idea. I just got stuck on the VR technology. In fact, the only part that I was concerned about was the lack of clarity, in the video, however, I am assuming this was due to me not having the headset needed for this technology. 


All and all, I am in love with the concept. VR technology, in fashion would take the industry to a whole new level. Seriously! This would bring fashion shows to the household mom, or even that buyer that couldn’t make it to Milan. How amazing would it be to sell video of NYFW in virtual reality, to the masses? Not to be that person, but I would buy it. One of my dreams has been to shoot at NYFW, but to be able to view it on my laptop, through VR, would be just as great. 

So, with that being said, I will give you all a chance to view the video, with the link below. Let me know what you think. Do you love the idea of VR in fashion or hate it?
TTYL 

360 VR Summer Lookbook

#archaeofest 2016

Good Morning New World,
Last Saturday, I shot an event for AITC (Archaeology In The Community) and here is the video I shot. Let me know what you think.

*Thank you Dumbarton House for allowing the footage to be filmed.*

Credits

Videographer & Production: Tracy “Lady Tre” Berry

Music: Joseph “Okay Joey” Berry

 

P.O.P Video

Good Morning New World, 

I know I am behind with this, but better late than never. Anyway, it is a work in progress. 

Thoughts?

TTYL!

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SBY Teen Day Party Review

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Hey New World,

How’s everyone?

Happy 4th of July!

I am amazed at how well this Saturday posting is working for me. I am able to come up with a topic and freely write on it during the week. I totally love this.

So, you may ask, any events on the calendar?

Starting in August, I will be working with stylist Khalilah Neals, on building our ports. I know this will be extremely cool move for both of us. I believe the prior post will give a better description on what my feelings are on collabing. I just put in for my Press Pass for Latin Fashion Week, for both New York and Washington D.C. I am hoping this goes through. Next month, in July, I will be registering for the Komen Race for the Cure, in NYC. I believe this will be coinciding with Latin Fashion Week, NYC. I am not sure if I want to do DC Fashion Week, this year. I have done DC Fashion Week, before, and I heard that the creator of DC Fashion Week, Mr. Ean Williams, has a line out, called “Magnum”. I believe it is a men’s underwear line. Not totally sure, but none the less, should be interesting line. So, the debate still rages on about that.

The Sasha Bruce Teen Day Party.DSC_0027

So, okay, I want to start off with a little background into the organization. The Sasha Bruce Youthwork Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education and Risk Reduction (P.O.W.E.R.) Program launched an HIV testing social media campaign, over the weekend (#Never2Early). The founder of the organization, Debra Shore, started the organization in 1974 to help out runaway and homeless teens. Two years later, the organization gained the recognition of Evangeline Bruce, Ambassador David Bruce wife, following the tragic death of their daughter, Sasha. Mrs. Bruce donated the money to the organization in her daughter’s memory.

DSC_0018 The party was held at LIV Nightclub, on 11th and U Streets’ in NW. I have passed by this club, several times, and never realized it was a club. The spot actually reminds me of when I used to DSC_0080club, at the spots I used to frequent. There were several media outlets, in attendance, including the Washington Informer and WPGC radio. I believe the host, for the event, was Mr. Redz from WPGC. Now, I’m not even going to front. It’s been a while since I listened to the radio. The last host I remember vividly was Donnie Simpson and EZ Street.

DJ Fat Cat,DSC_0049 was vicious with mixing. Then, a dance crew came in and gave up some vicious moves. One guy, popped his shoulder out of wack, on beat. I thought it was very different, and cool, at the same time.

Now, if you follow me on my Facebook page, you will hear me demean today’s teens. Mainly because of the post I have seen online, or what I have seen, on the Metro in DC. I’m not even gonna front on half of the situations I have witnessed. I am not trying to make it sound freakin’ horrible, but there are some really DSC_0175ignorant situations I have seen, just for attention. This event was a perfect opportunity for teens to be viewed in a more responsible light. So, with that being said, I applaud the teens that showed up to show that they care about their lives. It was a beautiful event with a decent turn out.

TTYL!

Did I Tell You How Much I Love Old Navy?!

Hello New World,

So, the updates on the latest events.

11168382_10153323438122421_7749843228693420615_nJune 20th- Sasha Bruce Youthwork P.O.W.E.R. Program Launches HIV Testing Social Media Campaign for Teens — #Never2Early

(Teen Day Party)

Sasha Bruce Youthwork Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education and Risk Reduction (P.O.W.E.R.) Program launches an HIV testing social media campaign — #Never2Early — that is specifically targeted to sexually active youth between the ages of 13 and 24 who have never been tested for HIV before.”-Alee of DynamicPR

I will definitely be in attendance. This party will be vicious! Local station WKYS 93.9, will be there. There will be free food and drinks. Also, HIV testing will be available to all the teens. I love this event, mainly because it is showing teens how to take the initiative on their own health.

As far as shoots go, I have a few upcoming ones, that I am trying to narrow down.

On to the subject.Old-Navy-Logo

I think I need to start expanding my blog past photography. Although it is what I love, I need to talk about other things, that I love, as well. Starting with fashion. I’m not “big” on wearing the hottest brands, but I stick with what works for me. I am fan of Old Navy. I love everything they have. Although I am not the “flashiest”, I keep my wardrobe very “plain Jane”. Why, you may ask? Trends never last, and tend to repeat seasonal. Who wants to keep buying clothing on that purpose? Also, my hair, in my opinion, is the trendiest piece I have. Kimora Lee Simmons stated that “Never buy too many trendy pieces. Buy the basics and style it with one or two trendy pieces.” Yeah, I read her book, “Fabulousity”. Oh, I do apologize because that statement isn’t word for word, but that was her intent. I use it as my fashion rule book. So, the main store I tend to splurge is Old Navy. They have a unique blend of basic and trend. Almost every piece of clothing I have, has an Old Navy tag on it. My second favorite clothing store is, yup, the thrift store. But Old Navy, really tends to have awesome sales, extremely cute clothing, and friendly staff. I tend to shop the store in Friendship Heights, in DC. Everyone there, is a sweetheart. Also, to my plus size and in betweenie sistas! Old Navy sizing is off. I think the cut is for German woman. I find that their clothing, for me, fits bigger than what the size states. Don’t get me wrong, I love it because it makes me feel like I lost a lot of weight, but that is where you want to shop, ladies!

Well, I won’t keep running my mouth on the joys of Old Navy.

TTYL!

RETRACTION

Hello New World,

**Due to scheduling issues, I will NOT be interviewing Ms. Dana Dayne.**

My regular scheduled blog post, which will be moved from Tuesdays to Saturdays, will be posted on this Saturday, with a fresh set of updates and my usual convo.

TTYL!

Touche’ Anyone?! Touche’ Supper Club Review

Hey New World,

How is it going?

Happy REAL Snow Day!

I know you guys are like “Say what?!” Well, D.C. hasn’t really had any snow. This was the first time, in a long time, we had some “workable” snow. No good for snowball fighting, be decent for sledding. Yeah, real big kid, right HERE!

Well, everything is very vicious, for me. Wow, I have too much going on and doesn’t seem to stop. That is the coolest thing I have ever had happen to me. Thursday, I know it’s a long time coming, but crucially needed. I’m coming back to NYC! Cattura Magazine is throwing a two day event, at the Museum of Sex! I’m going! Still haven’t decided if I am still going to the rooftop party for Uomo Magazine. It’s cold and snowy, up there!

March 8th, I am back at it, again. I have another shoot coming. I will be doing portraits that will feature the work of the unbelievable makeup artist I work with. This shoot will be for Facon magazine photo submission. I can’t wait!

_DSC4186Well, here is what you have been waiting for, Touche’!

I know I normally talk about photography and fashion, but I figured I would take a quick break from that. We all need a break from work to remind us that we are human. We need a place to just kick back and relax. So, here you have it. I am giving an honest review to Touche’. Simply put, I love the club. This club is two levels. The first floor reminds me of the spots that the grown folks would go play cards, hang with friends, etc. To me, that felt like a second home! Don’t judge, colorful childhood! The second level was all the way live, with stage and lounge area. The general manager, Jayne’ LaMondue Price, was the sweetest person in the world. She made sure that the customers were well taken care of. The club is located on 1123 H Street, NE DC. It’s down the street from Union Station. It’s on the newly renovated H Street corridor.

The menu features a Southern French fusion cuisine. The sample of the night’s_DSC4216 copy menu was very welcoming. The baked macaroni and cheese was as close as my mother’s recipe, as possible. Thank God, she doesn’t read my blog. I would hear it later. The wings, and apologize if I don’t know exactly what they were, was spicy and succulent. I loved the catfish bites, with spicy sauce. It was so vicious.

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The bar was highly live! I didn’t really drink like I normally would, because, me personally, I hate drinking by myself. None the less, the bartenders were sweet enough not to let me go full in, alone!

The biggest difference, I think, with this club, is that they feature live entertainment. But, the thing is, it’s not just normal entertainment. The club

House band, Gut Sol.

House band, Gut Sol.

features local talent. So, all my rapper, singers, bands, etc., if you are interested in being a part of local talent, I will link the website to the club. Go to the “Contact Us” link, and hit the manager, Jayne’, a note! She will feature Up & Up open Mic! (rappers, please!) Back to the review, the house band, Gut Sol, was very vicious. The songs were very nice.

Joe Clair and Tati, from the "Joe Clair Morning Show, on  95.5 WPGC, in DC.

Joe Clair and Tati, from the “Joe Clair Morning Show, on 95.5 WPGC, in DC.

The best part to the event, was who I met next! So, I grew up in the 90’s. I was a big rap (not hip hop) fan! I’m talking back in the days when rappers told stories based on point of view, note a continuous hook! Needless to say, I was big on video shows, like “Yo, MTV Raps” and “Rap City”. I was a Joe Clair fan. He was funny as hell, on the show. He used to host “Rap City” with Big Lez. All the real rap fans know who she is! So, WPGC came out to show support. I had forgotten that Joe Clair came back to D.C. His whole morning crew, Tati, Guy, and Poet, showed out, to show support. Joe was so cool. I wanted to ask him, what happened to Big Lez, but got flustered.

Poet, from the "Joe Clair Morning Show, on  95.5 WPGC, in DC.

Poet, from the “Joe Clair Morning Show, on 95.5 WPGC, in DC.

Poet, was the sweetest person I had met, so I need to give her a big shout out! HEY LADY!

I wish I could’ve stayed a little longer, but I had to go to work the next day, and Empire was coming on soon. Yeah, I’m on that band wagon! In fact, if I may suggest, I noticed some places are jumping on the Empire bandwagon. It would be cool if the club had an “Empire Watch” party. I’m thinking around about the time the season finale episode or the season 2 premier. Just an idea!

But either way, the club is very relaxed, with down home food, live local entertainment, in an upcoming neighborhood. Sounds like a win win, to me!

But, don’t take my word on it. You should really take time out to go!

TTYL!

Touche’ Supper Club website