Good Morning New World,
I know I am behind with this, but better late than never. Anyway, it is a work in progress.
Good Morning New World,
I know I am behind with this, but better late than never. Anyway, it is a work in progress.
Hey New World,
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.
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.
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 club, 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, 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 ignorant 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.
Hello New World,
So, the updates on the latest events.
June 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.
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.
Hello New World,
I know, I normally blog on photography, but I also want to show the world I am not just a one-sided coin. So I want to begin to blog about things that are personal, as well as interesting to me, and to you, as well.
One thing that is very near to me is teen health. Anyone that knows me knows that I am quick to say, “Whatever those kids are talking about, I don’t want to hear it!” Mainly, because of the stream of profanities that comes along with somewhat of a statement.
Well, if you don’t know, DC has a high HIV/AIDS rate. Although it has gone down, in recent years, it is still the highest among the African American community. So what is one way to educate our community? One way is by teaching the young. Well, how do you teach a generation that doesn’t seem to be interested in listening? My favorite way is “PARTY UP!”
Yeah, old head partying. LOL!
The Sasha Bruce Youthwork Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education and Risk Reduction (P.O.W.E.R.) Program launches an HIV testing social media campaign (#Never2Early), and it is hosting a teen day party, on June 20th. I was able to catch up with one HIV Tester/Counselor, Jasmine Williams, to chat with her on the program and party.
Me: Tell me about “YouthWork”?
Jasmine: The founder’s name is Debra Shore. Debra 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.
Me: What is the P.O.W.E.R. Program?
Jasmine: P.O.W.E.R., which stands for prevention, outreach, wellness, education, and risk reduction, is one of the 16 programs. This program is to educate young people on issues surrounding their sexual health. The primary focus is on HIV-AIDS and teen pregnancy prevention. We (the organization), also, offer other services that include testing, teen counseling, and workshops.
Me: Why did the P.O.W.E.R. program create the #Never2Early Social Media Campaign?
Jasmine: During our HIV testing and counseling sessions, we (the counselors) are finding out that a lot of the young people are engaging in sexual activity, as well as engaged in unsafe risky behaviors but they’ve never been tested. This is very dangerous because, given the nature of STDs and HIV, a lot of times, no symptoms initially and he/she will continue to have sex with different partners spreading the disease unknowingly to their partners because they’ve never been tested. So this campaign is to target teens that have never tested before, given their current life activities. We want the teens to incorporate this as a part of their overall healthcare.
Me: What age group does the campaign focus on?
Jasmine: The campaign focuses on ages 13 to 24, as well as the organization. So, we have encountered young people that have told us that they been sexual active as early as 11 years old, so honestly, if it was up to me, I would have the age for consent for sexual services start at 11 or 12, but 13 is the age for our services.
*Side Note-Jasmine just sent me a link on DC minor’s consent. It state, “A minor of any age may consent to health services which he or she requests for the
prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of the following medical situations:
(a) Pregnancy or its lawful termination;
(b) Substance abuse, including drug and alcohol abuse; and
(c) A mental or emotional condition and sexually transmitted disease.”
Me: To mark the launch, of the campaign, the program has an event, on June 20th. Can you tell me more about it?
Jasmine: The program will be hosting a day party for teens between the ages of 14 and 18. This day party is simply an opportunity for young people to be in a safe environment, so they can enjoy themselves with the company of their peers and food, but to also have important information at their fingertips. It’s not in a setting that the school mandated. The event is going to be very casual music dancing, and we’ll be able to bring some of the services that we offer, to the teen community like HIV testing.
So, on June 20, 2015, come out to Liv Night Club, located at 2001 11th St. NW, Washington, DC, and check it! It’s from 2 p.m.–6 p.m. It’s going to be free food, music, and testing. I will be there shooting.
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.
How goes it?
I know, since March, and I know I should receive quite a few backlash or loss of readers. I would expect that and to the faithful set of readers, I do greatly apologize. My personal life has overcome my professional life. None the less, God, or the Higher Creator, your choice, is good and has chosen to bless me with all opportunities, good or bad.
So, I will give you the current lineup, once I play catch up.
So, I finally shot my tribal shoot. I thought they were absolutely my best work, to date. Playing with shadows was more work than what I expected. However, the work was well worth it! The images were beautiful. I was able to use my Nikon D5500 and it was absolutely THE NEW BABY! I love my Nikon D7000, and it will always be my first. However, this Nikon is VICIOUS to the tenth power. I can’t wait until they come out with the book to redo my settings on the camera. Then you will really see what I can do. Insert evil laugh and palm rolling!
Okay, now moving into the lineup.
June 14th-Red Carpet Screening for Dana’s Lane
“The world of television is filled with programming that, quite frankly, lacks substance. This is seen most frequently by talk shows using tabloid antics to engage their audiences. “Dana’s Lane,” a 30-minute talk show hosted by celebrity commentator, host, producer and entrepreneur, Dana Hicks—aka Dana Dane—is the exception. “Dana’s Lane” is an informative yet fun program that will intrigue viewers.”-Alee of Dynamic
This leads me to my next part. Prior to the Red Carpet event, I will be interviewing Ms. Dana Dane, for the blog. This will be an exciting feat, for me. To be able to start off interviewing, with a celebrity host, is pretty decent. Also, she has an exciting line up going.
“• VH1 Love and Hip Hop Reality TV star and Grammy Award-winning producer Chink Santana
• Ex-NBA basketball star and entrepreneur Steve Francis
• Hollywood actor and stuntman Tim R. McAdams who was Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges’ stunt double in the hit film “Furious 7”-Alee of Dynamic PR
“25 Designers, 150 Models and loads of entertainment presented by Fashion Avenue News Magazine. This year we will feature: Couture, Ready to Wear, Plus Size, Resort Wear & Teen Designers. Fashion Icon Awards, SuperModel Awards, and much, much more. This is a Family Friendly show, bring everyone.”(EventBrite, 2014)
There are a few other events, coming up, but I need to double check. Either way, I have so much coming down the line, I really don’t know how I am going to do all of this.
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!
Well, 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 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.
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
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.
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, 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!
Hey New World,
Once again, I am running again!
I want to give a quick “heads up” to any photographers, press, PR, and any media mediums out there. A friend of mine, in New York, is hosting an event. She is looking for media, to come out to her event. This is a major event and she is looking for media mediums to come out and show out! The event will be held at the Library Theater. I will link the show at the bottom of the post. If you’re interested in press passes, please click the link below, as well.
So, here are the updates.
Tonight, is Touché. The opening of Touché Supper Club is happening tonight. This will take place at 1123 H Street, in Northeast DC. The doors open at 4pm and the tour of the establishment starts at 5pm. There will be live local entertainment and menu samples. So, come on and show out!
February 18-20, is the Cattura Vanity Magazine Fashion Week party. Now, with this one, it caught my eye because of the location. It will be held at the Museum of Sex in New York. I know, and the freak in me screams, “CAN’T WAIT!” Yes, smiling and blushing. I figured, since Valentines is the weekend, I would invite my boyfriend to the show. I mean, why not?! This place seems like a great spot for couples. I saw the site for the location, and it seemed like an “interesting” place to visit. The will be a fashion show and I upgraded to the VIP section. WOOT, WOOT!
February 20th, is two events that I need to choose from. I have the Glitter and Glowbal, at the Museum of Sex (yes that spot again!) and NYFW with Malph. This one is a rooftop event. The only part that may prevent me from doing that event, would be the fact that we are talking New York, in February, on a ROOFTOP! It’s going to be freezing! So that one, seems very swank, but still deciding if it’s doable.
Oh, and while I am in New York, I plan on visiting B&H photo. Yes, it’s the photographer’s toy store. The conveyer belts and every piece of equipment a photographer could think of? My idea of heaven.
Hey New World,
I know my times have been sooo off. My schedule has been picking up, recently. My apologies. I have been horrible with my social networking skills.
So, first, I wanted to tell you about upcoming events. I have to cancel a few events I had planned for New York, due to some scheduling conflicts. I will be, for sure, in New York for November 23, for a class for MshopNYC. They have a “How to Become a Fashion Stylist” class, which to me, is very interesting.
On December 7th, the Bobbi Boss America’s Next Top Stylist competition will be held at the Washington Convention Center. This is definitely an event to see, trust me! I loved every bit of it! Here is the press release from my friend Alee, of DynamicPR:
“Who will be the 2014 BOBBI BOSS® America’s Next Top Stylist? Find out on Dec. 7 at the Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C., during the 23rd Annual Golden Scissors Awards – HairGames 2014.
The finalists for the 2014 BOBBI BOSS® America’s Next Top Stylist are some of the most talented and creative hairstylists in the country. They are: Shivonne J — Houston, Texas; Cocca Mane — New York City, NY; Richard Grant of Brenton Lee Salon and Studio — Pasadena, Calif.; and Tarina Akbari — Atlanta, Ga. Who will current BOBBI BOSS® America’s Next Top Stylist winner Travis Douglas of Columbia, SC, pass the title to? You have to be there to find out!”
So, as you know, I recently did a shoot, and the images were awesome. Mainly because I did not use my own camera. People, please learn from my mistakes! I left my camera battery in the house. How horrible was that. My friend, Leah Jones of LLJ Photography, had her Canon. I will say that I am a “Nikon Girl”, and will be fo’ life! I used her Canon and I am shocked at the images. I’m not switching teams! I am not sure if I gave my opinion on this previously, but Canon’s are great for portrait, and Nikon’s are excellent for scenery. Anyway, I am drumming up support for one of my latest ventures. WTTG Fox 5has a segment called “Allison Seymour’s Fab 5 Pics”. The first week she did this venture, a local photographer was selected. I thought to myself, “Damn, his business is through the roof, now!” So I thought to myself, “Hey, why not try?!” and I did. I uploaded 2 images to Instagram, with the hashtag “Fab5pics”. So, if you are feeling froggy, stop by and leave me some love.
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