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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Happy Birthday Whitney [VIDEO]

Quencie and Whitney Houston at MTV in New York City
























Wishing one of the greatest singers to ever touch the microphone a very Happy Birthday today. Whitney Houston would have been 52 today.  I never thought she would leave us so soon nor could I imagine her daughter Bobbi Kristina would also being gone.  I pray so much for Cissy Houston and the rest of her family.  I can only imagine the pain they must be feeling about the lost of Whitney and Bobbi Kristina.

Whitney Houston hugging Quencie on the red carpet of a Pre-Grammy Party Feb 9, 2012

I grew up loving me some Whitney Houston and dreaming about the day I could actually tell her how much her music had influenced me. Yes I know, that's every fans dream, but God actually gave me an opportunity to do just that. Re-live my dream come true interview with Whitney Houston by watching the video below. It was one of the best days of my life.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Best Studio Q Moments of 2014 [VIDEO]



The #1 moment of 2014 is our interview with the incredible Bishop T.D. Jakes.  This man moves millions every week in his sermons broadcasted live from the Potter House. To be able to sit down with this influential man of God and discuss his latest New York Times Best Selling book, 'Instinct' was both an honor and a privilege.  I am just so happy we got a chance to interview someone that we admire and are truly inspired by.



Our #2 moment was back in April when we had the pleasure of interviewing one of the best actresses of our generation, Kimberly Elise.  We discussed her movie Apple Mortgage Cake, which premiered on the UP channel. If you've ever seen Set it Off, John Q, Beloved or Diary of Mad Black Women then you've witnessed just a few of the amazing movies the talented Kimberly Elise has left her indelible mark in.



The #3 moment is our interview with the Oscar nominated Taraji P. Henson at the 'From the Rough' movie premiere.  We are big fans of Taraji's work and loved being able to speak to her on the red carpet.  Looking forward to seeing her in the new Lee Daniels directed series, 'Empire' premiering next week on Fox.



The #4 moment this year comes from interviewing the Prince of Sophisticated Soul, Mr. Will Downing.  We talked with him about his latest album, Euphoria.  Will Downing's music is smooth like chocolate and his personality is big and a lot of fun. We talked about everything from him recovering from the disease Polymyositis to his longevity in the music industry.  This interview was more than a conversation, it was a real good time.



Our #5 moment was being invited to cover Holly Robinson Peete's 'Gratefully 50' Party? Yeah I know we can't believe she's 50 either.  We had a ball interviewing icons like Magic Johnson and LL Cool J, who just happen to be Holly's friends.

The #6 moment belongs to our coverage of the 24th annual NAACP Theater awards. Every actor that you love probably started out in the theater, so it was a real treat to interview those nominated for one of these prestigious NAACP awards. Check out all the stars we interviewed on the red carpet.



The #7 moment is our red carpet coverage of 'From the Rough,' a movie premiere starring Taraji P. Henson. We spoke to Letoya Luckett, Henry Simmons and Omarosa. This was a great movie based on a real trailblazer. The premiere was followed by one of those Hollywood parties. Oh what a a fun night we had!



The #8 moment of 2014 is our coverage of the 45th NAACP Image Awards Nominations Luncheon on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA. It was great chatting it up with, Guillermo Diaz (Scandal), China Anne McClain (Disney's A.N.T. Farm), Niecy Nash (The Soul Man), and Lauren Lake (Paternity Court)



Our #9 moment of 2014 belongs to our coverage of Robi Reed's 12th annual Sunshine Beyond Summer Celebration. The stars that come out to support this charity event shine as bright as the sun that beams down on the red carpet. Check out our interviews with Goapele, Eva Marcille, Kym Whitley, John Amos and more.



The #10 Moment of 2014 goes to The film premiere of Don B. Welch's 'The Divorce' on February 19, 2014, at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.   This film stars Dawnn Lewis, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Tatyana Ali, Angell Conwell, Judy Pace, Freda Payne, Jonelle Allen, Rylan Williams, Tammi Mac, and Keith Burke.   We spoke to Loretta Devine (Grey's Anatomy), Richard Brooks (Being Mary Jane), Will Smith Sr., Ernest Thomas (Everybody Hates Chris), and many more on the red carpet of this event.



The #11 moment of 2014 is our one on one interview with actress Tammi Mac about her one woman show 'Bag Lady' that premiered at Stage 52 in LA this year. This show was so good that the legendary Stevie Wonder came out twice to support it.



The #12 moment of 2014 is our red carpet coverage of Tammi Mac's Bag Lady premiere. It was great watching how Tammi's show all came together.  It was a  blast interviewing all of her celebrity friends on the red carpet.




Our #13 moment is our interview with Whitney Houston's nephew, Gary Michael Houston.  We talked about everything from his mixtapes, to 3 independent EPs (CORRUPTION 1-3), to his most recent body of work “The Collins LP.” We also discussed his beloved aunt Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina. 



Our #14 moment of 2014 is our interview with Mali Music on the red carpet of the 2014 Merge Summit.  It was so cool to be able to attend an event that celebrates both faith and entertainment. It was awesome to tell Mali Music face to face just how great his music is. This dude is a real artist and it was an honor to meet and interview him this year. 





Thursday, April 24, 2014

Taraji P. Henson Talks 'From The Rough' at Hollywood Movie Premiere [VIDEO]


Last night, In conjunction with our media partner, TheAtlantaVoice.com, Studio Q covered 'From The Rough' movie premiere in Hollywood starring Taraji P. Henson.Studio Q covered the red carpet for the Hollywood premiere of the film 'From The Rough.'  This film tells the inspirational true story of Catana Starks from historically black university Tennessee State, who became the first African-American woman ever to coach an all-men’s team at the collegiate level. Through grit and determination, she overcame incredible odds and deep-seated prejudice from all corners to guide a rag-tag group of golfers to an all-time record championship season. 

'From The Rough,'debuts in theaters this Friday April 25 and is a must-see.  We spoke to Academy Award nominated actress and star of the film,  Taraji P. Henson about her role as, Coach Catana Starks. Find out in our red carpet interview below what Taraji said about the advice Coach Starks gave about portraying her life in the film and working alongside the late great Michael Clarke Duncan in his final role.  Watch our exclusive interview below.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Studio Q's Best of 2013 [Video]


#1.  We love us some Whitney so of course creating a documentary on her is the number one thing we completed this year. We were so frustrated over the lack of positive portrayals of Whitney Houston in the media following her passing that we set out to create the Whitney tribute we wished to see in the world.  Our documentary, 'For The Love of Whitney' is the best thing you never saw about Whitney! But don't take our word for it, just check out the reviews on Quencie.com and our Facebook Page.

#2.  In March, we had so much fun capturing the rehearsals for BET's 13th annual Celebration of Gospel. Can you imagine getting to watch some of the best singers in the world do songs over and over again? It's the only time I wanted people to mess up, just so I could hear them perform it twice.  Later, we got to interview some of Gospel's biggest names including: Tye Tribbett, Jason Nelson and James Fortune.  In this video, we give you an exclusive behind the scenes VIP pass. It feels like you're right in the middle of one of the best praise and worship services ever.  Everyone sounded great but Le' Andria Johnson gave us chills.  She was so good that you forgot Tyrese was singing with her. Her voice is just magic!  Get lifted and watch or re-watch rehearsals from Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, Tyrese Gibson, Le'Andria Johnson, Jessica Reedy, James Fortune, Jason Nelson, and Smokie Norful.

#3.  In October, Studio Q attended a private screening of Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story at Xenlounge with Lil Mama. To watch Lil Mama actually become 'Left Eye' in the film and then interview her immediately afterwards was a big thrill.  She was so cool and down to earth. Loved her!
#4.  Back in February, Studio Q was invited to The ICON MANN: Power 30 Pre-Oscar Dinner to celebrate black men in entertainment and multimedia. This was a special night because we were surrounded by black men in Hollywood, something that rarely happens.   We were called at the last minute to attend this event so I'm glad we were free and could go. It was a great night! Studio Q interviews include: Omari Hardwick, David Oyelowo, Michael Ealy, Dennis Haysbert, Terrell Suggs, Lloyd Boston, and Jason Derulo.

#5.  Studio Q TV had a blast covering The 23rd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards at the Saban Theatre in November. We were so excited to interview Lifetime Achievement award honoree Loretta Devine and Trailblazer Vanessa Williams.  The lights from this red carpet event had us sweating buckets but like any party where you sweat we had a really good time.

#6.  In April, Studio Q covered the annual Jenesse Silver Rose Awards Gala and Auction chaired by Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry. The event benefits Jenesse Center year round programs and services that serve women, children and families overcoming the ravages of domestic violence. We were a little disappointed that Halle Berry wasn't there this year, but we were elated that we got a chance to interview Academy Award nominated Viola Davis. It was such a huge honor.

#7.  In August, Studio Q was on the red carpet for Kym Whitley's Maskymrade Birthday Party. Guests included Brandy, Kelly Price, Bobby Brown, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sheree Fletcher, James Pickins, Jr., Vanessa Williams, Shondrella Avery, and Kym's son, Joshua, who is the breakout star of 'Raising Whitley' on OWN! It was hilarious how he took over our Studio Q mic to wish his mom a happy birthday. But the big moment that night was seeing Brandy. We had been trying to interview her all year for our Whitney project and boom here she was. We had no idea she was coming, so it was a big deal for us to get a chance to talk to her. Hopefully in 2014 we will get a sit-down.

#8.  In August, Studio Q attended The Merge Summit which is one of the largest events for people of faith in the entertainment industry. It is a complete weekend of education, inspiration and entertainment.  We interviewed everyone from Dietrich Haddon of Oxygen's controversial reality show 'Preachers of LA' to Grammy winner Erica Campbell who is one half of gospel duo Mary Mary.

#9. In July, Roland Martin hosted a Hollywood Soiree in Beverly Hills to celebrate the launch of his new daily TV show 'News One Now' on TV One. We interviewed everyone from Bill Duke to Faith Evans to Erika Alexander.  Roland definitely knows how to throw a party and how to rock a ascot at the same time.  He's such a fun guy.
 
#10. In October, Studio Q TV attended the 23rd Annual HIV/AIDS benefit concert 'Divas Simply Singing' at Club Nokia. We spoke to founder of Divas Simply Singing Sheryl Lee Ralph, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Jenifer Lewis, Martha Wash, plus many more about HIV and AIDS Awareness.

#11. In May, Studio Q covered an exclusive reception to announce 'On The Vine' Martha's Vineyard 2013 and Santa Barbara 2014.  It was a music, comedy, art and fashion experience benefiting breakthrough Kidney Disease Research among Africans. Hosted by American Friends of Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa, Israel.  We interviewed actress Malinda Williams and Howard Hewitt. The event featured performances by The Tony Rich Project and violinist Miri Ben-Ari.

#12.  Studio Q attended The Find a Cure Fundraiser event for Sickle Cell in November hosted by actress/comedian Shondrella Avery and Mixed Chicks.  It is always cool to cover events with such purpose.


13. Studio Q was on the red carpet of Gospel Goes to Hollywood. We interviewed many of our favorite celebrities including Sheryl Lee Ralph who was one of the events honorees.  At the same time we interviewed her she was being followed by TV One cameras for a series called "Life After." Our Studio Q Mic was featured in one of the clips of her 'Life After' episode that aired in September on TV One. YES! It may be small for some, but it was big for us to see our mic on TV.  One day it won't just be our mic that you will see, but our show will be there too! Oh yeah, it's coming. We look forward to all that 2014 will bring us, and in turn that we will bring you!  Continue to support us by 'Subscribing' to our YouTube Page 'Liking' our Studio Q TV Facebook Page Following us on Instagram @StudioQTV and @StudioQTV on Twitter.  You can also follow me @quencie and my producer @4everTam! We love to connect about Studio Q!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The 23rd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards [VIDEO]


Earlier this week Studio Q covered the 23rd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards, hosted by Actress LisaRaye McCoy and Comedians Tommy Miles (Nephew Tommy) & Kym Whitley. The prestigious star-studded gala was produced for the purpose of honoring thespians among the best in the field of entertainment. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Meet Quencie, Host of Studio QTV

Quencie Thomas is the Celebrity Interviewer behind every Studio Q TV interview.  She is a dynamic ball ball of energy that never meets a stranger. Her career as a Celebrity Interviewer began back in 1995 on the campus of Clark Atlanta University.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Studio Q Featured on Sheryl Lee Ralph's Life After on TV One


Last night we spotted Studio Q right in the middle of Sheryl Lee's episode of 'Life After' on TV ONE.  We were thrilled to see our mic on TV in front of the original dream girl, Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The 2013 Merge Summit


Last weekend Studio Q attended the opening night of The 2013 Merge Summit hosted by actress Kym Whitley of “Raising Whitley” on OWN with a special musical performance by recording artist, Michelle Williams.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

STUDIOQTV TWEET Featured in Oprah's Next Chapter Promo on OWNTV

A few weeks ago Studio QTV tweeted during Oprah's Next Chapter show on OWNTV. It was a great episode featuring Phylicia Rashad, Gabrielle Union, Viola Davis and Alfre Woodard discussing black women in Hollywood.  Our tweets were among Oprah's other 20 million followers but out of no where Oprah not only re-tweeted us she replied directly to us thanking us for watching the show! She has 20 million followers - how did she even see OUR tweet? Ah-mazing! Clearly, we had been blessed by the Twitter Gods and were experiencing Twitter magic. A few days later it got even better, we received a direct message from OWNTV about getting permission to use our tweet in a Next Chapter Promo! This most definitely exceeded all expectations!  Our tweet has been featured in an OWNTV promo for a whole week now! The actual Next Chapter show being promoted features Hugh Jackman and airs tonight on OWN. Yes, I will be watching! Who knew that something you tweeted to Oprah would end up on her network for the world to see! What a thrill. This is why we love Twitter! Our Tweet made it to TV! I still cannot believe it, but it's true.  Check out the featured tweet to Oprah in the Next Chapter promo video below: 

Monday, December 31, 2012

Studio Q's Best of 2012 [VIDEO]

 
#1. Studio Q Moment of 2012 was with Whitney Houston on her final red carpet walk at Kelly Price's Pre-Grammy Party in Hollywood.  I had no idea this would be our last hug, but I am so grateful I got a chance to see Whitney one last time. RIP Whitney Houston. I will always love you. Thank you for your realness with me and your kindness to me.  I will cherish both forever and ever.


#2. In March of 2012 Studio Q interviewed Miki Howard backstage at the Catalina Jazz Club following her show.  What Miki had to say about Whitney Houston really resonated with all of us who watched.


#3. Studio Q Moment of 2012 was with Jenifer Lewis by the pool of her Hollywood Mansion.   We were honored to be welcomed into her space for a Studio Q interview.  Jenifer Lewis exceeded all of our expectations.


#4. Interviewing Faith Evans was a definite highlight this year.  What was even better was getting the amazing R&B Diva to sing for us. What she sang sounded so good I wanted to turn it into a ringtone! I bet when you hear it you will feel the same way. Faith even sang one of her favorite Whitney Houston songs, which will be included on the Whitney Houston Tribute we are currently working on for 2013.


#5. What a  thrill it was for Studio Q to sit down with Grammy Award Winning Producer, Narada Michael Walden in 2012.  He is responsible for a majority of Whitney Houston's #1 hits. 'How Will I Know', 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody', 'So Emotional', 'All The Man That I Need', 'Where Do Broken Hearts Go', and 'I'm Every Woman' showcase just some of the Billboard magic he made with Whitney.


#6. I don't know what woman does not love them some Eric Benét. You almost forget how fine he is because he is so down-to-earth.  Our Studio Q interview took place in  a studio where he recorded most of his 2012 smash hit album 'The One,'which was recorded on his own label Jordan House Records.


#7. Studio Q met up with up with the timeless voice that is known as Lalah Hathaway at Lemeirt Park in Los Angeles, CA. The interview we did with Lalah was easy, breezy, and memorable just like her music. I hope to see her sing live in 2013.


#8. It just doesn't get better than Studio Q interviewing an Original King of Comedy, Cedric The Entertainer, on the set of  TV Land's hit new comedy 'The Soul Man.'

 
#9. The one thing I had in common this year with Oprah Winfrey was interviewing DeVon Franklin, Senior Vice President of Columbia Pictures and author of Produced by Faith. This man of faith is inspiration walking. I dare you not be motivated by him. Watch and be lifted like we were.


#10. We asked Sheila E. for a Studio Q interview after a Rachelle Ferrell concert back in March 2012.  She didn't just say yes, she actually kept her word! Very, rare in this business called show.  This interview was super special to me.


#11. If you ever watched Bill Cosby's 90's hit classic sitcom 'A Different World' then you already love Dawnn Lewis who played the character 'Jalessa' as much as we do.  She not only co-starred in the show she wrote the iconic theme song we all love.   In this Studio Q interview we not only get to catch up with this amazing talent and find out what's she's been up to, but we got to sing the theme song with her! This was not just a Studio Q interview this was a 2012 musical event.


#12. In 2012 Studio Q had the wonderful opportunity to cover many red carpets.  The most recent event was the 'Mirror Mirror' awards. It made our list because although we have a good time everywhere we go, this event was especially fun.  Maybe because we got to see the stars let their hair down and do The Wobble! Lol!

Friday, December 7, 2012

The 2012 Mirror Mirror Awards

Toya Wright Hosted The 2012 Mirror Mirror Awards 
 Sharif Atkins also Hosted The Mirror Mirror Awards
 Dawn Richard (formerly of Dirty Money and Danity Kane)
 I got Dawn Richard to sing a Whitney Houston song!
 Actor Rotimi from Starz cable series Boss and leading man in the new Keyshia Cole Video
 Actress, Elise Neal
 TV ONE R&B Divas' reality star and singer Monifah
 The Great actress, Vanessa Bell Calloway, currently 
on one of my favorite Showtime shows, Shameless
 Actress/Singer Naturi Naughton
 Actress Singer Naturi Naughton loves Whitney Houston, sang in New Hope Baptist Church (the same church Whitney grew up in) and is also from Jersey! A girl after my own heart. Loved her on Mad Men too. I wish I would have gotten her to sing. Remember when she was in the group 3LW
 Actress, Kyla Pratt who has done stellar work all of her life. Kyla has skills. I think she is one project away from being a movie star.  I believe one day she will be nominated for an Oscar. 
Actress/comedian Kym Whitley is currently filming her own reality show about adopting and raising her baby boy. It is set to appear on the OWN network in April 2013. I am looking forward to seeing Kym as a mom. Meanwhile, we can see her on Animal Practice on NBC Wednesdays at 8PM. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

RIP John Denny




 I was so heartbroken when I heard about the sudden passing of John Denny. I met this young boy at around 6 or 7 years old. His mom was friends with one of my older cousins. She was also my mom's co-worker. Upon meeting John, I immediately fell in love with those deep blue eyes and that fiesty spirit. I remember wrestling with him like he was my little brother on several occasions. His family would come to our family BBQ gatherings and yes they were the only white people there, but none of that mattered. It was all good. They were all like family.  I would later go see John play basketball as a teenager and talk to him periodically throughout life. It would always surprise me how he would reach out to me via the phone or the internet.  I really did see him like a relative. I can't describe how devastated I feel that he is not here.  I could not stop the tears from falling when I read on FB that he's gone. That is never a good way to find out someone has died.  I am so sad for his family. John was such a bright light. He was full of energy and fun. And he had a heart. When Whitney Houston passed away earlier this year John made sure his mom reached out to see if I was okay. He was concerned about me. I was so touched when I found that out. Back in November he even hit me up on FB because he wanted me to come to a party celebrating his job promotion. Wow! To even be thought about made me feel special. I couldn't attend, but I let him know how proud I was of him. John I just want you to know how special you are and how much you were loved. I am so sad that you have left earth, but I know your spirit lives on. Please know that you are like a little brother to me. I will never forget you. I am so glad that I know you and that we met in this lifetime. I love you and I know that 
 God has you wrapped up in his love.