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 BenĂ©t. 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.