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.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Whitney & Jordin Sparks New Song 'Celebrate' from the Sparkle Soundtrack

Billboard Music Awards Give Tribute To Whitney

Bobbi Kristina accepted the Millennium award on behalf of her mother. She was accompanied on stage with Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in -law. Whoopi Goldberg presented the prestigious award.  It was hard to watch Bobbi Kristina because all you could think that her mother is not here. Sitting together in the audience was Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina, Pat Houston. I cannot imagine the grief that young lady is enduring. She is strong and Whitney would be so proud of how well she did last night. I admire her strength.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Listen and Download My Studio Q Radio Podcast

Check out my Lalah Hathaway - Studio Q Exclusive podcast interview now available for free download on iTunes. Get to know the timeless voice known as Lalah Hathaway along with featured new music from her latest album Where it all Begins. After you listen, head on over to Lalah's Website and purchase the music. Let's help Lalah go platinum! You can also listen to this episode below. What are you waiting for? Relax, and push play!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Lalah Hathaway Interview - Studio Q Exclusive

I had a ball meeting up with Lalah Hathaway in Leimert Park last week for a one-on-one exclusive Studio Q interview. Lalah had just finished a long video shoot so I tried not to keep her long. We talked about everything from Lamborghinis, and the movie Bridesmaids, to teaming up with Missy Elliott to do a record.  We also talked about the video to her new single, "You Were Meant For Me," which is a re-make from the catalog of her soul legend father, Donny Hathaway. Check out this Studio Q Exclusive!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Lalah Hathaway!

I am so excited that this week I will get a chance to interview the talented and cool Lala Hathaway. We will discuss how dope the release of her sixth solo album and second for Stax Records, Where It All Begins. That voice of hers is so legendary, just like her father Donny Hathaway, but we all know that there is more to her than just that. Tune in to find out what the 'more' is. Check back for my exclusive Studio Q interview with the songstress.

Friday, May 4, 2012

My Tributes to Whitney Houston and Her Family [VIDEOS]

Whitney Houston and Cissy Houston Tribute

My Moments with Whitney

Mother's Day Tribute to Whitney

A Tribute to Whitney Featuring her family and friends

A Tribute to Whitney's Love for her daughter Bobbi Kristina

A Birthday Tribute to Bobbi Kristina (RIP Bobbi Kristina)

Only a Super fan like me could make this many video tributes to Whitney! It's like once I started I just couldn't stop.  Unfortunately, I am still in deep mourning over Whitney's death.  Even though it has been almost 3 months now, I still can't believe she's gone.  It is hard to wrap my head around the fact I will never see Whitney perform again.  I will never get to laugh with her again. I will never get to give her a hug again.  I'm not someone who easily cries, which brings me to why I created the preceding video tributes.  Creating them allowed me the opportunity to express my pain and grief over this huge loss.  It provided me with the time to process that 'Yes' she really is gone. 

Last year, out of nowhere, it was placed on my heart to put together a video that featured the love Whitney had for her daughter, Bobbi Kristina and her father, John Houston, who passed away in 2003.  I was really confused as to why I was inspired, but I obeyed my heart, and went ahead and did it.  I even saw Whitney last year, and gave her and Bobbi Kristina a DVD copy of it. Who knew that exactly one year later, Whitney would pass away, and the videos would hold even greater meaning. They give me comfort, and hopefully showcase to others just how much I loved Whitney.  I also delight in the fact that other fans can enjoy in my expression of love. One of my videos, "A Mother's Love" was even featured on Bossip, a popular black gossip site. Bobbi Kristina also re-tweeted it a few months ago on Twitter to her followers.  I still can't believe it has garnered over 270,000 views (now it's 1.4 million views) on Youtube. Amazing. I only did it so that Whitney could enjoy.  After all she has given through her music, anything I can do to show my appreciation is a privilege, and absolute joy.  

Each video has in some small way, helped me grieve a little bit more.  I know Whitney is with God, but it still hurts that she is not here in the physical form.  What helps me most everyday is the gratitude I feel about God giving me an opportunity to meet Whitney, see Whitney perform live, and even dare to call Whitney a friend.  What a blessing!  Thank you God - what a gift?! She was always so kind whenever I got a chance to speak with her.  If I wasn't so star-struck we could have really been friends.  She hugged me every time I saw her.  She really was the girl next door.  Everyone who has met her knows how cool she was.  No matter how old I get or how much time passes by, I will always remember how Whitney and her music influenced me.  I was not a fair-weathered fan who turned my back on her when I discovered she was human, and struggled like we all do, albeit with so much more extra pressure. Those facts will never eradicate the feeling she gave me growing up, which was that I could do anything, and be all that I dreamed.  So, thank you Whitney! You have given me so much!!!  As long as I live, I will forever be that little girl, who is laying on my bed as I sing along to your entire catalog of music. I love you so much Whitney! I will honor and cherish your memory always.

Oprah's Life Class - What I Learned From Watching

Monday, was the Life Class Finale on OWN. Last year I was in the front row of the audience with Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant 5 feet away. This year I sat on my couch. I was just as inspired, as if I was right there with them. What I re-learned from the class all centered around gratitude.   It is the gateway to abundance. I was reminded to be thankful for what I have, however small, and that I would be blessed with more.  I applaud Oprah for bringing the real Superheroes to viewers. Spiritual food given in this platform is what I feel we all need. Bravo! I look forward to more great programming on OWN.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sheila E. Talks Prince, Whitney Houston, and The E. Family [VIDEO]

Back in March, I went to see Rachelle Ferrell in concert at the Catalina Jazz Club in LA. To my surprise, Sheila E. was in the audience! After the show, I walked up to her, and asked for a photo and an interview. I looked a hot mess in the photo, so please know it's buried in my friend's iphone photo stream. But check out my interview because it turned out great!  Shout out to Sheila E. for keeping her word. Not many people say "Get in touch with me," and really mean it. But she did.  I will be forever grateful for that. It's so nice to meet talented people you admire, who are actually as authentic as they appear to be. Sheila E. was so kind and down-to-earth.  But don't take my word for it, listen in for yourself!

My Studio Q Podcast interview with Sheila E.

My Studio Q interview with Sheila E. and The E. Family