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Out and About: “The Real” Taping

December 3, 2015

“This is our tiiiiiiime!” It truly was this past Tuesday, as my pals Linda, Lola and Octavia headed to Warner Studios in Burbank for the taping of daytime talk show “The Real.” I was extra amped because it was one of their holiday episodes. I had no idea what to expect, but shortly after arriving at 7 a.m. or so and waiting in the check-in line, I became a contestant on the “Fake It or Take It” game. I guess I had the right blend of zaniness, energy and style, because the producers picked little ol’ me out from dozens of audience members to play the game. No spoilers here. I’ll let you see how I did, right here. I hadn’t been to a TV show taping since “The Price Is Right,” and it was exciting being in the audience and seeing what goes on behind the scenes. Tamar was out sick, but Tamera, Loni, Jeannie and Adrienne held it down. The whole experience was awesome. You can tell that there’s an amazing team that makes the magic happen, and seeing it firsthand made me like the show even more. Friends, if you’re ever itching to go to a show taping, get in on “The Real”– you won’t be disappointed. Everyone, audience members included, was supportive, friendly and there to have a great time. So glad I got to experience it.

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I’m the Face of DopeChicButHolyChic!

September 23, 2014


Great news, gang! Yesterday, I won a contest to be the face of @DopeChicButHolyChic’s Instagram profile. I’m so flattered that I was the top vote getter, and, honestly, couldn’t believe it when I saw my face displayed on Dope Chic’s Instagram feed. What I love about Dope Chic is their abundance of always-encouraging words and uplifting prayers that are just there for the taking.

It’s a rare thing for people — women, especially — to build up rather than break down complete strangers from the safety of the Internet. However, @DopeChicButHolyChic has made it a practice to spread love, joy, peace and kindness by highlighting women for their internal and external beauty. They see past the physical and cater to the spirit of the individual they’re showcasing. In any event, I’m proud to be the face of such an inspirational movement. Thanks again, Dope Chic!

Do yourself a favor and follow @DopeChicButHolyChic on Instagram!

Out and About: Record Store Day 2014

April 21, 2014

With so many record stores just a hop, skip and a jump from my apartment in Long Beach, I wish I wouldn’t have waited to long to partake in Record Store Day. RSD 2014, held on April 19, was an amazing day full of digging through crates, getting acquainted with new shops and hobnobbing with the greats. OK, it was just one great — Chuck D from pioneering hip-hop duo Public Enemy — but it was nothing short of amazing.


FINGERPRINTS MUSIC: As fate would have it, the BF and I rolled into this always bustling spot and were able to meet THE Chuck D. And I happened to buy the last vinyl copy of It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, which I had autographed by him.


Here is Dash with the famous emcee. It was refreshing to see such a genuine spirit within someone so prominent — an overall great, personable guy. This was a day we’ll never forget!

See more RSD 2014 highlights from my vantage point after the jump.

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Our 15 Minutes of Fame

March 12, 2014



You may recall the time that my pal, Zita, and I went to “The Price Is Right.” I even did an Outfit of the Day to commemorate the occasion. Well, we didn’t make it on the show, which aired today, but we can be seen prominently multiple times, as we sat behind Contestants’ Row. No new car, but I’ll take the camera time!

Jefferson Bethke at Biola

February 23, 2012


I recently got acquainted with Jefferson Bethke through his spoken word piece “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus,” which went viral. So when I found out he was coming to speak at Biola University, I was pretty excited to get a chance to hear him recite the poem live and answer questions. He was super nice in person. My friend, Heather, got some pretty good advice from him as well. He took pictures and talked with everyone who waited to meet him. It was a pretty awesome experience.