Inspired,Victorious, Empowered: One On One w/ Vanessa Payne

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2014-06-10 06.31.52When I asked Vanessa Payneif she would grant me an interview, her first response was “LOL! Wow! Thank you!” She was a bit nervous about it because no one really asks her about her life. They never ask her how she got to be so confident and strong as a woman living with Lupus. You’ll find that Vanessa Payne is just like every other woman who lived through so much turmoil and is now standing tall; making a difference.

We met through an email. She asked me if I would help her raise money for Lupus Awareness in a Lupus Walk. I must admit, I really didn’t know much about the disease so I was more curious about it than anything and I wanted to help someone who has always shown her support for my career. It was only right, and I’m glad I did. I met an amazing…

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Kissi Who? Kissi B Tru Baby!!!!

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2014-06-10 06.31.52Hmmm…when did I first hear Kissi B Trusing? I think about 5 years ago when she sang at Empowerment Temple. I didn’t know her but I remembered her face since then.

The next time I saw her sing was when she performed a few times at a few functions around town, then at my Valentine’s event some years back. If I couldn’t remember where I could definitely remember her voice! Lawd!

Her smile! Her poise! Her heart SINGS LOVE! She’s amazing! Have you ever heard Kissi B Tru SANG? Chile’ please! GOD knew EXACTLY what He was doing when he put the finishing touches on Ms. Kissi B!

So when I started ThisRadioChickRocks, I knew I needed to add her to my roster of one on one interviews. So here you go! But since she’s an artist, I have to introduce her to you first! (clears throat)

Introducing the…

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This Philly Chick Rocks: One on One w/ Cappuchino-Power 99

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I have met some pretty awesome radio chicks in my many years in the business from New Orleans, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, LA and Philly! Well, this particular radio chick from Philly, named Cappuchino at Power 99 FM, and I never met face-to-face.

It may have been on social media where it all started. I sent a tweet, she responded. Now it’s a family of radio chicks and it feels good. Many women in radio have no idea that it’s perfectly “OK” to reach out to other radio chicks to build a positive relationship.

Because the radio industry is a male-dominated industry, it’s intimidating to connect with other females due to the fact that we have to do what we have to do to “keep our positions”.

You’ll read in my one-on-one with Ms Cappuchino that the game has changed and women are making their mark in…

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She Rocks The Party In A Dress and Heels! One On One w/ DJ PChris

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We have a mutual friend that introduced us at an R. Kelly concert and DJ PChris and I became members of a private sisterhood in a weird kind of way. She and I never mix crowds, we don’t call each other, and I have no idea what she likes to watch on TV. I will say this, I know she’s a really nice woman, she’s funny (as crap), beautiful (inside and out) and I can call on her to be there for me whenever I need her (except really early in the morning).

So it wasn’t a shock that she would agree to do a one on one for ThisRadioChickRocks, but I was surprised at what I learned about her.

Some of you may know her as Pam and that’s cool. Just get ready to change it to DJ PChris soon! This chick is doing big things!

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Lights! Camera! Now Fade To LaDawn Black…

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You can hear LaDawn Black‘s voice weeknights on 92Q Jams (Baltimore) from 10P to 2A and on Saturdays from 10A-3P on Magic 95.9. She asks the thought provoking questions; like “tell me the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding.” (like I said, thought provoking, right?)

LaDawn is really good…I mean REALLY good at what she does. Her content is dangerous, yet informative and absolutely helpful when you’re looking for the right answer.

It’s late night and the kids are asleep, so you should never feel embarrassed about the questions she asks on her late night talk show. But you can’t help but giggle a little because she says everything you imagined yourself saying out loud. Don’t worry, she’s a professional.

I’ve even asked her questions (you’ll never know) and she’s just as out spoken and to the point as she is on the radio.

I wanted…

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Does Social Media Mean Guilty Before Proven Innocent? [Poll]

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Has social media ruined “innocent until proven guilty”?

How did you respond when rapper T. I. threatened a “fan” who talked bad about his daughter. How did you know about that one? Instagram (that eventually hit the news)

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Reaction from the Twittersphere ended the careers of NFL players, a legendary comedian, and give me a minute. Another career will be over by the time you read this article.

Don’t get me wrong, I like social media. If I ever wanted to an opinion about a movie that I have yet to see, I just type the name of the movie and add a hashtag and there you go!

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She Rocks The Party In A Dress and Heels! One On One w/ DJ PChris

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We have a mutual friend that introduced us at an R. Kelly concert and DJ PChris and I became members of a private sisterhood in a weird kind of way. She and I never mix crowds, we don’t call each other, and I have no idea what she likes to watch on TV. I will say this, I know she’s a really nice woman, she’s funny (as crap), beautiful (inside and out) and I can call on her to be there for me whenever I need her (except really early in the morning).

So it wasn’t a shock that she would agree to do a one on one for ThisRadioChickRocks, but I was surprised at what I learned about her.

Some of you may know her as Pam and that’s cool. Just get ready to change it to DJ PChris soon! This chick is doing big things!

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Where are you from?  I was born in Hawaii, and I’m a military brat so I lived everywhere,  but my home   is Baltimore,  MD.

How long have you been djing? 5 years

What do you love most about being a female dj? Shocking the masses when they realize a woman is mixing or rocking an event.

What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why? That’s tough. It depends on my mood, but mostly gospel, reggae, and soul music. I’ve been listening to a lot of soft rock from the 90’s lately too

What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to) hmmm that’s  tough too as far as a party song I don’t have one at the moment but in my chill time it’s Musiq and Chrisette Michele“Ahh” by Robert Glasper.

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Whats the biggest misconception about being a female dj? That we only get booked for being a female or that we all wear jeans, hoodies and t shirts to dj in. I’m a professional and I dress in business attire when I go in the office so I wear “party” clothes including dresses and heels when I dj.

Who inspires (inspired) you?  My grandfather inspired me musically because he was a musician and I followed him around as a child until adulthood learning music because of him. My parents inspire me period because of their strength, resilience, and unconditional love

What dont people SEE about DJ PChris? That I’m a geek and truly a loner. I love books, word puzzles, documentaries, and learning random facts.

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Do you feel this is what you want to do for a lifetime career? If not then what and why? I Honestly started dj’ing because I just enjoyed the art. I think people got really excited and wanted to give me a platform to display my talent,  thus my career. I think I will always dj, but I don’t want to be in the clubs djing for long. I have so many other talents and business goals to continue building a financial empire for my family.

Where do you see urban music in the next 10-15 years? I believe there’s gonna to be a turn for real hip-hop resurrection. People will get tired of the senseless, insipid music and rebirth a neo hip hop. Still youthful and relevant, but geared towards the original expression of art. Urban music in general will probably go towards pop like crossover tunes to continue sales.

What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B? Everyone wants to act like they are rich, or over sexualize music. No one is discussing real life situations and love isn’t being taught or talked about. Sex and money is the motivation. After a while, it gets old.

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Who do you think is the most underappreciated artist out there right now? Teedra Moses and Robert Glasper. Teedra has been on the scene for years. She can sing, harmonize and write music. She writes music that people can relate to and she’s consistent; whether it’s a mix cd or studio recorded album. Robert Glasper is an amazing musician that brings artists of all genres together and creates magic. He has music with people from Snoop Dogg, Brandy. Erykah Badu to Norah Jones, Faith Evans and Q-Tip.

Whos in your iPod/radar? Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Sizzla, Buju, Brand Numbians, Adele, Karen Clarke Sheard and Enya.

What do you want your legacy to be? That when I dj’ed it was an experience. I educated the masses and brought back good memories during my set or an event. I wasn’t the typical dj.

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Biggest regret is. Not learning to dj earlier

Tell me a joke: Did you hear about the decapitated head they found in Druid Park?  It had a tag on it saying “I don’t need no body” (lol) I’m that corny. I’m not good with telling jokes, but I’m quick with the tongue so a person can get joked on.

How can people reach out to you?

Email inquiries to djpchris@gmail.com

IG @djpchris

Twitter @djpchristina

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What’s NFL Sunday Without A Real NFL Chick?

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I believe we met at a Mint Condition concert I attended years ago with mutual friends (and my sorority sisters) Tramaine Hickson and Dana Coleman (RIP). I thought Syreeta, I mean, The NFL Chick was a delight to be around. She’s funny and smart and she’s a woman you’re not intimidated to be around. You know those types. The ones that are so pretty, you instantly think about what might be wrong with them so it gives you an excuse to hate their guts? Nah, not Syreeta.

She and I became close a few years ago and I must say I haven’t met a woman who loved sports as much as she does. My boo is a producer for SiriusXM, calls football for Howard University and watches every freakin sports match (game, meet, whatever you call it) on TV everyday, and I still think Syreeta can take him. (sorry babe)

I’m glad she agreed to give me this one-on-one because it helped me get to know her better. Not as a girl who loves football, but as a woman who really loves the game.

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What is your occupation? NFL blogger

How did you get started in your career?  For my blogging career, I started around the time I was in broadcasting school in 2007. I was an intern with WBAL Radio and then the Baltimore Ravens. I was so into football that I wanted to write about my thoughts. I created a Blogspot account and started writing about the Ravens and the NFL overall. From that point on, nothing but doors opened up for me

What do you like/love most about your career? It gives me the opportunity to do something that I absolutely love and am passionate about. There’s nothing worse than going to a job you hate daily. With blogging, I am able to discuss my favorite topics in the sports world on different platforms: radio, TV, you guess it!

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Why sports? It’s been something I’ve been passionate about since a very young age. I grew up in a sports family. I was going to baseball games at 3 years old; maybe younger. When the Ravens came to town, I was introduced to that life. I just knew I loved talking O’s and Ravens. One day, my mother suggested I make a career of it. It was then, that I decided to go to Broadcasting school.

What do you feel about the recent attention given to the NFL on issues on Domestic Violence and misconduct acts? It’s a mess.. It’s all over the place. The NFL did WAY too little with Ray Rice’s initial suspension and they’re now overcompensating that with Adrian Peterson. Create a guideline and use it. They have no real guideline for the Peterson case so they are just winging it. They have to do better.

What sport do you think should get the most attention when these issues are concerned? (Gets away with murder) Football does because of its violent state, but honestly all of them should. At the end of the day, regardless of occupation, these are people of influence. Every sport should bring the seriousness of DV, sexual assault and/or child abuse to the front. Whether we like it or not, these guys/girls are role models to many. It’s only right to display their wrongdoings so that it won’t be a trend that this is okay.

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Is there ever a day when you DON’T EVER want to see a game? Nope. Never…. I love football (college, pro, high school). If I could get paid to watch film all day, I’d take it in a New York second. Football is such a mental game. It forces you to try and figure out what your opponent’s next move is. Kinda like chess. I could watch it 24/7.

 

What sport do you dislike the most? Probably basketball. It’s not a popular opinion, I know but watching people run up and down a court isn’t appealing to me. The few basketball games I’ve gone to, I can assure you I’ve fallen asleep (LOL)! I get why people love it. It’s just not challenging enough to me… mentally.

What did you do before you started this particular art and why was it necessary to switch gears? Before, I was doing admin work for private sectors. I think switching gears is completely necessary for growth. I knew that I was smart, factual and good at communicating my points. Those talents were being wasted by sitting behind a desk, answering phones. I wanted more. I still do. I’m not there yet. Maybe more gears need to be shifted. But I am happy of the path it is going

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What’s the biggest misconception about what you do and how do you respond to it? That I do it just to get access to the players to hang out with them or to date them or to get tickets from them. Those guys aren’t special to me. They’re regular guys playing a game they’ve loved since forever. I respect that. But I don’t put them on a pedestal. Honestly, I don’t respond to it at all. I refuse to explain myself as to why I love talking football. If you want to believe it’s because I have an ulterior motive, that’s your opinion. I’m not here to change minds. I’m here to walk my own path and keep striving for my goals without distraction

Every person has a story that’s “one for the books”. That could mean it was a good experience or a bad one. What is a “one for the books” story for you? I think my “one for the books” experience was covering my first big event which was the Nike launch, in Dallas. I  went to the new Jerry’s World as they debuted a new line of cleats. Nike contacted me and asked if I would come cover the event. It the the first time I felt like I was a REAL blogger and that I belonged. I never felt so excited about the direction my blog was going until that day. It really was the beginning of a LOT of events I would cover thereafter

In 5 years, where do you see yourself? Hopefully on TV. Regularly. I’m good. I know I am. I’m smart, knowledgeable and I think I’m okay on the eyes LOL!. TV could use more women of color talking sports. We DO exist. I want to be a part of that movement

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If you of today could speak to you of 15 years ago, what would she say and how would she respond? I would tell her not to worry, there’s a very bright future ahead. You may have to make some sacrifices and you’ll feel defeated a lot of times, but in the end it will pay off. Even when you don’t think you’ve contributed to the business, someone will always remind you that you inspire them. So don’t give up. Realize what’s about to happen and own it. I think she would ignore me LOL I was very bullheaded 15 years ago. But eventually she would come around.

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What is your favorite quote and why? There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs. Because that’s so real. I know in today’s world everything seems so easy. But it’s not. Long standing success is a process, not something you do over overnight. Hard work and pay your dues, it will happen.. being lazy gets you nowhere
How can people reach out to you? Twitter, IG and Facebook @theNFLchick

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Kissi Who? Kissi B Tru Baby!!!!

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Does Social Media Mean Guilty Before Proven Innocent? [Poll]

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Has social media ruined “innocent until proven guilty”?

How did you respond when rapper T. I. threatened a “fan” who talked bad about his daughter. How did you know about that one? Instagram (that eventually hit the news)

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Reaction from the Twittersphere ended the careers of NFL players, a legendary comedian, and give me a minute. Another career will be over by the time you read this article.

Don’t get me wrong, I like social media. If I ever wanted to an opinion about a movie that I have yet to see, I just type the name of the movie and add a hashtag and there you go!

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I just want to say that we can’t believe everything we read in under 140 characters or less.

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Now, on the flip side, we can thank social media for the rapid responses we get on various issues like restaurant and movie reviews, breaking news, finding long lost friends and loved ones, and who’s in the lead in the most recent selfie contests.

I am in the media and it’s my job to cover the news. I get it, but it bothers me when businesses, sponsors and people put their judgments on the table before credible evidence, witnesses and even a court hearing is set. Social media plays an important role in the fate of many celebrities or regular people who thought their career of choice or actions were the best they could have ever chosen/made.

Beyonce used it to break out her new album. Thanks to social media, fans (I mean “Beehive”) knew to go directly to iTunes and download the album even before the CEO of Wal-Mart opened his eyes and got in a good morning stretch.

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So, is social media wrong for doing what it’s been purposed to do or are we relying on this method of communication way too much?

I hope the bigwigs at Twitter, IG and Facebook don’t get too upset with me. I’ll need these outlets to help me share this blog (feeling like a big hypocrite right now).

Please feel free to share your thoughts! Here are a few I found on (clears throat) social media:

Vanessa Payne Social media can make or break you cause what ever is on a social media network is THE TRUTH!! JK But people see or hear a story and by the time it is shared and reshared what was a minor incident or problem now has blown up to the #trending topic and everyone has an opinion, but never knows the #Realtruth. I say stay in your lane and now the facts before ASSuMe something is true. !! And we all know what #ASSuMe stands for.

pattiecakes_1st Unfortunately yes for all the wrong people

ordinarylove41 Yes

caligirlnbmoreSadly it does…

Andy Matts What social media has done is to make it even more important to think and evaluate for ourselves.

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Lights! Camera! Now Fade To LaDawn Black…

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You can hear LaDawn Black‘s voice weeknights on 92Q Jams (Baltimore) from 10P to 2A and on Saturdays from 10A-3P on Magic 95.9. She asks the thought provoking questions; like “tell me the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding.” (like I said, thought provoking, right?)

LaDawn is really good…I mean REALLY good at what she does. Her content is dangerous, yet informative and absolutely helpful when you’re looking for the right answer.

It’s late night and the kids are asleep, so you should never feel embarrassed about the questions she asks on her late night talk show. But you can’t help but giggle a little because she says everything you imagined yourself saying out loud. Don’t worry, she’s a professional.

I’ve even asked her questions (you’ll never know) and she’s just as out spoken and to the point as she is on the radio.

I wanted to add her on my list of one-on-one Radio Chick interviews because I dig her! I like LaDawn Black and I know you will to! As a matter of fact, I know you’ll love her even more once you take this VIP pass into her world. Find out what she has to say about the industry, her life, her worst studio guest and where she plans to take her talents in the next 10-15 years.

 

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LaDawn Black: Radio Personality Radio One: 

  • The LaDawn Black Show
  • Love, Sex & Relationships Nightly 92Q Baltimore
  • Weekend Day Version Magic 95.9 Baltimore

 

How long have you been in the radio business?

10 years

What was it about radio that struck your interest?

I am a HUGE fan of talk radio and I have always loved when personalities on Urban/ Urban AC were able to mix music and that same level of entertaining conversation and debate that talk radio has. Plus, I have had this voice since birth why not use it!

 

What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why?

Top 40, Neo Soul, Country and 90s Alternative Rock

 

What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to)

Anything by Prince, Madonna, or my hubby-in-my-head Lenny Kravitz

 

 

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You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview and it went terribly wrong? Describe.

Yes! Worst interview ever was with a current reality TV star who is also a hot young R&B artist. Hosting a love, sex and relationship show celebs know what I am going to ask about. She came in and said she was a virgin and a Christian. The interview went downhill from there.

 

Who was the best celebrity encounter and why?

Interviewing El Debarge was the best because he was everything I expected him to be … a true star! He was gracious, humble and gorgeous.  Keke Wyatt is my fave lady. She is as off the hook as you’d expect and is an insanely beautiful woman that should be getting much more love in the industry than she does.

 

What’s the biggest misconception about you?

That I have done all of the freaky things that I talk about at night.  I have done quite a bit, but not all.

What don’t people get about music when it comes to radio?

Having a slow jam show on an Urban radio, most people don’t get that we can’t reach all the way back to the love classics.  They love the new stuff, but many would prefer the old stuff and we can’t do a lot of that. Also, being in Baltimore, listeners don’t get that we can’t play Dru Hill, Sisqo, Paula Campbell, Prophet Jones and Scola all night. We know Baltimore loves their own!!!

 

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Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why?

Wendy Williams – listened to her for years and I love that she has transitioned into a new TV phase of her career.  Met her a few years back at the start of her TV show and just was so inspired to never give up on  goals no matter the time you have in or what others may say is or isn’t for you.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Not to go into radio sales when I really wanted to be on-air.

I was in Marketing and Public Relations for a number of years before getting into radio and my first radio interview was for a Marketing and Community Director position. Before he offered me the job, he asked what my end goal was and I said to be on the radio. The GM gave me this advice and promptly walked me over to programming and I had my first radio job as a producer for one of the biggest slow jams shows in the DC market a week later.

 

What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio?

That we cannot carry a syndicated show on our own.  Some of the most funny, informative and community focused radio I have ever heard has come from women. There should be more syndicated shows featuring women in Urban radio … period. Especially a love, sex and relationship show … *wink*

 

Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years?

Still around and kicking! It will look a lot different with a continued focus on personalities being “more than just radio” in order to be relevant, but it will exist because people still want their free music access and a local station.

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What do you think is wrong with hip hop and R&B?

Hip Hop is anti-woman and misogynistic. Even female artists have adopted the negative messaging toward women which is disturbing.

R&B needs to get back to being romantic. There are only so many ways you can tell me that you want to hit it or how big or soft it is.

 

Who do you think is the most under-appreciated artist out there right now?

Adrian Marcel is something special and of course, Raheem DeVaughn!

 

What do you want your legacy to be?

“That she did all that she came to do” — as a person, a wife/ mom and as a talent.

 

Biggest regret is….

None — I have been on a lucky streak where if I think it … I do it. Let’s hope it continues *smile*

 

If you could be one of these, who would it be and why? (funny I know…but I’m curious)

Sex In The City girls – Who wouldn’t want to be fab in NYC!

 

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How can people reach out to you?

 

 

 

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