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!

See what I’m talkin about:

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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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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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Kissi Who? Kissi B Tru Baby!!!!

2014-06-10 06.31.52Hmmm…when did I first hear Kissi B Tru sing? 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 beautifully, talented, the marvelously made, the angel with the angelic yet powerful voice, Baltimore (and the rest of the country), show your love for Ms. Kissi B!!!! (insert crazy audience sound efx):

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Where are you from? 

I am a proud Native Baltimorean!!!

 

How long have you been singing? 

I remember not being able to climb onto the bed without assistance. I also remember singing while trying to do so. It feels like forever, so iI’ll go with that.

 

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

I love music with a message, you know, the art of storytelling. I like to be able to follow along in my mind. There isn’t a particular genre that corners the market on that, but good hip hop lyrics tend to take me on the most intricate journeys. Soul Music, on the other hand, takes me on an emotional journey. Theres nothing like hearing a song that talks about something you went through personally, where the writer conveyed your exact sentiments about the situation. I love emotionally rich songs, they can be therapeutic and healing for the listener.

 

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

My LET IT GO song right now is Higher Self by Cocaine 80’s it absolutely makes me fall in love over and over again.

 

You’ve worked with lots of singers, song writers, producers in your career. Was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable experience where it went terribly wrong? Describe. 

I have had several experiences where things went absolutely craazzyyy!!!! Most of which I will never share having learned a very valuable lesson from Beyonce on that elevator.  However, I will say that I was once accused of being sent to destroy someones career because I accidentally stumbled on HIS makeup stash… I was put out on the street, states away from home with no money, no phone, and no plan. Needless to say I made it home. *disclaimer I didn’t care about him wearing makeup I don’t judge…

 

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Who was the best celebrity encounter and why?

My all-time favorite celebrity moment was when I met my former husband TANK and he sang SEX LOVE & PAIN in my ear in a crowded club… that’s all I’ll say about that one lol

 

What’s the biggest misconception about Kissi B? 

The biggest misconception about me is that I’m A B*+$#. If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times “So &So said you were a ____ But you seems so cool tho.” It makes me giggle every time because I know what inspires those types of opinions about me. I do get it. However, its not a fault to outshine those who don’t bother to turn their own lights on.

 

What genre of music would you say doesn’t get the most credit? 

I don’t know what genre doesn’t get the most credit but I do know my music doesn’t get enough. Play my tunes Ki Ki!!!! lol…. no seriously though play “STACKS” on the air please and thanx haaaa…

 

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What are your thoughts about independent artists and nationally recognized artists? 

The Indie vs Major Artist debate will go on forever. In my opinion both sides have their value. As an Indie artist, freedom over the creative process is paramount. I can say what I want, how I want. Whether or not it fits the format of typical commercial radio songs is of no matter to me. I get to make the music my soul wants to make rather than struggle to make music that will bring in the big bucks. However, I also wish I had the team, budget, contacts, and PR that comes along with being a major artist. I don’t want to give up creative control, nor do I want to water down my art to make it palatable for the masses. It’s a catch 22. But I have no worries, as I’m certain things will work out so that I can have my cake and eat it too.

 

Do programs like YouTube, and Spotify give artists a bad name or a greater advantage of being recognized?

I think any outlet that helps an artist get their music in front of people they would otherwise never meet is an amazing thing! Youtube, SoundCloud, Pandora and Bandcamp are great outlets that I utilize myself. I released a song on SoundCloud last week that circled the globe in a matter of hours. I even received a call from a dude in Portugal the next day that I’m now working on a few tunes with. Im super grateful for all the different ways I can connect with people.

 

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? 

The best advice I received was from one of my best friends, she told me I hid too much of myself from those who needed to see me and that I had to give people ME, not the Me I thought I should be, or the Me everyone expected me to be, just ME. I didn’t fully understand her words that day but they never left me. While writing the Album I’m currently working on, I realized I didn’t want to hide anymore. Im writing about my real life. My actual business in these small Baltimore streets lol. That may not mean much to some but to me its major as I was an extremely private person. People will get all of who I was, who I am right now, and a glimpse of who I’m growing to be.

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What’s the biggest misconception about women in this industry? 

I can’t speak for women in the industry specifically, as I don’t know many, but as for women in general, I think we are grossly undervalued across the board, but hey that’s not news. All we can do is keep working just as hard and most times harder than the boys.

 

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

I expect that music will evolve in a beautiful way, as it always does. I hope that my music causes writers to want to write better, singers to sing better, lyricists to spit better so that in 10 -15 years music will still be worth listening to.

 

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

I don’t think anything is wrong with hip hop or R&B. I think the issue is more about those making the money off of the artists in both genres. Those who couldn’t care less about how long a writer sat with the concept before writing the multi platinum hit.  Or how many takes it took the artist to get the part just right so that you get chills down your spine while listening. Its almost as if Music isn’t marketable unless the T&A to message ratio is 10:1.

 

Who’s in your iPod/radar?

That New Kissi B is bumpin’ everyday all day. Im listening for anything to add or change before putting it out for the world to hear. Aside from meeeee, Im listening to Cocaine 80’s, Yo Gotti, Ty $Sign, and Big Sean.

 

What song makes you smile, cry, press repeat? (kind of like the LET IT GO song but different)

Mona Lisa by Jasmine Sullivan has to be the #1 song on repeat these days. It speaks about a woman finally recognizing she is a masterpiece. That her ins and outs, her ups  and downs, flaws and quirks are all part of a magnificent work of art. I cried the first few times through, but I soon became empowered as I embraced the wonderful fact that I too am a Masterpiece.

 

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What do you want your legacy to be? 

I would like to be known as an Artist who gave it all at every show. I’d love for people to know that I was committed to raising the vibrations of my people, and that I spread the message of love with every song and show.

 

Biggest regret is….

My biggest regret is dimming my light for so long.

 

If you could bring back a trend/dance/saying/song from the 80’s or 90’s what would it be and why?

I would bring back Guess tennis skirts and short sets .. everybody used to love short sets…lol

 

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How can people reach out to you? 

I can be reached directly on IG and also any of the other the others way below…

www.itskissi.com

booking@itskissi.com

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An Intimate Diary Of Radience Pittman! A Woman Of True Talent

promo-pic.jpgWe too met through an email. One that took me a few days to respond to when she wrote me asking me to host her one woman show last year at the Seed School (Baltimore).

I had no idea who Radience Pittman was, so I Googled her (of course) and man did I find a lot of information! She’s a mother, a writer, poet, actress, dancer and selfie queen (lol).

I agreed to emcee her performance titled An Intimate Diary Of Synthia which focused on several characters all connected through one person (Synthia) who was infected with the deadly AIDS virus.

Since that night, Radience and I have remained close friends. She and I would have discussions about life, love, friendship, and motherhood. She would ask me for advice and I would ask her to chill out. She’s a bit of a “drama queen” but I get it! She’s passionate about what she does and wants to make the RIGHT STATEMENT! Who wouldn’t? When you’re talking about topics on domestic violence or HIV/AIDS, the message has to be on point! So pardon Radience if you see her pace from one side of the room to the other or when she asks you questions over and over again. I love her! I love her talent and her gift to reach so many people through ART! God knew what he was doing when he created Ms. Radience Pittman. Yeah, she’s that good!

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How did you get started with this project?

Well I decided that my art is my blessing. I wanted to share it with everyone. I am a mother of four so Broadway may not be conducive for raising children. Plus I yearned for more…beyond the lights…I wanted to reach people. Empower through entertainment. There are so many hurting from domestic violence. I felt it was time to address it…MY WAY!

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Why did you think it was important to touch on this particular subject?

Domestic Violence is something that happens every 15 seconds…I wanted to bring light to this subject and raise awareness of it. I also wanted people to see theater in a different way.

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Whose story are you telling? Yours? Friends? Family?

I am a survivor of domestic violence… I share my story…the stories of every man, woman, and child whose voice is silenced due to domestic violence.

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What’s been the biggest response from people who watched your performance?

My biggest response is “how do you do it?” or “How can I portray the life of so many different people?” also, “how impactful and captivating each story line is!”

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Why do you think it’s important to have events like this?

It is important to reach people on any level necessary. People are drawn to entertainment…so why not educate, entertain, and empower?

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How can people reach out to you?

Email: theartofradience@gmail.com 

Instagram: @radienceontherise

Twitter: @theatre4lyfe

Facebook:  @Radience 

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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 this “good ole’ boys” industry.

If you’re ever in Philly, make sure you check out my girl on Power99 FM!

 

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How long have you been in the radio business?

Okay, so sometimes I like to add my college days because that was my stepping stone, so with that, I started in 1999. As far as non-commercial radio, it was in 2003.

 

What was it about radio that struck your interest?

While I was on a college tour, I heard their radio station and was like “wait, they sound like they are my age and they are playing all the music I like and listen too.” I went back home (Miami) and called the local station and met with the PD to see if they had internships. I guess at the time they didn’t do high school interns, but I kept my interest. So I went out for it in college. It was always about the music…shoot, and I didn’t have to be seen! (lol)

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

I like a lot of old school rap and R&B, but I listen to everything but I can’t do country, blues and hard rock and a lot of gospel…no shade to Jesus!

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

I actually don’t have one. It’s just all about that feeling at the time that would have me drop what I’m doing, throw my hands up and crank up the volume. There are way too many to name.

 

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You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable where it went terribly wrong?

I haven’t had a terribly wrong situation, but I’ve had plenty of boring interviews. Either they acted like they didn’t want to talk or answer any questions and that would make me uncomfortable. I will think to myself, “Why are you here if you don’t want to talk?” So I’d cut that thing hella short. Or when I first broadcasted live from the BET awards, even though we had a prep book, I would get random-ass people sitting down, who were not included in the book and who just wanted to be recognized (but no one ever heard of them).

 

Who was the best celebrity encounter and why?

I have a lot of great encounters with celebs. I think it’s all about their attitudes. For instance, I loved interviewing Wiz Kalifah (his highness made him laid back and funny as hell), even meeting Jill Scott was a pleasure, but I always love when I interview Trey Songz. Since I’ve been in Philly, I tend to always be the main one to interview him. Even when he sees me, he’d ask if I’m interviewing him and gets upset when I have to tell him no (this only happened twice). Oh, but did I mention, I loved bragging about the kiss I got from Usher during a selfie?

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What’s the biggest misconception about you?

I haven’t really heard any, so that’s good, right?

 

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

They don’t get that yes, we are going to play a lot of the same music, but these are the most popular songs right now. Why are we not always doing news? Because we aren’t a news station.

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

I admire a lot of the women because for years, we were always the co-host. Now, we have our own shows and stand as strong as the men, even with major positions. I also admire Tom Joyner because he was around when I was a child and he’s still doing it big.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Always take an extra pair of clean underwear when you travel!

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What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio?

We are all crazy and are divas

 

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

Hopefully I will remain at a top 10 market and hopefully graduate to having a title/position

 

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

I think people think they are rappers and singers. And I think these record companies like to mock us on the slick with putting out artists who really have no skills, compared to back in the day. There are a lot of gimmick rappers now.

Who do you think is the most underappreciated artist out there right now?

Real talent. Those who have real talent go from major label deals to independent labels that don’t push them as hard as a major label.

 

Who’s in your iPod/radar?

I have a mixture of everything from Amy Winehouse, to Outkast, to Jay Z, to Carlos Santana, even somewhat of EDM-remixed style of jazz…yeah I said it!

 

What do you want your legacy to be?

That I did something that counted and mattered. That I was a keep-it-real, positive person who people enjoyed every day!

 

Biggest regret is…

I don’t think I have any. Whatever I did, I took it as a learning experience to move forward.

 

 

If you could be one of these, who would it be and why? (PICK ONE) Kardashian sisters  Girlfriends (cast) Female Super hero Sex In The City girls Gladiator (cast)

I would be Wonder Woman!

 

How can people reach out to you?

Social media, baby!

Twitter and IG @CappOnAir

Facebook: Cappuchino

 

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This Dream Girl Rocks! One on One w/ Tamira Dunn

2014-06-10 06.31.52Tamira Dunn, founder of Dream Girls Mentoring Mentoring Program, Inc. is an extraordinary woman! She and I met a few years back through social media, but got better acquainted when I became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated last year.

She’s so sweet and passionate about what she does. I love her spirit because in comparison to mine, she cares about young people and will make every sacrifice necessary to make sure they reach their fullest potential.

If it’s through her mentoring program or summer camp, Tamira is working hard on perfecting her programs so that everyone who needs a little more, can have it.

I was really happy when she decided to grant me this one-on-one because I feel she has a special story to tell. Read it for yourself:

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How did you get started with this project?

Teen pregnancy was something that was affecting my peers and friends in high school. I never knew I wanted to directly work with young mothers until the issue affected me personally. A friend of mine asked me to be the godmother of her daughter and at 17, little did I know, I would play a much bigger role in her life. I had full responsibility of my goddaughter for five years. At 19, I had no idea what it meant to be a parent or that being a godmother could be so intense.

Why did you think it was important to start up this particular program?  

My senior year at Morgan State University, I thought it was important to start the Dream Girls Mentoring Program because there were no resources or support for teenage mothers. When I decided to help my friend out with my goddaughter, I received majority of the support from my friends and family. I couldn’t find any programs that helped young mothers.

What’s been the biggest response from people who have children participate in your program?

I have noticed that most of the participants need housing. Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do for a 16 year old. We have resources for housing; however, if they were still a minor, they would not qualify for any housing.

Why do you think it’s important to have programs like this?

I think it’s important to have a mentoring program for young mothers because they need support. Often times, they enter our program and have no one in their family that will help them with anything. Their perception on life and people change when they feel like there is no one they can depend on. With the help of this program, we can work on helping them see what life can be like with the help of others and if they continue to stay focus and positive, the outcomes are much more rewarding.

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Tell me the most touching story that inspired you to continue on.

A few weeks ago I would’ve answered this question a little differently. I would’ve said that when I see a young mom graduate high school and enter college, it inspires me to continue. But on October 15, 2014, my life drastically changed and I think that’s what’s motivating me to keep going. I loss my first pregnancy, my son and I was heartbroken. I thought why did I lose the only thing that mattered the most to me. Initially I didn’t want to continue with Dream Girls. It wasn’t until my son’s father and I decided to start a support group (Sweet Dreamz) under Dream Girls Mentoring Program for women who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss that I realized I had to keep going for my son.

In 5 years, where do you see yourself and your organization?

In 5 years, I see myself with my doctorate degree, married with children, and have written at least two books (lol). I see Dream Girls Mentoring Program servicing not just teen moms but young women in general. I see the organization in at least two different states, with at least two day care centers, secured partnerships with Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore City Department of Social Services,  and continuing to do phenomenal work in the community.

How can people reach out to you?

Email at tamiradunn@yahoo.com

Call 410-635-4178

Dream Girls website at www.dreamgirlsmentoring.org

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

2014-06-10 06.31.52When I asked Vanessa Payne if 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 woman!

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This Sunday morning, as you prepare for your weekend worship service, know that you’re not alone in your storm. God will carry you THROUGH every bit of turbulence only to place you in a peaceful stretch of life (only to go through it again).

As a woman living with Lupus, Vanessa doesn’t let it stop her! Read her story and be blessed.

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Where are you from?

I come from a small poor town in upstate NY called Troy (close to Albany).


What don’t people know about you?

My family had a lot of dysfunction, child abuse and physical, domestic, and just plain crazy. My mother was abused for years and years, but after years and years of abuse from the men, my mother had enough. My sisters’ father had been beating so much that one day, she just couldn’t take it anymore! Next thing we know is we’re standing there she pulled a gun out and she shot him in front of us. Needless to say, my life and my sisters and brothers was never the same.

I was on my own at the age of 15. To find work, I lied about my age but I supported myself at the age of 16. A girlfriend took me to the local carnivals and I met a man who traveled with the carnival. He told me that I could stay with him for the rest of my life and I decided to go with him because I felt that he was my escape. So I left and never looked back!

When were you diagnosed with Lupus?

In 2008, I started missing time at my job that I held for 15 years. There was a time that I was bedridden with swollen limbs that hurt so bad. I felt like death! It was a year later when I was experiencing  a painful ear ach (this was in May of 2009). The doctor looked at my face and found round purple sores. Then she asked me a quesiton that I would say changed my life forever. She asked “has anybody ever told you that you have lupus?” I laughed at her “What? Lupus?” I didn’t know much about it but to me lupus was a death sentence!!!

After many tests and skin biopsies, it was confirmed that I did have SLE and Discoid Lupus!!!

How difficult is it living with this disease?

I can no longer make a long term plans because I would feel tired all the time. Thing is for me, I would push myself to a point that I would have a flare-up that not only affected my family, my life, my friendships, my job, but my everyday living. It affected my husband and our relationship as well as my relationship with my daughter. There are days that I just couldn’t (and still can’t) get out of bed because I’m just too tired.
I want to sleep but my body aches and my fingers and joints swell up. You’re tired and you’re nasty and you’re hurt and you’re mean and they say you hurt the ones you love the most.

What’s a good day and when was the last time you had one?

I try to make everyday a good day because if I didn’t try, my world would really not be nice place.

What are the biggest misconceptions about Lupus?

When people say “wow you don’t look sick”! People don’t understand that all day long my body on the inside is damaging itself. Like I’m allergic to my own body so in layman’s terms what happens to the inside of a hotel room after a rock star is having a major rock party damage. It’s like my body is having a big rock party; breaking and damaging my insides. Everyday my lungs, liver, heart, emotions, kidneys, and my mind are damaged in ways that you could never imagine! So I encourage people to take a minute and read about The Spoon Theory and maybe they’ll understand how we have to change our entire life on an everyday basis!!

What do you want people to know about Lupus?

Not to look at us as lazy. We’re sick! Ask us about it! Don’t be ignorant and think wow she an Auto immune disease. Live your life to the fullest, but always maintain your number one priority, you.

What are you doing to bring awareness?

I have fundraiser twice a year for lupus. We have a walk with Alliance For Lupus Research (www.alr.org). Last year, 97 people walked with me and helped raise over $11,000 for lupus research. That is my greatest achievement to date. I’m confident that it will be bigger and better next year. We need to find a cure.

It is not a discriminating disease! It affects African American women 3 times more but men and children also get it…

How can people reach out to you?

Facebook: @ravensgirl196r

Twitter/IG: @ravensgirl1964

Email: Ravensgirl1964@verizon.net

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Know the symptoms of Lupus:

  • Fatigue and fever
  • Joint pain, stiffness and swelling
  • Butterfly-shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose
  • Skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure
  • Fingers and toes that turn white or blue when exposed to cold or during stressful periods (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches, confusion, memory loss

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For more on Lupus Awareness: 

World Lupus Day

Lupus Foundation of America

Alliance for Lupus Research – Prevent Treat and Cure …

Celebrities With Lupus

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