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

IG / Twitter @kissibbaby

FB/Soundcloud itskissi

 

 

 

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FAN ME ON FACEBOOK @MsKiKiBrown

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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

If you would like to me a mentor, you may want to read:

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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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Can I Attend Your Christmas Party? No, I’m Serious!

2014-06-10 06.31.52Now, I’ve been invited to FEW (yes, that was shade) Christmas parties (not including my workplace “gatherings”) but I have NEVER been to a REAL Christmas party.

You know the ones I’m referring to. Where everyone drinks from REAL wine glasses, with a waiter/waitress serving h’orderves and a patiently waiting bartender ready to pour you a drink (for free I might add).

I want to know how I can get an invite to one of those parties! Don’t get me wrong, the “regular” parties that involve boxed wine, paper cups and plates, pot-luck, CD on repeat shing-digs are pretty cool. But can I experience this once in a lifetime moment to laugh at a few dry jokes and participate in some uncomfortable pop culture/political conversation?

Who throws these parties anyway? I’m thinking rich people! (that was a joke) I have associates that work in high profile positions (I think) but are they close enough to my social status to even get an invite or e-vite, text (not group), or Facebook event reminder to add me to their list of attendees?

I’m a pretty cool chick! I can chuckle with the best of them! If you’re considering sending me an invite to your not-so-regular holiday party, I’ll research every newspaper, watch every talk show (did plenty of that during my medical leave), and I’ll even work out to lose 10 pounds just so that I can look “the part”!

So, Matt Lauer, Ericka Hill, Mayor Rawlings-Blake,  Baltimore Ravens/Orioles…I’m waiting!

Ok…I’m done! Does this make any sense to you? A holiday party is a holiday party! It’s fun when you can enjoy the holidays with people you know and admire and can share personal and professional stories without feeling like you just sent an uncomfortable photo to the entire world, thinking you hit “delete” button. (witness)

So, either way…I’ll be happy just to get an invite! I’ll even bring a dish! Think about it! I’ll be here!

Oh and happy holidays! (insert cheesy smile)

By the way, I found some online tips that might be a good way to get you going:

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This Natural Chick Rocks! One on One w/ Zarah Charm

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You don’t have to be a natural girl to know this woman, but it would make more sense if you were.

I met Zarah Charm a few years ago when I wanted to make the transition from relaxer to natural (not once, but twice). My line sister told me about this chick who is “really talented and can do some hair” she told me. And she was right! (thanks Fab!)

So, I walked into the salon where this big haired, almond shaped eyed, bright smiling young lady was there to greet me. Her voice is soft and her handshake made a statement that said “I know what I’m doing”.  Call me crazy, but a handshake says a lot and I knew I was good from that point.

Zarah Charm is one of the most talented naturalist in Baltimore and I believe in other big cities because people travel to see her (one because she’s always booked and two…well, because she’s freakin’ awesome!) She’s so good, even songstress Marsha Ambrosius knows about her and she’s been featured in Essence Magazine!

I’m a tender-headed chick and it was never an issue. Zarah will refuse a relaxer in a minute so please don’t try it. She’s educated about natural hair so if you need a tip or some advice on how to treat your naps, feel free to hit her up!

Ok, enough of me blowing this girl’s head up any further. Check out my one-on-one w/ the ONE AND ONLY (there I go again..) Zarah Charm:

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When did you start doing hair?

I began doing hair in 2002… not seriously but just to get by while I was in school.  I made it my full time career two years ago.

Who do you admire the most in the hair industry?

The hair industry is always changing… what is hot today in out tomorrow. Keeping up with the trends is fun! I’m always learning something new.

Why did you decide to do natural hair verses relaxed hair?

I decided to specialize in natural hair for several reasons. One reason is because it is healthier. Our skin absorbs everything that touches it… so if we are placing a harsh chemical on our scalp how is that affecting your health? Second, it is hard to find someone stylists willing to care for natural hair holistically.

What stands out about you that sets you aside from other stylists?

What sets me apart from other stylists is that I take care of holistically. I will prep your hair using quality products and gentle hands and style your hair giving you the look you’re going for… professional/conservative/playful/mature/eccentric… etc… What sets me apart is I have the hair to prove that I have growing hands… haha.

What irritates you the most about people and how they treat their hair?

What irritates me most is the person who is looking for hair advice and is not completely honest with me about what they’ve been doing to their hair. I can’t help you if you don’t tell me what has been going on!

The biggest misconception about natural hair is…..? It is always big afros and uncombed naps. Natural hair does not equal unkempt.

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When all else fails and your hair isn’t cooperating, your advice would be to………Let your hair do what it wants to do. Most of the time it doesn’t look as bad as you think it does.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I live in the moment. At this moment it’s all about hair J

How can people reach out to you?

If you would like to see my work or book an appointment check out www.ZarahCharm.com

Facebook.com/StylistZarahCharm

Instagram and Twitter: @ZarahCharm

Youtube Search: Zarah Charm

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Fix It Jesus: One On One w/ A True Sister United In Verse, Mrs. Sonya Caldwell

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I’ve heard Steve Harvey say every morning when he began his radio show “prayer changes things”. Even my mom says “all you need is prayer”. I agree 100% and I’m thankful for those people that GOD placed in my path that continue to pray for me and bless me with favor because if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. That’s real talk!

One particular person you don’t know (but you will know her now) is a friend and a sister of mine who I was blessed to know about 8 years ago and am blessed to know today because GOD knew I needed her spirit around me to guide me and guide you in the direction you were purposed to be in.

I shared some of her posts on her Facebook page, Sisters United In Verse  which helps people of every age, race, cultural, or professional background  find their inner voice, peace and self love.

Sonya Caldwell and her staff bring prayer, inspirational quotes, personal testimonies and more to readers through her website, www.sistersunitedinverse.com, from across the world.

Here is my One on One with President and Founder of Sisters United In Verse, Mrs. Sonya Caldwell. I pray it touches your spirit:

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How did you get started with Sisters United in Verse?

I left corporate America as an executive a year ago after over 20 years of a hectic demanding career.  I knew when my season for change came that I desired to serve God in a new way.   It was 10 years of preparation for leaving corporate America.  I prayed often for the change, but I didn’t know it would take that long.  When I left it was definitely a walk of faith, I asked the Lord to lead me to my purposed life and he began showing me things that led me to Sisters United In Verse.  I wanted so much to spend my life serving others and pleasing God that I was willing to submit to HIS will to do whatever he called me to do.

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

As I matured more in Christ, I started wanting ways to share with women about my learnings and journey.  I was seeking and desiring a fellowship with other women and I realized most of my friends were still in that hectic corporate life and they didn’t have time to talk and explore with me as much as I wanted.  So I prayed about it and was given this vision to reach out to women around the world who may be experiencing the same need for connection.  As I shared the concept to a few women at church, they would get so excited about it… I knew then that I was on the right path.  They too were feeling the same as I was… we enjoyed our Sunday services, Bible Study, women’s ministry but on a day-to-day basis we thirsted for more.  When you truly understand walking in the presence of Jesus daily and all that is requires to do so, you acquire a strong desire to connect with Him as often as possible and others who feel the same.

 

What did you do before you started the website and why was it necessary to switch gears?

I was an executive in Corporate America, traveling like crazy.  One year I traveled over 100,000 miles by air, I had a demanding role and my health started shifting from all the stress.  I knew over 10 years ago that I was ready for change, I wanted so much to live my life more freely and healthier.   I wanted to spend more time with my family especially after the birth of my grandson.  That “BIG CORPORATE LIFE” wasn’t appealing to me anymore, I desired to have more in my life.  After many years of seeing good people lose their jobs without notice and people making changes about my career without notice, I didn’t want to allow anyone else to control my destiny, I simply had enough.  I couldn’t live like that anymore.

What’s been the biggest response from people?

Absolute excitement and amazement….those who are close to me and on the team are really excited about this journey.  We have men and women supporters.   Those who don’t realize my background are amazed that I designed and built the site myself.   I often hear, it’s a much needed product.  I know that are thousands of sites out there with a similar mission, we’re not trying to be all things to all people, it was important to me to offer what God placed in me to do.  That included a fellowship with girls and women of all ages from around the world.  Reaching 4,000 Facebook followers the first month of launch has many people asking me “How is that possible for a grassroots website?.”  I love hearing that because it shows the power of God!

 

Why do you think it’s important to have spiritually based websites like yours?

In this day and age, different outlets affect and impact different groups.   Newspapers – my mom’s generation, TV News – my mom and grandmother’s generation, Internet – my daughters and my generation and so on…..

Life is fast-paced for most people and the internet provides a way to keep up, make it exciting, make it accessible, make it diverse and make it affordable.   There are a lot of things out there competing for our attention in the marketplace and unfortunately most of it is negative or inappropriate for those who desire and often struggle with a closer walk with Christ.  When we have positive, faith-based, news and messages available to us online, we as Christians have a way to spread the gospel, get connected and serve through ministry while promoting the teachings of Christ.  We need this, there is so much pain, crime, hatred and violence in this world and it affects us in such a way that we can’t even imagine for the most part.   Having spiritually based websites can save lives, lift spirits, ease pain, feed the spiritually hungry souls, teach the unteachable, nurture the broken and save the unsaved.  It’s so important.

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

I have two… a young woman in Africa sent me a message that read…  “Sisters please pray for me”  I responded that we would do just that and I asked her if there was anything in particular we can pray about for her…she responded “Yes, I want so much to have a better life, please pray that I finish school and I do good on my grades”  I was so moved by her because she was all the way in Africa asking me for prayer.  That was an incredible moment, I realized then that God intended for this ministry to be international and was humbled once again.

The second time, a First Lady from a church in Michigan reached out to me for prayer and that really caught me off guard.  We emailed one another several times and we were both blessed.  The fact that she would share so candidly moved me to tears because I realized at that moment, that I was being led to do something great for HIS Kingdom and all I could do was pray and read the word.   That moment taught me that I was going to experience things that only God could bring to pass and I want to be prepared for each step.  I don’t want to miss a beat nor displease HIM in any way.

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

Well, I’ve already been working with the team to prepare for that… I see God moving us to a higher level with significant growth and unimaginable results.  Every day I wake up excited to see what he has for me to do.  Each week I get a new opportunity presented and as I pray about the direction HE has for me, I can’t help but to think about how great this will all be in 5 years!  We are gearing up for launching products through our online store this month, we are launching a book club this month for our young readers and next month we’ll launch the book club for our 18-35 (MPIII’s: Millennials Praising The Trinity) and the book club for our Sisters United In Verse.  We are working on a few cool brands for the MPIII’s to get more involved and excited about.  We are launching Brothers United In Verse next month, I have many brothers ready for that launch, they keep asking “What about us?”, now that they’ve seen the excitement around the Sisters site.  We also have some very exciting things ahead that I can’t talk about right now, but when I get to that point, you’ll be the first to know!!!

This whole operation is a subsidiary of Dayson Companies, LLC., I own Dayson Companies, LLC.  This week I’m launching Dayson Marketing, it’s a concierge of services to support faith-based organizations/churches, non-profits and small businesses with website development, marketing and social media.   You’ll see a navigation drop down on the site titled Services and there potential clients can learn more about the offerings of Dayson Marketing.   I have a lot of folks inquiring about work for churches, faith-based organizations, small businesses and non-profits and I hear a lot of bad stories about their previous experience with other service providers.  I just shake my head, I don’t understand how anyone can take money from people and then not care enough to deliver what they paid for, that just blows my mind.  But I’ve personally experienced it, so I know first-hand how much of setback it can me to these organizations.  I want to help fix that by giving back and be a blessing to others who struggle with getting great, quality services at an affordable rate WITH respect and care.  I already have a client geared up for Dayson Marketing!

 

If Sonya of today could speak to Sonya of 20 years ago, what would she say and how would she respond?

Sonya today would say, “Don’t waste your time trying to create a life filled with joy, accept the peace that God offers now and begin that life today.”

Sonya would respond “I do want that now and I need to release people in my life for that to happen.  Thanks for the heads up.”

What is your favorite quote and why?

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.  Horace Mann

It’s speaks to living a life of servitude and sacrifice as did Jesus and it demonstrates what we should do with our gifts and talents… and have the character to pursue victory for the good of all mankind.  That’s an unselfish life, pleasing to God.

How can people reach out to you?

sonyaldukes@gmail.com

 Follow Me On Twitter/Instagram @JustKiKiBrown

Fan Me On Facebook @MsKiKiBrown

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So Now What?

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I’ve been on “leave” a total of 3 weeks and I’m losing my mind! You see, I had major surgery that caused me to take off work for a few weeks. The doctor told me that the surgery was pretty standard (of course it is, she’s a doctor…not the patient) and that my life will probably (yep…probably) be back to “normal” within the next few weeks.

After weeks of step by step walks, a few ouches and damn’s, I feel pretty good. I’m actually ready to come back to work! I’m ready to talk to my people! I’m ready to break the mic.

I feel lost! What’s going on? No! I know what’s going on thanks to the Today Show, Today’s Take, Kelly & Michael, Meredith, The View, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Ellen, the news, NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition…..you see what I did there?

When you’re not doing anything and you’re mind is open to so many thoughts, it’s a little hard to get a grasp on just one thing. I feel bad for those hard working Americans (in any industry) who work hard and get let go for whatever reason.

I am confident GOD knows what he’s doing and that a window is bound to open for us all!

So here I am today, blogging about how bored I am and how much I miss my job. I work hard and I hardly take time out for myself. So why is it that I’m complaining about being bored? I’m crazy I guess.

Good thing is, during this entire day, I started working on my non-profit, PO Box, and this blog site! So I guess you can say it’s not all that bad, right?

Have you ever been off work (fired, laid off, disability?) and felt this way? What did you do about it? Click here for tips. (you’re welcome)

So, why did I finally decide to start a blog? Well, I’ve been told to do this a long time ago. I figured this blog will give you a chance to witness how I live my life, how I think, and why I do what I do. People think I live my life differently since I’m a radio personality (nope). Just me! KiKi Brown….

Let’s have some fun!

Luv,

Me

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