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Tuesday
Aug192014

See me rock and strut my stuff @ "Runway for a Cause" - Baltimore, MD

 

Come see me sing and strut my stuff on the runway at the "Runway for a Cause" Benefit Fashion Show for Lupus THIS SUNDAY, August 24th from 3-7pm @ The Gala Center in Baltimore, MD. Also featuring Vanessa Rae Bent, DJ Tweety, gift bags by Sephora, a light buffet and more!
Tickets can be purchased at the door or here:http://oterialstylz.ticketleap.com/runway-for-a-cause/

 

 

 

Monday
Aug112014

Congrats to the newlyweds... Mr. & Mrs. Jereme Ford!

Just wishing my friend and awesome writer/relationship coach, Jereme L Ford and his lovely wife, Mary a happy life together. Two beautiful people belong together.

Nothing but the greatest blessings that God can give.

(Thank you for allowing me to sing at your wedding! :) )

Monday
Jun302014

Response to "If Black People Said the Stuff White People Say"

After watching this video on racially insensitive things some White People say to Black people, Salon.com News Editor Prachi Gupta decided to comment: "Man, with so many rules, it’s getting pretty hard to be a white person these days. We feel for you." Hmmmm.....

A stupid response to a real issue that this satirical piece was meant to show: that no one wants to be treated like an animal in a petting zoo (touching hair/skin without asking), as if their skin color defines their experience, like stereotypes are automatically true (I'm Black so I MUST listen to whatever Rapper is out right now or I must have grown up in the hood), nor do I want to be treated as if my race automatically connects me to whatever Black person they see on TV. There is no need to PROVE you're connected to Blackness ("I'm down with Black people 'cause ***insert stereotypical Black lingo/archetype/friend name here**)  or empathetic to our history. No one walks up to Jews asking about how the Holocaust affected their people without a sincere reason to. I understand that I have to excuse ignorance at times in order to answer sincere questions so that there are less misconceptions out there regarding race, but it would just take two seconds to think about how the some of the same things done in reverse would make you feel a lot less human. And no, Pratchi Gupta, these "rules" aren't just for White people. They apply to you, too. 

It's not asking questions that's wrong. It's the way you ask them. Acknowledging race and the diversity of backgrounds is never the problem. It's actually the solution. However, it cannot be done while ignoring the basic standard of interpersonal communication. There's a big difference between "I watched Amistad...dag, your people had it bad," and "I learned a lot about the black experience in America watching Amistad this weekend. I really want to learn more." The first isn't the opening to a healthy discussion (what am I going to reply to that with? "Yeah, it's effed up what YOUR people did to mine. And are still doing to mine based on the school to prison pipeline which has become the new form of slavery..."). The second seems like someone sincerely learning about a new element of another race's experience. 

This video is pretty comical because many Blacks who've spent a significant time around non-Blacks have heard at least one of those statements in some form or another. I think if more people took a second to think before they spoke with the listener in mind, we'd have less offenses and misconceptions about each other.

Thursday
Jun052014

Come Party for A Cause on June 10th in NYC

Join Us June 10th for the 2014 Night for the Fight!

Featuring sponsored open bar, hors d'oeuvres, luxury raffle and live auction.

Night for the Fight

Hosted by Shanelle Gabriel

With Special Guest Ashlee White

Founder of Styletto Life and Cast Member of BravoTV's LI Princesses

DJ set by DJ Click'N'Press

#NightForTheFight

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Date
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
7PM – 10 PM

Location
Hudson Terrace

621 W. 46th Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036
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**Ticket price: $120

* Must be 21+ to participate

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If you cannot attend the event but would like to contribute,
donate to the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation.

Enter for chances to win exciting raffle and auction prizes
throughout the night.

Raffle and Auction Sponsors:

*As of May 20, 2014

SoulCycle, Kiehl's, Essie, Uber, Eventi Hotel, Finishline Physical Therapy, 5 Napkin Burger, Comedy Central, Estee Lauder, Nike Air, NYSC, NBC, Redken, and MORE!!

Tuesday
May202014

My Interview with HuffPost Live & Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

I was blessed to be a guest on Dr. Marc Lamont Hill's show on HuffPost Live to discuss Lupus alongside

* Sarah Stothers (RN & Health Educator for the Lupus Foundation of America; National Nurse Health Educator)

* Imani Perry (Professor at the Princeton Center for African American Studies; Diagnosed With Lupus)

It was a great discussion with a lot of great points on the need for awareness and what the battle against Lupus looks like. Check it out!