So I shed my shyness for about a day and a half and attended the For Sisters Only Expo as a “spokesperson” for Dramatic Weight Loss and V-103’s Elle Duncan, Reginae Carter and several StraightFromTheA.com readers stopped by to say hi.
Anyone who follows this blog knows my struggles with weight loss and when Dramatic Weight Loss hit me up late last year, I decided to try it.
I was a bit skeptical about the program at first, so I kept it to myself for a hot second. But blogged my journey when I hit 25lbs and did a video dancing for joy when I hit my 50lb mark (click HERE if you missed that).
I feel off the wagon for a hot second because I couldn’t believe how FINE I was… I mean, shoot I could finally shop in the regular sizes, you couldn’t tell me NOTHING! But I hopped back on and have so far hit 73lbs down! Woot Woot!
Dramatic Weight Loss is NOT paying me to say any of this, so trust me when I tell you THE PROGRAM WORKS! I believe in it so much, that I basically donated my time to stand in 6inch heels and tell people about it during For Sisters Only.
And I swear… if one mo person LAUGHS at my before picture!!!!
Reginae Carter (daughter of Lil Wayne and Toya Wright) takes in my new figure…
More photos + video… Continue Reading…
Acclaimed author Terrance Dean hit Atlanta last week to host a discussion panel on “Young, Black, Gifted & Gay: Powerful Men in the Entertainment Industry and Our Allies in Partnership” at Outwrite Book Store (June 29, 2011).
Panelists included fellow bloggers Drama Dupree and Gyant (GyantUnplugged), Adrian J. Daniel (aka Sir Daniel of Better Days Radio), George Smith (creator of Black Gay reality series “Tha Life”), Lonnell Williams (3LWTV), and Maurice Jamal (Filmaker/Founder Glo-TV).
I was also thrown into the mix to add my take on the situation as a straight woman and it was quite an experience!
Terrance’s first book, Hiding in Hip-Hop: Confessions of a Down-Low Brother in the Entertainment Industry, sparked a ton of controversy last year when everyone speculated about the identity of the “DL” entertainer featured in the book.
[READ: Gay Rapper “Tell-All” Book No Surprise to Hip-Hop Heads]
Dean moderated the panel discussion as each of the participants shared their experiences… Continue Reading…
Ok… so Oprah Winfrey may not have given away a car, a house… or even a “favorite thing” but she did give the world a hole hour of life lessons.
In her final show from the HARPO studios stage, Oprah shared a heartfelt “love letter” to the fans that validated and supported her throughout her 25 years on air.
“This, my last show, is my thank you. It’s a love letter to you,” Oprah told viewers.
It was just a week ago, that we all were in denial. It finally hit me when I realized I may NEVER fulfill one of my goals of seeing Oprah live in her studio (onstage or off).
But God is good… and as Oprah said on her finale’s show, “I understand the manifestation of grace, and there are no coincidences.”
So I have more thing I can mark off my bucket list…
Video of Oprah’s heartfelt farewell message PLUS my take on it below: Continue Reading…
Actress Gabborey Sidebe was Jane Fonda’s featured guest a few days ago for “Power of the Arts,” a screening held at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta to benefited Fonda’s teen pregnancy prevention nonprofit, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP).
As the old saying goes, ‘those who forget their past are bound to repeat it’ and Fonda dug up footage of a painful period in her life and put it on the big screen to remind herself never to go there again!
It was a time in her life that she would just as soon forget…. let alone share with a theater of strangers, Fonda shared a personal, behind-the-scenes glimpse at one of the lowest points in her career, if not her most embarrassing endeavor as an actor.
“The more I think about it, it’s about a girl with no voice who let herself be bullied,” said Fonda reflecting on that period in her life.
Fonda hosted the one time viewing of the footage, that was captured in 1962, at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta along with a panel discussion and VIP reception following the viewing.
During the discussion, Gabourey shared her own struggles dealing with being called a “one hit” Hollywood wonder for her Academy nominated role in “Precious”, stating:
By all accounts I’m apparently NOT supposed to be an actress.
I’m not a size zero… I’m not blond… I dont have ivory skin or even lighter skin and people write articles about how I don’t fit in and how Precious will be my only word and people make fun of it all the time… and I DEFY it! Continue Reading…
Super producer Vaushaun “Maestro” Brooks and celebrity photographer Joi Pearson threw a celebrity filled birthday bash for their 1-year old son Brenton a few weeks ago.
Brenton, aka @LilBBreezy on twitter, has only been on this earth a lil over 12 months and he’s already listed amongst the who’s who in Atlanta.
[Sidebar: He probably even has more twitter followers than you! ]
Like seriously, Brenton’s kiddie party could rival just about any “grown folks” party and was attended by the likes of Toya Carter, Memphitz, DJ Judgemental… and more!
I swear it was like a celebrity filled Super Sweet 12 month celebration!
More photos below: Continue Reading…
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Last week, I had the distinct honor of being invited to speak to the youth of Sugga’s Industries International, Behind The Scenes in Sports & Entertainment after-school program.
Held at Atlanta’s Turner Middle School, the program provides training to high school students in an effort to assist the sports and entertainment industry in diversifying its audience and talent pool.
Anyone who knows me is quite aware that I’m not a “public” speaking type of girl, so it was initially uncomfortable but because I was talking about something I love to do, the information flowed freely.
We discussed blogging, advertising, event coverage, video editing… just about everything that entails StraightFromTheA.com. Including social networking via Twitter, Facebook, etc…. we even touched on a bit of industry gossip (and you will be pleased to note, I kept it strictly P.G.).
[Sidebar: I almost fainted when told the others that Phaedra was my lawyer and I was at her wedding… you people really do pay attention, huh? ]
I’d like to take a moment to thank Tiphanie Watson and Suggas for inviting me out to speak to the kids. Hopefully, I shared some insightful information about this crazy world of entertainment blogging.
Additional information about the program and it’s mission below: Continue Reading…