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Performance Plug: Ayo

March 14, 2012

Singer Ayo will be performing at the Highline Ballroom in NYC next week on Wednesday, March 21st.  I was late in discovering the German born singer with Nigerian roots’ music but, better late than never.

Want to see the show?  Tickets are available online for $20 (plus a service fee) and $25 at the door.  Show starts at 9pm.  Doors open at 7pm.

Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th St.
New York, NY 10011 (b/t 9th & 10th Ave )
(212) 414-5994

Check out the YouTube videos below for two of my fav tracks by her.


R.I.P Whitney Houston

February 18, 2012

One of music’s greats, Whitney Houston, is being laid to rest today.  I, as many of my generation, grew up with Whitney’s powerful voice showing us how it’s done.  I don’t remember there ever not being a Whitney Houston.  I was too young to remember when she was introduced to the world.

When the public mourns a celebrity, some say “it’s not like you knew her/him”.  Oh, but I did know Whitney.  I know I remember singing “How Will I Know” as a little girl.  I know that I don’t know anyone who sang or knew someone who sang a Whitney Houston song at a school graduation or talent show.  I know that I remember The Bodyguard soundtrack completely taking over the radio in the 90’s.  I know the goosebumps I felt, and still feel, listening to Whitney singing The Star Spangled Banner were real.  At the time, Whitney’s rendition of the national anthem brought pride to me and other young girls who looked just like me.  (We relentlessly talked about it in school the next day.)

So in the end, I may not have sat down and had a meal with Whitney or opened Christmas presents with her, but her music plays in the soundtrack of my life as it does many others.  And that will always be rememered and it will always be why I love her.  We wanted Whitney to “comeback” and rise above the demons that were evidently determined to weigh her down.  It’s ultimately sad that  she is gone, to say the least, but I’m glad we got to share her and her gift while she was here.

Rest in Peace Whitney.

Georgtown Cupcake: From the Capital to SoHo

February 6, 2012

In cupcake news…DC’s Georgtown Cupcake has finally arrived in NYC.  This Saturday, the shop featured on TLC’s reality show, “DC Cupcakes”, is opening a branch in SoHo.  (Yes.  Yes.  Yes.)  The grand opening celebration starts at noon and there will be free cupcakes!    Apparently, the shop will also be introducing three new NYC inspired flavors.  (Not quite sure what the heck that could be.  Bagel cupcake?)

If, like me, you always try to squeeze in a cupcake run when in the DC , now you won’t have to wait for that out-of-town trip.  All you’ll have to do is head over to SoHo.

Fair warning: if their lines are destined to be anything like the DC shop, prepare for lots of standing and waiting around.  (It’s almost absurd now that I think about it.  It’s just a cupcake!  But it is oh…so…tasty!)

Viola Davis: Chic & Natural

February 5, 2012

The Web’s buzzing about Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis’ photos in the LA Times mag (and rightfully so).  She looks gorge! I love her short chic natural.  Now, if only I could see her like this in the movies….

NYC Flash Mob Alert

February 4, 2012

Looks like folks want to boogie in the street in homage to Don Cornelius and Soul Train.  There’s a flash mob alert in circulation.  It’s going down today at 4pm in Times Square.  Would you partake in the “NYC Soul Train Line Flash Mob”?  Check out the Facebook Event Page for more info.

Rest In Peace Don Cornelius

February 2, 2012

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Yesterday, we lost a trailblazer when Don Cornelius died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound according to Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner, Ed Winter. Like many, ‘Soul Train’ was a huge part of my Saturday mornings as a kid. No one matched up to Don C’s smooth voice. It was perfect. Such as sad ending to his legacy. Conspiracy theories aside, suicide is real. Depression is real. Mental illness is real.  And if anyone is going through dark times, reach out. When one notices a change in a friend or relative, reach out. It’s easier said then done but never impossible. Rest in Peace Don Cornelius.

Performance Plug: Estelle

January 26, 2012

Singer Estelle is set to perform in the Big Apple.  I was jammin’ to Estelle‘s “Break My Heart” last summer and right now “Thank You” is my anthem.  I’m so excited to see British songstress Estelle perform.

She will be at Irving Plaza on Tuesday, February 28th.  Unfortunately, tickets have not gone on sale yet. (They should  be $22 when they finally are on sale.)  So if you, like me, really want to see her, stalk the box office at Irving Plaza at 17 Irving Plaza New York, NY 10003, (212) 777-6800 and keep tabs on the Ticketmaster or Live nation sale pages. Cheers!

Update 2/1/2012: Tickets on sale now!! The price will be $33 online with taxes and surcharges.  Are you going?