Last night stars came out in NYC to attend the fifth annual WEEN Awards. The empowering event held at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem was packed with media , fans and of course some of our favorites in music,film & television who came out to support some special women who were honored. This years honorees were Faith Evans, Naturi Naughton, Regina Hall , Rocsi Diaz , Valeisha Butterfield Jones ,Cari Champion & Tiffany Smith Anoa’l. Now of course there were tons of special guest in attendance including Antonique Smith, Charlamagne Tha God , Angela Yee , Ja Rule ,KeKe Wyatt, Joe, Nicci Gilbert , Misa Hylton , Kevin Liles , & Don Lemon but that’s just to name a few. The night was filled with love and admiration for the honorees who exuded excellence and continue to empower women in their respective fields. Now we could go into detail about every aspect of the night but why not see for yourself. Check out tons of pics and video footage from last nights event below.
Stars came out big this weekend in NYC for the 2015 Circle Of Sisters Expo. The two day event once again held at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center was jam packed with fans & media ready to experience the greatness all over again. The expo in itself was filled with tons of vendors and booths who sold everything from Food, Clothing, Music, Books ,Toys, Hair Care, Health & Fitness products among other things. Panels were held over the weekend with seminars on every topic you could think of including Marriage, Relationships , Health , Politics, Police Brutality , Wealth , Reality TV vs Scripted Television , Black in Hollywood ,Fashion , Branding , Hair Care ,Education , Cooking , The Music Business , Women Empowerment and more. Some of our favorite celebs in Music, Television , Politics , Radio , Fashion & more sat in on these panels and trust Circle Of Sisters delivered.
The Men Of BET’s hit series Being Mary Jane Stephen C Bishop , Richard Roundtree & Richard Brooks spoke on a panel about the upcoming season of their hit show and of course about being Black Men in Hollywood. Check out a clip from their discussion below.
Jennifer Hudson , Danielle Brooks & Cynthia Erivo the stars of the upcoming revival of ‘ The Color Purple on Broadway ‘ sat with the crowd to discuss their excitement for the show coming back to the stage. The ladies touched on many topics about the struggle it is for women to make in this business and what fans can expect when they come out to see their show.
Some of TV , Music , Fashion, & Politics finest including Naturi Naughton , Darrin Henson , Bobby Brown , Loni Love , Tina & Teddy Campbell, Wendy Raquel Robinson , Malcom Jamal Warner , Tami Roman , Beverly Bond , Kim Kimbell , Matthew Knowles, Al Sharpton and more came out to speak on Panels informing the audiences on everything from Health care, Branding , Having Faith , How to make it in the entertainment industry , Cooking , Hair Care & more. Now you would think with all this star power in the building that would be all but trust us there was.
Now not only was there a fashion show showing off some of today’s up & coming designers, but there were tons of performances through out the weekend which music lovers of any age demographic could enjoy from R&B, Hip Hop & Gospel. 50 Cent, SWV, Rotimi, Justine Skye, Diggy Simmons, Tory Lanez, JR Castro, Demetria McKinney , Steph Lecor , Avant, Jaheim , Chaka Khan , Tina Campbell , Tasha Cobbs, Hezekiah Walker , Charles Jinkens & more rocked the house on the main stage , WBLS stage, Hot 97 stage, and at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Now if you missed out trust us after checking out these pics , interviews and performances, you will make sure you’re in the building next year for another must see weekend. Special thanks to all the sponsors AARP, COBA, AT&T , Metro PCS , Hair Infinity , Health First ,Maybelline , Disney , Fox 5 , BET ,Creme Of Nature and the 529 College Saving Program this year for another successful expo.
Pics Courtesy of Johnny Nunez for Getty Images & Circle Of Sisters Instagram
Last month we had the pleasure of sitting down with Dancer/Choreographer/Actor John Silver while in NYC. The St.Louis native who now resides in LA has been going non stop this summer while on tour with Nicki Minaj but as we come to find out dancing is only the beginning for this rising star. The Dancer/Choreographer of over 12 years to stars like Nicki, J.Lo, Chris Brown , Beyonce ,Ne-Yo , Omarion, Ciara, Keyshia Cole & more has so much more in than just dance on his horizon. Now John has recently graced the tv & big screen with small roles in Blockbuster films such as ‘ Stomp The Yard ‘ , ‘ Dreamgirls ‘ ‘ Dance Flik ‘ , ‘ Step up 3D’ and was also one of the stars of the premiere NUVO docu-series ‘ A Step Away ‘ . Now if that wasn’t enough he has set his eyes on Hollywood with his first co-starring role in the upcoming film ‘ High Strung ‘ which we were luckily able to screen last month. Many in the biz would say ok hes danced for some of the biggest names and should just stay in his lane but some people just have the ” IT “ factor and if you ever sat down or hung around John you would know why this man is definitely meant to be in the forefront. While sitting with John he mentioned that as well as acting he has also ventured off into the fashion world as the face of the clothing line ‘ Sixth June ‘. Now with all this going on he remains humble as he continues to inspire dancers from all over to make their dreams come true and i witnessed it firsthand when we were stopped by one his fans who recognized him & wanted to tell him how much she looks up to him and aspires to work like he does. Check out a stream of our in depth conversation as he opens up about his journey in the business, the future and what he wants his legacy to be below.
If You wanna see some of the magic watch him live on tour with J.Lo below.
So a few weeks ago we had the pleasure of talking with the legendary Brandy Norwood after her amazing performance in Chicago on Broadway. Watch our exclusive interview as she talks about her experience on Broadway, The Next Brandy, her new music & so much more below. Make sure you catch her staring as Roxie Hart before she leaves the show this Sunday on Aug 2nd, trust us you wont regret it.
St Maarten a small island which is split into 2 sides from the French & Dutch and only consist of 75,000 in population seems so small when your read about it but once your there the experience is larger than life.The Divi Little Bay Resort has to be one of the best places I have ever stayed on an island. Not only was the decor beautiful on the outside but the rooms were perfectly designed for comfort. We were welcomed with gifts just about everyday but what really stood out was the staff who were just as pleasant.
The food at the resort was delightful but the amenities is what took the cake. The beach alone was relaxing but the infinity pool and jacuzzi’s were to die for . Now if that wasn’t enough we had access to the Gym, Jet Ski’s and my favorite the Spa. Indulgence by The Sea is a must have if you make your way to their resort , trust me you won’t regret it. Mark my words whenever I do have the chance to come back to the island , I promise you there is nowhere else better to say.
Each day on the island we had the pleasure of dining at different restaurants courtesy of the tourism board which we wee eternally grateful for. Some of my favorite spots to eat included Taloula Mango , Cheri’s Cafe , Hollands House & Rancho Restaurant. Now I can be the pickiest eater in the world but they all had menus which were easy to choose from which included American , Mexican , Italian & Sea Food Dishes prepared to anyone’s liking . Now I must say the two that stood out had to be Taloula Mango because not only was the food great but the ambiance was beautiful with the beach just in walking distance from our table .Cheri Cafe on the other hand had some of the funniest yet entertaining host I have ever come across. That restaurant is a must as soon as you step into the island.
If that wasn’t enough, Janelle of the Tourism board made sure we had a chance to see so much of what the island had to offer and for that I can’t thank her enough. We had a chance to enjoy a visit at the Loterie Farmwhere we not only had lunch but we had the option to go Zip Lining , Hiking or to enjoy the beautiful pool which I most definitely did. The ambiance alone will take your breath away but just being there is an experience in itself. I recommend anyone to go there just to relax or have fun.
Before coming here I never heard of a Water UFO but that didn’t stop me from trying it out . The UFO stands forUnbelievably Fun Object and thats exactly what it was. You can either go alone or with a partner/instructor on the craft which can only be steered by your body motion. Now it might take some work but trust me it’s well worth it. Only in St Maarten is this available , because it the first of its kind so best believe if you make it over there stop in Phillipsburg for an unforgettable experience.
During the trip we were lucky enough to visit the market place where different vendors sold clothing, art, food and other assortments but some of the best places we got to visit were the Guavaberry Emporium , St Maarten Nectar & Toppers Rhum warehouse. The reason why i say this is not only because we were able to take home some freebies (gifts) but we had the chance to see some of the islands more popular companies. The Guavaberry Emporium had an endless amount of product to indulge in from the Rums, Liquors, honey, hot sauces & more. St Maarten Nectar smelled like heaven as soon as you walked in its doors and the natural products which range from soap, oils, lotion, shaving cream , candles & more are a must have for any trip on the island. We had to bring some home especially after getting a chance to speak with the owner and her small team of 6 who make the magic happen. Last but not least was the Toppers Rhum warehouse where we got to see how one of the popular drinks on the island came to be and how the factory works on a day to day bases. We not only got to look around but we got a chance to taste test some possible new flavors that might hit the marker soon. Check out some of my audio clips from talking with the owners about their companies as they shared with us the process of getting their product out onto the market.
I honestly cant express how incredible of a trip this was and how thankful i am to The Tourism board for having me. I think words can only explain but so much of the trip so i had to include pics and video of this experience. Once you watch i guarantee you will want to make your way out here for carnival. i will gladly recommend this trip to anyone in a heartbeat, so until next time heck out what really went down in one of my favorite islands St Maarten below.
St Maarten Nectar
St Maarten Nectar
Toppers Rhum Factor
Dave of Toppers Rhum talks with us about the company
Yesterday i had the pleasure of talking with Robert Ri’chard & Imani Hakim two of the stars of the anticipated film ‘Chocolate City ‘ . Listen to my exclusive interview below with the two as we talk about growing up in Hollywood from a child star ” Everybody Hates Chris ” (Hakim) & ” One On One ” (Ri’Chard) to taking on progressives roles in film like this one , working together as love interest in the film, and why women need to make their way to theaters next week to see the buzzed about flick. Peep the trailer for the Jean-Claude La Marre film which stars Robert Ri’chard ,Vivica A. Fox ,Tyson Beckford , Michael Jai White Deray Davis , Ginuwine & Darren Henson before it hits theaters and on demand on May 22nd.
Last night some of music, tv & fashions biggest stars came out in Hollywood for the first ever Fashion Los Angeles Awards Show (FLAs). Superstars like Rihanna, Kanye West , Kerry Washington, Katy Perry, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Drew Barrymore & Nicole Richie were some of the few in attendance for the event hosted by The Daily Front Row at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. Check out pics from the big night key which honored creatives making their mark in fashion like Gigi Hadid, Jeremy Scott, Christian Louboutin, Calvin Klein Collection’s Italo Zucchelli, InStyle’s Ariel Foxman, Hervé Leger’s Lubov Azria and more below.
Nicki sat down with Andy Cohen for an interview last night, and first and foremost, let me say that she looked stunning! She spoke about her “big break”, “Dickheads” in the industry, and so much more. Phaedra Parks even showed up to the set!
Yesterday we had the pleasure of talking with rising pop star Eva Universe. The Bay area native who although is new o us, is no stranger to the stage. The upcoming pop diva has already hit the stage opening for major acts such as Nas, Alica Keys, The Wanted & for major shows including Wango Tango & Jingle Ball. Now after talking to her It shouldn’t comes as a surprise that she has had this much success early on in her career. She sites Britney Spears, Lady Gaga & the Spice Girls as some of her inspirations. Eva has already had success on the Dance Billboard charts with her single ” Not My Daddy “ which featured Gucci Mane. & has already worked with rap star Tyga on her single Body On Mine. Now with that being said it make sense that that hit-maker JR Rotem signed on to produce her latest single Trapped which is set to hit ITunes next tues on Dec 9th . This is perfect timing since she just kicked off her run on Nick Cannon’s High School Tour so make sure you get into her single after you Check out our interview below and see why she is def one to watch in 2015.