Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Project Curves is Coming To Baltimore, MD

Hey Family!

I just signed on to be a guest speaker for Project Curves in Baltimore, MD. I am really excited about being a part of this "MUST ATTEND" event for anyone who EVEN considers calling themselves a "Plus Sized Model".

I missed the event in Chicago because of scheduling conflicts. So I am TOTALLY amped up for this workshop!

I am quite serious when I say that the event is a "MUST ATTEND", since I have been working as a booker for an exclusively plus sized agency in NYC....I am absolutely alarmed at the lack of preparation that most, not all of the aspiring models have when they show up at my office. It makes it very hard for me to try and promote plus sized models when the "new jacks" are too lazy to do some very simple homework (research) before throwing their hats in the ring.

Quite need to be something other than F.A.T. with a pretty face....That ain't gonna cut it and the frustration of dealing with folks who DON'T have it together trickles down onto the folks who DO have it together .... and the result is NOBODY works.....feel me?

If you are an aspiring plus sized model....and you can get to this Baltimore workshop....It is the best thing you can do for your career....the information is invaluble.

See you there!
"Talent alone won't make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: "Are you ready?"

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Whitney Houston at The Plymouth Jazz Festival in Tobago

I just pulled this off the BV Buzz this morning family.....Wow.....

R&B diva Whitney Houston disappointed a sold-out crowd who came to see a rare performance by the trouble-prone singer at the Plymouth Jazz Festival in Tobago on Sunday, April 27.
The 'Greatest Love of All' singer performed on the last night of the festival, just before headliner Rod Stewart took the stage. Houston opened her show with 'Its Not Right, But Its Okay' and by her third song, 'Saving All My Love,' the once soprano's newfound tenor tone was in full rasp.
Delivering only seven songs during her 30 minute set, Houston was reportedly paid a whopping $3 million for the show.

Though journalists were flown in from all over the world, Houston refused to allow media and photographers within 200 feet of the stage. She brought her own photographer to the venue and only he was allowed to shoot her performance. Wearing a white gown with a single shoulder strap, Houston skipped around the stage and continuously shouted to the crowd: "I love you Trinidad!'

Unfortunately, the concert was in Tobago!

Locals shouted back each time: "This is Tobago!"

Houston also paid tribute to several other festival performers during her show. "Hearing so many of the greats that have performed this weekend bring back so many memories," she told the crowd. "My daughter and I have listened from our porch each night and I have enjoyed Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and En Vogue." The 44-year-old music icon ambitiously attempted 'And I'll Always Love You,' however she struggled through the build up and knew better than attempt the high finish.

She bowed and then squatted after her pseudo-encore of Chaka Khan's 'I'm Every Woman,' which Houston also recorded for 'The Bodyguard' soundtrack. The BV Buzz previously reported that Houston is slated to headline the Caudwell Children's Legend Ball at Battersea Evolution in London on May 8. A comeback album is rumored to feature production by the likes of Akon, R. Kelly and Ne-Yo, among others and is schedule for November. Houston divorced singer Bobby Brown in Feb. 2007 after 14 years of marriage. Since then she's been romantically linked to R&B singer Ray J.

3 Mil for HALF a Show???? Damn.

I still love Miss Whitney though and I'm still praying that she can get it together and return to the stage where she belongs.....

"We all have the ability, sooner or later, to single-handedly, change the course of the tide in our favour."

Ice Cream for $.31 cents a scoop TOMORROW ONLY from 5pm til 10pm

What's Up Family!!
Baskin Robbins is honoring America 's Firefighters by selling ice cream for $.31 cents per scoop on Wednesday, April 30th between 5 and 10 pm (That would be TOMORROW Ya'll!!). Grab your friends, and/or the kids and have a cool one! This fundraiser for the firefighters is an important one for them, so let's go out and have ice cream and support a great cause.

For more info:

Although I am SEVERELY lactose intolerant, and I don't really mess with Ice Cream....there are times when I get a craving for a scoop that I simply must give the er...consequences.

So I might actually have to go around the corner and get my favorite tonight....perhaps I'll get my TWO faves (Mint Chocolate Chip & Peppermint Fudge Ribbon!!! Yeah...there's something about that Mint & Chocolate mix that I simply can't resist!) and save one for later!

It's a for a good cause family and it's at a price WE CAN ALL AFFORD for a change!

Enjoy Ya'll!

"Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos."

Monday, April 28, 2008

My Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Experience

Last week I was perusing through the ads on Craig's List, like I normally do and I came across an ad about auditions to be a contestant on the game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", as you know from my "Cash Cab" experience, I LOVE game shows....particularly ones that are trivia based!

So I figured, what the heck? It won't cost me anything to go down and apply right? So that's what I did....I submitted and I received and email the next day telling me to come down to ABC on Monday at 7pm.

Well...if you live in NYC then you already know that the weather on Monday was absolutely heinous...a lot of rain and wind and just generally icky. Most of my peeps already know that I don't "do" rain....I can't think of anything that will keep me in the house longer than rain. So when I saw that rain coming down on Monday afternoon....I almost didn't go. But again...I figured...what the heck?

I got down to 66th st at around 7pm and I walked past several folks who were grumbling about a"long line" I almost turned around because I don't really "do" lines either....ESPECIALLY in the RAIN!!!! Well when I got to the line....I saw it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought and I decided to stick it out. As luck would have it I wound up standing with some particularly chatty participants, who told me that they watch the show every day and they even tape it when they are not home.....They had even already preselected "their life lines" WTF????lol...I KNEW I was out of my league immediately because I barely watch the show these days and I most certainly ain't recording a GAME SHOW????'s just not that serious for me.

For real.

Anyway, after about a 15-20 minute wait to get inside, we walked through this huge stainless steel door into what could have only been the employee cafeteria at ABC....after the usual bag search, we were seated at tables and given sealed envelopes, with numbers, questions and the testing sheet.

The 10 minute test was multiple choice and it had questions on a broad range of subjects....some I knew....and others I didn't have a clue about. I managed to get seated at a table with another "Chatty Kathy" who told me that he had tried out years ago for Jeopardy....(lol...folks take their game shows seriously ya'll) and thought he had aced this particular quiz.

To make a long story short, the test was quick and painless, they gave us the results immediately (only one person at our table made it to the next round WASN'T me!) and those of us doofuses (cuz that's what I felt who weren't selected got these lovely little refrigerator magnets and pencils as parting gifts.

It was an interesting experience for me but alas...not interesting enough for me to go back and try again.....i'mma see how I can get on Wheel of Fortune......I LOVE that show and you just gotta know how to SPELL......Lol..I can do THAT.....

Just in case you guys are interested in's the link....good luck!

“I was on a game show. When I lost, they gave me a lovely parting gift. It was a comb.”

Sikh Day Parade 2008

Happy Sunday Family!

Yesterday afternoon I attended the Annual Sikh Day Parade/Festival, held downtown on 24th Street & Madison Avenue. I wound up at this festival because a few years ago I got a really interesting email from my friend Bev Carter, who explained how SHE stumbled upon this festival last year I think. The email went something like this:

With working this tax season I almost forgot my favorite cultural NYC experience. Sikh Day is this Saturday April 26 and the food is served in the park at 23rd and Madison. All Indian, all vegetarian, also desserts, fruit, juice, tea, etc., all blessed. Most of you know all about it from my past emails. For those of you that are new I added my 2005 email below. I have returned to this event in 2006 and 2007. And as with my first encounter, when I said enough, the shoved more food into my bag. But the difference was I had a big empty bag this time. Also I have to say the nicest bunch of people I have met in a huge crowd in my life and I love the colors the women wear, like a sea of flowers flowing in the wind. The men are gorgeous. I sit and eat and watch the men go by. One year we went around 1:00PM and the pickings were slim. Last year I was there 10:30AM.

Go hungry and take a big bag. The Girl Scout Motto -- Be prepared!

Anyway....prepared I was when I met Bev & a friend of hers in front of the Sprint store at 11am...I was a little put off by the threat of rain but the skies were pretty clear that morning. We realized immediately that we were a little early (because most of the vendors where just arriving and still setting up) and decided to go and check out some of the thrift stores lining 23rd street....(uh...note to Salvation Army....ya'll are kidding right???? Who's gonna pay $2000.00 bucks for an old school giant screen tv from THE SALVATION ARMY?????) Not when you can take that SAME 2G's and buy a NEW ONE with a FLAT SCREEN???? Duh.

lol...there shouldn't be ANYTHING AT the Salvation Army that cost $2000.00. Sorry.

But I about an hour of checking out used stuff...we walked back to the festival, which was now in full swing!! On our first pass we just filled up our plates and lot!

Samosa's, curried veggies, rice, fruits, ice cream, juices, sodas, name it they had it. The food was hot and delicious and the people were as friendly as they come....all dressed in traditional clothing in the most beautiful and vibrant colors.

After we finished eating we paused briefly while Bev partook in a rousing game of "Miss Mary Mack" with one of the was hilarious watching us BOTH relive our childhood's with this little girl ( hardly EVER see the kids today actually BEING KIDS....)

And then it was back to the vendors....with shopping bags (Miss Bev brought ziploc bags...I ain't mad at her) and by the time we finished we had so much stuff to take home that the bags were making my shoulders hurt!!! It was was hard getting anyone to take "no" for an answer....(", really....I have no need for 9 bananas...I don't eat them like that"

We left the festival at around 3pm, exhausted and completely satiated. I had a blast and I heard that my girl Bev had the equivalent of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bomb coming out of her butt the next day.....ROFLMAO!!!!

Indian food is VERY spicy and I LOVE IT!!!!

I will totally be there next year if my schedule allows. If there is a hungry soul in the city on the day of this festival....there is no need to be hungry on this particular day.....clean yourselves up as best you can and come and eat your fill, bring a few shopping bags and get your blessings at the same time. They will welcome you with open arms....I promise you.

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

New Interview with The Runway Diva at!!!

Hey Family!

Please check out my latest interview with Glamour Magazine's Kirk Shannon-Butts (available now for your reading pleasure) at

Of course in the interest of space they edited down my responses to pretty much one sentence answers....I have taken the liberty of posting my FULL interview here....I hope you have moment to read it.

How did you get into the industry?

I actually began modeling in the mid 1980’s but personal issues forced me to put my career aside for several years. In the early 90’s I began doing club & local shows for a few years to build up my skills and I signed on with Wilhelmina in 1995 after winning a local modeling contest and my career took off shortly afterwards.

What has been your success in the industry?

I feel extremely blessed because I have had quite a few successes in the fashion industry. I got my first cover on the premiere issue of BELLE Magazine in 1995 right before I signed with Wilhelmina. But I consider my biggest successes to be my appearances on Mo’Nique’s F.A.T. Chance and MTV’s MADE because of the impact (Both shows were the highest rated segments of their seasons) that these shows have had on the lives of plus sized women of all ages.

Tell me about the challenges you have faced in the Fashion industry?

When I first started out as a beginning plus sized model, I did a lot of local shows and I found that it was on the local level where I encountered most of the challenges. When I would show up at the call time with the standard size models, people always asked me if I were singing or they thought I was there to do makeup. Usually, I was the only plus sized model in these shows and many of the makeup artists were either reluctant or simply refused to do my face. Therefore I had to learn how to do my face as well or sometimes better than the pros. I always had to prove myself in order to inspire designers to dress me. However, once they (the designers) saw me do my thing on the runway and the way the audiences reacted to me, I no longer had a problem getting people to dress me or do my makeup for me, as a matter of fact many of the designers went on to create plus sized lines after seeing what I could do in their clothing. I rarely let the adversity get to me though and I learned quickly that preparation was the key and I made it my business to always be ready for any challenges that might come my way.

Statistics suggests that most American women are closer to a plus size rather the size 2 or 4 presented in runway shows and advertising campaigns, elaborate on this majority – minority?

Actually, statistics show that the average woman is a size 12 and over 2/3 of the population are women who are a size 14 or larger. Enough said.

Do you struggle with your weight?

Struggle? Well no, not really. Of course I would love to lose these pesky last 20 pounds, who wouldn’t? But I would only call it a struggle if I were actually doing everything I was supposed to be doing to lose weight with no results. THEN it becomes a struggle for me.

What shows and campaigns have you been in?

I have appeared in ad campaigns for The Avenue, Nordstrom’s, Ashley Stewart as well as commercials for Weight Watchers and Just My Size. My television & runway credits include The View, Rip The Runway, MADE, Mo’Nique’s F.A.T. Chance, Entertainment Tonight, Curvations and I made history last year as the first plus sized model to appear in Guyana’s first ever Fashion Week festivities.

What are your style and fashion mantra?

Be who you are but, be who you are tastefully, always have a little class about yourself. My personal fashion mantra is to always try to be the one to SET the trends rather than following them. Less is definitely more for me, I believe that sexy is not about letting it all hang out but more about the way YOU feel about YOU…inside and out. When you love yourself and you feel good about you…it emanates from your pores and it changes the way you carry yourself and to me, that in itself is sexy. As for my personal style, I love clean lines and classic clothing with a burst of color thrown in the mix. I am drawn to bright colors and love clothing that fits well and makes me feel feminine and sexy, but still leaves something for the imagination.

What designers are getting it right for all women?

Hmmm…”Getting it right for ALL women”??? I am not sure that ANYONE is doing that at the moment. Wow, that’s a really interesting question right now because I was recently in a department store shopping and I saw a plus line by a major designer who’s big on both Seventh Avenue and Television. I was intrigued enough to try on a few things but the fit on the clothing was absolutely heinous. It all looked like clothing that orderlies would wear. I was puzzled that someone who is literally “setting the tones” on Seventh Avenue would put their name on a line for plus sized women that so little thought appeared to have gone into. Quite frankly I can only think of a few designers who are “getting it right” for ALL women. Innovative & fashion forward plus sized designers are relatively hard to find these days. On the other hand I do love the lines that both Anna Scholz and Isaac Mizrahi have created for plus sized women both past & present.

What advice do you have for getting into the model arena?

Be prepared. Be informed. Do you homework, get on your computer and do some research about the industry you want to be in BEFORE you just show up at an agency’s doorstep. There are way too many websites, including my own (, forums, clubs etc. that have the basic information about how to get started as a model, the basic requirements you must meet, etc., for ANYONE to show up at an open call without at least knowing how to prepare. Know what you are getting into before you get started, as the overhead for starting a career as a plus model can be quite costly at the start.

How is the fashion industry to plus sized models?

Quietly discriminatory unfortunately, I am seeing an alarming trend in the plus sized market; clients are reverting back to the 80’s practice of hiring much smaller sizes and then padding them up. If you look closely at some of the ads in the major plus size stores today, you can see that the clothing is often baggy and doesn’t quite fit properly on some of the models. I think nothing says more thoroughly about how the industry regards plus sized models than the glaring omission of plus sizes from the tents during fashion week and on television. No one seems to want the “stigma” of being associated with plus sizes but they understand that there is MUCH money to be made in this category, so a lot of people will put out quick, cheaply made, badly constructed clothing that the masses will buy because there are few alternatives for them. Stores like The Gap, Old Navy and others have quietly removed plus sizes from their stores, forcing us to purchase clothing on line, wait several days before it arrives and then often times having to send it back because it doesn’t fit properly. Shopping online completely takes away the joy of shopping from shopaholics, like me, who get pleasure from being able to walk into a store and see immediately how a garment looks and/or feels on my body, then being able to purchase it and perhaps wear it that same evening.

With all the discussion with model's weight, what is your opinion?

I believe that the idea behind fashion, be it small or plus sized has always been about selling a fantasy. Most manufacturers/designers assume that they know what their consumer/clientele wants and looks for and they think that they (the customer) don’t want to see a model that doesn’t look like a doll in their clothes. I don’t believe that fantasies or perfection stops at a size 10. I hope that someday manufacturers will accept the fact that the world is ready and willing to embrace a fantasy that looks closer to a real woman.

Tell me about image and health and beauty.

The three go hand in hand. As a working model it’s all about your image and how it’s cultivated. Your image is what remains in a client’s memory long after you’re gone. So it would behoove you not to be the “drunken party girl” at the agency holiday party. Also, being a plus model does not afford you the luxury of running amok at the buffet or continue a steady diet of junk food. YOU are the product and you must maintain your working weight to keep consistent clients. Practice healthy eating habits and get regular exercise in addition to taking extra care to maintain clear and beautiful skin. A model with problem skin often has problems getting work.

Who are your Style Icons?

Plus sized style icons are fairly hard to come by, but I do admire Oprah Winfrey, She’s always stylish and classy NEVER trashy! I don’t know who is currently dressing Mary J Blige, but I totally love him/her at the moment. Mary is looking the best she has ever looked in her life! I am also a big fan of Roberto Cavalli and mark my words; he is going to create a magnificent outfit designed specifically for me one day. Just you watch me!

What is your website?

My official website is (, which features my personal blogs, a slide show of my works over the years, as well as an advice column called “The Runway Diva Says…” where I post monthly advice on the plus sized modeling industry. I am also the new “Industry Liaison” with Plus Model Magazine ( where I contribute monthly features on plus modeling as well.

Let me know your thoughts when you have a moment fam!

Thanks as always for your continued support!!!



"Patience and perserverence have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."

Sunday, April 27, 2008

My Cash Cab Footage is on YouTube Now!!!!

Hey Ya'll!!!

I finally was able to upload my appearance on The Discovery Channel's Game Show "Cash Cab"....

It's not the greatest copy in the world but you can see it all! know I did!!!!

Thanks for your continued support family!!!!

“Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education”

Soul at Ceol's Returns On Wednesday, April 30th

Greetings Family!

I wanted to give you all a heads up on my next performance........

Soul at Ceol's (Pronounced "Keel") featuring Miss Sharon Quinn continues THIS Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

I will be hosting two sets with the first set beginning at 8pm, there is no cover and the dress is "Casual Cool"....(lol...I just made that up). The food is fabulous and the music....well...if I MAY say so myself...the music is FABULOUS!!!

Soul Food AND Soul Music???? What???? You can't go wrong with that!

Ceol is located at 191 Smith Street in Brooklyn.

Directions via public transportation:

F or G Train to Bergen Street (Ceol's is right around the corner)

For more information on Soul at Ceol's:

Hope to see you all there!!


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tricia Campbell is on a Phone Kiosk Near You!!!!

While I was waiting for the Sikh Day Festival begin, my friends and I decided to walk around the area to kill time and it was WHILE I was walking the streets of Manhattan that I came across this photo of my home girl Tricia Campbell in a NYC Phone Kiosk!

The photo is a promo shot (I am guessing) for a new show on the WE (Women's Entertainment Channel) called "Bulging Brides"....I don't know if Tricia is actually on the show or if they just used her likeness for the promotion but either way it's a good look for her and I am very proud of her!

You GO Girl.....Make it "Do What It Do" Mama! Congrats!

"Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved."

Springtime In NYC

Springtime is one of my favorite times to be in New York City....the leaves & flowers are just beginning to bloom and the smells and colors of the city are absolutely wonderful.

This last week we have had several days of 75 degree weather and I have just been out walking with my camera taking pictures of Mother Nature in all her glory.

Today I walked along 125th Street which was all abuzz with activity because the Sean Bell verdict had just been announced (Cops CLEARED on ALL Charges) and my people were not at all happy with the way things turned out.

50 Shots and NO one was guilty of ANYTHING??? And a question to the officer who had enough time to empty his clip and THEN RELOAD???? At what point during that barrage did you realize that NO ONE WAS SHOOTING BACK AT YOU?????

Did you NOT have a moment to think while you were reloading?? WTF??

I also noticed during my walk that The Body Shop on 5th Avenue was shuttered...GASP!!!!! Lol...but upon further inspection I saw that they are temporarily closed for expansion...they are expanding into the space formerly occupied by The Harlem Underground.

BTW....Time To Compute is out of business as well.

Anyway...the cops were out in FULL FORCE all along 125th particular near the Metro North train station stop....(lol...gotta protect the New Settlers ya know?).

As I prepared to cross Park Avenue to head to the #4 train enroute to visit a cousin in the hospital....I actually ran into my cousin's daughter and grandchildren headed in the opposite direction. We chatted for a long minute about the days events and even took a photo together.

I warned them about all of the activity on Lenox Avenue (a young man had just gotten hit by a car in the intersection...he was still laid out on the pavement when I had passed moments before and traffic on 125th street was a nightmare!) and the hurried to catch the train downtown.

My cousin Emma was happy to see me and in good spirits and getting lots of much needed rest. We talked for an hour or so and then I headed to 34th street to catch a bus back crosstown to the west side to get the D train back up town.

Did ya'll know that some of NYC's buses have cameras now?

Wow. Probably necessary with all the insaneness going on in this country but.....Wow.

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”

Friday, April 25, 2008

Article in The St. American Paper about Qristyl Frazier & Rip The Runway 2008

STL homegirl Qristyl Frazier thinks big with plus-sized fashion

By Kenya Vaughn Of the St. Louis American

“Two years ago BET’S Rip The Runway said, ‘Oh, we heard that you make plus-sized clothes’ - and, honestly, I didn’t,” said fashion designer and St. Louis native Qristyl Frazier.

“I put that show together in 12 days, and it was a knockout. I came up with 10 pieces. We really just made it happen.”

It was baptism by fire that ultimately put Frazier on the map for making clothes for the ladies with a little something extra. After successfully staging her second appearance on Rip the Runway two months ago, she has obviously stumbled into something she loves and has a knack for. And based on the 150 emails she received in an hour the day after Rip the Runway 2008, there is a desire and need for her work on behalf of what she calls “Plus Sexy” women.

“The next day after the first Rip The Runway, I had over 150,000 hits on my website and everybody wanted to look at my stuff and take orders,” Frazier said. “It has taken me two years to get to that point.”

With her online boutique at, ladies can have a virtual shopping experience with items for sale and quick tips on how to create an ensemble using a Qristyl Frazier design.

The bold colors that range from coral to lemon drop on her form-fitting tops, bottoms and dresses are the antithesis of the straight-up-and-down, oversized black uniforms that tend to make up the women’s world departments at most clothing stores.

“You’re not going to see these kind of clothes in the store, and that’s why there’s a market for me to slide in there,” Frazier said.

“I want the ladies to say, ‘My smaller fashionista sisters have clothes, but guess what. I can go on Qristyl Frazier Designs and see that she has some clothes for me and my body.’”

Frazier has used her own experiences with being top-heavy as inspiration for her designs.

Her career in fashion began with an overcrowded home economics class. Because there was no room, she had a choice between sewing and typing. That decision carried her from a youth in Laclede Town to Columbia, Mo., where she received a degree in Fashion Design from Stevens College, to New York City, where she is currently on the grind for Qristyl Frazier Designs.

“I put myself through school by sewing for other people,” Frazier said. “And over the years I learned how to sew for different body types.”

It was her ability to make clothes fit any form that ultimately led to Frazier’s relationship with BET.

Even after seeing her name on TV and having her inbox flooded with requests for more information about who she is and how she does what she does, Frazier admits her business has some serious growing to do.

“I can’t design everything that I want to design because I don’t have the money,” Frazier said.

“I want all women to have nice clothes, so I really need capital. I’m not an Ashley Stewart or Lane Bryant who can cut hundreds of thousands of units and ship all over the world and afford to do a $59 top or skirt.”

But Frazier is working on branding herself as the ultimate label for the Plus Sexy Woman.

While she promotes healthy living, Frazier was quick to point out the need for designs that are inclusive of all sizes.

“We all have a couple pounds to lose, but you still have to wear clothes now,” Frazier said.

“You may have to lose 40 or 50 pounds or more down the road, but you still need clothes that you can look and feel nice in today.”

For more information about Qristyl Frazier or to purchase an item from her “Plus Sexy” line, visit

“There's nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.”

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lil B. Sure & Landon Brown Eliminated on Rock The Cradle

Oooh.....Who didn't see THIS one coming family????

I'm pretty sure I predicted this one in last week's blog about Rock The Cradle after the best singer on the show....A'keiba Burrell-Hammer was unfairly eliminated. The last two remaining negritos ( said it!) Lil B. Sure & Landon Brown were eliminated from the show tonight....

But in all truly deserved it.

I think what was really funny for me was the backstage chatter AFTER last week's eliminations....Jesse Blaze Snider called it 100% correctly when he said "A'keiba was the best singer on this show".....


Cracked and On The Ground!!!!

But they KNEW it was true too! She could have easily outsang most of them and I didn't think HER song was nearly as bad as many of the other's I heard that night. Actually she was pretty good that night.

But I digress (Cuz I just love Miss A'Kieba soooooooooo much!)......back to Landon & Lil B Sure..
These bros actually had the nerve to look surprised when told they were eliminated.


And Papa Bobby cracked me up trying to act like he was really angry and the WHOLE WORLD HAD MADE A HUGE MISTAKE!!!

Uh...Bobby? Dude....Did you actually HEAR the song??? Yo!!! Your son got a TOTAL score of FOURTEEN!!!!! FOURTEEN dude....1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13, FOURTEEN!!!!!

Come ONNNNNNNNNNNNNN now Bobby...WHO ELSE could you have possibly THOUGHT was going home huh?
You know...I actually liked Brandon's version of "Superstition" a few weeks ago...minus all of the theatrics of course....and if he can lose all of the cockiness and arrogance....he might actually get a record deal.

But poor Lil B....he just doesn't have the chops. And that's all i'm going to say about that.

I would hate to be the folks who will be paying good money to see these two on tour with their dads. (lol)

Sigh...I'm still gonna watch cuz I'm rooting for Chloe Lattanzi...but if she drops to her knees one more time during a song....I'M GONNA PULL MY HAIR OUT!!!!

Wait! I don't have any hair do I?

As for the remaining did Crosby Loggins sing this week??? He was probably good but I stopped listening after like 10-15 seconds because he was boring me again.

I LIKED Jesse Blaze Snider's rock version of Johnny Cash's "The Ring of Fire" but the judges didn''ll be interesting to see what America thinks this time.

My elimination predictions for next week? Most definitely Lara Johnston...her rendition of Lady Marmalade was absolutely heinous....and I don't know if Chloe Lattanzi will skate by next week...I wasn't really impressed with her version of "Freak On A Leash" song choice....don'tcha think?

Wow...$100,000 prize & a recording'd think they'd already KNOW they HAVE to be able to sing right?

Well I guess this show proves that while talent can be (and often IS) also tends to skip a generation or two every so often.

"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."

Boma Coffee & Tea Co./Nubian Heritage in Harlem Closes

Hey Family!

I was visiting my surrogate dad over the weekend and was walking up Fifth Avenue towards my old stomping grounds, when I noticed that The Boma Coffee & Tea Co./Black Heritage Cafe, right next door to the National Black Theater has closed.

That's really too bad....The cafe, located on 2037 5th Ave between 126th & 125th sts, was different from any establishment that's been on that strip before....I know this because those streets are where I spent the bulk of my childhood. I loved the whole "cafe/outdoor dining" feel that the place had to it. And I was just waiting for Summer to arrive because the neighborhood is changing so quickly now. I thought on many occasions that they were just trying to do too much in that space (Coffee & Tea Co, Bookstore, Vera Moore Cosmetics, Candles & Incense....on top of the cafe??? There was just too much stuff going on in the space and it just never really came together....ya know?

I don't think the Shea Spa located upstairs was ever finished either.
The last time I was in the space was a few years ago when I auditioned for a musical based on the life of Chaka Khan a few years ago. I also took acting classes in the upstairs space with Sidra Smith AND my friend, bridal designer Paul Campbell held his 50th Birthday Party there a few years back and IT WAS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!

It was a beautiful space and I was really hoping they could hold out until the "New Settlers" arrived.

It's a shame.

I wonder who's next?

On another note...I found out the other day that the Police Dept has been going around the bodegas in my neighborhood and revoking their licenses to sell beer....when asked why this was happening the store owners were reportedly told that the area is under going an "upgrade" and this was part of "cleaning up the area" that means that folks like me....who appreciate a cold beer after a hard day's work will have to walk nearly 10 blocks to a store that still has their liquor license.....


What's wrong with THIS picture family?

Excuse me but I wasn't aware that the New Settlers would be the ONLY residents of Harlem (that matter)....I guess that the needs and/or opinions of folks that already live here simply don't matter in the grand scheme of things.

Told you so.

Frankly, if things continue the way they are, the only people living in Manhattan below 110th Street are going to be the super rich, and the homeless.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Plus Gals Live On The Plaza on The Today Show!!!

What's Up Family!

I am sending out a very special congrats to the ladies at IPM Models, who did their thing live "On The Plaza" for the plus sized fashion segment this morning on The Today Show!!

Check out the clip below featuring Essence Magazine's Mikki Taylor doing commentary!

Special Shout outs to:

Wynter, Jamil, Michelle, Yvette & Amy!! Continued success in all that you do! I am very proud of you all!

The best is yet to come ya'll!

Like I said before....The Revolution may NOT be televised but it is coming!

Will YOU be ready?

"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dancing With The Stars has a Juicy Gal!!!!

I am not a fan of ABC's Dancing With The Stars but because absolutely nothing was on television last night, I decided to tune in and watch out of sheer boredom.

So I ask you family....why was I so entertained that I watched the show in its entirety last night??? I had absolutely no idea that I would be so incredibly entertained by watching R&B singer Mario (who I never gave a thought to before) perform last night....he was really good and surprisingly sexy!

But the surprise of the evening for me was watching Hairspray's Marissa Jaret Winokur do her "thang-thang" and represent for the juicy gals lovely!!!!

And while I was impressed with both Mario and Marlee Matlin (how hard must it be to dance and be unable to hear the music????).....When I saw fellow juicy gal Marissa Jaret Winokur absolutely DOING HER THANG!!! I was floored and I immediately had my reason for tuning in next week.

I thought she looked beautiful and she moved well (although...she's a Broadway I would have been surprised if she COULDN'T but Kudos to DWTS for having the good sense to bring a real size celeb on the show.

I think that "we" as fellow juicy sistas....should light up the phones to keep this chick in the running....

"Go out in the world and work like money doesn't matter, Sing as if no one is listening, Love as if you have never been hurt, and Dance as if no one is watching"

Monday, April 21, 2008

Juicy Gals Are Taking Over!!! Check Out Miss Rap Supreme!!!!

What's Up Family!!!!

I ask you???? Is this a great time to be a big girl or WHAT???? I am absolutely thrilled to be able to channel surf and catch my juicy sistas on MULTIPLE shows!!!! And MAJOR ONES at that!
And guess what? They ain't clowning us neither! My big girls are SERIOUSLY holding it down and I am WHAT???? LOVING IT!!!! lol....

So my latest guilty pleasure is VH1's Miss Rap Supreme....

Okay...I gotta admit...I have a serious crush on MC Serch (always have...since his 3rd Bass days...I couldn't begin to tell you why) much so that I was tuning into The White Rapper Show just to see him..... THAT's a little bit of a girl Persia (aka Rachel)

(we've worked together in the fashion arena) was competing and I was supporting....BUT I still watched even after she got eliminated cuz I got a "lil thang" for Serch!
But I digress...I initially checked out Miss Rap Supreme cuz I saw this chick called Lady Twist in the promos and her flow was kinda nice.....AND I ALWAYS wanna see my big girls putting it down. And she hasn't been disappointing me wise. This chick is real nice on the mic ya'll but I guarantee you if she doesn't try to glam up her appearance at some point....they're gonna find a reason to cut her.

Lol...last week they had a "Fashion" challenge using sweatsuit had to design your outfit using the materials provided....most of the ladies did well but I was really disappointed in what Lady Twist put together....she didn't even try and TRUST ME when I tell you.....THAT will be her Achilles....I mean...Missy started out as a big girl with a MAGNIFICENT flow...but they ALWAYS glammed her up so that the public could digest her "look" little easier.

A stylist needs to holla at Lady Twist....QUICKLY. So far I think she has the goods to win but just like her plus sized sistas who came before her on these "Competition"'s ALL about the "Image" and if you don't get that up to won't win. I'd also like to see her "perform" a little bit more...ya know?

I am also loving the fact that she ISN'T the only juicy gal on the show...there's also my other fave....Reece Steele...she's juicy too and I don't know WHAT it is I like about her....but I like her!
I also thought the lil elimination "twist" was interesting as well....with Serch catching Khia (My Neck, My Back, My Coochie & My Crack) out there using lyrics that she wrote a while back then eliminating her and then resurrecting Lionezz (Who I really like too!)
Lastly, I was greatly disappointed with the behavior of both Khia (You'd Better Respect Me) and Ms. Cherry (You a one-hit wonder!) Khia behaving like everyone in the house OWED her something and Ms. Cherry NOT giving her any respect at all (Note to Ms Cherry: Selling 800,000 copies of ANYTHING is no easy feat....she gets respect for THAT alone if nothing else...and I HATED that nasty lil And then to top it all off....she (Ms Cherry) flubbed HER OWN lyrics TWICE....and then wound up in the bottom's that for karma ya'll????

We as a people need to practice the habit of NOT kicking a person when they are down....because more than likely those are shoes that YOU will eventually have to wear since no one stays on top the words of my buddy CJS:

"The same people you meet on the way're gonna meet 'em on the way down."

And you never KNOW what position they will be in when you see them be real careful about burning bridges.

I still can't figure out why she (Khia) was even on this show....didn't she just do a single with Janet Jackson on her last album?

I guess it was for the TOTALLY get that. was great seeing Yo-Yo again...I was wondering where she disappeared to and she looks great too!

"One's own karma, one's own actions are responsible to come to bring either happiness or success or whatever."

Jill Scott Nude in Allure Magazine - You GO Girl!!!!

What's up Mi Familia!!!

Ya'll better run out and get your copy of Allure Magazine's May 2008 issue as SOON as it hits the newsstands.....I already KNOW it's gonna be a collector's item!!!

For those of you who haven't heard yet the fabulous Jill Scott is shattering myths as she poses nude for the May issue along with Gabrielle Union, Angie Harmon, Vanessa Williams & I heard Britney ( we haven't seen THAT before) Spears... (lol....I ain't putting THEIR photos here cuz, quite frankly....seeing skinny chicks in print nude ain't nothing new....we're talking MILESTONES here!!!!)

Gabrielle Union and Jill Scott are two of five actresses who shed their clothes for the May issue of "Allure" magazine. Jill Scott told Cara Litke of "Allure" that "nobody ever celebrates women whose bodies are bigger than a size 8. But here I am, naked in a magazine at size 16. I hope that I can be an inspiration to all women. We're all beautiful, each and every one of us."

Of course the photo is photo shopped TO DEATH and they have her obscured by so much foliage that you can't really see anything but it's a turning point FOR US nonetheless....

So my hat goes off to you Miss Jill!!!! I managed to find Miss Vanessa's photo and I AM gonna put it here as an example (and because I just really like Vanessa

Um....frankly I would have loved to see a shot similar (or as revealing) to Vanessa's using Jill Scott (just a thought....they still have us um...."hiding"...feel me fam?)

But I ain't's a start......

Kudos to you Miss Jill for being bold, brave, classy and blazing a trail for others to follow!

I told you before family.......


It is not easy to be a pioneer but oh, it is fascinating! I would not trade one moment, even the worst moment, for all the riches in the world.

Friday, April 18, 2008

A'keiba Burrell is (Wrongly) Eliminated on Rock The Cradle

Damn. Damn....DAMN JAMES!!!!

I knew it was gonna happen...I was really praying that America would be better than that but was not to be.

I did ask in my last post if this was supposed to be a SINGING contest right????

Last night one of the BETTER singers got eliminated from MTV's Rock The Cradle and I am betting that it had almost NOTHING to do with her vocals.

It is CLEARLY EVIDENT that this child CAN sing (and the "Ki-Ki" is this...her daddy AIN'T a singer)....but she can't dress worth a damn and you just KNOW that's why shady ass America voted her off....It's the same BS that goes down on American Idol and all the other performance shows....IF you're gonna be a BIG GIRL have to be the TOTAL PACKAGE from the jump. You gotta BLOW, The look has to be OVER!!!! And you have to have STAGE PRESENCE FOR THE GODS!!!!

In other words...YOU must KNOW in your heart that YOU ARE THE BEST THING TO EVER HIT A STAGE...EVER!!! The world simply is ready for all of the fabulosity that is YOU...And then hit the stage and absolutely KILL it....Every time.
We already know they won't give you a second chance if you blow it or God are just "average" one week.

I mean COME ON....did you see the performance of Lil B Sure last week????? What he did to that Maxwell song was sacrilegious....if ANYONE should have been voted should have been HIM!!!! I don't care how good he looks....he can't sing!!!

They (America)are not gonna wait for you (if you're a big girl) to pull it all together....My God!!! The combination of that horrid olive green rain/trench coat with the aqua belt was JUST KILLING ME!!!!! (Ya'll know I ain't a fan of olive green!!!).

Oh I WISH....I WISH....That I could have gotten my hands on Miss A'Keiba!!! I (along with the help of some of my VERY STYLISH BIG GIRL friends....) would have TURNED HER OUT!!!!!

I will miss her and I truly wondered which of her dad's songs she was going to reinterpret....I wish we could have seen it....that's a dumb rule to eliminate them without letting them sing their last song.
They should change it.

The judges should be able to "Save" a performer if they KNOW the WRONG choice has been made.

MTV - Think about this one for next season.

On the other hand....That Chloe Lattanzi is starting to grow on me....I kind of enjoyed what she did with her mom's hit "I Honestly Love You"....she put her own spin on it and that took some real balls....but there's still something weird about her appearance that is just killing me......

If she can just tighten up those vocals a little more (she's a little pitchy too!), she might actually win....

And now for The Runway Diva's Predictions:

Winners: I think it's gonna come down to Chloe Lattanzi & Jesse Blaze Snider (I like Kenny Loggin's kid but as a performer, he's about as exciting as watching paint dry....sorry.)

Eliminations for next week (there's supposed to be a DOUBLE elimination next week!):

If we judge by scores and talent....I think we're gonna say Buh-BYE to:

Lil B. Sure, Landon Brown and/or Lara Johnston

Both Lil B & Brandon have REALLY HUGE PITCH PROBLEMS....(Sorry Landon...I don't think those marvelous abs of yours will keep you around this go round) And a TOTAL SCORE of like Er..."14" is JUST NOT A GOOD THING!!! And I think that Lara just doesn't have the vocal chops or the elusive "IT" factor.
And What did June Ambrose say about Landon's performance?

Did she say it was a "tragedy"??? No, noo....she said it was "painful"!


But as this week's eliminations proved....America doesn't have the best

We'll see next week won't we?
One more thing: Did anyone else hear June Ambrose tell Lara Johnston that they were gonna get together "she's gonna be her "Style Architect" for next week?????
That makes me wonder why she didn't say that to A'Keiba after telling her she looked like a "40 year old woman???"
Told Miss A'Keiba her her look was "Tragic"...but didn't offer to be her damn "Style Architect"??
Dang June! That's Not Cool at all.

What up with THAT June???? Still don't know what to do with the Juicy ones yet eh???
Miss A'Keiba....MC Hammer.....SOMEBODY CALL THE RUNWAY DIVA!!!!!! This child could have a solid career in front of her....but she has to become the total package!!!! And she needs to be comfortable in her own is clearly evident to me that she is NOT comfortable with her body at all.
"All the intelligence and talent in the world can’t make a singer. The voice is a wild thing. It can’t be bred in captivity. It is a sport, like the silver fox. It happens."

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Real Men Cook at Billie's Black

Yesterday evening at around 6:30 or so, I scooped up my "Biscuit Bud" Deb and headed over to Billie's Black on 119th Street to check out the registration event for the 19th Annual Real Men Cook.

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Anyway, I haven't been to Billie's Black ( in a long minute....I think the last time I was there was a few years ago, when Eda and I stumbled upon it while looking for a new restaurant to try.

It's a cute little spot, on the small side but the ambiance is great! As I entered the restaurant, the first person I spotted was a sister name Gail (we go waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy back to the Perk's days) who always greets me with love whenever I see her. After quickly perusing the room we decided to take some table towards the back of the restaurant. Once we got settled, I went to the bar to order some drinks....a "Billie's Black" (their signature drink) for me and a tequila & cranberry for Deb. I don't really mess with tequila & cranberry but the Billie's Black was QUITE tasty!

Shortly after we got our drinks, I looked up and saw my homie Sohad coming through the doors! I had completely forgotten that we spoke on the phone the other day and had agreed to meet at the event....I don't get to see Sohad as much as I would like and needless to say I was happy to see her walk through the doors!

She came in and immediately announced that she was hungry, so she ordered some appetizers and an entree....meanwhile the waitstaff started making rounds with platters of freshly fried I don't particularly care for catfish myself, but I had a few pieces and they were actually very good! After Sohad placed her order for Honey BBQ Wings, a big ass mac & cheese, collard greens AND garlic mashed potatoes....(yeah...I know it SOUNDS like a lot of we shared it!) she ordered another round of drinks and we all settled back to get caught up.

I kept periodically looking up for Roz Nixon, the sister who invited me to this event but she was nowhere to be found. I did however catch a glimpse & take photos with WBLS Legendary DJ...Mr. "Quiet Storm" himself - Vaughn Harper. I heard he'd had a major stroke last year, I think...but he appears to have recovered nicely....he looks great! I also ran into another brother from my party days....John Fleming, who I think was one of the organizers of the event. A bad fall left him crutches for the event. He was moving slowly but he looks wonderful....I wish you a speedy recovery boo! Miss Billie's Black herself came over and chatted it with us for a while...but she wouldn't give up any secrets on who the person is in the photo on the bathroom

(I swear fam....I DO have looking for the charging base for my camera....)

The food was tasty and the drinks kept flowing....Roz did appear after a while....we were having a good old time between my doing "photo ops", talking amongst ourselves and messing around with the two chicks at the table behind us....Michelle & Tawanna...(See!! I remembered!) we barely felt the time flying by.

We called for the check at around 9:30pm, Thanked our MOST WONDERFUL server (a very CUTE young brother named Maurice I think) said our goodbyes and walked over to Eighth Avenue to put Sohad in a taxi. Then we hitched one for ourselves and headed over to 102nd to catch a new episode of "Top Chef Chicago".

It was a wonderful night and I will definitely be trying to check out the actual event on Father's Day.....I can't wait to see and taste what the brothers are cooking.

Thanks for the invite Roz!

Men like to barbecue. Men will cook if danger is involved.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Runway Diva on Plus Model Radio

Happy Sunday Morning Family!!

Sorry for the last minute notice here. But tune in tomorrow night to listen to Plus Model Radio on Monday, April 14 / 6:00pm PST, 9:00pm EST

Scheduled Guests include:

Susan Barone CEO of Always For

Erin Tinsley April Cover Model

And ME!!!!

Sharon Quinn The Original Runway Diva and PLUS Industry Liaison

PLUS Model Magazine Brings You a New On-line Talk Show, PLUS Model Radio!

Hosted by plus size model and actress Chenese Lewis, PLUS Model Radio covers everything for curvy women. Each show will inform and educate our listeners about the plus modeling and fashion industry, spotlight industry professionals as well as promote upcoming events and projects for curves.

Listeners around the world will be able to tune in live though a real-time, on-line broadcast.

The show will be interactive with listeners having the ability to call in.

Immediately following the show, it will be available to download in MP3 and Podcast formats.
"If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow."

Happy Birthday April Woodward

Last night Jacqueline & I attended a birthday celebration in honor of Inside Edition's April Woodward

at a club called Vault located on East Houston Street (at Essex Street & Avenue A). I have never actually formally met April, so my invite came from my buddy Yvette Hayward.

The weather was an absolutely gorgeous 65 degrees and absolutely EVERYBODY AND THEIR MOTHER was out and about last night. That made parking a NIGHTMARE!!! I kid you not, Jacqueline and I must have driven around for 45 minutes looking for parking (we did managed to nearly find one spot and my girl Jacqueline pulled a SPECTACULAR feat of DRIVING when she made a U-turn in traffic and pretty much er...stole a parking space from a chick who was waiting for the didn't see them initially and once we did, we gave them the space back)...but the MOVE ya'll!!! The MOVE WAS SPECTACULAR!!!! She must have been having NASCAR memories (yup...Jacque drove for NASCAR family!!!!) when she did that!

Anyway, we were close to giving up and just going back home, when Jacque decided to drop me off at the front of the venue and do one last circle for parking and she would call me if she still couldn't find a spot. When I got out of the car the first person I ran into was Yvette and she quickly guided me through the red carpet photo ops! (Thanks Yvette!) and then she took me downstairs to the VIP area, where I sat and waited for Jacque's call.

I have never been to this club before but as soon as I got downstairs I saw immediately why it was called "Vault", it was very dark and I don't know how far back the dance floor went because the space was just too tight and dark for me and I started feeling really claustrophobic in that VIP After about 5-10 minutes I looked up and saw Jacque who managed to snag a parking spot very close by. She joined me in the VIP room and shortly afterwards the birthday girl walked in....along with an entourage of like 10-15 people and that room got crowded REALLY QUICKLY. As the birthday girl took photos and greeted her friends Jacque and I got a close look at her birthday cake which looked like a stack of birthday gifts (my homegirl Bev Carter created a similar cake for my mother's 50th Birthday party), it was really beautiful and I found myself wondering what it would taste like. Another brother who I believe is a DJ was also celebrating his birthday and he had a beautiful cake that looked like a turntable with a record on was pretty darn cool (lol...I ordered a cake like that for DJ Rockin Rob's Birthday back in the day!).

Anyway, after finally getting to meet April and take a few photos, we decided to leave because I was tired, Jacque was tired and my knees were killing me - AGAIN.

Did I say the DJ was pretty damn good? Well he was and if I wasn't hurting and there had been more room....I would have loved to dance a bit.

On my way out I found Yvette and thanked her for the invite and told her I'd be in touch, I turned, took a few steps and ran right into Lenny Green from WBLS.

I think I blogged about Lenny's Baby Blue Birthday Boat Ride last year because Lenny NEVER remembers who I am (damn boo, you know THAT many 6ft tall bald headed black women???) but tonight for some reason he knew EXACTLY who I was....and as I walked to him I kept saying "Oh you recognize me now huh?" was hilarious.

Anyway, after a little chit chat, we resumed walking to the car and finally headed back uptown but no BEFORE (of course) I had Jacque stop at my favorite falafel spot (next door to Cafe Regio's and a few doors up from Cafe Wha?) to pick up a couple of falafels for me and my monster.

Happy Birthday April!!! Continued success in ALL that you do!

Yvette Hayward - Thanks for the invite chica, I appreciate it!

Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.