My Fair Lady

I swear it’s taking everything in me not to pass out. I’ve already had a morning cup of joe, later a Red Bull, but I am STILL very much exhausted. The last 2 weeks have been a series of transitions. After Mercury came out of retrograde, praise Jesus, things sped up in my life very QUICKLY. I literally went from having causal conversations about opportunities and/or ideas to them coming together in a matter of days.

Thursday before last I went from a TV pilot call back in midtown Manhattan to shoot a pick – up shot for the ID Channel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, then went BACK into the city, this time the Lower East Side to perform for the 2nd night in the play I was in. I didn’t get home to somewhere near midnight and was up at 5:30am the next day to continue working my new freelance job, Social Media Manager for Black Enterprise. Ironically, the girls I was an afternoon nanny for are upstate for the summer, so the new job was certainly divine timing. I told myself I would not worry about what was next, that God had it all under control and he showed up and showed out! But I am tired. The first week of the new job I did remotely as I was still a nanny and had to perform in the play. This week was my first week in Black Enterprise’s Madison Ave offices. I haven’t worked in a “typical” office since moving to NYC in 2005 and honestly its been so refreshing and certainly challenging with all the new responsibility. I had so many meetings last week at one point I was looking like…

 
 I am in such a bigger position than I have ever been in before and am adjusting, as best as I can.

Am I overwhelmed, YES!

Is it challenging, YES!

Am I enjoying it, YES!

I have to take this opportunity and run with it,  it’s just God taking me from the background to the forefront!

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This Friday I’ll be doing extra work for the new Martin Scorsese – Mick Jagger HBO Pilot. I am pretty excited. Though I am simply a “subway rider” my little dress I got fitted for is super cute and they’ll be blowing my hair out for full Afro realness! After this project though, I am done for the summer, acting wise and will focus on my new position with Black Enterprise and also take some classes: on-air hosting and voice-overs.

My sister and I made it over to see the Kara Walker – “A Subtlety” aka the Marvelous Sugar Baby exhibit at the old Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg last weekend. Smelled like straight sugar and to see the mammy sphinx in all her glory was…remarkable.

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These sad little sugar babies, and the sugar baby corpses (not pictured) were…disturbing to say the least. Nevertheless, remarkable.

Welp, that’s all for now! In the meantime…

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Flawless Has Many Faces…

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I’ve started rehearsals for the multimedia performance of Raw Death, the true story of Anthony Ray Hinton. I play his new defense attorney, as “Ray” was without representation for 13 years. This is the first project that I’ve really had to research. Its rather disappointing reading over his deposition and seeing the amount of suppressed evidence that never made it into the court room. Ray has been on death row now about 3 decades for a crime he did not commit. The evidence fully supports this. His case was recently heard at the Supreme Court which did rule that Ray had “constitutionally deficient” counsel. I am honored to be bringing awareness to this case and hopefully aid in getting some discussion going about our criminal justice system and the racial bias it continues to perpetuate. Below is a picture and a couple of videos of our recent rehearsal. Karen, with the fro is playing Ray with the writer and director Vassilea Terzaki.

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Other than preparing for this project and finishing up the NBC Comedy Playground one, I’m just chill-in like a villain. Enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having and preparing for my 1st Vparty.

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No matter what comes your way, enjoy the day!

 

 

 

Slay Your Giants

Was it just me, or was last week busy as hell? It was very productive for me though, I had a call back audition yesterday morning and killed! I knew I did a good job when I looked over at the CD and she was in tears. It really touched me, shucks I almost cried myself. I did a monologue from By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, I might put up the video audition I submitted which got me the call back. Or maybe not, not sure yet. In any event, I got the part…which one I don’t know. Because after the audition I was asked if I’d be interested in playing another role, a man. I said HELLLLLLLLL YESSSSS. You know my MUTHA, Barbara Streisand played a man once. Yup, in the movie Yentl. Not only did Barbara star in it, she also directed it and received the Golden Globe for Best Director for it! First time for a woman!

Matt and I are still working on our NBC Comedy Playground pitch, it’s coming together so well. I’m so glad we decided to just go for it. What could it hurt ya know? Matt treated me to brunch at Saraghina for getting the part and we read our script out loud. Its funny. We were really inspired by those late 70’s and early 80’s comedies. I actually forgot Saraghina did brunch, so this was my first time having it. It was pretty good.

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After I wrapped up with Matt I headed home…and then Jesus tempted me. I could not resist stepping inside… Shirley and Alice was a great shopping experience. The store is filled with all kinds of vintage goodies. I chatted for a while with shopkeeper Demar Braxton from BKBOYEEZ. Such a cool guy, he also has a gorgeous line of bow-ties, all hand-made which are sold at the store as well.

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This is Demar he’s also a creative director and choreographer, and super cute! We had a lot of fun.

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Demar’s tie line…

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He was kind enough to indulge me some, and we had a little photo-shoot.

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My fav!!!

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Aside from the great clothes, they had a sweet selection of accessories, and a nice curated group of indie designers.

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After I left my heart and a $50 deposit on a couple of items I went on my merry way.

A little shadow play…

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A little face…my “intellectual” look

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Have a awesome day!

We Live in Brooklyn Baby

Roy Ayers is a cool dude. From his music to his style of dress both past and present he continues to input positive vibrations in my soul.

I remember the 1st time I  knowingly heard of him through a former employer. A very cool woman by the name of Melanie Dizon, she designed some beautiful shoes and handbags and I had the privilege of working along side her for a little over a year.

But I digress…

Anyway one day while working on line sheets in her home office we decided on a music and ice-cream break; it was the dead of summer. We broke out the Häagen-Dazs Pistacchio and she plugged her ipod into her stereo — and the sweet sounds of Roy Ayer’s “We Live in Brooklyn Baby” came blasting through. You see I lived in New York and Brooklyn no less, and I’d never heard this song. For the remainder of that summer and since I throw this joint on to remind me of the greatness and legacy that Brooklyn holds and to remind myself that “our time is NOW”

Roy Ayers Words of Wisdom – taken from a 2011 interview with revivalist…

“Life is beautiful. I enjoy life. I love living. I think my inspiration comes from my mother, primarily, my mother and my father, but my mother. Basically, because she instilled a lot of inspiration and good vibrations to me and good information. I mean she gave me information like, the Golden Rule, do unto others as you’d have them do unto you. And I try to live by that. And she also told me a prayer that I say everyday, every night when I go to bed [begins to recite prayer]. I live by that. I like people and I like to do good things for people and I like for people to do good things to me. I believe that what you give in life to others can come back to you. Positive begets positive, negative begets negative. So, I try to stay positive as best I can and I just love music. Music is my life, everyday, every moment, every second, every hour. Every minute of the day, I love music and music is my life. And so that’s what I’m all about.”

Beloved Brooklyn “We’re gonna make it baby”

I stumbled upon Drummer’s Grove in Prospect Park a few weeks ago while searching for a friends BBQ location. I was so surprised when my sister and I happened up on a serious live drum session with ancient roots. I didn’t know anything about this Sunday celebration but I made sure to not only read up on the history behind it, but also capture some video. The rhythm,  and energy created by the music makes you stop and take notice. You might even do a little 2-step!

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and Part 2