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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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!

Editorials I Love – Elle, November 2012

It’s consistently been over 60 degrees in New York and with this long holiday weekend, I decided to switch out the drag (wardrobe)!!! Plus my mother sent me a huge box of clothes, shoes and other accessories and I’m excited to revamp my look for Spring. I actually love when the Seasons change, any season. I love going through my old clothes and seeing what stays, what goes, what has lasted year after year and deciding what new to add to my wardrobe. In any event, I was at the laundro, flipping through an old issue of Elle magazine and fell and in love with this spread. Leather vest, jewel tones, bold patterns, decadent jewelry and fringe…its everything a girl needs, Enjoy!

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Its All About: Sisterhood

My sister and I live together, yet we don’t get to spend much time together. She’s a dancer, and I, an actress; so between training, work, and separate social lives our time together is limited.  In any event, we schedule time to spend together and this was one of those weekends. We walked from our place in Bedford-Stuyvesant to downtown Brooklyn, around the Ft. Greene area and this is what we saw and did along the way…

Our first stop was to Bedford Galleries for some decorating inspiration. A few years ago my mother and I stopped inside and I picked up a pair of over-sized, mustard colored, velvet lampshades for $20. Billz (my sister) and I are in the mood to redecorate our place, and we saw so much stuff. Bedford Galleries is always filled with crystal bowls, glassware and dish sets, chandeliers, lamps and great furniture. I just love vintage and thrift stores. They’re filled with one of a kind items and tons of inspiration. Plus,  you can haggle. And over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at it. Everything’s negotiable!

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Wouldn’t these be great on your patio, deck, hell…balcony!

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The detail on these tables …

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All of the lights

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Have you gotten your summer flask? BBQ’s and summer concerts are already starting.

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We kept trekking and ran into a flea market on Fulton St. This older gent was selling some cute sunglasses…Billz modeling a pair.

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Then I fell in love with a  wall of art…

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Then a wall of art fell into us…

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Handwritten biblical scriptures – click to enlarge

We saw this beautiful fence and had to get a closer look.

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And when we finally found food…

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pork tenderloin with fried yucca, and pineapple/black bean salsa

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Icelandic cod with pearl onions and fingerling potatoes

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We ate ALL of it. Thanks

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My sister and I had such a great day!

 

Food Can Be Such Fun!

Winter storm ‘Hercules’ followed by the “Polar Vortex” (what the hell is that anyway?) had my sister and I hungrier than orphans. No shade. By Sunday we had to bite the bullet and remove all the snow that blanketed the car. Thankfully the bit of rain we had 2 days prior didn’t leave much work for us to do. We had to go over to The Costco and get our bi-monthly food staples. You know: oatmeal, cereal, snacks…etc. My favorite part though was getting to the meat section. I had been wanting to make a pork loin for a while and when I saw those babies in the meat department I had visions of meals for days!

On Thursday I planned on making the loin in my trusty crock-pot. However in my haste of taking it down, the lid slid off and shattered into a 1000 pieces. I am still finding glass in my living room. Le sigh. But thanks to ole’ google, I find that ole’ Sears sells the lids separately.

Which makes me wonder how many people have shattered their crock-pot lids to the point where Sears even has this option available. lol But I digress…

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I prepared the rub with 2tbsp of: black pepper, ground rosemary, basil, parsley and oregano, followed by 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, and 1 tbsp of honey. Mix well and rub onto meat.

I placed the loin over a bed of spanish onions and placed it in a shallow dish in a pre-heated oven at 425 and roasted for 1hr and 15 min. You don’t want to over cook the loin, it should be slightly pink in the middle. Let it sit for 10 mins after removing from the oven for everything to settle, then slice and serve.

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Nothing short of amazing!!! I paired the loin with steamed broccoli and leftover baked brown rice, the best way to make brown rice IMO and we ate as usual like small hogs!

Earlier in the week I decided to make some chicken breast and use the last of our sun-dried tomatoes. A simple baked chicken with garlic and sun-dried tomatoes over baked brown rice. Geesh, what will I come up with next?

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Sign, Sealed, Delivered…

Back in NYC, the year is 2014 and today I picked up…

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Had me feeling like…

Its been a world-wind month and its only the 8th of January. It started with me ridding myself of my car that I had for over 10 years and learning all the ins & outs of the “selling” process. I have also been working on finishing my acting reel and unfortunately its STILL INCOMPLETE. The most important lesson I’ve learned since pursuing acting is that PATIENCE is indeed a virtue. I swear even when I have all the ducks lined up and am ready to rock & roll God has his own time schedule that’s filled with delays, drama, grace and mercy at the SAME DAMN TIME!

And I WILL DEAL!

I have had such a wonderful time these last few months as I’ve been navigating my acting career. My scene study class last month really got me clear on creating a technique for cold read auditions, and I got great feedback from my instructor at our final evaluations. I am working diligently to take my career to the next level. I had been casual, now I’m committed. I start a commercial acting class next month and I am really looking forward to it. If it all goes well not only will I get good feedback, but possibly an agent! That’s what 2014 is all about for me, financial re$ults! I have been attending business and goal setting seminars since the new year started, which I will blog about and I was gifted some great acting books by not only my parents but also my neighbor who is an actor as well!

Get in line with God’s will, have faith, and the provision will be provided.

I am living this quote:

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Now, of course I’ve been cooking and eating like a small hog. I had a ball over the holidays making “holiday” Quiche’s and stuffing Cornish hens. I even made a brisket for my family back home in MD, though I didn’t get to eat any, because my sister and I had to head back to New York that same morning.  What I do know is that muthasucka was good because the aroma coming from that crock-pot around 2am was speaking to my soul, stirred me right outta my sleep!

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This Quiche is filled with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh thyme, mix in  5 eggs, season to taste and bake for 45min at 350. This is a really simple and fun breakfast alternative. The good thing is that it can be eaten any time of the day. Add a side salad, sweet potatoes, or pair with chicken you’ve got options and meals galore!

On to the stuffed Cornish hens that I paired with Gala apples and brussels sprouts…

Yes I do have twine in my kitchen! It gets real in Bedstuy!

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I filled these beauties with fresh thyme, spinach, feta cheese and baked at 400 for  1hr and 25min, or until juice near thigh runs clear. For the sides, I roughly chopped the apples and brussels sprouts, mixed them with about 2 tbsp of EVOO and put them in the oven for about 40mins or until tender.

This week I’ve made everything from pan seared Mahi Mahi to a penne soup filled with carrots, spanish onions, and both red & purple kale! Tomorrow I am trying my hand at a pork tenderloin!

Stay tuned!

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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