PATRICKRILEYHEADSHOT2.JPGWELCOME to "The Life of Riley" which will include periodic chronicles of pop culture and possibilities that flow out of Patrick L. Riley's day. That's me!!! Through blogging (and soon some other technological features on which I'll keep you posted as they launch), I will pull experiences from my busy life to entertain and inspire all of you. Through this site, I will share my observations and insights. 

Some features to look forward to:

1.) "PATRICK'S POP UP(DATES)" will feature stories from pop culture, music, theater, fashion, and the entertainment industry at large. 

2.) "The Life of Riley" will also introduce a "take-a-look-at-your-life" section (READ: sort of an advice column), where I will help readers come up with their own questions and answers around what "ways of being" are working (or not working) to have them acheive their respective goals and live their best lives. This section is called "WHO YOU BE?".

3.) Additonally, there will be a free-flowing, organic section called "TESTIFY" from which I will pull from my own life's journey to share and hopefully inspire. Some of the fare may be new musings and experiences. Other times, I may pull from my journals and past sharings to shed light on some uncomfortable truths that I've experienced and that may perhaps play a role in healing someone else's wounds as the real-life experience did for me. From my experience of covering 9/11 as a freelance journalist to courageously coming out (as gay) to my family, "TESTIFY" promises to move those who choose to read it.

4.) And a section titled "PR" (like my initials, but also like "public relations") will include press clips from any coverage I get. 

5.) And anytime pictures or video can support an entry (in the blog, and perhaps in the subsequent podcasts, my space, and website), those visuals will keep things aesthetically enrolling. That section will be called "MY TUBE".
PLAYING TO THE POP IN POSSIBILITIES!
Patrick L. Riley

 

8 Days of Pre Orders in the Life of Riley until Fri Dec 22

  1. 1.       PRE-ORDER SALES CLOSE on Friday, December 22ND – so please order your copy of my debut publication “That’s What Friends Are For: On The Women Who Inspired Me” (Dorpie Books) TODAY (or as soon as you can before Fri 12/22):  https://dorpiebooks.com/products/patrick-l-riley.                              
  2. If you’d like to consider a BULK BUY – also by Fri 12/22 – you can have books to sell and reimburse your pot come March (if you want to consider a book event/book club appearance or perhaps a book gifting scenario):                                                                        

 For 25+ (10% Discount) Enter code: 25FRIENDS                                                                          

 For 50+ (20% Discount) Enter code: 50FRIENDS                                                                     

For 100+ (30% Discount) Enter code: 100FRIENDS

 

 

 


  1.   THE ROOT’s THE GLOW UP – Edited by VERONICA WEBB:  It’s not every day that a WOMAN WHO INSPIRED YOU writes a story on your new book about WOMEN WHO INSPIRED ME. Enter Supermodel VERONICA WEBB. In 1993, as an associate producer and entertainment interviewer for GOOD DAY ATLANTA, I booked and conducted a talk with VERONICA. She was the first African American model to snag a cosmetics contract. It was with REVLON. I’ve had additional times to interview her for once-regular client THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW and to hang out with her socially amidst NEW YORK CITY’s FASHION WEEK scene. But here in 2017, VERONICA is the editor of a new fashion and beauty vertical at The Root called THE GLOW UP…and reached out to do something on my current project. 

https://theglowup.theroot.com/women-who-inspire-meet-the-legendary-bffs-of-patrick-r-1821191095

  1. ; meanwhile, ENJOY THE GLOW UP:  https://theglowup.theroot.com/.  FULL CIRCLE #LIFEOFRILEY MOMENT!

 

  1. SIRIUS XM URBAN VIEW’S CLAY CANE SHOW: Please SET YOUR CLOCKS for: SUNDAY December 17, 2017 at 1p EST for Ayana Byrd’s and my fun, in-depth, one-hour conversation about the evolution of black women in music on 'The Clay Cane Show'.It is a great time! And lots of information and laughs! Make sure you’re subscribed and listen on @sxmurbanview ch 126 to #TheClayCaneShow: IG: @patrick.riley

 

  1.  COMING SOON ON NBCOUT:                                                     My weigh in on Patti LaBelle and her responding to Andy Cohen’s question about Luther’s sexuality… and the larger conversation that it produced – starting with Marsha Warfield (pointing out her own mother wished to be dead before Marsha came out of the closet as a lesbian) and many feeling Patti having any discussion about Luther’s sexuality was a violation of confidences.
  2.  The story will look at this reality for some African Americans to come out because of family pressure. Some of that testimonial is in my own book – culled from my reality - and will be included in this upcoming piece on NBCOUT:  https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out.  

Tues Dec 5th Please BUY Patrick L Riley Book

Hi folks!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD….and GET IN ON THE #PatrickRileyFriends FUN!

Dorpie Books launched its website - announcing my book "That's What Friends Are For: On The Women Who Inspired Me" as its first title:

 1. Here's the website: https://dorpiebooks.com/products/patrick-l-riley

2.  Here's the book trailer: https://youtu.be/blN1JVhkTrE

3. Here's my sizzle for speaker consideration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJqlByWV594

4. PLEASE pre-order starting: Tuesday, Dec 5th

 

5. Period to PRE-ORDER BOOK for MARCH 2018 release: Tuesday, Dec 5th --- Friday, Dec 22ND.

 

6. For more information – including BULK BUY DISCOUNT INFO, please call gabriela@dorpiebooks.com.

7. As always, THANK YOU folks for your support! And SPREAD THE WORD on DORPIE BOOKS which seeks to disrupt publishing's lack of black authors.

 

8. As I shape up my 2018 around promotion of this passion project, I extend my gratitude to each of you who will support this high-stakes effort in any way you can.

 

9. You can follow @DorpieBooks on Twitter and Facebook. Retweet and post with #PatrickRileyFriends hashtag and link to: https://dorpiebooks.com/products/patrick-l-riley.

 

10. FYI: My birthday is Sunday, November 19th (would appreciate late birthday gift between Tues, Dec 5 – Fri, Dec 22).

 

THAT'S GOOD NEWS, right?

 

Patrick L. Riley

Author, “That’s What Friends Are For: On The Women Who Inspired Me” (Dorpie)

 

 

 

All Star BROADWAY Karaoke Mon Oct 9 at 6p with ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Mist Harlem

Hi folks!

Sending LOVE to LAS VEGAS....and ALL AROUND!

A couple of quick updates:

1. I won't be heading to South Africa after all. Look for other destination synergies to pop up in 2018!

2. Of course, our hearts continue to go out to our beloved Puerto Rico. Will keep you posted on what that looks like in 2018 as we all do what we can to help....


3. Many have asked about All Star Karaoke! For FALL/WINTER 2017, we're doing a one-off partnership with the 90s Broadway revival ONCE ON THIS ISLAND on Monday, October 9th from 6p-9p (also at MIST Harlem). It's billed ALL STAR "BROADWAY" KARAOKE: ONE NIGHT ONLY WITH PATRICK L. RILEY.

ALL STAR KARAOKE is a popular, open mic/karaoke franchise - primarily in Harlem, but not venue or city specific. The Summer 2017 AirBnB Guidebook deemed ALL STAR KARAOKE one of "the best karaoke experiences in New York". Please join us...and SHARE! Will be ticket giveaways for lucky participants to win; Miss Jessie's bags for all; and a piece of art by Contemporary Artist Shenna Vaughn, All Star Karaoke Artist-in-Residence.

 

As always, THANKS for SUPPORTING #LifeofRiley.

I'll have more updates soon on future synergies and new projects!! WILL WELCOME YOUR SUPPORT!

XO

Patrick L. Riley

A Day in the Life of Riley - pop culture & possibilities

FIND OUT MORE HERE:

http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/2017/10/3/all-star-broadway-karaoke-mon-oct-9-at-6p-with-once-on-this.html


 

p.s. G-Listed included me in its BEAUTIFULLY HUMAN: SHADES OF BLACK PRIDE 2017 Round-up - out today! I am truly humbled! Please find out more about my BLACK LGBTQ FAM and me here:http://www.theglisted.com/2017/10/02/beautifully-human-50-shades-of-black-pride-2017/.#LifeofRiley


tbaal riverfront jazz festival 2017

Hi folks - especially my DALLAS PEEPS! Ant and I truly enjoyed our time in DALLAS at Riverfront Jazz Festival! I told you how excited I was to attend: http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/2017/8/17/one-booking-at-a-time.html. Well, we really did have a BLAST!Jonathan Butler, Melanie Fiona, Jon Secada, and Rachelle Farrell join Rahsaan Patterson, Original SUPREME Mary Wilson, Band of Gold's Freda Payne, and Oleta Adams as some of the star performers who SLAYED! BRILLIANT TALENT back-to-back-to-back made for a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY WEEKEND! And so good to see dear friends and local hosts: Kevin....  Nanette Lee, NABJ brother friends Terry Allen and CBS Dallas' Steve Pickett, my beloved Ed Roebuck, the uber-talented and inspirational Darren Henson, and more. The TBAAL and VISITDALLAS teams have been too hospitable in this awesome city - starting with Pecan Lodge welcome meal of BBQ and more.... for Ant, my NABJ besties Greg Dunmore (in town for Pulsebeat) and Jill Tracey (covering for Hot 105.1 Miami). Plus, we got the benefit of connecting to a number of wonderful, new Dallas friends. The weekend's kickoff concert was given by none other than Dallas' own homegirl from outer space, THE Erykah Badu who did just about everything except for maybe Bag Lady. She plucked "Believe in Yourself" from The Wiz - and her TBAAL past with Godfather Curtis King - as a tribute to our Houston, TX family as they find their way back to life. BRILLIANT SHOW! BADU BROUGHT IT! Others on the stellar line-up include: Will Downing, Najee, Yarbrough and Peoples featuring Benita Arterberry, Martha Wash, Pieces of A Dream, Ruben Studdard, Alex Bugonon, Kim Waters, Phil Perry, Eloise Laws, and MANY, MANY MORE! I MUST BE IN THE HOUSE NEXT YEAR!www.tbaalriverfrontjazzfestival.org. #LifeofRiley

 #TBAALriverfrontjazzfestival or @TBAAL

one BOOKing at a time

Hi folks,

LIFE OF RILEY has some things brewing and must share a little now --- all TOGETHER here --- so you know all LIFE OF RILEY has going on...but look for DEDICATED OUTREACHES via my blog and via social media as these campaigns heat up!
BUT FOR all of my LIFE OF RILEY supporters, I want to make sure you have a LIST of WHAT'S COMING UP - including: 


AND HOPEFULLY SOON: I can bring you folks a SPECIAL ALL STAR KARAOKE come FALL 2017....and more info on ways you can see my film debut in the Shaquille-O'Neal-Executive-Produced film STEPS! PLEASE READ ON and ENJOY my latest installment of LIFE OF RILEY:

BOOK
Thanks to those of you who have shouted me out on my UPCOMING BOOK PROJECT! Stay tuned for details... and when I can say more. But in a nutshell, I've been presented an opportunity to write a book that is plucked from more than 25 years in the business and 11 years of digesting lots of it in my blog "A Day in the Life of Riley: pop culture & possibilities": http://www.thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/. Part memoir, part entertainment diary of a TV producer and on-air personality who navigates in the world of entertainment and pop culture, I'm EXCITED to be working on this project...and to share it when it's time! Stay tuned...WILL WELCOME SUPPORT, once time to sell book! BLOG:  (Stay tuned)!


SPEAKER
As many of my freelance producing clients are outsourcing less or on summer breaks, I'm blessed to have been attracting budgeted speaking work - from Fortune 500 presentations i.e. OPTUM and PRUDENTIAL to sponsored media play i.e. hosting WELLS FARGO digital content (https://youtu.be/RRv-A-f4zWg) and guest expert for MASS MUTUAL:


THE TBAAL RIVER FRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL

So, when #LIFEOFRILEY was requested to come to the TBAAL RIVER FRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL in DALLAS, I checked in with Ant to see if it was worth us doing a working holiday. This, since the organizers want me to include in my round-up my interactions and enjoyment of its stellar line-up including ORIGINAL SUPREME MARY WILSON --- and a range of many other musical favorites - including: Six Brothers on Sax (Keith Anderson, Tom Braxton, Mark Felton, Art Sherrod, Jr., Joseph Vincelli, Clay Prichard),
 Jeff Lorber, Rahsaan Patterson (Tribute to Donny Hathaway)Divas of Jazz, Pop and Soul (Freda Payne, Eloise Laws), 
Will Downing,Oleta Adams, Najee, Chuck Loeb, Jazz in Pink
 featuring Karen Briggs, Jonathan Butler, Keiko Matsui, 
Rachelle Ferrell, Peter White, Paul Taylor, Euge Groove, R.L. Griffin “The Reverend,” Wanda King,
 Lucky Peterson, Lady Tambourine and the New 
Orleans Soul Band, Yarbrough and Peoples  featuring Benita Arterberry, Martha Wash, 
Pieces of A Dream, Jackie Scott and  the Housewreckers featuring Eddie Shaw, 
Ruben Studdard,Melanie Fiona, Alex Bugnon,
  Jon Secada, Kim  Waters, and Phil Perry. EVERYTHING GOES DOWN SEPTEMBER 1st-3rd, 2017 \\ LABOR DAY WEEKEND!


XSCAPE CAPE TOWN 2017

So, my BIRTHDAY is NOVEMBER 19TH!!! I'm just too excited that I can CELEBRATE it November 9 - 16 at XSCAPE CAPE TOWN 2017 in South Africa. I'M HOPING YOU WILL JOIN US TOO: www.xscapecapetown17.com. This group excursion takes place over 8 days and 7 nights. The host hotel will be the 5-star Pepper Club Hotel and Spa in Cape Town, South Africa. The week-long excursion caters to professional Gay men and women of color and our LGBT community supporters and allies. Travelers will enjoy group excursions, shopping, nightly parties, and cultural experiences throughout Cape Town. New #LIFEOFRILEY client Antoinette White will be delivering a motivational speech based on her touching, self-published memoir WHO'S PROTECTING ME?

SPEAKING OF ANTOINETTE WHITE

Antoinette has secured me for a few months to support her in identifying budgeted speaking/panel opportunities and/or solid book-selling backdrops for her to sell her self-published memoir "Who's Protecting Me?". Also, select press.
Antoinette's MARKET is Women and Young Girls. Her MESSAGE is Resilience --- and can include the following beats:
i.            Sexual Abuse
ii.            Domestic Violence
iii.            Homelessness

So far, so good with the RESPONSES that are coming our way! I'll provide just a few updates here (and you can read on beyond the updates - to find out more about Antoinette and if you have any ideas or interest):

1. Current MADAEMENOIRE feature: http://madamenoire.com/838342/stays-in-this-house/.  Stay tuned for more media impressions...

2. On August 21, 2017, Antoinette will be inducted into the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Prince William County Chapter: https://www.ncbwpwcc.org/  

3. Antoinette White's "Minute of Motivation" every Tuesday: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxr0VMWU-BR9DFydUbRmerw    

4. Upcoming opportunities to meet ANTOINETTE WHITE & buy her memoir "WHO'S PROTECTING ME?":    
Maryland Commision for Women Events-Baltimore- Oct. 23rd
Dream Girls Conference-Fifth Annual -March 24, 2018
Celebration of Women Expo: Hilton Grand Inn Waldord MD- March 24-25, 2018
Brown Girls Power Day -2018

5. Special Presenter, XSCAPE Cape Town 2017 (November 9 - 16, 2017)

6. Antoinette donated a few books to participants at the post-#NABJ17 #TooTrillTrivia event at @AceHotelNOLA - including New Orleans Association of Black Journalists' President Rachel D. Graham and #LifeofRiley media partner Derrick Hemphill with Daily Commune. 

7. LIFE OF RILEY blast: http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/2017/7/23/introducing-motivational-speaker-antoinette-white.html  

8. Scheduled to appear on James Lott's L.A.-based Life Coaching Podcast A LOTT OF HELP

More press and bookings to announce very soon! Stay tuned!

Please let me know if you'd like to book Antoinette White or have any ideas. For more information: www.AntoinetteWhite.com  

#AntoinetteWhite #Mission2Motivate

Thanks for considering....


MISS JESSIE'S A BIG HIT AT NABJ

While I'm feeling so energized from a wonderful convention, my 26th IN A ROW, I want to make sure I relay that:

Miss Jessie's CEO Miko Branch truly enjoyed #NABJ17 in New Orleans! And as we've been doing this last few years, Miss Jessie's is happy to continue to service and connect with #NABJ all year around i.e. Chapter Meetings/Events; Regionals; special events; budgeted speeches/panel opportunities for Miko; press opportunities for Miko; etc. Miss Jessie's is looking ahead to the next few months:

a. More MIAMI from August - September (TBD)
b.ATLANTA in September (TBD)
c. CHICAGO in October (TBD)
d. L.A. (TBD)
e. ETC.

Miss Jessie's was a BIG HIT at #NABJ17 - including these synergies:

a. OWN-TV-sponsored event for NABJ's beloved Arts and Entertainment Task Force reception --- with select cast-members from#QueenSugarOWN and #GreenleafOWN
b.  NABJ Founder Paul Brock's panels - including "DO I HAVE A SCRIPT IN ME? panel. I presented on that one.
c. Plus, I hosted the @derekjhair #GayLikeMe Documentary and @nathanhalewilliams and @jenniafredrique directed @90daysthefilm screenings for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation . BOTH MUST SEES!
d. "Beyond the Limits" NEW ORLEANS TOURISM BOARD "Jazz & Food Crawl"
e. super popular Miss Jessie's vendor booth
Miko appreciated being able to meet and see many of the #NABJ journalists who've done stories on her over the last year - including:

a. MAHILIA POSEY for the NEW YORK TIMES: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/04/us/embracing-whats-natural.html 

b. MAKEDA EASTER for the LOS ANGELES TIMES: 
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-natural-hair-industry-20170809-htmlstory.html 

c. ALLISON KEYES for THE ROOT:
http://www.theroot.com/hair-care-pioneer-miko-branch-is-teaching-millennials-d-1791134211



2018 LGBT ARTS AND CULTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL
You folks know where I have been the last two MEMORIAL DAYS: Puerto Rico! You want to get started planning your trip to join me Memorial Day Weekend 2018? WELL, NOW IS THE TIME: THE LGBT ARTS AND CULTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL converges again in Puerto Rico - this time at the luxurious EL Conquistador Waldorf Astoria Resort. Book now at www.xscapelgbtfestival.com  & follow us on our new social media: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter@xscapelgbtfest. Meet LGBT professionals from around the country. #THEBOSSCHOIR will be in FULL EFFECT like this year for #ALLSTARKARAOKE: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWc_JmGDIll/?taken-by=gregdouglas1972 and I'm excited to HOST the VANGUARD AWARDS again. We honored BRANDY, Angela Robinson, Raven-Symone, and a host of others were honored this year. Look forward to telling you which STARS are coming out in 2018!







 
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