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Billie's Black PRESENTS ALL STAR KARAOKE with Patrick L. Riley is back! FALL 2014 SERIES kicked off with MULTI-EMMY-AWARD-winning Mara Schiavocampo (who chose our night as after-set for her New York Women in Communications honor - her beautiful parents and husband Tommie Porter in tow) + so many greats - including our ELLA MOORE - child of NABJ fam/New York Times reporter Nikita Stewart and new stepdad Brian Henderson - my NABJ little brother and dear friend. My biggest GIFT OF ALL: my FIRST COUSIN Gloria Arivnger! TOTAL SURPRISE! TOTAL JOY! http://bit.ly/mschia_ask - #allstarkaraoke #billiesblack p.s. AND AS ALWAYS, a shout out to sponsor Joseph Riley Land/ Riley/Land Gourmet Pantry... and all who came out: Jamar Dunn, MAKEUP by MERRELL, Merrell Hollis, Rick Grant, G'wan by Charon Richardson, and Ashley Fettig who is doing boot camp workouts for another of tonight’s guests, Plus-size Princess‘s own Cece Olisa who I had the chance to produce in a “Wendy Williams” segment earlier this year:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgCMC_6UjAA). AND A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to my ALL STAR KARAOKE team – including producer Bernice Wooden and consultant Derrick Hemphill. And ERIC on sound! #billiesblack #allstarkaraoke #PSPfit bootcamp

G’wan by Charon

On the night before karaoke, it was great to hang out with my friend Charon Richardson who is a fashion designer responsible for the brand G'wan by Charon: http://youtu.be/zpAdE8KtYPs.  Her Google Hangout is FABOO – produced to enlighten and inspire women to live their lives in a FABOO realm while creating a fun and informative space filled with laughs, entertainment and motivation. Last night’s weekly installment featured my girl Tonya Giddens (https://www.facebook.com/MsFullFiguredHBCUPageant) and me – promoting the Fall launch of Billie's Black Presents All Star Karaoke with Patrick L. Riley (https://www.facebook.com/events/1520785818162290/) - produced this Fall by Charon’s producer, Bernice Wooden! THANKS BERNICE! YOU’RE THE BEST! And a SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to fashion producer/consultant Deshawn D Colbert whose hospitality was just what the doctor and the “hungry guests” ordered! LOL! CHARON ROCKS! The hour flew by – and will, even when you play it back: http://youtu.be/zpAdE8KtYPs. AS always… THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! #Harlem #GwanSYL #Fashion #TV #Producer #Host #Model #beautyQueen #HBCU #MissFFHBCU #allstarkaraoke #billiesblack


SUNDAY didn’t get TELEVISED or PHOTOGRAPHED… but it was a REVOLUTION (of sorts). Shout out to Marcia Pendelton for inviting Ant and me out to the new play at the PUBLIC by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS: PARTS 1, 2, & 3: https://www.facebook.com/publictheater. Ant’s and my fav couple du jour Brian and Nikita (Stewart) Henderson joined us – providing a pre-game of waffles, extra crispy bacon, crawfish grits, scrambled eggs, and a bunch of stuff that made you go YUM at their lovely home. Was also GREAT to see Lola Ogunnaike - Co-Host on ARISE ENTERTAINMENT 360 where I get to Guest Co-Host often as well as talk Broadway and pop culture. Look for me in the coming couple of weeks to dish with Lola and co-host Shannon Lanier! Always a blast over there! #ARISE360 From there, Ant and I got to catch up with a couple of our peeps in Brooklyn – namely Dawn Murphy Riley and my favorite designer of all time: MOSHOOD! We joined Brian and Nikita one more time on an invitation from another fab couple - Brad and Lyndsay Christian: an invitation to enjoy TWEET and a host of wonderful R&B singers at SOB for a night that was music to our ears – especially when – in addition to her prepared set - TWEET freestyled through a dozen or more of her hit songs and fan favorites! GREAT SUNDAY!


And ths week: I wrap two months Executive Producing a special project about which I’ll tell you lots more when it is ready to be seen in 2015-16;

PLEASE DON'T FORGET to check out WELLS FARGO PRESENTS THE NEW ADVOCATE MONEY MINUTE which I host - episodes rolling out through the top of 2015:http://www.advocate.com/business/advocate-money-minute.

AND BILLIE’S BLACK PRESENTS ALL STAR KARAOKE WITH PATRICK L. RILEY will be in the house everyTuesday through the end of the year! For Reservations (RECOMMENDED), please call 212 280 2248 https://www.facebook.com/events/1520785818162290/   #allstarkaraoke #billiesblack

 p.s. BONUS SNIPPET - https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152571287798737&set=vb.662073736&type=2&theater - from Billie's Black PRESENTS ALL STAR KARAOKE with Patrick L. Riley – Kl Kane and J'Nara Corbin request PAPARAZZI by Lady Gaga. So, ALL STARs Mara Schiavocampo - Good Morning America's own correspondent, Ella Moore (daughter of Nikita Stewart - my NABJ BFF Brian Henderson's wife), and I deliver accordingly! PLEASE BE SURE TO JOIN US IN HARLEM EVERY TUESDAY from 7p to 10p! We are having a BLAST! - http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/2014/10/29/say-amen.html




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