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

 

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!







 

introducing motivational speaker antoinette white

Hi folks!


LIFE OF RILEY always has something baking towards keeping the creative juices flowing and the revenue streaming (and I look forward to sharing some of those updates, once they firm up --- including some synergies to which I look forward to inviting you).


MEANWHILE, my current hustle includes my own appearances and - primarily - my Brand Ambassador work for Miss Jessie's... and something new. Please read on...:


ANTOINETTE WHITE


 

  1. NEW LIFE OF RILEY PARTNER for the next few months: MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER and AUTHOR ANTOINETTE WHITE (based in the DC/MD/VA area). I'm attracting SPEAKING/PANEL opportunities and PRESS in promotion of her self-published memoir "WHO'S PROTECTING ME?".I met Antoinette while on hosting duties for XSCAPE PR 2017 Memorial Day arts & music festival. She was brought in for the Authors Showcase...and I was so moved by her PRESENTATION and her TESTIMONIAL. 
  2. And I really couldn't put the book down. I just had to see where this emotional tale was going to take me - from heart-ache to heart-break to healing, OH MY!!! And Antoinette STAYED THE COURSE...and via her TRIUMPH, she now UPLIFTS others!
  3.  A series of personal triumphs helped Antoinette find the faith to overcome sexual abuse, unstable living situations, her sister's sudden death, homelessness, a failed marriage, and years of underemployment. 
  4. Antoinette is CEO of "Mission to Motivate LLC" which provides Corporate Morale Improvement workshops and programs that refresh and uplift your labor force, improving performance, quality, productivity, and efficiency from bottom to top. For more info: www.antoinettewhite.com.
  5. SPEECH EXCERPTS: RESET Conference - Oklahoma: https://youtu.be/Retf4SusAvM ....Homeless speech: https://youtu.be/J5w8gVIJDeI ...RESET Conference 1of 2 - VA: https://youtu.be/f_CaC0UibTM ....RESET Conference 2of 2 - VA: https://youtu.be/XtZuSgsHC4s ..."Minute of Motivation" every Tuesday: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxr0VMWU-BR9DFydUbRmerw  
  6.  SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Antoinette-White-Motivational-Coach-1728209424080073/  ...Twitter: Antoinette White (@mission2motivat): https://twitter.com/mission2motivat?s=09 .... Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/antoinettewhite_mission2motiva/
  7. Please advise if you have room for Antoinette White inside any of your programming/presenter needs (Antoinette currently lives in: DC/MD/VA area). Or if not, PLEASE SHARE with someone who might. We THANK YOU - as always - for your support!

 

MISS JESSIE'S
As Miss Jessie's CEO Miko Branch is promoting the paperback launch of her national best seller "Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch - Naturally" (Harper Collins/Amistad), she is looking forward to the National Association of Black Journalists' Convention August 9-13th.
A few things to know:

Miss Jessie's bags will be available via the NABJ vendor fair booth. Pop by and pick up MissJessie's latest.
Miko will also be around to say HI!
Miss Jessie's VIP bags will be available at the NABJ A&E Task Force Reception featuring cast-members from OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's Queen Sugar and Greenleaf OWN.
Miss Jessie's VIP bags will be made available to NABJ guests on the Dayvee Sutton & NewOrleans Tourism's "Beyond the Usual" food and jazz tour.
Miss Jessie's bags will also be available at NABJ Founder Paul Broch's panels - including Friday's "Do I Have a Film Project in Me?" at 4pm. 
Miko will also be available for any select press and promo on Friday, August 11th and the morning of Saturday, August 12th.
Some of Miss Jessie's recent New Orleans press:
            a. New Orleans' own Brassy Brown NOLA journalist Kiri Lanice Walton talks to Miko about hair (of course), black female entrepreneurship and Miko's life today: http://www.brassybrown.com/2017/07/miss-jessies-co-founder-miko-branch-talks-success-love-course-hair/.  

           b. Miko was a Keynote Speaker at the Inc. GrowCo conference a couple of months ago: https://www.inc.com/video/miko-branch/how-to-turn-your-product-into-successful-brand.html?cid=sf01001&sr_share=twitter 

           c. Miko was an invited guest on The 504 with Sheba Turk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_0LLZKLBug.  

           d. We appreciate multiple WBOK-AM impressions with NOABJ President Rachel D. Graham and THE GOOD LIFE with EILEEN CARTER.
       5. Miko is EXCITED to meet some more New Orleans media pros - for TV or radio appearances; on-line or phoner interviews; additional product donation synergies; and select invites. She's in town and available on Friday, August 11th and the morning of Saturday, August 12th. 
       6. If you see Miko and the Miss Jessie's team, come STRIKE A POSE with her...and post some MISS JESSIE'S LOVE on social media: 

@mikobranch Twitter and Instagram
@miss_jessies Twitter and Instagram

SOME SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES you folks can use in addition to your own of course:
#missjessies
#missjessiesbook
#iammissjessies
#Legacy of #TitiBranch
#miss_jessies

CAN WE TALK?
Am doing more BUDGETED TALKS these days. My PRUDENTIAL talk last month still has legs: 
http://news.prudential.com/news/lgbt-financial-experience-symposium-worth.htm.  The DEBT FREE GUYS quoted me in their FORBES column: https://www.forbes.com/sites/debtfreeguys/2017/06/15/profiting-from-the-rising-equity-in-your-individuality/2/#4f71cf4365db. Also: they invited me to make a guest appearance on their MASS MUTUAL-presented podcast QUEER MONEY: http://debtfreeguys.com/patrick-l-riley/. Additionally, I've taken my ART OF THE INTERVIEW talk to more than the NYU Urban Journalism Workshop this year. The Hugh N. Boyd Journalism Diversity Workshop at Rutgers University for New Jersey high school students also invited me to present. And for NABJ, I'm looking forward to hosting two screenings for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation - also at the NABJ Convention: short film "90 Days"--- co-directed by Nathan Hale Williams and Jennia Fredrique... and GAY LIKE ME, a documentary Executive Produced by Derek J.


NEXT STEPS 
                                      
AND FINALLY: I have been on the festival circuit all this year in promotion of an independent film that goes down as my FILM DEBUT. I play what has become "fan favorite" RUDY in the Shaquille-O'Neal and Michael Baumgartner-Executive Produced film STEPS - Co-Directed by award-winning Rock Davis and Jay Rodriguez, Jr. - which just played to an enthusiastic, packed house at the NEWARK BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (which is hosted at The Newark Museum every Wednesday through the summer: www.newarkmuseum.org/nbff). STEPS is the vision of filmmaker/writer EDDIE HARRIS. He and casting director/producer/actress extraordinaire Penwah cast me in STEPS, which has received several film festival prizes and critical acclaim: 


a. Official Selection at the 2nd annual HUFF - Hampton University Film Festival.
b. Winter 2016 presented STEPS as an Official Selection in the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival-JCITFF; STEPS took home BEST DIRECTOR (for our AWESOME Co-Directors Jay Rodriguez and Rock Davis); and BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM! 
c. STEPS PREMIEREd on my birthday in Jersey City November 2015.
d. In April 2016, we did a Harlem NYC PREMIERE at#MISTHarlem.
e. Peachtree Village International Film Festival in Atlanta, GA (Closing Selection).
f. Newark International Film Festival (Inaugural Event).
g. Urban World Film Festival (Official Selection).
h. Brooklyn Academy of Music. May 2017.
#STEPSthemovie #STEPS #LifeofRiley #RudySTEPS
XO
PLR

OLDVINE FLORALS
If you know anything about #LifeofRiley, you KNOW I love me some Ti-Ti - as in Itika Oldvine. And now, I'm elated to send ALL MY PEEPS - L.A. and beyond - to her new digs: OLDVINE FLORALS!!!! LOCATION
Address: 111 W. 7th St.
Suite 205
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: 213-212-4760
Email: hello@oldvineflorals.com
Mon - Fri: 8am - 8pm
​​Saturday: 8am - 6pm
​Sunday: By Appointment Only
#LifeOfRiley #OldvineFlorals
 

Life of Riley talks and pops

Hi folks!
In the world of #LifeofRiley, I always say "One [Booking] at a time, sweet Jesus!". 


1. This next, well-timed one is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC: I am giving a KEYNOTE TALK (Think: Ted Talk) on how I have navigated my decades-long career as a gay Black man; the LGBT community I faced in the 90’s versus the present; the changing face of the LGBT household; and more. It all goes down Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Kiyo Hall – Prudential Tower 655 Broad Street Newark, NJ RSVP: www.PruLGBT.splashthat.com.  ALSO on program: FIRESIDE CHAT with the DEBT FREE GUYS David Auten and John Schneider and MODERATOR/GMA Journalist T.J. Holmes steers a panel that will discuss findings from the 2016 LGBT Financial Experience study and tour, and will review the concerns regarding wealth, legacy, society, and protection within the LGBT community. Stay tuned as things develop in the #LifeofRiley and I am vetting new opportunities (to further book up my Summer 2017 Calendar), so let me know. #PruLGBT #splashthat

2. I just hosted CUTTING FOR A CURE'S CELEBRITY FUNDRAISING DINNER at CHERI RESTAURANT in Harlem....and Humanitarian Award Honoree John Quinones who said "You are GREAT at hosting events! Wow!" I retorted "You are GREAT at ABC News' "What Would You Do?" (which is why you must get into the new season's launch in June 2017. For more information about the show, visit www.abcnews.go.com/WhatWouldYouDo).

 Plus, my friend, the amazing Monifah and Jessica Betts and Diamond V serenaded the generous crowd with Supreme Vocals...and Miss Jessie’s helped power the goody bags AND the Auction! Whew! And we were all their to support Marsha Bonner and Denny Moe's movement to which you can all support: www.cuttingforacure.mydagsite.com
 
3.Memorial Day Weekend is coming up and I'll be on HOSTING duties for LGBT music fest XSCAPE Puerto Rico 2017 (I'm hosting the VANGUARD AWARDS and co-hosting CELEBRITY KARAOKE --- with Miss Jessie’s Goody Bags).

4.  Sun June 4th, HOSTING afternoon stage for Drums Along The Hudson (Honorees including Rhonda Ross).

5. Mon June 5th, Gala Host Committee member for Brooklyn Community Services' 150 Anniversary Finale. The evening is hosted by actress and activist, Debi Mazar who I got the chance to interview recently for recurring client OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's "Where Are They Now?": http://wearebcs.org/bcs-150-anniversary-finale/

6. So my dear friend and colleague Derrick Hemphill is Artist Representative for Jessica Strahan (no relation to Mr. GMA Michael Strahan). She's one of three artists represented in Mirrored Migrations which hosted a discussion on its closing day at Brooklyn's Corridor Gallery with a talk between one-third of the women artist troika LaToya M. Hobbs (Arkansas) and the curator, New Orleans' own Sharbreon Plummer who brings together these artists - Lovie Olivia (Texas) also featured - reflecting stories of survival and preservation often lost in the folds of history. Sharbreon Plummer is an administrator whose research centers on Black Visual Culture. She currently serves as Program Associate for Community Engagement at the Joan Mitchell Center. For further information about where this exhibition is going, please contact charlotte@rushartsgallery.org or via phone 845-480-1258. Mirrored Migrations confronts a conversation of the national and global influences of the South on contemporary Black Womanhood. Featured artists LaToya M. Hobbs (Arkansas), Lovie Olivia (Texas), Jessica Strahan (Louisiana) study their personal multifaceted journeys of womanhood and perspectives of the world while reflecting on the traditions, communities and magic that exists. Subscribe to Jessica Strahan's newsletter: www.bit.ly/jHand-SignUp.  #MirroredMigrations #LifeofRiley — at Corridor Gallery.
7. Happy #SilverCelebration #Classof1992 #Morehouse And #Spelman #LifeofRiley

8. Have you been keeping up with Miss Jessie's Co-Founder, CEO, and Creative Director Miko Branch? She's been on the road promoting her national best seller "Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch - Naturally" (Harper Collins/Amistad)...and she's booking up press; product donation synergies; budgeted speeches; hosted book signings; etc. I'm on Brand Ambassador duty to vet anything. Please let me know!

As always, THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

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