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

 

celebrating love

VALENTINE’S DAY BRUNCH

RESERVE YOUR SPACE HERE:  https://valentines-brunch-and-karaoke.eventbrite.com/ 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE: http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/2016/1/24/all-star-karaoke-special-on-valentines-day-sunday-21416.html


SUSAN TAYLOR

THIS IS Edward Lewis - The Man from Essence! Edward Lewis is a Co-Founder of the iconic magazine that found a MUSE in Susan Taylor! Want to also speak the names of friends Michaela angela Davis and Gordon Chambers who each shared their history with Susan Taylor with me. Each of them – and so many in the room – were ESSENCE alums who worked under Susan Taylor. In fact, a host of legends and industry insiders gathered at swanky event space 583 PARK AVENUE as we toasted the 70th birthday of the icon Susan Taylor. Millions were also raised as awareness was shed on the organization she Founded to mentor the children of the world: the National CARES Mentoring Movement - National Office. The star-studded For the Love of Our Children gala kicked off a major fundraising campaign to support the national roll-out of transformative mentoring initiatives aimed at providing the nation’s most vulnerable youth with crucial support. Eddie and C. Sylvia Brown were honored for their extensive philanthropic support of education indicatives through the Brown Family Foundation. I even have an anecdote or two on my resume with Susan Taylor: LIFE OF RILEY has been invited and covered Miss Taylor's events in years gone by - one she did featuring one of my main and most lucrative clients as a freelance field producer: Oprah Winfrey - in 2008: http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/2008/12/21/what-a-day-for-a-daydream.html. Also worth noting: I got to field produce Susan Taylor for a couple of REMEMBERING YOUR SPIRIT installments that ran on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1998. GREAT TIMES! As an independent producer/personality/writer, I still credit OWN a client as I am a freelance field producer for "Oprah, Where Are They Now?" - including one of my latest on DL HUGHLEY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8JV9iIMbao. I have a half dozen or so pieces coming up in the current season of the show, including updates on Iman, The Chew’s Carla Hall, and Carol Daughter’s Lisa Price. SHOUT OUT TO MY Sidra Smith and her team for producing with Susan Taylor an awesome and elegant night - including a palpable script written by my personal icon in the business Stanley Bennett Clay! susantaylor #essence #nationalCARES #mentoring #fortheloveofourchildren

STARS ALIGN FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Yoko Ono, Danny Glover, Dionne Warwick, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Esperanza Spalding are among a diverse group of stars, civil rights icons, and religious leaders challenging all Americans to ring a historic church bell in Colonial Williamsburg during Black History Month as a call for racial healing, hope, and justice nationwide.

The "Let Freedom Ring Challenge" launches February 1st with a star-studded ceremony and concert in Williamsburg, Virginia on February 1st to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, one of the country’s oldest African-American houses of worship. Founded in 1776 by enslaved men and women, the church's bell has been silent since the days of segregation, but has been newly restored by historians from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in honor of this historic occasion.

The event will honor America’s civil rights heroes and activists, including Dr. Bernard Lafayette, the leader of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and launch a challenge to the nation to play a part in history by ringing the restored bell throughout the day — every day — during Black History Month. A national broadcast and social media #LetFreedomRing campaign, featuring videos from Yoko Ono, Malcolm Jamal Warner, and other artists, dignitaries, and social activists, will also be undertaken throughout the month.

MISS JESSIE'S

 SHOUT OUT to MISS JESSIE'S CEO and CO-FOUNDER MIKO BRANCH. I'm doing Brand Ambassador work with Miss Jessie's who sponsors my Billie's Black presents All Star Karaoke with Patrick L. Riley, a popular open mic night I host in Harlem. Her book is 2015 best seller Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch-Naturally (Amistad; Hardcover; $24.99) which we promote at ALL STAR KARAOKE: https://youtu.be/RL-EqYvCAeI.  


As MISS JESSIE'S steps into 2016, I am:

 

·        sharing some of what Miss Jessie’s CEO Miko Branch has in store so far for 2016. Please see where her itinerary so far is taking her this year – including a range of stops and appearances in the NYC-area and Atlanta.

 

·        recapping a few things Miss Jessie’s and Miko have been up to this past couple of months – including:

1. EBONY 100

2. HUFFINGTON POST:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-souleo-wright/on-the-a-wsouleo-miss-jes_b_8229820.html

 

3. BREAKING INTO…BLACK HOLLYWOOD LIVE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPr1f7H_KpY

4. SANDRA BOOKMAN/HERE & NOW:

 http://abc7ny.com/society/here-and-now-on-november-8-2015-miko-branch/1068361/ 

5. RHYTHM LATE NIGHT (L.A.-based, global show out of Nigeria/UK): 

https://www.facebook.com/patrick.l.riley/videos/10153398077113737/?l=3972871543851054556

 

·        re-engaging our friends in the media and in the events sphere in Miss Jessie’s as you look to book guests and identify donation/giveaway synergies.


FYI: MISS JESSIE'S ALSO DONATES PRODUCTS as a legacy initiative that honors Co-Founder/CEO Miko Branch's amazing sister and MISS JESSIE'S Co-Founder Titi Branch who we lost December 2014.  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missjessiesfans
Instagram: http://instagram.com/miss_jessies


#missjessies

#iammissjessies

#titibranch


All Star Karaoke SPECIAL on Valentines Day Sunday 21416

All Star Karaoke SPECIAL on Valentines Day Sunday 2/14/16

SAVE THE DATE, FOLKS: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  https://valentines-brunch-and-karaoke.eventbrite.com/ : With our SEASON FOUR of Billie’s Black presents ALL STAR KARAOKE behind us and our return still pending for SPRING 2016 (TBD), we are - are – BY POPULAR DEMAND – excited to invite you to come and join us for an ENCORE PRESENTATION ALL STAR KARAOKE SPECIAL EVENT: MIST HARLEM PRESENTS ALL STAR KARAOKE AND BRUNCH WITH PATRICK L. RILEY on VALENTINE’S DAY SUNDAY from NOON until 5pm! For $50, ENJOY VALENTINE’S DAY BRUNCH – including a SPECIAL BIRTHDAY TOAST to ALL STAR KARAOKE FAITHFULS Ernest Maynor AND Derrick Styles: both February 14th BIRTHDAY BOYS! COUPLES WELCOMED! Included: Bottomless Mimosas; Cocktail Specials; All Star Karaoke; Special Giveaways; and Some Surprises! WE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME at my MIST-HARLEM-housed BIRTHDAY BRUNCH – ALL-STAR-KARAOKE-style: https://youtu.be/bq1uovrAx0o, we had to try it one more time! AND YES, THERE WILL BE A VALENTINE’S DAY/BIRTHDAY VERSION of #THEBOSSCHOIR: https://youtu.be/6OY7bT6AKT8. ALL STAR KARAOKE is proud to have gotten to celebrate the LEGACY OF NATALIE COLE via this video that combines one of our ALL STAR KARAOKE staples: Natalie Cole’s “Our Love”: https://www.facebook.com/patrick.l.riley/videos/10153465679798737/?l=2168526762619196553. #mistharlem #allstarkaraoke #billiesblack #motownmay #missjessies #ernestmaynor #derrickstyles #nataliecolerip #nataliecole #ourlove

Tessa Thompson on Oscars Boycott

PRESENTED BY MISS JESSIE'S: Tessa Thompson ON OSCARS - A DailyCommune/LIFE OF RILEY SPECIAL!! Was great to re-acquaint with Tessa to whom Anika Noni Rose​ introduced me the opening night of Tyler Perry's’s For Colored Girls​. Knowing I’d be interviewing her, LIFE OF RILEY partner, CEO and Co-Founder of Miss Jessie's​, Miko Branch, sent over a VIP bag for Tessa to enjoy – including FULL-SIZED PRODUCT and her book Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch-Naturally (Amistad; Hardcover; $24.99). Tessa told me she LOVES MISS JESSIE’S: https://www.facebook.com/patrick.l.riley/videos/10153491349763737/?l=3404659370660713019! AND IN TURN, she shared her thoughts on Diversity in Hollywood; the Oscar Black-out; and the upcoming NAACP Image Awards​ for which she is a nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Creed. Check it out: The 47th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS LIVE! FRIDAY FEB 5TH on TV ONE Red Carpet 8/7C Image Awards 9/8C. AND BEFORE WE TUNE INTO THAT, look for more information from Tessa and the rest of her cast members in SMART PEOPLE at Second Stage Theatre​! All my LIFE OF RILEY fam knows when I can pour some THEATER tea for you, I do: https://youtu.be/LrdnbMgJn9s. MOREOVER, you ALL know that I am Mr. Kenny Leon’s #1 fan – from my days as a Man of Morehouse who got the chance to work under his expertise in his alma mater Clark Atlanta University’s Coronation for which he was Visiting Guest Alum Director in 1992 to the years of enjoying Atlanta’s Alliance and True Colors Productions under his helm (and promoting them accordingly as I started my career at Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta”) to these last twenty years that I’ve been in New York City and a front row to his many Broadway offerings – including his Tony-award-winning turn as Director of the most recent Raisin in the Sun Revival and the tour de force that was The Wiz LIVE! for which I got to interview this NBC event’s Dorothy, Shanice Williams for recurring client NBCBLK: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/shanice-williams-tonights-wiz-live-debut-n471616! My primary question for her? “What was it like to work with Kenny Leon?” AND LIFE OF RILEY and DAILY COMMUNE just got a NEW INVITATION to ask that same question of SMART PEOPLE playwright Lydia R. Diamond (whose last Broadway collaboration with Kenny Leon, “Stick Fly”, would provide me opportunities to do talk-backs on its Broadway stage: https://youtu.be/LrdnbMgJn9s). Same question for the impressive SMART PEOPLE cast – known for their work across all formats: starting with Tessa and continuing on with her fellow cast-mates Mahershala Ali (“House of Cards”); Joshua Jackson; and Anne Son. WELL, SMART PEOPLE’s OFFICIAL OPENING is February 11, 2016…and set on the eve of Obama’s first election, it captures the sentiments of a nation through the complex and not always harmonious lens of a group of four Harvard intellectuals. Though you may cry, you will also have many moments of LAUGHTER! INCLUDING PREVIEWS, it runs January 26 through March 6th. I’M THINKING FROM OUR MEET AND GREET…AND WHAT WE’RE TOLD THE NARRATIVE ENTAILS, THAT THIS IS A MUST-SEE! Who will join me and catch a performance?? CALL IN FOR TICKETS at 212.246.4422 or hit up www.2ST.com  for TICKETS and MORE INFORMATION. COME ON, SMART PEOPLE! As always, THANKS to each and everyone of you for tuning into LIFE OF RILEY. SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to: Fox Entertainment Reporter Simone Boyce, a fellow journalist whose work I’ve been admiring since she hit the airwaves. Great to meet her and invite her out to our return to Billie’s Black for Billie’s Black presents All Star Karaoke with Patrick L. Riley in the SPRING 2016 (Dates TBD). AWESOME LUNCH-TIME MOMENT! #missjessies #allstarkaraoke #billiesblack #Oscarssowhite #BlackOscars #Oscars #Academy #iammissjessies #titibranch #SELMA #shondaland #shondarimes #naacp #imageawards #diversity #smartpeople #tessathompson

NATALIE COLE Miss You Like Crazy RIP

Hi folks, 

I hit the ground running in 2016 with special projects for recurring clients. Stay tuned for when you can see some of that work.

But truth be told, I was picking myself up off the ground with the news that Miss Natalie Cole had passed away.

Plus, we'd wrapped All Star Karaoke last week! TOO MUCH!

Well, we still had to do something after hearing that the legendary songstress and the "unforgettable" daughter of the late Nate King Cole, died at age 65. 

So here goes: Two days prior to her passing, Billie's Black presents All Star Karaoke wrapped our Season 4 with her classic "Our Love" - a tune I've been singing since childhood and every week - along with #THEBOSSCHOIR
 - at our spirited, open mic night! It always INSPIRES...as will the LIFE & LEGACY of Natalie Cole:

TRIBUTE VIDEO


 And on any given Tuesday, I might do "I Live for Your Love" (which opened December 29th's Season 4 Finale); "This Will Be"; "I Got Love on My Mind"; "Jump Start"; and "Unforgettable" sometimes. 

THANKS to ALL of OUR ALL STAR KARAOKE FAITHFULS - including Monifah, Carla Bone, Laurieanne Gibson, Toni Seawright, Gwendolyn Quinn, Danielle Knight, Penwah et al --- ALL of whom and MORE are instrumental in keeping NATALIE COLE's LEGACY of MUSICAL EXCELLENCE ALIVE! 

I LOVE YOU ALL! EVERLASTING!#UNFORGETTABLE#BILLIESBLACK #ALLSTARKARAOKE #OURLOVE#ILIVEFORYOURLOVE #THISWILLBE#ANEVERLASTINGLOVE #MISSJESSIES #IGOTLOVEONMYMIND #JUMPSTART #MRMELODY #TAKEALOOK #UNFORGETTABLE #NATKINGCOLE #PINKCADILLAC #IMCATCHINGHELL #DANGEROUS #IJUSTCANTSTAYAWAY

 

Join LIFE OF RILEY for TANK AND THE BANGAS

Hi folks,

LIFE OF RILEY is über excited to introduce you to Tank & The Bangas, the funky new band from New Orleans – one of the most original, energetic and smart bands on the music scene today. They go hard! See them at Brooklyn Bowl this Saturday, January 16 at 7 PM. Tickets: http://bit.ly/tank_tickets.The lead singer, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, who layers her titanium voice over whimsical and soulful compositions, blew me away.  A Tank & The Bangas concert goes from heart-felt, sunken words to spoken word to front row at a rock concert. It’s an experience fans can only describe as "the best rollercoaster I've ever been on." 

Video links below...

 

Crazy http://bit.ly/crazy_tank

Boxes & Squares - http://bit.ly/boxes_tank

Drummers - http://bit.ly/drummers_tank

Jazz Fest - http://bit.ly/jazzfest_tank

Goodnight Show http://bit.ly/goodnight_tank

 

Best and LOVE,

Patrick L. Riley

“A Day in the LIFE OF RILEY: pop culture & possibilities”

 


P.S. LOOK FOR MORE LIFE OF RILEY as usual in the coming weeks; MEANWHILE, check out what’s been going on and what’s coming up via my FACEBOOK page:

1. JANUARY 2016: https://www.facebook.com/patrick.l.riley/media_set?set=a.10153454803953737.1073741963.662073736&type=1


2. DECEMBER 2015:

https://www.facebook.com/patrick.l.riley/media_set?set=a.10153420949533737.662073736&type=3


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