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.
I just got back from L.A. and am hitting the ground running on that special project I’m Executive Producing (More details on that at the top of 2015):http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/2014/10/13/jakki-is-back.html MEANWHILE, I find out today that the promo for an on-line show I’m co-hosting is up and on-line. THAT’S RIGHT! I’m HOSTING THIS ONE! Introducing…The New Advocate Money Minute: This season explores LGBT money issues with small business, retirement, home lending and more: http://www.advocate.com/business/advocate-money-minute/2014/10/10/introducing%E2%80%A6-new-advocate-money-minute We’ll continue to launch a new video within the channel every 2 weeks through December. AS ALWAYS, THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! #moneyminute #wellsfargo #advocate #thenewadvocatemoneyminute
Executive Producing a special project would lead me to L.A. We just had a week of work and two days of shoots. (I’ll share more when time for it to be viewed in 2015-16). Awesome project that you'll all get to see Meanwhile, where I go – so does THE LIFE OF RILEY:
My Welcome to L.A. hang ended up being hosted by my friend Ikechukwu Waldhaus and friend Nate Parker ("Red Tails", "Great Debaters", and more!). They chose the W Hollywood for our catch up! Nate Parker has some great updates that I'll be sharing soon! CONGRATS, BRO!
DIVAS SIMPLY SINGING
My friend V Scott Hamilton (Sheryl Lee Ralph Ralph's DIVAS SIMPLY SINGING) took me to say HI to Sheryl Lee Ralph at her beautiful home (OMG! No pix but Sheryl Lee Ralph was FIERCE! Lol!). We had lots to catch up on – including – this weekend: DIVAS SIMPLY SINGING.
Scott also hosted a wonderful event with BETTER BROTHERS L.A. – a happy hour at McCormicks w/friends - including Derek Lafayette and Thornell Jones Jr: www.betterbrothersla.com.
My Harpo BFF Itika then scooped me up and took us to Ace Hotel for rooftop music! L.A. is cute (enough)! LOL!
KIKI AND TITI
"Jakki's Back!": Taylor-Richardson that is! My BFF from our days producing on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (She currently is Producer at "Queen Latifah" whose stylist Tim Snell joined her! I'm a BIG FAN of him and his work - including 13 years of styling the late, GREAT Whitney Houston).
My top secret L.A. assignment would allow me a hang with she and some uber-special peeps (I took an Uber tonight in L.A.! Cute, right? Lol!).
Shout out to those who schlepped to Culver City/Rush Street Restaurant to see me:
my other Harpo BFF Itika (mktg exec extraordinaire); media exec producer/friend Nicole Childers;
actress/entertainment diva Toni; astrologer Wayne Gonzalez;
and a special shout out to PR friend and Spelman sister Tosha Whitten Griggs who tried to make it but had an alumni event - all good folks and all my peeps! Love you ALL! XO
After late wrap, did impromptu bday set at Aroma Bakery Cafe with old ATL buddy Derrick Lafayette hosted by old NYC buddy Keith Wooten: my industry brother friends! Happy BDAY Dela! L.A. is still poppin'.
OIL CAN HARRY
L.A! Great times! "Oil Can Harry's" gave us 70s/80 's music; karaoke (I did Endless Love); and Harpo besties Lesia Minor and Itika + my Diana BFF Curtis! Plus, my Delandis - Broadway performer and TV host extraordinaire! XO
Dear friend Stacey Antonio capped off my L.A. trip with a great catch-up breakfast. This, before I had to get back to NYC! THANKS L.A. ET AL!
Congrats to my internet wife, Mara Schiavocampo. The cover of her upcoming book is done and she is ready to go! I'm very proud of her! #THINspired #Dec30
LEON & THE PEOPLES
GOOD TIMES at LEON & THE PEOPLES LIVE in HARLEM USA at Red Rooster Harlem! Did LEON hand me that mic during his show? LOL! Anthony Harper's sister Bri Cole is Leon’s publicist and Victor E Lewis is the manager. Sabrina also reps Michael Jai White and Frenchie Davis among others! After Leon's Red Rooster show, we called on nearby Sylvia's Restaurant, the Queen of Soul food, for a later night bite. We were seated next to this one... LOVE ARETHA! Shout out to my boo Sidra Smith for popping by and our hangout buddies du jour Bernice Wooden and Charon Richardson of G'wan by Charon fame! ! #uptownsaturdaynight
THE ZERO DEGREE ZOMBIE ZONE
Great Sunday in Harlem to celebrate my friend Patrik Henry Bass and illustrator Jerry Craft on "The Zero Degree Zombie Zone" Patrik's 1st children's book (ages 8-12) from Scholastic. My girlfriend Robin Stone hosted the well-appointed set in her beautiful brownstone - filled with some of my favorite people - including NABJ sister friends Katti Gray and author of "The End of Fashion", Teri Agins whose new book "Hijacking The Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers" hits stores this month! Always good to connect with my journalism peeps under one roof! Congrats Patrik! #blackboysread #ZeroDegreeZombieZone
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, J’NARA!
Was GREAT to CELEBRATE the FOREVER YOUNG, J’NARA CORBIN at The Celllar – below The Bryant Park Hotel. CHEERS, MY FRIEND! XOXOXO
Okay, how EXCITED and IMPRESSED was I to be combing through UPTOWN Magazine and page turning to my friend Jehrime Chadwick - actor/model to KEEP WATCHING!
GMC cast this ad VERY WELL! CONGRATS, JEHRIME! KEEP GOING, MY FRIEND!
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERARY AWARDS
I got the chance to host the Miss Harlem Shake 2014 Contest for Musa Jackson Productions last month. He's asked me now to host the 10th Annual African American Literary Award Show on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Please come join us! I'm EXCITED!
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Hope you’ll join us: http://bit.ly/allstar_plr! IT’S "Billie's Black Presents All Star Karaoke w/Patrick L. Riley" – The FALL 2014 Series! AND we PREMIERE Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (and will run every Tuesday until December 23, 2014).
IN A FEW WORDS, WE OFFER:
Lots of laughs.
Music, music, music.
Cocktail specials weekly.
Good networking and fellowship.
All Star Karaoke has attracted an impressive list to our little night that did… and will again!:
1. Monifah - Recording Artist (R&B Divas-Atlanta)
2. KeKe Wyatt – Recording Artist (R&B Divas-Atlanta)
3. Bevy Smith – BRAVO’s Fashion Queens
4. Sidra Smith - NAACP Image Award-winning producer (for “Free Angela” documentary)
5. Mara Schiavocampo - GMA correspondent
6. Xosha Roquemore - “The Mindy Project” (FOX)
7. Mica Hughes - BRAVO’s "Blood, Sweat, & Heels"
8. Gordon Chambers – singer/songwriter
9. Anthony Wayne – Broadway performer (“Pippin’” & “Mighty Sylvester”)
10. Shiba Russell – WNBC Anchor
ALL STAR KARAOKE HISTORY:
Independent personality/producer/writer Patrick L. Riley hosted ALL-STAR KARAOKE for NATIVE Restaurant from August 2010 to 2012. Our guest singers - on any given night - at ALL-STAR KARAOKE THURSDAY NIGHT included: songstress Tichina Arnold; R&B divas Alyson Williams & Monifah; actress Napiera Groves; the artist formerly known as TONEX, B. Slade; Mariah Carey's long-standing background singer Melony Daniels - an artist her own right; Broadway baby Brenda Braxton; singer/author David Nathan; FELA!s Kevin Mambo; Paul Wharton ("Real Housewives of DC"); etc.
TO SEE MORE ON “LIFE OF RILEY”, click here: http://www.youtube.com/user/patarack2010
TO READ MORE ON “Billie’s Black Presents All Star Karaoke” and its host Patrick L. Riley, click here (as Patrick has attracted amazing sponsors like “Motown: The Musical” [for our #motownmay contest]; Hendrick’s Gin; and Riley/Land Gourmet Pantry. We’ve even hosted BIRTHDAY PARTIES during our Tuesday night!) :
SOME FUN EXCERPTS:
ALL STAR KARAOKE SIZZLE W/MONIFAH:
KEKE WYATT & HOST:
HOST PATRICK RILEY SINGS TOO:
Went to Original DREAMGIRL Jennifer Holliday's SOLD OUT NYC show at BB King's! Am TOO ELATED! Opening song: Miss Ross' "I Ain't Been Licked" from "The Boss"! Was so excited to share in the night with my friends and fellow DIVA lovers Lee Smith and Michael K. Watts (whose LIVE FROM FRONT ROW! captured many of the special moments.
So EXCITED that a POSSIBILITY that Marcia Pendelton shared with me is now being shared with our beloved Momentum Education community! It was OPENING NIGHT for ME: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK1yncqPlOQ! For our MOMENTUM FAM, the date is Friday, November 14, 2014 – A Night at Motown the Musical along with an EXCLUSIVE post-show discussion with the cast! It promises to be a Transformational Event – all for the DISCOUNT PRICE of $80! TELL ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO JOIN US: http://www.walktallgirlproductions.com/EVENT-202541-default-Momentum_Eduation_Night_at_MOTOWN_THE_MUSICAL_ASD_Ajiboye_automation Together you will be touched, moved & inspired by the groundbreaking event. #motownmay #billiesblack #allstarkaraoke #momentumeducation
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARA!
WELL, her real birthday gift just came: ANOTHER EMMY! CONGRATS, MY INTERNET WIFEY! NO ONE more deserving, baby love! I LOVE YOU! And am so glad we got to CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY recently – including CATWALK LESSONS for MISS NINA! WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HUSAIN!
OF COURSE, as we look to start ALL STAR KARAOKE back up, we must shout out BIRTHDAY BOY HUSAIN – our #motownmay GRAND FINALE WINNER! HOPE IT WAS GOOD FOR YOU, BUDDY!
JILLIAN’S PEAK TV
WHAT A BLAST TO HOST my girlfriends Charlie T and Danielle’s fundraiser for JILLIAN’S PEAK TV - #JilliansPeakTV – a well-appointed affair that included a live excerpt of the series. Go to www.facebook.com/JilliansPeaktv to find out more! This is – for sure – something you want to look out for and to support! Be a part! The cast and crew would like to thank everyone for coming out to the fundraiser. It was a great success – including wonderful support from sponsors Barefoot Wine, Pop Chips, Unilever,BlvdBistro, Babeland, MCC, B&B,
GoMagazine, Lesbian.com, Nathan 7 Scott, Dee Jones, and Maggie Cousin.
#jilliansPeakTV #JPFundraiser #JPWebseries #JPDonate #Barefootwine #popchips #BLVDBISTRO #Unilver #Gomagazine
#MCC #Babeland #NATHAN7SCOTT #DeeJones,#MaggieCousin
Shout out to my Spelman sister Tosha Whitten-Griggs and one of my Momentum babies Daralynn Hutson for the invite to: NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC! A quote from LIFE OF RILEY:
"AS A HUGE FAN OF TV ONE'S "UNSUNG" and a recurring pop culture analyst on shows like "LIFE AFTER" and "ARISE 360", I believe film and TV will teach a nation of fans the stories of our modern icons - like NAS. "NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC" is one such vehicle that takes someone as old as me on an ease down the yellow brick road of my memory lane with stops in Kansas (Queensbridge); hook ups with a slew of lions, tigers, and bears (from Q-Tip to Pharrell and Alicia Keys). What a well-done vehicle that promises to inspire a nation the way NAS did when he launched onto the scene as a young street poet to now, an ICON! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
--- PATRICK L. RILEY
POP CULTURE ANALYST, "A DAY IN THE LIFE OF RILEY: pop culture & possibilities"
It's Been A Long Time, What Brought Artie To New York City
It's finally Happened, He's Going Back, Back To His Roots, Acting and Singing,
What Brought Him To New York City In The First Place, Come See & Hear The Unforgettable Artie Thompson, Currently Starring On Off Off Broadway "The Making Of A Team" & Former Television Personality Appearing On BRAVO, The One and Only, Artie Thompson
For a Limited Time at The Metropolitan Room in Manhattan
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 4:00PM
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 4:00PM
Buy Your Tickets Now before it's all sold out!
Click here to buy tickets;
EXCERPT: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152166354908737 - Friends of Billie's Black presents ALL STAR KARAOKE with Patrick L. Riley, Miss Keke Wyatt and her hubby Michael are expecting Baby #8! She INSTAGRAM'd it! http://www.designntrend.com/articles/19897/20140921/keke-wyatt-expecting-baby-8.htm CONGRATS TO THEM! OH! AND WE TOO HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE SOON! STAY TUNED... #allstarkaraoke #billiesblack
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
Was fun to see a great mix of my friends at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2014-15 Season Opening Party – featuring music from The Rodriguez Brothers, signature cocktails and a buffet dinner. Always a good time! Be sure to check out its offerings this season: http://www.jazz.org/.
URBAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
After that, Ant and I met up with his sister friend Sabrina – in town for the Urban World Film Festival with her client Michael Jai White (whose #falconrising is out and screening this weekend). We popped by SILVANNA to see friend Victor Wyatt’s group British Dependency before we all went to 67 Orange (www.67orangestreet.com) for a late night bite of some of the best food in Harlem courtesy of 67 Orange owner Karl Franz Williams. Many popped by to say HI! The next day, we all gathered at NYC's Refinery Hotel rooftop. It was Ant, his Denver sister Sabrina, her client Michael Jai White, MJW's son Devin, buddy Bobby Roache, and Bobby's FAB eyewear for a pre-celebration of Michael Jai White’s Urban World Film Festival presentation of his new film #falcolnrising – co-starring Laila Ali. Bruce Leroy AKA Taimak was in the house - #uwff! #lastdragon
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NOOT!
It was also my FAV nephew Noot's BDAY set – at Wined Up - in NYC! He's 26! Lawd! Happy BDAY Herman L. Riley III! AND MY GIFT? www.bobbyroache.com – a pair of the CLUBSTER! AND HOW MUCH DO I LOVE that my friends (AKA family) are as emotionally invested in my nephew as I am, hence coming out to toast him for his birthday (He's like my son! LOL!). THANKS ERN AND PAULA! Y'all are the best! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO
END OF SUMMER COOKOUT!
Great times with Mairie Ame Raxy, Elisabeth Blix Lie, Ivonne Velasquez, Carl Nelson, and more for END OF SUMMER COOKOUT! This, before Beyoncé and Jay Zon HBO with Brian Henderson and Nikita Stewart! FUN SATURDAY!
SOME THINGS TO DO:
- · Shout out to Dr. Libby Lewis for hipping me to Gabrielle Denise Pina’s “LETTERS FROM ZORA: In Her Own Words” – Directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks with Original Music by Ron McCurdy… and STARRING Vanessa Bell Calloway! You can check it out October 9 – 26 at the Tony-award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company: www.CrossroadsTheatreCompany.org.
- · It’s MORE SCANDALOUS THAN 'SCANDAL' and written by MY FRIEND Stanley Bennett Clay! It’s his controversial and award-winning play RITUAL Off-Broadway. And you can get tickets now! (866) 811-4111 www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/shows/ritual_305392/
- · SAVE THE DATE and make your reservations for LEON & THE PEOPLES LIVE in HARLEM!! My buddy Leon and his band will be performing at Ginny's Supper Club at The Red Rooster Harlem! ALL THE INFO IS HERE: https://www.facebook.com/LeonandThePeoples
COME JOIN ME AT:
The Jillian's Peak Premium Web Series Fundraiser this upcoming Tuesday: http://jillianspeak.com/Cast. Jillian’s Peak Fundraiser is a FREE event. Attendees are encouraged to make a contribution toward needed resources. This event is an organized effort to gather funds for the filming of Jillian’s Peak first episode and a trailer. The funds raised will go towards production cost to include but not limited to; equipment rental (lighting, sound, cameras, monitors, computers, clothing, location filming), film crew & actors salary, Pre and Post production, editing, & travel expenses. It is because of your support and help that we can bring quality LGBT programming to mainstream media. Please fill free to ask about our Corporate Sponsorship Packages at email@example.com. To find out more about our web series, please go to our website at www.jillianspeak.com. There will be a special live performance by the cast, at 7pm and a “meet and greet” afterwards. Also there will be a silent auction and raffles. All attendees receive a great take away bag from our event. Do help us to reach our GOAL.
Leslie Lohman Museum Prince St. Project Space
127-B Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
(At Prince & Wooster)
Complimentary RSVP tickets here via Eventbrite:
I’ll share cryptically – for now – that I just wrapped a day of co-hosting an on-line show that is “all about the Benjamins” (a clue, but not DIDDY or REVOLT! LOL!). Instead, it will be something ELSE from THE LIFE OF RILEY that you can see soon! STAY TUNED… and as always, THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT, FOLKS!
UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT! Was too excited to be a part of HARLEM HISTORY as I hosted the Miss Harlem Shake 2014 pageant. One of the #Top 5 --- Ljeoma (PRONOUNCED E-JAMA) --- won! She’s a health educator, PHd student, and blogger. In addition to winning cash prizes and a slew of great SWAG, she raised $1,000 for her charity: Harlem's Children Zone, which I’ve had a the chance to chronicle a few times for recurring client “Oprah”. Ljeoma’s favorite meal at Harlem Shake is the BBQ Onion Burger and the jerk fries. The celebrity judge panel was fierce too: make-up artists extraordinaire Cynde Watson and Kevin McQueen; the debonaire Byl Thompson with CACHE; Broadway royalty and Harlem entrepreneur, Tony nominee Brenda Braxton; dancer/choreographer supreme Manwe; theater icon, storied stage manager of Broadway, Mr. Kenneth Hanson ; and the fiery Farrah Burns AKA The Harlem Chanteuse; and one of my favorite people of all time: the legendary Ms. Vy Higgensen who Founded and heads up Mama Foundation for the Arts. Her beautiful daughter Knoelle entertained the enthusiastic crowd with Minnie Ripperton’s "Loving You". And the sponsors were so great – including: Chatman Cakes, Sober Up, Uptown magazine, Harlem trends, Harlem Haberdashery, Jembere eyewear, graffiti artist Kindo Harper, DjNessdigital ,and more! Special shout out to Musa Jackson whose Musa Jackson Productions booked me and organized the event. And to the Harlem Shake TEAM plus ALL-of-the behind the scenes team-members – most pointedly, owner of Harlem Shake: Jelena Pasic who noted to me the night went beyond her expectations. Congrats to Ljeoma: the 2014 Miss Harlem Shake. abulous Job. See you next year! #MissHarlemShake2014 #Top5 p.s. Ant and I did an after set with one of our favorite couples: Brian and Nikita Henderson. We enjoyed karaoke at Radio Star. FUN!
I love me some Lola Ogunnaike who – along with Shannon Lanier – co-hosts Arise Entertainment 360 where I do Broadway and pop culture round-ups and re-caps + I get to guest co-host with her.
Well, I told her at a recent Kehinde Wiley party that the guest co-host (yours truly) expects to be invited to the baby shower as she has announced to us all (though I knew for a month now) that she and her hubby are expecting their new addition at the end of the year! CONGRATS, LOLA!
And that good news came with the great occasion we were attending: the PREMIERE of a film EXECUTIVE PRODUCED by my friend Lamar Johnson: “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace” (a MUST-SEE on PBS or somewhere nearby… and MISS LOLA has a cameo! Check it out on www.pbs.org).
SPEAKING OF ARISE ENTERTAINMENT 360, the full episodes for my last two guest co-hosting stints on ARISE ENTERTAINMENT 360 are here:
ALWAYS A BLAST to GUEST CO-HOST on Arise Entertainment 360 with Lola Ogunnaike and Shannon Lanier: http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/tag/arise-entertainment-360.
Arise News is on TV now in NYC/NJ area - 18 million homes Mon-Fri 2pm on Time Warner Cable #92 & Verizon FiOS #481 plus still on millions of TVs overseas. And it's coming this FALL 2014 to CentricTV - BET Networks. As always, THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! XO #ARISE360 #LOR_kehinde #kehindewileyPBS #economyofgrace #aneconomyofgrace #ARISE360 #ARISEENT360
We have to SHOUT OUT Anthony Wayne and his partner Kendrell Bowman (along with their partner, my favorite DIVA Sheryl Lee Ralph) as they unveiled Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical at the Theatre At St. Clement'st. It’s an ALL-MONTH-LONG-AND-BEYOND run – so please get your tickets and come out and feel #MIGHTYREAL!! Several of my FAVs were in the house - including Jamie Foster Brown, Michaela angela Davis, DjStormin Norman, Kendrick Jim Brown Reid, Derrick Hemphill, and more! FUN NIGHT and FIERCE PERFORMANCES! www.FABULOUSSYLVESTER.com AND http://www.facebook.com/FABSYLVESTER.
We were too excited when Anthony Wayne graciously popped by our Spring 2014 series of “Billie’s Black Presents All Star Karaoke” with Patrick L. Riley. We had a blast as he gave us a preview of his Sylvester turn before he and I rotated on Miss Ross’ “Upside Down”! BLISS! http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/2014/6/5/fvifw.html
Interview from ALL STAR KARAOKE:
AIN’T NO WAY:
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL):
MICHAEL JAI WHITE
Ernest Maynor & I at Michael Jai White's #falconrising premiere. Anthony Harper's sis Bri Cole's PR for MJW & actor Leon Robinson aka "Leon". Being Mary Jane's Richard Brooks came too! Enjoyed a great dinner at Negril after - also with Charon Richardson of G'wan by Charon fame - and what a great Saturday Night in New York City! P.S. Ern and I did stop by Karaoke One7 for a nightcap. WE JUST HAD TO! LOL!
HAPPY BAIRTHDAY, MALIK YOBA, who produced a project that screens at Urban World Film Festival this weekend in New York City. It’s TONSURE – directed by my fellow freelance writer/producer at BET, FRED BUMAYE and also produced by Savannah homeboy Maurice Marable: http://www.bet.com/news/celebrities/2014/09/16/malik-yoba-produced-short-tonsure-premiering-at-urbanworld.html
Enjoyed BET buddy Blair Younger's sister Brandee Younger stellar harpist - at jazz club Minton's Harlem. Anthony Harper and one of my work BFFs Howard Chisholm were in the house too! "PRELUDE" available on iTunes: www.brandeeyounger.com. BRAVO!!!