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.
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!!!
Denver loveAIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH to keep me fromAnt and his Denver peeps! WHAT A GREAT LABORDAY WEEKEND that included the stunning wedding ofAnt’s high school friend Vanessa and her husbandWill in Keystone, CO – a beautiful, two-hourdrive from Denver.Some of Will’s fam came from Germany and theywere lots of fun!Our Denver host with the most – as always – is JeanNicholson who let me tour her FAB consignment shop"re: for your home":Of course, Ant’s bloodfam pulled out ALL THE STOPS for BBQ – includingsome of the best potato salad known to manand made by Ant’s awesome mom “Jackie Washington”.And I – of course – had to see my babies: Sabrina andBrina. And what a bonus that Sabrina’s business partner,friend Victor E. Lewis, was also in town and joinedAnt’s sister Chanel, he, Sabrina, and I forHILLSTONE – my favorite, though known to many asHOUSTON’S.HEY DENVER! SEE YOU AROUND! #laborday2014Roache and FORBESSpecial shout out to my little brother in the industry,international model Bobby Roaché, who was justinterviewed by Forbes about his modeling careerand sunglasses collection and the interview is out.Here is the video link of Bobby Roaché'sinterview: http://www.forbes.com/video/3755958950001/.Kehinde WileyHas been great to work with my friend Lamar Johnson - the Executive Producer ofKehinde Wiley’s documentary - which – inclusive myfinite consultation – has gotten lots of good press:Well, it’s showtime…and the documentary premieresthis Friday, September 5 on PBS!The movie "Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace" followsthe artist as he steps out of his comfort zone to create aseries of paintings of women for the first time.Kehinde casts his models on the streets of New York and thenenlists Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gownsfor each woman.The film traces the artist's process from concept tocanvas as he reveals to us another side of black femininity.Lamar notes it is a celebration of art, style and African-Americanbeauty and has been very well-received, garnering severalfestival awards including @SXSW 2014. The film is also an officialselection in the "Run & Shoot” Martha’s Vineyard African-AmericanFilm Fest. For more info, you can go to www.PBS.org/pressroomKathy SledgeThis says it all! KATHY SLEDGE ~ NYC ~ SATURDAY ~ SEPTEMBER6TH The Brighter Side of Day. A musical journey of thelife of the American icon Billie Holiday.ARISE ENTERTAINMENT 360The full episodes for my last two guest co-hosting stints on ARISEENTERTAINMENT 360 are here:http://www.arise.tv/entertainment/arise-360-25-08-8038
andALWAYS A BLAST to GUEST CO-HOST on Arise Entertainment 360with Lola Ogunnaike and Shannon Lanier:Arise News is on TV now in NYC/NJ area - 18 million homes Mon-Fri 2pm onTime Warner Cable #92 & Verizon FiOS #481 plus still on millions of TVsoverseas. And it's coming this FALL 2014 to CentricTV - BET Networks.As always, THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! XO #ARISE360
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. While Shannon Lanier was in L.A. covering MTV Awards - or the MTV Video Music Awards - and Emmy Awards, Lola Ogunnaike held down the fort.
The 2014 VMAs Red Carpet!
SWV gives all the details on their new Season of SWV Reunited!
Phillip Bloch recaps the 2014 VMA Red Carpet Fashion!
Robyn M Santiago takes us inside the 2014 Emmy Awards "SWAG" Bag!
Us Weekly Editor Charles Thorp recaps the 2014 Emmy Awards!
The cast of God Help The Girl discuss the new film!
Dash Mihok on his role in the hit series Ray Donovann!
Phillip Bloch recaps the 2014 Emmy Awards Red Carpet!
FYI: 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
A diverse sea of my people gathered recently for our beloved Summer Sunday pass-time Sundae Sermon. This week, our Bevy Smith hosted with the MOST! And TEAM Sundae Sermon was led by two of my favorites DJ Stormin Norman and Michaela angela Davis. Here’s to more! Save my space under the tree… http://sundaesermon.com/ #ThisIsSundaeSermon #ThankYou #SundaeSermon
A WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN NYC! Great to hang with my friends (and our “All Star Karaoke” team), Derrick and Bernice for – first – UPTOWN BOUNCE, a free summer series event – featuring music, Gallery talks, art workshops, breakdancing, summer drinks, and tasty food. DJ Tony Touch brought Great sounds as we learned about graffiti’s influence on hip hop through the City As Canvas Exhibition. We LOVE El Museo del Barrio.
From there, it was CARLA-OKE TIME! Yep! Our ALL STAR KARAOKE faithful Carla Bone celebrates another birthday and PULSE KARAOKE was the backdrop for our industry fam to serenade her. FASHION QUEENS Bevy Smith was in the house along with a host of fab folks – including Ice T’s main groomer Brian Badie and a host of others. FUN WEDNESDAY!
LOVE FOR PASSION
What an amazing time at my friend Nathan Hale Williams’ fundraiser: Love For Passion - Film at Katra! Ant and I are thrilled that Nathan asked us to be on the Host Committee. CELEBRITY GUEST HOST - Desmond Richardson – is EVERYTHING! Though a Tony Award nominee & dance legend, he is must humble and generous with his talents and his time. THANKS DESMOND! So glad he graced us with his presence and gave us a hint of what’s to come with Evidence Dance Company (https://www.facebook.com/evidencedance). Industry buddies Qwynn Dolmo, Nakia Hicks, Joe Mode, Entertainer Buttaflysoul, and BJ Coleman co-hosted. Music was provided by DjPoison Ivy & DJ Audi Mansell.! https://love4passionfilmeventkatra.eventbrite.com/
FB - facebook.com/loveforpassion
Twitter - @lovepasionfilm
IG - @loveforpassionfilm
PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT: https://www.facebook.com/LoveForPassion
P.S. Did Harlem diva Tammy Ford join Ant and me for karaoke and sushi at Yuki 55 after the party? YEP! Perfect nightcap! XOXOXOXOXO
LOVE UPTOWN Magazine! Always good to me! http://uptownmagazine.com/2013/12/h-list-patrick-riley-video AND THE BIGGEST CONGRATS to UPTOWN Editor in Chief and my Morehouse brother and friend Isoul Harris who shares: "The debut of @UptownMagazine's 10th #Anniversary #Music & #Style Issue starring @Common & model @SelitaEbanks on #AccessHollywood. Shot on location in the #penthouse suite of #TheWTimesSquare by famed photographer @CliffWatts & styled by #MicaelaErlanger (stylist for #LupitaNyongo). #Fashion #Luxury #Lifestyle #EditorsEye #Aspiration
ZERO DEGREE ZOMBIE ZONE
Last I shouted out my friend PATRIK HENRY BASS (far right), I was moderating a The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR panel that followed a radio revisiting of Zora Neale Hurston’s celebrated novel Their Eyes Were Watching God from the point of view of Janie’s love interest, Tea Cake: http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2012/sep/17/their-eyes-were-watching-god-teacakes-legacy/. Was AWESOME to wax philosophical – through a male lens - with Patrik and other great minds on Hurston’s iconic narrative: http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/2012/9/17/their-eyez.html. Well, a HOT NEW SHOUT OUT TO my friend PATRIK HENRY BASS – Essence magazine and Essence Online's own Books Editor and Director of Editorial Projects - for underscoring, in action and excellence, the increasing need for kid books about African American children. On Tuesday, August 26,Columbia Scholastic Press - Scholastic - is publishing The Zero Degree Zombie Zone. The book, for ages 8-12 and grades 3-7 is one of the first to feature four African-American kids (three boys and a girl) in a fantasy setting replete with zombies. It's also my attempt to encourage more African-American boys to read by presenting relatable characters. I am helping spread the word about#ZeroDegreeZombieZone's publication! Please help me!
Shout out to my Spelman sister Adrianne C. Smith whose budding “Southern Chefs” TV cooking competition shot an array of ordinary self-proclaimed chefs from the South in New York City – living in one 2 bedroom apartment in Harlem for the opportunity of a lifetime by hosting a pop-up dinner for 25 guests including some of NYC’s finest chefs and restaurant owners. I was invited as a tastemaker, but scheduling didn’t allow. But the pix were nothing short of “tasty” and I hope to have a to-go plate the next time (or at the next round of tapings for its inevitable pick-up and re-up). Congrats, my forever-MISS-MAROON-AND-WHITE! FOR MORE INFO, https://www.facebook.com/southernchefstv.