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".
Patrick L. Riley


say amen


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! - #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: 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:  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 ( and me – promoting the Fall launch of Billie's Black Presents All Star Karaoke with Patrick L. Riley ( - 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: 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: 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: 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   #allstarkaraoke #billiesblack

pushing thru



Billie's Black PRESENTS ALL STAR KARAOKE with Patrick L. Riley is back up NEXT TUESDAY for our FALL 2014 run! For a look back at SPRING 2014, click here:! MEANWHILE, please let us know you're coming: #allstarkaraoke #billiesblack


MY DEBUT as HOST on WELLS FARGO presents THE NEW MONEY MINUTE! Federal vs. State - Staying up-to-date on the protections and opportunities available for same-sex couples.



Got to Exec Produce DC3's Michelle Williams and Deitrick Haddon yesterday! I grew even more impressed by the Grammy winner, after working with her. She and the dapper Deitrick are super nice and very professional! After a beast of a week and the wrap of our shoot, they energized me to join them at their network’s launch party for their FIX MY CHOIR show for Oxygen channel! It starts November 5th! And how excited was I to be able to enjoy the great food, cocktails, and ANOINTED SINGING with my brothers in the media business: TV reporter (CBS 2 and more): Don Champion and GRIO/MSNBC’s own Chris Witherspoon. GREAT AMEN to my OH HAPPY DAY! #FixMyChoir


Shout out to some cool intel my dear NABJ sister friend, Elise Durham sent my way on PLATFORM 2014. Elise is Media Relations Manager/Strategic Partnerships Strategist at my alma mater Morehouse College which will be hosting – along with Georgia Tech – this landmark conference. Guest speakers like Rev. Jesse Jackson, Janelle Monae, Van Jones, Ralph de la Vega, and many more  will explore diversity in tech – today’s greatest challenge and opportunity in the innovation economy. Last night, HBO was the back-drop for a presentation that brought out Ant and many of my industry siblings – including Nikita Stewart Henderson (New York Times), her hubby/one of my BFFs Brian Henderson, my LIFE OF RILEY/ALL STAR KARAOKE team Derrick Henderson and Bernice Henderson, NYABJ Prez Mike Feeney, and – remember Zhane? – Renee Neufville – poised to present some new, long-anticipated music to us very soon, hopefully including a pop by Billie’s Black presents All Star Karaoke with Patrick L. Riley. Just sayin’! Fun evening. For ticket information, please visit: and for additional info, please click on:!/mission. P.S. My world-traveling BFF Camille is in town! Got to get a glimpse of her last night! Will catch up further as the week goes on… XOXOXOXOX #PLATFORM2014



My friend Carl Nelson invited Camille, Ant, Bernice, and me to an Opening Night Feature at the Chelsea Film Festival. It's called "Blemished Light" at SVA Theatre. Deep film. This is the Director Raj Amit Kumar. After, there was a Q&A moderated by Simone Boyce from FOX5 NY. The deep film inspired a compelling dialogue about the theme of "unfreedom" explored in the story lines. TRAILER: FOR MORE INFO:  AND GET OUT TO SEE SOME INDIE FILMS:  #CFFNY2014   Deep film. This is the Director Raj Amit Kumar. After, there was a Q&A moderated by Simone Boyce from FOX5 NY. The deep film inspired a compelling dialogue about the theme of "unfreedom" explored in the story lines. TRAILER: FOR MORE INFO:  AND GET OUT TO SEE SOME INDIE FILMS:  #CFFNY2014

             Camille came to see us again. We made her feel at home with karaoke and Mexican dinner at Cancun Restaurant NYC! And we got to spend some other fun time together during her trip – including a family reunion at Kevin Harry's portrait E-Zine launch. Simply "KH"! Camille got to reconnect to Tata! And Tata got to see old friend Quincy Ballon. And so many dear friends were in the house that night – all to celebrate Kevin Harry’s inspired, new portraiture project. We were in SOHO at Miss Lily's – prior to which I got to have an impromptu toast with my two-time Tony-award-winning internet-wifey/fellow NABJ baby, Mara Schiavocampo - now GMA's own.    MOn ne bonus Camille night, Ant and I went to the BRONX ACADEMY OF ART AND DANCE for a HALLO-WE aRQ po!arty our Ydear lamb Raul R Rivera threw! #ENDLESSLOVE, MISS ROSS      


Ant’s sis Bri Cole was in town again for client video shoot: THE Pressure Busspipe's latest! She, Anthony Harper, Bernice Wooden, Charon Richardsonn, and I hooked up after our days: burger joint at 8th Street and Insomnia Cookies. YUM!  


The 2014 IRTS HALL OF MENTORSHIP DINNER is tonight and my recurring client BET asked me to produce a tribute video for BET Network’s Chairman and CEO Debra Lee. Since 2009, recurring client - BET’s Creative Services – has assigned me a range of cool projects. I’m always excited to work on a video that encapsulates a person’s life, career, and accomplishments. A few years ago, I produced her SILVER ANNIVERSARY salute at BET. Last year, I produced the tribute to which my friend Mara Brock Akil introduced – honoring Debra Lee at NATPE with The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. At 30:15, take a look:  IT’S GALA SEASON!

new advocate money minute 

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): 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: 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

jakki is back


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!


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:


My Harpo BFF Itika then scooped me up and took us to Ace Hotel for rooftop music! L.A. is cute (enough)! LOL!


"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'.


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


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


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





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!



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!





say u love me


Hope you’ll join us:! 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).


Delicious eats.

Fantastic drinks.

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




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 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!) :





















#billiesblack #allstarkaraoke



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:! 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: Together you will be touched, moved & inspired by the groundbreaking event. #motownmay #billiesblack #allstarkaraoke #momentumeducation


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!


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!


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 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,, 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!"
      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

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