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


Entries in FORBES (2)

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:

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": 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)!

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 ( and guest expert for MASS MUTUAL:


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!


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: 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?


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:  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:  

3. Antoinette White's "Minute of Motivation" every Tuesday:    

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:  

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:  

#AntoinetteWhite #Mission2Motivate

Thanks for considering....


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:




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  & 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: 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!


denver love

Denver love

 Ant and his Denver peeps! WHAT A GREAT LABOR

DAY WEEKEND that included the stunning wedding of 

Ant’s high school friend Vanessa and her husband

 Will in Keystone, CO – a beautiful, two-hour

 drive from Denver. 

Some of Will’s fam came from Germany and they

 were lots of fun! 

Our Denver host with the most – as always – is Jean 
Nicholson who let me tour her FAB consignment shop

 "re: for your home": and

 Of course, Ant’s blood 
fam pulled out ALL THE STOPS for BBQ – including 

some of the best potato salad known to man

 and made by Ant’s awesome mom “Jackie Washington”.
 And I – of course – had to see my babies: Sabrina and

 Brina. And what a bonus that Sabrina’s business partner,

 friend Victor E. Lewis, was also in town and joined

 Ant’s sister Chanel, he, Sabrina, and I for 

HILLSTONE – my favorite, though known to many as 
Roache and FORBES
Special shout out to my little brother in the industry, 

international model Bobby Roaché, who was just

 interviewed by Forbes about his modeling career 

and sunglasses collection and the interview is out.
 Here is the video link of Bobby Roaché's 

 Kehinde Wiley
 Has been great to work with my friend Lamar Johnson - the Executive Producer of 

Kehinde Wiley’s documentary - which – inclusive my 

finite consultation – has gotten lots of good press:

Well, it’s showtime…and the documentary premieres 

this Friday, September 5 on PBS! 
The movie "Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace" follows

 the artist as he steps out of his comfort zone to create a 

series of paintings of women for the first time. 

Kehinde casts his models on the streets of New York and then
enlists Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gowns

for each woman.

 The film traces the artist's process from concept to 

canvas as he reveals to us another side of black femininity.

 Lamar notes it is a celebration of art, style and African-American 

beauty and has been very well-received, garnering several

 festival awards including @SXSW 2014. The film is also an official

selection in the "Run & Shoot” Martha’s Vineyard African-American

 Film Fest. For more info, you can go to 
Kathy Sledge
 6TH The Brighter Side of Day. A musical journey of the

 life of the American icon Billie Holiday. ~
 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:

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.