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T. Lang’s POST: Preview Party

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As many of you guys know, one of my biggest passions is art. No matter what form. Not only was this beautiful event in the glory of the Whitespace Gallery. It’s a contemporary art gallery that features varied mediums in a converted 1893 carriage house. Pictures can’t do it justice.

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The performances gave me chills in the BEST way. Not just because it was 30 degrees, but because these artists have complete control of every emotion they have ever had. I’ve never seen so much passion. One glimpse, and you can tell there’s something amazing happening here. I can promise you that this won’t be the only time you hear the name “T. Lang.” Luckily for you, I have clips. (You can watch these incredible performances here, here, here, and right here.) If you want to see the real thing, the Post premieres in March 2017. I’ll be in attendance, and you’ll wanna to be there too. If you support the arts as much as I strive to, you can donate at the link here to keep this beautiful movement alive.

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This powerful company consists of Emma LalorJacquelle Blythe, Jazmine Brooks, Scott Wheet, Indya Childs, Joshua Archibald, and Mandi B. Mpezo.

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“T. Lang Dance, an Atlanta based dance company, performs original provocative works created by artistic director and choreographer, T. Lang. Founded in 2008, Lang relocated T. Lang Dance from New York City to Atlanta; continuing to develop, direct, and produce high-impact work that blends traditional and experimental contemporary movement.”

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“Lang’s 2016 season included another commision from the High Museum of Art’s Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit and another award from Creative Loafing Atlanta for Best Choreographer. Lang is an Associate Professor and founding Department Chair of Spelman Dance at Spelman College. Lang stays engaged with the next generation of movement artists through her summer dance intensive SWEATSHOP and as a faculty member at the American Dance Festival and the Staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy.”

 

Pentatonix & Us the Duo: live at Bon Secours!

I STILL can’t believe so many people showed up for an a cappella concert. Before we get to that, let’s talk about Us the Duo. Micheal & Carissa Alvarado. All they had was a piano & a mic but they were breathtaking. They truly tried to express themselves through their music. Carissa even sat on the corner of the stage and LITERALLY sang to the crowd. I can’t think of anyone better to open for Pentatonix.

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Before I knew it, Pentatonix were rising from the bottom of the stage. Screaming came from every which direction as they bounced onto the platform one after the other. Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Mitch Grassi. What left me awestruck was the fact that each voice seemed complimented all the others. According to some nearby fans, Mitch is the fashionista of the group so he’s definitely my next “style steal” victim 😉

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WHEN HALLELUJAH CAME ON THE VIBE OF THE ENTIRE VENUE SHIFTED. Phone flashlights lit the arena as Pentatonix honored Leonard Cohen in song.

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I’ll leave the setlist and a bunch of other cool pics below! Of course, I happen to leave my camera at home so everything are compliments of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

5th Annual Samaritan’s Foot Gala: we had no shoes??

I’d never heard of the Samaritan’s Feet organization until a few months ago. This life changing organization LITERALLY help children by washing their feet and providing them with shoes. At the same time, these amazing people keep them believing that anything is possible. One step at a time. (If you’d like to check out the website, I’ll leave the link HERE.) EVERYONE was barefoot. The message was beautiful with a smudge of creativity. We checked in our shoes when we checked into the event.

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“Samaritan’s Feet is a 501 (c)(3) organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children around the world and adorning them with new shoes.”

This years 5th Annual Gala was held at the Le Méridien in Charlotte, North Carolina. A GORGEOUS LOCATION along with fine dining. Jacinta Jacobs and Fly Ty on Air were our emcees for the evening. Last but not least, the founders. Manny and Tracie. They started out in their garage, with faith. Determined to make a difference, both in his homeland and around the world, Manny and his wife, Tracie began Samaritan’s Feet in 2003. Through Samaritan’s Feet, Manny has the opportunity to continue the legacy of love and hope he received when he was given his first pair of shoes and make a difference in the lives of millions.

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Did you know there are 2.2 billion people living in poverty who can’t afford education and basic articles of clothing like shoes? Did you know over 1.5 billion people are infected with diseases that are transmitted through contaminated soil? Did you know shoes and socks are reported to be in the “Top 5 Items Needed” by students in school? We take advantage of the fact that we have so much more than the average child in foreign countries. Keep them in your prayers. Although this organization has made a difference in millions of lives, there are still so many without the privilege.

A volunteer went to Nigeria and told the story of a boy. A boy in a school with no school supplies. She was washing his feet and discovered a razor in his sock. When she asked his teacher why he had such a thing, she said it was his pencil sharpener. It’s the little things. While giving ice cream to children, she noticed they weren’t eating it. Since it was their first time eating ice cream, the kids were trying to save it for later. It’s the little things.

“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own head and heart and hands, and then work outward from there.” -Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

If you’re interested in hope for mankind, check out this beautiful article HERE. xo

Tim Russ talks experiences on iCarly, Star Trek, Hannah Montana + more

Although I didn’t get to meet Mr. Russ in person, it was an absolute honor getting to work with him. You may recognize him from “The Twilight Zone”, “Roots”, “Spiderman”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “ER”, “Unfabulous”, “NCIS”, “General Hospital”, “Lincoln Heights”, “CSI: Miami”, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, “Good Luck Charlie”, “Suits”, “The Young and the Restless”, “Guys with Kids”, “Arrested Development”, and more! Whew. My fingers are exhausted after all that typing sooooo, if you wanna read or learn more about him you can check out his website here: timrusswebpage.com.


FUN FACT– Along with Armin Shimerman and Ethan Phillips, he is one of only three “Star Trek” regulars to appear in three different “Star Trek” series- Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995).


1. What would you be doing if you weren’t acting or producing? I don’t typically produce actually, I do direct on occasion. But if I wasn’t doing either of those things, I’d probably be teaching.

2. You’re a legend as Principal Franklin from “iCarly”. Can you tell me more about your experience on set? Experience with main characters? Any favorite moments/scenes/episodes? The days on iCarly were typically long, and the producer would often make changes to the script right there on set while filming. The regulars on the show were fantastic, I can’t say enough about how skilled, and disciplined they were given that they had so much work to do including school for some of them. I liked all the episodes, each one was a kick.

Tim Russ as "Principal Franklin" on iCarly

Tim Russ as Principal Franklin on “iCarly”

3. As Dr. Meyers on “Hannah Montana”, what was it like working with such talent? Miley Cyrus? The Hannah Montana cast was also great to work with. Everybody got the job done, and they were gracious enough to take a picture with my daughter. Miley’s dad is also a musician so we had that in common.

Tim Russ as "Dr. Meyers" on Hannah Montana

Tim Russ as Dr. Meyers on “Hannah Montana”

4. As a recurring character on “Star Trek: the Voyager” (Tuvok), what are your thoughts on the NEW Star Trek movies & stories. Of course, nothing is as good as its original. The new series and films are designed for new audiences. That’s the way things are now days. Everything is being re-booted. The new series starting 2017 will be seeking new audiences as well. So far, from what I’ve seen, the newer projects have been well written and produced.

Tim Russ as "Tuvok" from Star Trek

Tim Russ as Tuvok from “Star Trek: Voyager”

5. What is the biggest life experience you’ve had over the years? Nothing was more of a change in my life than having a daughter – that is quite the experience. But beyond that… I would say working on S.T. Voyager was an amazing experience in my career as an actor.

Tim Russ as "FBI Agent Marcus Collins" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Tim Russ as FBI Agent Marcus Collins on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

6. What are you working on now? I am currently in post production on “Renegades Requiem” and the feature film, “Junkie” both of which I directed. I am in development on 3 other films, and awaiting the release of the feature film, “5th Passenger” which I played a supporting role in.

Tim Russ as "Julius Wright" on Family Matters

Tim Russ as Julius Wright on “Family Matters”

I’ve attached some additional pictures on Tim Russ below if you wanna check out some more of his work!

Vlogging: starting my new youtube channel <3

I’m SO EXCITED to start this new adventure with you guys!! I’ve already finished editing my first video which I’ll upload soon. I had the GREATEST time filming it with my friends. Make sure to subscribe! You can click here to be directed straight to it. Thanks so much! (enjoy this quote by oscar wilde) 🙂

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”

OFA’S 2nd Annual Spotlight Gala: walking the red carpet + speaking out on human trafficking

When I found out about OFA, I was ECSTATIC. OFA stands for Operation Freedom Awareness. It’s a non profit organization dedicated to raising awareness in local communities and ultimately preventing Human Trafficking, beginning inside the United States. The long term goal of OFA is implementing prevention, and later introducing and operating a rescue and rehabilitation shelter. Mallory Charette is the official founder. She currently works in the Marketing & Public Relations Department for a prominent restaurant group in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Her determination has made such a huge difference for victims everywhere.

The Spotlight Gala shed a light on the progress & success this dedicated organization has made. As we arrived, a sparkling red carpet led the way into a club no other than the Poinsett Club. A glamorous spot for most charity events in the Greenville, SC area. Vintage patterned wallpapers & gorgeous tan drapes made the perfect vibes for an event so powerful. The guest speaker’s name was Tajuan McCarty. She was trafficked all the way to Greenville. She started selling drugs at a young age to make her quota every night. She began to depend on her pimp. Soon, she started drugs herself. Hard drugs. She eventually developed Stockholm Syndrome. It’s where you defend your abuser because you’ve come to depend on them so profusely.

OFA has saved 115 children from sex trafficking. 15 just in the upstate. There have been 10 pimps arrested & 11 victims helped. Currently, there are 10 cases being investigated. If there was anything I absorbed that night, it was that human trafficking is happening EVERYWHERE. All over the United States. The hotspots are carnivals, fairs, truck stops, and sites such as Craigslist.

Greenville, SC is in between the #1 hub for sex trafficking in the U.S. (Atlanta, GA) and another city in the top 20 (Charlotte, NC).

For more information about this hard working organization, I’ll leave the link HERE. In the mean time, scroll down for a picture of a pretty cool ceiling I saw at the gala 🙂 THANKS FOR READING LOVESSS. (Huge thank you to OFA for giving me the privilege to cover the event & another to Janae Hunter for makeup and hair.)

“There is no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”

Jordan Fisher Interviewed ME at B93.7 Studios // ft. Radio Shorty

I meant to post this yesterday but my anxiety has been off the walls. YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE on B93.7’s website. I promise you it’s worth the listen & this article is worth the read.

As I headed into the B93.7 Studios I was crazy nervous (like always). Jordan Fisher was in Greenville, South Carolina and I was about to cover his private studio concert. I didn’t have time to pick up a friend so my jitters were the worst. I’m such a huge fan so I had to mentally give myself a professional pep talk. He’s starred on iCarly, Bones, The Thundermans, Teen Wolf, the list goes on. If you wanna watch a clip of him on iCarly, I’ll put the link to the video HERE.

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We all piled into the studio & everyone got settled. We all introduced ourselves and he was a total gentleman. As Shorty introduced me and my website, he invited Jordan to interview ME. The first question of the day what what I was majoring in & my future. I explained why I rejected my offer from UCLA, how I want to major in Communications/Marketing, and that I can see myself one day living in Atlanta. He was very supportive and encouraged me to explore LA. Although it’s a dream, I’m sticking to my plan. He’s still gave me some pretty bomb advice. Jump into whatever you want to do. He walked up to his parents and told them he fell in love with art. They were 100% supportive. My favorite piece of advice was: do what you love and money will come. The rest will come.

Jordan as “Doody” in Cast of Grease Live

Shorty brought up “Grease Live!” & Jordan talked about his pal Vanessa Hudgens. Her dad died like right before the air date for Grease. Everyone on set gave her their condolences and asked her if there was anything they could do to help. She said, “Just being here with you guys.” (Bet you didn’t know that one of Jordan’s favorite things in the world is Star Wars 😉

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Jordan as “Seacat” in Teen Beach Movie

In the middle of the interview, Radio handed the interview over to me!! I was totally unprepared, but thankfully since I was such a fan, I already had some questions mustered up. As soon as I sat down he told me I had perfect teeth, so I had this goofy grin on the entire time. My first question was, “When I was on my way here I was thinking everyone kinda wants to be where you are right now, what legitimate advice do you have?” He talked about how if you do what you love and only worry about doing what you love then the financial things will come after. Do it because you love it. Don’t do it because you want the hollow things. If you keep working at it you will eventually find your success.

Jordan as "Holden" on Liv & Maddie

Jordan as “Holden” on Liv & Maddie

Then I asked, “In your transitioning process like for example you went from ABC’s Secret Life to to maybe a less mature like a disney channel show like when you did Liv and Maddie: is there like a mentality you have to have? Going from a more mature to a less mature aspect?” Jordan mentioned he’s worked on Liv and Maddie & Teen Wolf at the same time. He would do Liv and Maddie during the day & Teen Wolf during the night. He said, “As I’m growing I’m trying to stay away from the younger demographic. I’m aging and my music is more towards a more mature audience.”

Jordan on "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Jordan on “Secret Life of the American Teenager”

Last question, “What future projects do you have coming up?” (This was before Jordan’s EP actually released.) He said that the biggest thing so far is his album. His EP. Excitedly he stated,”Its done and I’m excited to share it with everyone. This radio tour and going all over the country to get people excited about what I’ve been working on for the last two years.” After my interview, the first thing Shorty said was, “Heck yeah. I think she did a better job than i did. I quit, I’m gonna let her have my job.” I swear guys, Radio Shorty’s the COOLEST dude.

After all the talking, we finally go to the singing! His hit “All About Us” was his way of introducing himself to the world. I’ll put the videos of him singing here: HERE and HERE.

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I’m going on tour?? // how to be truly happy :-)

One city after the next, hotel to hotel, getting to meet your fans all over America. The Jam Tour (also known as the Social Jam Tour) seemed like everything I wanted. It actually WAS everything I wanted. Especially getting to meet you guys. I’ve had the privilege of meeting some of you randomly in North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. As much as I wanna travel to every city and every state FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, I can’t. I was emailing back and forth with the tour manager, Ann, who’s the sweetest woman. This opportunity was everything I’d dreamed of. The Jam Tour has featured stars such as: Taylor Caniff who now has his OWN tour, Sammy Wilk who now spends his weekends with the Kardashians, and LohAnthony who starred on Jimmy Kimmel. The tour was created for young people who got their start on social media whether they’re singing, dancing, or maybe it’s just their presence. Starting in October they’re hitting Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Nashville the list keeps going.

As Ann asked me what cities I was interested in, my mind wandered to what I was ACTUALLY interested in. There’s so many goals I have, like teaching people about the bible. Traveling with my friends and my family. Getting to truly know myself. You get what you put into, so if I knew I wasn’t gonna put 100% into this tour then it wouldn’t be fair to myself to invest in it. As a new graduate I need to take time to expose & explore the world around me right now. It still sucks to see my friends I met online go on tour & getting to do all this cool stuff. Honestly, it was an honor to even be considered. But for future notice, if any of you guys ever wanna check it out I’ll put the link here.

I kinda just wanted to share my real life example for anyone who may be going through the same thing. Even though I don’t plan on spending my entire life in the same place, I know that the time will come but now’s just not that time. There’s gonna be so many things trying to distract you from what you want to do. ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN LIFE. All this awesome stuff is gonna happen but if it’s doesn’t go along with what you see in your life & your future, you can’t go along with it. You were blessed with the opportunity to do what ever you put your mind to. I needed someone to tell me that, so hopefully I can be that person for someone else. You are amazing & you are truly one of a kind. It sucks doing life, but it sucks a little less to have things & people in your life that make you genuinely happy.

“YOU ARE NOT STUCK.” -unknown

The Time I Crushed Jesse McCartney’s Foot

2014 was the year I met Jesse McCartney. As I dragged my little brother along, my heart was beating at an agressive rate. Every 10 year old girl grew up with Jesse & the fact that I had the opportunity to see him live was insane. As we poured into the B93.7 Studio, I could feel the anticipation. My brother grumpily crossed his legs, upset that I pulled him away from his bed. Finally it was time & all cell phones were prepared for that first glimpse. As soon as he walked out my heart sunk. Jesse was old. His wrinkles painted his face, but his smile was just the same. He was no longer that heart breaking teenage boy from the J-14 posters on our walls. He was a grown man promoting his new album.

My Brother & I on TV

His girlfriend was parked in the corner of the room the entire time. I remember asking about her, and apparently she was some actress on some show. She looked annoyed & gloomy. To her I’m sure we were just a roomful of kids. But Jesse. He was just like everything I’d seen on TV & his music videos that I watched on repeat. He poured his heart into his songs & you could feel the energy he gave off.

As we formed a line for the meet & greet, my brother was just about fed up. I made sure we had everything ready to take our picture & go. When security gave the okay, we headed into the room. Words can’t explain how enchanting that moment was. I’d been imagining that moment for YEARS. He addressed us & thanked us for coming out. I headed for the right side of him, while my brother sluggishly stayed on the left. The photographer told us to lean in & in my starstruck state, I CRUSHED HIS FOOT. I’m not talking stepped on his foot, I had on combat boots. I could barely walk in them myself. All the weight on my body shifted his way. I could hear a sharp gasp in pain as his girlfriend & his publicist, startled, jumped up at the same time. Nonetheless, he still managed to take a great picture & I’ve never bolted out of a room so fast. We bumped into his guitarist on the way out & I made sure to grab a picture before we left. I don’t have it anymore because my phone got stolen in Myrtle Beach (which you can read about here if you haven’t already).

The only thing I thought about that entire day, was how I was probably the conversation of his night. I’m sure he didn’t expect to show up to a meet and greet & leave with a killer limp. Still, one of the most memorable meet and greets I’ve been to & I have no regrets 🙂 hopefully he still thinks I have a “Beautiful Soul”.

You can watch the entire performance here. In fact, the concert made it on Jesse’s official website here which was kinda cool. love you xx thanks for reading

Summer 16′ Jewelry Must-Haves: Guest Writer

Hey guys! I’m insanely excited to introduce the gorgeous, the talented, my latest guest writer: Beth Pembrook. She’s an incredible freelance writer and a student in London. (You can contact her at bethany.pembrook@gmail.com and/or @bethanypembrook.) Can’t wait for you guys to read her article and fall in love with her as much as I did.


When it comes to buying jewelry, I’m a bit of an addict. I make purchase after purchase – because I see so much out there that I absolutely love! The problem is, I usually end up spending so much money on individual statement pieces and then hardly ever wearing them! That’s why this summer I decided to carefully pick of a few stand out pieces that I could wear day in, day out. I wanted styles that wouldn’t get bored of, but also that I could wear day and night.
If you’re keen on doing the same, here are a few tips I have for selecting for Summer 2016 Must-Haves.
Don’t over-do it with the Ear Bling

I am self-confessed earring addict. I have more pairs than I like the think about to be honest. But really, with so many styles and varieties out there – it’s hard not to be! So my advice for this summer is to not go overboard when buying yourself some new earrings. Select a pair that you can wear straight from the office to a festival somewhere, like these super cute Theo Fennell Yellow Gold Bee Earrings (which I’m obsessed with).

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Or these Topshop Tortoiseshell Semi Circle Earrings which really make a statement without going over the top.

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Go for a Dainty Necklace


Don’t get me wrong, I love a statement necklace as much as the next girl, but Summer 16’ is all about the more delicate neckwear. A dainty necklace can be worn every day, but will also add an extra sparkle to an evening outfit. They really are designed to look as good with a plain t-shirt as they do with a LBD. Take a look at this pretty rose gold hexagon twist necklace from River Island – a must have necklace for this summer in my opinion.

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Alternatively, a new trend I’ve seen around is to actually buy loose pendants, stones or diamonds online, in order to create your own unique necklace! You can get a rope chain, like this Rope Necklace from ASOS, for day/festival wear, and a gold or silver chain for more formal occasions – 2 necklaces in 1!

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Sterling Silver Rings

I for one have spent hundreds and hundreds of pounds in the past on statement rings that I’ve only worn a handful of times before they’ve turned my finders green – (yuck!). So my advice to you this summer is to go for the (slightly) more expensive sterling silver variety. These are still on budget, but will last a lot longer then any other costume jewelry. I love, love, love these stacking rings from Accessorize. They’re so cute and will go with ANY summer outfit – guaranteed.

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I hope these tips help you select the best pieces for you this summer. The general idea for this season is to get over the larger-than-life statement bauble earrings, and huge gem-stone rings, by downsizing for some prettier alternatives.