After seven amazing years in the business of blogging, I have decided to call it quits. I have been struggling with quitting for at least a year or better, but my wonderful readers kept me going, kept me hustling. I started this blog seven years ago, after spending too much time in the Concrete Loop Chat Room, and after my mother lost her battle with cancer; I needed a way to escape. This blog and my online community of friends helped this only child deal with the loss of her mother, and provided an income so I can stay at home with my two boys.
As things come full circle, it’s time for me to say good-bye. I spend way too much time online promoting other people; I just lost my grandma a month ago, also to cancer -BUT- This time I’m not turning to the blog; I’m turning away so that I can live a full life and complete my goals of being a published author. I know I’m on the right track because a dear friend just gifted me with a trip to Ghana, so that we can write our stories…in Africa.
Honestly, I don’t miss writing about who Chris Brown is dating, what Kerry Washington is wearing, or why another rapper *whispers T.I* is going through a mid-life crisis. I’m not interested in being famous or working in the industry, it’s just not my thing. I will forever be a behind the scenes type of girl, and so this part of my journey ends here.
There are several people I will always be grateful to…As crazy as Sandra Rose is, I couldn’t have started this blog without her advice. I wrote her an e-mail seven years ago, and she replied with a list of sources and details of the trade. My blog sister, Necole Bitchie. I’m so proud of you!!! I’ve seen the beginning, and I know the end will be great. If it wasn’t for you, many of us early bloggers wouldn’t have made it. You put on for the bloggers. Thanks for networking, linking, and supporting me over the years. Keep on shining. Miss Jia, thanks for the talks. Thanks for always being there, and always responding when I emailed or called. I also know greatness is in your future, and can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. Eleven 8, I wish I’d have met you earlier before BET ’12, but thanks for the re-tweets. I see you grinding.
Over the years we have had many contributors including, Toni of Cotten Kandi, LeBrandon of Quick’s Catch Up and Need Culture, Jade Ashley of When The Beat Drops, Lila Brown of Ella Bee PR, Jessica Williams of Entertainment Hot Spot, Mike Korte at City of Tenants, Sarie R, Brian A, Ronda B thank you all for being apart of the MGV team. I couldn’t have survived without you guys. Also thanks to the network (you know who you are), it’s been real.
Of course, I can’t forget Ms. Toni Kemp of Dear Worl Love Toni. It’s been a long ride, but you have been faithful and amazing. Hope we stay friends on the other side. I hope you continue to shine in these blogging streets.
Last but certainly not lest…thank you to all of my readers! You have made this ride unbelievable. From a computer to red carpet events, to celebrity interviews, to exclusive content and shout outs from Dr. Phil, to cease and desist letters from Diddy, internet beefs with Tameka Raymond Foster (lol), electing President Obama and registering thousands of people to vote, to give-a-ways, to charity events…the journey has been great. See you on twitter and Facebook. May our paths magically cross.
Yesterday new and upcoming artist Miesa performed for an intimate crowd at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. The Siri Music Group/ eOne Music recording artist is currently working on her debut album and is expecting to release it this upcoming fall. She set the mood for the evening as she performed her new single “Nope (Can’t Let Go)” then she went off into other tracks from her album, with “Blame My Ex” expected to be the next single. Aside from her own original music, she put her vocals on full display as she covered Emeli Sande’s song “Breaking the Law” and John Legend’s “All of Me”. In a brief interview after the show, the New Jersey native reveals that there are a multitude of artist that has inspired her musically.
“My father plays the piano, he’s a musician so at the piano he’s always playing different songs, so we never knew the name of the artist we just knew the song. My whole family sings so it wasn’t like a particular artist that inspired me, it was like Prince, The Beatles, Mint Condition, Babyface, the list goes on, I just like to think of it as a whole melting pot of artist.”
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Let’s start this week off right and let’s end this week right. MrsGrapevine.com is giving away two tickets to the Kirk Franklin Gospel Brunch, Sunday March 23rd, in Dallas, TX at the House of Blues. These tickets are valued at $100 dollars and includes a full meal with drinks, plus a dynamic spirit filled concert featuring Elbert Hensley & the Hensley Gospel Ensemble. Join me as I get my praise on this Sunday at the House of Blues, bring a friend, your husband, your mother, your wife, or the deacon.
To enter to win tickets to the HOB Gospel Brunch in Dallas please do at least one of the following:
Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking with Bridget Kelly in conjunction with Music Choice to showcase their Black History Month programming. When asked who she felt was influential within Black History or history in general, Bridget named both Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Michelle Obama as two women who are great influences among today’s generation. She talked about wanting to follow in Beyonce’s foot steps by doing a visual album or concept. I also talked with her about her past and future projects, both her Every Girl EP (2011) and her Cut To. . .Bridget Kelly EP (2013) as well as her upcoming debut album Something Different (2014). With the 2014 Grammy Awards still fresh in our minds I wanted to know her thoughts on her “Street Dreamin” collaborator Kendrick Lamar not taking home an award that night and she said:
I think he was robbed, but I also know that it’s a game of politics and I think sometimes as artist we overlook it, what I will say is next year is going to be a year that he receives a lot more acknowledgement
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Thanks to everyone who replied on Facebook and below in the comments. Many of you felt this give-a-way was the most rewarding thus far. Thank you Boston Market for this holiday blessing. The winner is:
Jennifer M. of Los Angeles
First of all I would just like to thank God for my life and family. I lost my Mom in 2010 and Thanksgiving was always her favorite holiday. We would all go to her house and enjoy all the delicious foods she would cook. Since her passing Thanksgiving has not been the same. I would love to have the family over and celebrate Thanksgiving in my mothers honor. Whether I win or not I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
MrsGrapevine.com has teamed up with Boston Market for a Thanksgiving holiday give-a-way. If you’re not the best cook or can’t cook; if you could use a little extra help financially; or if you want to donate to a family in need, leave a comment below or on our Facebook Page, or tweet us 140 characters for a chance to win. Since Thanksgiving is drawing near, we will pick a winner this Friday, so that you can receive your gift card in time, to shop at Boston Market for Thanksgiving:
Boston Market has all the sides and desserts you need for a worry-free holiday. Swing by any of the chain’s 460 locations this Thanksgiving Day to pick up a pumpkin pie, some last-minute side items, or even a full spread! We have a $100 gift certificate waiting for you, which is enough to cover a complete meal for 12 on Thanksgiving.
We here at MrsGrapevine are feeling the holiday spirit all up and through our bones! And what a better way to share that same spirit with you than to give away some freebies! Woo hoo! So what’s on the line? 5 lucky winners will receive a prize pack from Texas Chainsaw 3D that includes a t-shirt, shot glass and poster but one REALLY lucky winner will win the grand prize: a 3 pack set of awesome horror movies that’ll keep you screaming into the night!! *Applause*
So, as you may or may not know, Texas Chainsaw 3D will be starting Trey Songz. And as you can see, he’ll be showing off some of his impressive body in the film. So I want you to keep in mind as we play Final Songz With Trey! How do you play? Easy! Complete this sentence: If we were hiding from Leatherface, I’d ask Trey to sing ____________ to me before we got caught. There are 3 ways to enter: