Jody Watley. The Rrazz Room. Real Music. Real Elegant. Real Funky.

Defying preconceived notions and expectation; Grammy Award Winning Artist Jody Watley delivers a live experience combining her distinct brand of elegance and funk. A musical journey and melting pot of styles weaving 70’s disco funk as a nod to her Soul Train and Shalamar past, signature solo 80’s Pop/R&B, Jazz and ambient Dance/Electronica are seamlessly woven together for this special night of music. The singer/songwriter will also preview of new music from her appropriately titled forthcoming 10th album tentatively titled “Chameleon”.

The Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko

222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA

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There’s just something about classic black and white images and the golden era of Hollywood before everything was a bombastic “Who are you wearing..”. I remember staying up late to watch black and white classic movies as a child and still enjoy them today. It may sound old fashioned, but they really don’t make them like they used to. I really like this photo gallery from LIFE.

Originally posted on LIFE:

Audrey Hepburn. Marlon Brando. Elizabeth Taylor. Kirk Douglas. Grace Kelly. Bogart and Bacall . . . you get the picture. And during the Golden Age of Hollywood, when it came to the Academy Awards, LIFE got the picture, too — over and over again.

In fact, from the red carpet to the stage to the after-parties (where tuxedos and gowns were de rigueur) there were few noteworthy Oscar moments that LIFE missed. Here, in honor of Hollywood, actors, actresses and the magic of movies in general — we’re fans, after all — offers a selection of Oscar photos that capture not only the familiar glitz and glamor of the proceedings, but those far rarer moments when a superstar drops his or her guard and, for an instant, we see someone who seems remarkably like us — albeit better-looking, richer, and with more charisma than most of…

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HealthyStyle. Van Roy

A native of Louisiana, Van Roy and I have worked together for years and are dear friends. Both of us share a fondness for morning run/walks and always have enlightening conversations about life and surviving in a tough and unpredictable business.

I’ve been toying with the idea of featuring real people, recipes and other stories as a tool for inspiration for others who may be struggling with something be it weight loss, or just getting by day to day.

Van sent me this note a couple days ago and I asked if I could share – especially for those that have a weakness for potatoes.

Van has committed to losing weight and despite the occasional and normal setbacks – has lost 27 lbs in the past year, with an eye on 50 more to go. He has found that sticking to a morning routine is helpful (meditation, a nutritious breakfast, robust walk, etc) is key to keeping him on target for his goal. If you, like Van, are looking for healthy options and have a weakness for mashed potatoes – this might be a wonderful replacement or option.

“I have recently become a huge fan of cauliflower! I’ve been steaming it slightly, then mashing it as one would do potatoes… I swear it tastes liked mashed potatoes – comforting without all the carbs and starch… just a little olive oil and salt and pepper…”

Learn more about nutritional and anti-oxidant benefits of cauliflower: Here

Photo of The Day.

Whitney Houston was the first black woman to appear on the cover of Seventeen Magazine in 1981.

As it turns out, Whitney also possessed one of the greatest voices of all time. She wasn’t simply a power singer, what I appreciated was the nuance. Whitney was never heavy-handed in her performances. She could give you power and strength but knew when to sound sweet, vulnerable and regal. Whitney Houston had a big girl’s voice (by traditional standards) that came out of a model’s body and face to match, a great smile and natural star quality.

I had the great fortune to be on the charts with a great like Whitney Houston, in categories together at awards shows in addition to sharing the pages of magazines. She was one of my music peers. There’s something especially jarring to know she is gone, though her music will live on.

As a mom, I can’t help but think of her daughter Bobbi Kristina as well as Cissy Houston – Whitney’s mom during this devastating time. She was a human being first and foremost.The Houston family continue to remain in my prayers.

Rest in peace Whitney Houston.


Thought of The Day.

“In life you’ll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it’s because they’re stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance… Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.” – Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
I really like that passage. It reminds me of one of my favorite books and I recommend it “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.
The second agreement in the book is “Don’t Take Anything Personally”, it’s difficult at times but true. Save yourself from a lot of unnecessary aggravation today and everyday!

Jody Watley. What I’m Wearing

Sitting in the green room before going ‘live’ on CNN Sunday with Don Lemon to discuss Don Cornelius and Soul Train, a quick snapshot.

Pink continues to be on trend for Spring / Summer 2012. With a closet full of black – I’ve finally embraced the vibrant color wheel! The make-up is soft to compliment the look.  I’m wearing my favorite NARS Falbala lipstick with MAC Viva Glam V gloss. The neutral toned or light tan colored glasses were spontaneous and gave the outfit a touch of individuality and fun. You’re never too old or too young to put your stamp on your personal style – my signature hoop earrings accentuate my look.