Jody Watley. Soul Train Awards Weekend 2012.

The Soul Train Awards will air on Centric TV on November 25, 2012. Check your local listings.

In addition to being a presenter on the show, I was a part of various activities for the first annual Soul Train Awards weekend. At the Golf, Peace and Soul Golf Tournament I had the opportunity to meet NBA Hall of Famer and legend Julius “Dr. J.” Irving -if you know how much I love NBA basketball you’ll understand this made my entire trip! Being honest, I was hurt and disappointed with my participation – as it wasn’t what it was pitched to me to be with regard to the video package which wasn’t the one I approved; I’ll leave it at that but left the show feeling a bit like Rodney “I Don’t Get No Respect” Dangerfeld from the R&B gatekeeper powers that be. That said, it was still nice and an honor to be a part of the show especially to speak on Don Cornelius which is what it was all about for me. I believe the producers did a great job stepping it up with the production elements and moving the show to Las Vegas which gave it a more high end feel than recent past years. Raphael Saadiq and the assembled band and orchestra including Joi Gilliam on backing vocals was a nice funky touch. I came loving the song ‘Adorn’ by new singer Miguel who is a total cutie pie and sounded great live. I never had an opportunity to meet or take a photo with him. As a longtime fan of New Edition, I was happy to see them receive their lifetime achievement award, it’s hard to believe they’ve been in the music 30 years. In concert they were great and total pro’s as always.

With Julius “Dr. J.” Irving at Golf, Peace and Soul Tournament. (Photo: Jody Watley, All Rights Reserved 2012)

Jody Watley speaking at Golf, Peace and Soul. (Photo: Jody Watley All Rights Reserved 2012).

With Eddie Levert and Walter Willams of legendary group The O’Jays at Golf, Peace and Soul Tournament, Soul Train Awards Weekend 2012. (Photo: Jody Watley, All Rights Reserved).

Jody Watley and comedian Alonzo Bodden co-hosts for Soul Train Awards Concert featuring Miguel, TGT (Tank, Ginuine and Tyrese), and New Edition. (Photo’s: Jody Watley, All Rights Reserved).

Jody Watley, with fans returning the love. Las Vegas, Soul Train Awards 2012. (Photo: Jody Watley, All Rights Reserved).

Jody Watley, red carpet and press. Soul Train Awards 2012. (Photo’s: Jody Watley, All Rights Reserved 2012).

Jody Watley. Classic Glamour. Backstage, Soul Train Awards 2012. (Photo: Jody Watley, All Rights Reserved).

 

 

 

In Grey Ant Matte Black shades, casual, checking out the shopping atrium over the weekend. The sign with various languages of the word “Peace” caught my eye.

Jody Watley Photographed by Francesco Scavullo. Classic Style.

“..making a substantial dent in the annuals of pop history..” – Harper’s Bazaar, Jody Watley 1988 photographed by legendary Francesco Scavullo.

“The label at the time didn’t want to pay the fare for the trip to New York, not understanding how appearing in a fashion magazine would help sell records or raise the artists profile..but I knew, so I paid for the trip myself. It wouldn’t be long before labels would soon get it. I was familiar with the work of Scavullo because he’d photographed one of my inspirations growing up Diana Ross and I was an avid reader of VOGUE from childhood because my Mom always bought it. ” – Jody Watley