THE BEST (AND NOT SO BEST)OF OUT--BY MAAT
Hello cyberfriends. Just wanted to let you all know that I will be back up and running the second week in January for what is going on around the town. With this being the New Years weekend, there is I'm sure all kinds of parties that you and I will be going to. Drop me a line and tell me how your New Years went at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post it on my blog.
In the meantime, I will give you my opinions of the best and no so best while I was out and about telling you all what's been happening. Ever since I started this blog July 8 (two days after my b-day), I didnt realize how popular this site would be and because of that, it gave me the motivation to continue on with this. OK, here is my take on what I thought was happening in 2005:
Best Party: The Best of the Riverfront Times, Moolah Lounge
Packed house., Free invite through RSVP. Free food. Great ambience. Drag queen Dieta Pepsi hosted. Rapper Vice performed. Over 1500 showed up. Big ups to Charrise Pantella for a great party!
Worst PArty: T-Shirts and Panties, Panama Reds
No one showed up (only eight). There were no T-shirts or panties going on. I left a hot pary at Seven to go to this.
Best Special Event: Regional Emmys, Hyatt Regency, Union Station
I was nominated for an Emmy this year for Best Program Segment for my hotsing duties on Charter's now defunct Reel Entertainment Show on jazz vocalist Rene Marie (thanks to Pete Foggy!)and it was an experience attending an event where big hitters like TV news journalists Mandy Murphey, Dick Ford and Karen Foss were in attendance.
I will treasure this forveer!
Worst Special Event: Webbie Concert at Toxic
The crowd was rowdy. Webbie was drunk. when the concert was over, the cops were waiting for something to happen.
Best Ongoing Event: 5 Spot, Club Dreams/Vault/Hard Rock Cafe
Although the venue changed, 5 Spot returned to its home at Club Dreams, formerly the Kastle. Great venue for local artists. Before I was "banned " from there, I saw Coco Soul and national artist Eric Roberson there. A great neo-soul spot and house band Level Ground is always on point.
Shocking Moment: Charlie Murphy gets booed at the Fox during Mike Epps Live at Fox
It was too unreal to be true. I guess he just wasnt funny to the crowd. He got so pissed that he threw down his mike and gave two fuck you signs to the audience before he left off the stage.
Wildest Moment: Two black guys making a human sandwich with a white girl at Common. De La Soul/ John Legend concert at Pageant
They had to have been drunk. Soon after the show was over, two black guys had a white girl in between them . One guy was behind her. One was in front. One guy wrapped his hands around the other guys butt , while the other guy wrapped his hands around her waist and all of them were hugged all up and grinding each other. That was too much playing for reality's sake, for real!
Honorable mention: Melvin M's kissing rage with a chic in the Pepper Lounge's men's restroom!
Weirdest Moment: Drunk White guy at Drunken Fish
I was doing a pre-celebration of my Emmy nod with Kameron and Christiaan when this white guy got candid with me about his black girlfriend, even showing me a pic of her on his camera celly, while his white wife was sitting next to him! Then asked me why guys cant show their dicks when women can show their panties in public. I would have gotten uncomfortable about all this, but he was buying me drinks, so I just blew it off.
Scariest Moment: Guy throwing a bottle outside Plush
No, I wasnt there when a guy had shot outside of Plush a couple of weeks ago, but earlier this year, me, Kameron and Christiaan were standing outside waiting to get in for Syleens Johnson's mini concert and a guy threw a bottle on the ground around some other guys. I wouldnt have been able to run cause this was when I stubbed my toe earlier on the den table at home.
Best Concert: Common/De LA Soul/John Legend at the Pageant
Great show. Everyone was on point. It lasted about four hours because of the history lesson the dee-jay was giving by playing old school R&B and hip-hop between each act. Common was the highlight. Legend was OK, but as the night started winding down, so were the people to their cars.
Worst concert: Webbie at Toxic
Nuff said about this one.
Best Club: The Formula
Formerly Club Isis, The Thompsons, Kwame, Tony and Sonia Branscomb had a great concept to have a diverse crowd during each night they were open. Who would have thought they could have brought Boy Geoirge (right before he got caught with that coke in hi scrib earlier this year) to open up their club and it being full capacity? Actress Markla Gibbs even showed up for a CD listening party for her jazz CD. Great atmosphere.
Best Dee-Jay in a Club:DJ NAppy Needles
Whether its at Seven, 609, or the new Improv, you know you are going to get your party on when Needles are on the 1s and 2s. Besides, he's from East Boogie and his pop is the legendary radio dee-jay Jim Gates for God sakes!
Club Song of the Year: In YA FAce--Ebony Eyez
I love this song! The hook is crazy and energetic. Although it sounds like the sister to J-Kwon's Tipsy (both produced by the now disbanded Track Boyz), the song got people moving in the clubs. Too bad it didnt do as well nationally, but locally it was definitely a No. 1 jam!
Most Outgoing Person,male: Kameron Hopson
Wherever he was, I was, so no question he was the most outgoing. And the brother can dress! His trademarked dark shades and suit with tie and jeans had the clubs talkin'.
Most Outgoing Person, female: JAmelle
This sister was everywhere in the 2005. Whether it was modeling for someones fashion show, being a hair model for Steve Lacy's Hair Show at the Hyatt, or passing out Halloweeen necklaces at Club Dreams, this chic was the Paris Hilton of the Lou(and is always smiling and cheery). Big ups to your sexy self.
Best Movie I saw: Crash
This film about the goings on in L.A. based upon cultural and racial differences struck a chord with me. Strong performances by Don Cheadle, Ludacris and Oscar worthy Terrence Howard., A must see for real!
Worst Movie I saw: Get Rich or Die Tryin
50 Cent should stick to rapping cause his acting is HORRIBLE. This movie was supposed to be a docudrama about his rise in the rap game, but the only saving grace was Terence Howard who wasnt trying hard in this film. Oh , the shower scene in prison was definitely something for the joke reel!
Missed Event: Kanye West Private PArty at Nectar
I hate I missed this cause I hear Kanye was cool and talked to everyone who was invited there (It was a special invite of 50 plus a guest through Hipster and Synergy). I would have loved to rap to him about his take on the world. The brother is deep anbd has balls to talk what he talks about!
Best Live Theatre Show: I-2195, Touhill
The play was very interesting about a former freedom fighter woman who hides in the woods until the government comes to arrest her. What made it interesting was the cast was all-black with no reference to race. Unity theater's Thomasina Clarke starred in this great play (check out my review on kdhx.org).
Best Local Individual Perfromance: The girls performing as Destinys Child at Steve Lacy's Hair Show at Hyatt Regency
Hot to death! They all did their thing pantomining Destiny's Child's hit, "Lose My Breath." The sista who portraed Beyonce should definitely be applauded, with all her bootyliciousness.
Best Host: Isis Jones
Always gracious. She is exteremly talented (she even can sing releasing her own CD, Woman Child, out now). If it's hosting for Majic 104.9, the former Q95.5, or 5 Spot, she keeps it real and still is a lady with it without shouting or being forced to be ghetto (Even when she was calling for sista's on stage for the Bad Bitch contest at the Webbie concert she was still a lady with it).
Well, that's a little taste of my blog. I could have donw more, but if you all feel yay or nay on my choices, let me know by posting here oir emailing me at email@example.com.
Again, I will return with a new post the second week in January 2006.
Until next time, see ya outside!