Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Why do I have a feeling that someone besides me notified them about the technical difficulties? *Shrug*
If you would like to still vote for me to get my own talk show on Oprah's OWN Network, I sure would love it. Also, if I do make it to past the semi-finals, there is a reality show portion. Oh I will need prayer FOR REAL. But for now, let's just see what happens. Thanks for your votes everyone! Click here to view my video entry and to vote.
So my link for my video entry for Oprah's "Your OWN Show" contest stopped working AGAIN. Yup. It appears as if they took the video down and made it impossible to vote on possibly because I had two profiles. The reason why I had two profiles was because the video on the first one stopped working and no one from their tech support would get back to me.So now you can vote on my old profile but you can't view the video.
I will say this: I am glad that this whole endeavor has helped me to be more creative and dream about the shows I would like to create. I never really wanted to be in front of the camera, but I think it could be fun. Music has always been my thing but you know what, record labels are a dead end right now as far as employment goes. Sometimes when what you want to do is not working, you need to consider other options. It's a big world out there. You can probably do more than you think. So my plan now is, get a flip cam, get a second job, and get a Youtube channel. My creativity doesn't have to stop flowing because this may not work out. Life is good. We shall see.
Maybe I can get a travel show that's kind of like "Eat. Pray. Love." Single black woman in her mid-thirties forgoes the drama, cuts her hair off to the new growth and starts over in South Africa. Who knows?
Monday, June 21, 2010
As one of my oldest friends I feel the need to write you a letter this morning to simply say NO!!!!
Sir....SIR....While I have and always will be a huge fan of your music, I do not appreciate you trying to destroy me first thing in the morning. After a heat stroke inducing walk in the Nashville sun, the last thing I needed to come back to is a video of you singing like you do, looking like you do, trying to destroy me and the rest of the world in a fashion that only you can. I do not appreciate it.
You know you write music to curl up in a ball and weep to....But now you want to give us a visual aid as well....? NO SIR!!!! I have just five words for you: IN AP PRO PRI ATE!!!!!
At the very least, please put some sort of disclaimer at the beginning of the video: Video may induce tears, hysteria and the need to curl up in the corner and rock for several minutes.
With that said, the video is beautiful, you are ten different kinds of fine, and I'm so proud of you.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Hey everyone! Thanks for voting for me so far for me to get my own show on the OWN Network. Unfortunately, something funky happened to my audition page and my views went to zero. Also, the video won't load. I pray they fix it soon. When it is fixed, I will let everyone know. Thanks again!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Last Saturday I got an email from my mother. She had forwarded me an email from a girl I grew up with that was entering Oprah’s “Your OWN Show” contest which I knew nothing about. I dismissed it as soon as she suggested I do it but then I got to the last line of the email…
“Do it for me”.
How many of you know that when it comes to your mom, that is the trump card? I have always been told that I should be on TV but I have always opted for behind the scenes. I LIVE for behind the scenes. But after I made my mom go through BET’s Sunday Best auditions last year (she made it to second place online) I figured it would be wrong if I didn’t at least try. So this past Sunday, with a few very supportive friends, I did that. Just try. TRUST I tried to see if I could submit a show with more than one host so Tia and I could get a show together but that is against the rules.
The name of my show is called “You Can Do It Too” and it features people that are living out their passions and interests through their dream jobs. It is my hope that this show will inspire people, particularly in my generation,that aren’t too sure why they are here. For instance, you may like fashion but you may not want to be a model or a designer. There are plenty of careers out there that people don’t know about in the fashion world. It sometimes just takes seeing someone doing what you don’t know can be done for you to step out and try.
So please, please, please, vote for me..and as often as you’d like. And if you would like to tell a few friends, I wouldn't mind that either. What started out as something I was doing for my mom has turned into something I can’t wait to do again, and again and again. Here is the link to my audition:
Thanks everyone in advance for voting for me and helping me live my dream of helping others realize theirs.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Me (Toya)! After years of being told that I need to be on television, urging from my mother and countless comparisons to Oprah, I have decided to throw my knit beanie cap in the ring and enter Oprah's "Your OWN Show" contest for the next talk show star. The above picture was taken at Fanny's House of Music and Vintage Clothes in East Nashville which is where we filmed my contest entry. I'll have some details for you all really soon.
Happy Birthday Prince!!!!- Toya
I mean, he is bad for no reason!!!! No reason at ALL. This is the only man I would marry that I would allow to be prettier than me. You can’t upgrade this, I’m sorry. Prince has given us so much timeless music and is the blueprint for longevity and musical integrity. I thank him for this. In honor of his birthday, here are my top 10 favorite Prince songs of all time. God bless you today, Mr. Nelson.
1. When 2 R In Love- Some random personal fact about me: I have a CD of songs that as a single woman is umm....well set aside until the time is right and that time will be no sooner than my wedding day. With that said, there is definitely some Prince on there. This song was one of the first added.
2. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker- There is a part in this song, about the second verse, that I rewind at least 6 times whenever I listen to it. This song is all around clever.
3. Crazy U- I think this song is less than 3 minutes long. It's very sweet.
4. Housequake- I was having a not so hot day a few days ago and Michael Baisden played it out the blue. No warning, nothing. I have no idea what I was upset about. I don't even want to know how I looked to the people driving around me cause I went absolutely nuts.
5. Adore- Obviously.
6. Pop Life- I remember almost running up and smacking a DJ upside the head for playing this one night. This song is always on time.
8. Girls and Boys- Under the Cherry Moon may be one of the most ridiculous movies ever made (Wrecka Stow) but it yielded some of my favorite songs. This is one of them.
9. Anotherloverholeinyahead- Another song off of Under the Cherry Moon that I love.
10. Slow Love- Refer to #1
Honorable mention: Untitled (How Does It Feel)-D'Angelo. The best song Prince never wrote.
Those are my ten! What are yours?
Thursday, June 3, 2010
First of all, how did WE miss a BOY BAND? ANY boy band? Am I the only one that has never heard of NLT?
I just started to watch Glee (the Madonna episode hooked me) and a friend of mine hipped me to this. I don't know what's harder to wrap my mind around, Arty with boy band moves and metro hair or Wheelchair Jimmy from Degrassi becoming the "golden boy of hip hop".
It boggles the mind.-
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
It's like a Christmas (in July) miracle. (My brother has asked me to stop Blue Steeling it up in every photo. I simply can't...and won't.)