LIFE: Usher’s Birthday Party at The Box NYC – Trey Songz, Jermaine Dupri, Pecas, Rico Love and More!

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Wearing a Reformation T-Shirt Dress, Rag & Bone Leather Jacket, Saint Laurent Baby Duffle and Aldo Boots.

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Last week I was invited to celebrate the birth of Usher, one of my all-time favorite artists! It was an intimate gathering of friends under one roof, The Box NYC. The venue was nothing short of interesting performance art. I asked my friends at Moët to gift him something special and they gave me a Moët Leopard Bottle that retails for $5,000 but in the club it sells for $25,000. I almost didn’t want to hand it over to him!

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LIFE: DJ’ing at Howard Homecoming & DJ’ing for Puff at #RMC2014 – Travi$ Scott, Jermaine Dupri, Cassie & More (10.2014)

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I was super stoked to DJ for Howard’s Homecoming Fashion Show, especially since I went to Art School and the idea of “School Spirit” is just plain foreign to me. It was cool to see people all about their school and enjoying the festivities. I was only in DC for one day and then right after I headed to Miami for Revolt TV’s Revolt Music Conference in Miami where Puff himself asked me to DJ his #ASKPUFF Panel. When Puff calls, you answer and I surely did! That man is a beast, a true icon and influencer if there ever was one. Here’s how it went…

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Howard Homecoming Fashion Show

The crowd was super fun and wild and cheered me on!DC_MIAMI_10201401 DC_MIAMI_10201402 DC_MIAMI_10201403 DC_MIAMI_10201404The Lovely SZA performed.

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Next stop, Miami!

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It was ZOE of ASTR’s Birthday and we had a fun little dinner for her at SOHO HOUSE.DC_MIAMI_10201408

Elle landed and we headed to the club, Liv. That place is my living nightmare, but it was cool.
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The next day was #ASKPUFF the panel. I learned even more about this powerful and influential man. I was happy to have DJ’ed it, but even more happy to have experienced it. He is incredible.

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Later that night we attended the Jimmy Iovine Gala. It was nice and fancy.DC_MIAMI_10201424 DC_MIAMI_10201425Zoe of ASTR

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INVITE: Webster Hall’s House Party NYC – Just Blaze, 1992, Electric Punanny, Bandit’s Basement! (10.23.14)

If you don’t know, HOUSE PARTY is taking over NEW YORK CITY. 4 Parties under one roof and every week we have tons of special performers! If you haven’t attended yet, what are you doing with your life?! Let’s hang and take grams!unnamedJust Blaze & Friends 
w/ DJ Soul 
+ Surprise Guest from ATL!  
Vashtie & Friends 
w/ Oscar, Huggy Bear & DEEMELOW 
+ Performance by CHYNNA 
Electric Punanny 
w/ Jasmine Solano, Melo-X & DJ Will Gates 
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hosted by Dirty South Joe & The Jersey Club King
UNIIQU3, BIG O, FINESS & DJ FIRE + DOUGIE F, LIL UZI & SAYYI 
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In my room, we have CHYNNA performing this week. She is a doll-faced, rapping monster. We recently modeled together for DKNY and walked in the DKNY NYFW show.

 

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VASHTIE TV: Honorary First Shot at Bobbito Garcia’s Full Court 21 Tournament (Summer 2014)

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Legendary Bobbito Garcia asked me to take the Honorary First Shot at his Full Court 21 Tournament over the Summer and although breaking a sweat in public is mortifying – I thought, “why not”. Bobbito is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and he’s also an expert when it comes to Basketball, New York and Hip Hop as a whole.

Here I am looking like an idiot trying to shoot the basketball, but hey…I tried…right?

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RIP: Geoffrey Holder – Trinidad Renaissance Man turned New Yorker (1930 – 2013)

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People of every generation may know him for one or more things.

I particularly remembered this great man from his role in the hit 90’s film “BOOMERANG”, where he played the ever eager and animated co-worker to Eddie Murphy that directed the creepy yet hilarious Strange’ Commercial starring Grace Jones’ character, Strangé.

Some may know him from the late 70’s and early 80’s 7UP commercial sporting a an all white fit and flaunting his Trinidadian accent.

I’m guessing few may know him from his dance work, like in the 1956 film, “CARIB GOLD”.

Anyways. This man was a legend and just passed away at age 84. Here are some facts you should know about him.

Born in Trinidad & Tobago’s Port of Spain to Barbadian immigrants. He was known for his height (6 ft 6 in), “hearty laugh” and heavily accented bass voice.

In 1955, he married Carmen de Lavallade and they have a son named Léo.
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Holder was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City from 1955-56. He made his Broadway debut in House of Flowers, a musical by Harold Arlen (music and lyrics) and Truman Capote (lyrics and book). He also starred in an all-black production of Waiting for Godot in 1957.
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In 1973, he was a henchman – Baron Samedi – in the Bond movie Live and Let Die; He contributed to the film’s choreography. In addition to his movie appearances, Holder became a spokesman for the 1970s 7 Up soft drink “uncola” advertising campaign.

In 1975 Holder won two Tony Awards for direction and costume design of The Wiz, the all-black musical version of The Wizard of Oz. Holder was the first black man to be nominated in either category.

In the 1982 film Annie, Holder played the role of Punjab…which is so racist, let’s not even go there.

Holder was a prolific painter (patrons of his art included Lena Horne and William F. Buckley, Jr.), ardent art collector, book author and music composer. As a painter, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship in fine arts in 1956. A book of his photography, Adam, was published by Viking Press in 1986.
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