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LIFE: Animal Haven x 3rd Annual Performance For The Animals x Jon Stewart, Josh Madden, Curtis Kulig, Stretch Armstrong & DJ Eli Escobar x Top Of The Standard (6.4.13)

Me at Animal Haven’s 3rd Annual Performance For The Animals at The Standard Hotel NYC wearing Theory by Theyskens Dress and Bag, Surface To Air Boots

When my friend Dana Veraldi, of Deer Dana, asked me to be apart of this wonderful charity event for Animal Haven – you guys know I was more than down! I’ve been a bleeding heart for animals and animal causes since I can remember. The first cat I ever owned was a kitten I rescued at the tender age of 6 after finding that the neighborhood kids were holding it hostage and torturing it. By age 7 I was donating my little chump change to Green Peace to save the dolphins. Long story short, I love animals.

A 6 year-old Vashtie & her kitty Tessa that she rescued from the rotten neighborhood kids.

My mother was adamant about not liking cats, but allowed me to keep the first one – supporting my heroic endeavors. Later, she fell in love and we ended up adopting 2 other stray cats to the dismay of my brother and sister who were allergic.

Josh Madden getting snapped by the photographers.

Curtis Kulig and Vashtie

Josh Madden and Vashtie

DJ Eli Escobar & Stretch Armstrong

Karl Justin & Me


If you’re looking to find a pet, DO NOT BUY A PET  and certainly avoid buying puppies that come from Puppy Mills.

Adoption is the best choice.

Give an animal a home and you will not regret it. If not, support your local Animal Shelters by donating your money or better yet your time.





FOTOS: More Dumb Late Birthday Photos via DowntownAtDawn.Com

Thanks to Adam Tetzloff from DowntownAtDawn.Com for these great images. Check out his FULL POST HERE for more, including a video of Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era Performing!

While I watched Dee and Ricky pouring it up for people in champagne flutes and I was empty-handed, I thought it would be funny to put my hands out and when they actually poured it in my hands – I had no idea what to do next, hahaha.

My friend La’Kea came through, as she always has, traveling from Albany just to celebrate with me! If you don’t know who she is, she’s my friend from Middle School/Junior High who lived down the street from me and always had my back when I was being bullied in Junior High. Even when she had graduated and was in High School, she would come to my Junior High with her homegirls just to intimidate my bullies and let them know not to mess with me. I love her always and forever. She was and has always been a true friend.

The Great, Theophilus London!

LIFE: My Dumb Late Birthday Party x Joey Bada$$, Theophilus London, Q-Tip, Eli Reed, Kilo Kish, Kitty Cash, Illuminati AMS, DJ Brenmar, DJ Huggy Bear, DJ Wonder, Peter Rosenberg & More!

Yes, my “Dumb Late Birthday Party” finally happened last night. It came more than a month after my actual birthday (of April 23rd), but it still felt right. Why was it  a month late, you might ask? Well, I’ve been a busy bee and literally hadn’t as much as a birthday toast with friends until last night. I spent my actual birthday on my computer, working dilligently and eating takeout…which ended up being my life routine for the past month. Look – I’m not complaining and I feel as though all the work coming my way has been a birthday blessing in no disguise (work is great!).

I just want to say “thank you” to everyone who came out and supported and another “thank you” to those who couldn’t come out and still support me in life and or in spirit. Your kindness and positivity does not go unnoticed.

Photo by David X Prutting for BFA.COM (I love all my BFA birthday photos, like for rills)


Special Thanks To:
BlackBerry: BlackBerry Z10
Moet USA: Keith Howard & Jen Yu
David Burke (Cheesecake Lollipops)
Sigmund’s (Pretzels)
Santos Party House
Joey Badass & Pro Era
Complex Magazine: Noah Callahan-Bever
BFA.Com & David X Prutting
Makeup: Tai Lotson
Sydney Reising & Sydney Reising Creative: Brittney Escovedo & Stephanie Gotch

Nianga , Eli Reed & Naleye Junior

Kilo Kish & Kitty Cash

Jassine & Rafael Rios

Janjay Sherman, Blake Scotland, Shyvonne

Young Scoozle, Shiest Bubz & Ashley

Josh Madden came in a Giants jersey! That’s why he rules!

John Paul Belle, Billy Dodson III & Adrian

Nianga, Me, Kitty Cash & Kilo Kish

Me and Jane Kim, she’s a sweetheart!

It wouldn’t be a party without my little brothers Dee & Ricky!

DJ Huggy Bear killed his set and then continued on safari.

Samn! Me and Cedric Haughton!

Me & A-Trak

Peep my big bottle! Special thanks to Jen Yu and Keith Howard for hooking me up lovely with Moet Rose Nectar. The champagne was literally flowing. I’m surprised I didn’t get lost on a wave!

Joey Bada$$ on stage performing…

Elle Clay & Vashius Klay

My friend Rob Heselden gave me a MOZ shirt! Say what?!

My Dutch Connect – Nianga and Naleye Junior

A kiss from a rose; Brandee Brown.

Theophilus London, my Trini Fam.

Oscar 1992, Me, Sabel Boo (with the fire ponytail) and Amaris Modesto

Blake, Anthony Hendrickson & Rio Uribe

Rio Uribe, Aviva Klein (Happy Birthday Babe) & Oscar Sanchez

Me & Brittney Escovedo (Sydney Reising Creative)

Rio Uribe and Me

My friends in the background are hilarious. Sabel Boo and Billy on the left and Mel D. Cole on the right. Classic.

Ricky, Dee, Me and Kilo Kish

I met some lovely French friends!

Theophilus & His Babe Squad: Ashley and Emily


At the end of the evening, a few of us went to experience our nightly tradition (post club) of “Breakfast Club”. The restaurant got wind of my “Birthday Party” and brought me this to help me celebrate. Just what I needed…some pancake.

LIFE: Dining With Joey Bada$$ x Run-In With Angelo Baque and Rafael Rios

Last night I finally got the long-overdue chance to have dinner with my label mate, Joey Bada$$. While I waited for him at the bar, I ran into Angelo Baque and Rafael Rios who were also having dinner and waiting for a table. By the time Joey showed up, there was a table for 4 available and we decided to merge our dinners into one. It was a good time and I got to play with my new favorite toy, the Fuji Mini Instax.

LIFE: Behind The Scenes x Refinery29 x Lyz Olko & Coco & Breezy (Article Out Now!)

Special thanks to Refinery29 for always showing me love. Check my feature alongside a month-long piece titled “Party Girls”, which spotlights some incredible femme fatales.

By , Photographed by , Illustration by 

Hair and Makeup by Bethany Brill.
Supreme sweatshirt; Supreme tank, Ebay skirt, Surface to Air boots,Vintage Chanel bag, Bing Bang necklaces, Vintage Givenchy ring.

Coco & Breezy, Lyz Olko and Me!


Check the Interview


LIFE: Wendy Williams x “Ask Wendy” Book Release Party x Pink Elephant (5.9.13)


After the Frank 151 Panel Discussion ended, I decided to run around the corner to check out Miss Wendy Williams Book Launch at the new Pink Elephant. As you might imagine, it was star-studded and overflowing with decadent desserts and drinks! I didn’t get to meet Miss Wendy, but our day will come! I was glad to have been invited!

Me & DJ Kiss

Don’t let her beauty fool you, she is a monster on the 1′s and 2′s. Seriously.

I didn’t stay too long. I had a date with some work, sweatpants and my couch…so I headed home early.

LIFE: Frank 151 Leaders Panel x Barnes & Noble USQ x Nick Tershay, Stephen Malbon, Adam Pasulka & Me (5.9.13)

Frank 151 has been a staple in my life since high school. The miniature publication started it’s circulation in 1999 and recently went from being an underground bible to an accessible publication sold at local Barnes and Nobles (now slightly larger)! How’s that for convenient. When they asked me to be apart of their panel discussion on “Leaders”, I was definitely down! Especially since I had just interviewed Jonathan Mannion for that very issue. 

I hate public speaking engagements because I’m not very good at it, or at least I don’t think so. I’m better one on one answering questions. Regardless, I was honored to be apart of the panel and answered various questions to the best of my abilities!

Brittney Escovedo, Mrs. Malbon, Mr. Malbon, Me and Sydney Reising


I met some amazing supporters at the event! I was super stoked. These two lovely Filipina girls from San Diego brought me my favorite raw/vegan cookies from One Lucky Duck. It was so sweet of them!

Arthur Soleimanpour & Eli Reed


LIFE: DJ’ing at 1OAK Alongside DJ Huggy Bear x 212 Tuesdays

212 TUESDAYS return, this time around to 1OAK. If you live in New York and don’t bother with fancy clubs, your asking yourself the same thing I asked myself  ”1OAK is still around”? I had no idea, no shade. Regardless, the addition of 212 TUESDAYS will make your work week dip worth it. Trust.

DJ Huggy Bear & DJ Curry Fingers

I absolutely hate my hair in a single ponytail, but having no time on your hand will make you do things you normally wouldn’t. I guess it doesn’t look so bad. I’ve also gained some weight back, but I’m still looking a little crypt keeper-ish.

The Crew!

Huggles playing the jams.

Awesome. Let’s all look at the people who spent 700$ on a bottle of Grey Goose that actually costs like 65$ in real life. Woo hoo.

I was obsessed with popping these bottles…they were actual glass bottles of Jana! Super fancy. Guess what will be on my rider next time I’m booked! Mhmmm.

INVITE: Frank 151 Leaders Panel Discussion x Va$htie, Sean Avery, Nick Tershay, Adam Pasulka & Stephen Malbon x Barnes & Noble Union Square (TONIGHT)

In celebration of Chapter 51, FRANK is holding a special “Leaders” panel discussion at Barnes & Noble Union Square on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in NYC. The featured panelists will be Diamond Supply Co. founder Nick Tershay, “Downtown’s Sweetheart” Va$htie, former NHL winger Sean Avery, and FRANK151 publisher Stephen Malbon. Moderated by FRANK’s Editor in Chief Adam Pasulka, the panelists will speak on leadership, their careers, and what success means to them.

The event starts at 7pm and will require an in-store purchase of Chapter 51 ($10) for entry.

Come by and say HELLO!

LIFE: Saturday Brooklyn Bowling with a Spring-Time Cold

A couple weeks ago, my sister came to visit me. We did some hanging in Brooklyn and went for a Saturday afternoon Bowl. I was suffering from a cold or bad allergies, so I wasn’t much fun and I looked like death. But…here are some flicks! Yay!

Bad News Bears.