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


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?

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


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.

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.

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.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Shooting a DKNY.COM Editorial by Amanda Alborano

vashtie_DKNY_010Over the Summer I was asked to be featured in a DKNY.COOM editorial that would feature two of my friends. I called on my homies Jae Ponder and Kim Matulova for the for the 2 day shoot at Splashlight Studios. It was the busiest 2 days I’d had in a while with super early call times, but it was an incredible experience. The photographer, Eli Schmidt kept us super pumped up and happy with all his hilarious jokes and DKNY was just so lovely – as always.

It’s insane how much love DKNY shows me and the other non-models they use for their campaigns. It’s an honor and super exciting, I mean – what other brand or designer is really utilizing real people? I just got done shooting a Resort Campaign for them featuring me, Cara Delevigne, Brandee Brown and Chelsea Leyland. Then I walked in their NYFW show and now this…oh and there is more to come. I just hope that my junior high bullies are seeing it too – hahahaha! Afterall, it’s the only reason I’m still on Facebook.







vashtie_DKNY_011My eyebrows aren’t on fleek, they are on foolish.
























Throwback: Pretty Ricky – “On The Hotline”

Ok, this isn’t SUCH a throwback…but it’s a bit old now and it is the jam.

WATCH: Fusion TV Interviews Vashtie the “Curator of Cool”

Last week while I was planning a work trip to Miami for a major Target event, I got an email from Omar Michaud – a nice gentleman who, in 2010, invited me on ESPN to talk about my Jordans.


And here he was years later, back in my inbox asking me for an interview on a new network he was working with – FUSION TV, based in Miami. I was so stoked and thankful for the opportunity. I made my way to their state of the art studios and beautiful offices for a great interview by Miss Kimberly Brooks who was a darling, literally! Check the full interview here!

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