It’s amazing how fast time seems to fly….. It’s already the end of August and I feel that another year is almost at an end! Jeeze Louise….well at least the summer here in Los Angeles was rather pleasant. I had a chance to visit New York a couple of times and I really am Thankful that we do not get the humidity that I experience there. So, with that said, here are my favorite summer things…..
I got the chance to do Octavia’s hair and makeup for her Jet Magazine cover and editorial for The Fruitvale Station movie. This is one of my favorite movies of the summer and if you haven’t seen it, check it out. The director, Ryan Coogler, who also wrote the movie, did an amazing job of telling an important human story with a sensitive but caring hand. I also loved the ensemble cast and Melanie Garcia and Michael B Jordan had a lot of chemistry. Plus, it was interesting to see Oakland, a city I lived in for 17 years, as a backdrop.
I am loving Miss Janelle Monae’s Queen video featuring Erykah Badu!! She always has a fabulous beat but I also love the positivity in her lyrics. “while you selling dope, we gonn keep selling HOPE…” Check her out!!
I finally got a chance to see India.aire at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in June and she was really good. Again, I love her positive messages and my favorite song is ‘Just Do You’ She doesn’t have a video for the song so here is a live performance she did on the Steve Harvey Morning Show…..
Another fabulous artist that I saw at the Playboy Jazz Festival is an amazing singer/ saxophonist/ composer/ lyricist/ arranger/ producer/ educator Grace Kelly! I Love jazz and am so sad that it has almost disappeared from our musical landscape. This was my first time seeing Miss Grace, and I really loved her performance. She is truly a master musician! Here is a video so you can see for yourself her amazing talent…..
Hope you had a fantastic summer………Cheers,