The Best of Studio Q in 2017 - A Year in Review

1. Tony Rock Interview

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My top Studio Q moment of 2017 was interviewing Tony Rock about being the host of TV ONE's new show, "The Game of Dating." During my interview, I asked Tony what he thought about Steve Harvey's meeting with Donald Trump. Tony did not hold back one bit. His answer made this clip go viral! Watch below.

My interview clip with Tony was viewed by over 2 million people on Facebook, by hundreds of thousands of people on Instagram, and became the headline of countless blog posts and radio show segments.   It even made it into the conversation on The Breakfast Club and Dish Nation.  

Tony had me laughing non-stop. He was so entertaining that I think the entire interview should have went viral.  If you want to get your life please press play and watch our entire conversation below!

2. Jenifer Lewis Interview

Quencie and Jenifer Lewis at her home in LA

Quencie and Jenifer Lewis at her home in LA

In December I sat down for a one-on-one interview with Jenifer Lewis in her wonderful home to discuss her new book, The Mother of Black Hollywood.  The last time I interviewed this treasured diva was back in 2012 in the backyard of her Hollywood mansion by the pool.  It was one of my best Studio Q interviews to date, so I was not sure if we could top that moment in time.

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Order The Mother of Black Hollywood by clicking here: 

But leave it to the great Jenifer Lewis to always out do herself. She always gives 2,000 % percent and this interview was no different. I had the time of my life with her and it was a great way to close out the year.  This interview was so good that it served as an early Christmas present for me.   We discussed her acting career, including starring on "Black-ish," being sexually assaulted, how she dealt with a scam artist, being bipolar, advice to the millennials and so many other things.  She even invited me and Tam (my Producer and best friend) to sing "In These Streets" with her at the piano. The initial song went viral and was sang by Jenifer, Brandy and Roz Ryan. Watch our attempt to sing along with Jenifer Lewis. It was not pretty but it was oh so much fun! Later, scroll down to watch my amazing interview with this legend.

Check out my interview with Jenifer Lewis below.

3. David Foster Honored by

The Grammy Museum 

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On Tuesday September 19, 2017 I covered the third annual fundraising gala honoring 16-time GRAMMY® Award winner David Foster, which was hosted by The GRAMMY Museum®.  The Gala presented David Foster with the Architects of Sound Award in recognition of his unparalleled contributions to music.  Proceeds from the night benefitted the Museum's newly expanded music education programs, which were integrated with those of its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, earlier this year.  

Terry Lewis and Quencie 

Terry Lewis and Quencie 

Not only was I thrilled to interview the great David Foster on the red carpet, but I also interviewed the iconic Terry Lewis of the producing duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis who launched the career of thee Janet Jackson.  Participating in the evening’s celebration was 27-time GRAMMY winner Quincy Jones, singer/songwriter and actress Katharine McPhee; R&B, pop and gospel singer, and "American Idol" season two winner Ruben Studdard; recording artist and “American Idol” star Pia Toscano; singer/songwriter Sheléa; and operatic and classical crossover tenor Fernando Varela. The fundraiser was presented by Cheryl and Haim Saban, and Brian and Adria Sheth. Check out my Studio Q interviews from the red carpet below 

4. The Bodyguard Musical Starring

Deborah Cox

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In May of 2017, I covered LA's premiere of the hit musical, THE BODYGUARD at The Hollywood Pantages theater.  It is an award–winning musical based on the smash–hit film of the same name. Who could forget Kevin Coster as Frank Farmer, the former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron, played by the late great Whitney Houston? It was Whitney's first film, so I was super excited to see this show and so was a lot of Hollywood! Stars who came out included, Angela Bassett, Loni Love, Erica Cash, Erica Campbell, Bill Bellamy and Loretta Devine.

Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox stars as Rachel Marron. In the role of the bodyguard Frank Farmer, is television star Judson Mills. I am such a huge Whitney Houston fan so I am very biased when it comes to other people singing her songs, but as soon as Deborah Cox opened her mouth - I was sold! Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, and adapted by Academy Award-winner (BirdmanAlexander DinelarisTHE BODYGUARD featured songs recorded by Whitney Houston including: One Moment in TimeI Have NothingI Wanna Dance with Somebody, Saving All My Love, Run to You, So Emotional and her cover version of Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You.  What I loved most about this show is that Deborah Cox was not trying to be Whitney Houston.  She made the songs her own all while celebrating Whitney at the same time. If you love Whitney Houston, then this was a MUST-SEE! If you love the film, The Bodyguard then you are going to like how they adapted it to the stage. And if you are a Deborah Cox fan, you will be in heaven from beginning to end. You will find yourself singing along and celebrating Whitney in a positive way. Watch my red carpet interviews below.

5. Heroes in The Struggle Gala Hosted by Empire's Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett and Quencie

Jussie Smollett and Quencie

In September  I covered the Heroes in the Struggle Gala Reception and Awards Presentation held at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Every year the Black AIDS Institute inducts a select group of individuals and organizations that have made heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America into the Heroes in the Struggle Hall of Fame.  

This year's theme was "Black Men Honoring Black Women" and included Taraji P. Henson, Alfre Woodard, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Gina Belafonte, Gina Brown, and Novant Health as the Corporate Hero. Board member and event chair, Jussie Smollett served as the evening's host and celebrated R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi who performed a special tribute. 

Check out my Studio Q interviews from the red carpet of this event below:

6. Vanessa Bell Calloway's

60th Birthday Party

Courtesy of Vanessa's Instagram 

Courtesy of Vanessa's Instagram 

In March I attended Vanessa Bell Calloway's Sexty 60th Birthday party at the Cicado Club in Los Angeles. Vanessa Bell Calloway kicked off her This Is My Sexty campaign for Women's History Month to encourage women to share their secrets to mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Visit HowDoYouRockYourAge.com to learn more about her campaign. Currently, Calloway stars in the hit series Saints & Sinners (Bounce TV) 

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Vivica A. Fox and Vanessa Bell Calloway

It is very clear, that 60 never looked so good. Vanessa's party was a pink and grand affair. From the candy bar to the elegant red carpet, everyone who attended had a wonderful time. Some of the attendees include: Vivica A. Fox, Tina Knowles, Star Jones, Debbie Allen, Glen Turman, Jackee' Harry, Kym Whitley, Richard Lawson, James Pickens Jr., Vanessa Williams and many more!

Check out my Studio Q interviews from Vanessa's birthday party below:

7. T-Boz Unplugged Charity Event

For Sickle Cell Disease 

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I attended T-Boz's Unplugged charity event back in January which was created to raise awareness and funds for Sickle Cell Disease for which T-Boz is an Ambassador and Role Model for.  I spoke to Naughty by Nature, Dawnn Lewis, Kristian Alfonso, Dorien Wilson, Don Benjamin, Lamon Archey, Tonya Banks and T-Boz's daughter Chase on the red carpet before the show.  They were all eager and excited to come out and support such a worthy cause.  

This was my first time at the Avalon Hollywood and I absolutely loved the ambience. The show was so much fun and featured incredible performances from Snoop Dogg, Da Brat, Naughty by Nature and T-Boz who also sang 'Unpretty' with her daughter Chase.  Funds from the event will support The MLK Sickle Cell Outreach Center of Los Angeles and The Sickle Cell Support Group of Atlanta.  Check out my red carpet interviews below.

8. Bobbi Kristina Movie on TV One

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In October I had a great time interviewing Joy Rovaris who starred as Bobbi Kristina and Nadji Jeter who played Nick Gordon from TV One's movie, Bobbi Kristina. The story delves into Bobbi Kristina's struggle to come to terms with her mother's sudden departure as well as the complexities of her own life. Opposite Joy Rovaris, Bobbi Kristina stars Demetria McKinney who embodies the heart, flair and essence of the legendary Whitney Houston. The film also stars Hassan Johnson as Bobby Brown, and Vivica A. Fox as Pat Houston.  It was directed by child actor Ty Hodges and Executive Produced by Tracey Baker Simmons and Wanda Shelley, who were the creators of the docu-series Being Bobby Brown and The Houstons

Check out my Studio Q interview below. 

9. "When Love Kills" LA Premiere

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The Los Angeles premiere of the TV One movie, When Love Kills at the Harmony Gold Theater was the first event that I was actually absent for in 2017. I was so lucky that my producer Tam and friend Tammi were able to cover for me on the red carpet.  They both did a great job! 

Tammi and Tam reppin for Studio Q on the red carpet

Tammi and Tam reppin for Studio Q on the red carpet

When Love Kills tells the tragic story of Falicia Blakely, a teen mom who only knows life in the fast-lane. When she becomes an exotic dancer, she attracts the attention of pimp and predator, Dino. His empty promises of a life together turn Falicia into a pawn in his dangerous games; she's forced to prove her love for him at the expense of innocent lives.  

When Love Kills stars: Niatia "Lil Mama" Kirkland (CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story), Lance Gross (House of Payne, Temptation), Tami Roman (Basketball Wives, Belle's) and Tasha Smith (For Better Or Worse, Empire) making her feature-length directorial debut.

Check out the Studio Q red carpet interviews below.

10. Maronzio Vance Interview

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I sat down with comedian Maronzio Vance and discussed his co-starring role on the 2nd season of George Lopez's show "Lopez" which premiered in March on TV Land.  Maronzio Vance is a writer, actor, and comedian noted for his comedic timing in his roles for television shows. Vance began his acting career with roles in the series "JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment" (WB, 2001-04) and "Wanda Does It" (2004-05). He also appeared on the television special "Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza" (2004-07) which he talked about in our Studio Q interview. Maronzio continued his comedic performances throughout the early 2000s and the 2010s, appearing on"The Half Hour" (Comedy Central, 2011-15) and "Enlisted" (Fox, 2013-14). He also lent his voice to "Freaknik: The Musical" (Cartoon Network, 2009-2010).

This guy had me in stitches during most of the interview.  We covered so many topics including, his beef with Diddy and BossipDonald Trump, Hillary Clinton, why he hates Stay Woke and AF, and Lil Yachty appearing on an episode of "Lopez" this season. And all of it was funny.

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 If you have never heard of Maronzio Vance before now, watch my interview below and I promise you won't ever forget him. His perspective on the world is smart and funny. Press play below and see what I mean.  

11. B.Slade Interview

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In November of this year, I sat down with 3 time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer, B. Slade (Formerly known as Tonex). He recently dropped his self-titled album, "B. Slade" on October 31st. This new album embodies all of the colorful characteristics that are within B. Slade, hence the name of one of his song titles, Ketchup & Mustard." This album is truly for the young and old, the hip and chic - for anyone who loves good music and wants to have a good time. 

Aside from his music, we discussed his sexuality, his family, the controversial interview with gospel singer, Lexi Allen, and starting over in his career.  This is an interview you don't want to miss. Press play below!  Afterwards head over to, BSladenow.com and download his new album, "B. Slade" on iTunes.

12. Don B. Welch Interview

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I was excited and honored to interview Don B. Welch just days before the film adaptation of his popular inspirational stage play, The Lost Souls Café premiered on TV One. We covered so many topics in our conversation that if you never met him you will really feel like you know him after watching.  He was oozing with positivity and dripping with wisdom.  For those of you who may be unaware, Don B. Welch is an accomplished singer, actor, writer, director, playwright, producer and author. 

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As a playwright, he has written and directed over 27 productions. The most successful being: The Bachelor Party, The Bachelorette Party, My Brothers Keeper, The Divorce and Fight Club.  Noted artists such as: Loretta Devine, Lynn Whitfield, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Dorien Wilson, Marla Gibbs, Ledisi, Kenny Lattimore, Dawnn Lewis, Jackee Harry, Freda Payne, Mary Wilson, Ananda Lewis, Flex Alexander, Shanice Wilson, Ellia English, Ginuwine, Malinda Williams, Keith Robinson, Darius McCrary, Carl Payne, Keith Robinson, Ernest L. Thomas, Judy Pace, Tatyana Ali & Essence Atkins have all been in a Don B. Welch production or film.

Press Play and enjoy my conversation with Don B. Welch. 

13. UNCF Masked Ball

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On Saturday, March 18, 2017, I attended The Mayor's Masked Ball at the JW Marriott at LA LIVE in Los Angeles, CA. This is one of the largest events put on by UNCF in cities across the United States on the same evening. The LA chapter was hosted by Mayor Garcetti and honored Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Marx Cazenave a well-known entrepreneur and business Hall of Fame inductee. The ball raised $500,000 for UNCF.

Attendees included: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Lonnie G. Bunch III (Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture), Marx Cazenave (Entrepreneur ), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (I am Legend, Eureka), Michael Jai White (Why Did I Get Married), Laura Govan (Basketball Wives), Dawnn Lewis (Actress & singer), Tiffany Hines (Nikkita, Devious Maids), Lisa Nicole Cloud (Bravo TV's Married to Medicine), T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (In Living Color, That's So Raven), James Wright (WE tv’s “LA Hair”) and Darius McCrary (Next Day Air, Family Matters).

Check out my Studio Q interviews from the Mayor's Masked Ball event below.

14. Celebrity Connected Events Celebrating The Emmys, The Oscars and The MTV Movie Awards

Quencie Interviewing Football Player Rashad Jennings who won Dancing With The Stars

Quencie Interviewing Football Player Rashad Jennings who won Dancing With The Stars

This year I attended the the Celebrity Connected Luxury Gifting Suite honoring the Emmys, The Oscars and The MTV Movie and TV awards.  I always have a blast at these events interviewing celebrities and discovering awesome new brands. 

Press play and check out some of my Studio Q coverage below. 

15.  Breaking The Silence Awards

Benjamin Patterson (OWN 'Greenleaf'), Quencie & Laith Ashley (NBC 'Strut'),

Benjamin Patterson (OWN 'Greenleaf'), Quencie & Laith Ashley (NBC 'Strut'),

On Sunday September 24, 2017, I covered the 2nd Annual Breaking the Silence Awards Ceremony & Luncheon held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalow in Santa Monica, CA. Breaking the Silence Awards (BTSA) a fundraiser event, which recognized corporations and community leaders who use their platform of influence to advocate for Sexual & Domestic Abuse Awareness. BTSA raises funds to provide supportive services to GLBT survivors of sexual & domestic abuse. BTSA, a fundraising program of the I Love Me Foundation (ILMFDN), was established in 2015 by Hollywood publicist, Robert Harrell, to utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting new research efforts and to increase awareness about sexual trauma in the GLBT community.

Honorees included: William Institute Founding Executive Director, Brad Sears, Former West Hollywood Mayor, Abbe Land, OUT Magazine Managing Editor, R. Kurt Osenlund, Celebrity DJ & Music Producer, Zeke Thomas, Pulse Orlando Nightclub Shooting Survivor, Angel Colon.

Other guests included: Benjamin Patterson (OWN 'Greenleaf'), Jay Alexander (ANTM), Laith Ashley (NBC 'Strut'), Leeza Gibbons (Entertainment Tonight)James Wright Chanel (Youtube Personality, Pattie Pie Guy)Perez Hilton (Entertainment Blogger), Tammy Townsend (Disney 'K.C. Undercover'), Laura Govan (Basketball Wives LA) and many more.

Watch my Studio Q red carpet interviews below:

16. Kiyanna Simone Interview

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In May I did a Skype interview with actress Kyanna Simone Simpson who played the younger version of Oprah Winfrey's character in the biopic surrounding Henrietta Lacks life called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on HBO. The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

I had so much fun talking to Kyanna about her career, her mentor Latanya Richardson Jackson and what it was like to meet and work with Oprah Winfrey, which was a dream come true for her.  This budding actress who is known for her recurring role on HBO’s miniseries Show Me a Hero is currently working on the film, White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey.  

Check out our fun conversation below.

17. Ashley Ann Interview

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In April I had such an amazing time interviewing Ashley Jones of Ashley Ann’s Events on Skype for Studio Q.  She is a talented award winning wedding and event designer who is a rockstar in her field.  You can find this late night biz builder @KingAshleyAnn sharing free social media tips to thousands of people every Monday - Thursday at 11:05 pm (CST) on the live-streaming Twitter app called Periscope. She is a social media genie who has been in business for 11 years and is quipped with a B.A. in Finance and M.B.A.  Ashley has made a name for herself by offering beautiful, unique, professional designs and productions. She inspires creative detail, and modern, elegant atmospheres. She is also an outstanding business woman excelling in social media lead generations, lead magnets, funnels, and return paths. 

In my conversation with Ashley, we discussed business, social media, her overcoming amazing personal obstacles in her life and so much more!  If you somehow missed this conversation in 2017 do yourself a favor and press play below.

Thanks to all of the celebrities who I sat down with this year and talked to on the red carpet. And a special thanks to my producer Tam for all that she has done in the name of Studio Q.  

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Tam and Quencie - Dem Studio Q Girls

I could not have covered all of these amazing events and conduct these awesome interviews without her. She's been there for me since 2012 and I will forever appreciate and be eternally grateful for every contribution she has ever made for Studio Q. 

I'd also like to send a special shout out to anyone who has supported me online by pressing play on one of my interviews (Thanks Mom!), clicking like or share on Facebook, retweeting my interviews on Twitter or tapping the heart button on Instagram. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I appreciate your support and I look forward to bringing you even more in 2018!

Jenifer Lewis of "Black-ish" Talks About Her New Book, "The Mother of Black Hollywood"

PHOTO COURTESY OF HARPER COLLINS

PHOTO COURTESY OF HARPER COLLINS

I sat down for a one-on-one interview with Jenifer Lewis in her wonderful home to discuss her new book, The Mother of Black Hollywood. In her book, Jenifer discusses her acting career, including starring on "Black-ish," being sexually assaulted, how she dealt with a scam artist, being bipolar, advice to the millennials and many other things. 

Growing up in Kinloch, MO, Jenifer knew that she was destined for fame. She headed to New York and pursued a career on Broadway, and since then, she has starred in a number of television shows and movies, including What's Love Got to Do With It, The Preacher's Wife, Jackie's Back, Meet the Browns and Disney's The Princess and the Frog. Definitely known as everybody's mother in movies, the title of her memoir is befitting. She's played everybody's mama from Whitney Houston in "The Preacher's Wife," Tina Turner's (Angela Bassett) mama in "What's Love Got to Do With it, to playing Tupac's mama in "Poetic Justice."

 
Quencie and Jenifer Lewis

Quencie and Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis and Tam

Jenifer Lewis and Tam

 

Check out this wonderful and real interview with Jenifer. You'll also get a behind-the-scenes treat as Jenifer invites me and Tam (my Producer and best friend) to sing "In These Streets" with her at the piano. The initial song went viral and was sang by Jenifer, Brandy and Roz Ryan. 

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B. Slade Drops New Album - Talks Music, The Church, Family and Starting Over

PHOTO COURTESY OF B.SLADE

PHOTO COURTESY OF B.SLADE

I got a chance to sit down one-on-one with 3 time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer, B. Slade (Formerly known as Tonex). He just dropped his self-titled album, "B. Slade" on October 31st. This new album embodies all of the colorful characteristics that are within B. Slade, hence the name of one of his song titles, Ketchup & Mustard." This album is truly for the young and old, the hip and chic - for anyone who loves good music and wants to have a good time. 

 
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We also talked about B. Slade's controversial interview with gospel singer, Lexi Allen, as well as his family and starting over in his career.

To learn more about B. Slade and all that he is doing, visit, BSladenow.com. Make sure you download the new album, "B. Slade" on iTunes.

 
 

Check out my interview with B. Slade below:

Joy Rovaris and Nadji Jeter Talk About Bobbi Kristina Movie on TV One

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Yesterday, I had a great time interviewing some of the cast from the upcoming TV One movie, Bobbi Kristina, premiering on TV One Sunday, October 8th at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. Joy Rovaris stars as Bobbi Kristina and Nadji Jeter plays Nick Gordon. The story delves into Bobbi Kristina's struggle to come to terms with her mother's sudden departure as well as the complexities of her own life. Opposite Joy Rovaris, Bobbi Kristina stars Demetria McKinney who embodies the heart, flair and essence of the legendary Whitney Houston. The film also stars Hassan Johnson as Bobby Brown, and Vivica A. Fox as Pat Houston. It is directed by child actor Ty Hodges and Executive Produced by Tracey Baker Simmons and Wanda Shelley, who were the creators of the docu-series Being Bobby Brown and The Houstons

If you are a Whitney Houston fan, some of you might be put off by a movie about her daughter only two years after her passing.  Krissi's father, Bobby Brown and The Whitney Houston estate even sued to try and stop this movie from being aired.  But I say give it a chance, because this film really aims to share Bobbi Kristina's story which was often overshadowed by her larger than life parents.  Although I have not seen the film, I did get a look at a 10 minute trailer which really impressed me. The acting was great and I was eager to see more. What I loved most about this cast is that they are all Whitney Houston fans and would not be a part of something that bashed Bobbi Kristina. I will definitely be watching on Sunday. 

Check out my Studio Q interview below. 

2nd Annual Breaking the Silence Awards Ceremony & Luncheon [VIDEO]

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On Sunday September 24, 2017, Studio Q covered the 2nd Annual Breaking the Silence Awards Ceremony & Luncheon held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalow in Santa Monica, CA. Breaking the Silence Awards (BTSA) a fundraiser event, which ecognizes corporations and community leaders who use their platform of influence to advocate for Sexual & Domestic Abuse Awareness. BTSA raises funds to provide supportive services to GLBT survivors of sexual & domestic abuse. BTSA, a fundraising program of the I Love Me Foundation (ILMFDN), was established in 2015 by Hollywood publicist, Robert Harrell, to utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting new research efforts and to increase awareness about sexual trauma in the GLBT community.

Honorees included: William Institute Founding Executive Director, Brad Sears, Former West Hollywood Mayor, Abbe Land, OUT Magazine Managing Editor, R. Kurt Osenlund, Celebrity DJ & Music Producer, Zeke Thomas, Pulse Orlando Nightclub Shooting Survivor, Angel Colon.

Other guests included: Benjamin Patterson (OWN 'Greenleaf'), Jay Alexander (ANTM), Laith Ashley (NBC 'Strut'), Leeza Gibbons (Entertainment Tonight)James Wright Chanel (Youtube Personality, Pattie Pie Guy)Perez Hilton (Entertainment Blogger), Tammy Townsend (Disney 'K.C. Undercover'), Laura Govan (Basketball Wives LA) and many more.

Watch the Studio Q red carpet interviews below:

Grammy Museum Gala Honoring David Foster

Courtesy of Grammy Museum Twitter Account

Courtesy of Grammy Museum Twitter Account

On Tuesday September 19, 2017 Studio Q covered the third annual fundraising gala honoring 16-time GRAMMY® Award winner David Foster which was hosted by The GRAMMY Museum®.  The Gala presented David Foster with the Architects of Sound Award in recognition of his unparalleled contributions to music.  Proceeds from the night will benefit the Museum's newly expanded music education programs, which were integrated with those of its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, earlier this year.

Courtesy of The Grammy Museum's Instagram 

Courtesy of The Grammy Museum's Instagram 

Participating in the evening’s celebration was 27-time GRAMMY winner Quincy Jones, singer/songwriter and actress Katharine McPhee; R&B, pop and gospel singer, and "American Idol" season two winner Ruben Studdard; recording artist and “American Idol” star Pia Toscano; singer/songwriter Sheléa; and operatic and classical crossover tenor Fernando Varela. The fundraiser was presented by Cheryl and Haim Saban, and Brian and Adria Sheth.

Check out our Studio Q interviews from the red carpet below 

 

 

 

Celebrity Connected Luxury Gifting Suite Honoring The 69th Emmy Awards

Shanice Wilson and Shanica Knowles

Shanice Wilson and Shanica Knowles

On Saturday September 16th, I attended the the Celebrity Connected Luxury Gifting Suite honoring the Emmys at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. I always have a blast at these events interviewing celebrities and discovering awesome new brands. 

Press play and check out my Studio Q coverage below. 

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Check out some of the pictures from the event. 

Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Alfre Woodard and More Honored at the 16th Annual Heroes In The Struggle Gala Reception and Awards Presentation

Courtesy of Black Aids Institute

Courtesy of Black Aids Institute

On Saturday September 16, 2017, Tam and I covered Heroes in the Struggle Gala Reception and Awards Presentation held at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Every year the Black AIDS Institute inducts a select group of individuals and organizations that have made heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America into the Heroes in the Struggle Hall of Fame.

Courtesy of Black Aids Institute

Courtesy of Black Aids Institute

This year's theme was "Black Men Honoring Black Women" and included Taraji P. Henson, Alfre Woodard, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Gina Belafonte, Gina Brown, and Novant Health as the Corporate Hero. Board member and event chair, Jussie Smollett served as the evening's host and celebrated R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi performed a special tribute. 

Watch our Studio Q red carpet coverage below:

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Check out some photos from my red carpet interviews

Quencie Live on @Youtube - Episode 5

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In episode 5 of my Youtube Live show I talk about my interview with Jenifer Lewis and all the behind the scenes fun and mishaps that you didn't see.  Watch below! 

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Quencie Live on @Youtube - Episode 4

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On today's episode of Quencie Live I was joined by my Studio Q producer and bestie, Tam Anderson. We discussed the time we attended a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2011. Thanks to Tam I even got to ask Oprah a question from the audience that was later featured on her website, oprah.com.   It was during her last season and Oprah gave everyone in the audience a free trip to the Miraval Spa in Arizona, which included air fare, car service and pajamas! Only Oprah would give a gift that included everything like that and we so love her for it. We had a great time at the show and the spa.  Watch as we give our behind the scenes account of our experience. You can also see the question I asked Oprah below. 

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Press play and watch me ask Oprah a question from the audience at Harpo which no longer exists. 

Quencie LIVE on @YouTube - Episode 3

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I'm three days in to this live show and there's no stopping me now.  It's cool to talk about the behind the scenes stories of my interviews. In this episode, I talk about my interview with Bishop T.D Jakes during his Instinct Book Tour and a few red carpet events I'm covering this weekend. Subscribe to my Youtube channel and check me out live. Watch the replay below. 

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Check out my Bishop Jakes interview below

Quencie LIVE on @YouTube - Episode 2

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Today was day 2 of my Youtube LIVE show and this time I had my Godson, Jayden  joined me as a co-host.  I'm surprised I was able to get through everything I wanted to say. He clearly needs to have his own mic and his own show lol.  I also had some technical difficulties earlier but I didn't let that or Jayden stop me. 

In this episode, I talk about the new Apple Watches, Fantasia and knowing your worth. Watch below. 

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Quencie LIVE on @Youtube - Episode 1

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Today I did my first YouTube Livestream show!  And because I actually did it instead of just talking about doing it, I claim it as a roaring success. Sure, they were only 4 people watching, one even being my best friend Tam, but hopefully as time goes on that number will grow. The reason I decided to do a daily YouTube show is because even though I have conducted hundreds of celebrity interviews in the past 5 years, I am only visible in a handful of them. This is mostly because when I re-launched Studio Q online (Studio Q premiered as a community access show in my hometown, Springfield, IL) I was depressed and overweight.  No matter who I was interviewing I never wanted to be in the same camera shot.  It was really not as bad as I felt it was but when you're as depressed as I was at the time no one could convince me otherwise.

I'm such a natural extrovert that I'm sure folks who know me can not imagine me ever wanting to hide myself, but it's true. Normally, I'm able to push through things and overcome obstacles like that, but my depression had a serious grip on me. I was just happy that I could conduct an interview. However, if I had it to do all over again, I would force myself to get in front of that camera no matter what I felt I looked like. Now I understand how important it is to put yourself out there even if you're not happy with every single thing. Imagine if Oprah waited until she was skinny before she shared all her greatness with us.  We would have missed the very best of her.  

So now I have all these great interviews that no one knows I did.  All you really see is my arm, which in all honesty could be anybody's arm.  I remember being on the red carpet and someone asked me how did I get a job at Studio Q. You know you're doing something wrong when the Q in "Studio Q" actually stands for Quencie but nobody knows it lol. I'm doing a daily livestream to change that. Hopefully, by going live Monday-Friday people will get to know who the person is behind the arm holding that microphone.  It's not easy coming out from behind the bushes, but it's time.

On "Quencie Live" (That's the name for now) I will share my interview experiences, what I learned from each interview and some great behind-the-scenes stories. I'm still not where I want to be weight wise, but I'm working on it. What's different now is that I won't let that stop me from being in the camera shot.

In this first episode, I discuss September 11 (16 years later), and my interview with Taraji P. Henson since it's her birthday today. Happy Birthday Taraji! Watch below. 

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Tam and Quencie with Taraji P Henson 

Tam and Quencie with Taraji P Henson 

Press Play on my first YouTube episode of Quencie Live! 

Karim Webb and Edward Barnett Bring Buffalo Wild Wings to Koreatown (Los Angeles)

Karim Webb and Edward Barnett (Co-Founders of PCF Restaurant Management)

Karim Webb and Edward Barnett (Co-Founders of PCF Restaurant Management)

PCF Restaurant Management Co-Founders, Karim Webb and Edward Barnett celebrated the opening of their newest Buffalo Wild Wings location in Koreatown (Los Angeles, CA) on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Saturday night's "soft-opening" and the Mayweather vs McGregor Fight Night event brought together some of the region's prominent business, philanthropic, entertainment and elected leaders. Over 200 guests feasted on Buffalo Wild Wings signature wings, 16 sauces, 5 seasonings, a wide variety of beers, and craft cocktails. Proceeds from the evenings event went to Korean Churches for Community Development and the Brotherhood Crusade.

As minority business owners, Webb and Barnett are excited to be expanding their footprint into a new and ethnically diverse area. "If I go into a restaurant in a community that I know is diverse and I don't see people that look like the residents in that community, I take note of that," says Webb. He and Barnett pride themselves on being responsive to unique needs of each community their units serve and their ability to engage stakeholders therein. Buffalo Wild Wings Koreatown opens to the public on Monday, August 28th at 11 am.

Check out our Studio Q interviews with the owners Karim and Edward below.  

Check out some of the great photos from the event.

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LaRon and Lahmard Tate - Tate Entertainment

Nisan Stewart - Musician

Nisan Stewart - Musician

"When Love Kills" TV One Los Angeles Movie Premiere [VIDEO]

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Studio Q attended the Los Angeles premiere of the TV One movie, When Love Kills at the Harmony Gold Theater. Premiering on Monday, August 28th at 9pm ET, When Love Kills tells the tragic story of Falicia Blakely, a teen mom who only knows life in the fast-lane. When she becomes an exotic dancer, she attracts the attention of pimp and predator, Dino. His empty promises of a life together turn Falicia into a pawn in his dangerous games; she's forced to prove her love for him at the expense of innocent lives. 

When Love Kills stars: Niatia "Lil Mama" Kirkland (CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story), Lance Gross (House of Payne, Temptation), Tami Roman (Basketball Wives, Belle's) and Tasha Smith (For Better Or Worse, Empire) making her feature-length directorial debut.

Check out some of the photos from the red carpet below.

Studio Q correspondent, Tammi Rashonda, who filled in for Quencie, talked to some of the celebrities at the Los Angeles red carpet premiere. Watch our Studio Q interviews below:

Photo cred: Photography By Gip III

Check Out OWN 's New Docu-Series, 'Black Love'

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According to Vibe, Oprah Winfrey and the OWN Network will premiere new docu-series, Black Love. Created by married couple and filmmakers Tommy and Codie Oliver, the duo interviewed several African-American couples—some in Hollywood some not–about how they met and how they keep it together.  The show, which will premiere Aug. 29 examines the intricacies and delicacies of love from black couples.

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Some couples have been together for eight, 10 and even 17 years while other couples are still in the newlywed phase. The extended clip opens with Academy-Award winner Viola Davis speaking candidly about how nervous she was when she first met her husband, but then being flattered by his zeal.  

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“I was terrified because he told me exactly who he was, he was absolutely honest about his past and then he brought me home and then said ‘you are a very beautiful and a nice woman and it was a pleasure spending time with you’ and he shook my hand and then I went in the house. Twenty minutes later he called again and I said ‘You got home already?’ and he said ‘No, I’m at the Ralph’s down the street, but I just wanted to tell you again what a great time I had and what a beautiful woman you are’ and I said ‘oh, ok.’  Twenty minutes later he called again and said ‘I just want to say I got home, but you’re a beautiful woman and I’m about to go to sleep and just wanted to tell you to have a good night.”

With interviews from Tia and Cory Hardwick, Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin as well as Flex and Shanice who have been married 17 years, these couples get real about what makes their relationship work. Check out the extended trailer below.

And if you are in the LA on the premiere date RSVP today for an exclusive first look at #OWN Network's new series, #BLACKLOVE! Happening August 29th, 2017 at 7pm. This Clips & Conversation based event is hosted by #HollywoodConfidential's brand new screening series. And will feature select cast members from #BlackLoveDoc and the show creators!

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Loni Love Wants Her Own Late-Night Talk Show

I met Loni Love for the first time on the red carpet of The Bodyguard Musical back in May.  It was great interviewing this funny lady about 'The Real,' The K michelle Twitter beef, Tamar Braxton and how great Deborah Cox would represent Whitney in the show. I had no idea at the time that although Loni Loves 'The Real' she's been itching for her own Late Night Talk Show.  According to The Grio, during an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Loni Love opened up about what it’s like to be a black woman in the world of comedy and spoke on her own career goal of getting a late-night talk show.

She explained that when she first started out, she was getting the roles typical of black women, the ones that required “sass."  “For a long time, black women in comedy had to always be sassy. Do the neck, the eye roll. I did a guest spot on one show and I did this one little sassy moment and they made me a regular. It was one line and they were like ‘We need that sass!'” she recalled.

She then added, “That’s why you only ever saw one black girl, and you knew she was bringing the sass. And then, when you look at me and my physical, I’ve always been a big girl and loud. But there’s a lot of loud big girls that ain’t funny. For me, I had to break out of that — I wanted to be funny.”

Now, she is looking to expand her horizons, and she has her sights set on late-night hosting.

“I’m trying to keep tackling hosting. In daytime, women have always traditionally hosted. But in late-night, it’s always been a challenge. I want to tackle a late-night gig. And I kind of have to toot my own horn — I don’t care what she says — I helped Chelsea [Handler] with her show,” she said, laughing. “But she encouraged me because when we did ‘Chelsea Lately,’ we did seven seasons of that show and started out with guests from like ‘Survivor 15,’ but she worked herself up. That’s where I’m going next, tackling late-night in the prime-time space.”

You can check out the full interview here.  Check out my interview with Loni Love below. We had some mic problems so warning the audio is low. 

Russell Simmon's ‘All Def Comedy’ Returns to HBO As Series In December with Tony Rock as Host

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I will always love me some Tony Rock! I interviewed him for the first time ever back in January about a new show he was doing on TV One and the conversation was just a great time.  Plus, a clip of my interview went viral, which has never happened before. Thanks Tony!  If you watch the interview below you will absolutely remember seeing it everywhere earlier this year.  

Hopefully, Tony will make things go viral again this year with his upcoming hosting gig.  According to Deadline, HBO has picked up Russell Simmons’ All Def Comedy stand-up series for a six-episode season that will kick of in December, the network said today. The order comes after HBO aired an All Def Comedy one-off special in November, part of Simmons’ overall first-look deal with the premium cabler. The shows will be taped October 10-11 at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles and hosted by Tony Rock. Like Simmons and HBO’s original Def Comedy Jam, the series will feature stand-up performances spotlighting up-and-coming comics discovered at All Def Digital’s live weekly comedy showcase and online video platform. 

All Def Comedy also will be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals. Simmons and Stan Lathan are producing with Chris Conti and Jeru Tillman. Lathan is directing.  “I have witnessed firsthand how the most cutting-edge, seemingly alternative comics become the driving forces in mainstream comedy,” Simmons said. “I’m thankful to HBO for allowing me to give these new voices access to mainstream audiences everywhere.”  Earlier this month, Simmons revealed he was looking to restart his Def Poetry Jam franchise with HBO as All Def Poetry and was talking with Grammy winner Chance the Rapper to host the potential series.

Russell Simmons never stops and I just love him for it. I remember watching Def Comedy Jam back in the day so that fact that it's still around in some form is an ode to Russell's genius.  Check out my interview with host, Tony Rock below.