That Time I Skipped Class to Meet Phylicia Rashad

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When actress Phylicia Rashad came to my alma mater, Clark Atlanta University, to speak I knew I had to skip class to see her.  I made sure I was one of the first ones in the audience. I had loved Phylicia Rashad from her role on The Cosby Show and I was eager to hear what she had to say.  When I entered the auditorium, I went straight to the front row and sat down.  Good thing I came early, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to get a good seat.  Within minutes, the auditorium was filled with students. 

It wasn't long afterwards that Phylicia Rashad was being introduced.  As soon as she finished her speech and opened the floor for questions, my hand shot up like a rocket.  Phylicia Rashad pointed to me to ask the very first question .  When I begin to ask my question she interrupted me and said, "Honey, you need to back to the microphone so everyone can hear your question." I turned around and looked at how far back the microphone was from where I was sitting and gave her a look of lazy desperation. I smiled and asked, "Can't I just ask you from right here?" Lord, why oh why did I say that to Phylicia Rashad?! 

"Girl." She said.  "You better get up and go to that microphone.  You ought to be glad that you even got legs to walk."  Everyone immediately started laughing.  I suddenly felt like I was in a scene from the Cosby Show.  As instructed, I got up, put my head down, and slowly walked back to the microphone.  By the time I made it back there I had to get at the end of a long line of students who were also waiting to ask her a question.  When my turn finally came she said, "Ahh I see you made it. Everyone let's give Ms. Thing a hand for walking all the way back to the microphone."  Everyone roared with handclaps and laughter.  It was a very comical moment, at least for them it was.  If you ever watched one episode of The Cosby Show you knew not to mess with Claire Huxtable but that day I learned that goes for Phylicia Rashad too lol! Even though I skipped class that day I still learned a lesson and got scolded by a famous TV mom.

 

 

 

 

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

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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:

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

Celebrity Connected Gifting Suite Recap - MTV Movie & TV Awards

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, I covered the red carpet for the Celebrity Connected Gifting Suite honoring the MTV Movie & TV Awards held at the W Hotel in Hollywood, CA. There were many celebrities in attendance who received gifts from sponsoring businesses in technology, home decor, beauty, health, food/beverage, fashion/apparel industries and more.

Some vendors include: Hug Life, Diva Stuff, Hemp Kitchen, Aitai Kuji, Sweetopia, Bonjour Clothing, Django Moccasins, Quest, UFrost, Speakeasy 710, Velare, and many more!

Check out my photos and video recap of the event.

Top left: Dawnn Lewis and Shanica Knowles, Sanayya Sidney, Rashad Jenning and Niles Fitch

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Maronzio Vance on Why Hillary Clinton Lost and America Voted for Donald Trump

Recently, I interviewed comedian Maronzio Vance of TV Land's "Lopez." We covered a wide range of topics in our conversation including politics.  Watch Maronzio share why he thinks America voted for Donald Trump and Hillary lost the election. Press play below.

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UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Los Angeles [VIDEO]

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Here I am with with Lonnie Bunch III

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 our Studio Q coverage below.

 
Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
 

Marx Cazenave, a well-known entrepreneur and business Hall of Fame inductee.

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Vanessa Bell Calloway's "Sexty" 60th Birthday Party [VIDEO]

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Vivica A. Fox and Vanessa Bell Calloway

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, 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) and recently joined the cast of the STARZ hit Survivor's Remorse in a recurring role.

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 our Studio Q event coverage below:

 

Tony Rock Shares The Biggest Mistake People Make in Dating

I interviewed Tony Rock about his new show "The Game of Dating" which features couples on a real-life date while teams watch, react and compete to win cash prizes.  The one-hour series premieres on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.  Check out what Tony Rock feels is the biggest mistake people make in dating. Watch below. 

Quencie Interviews Kirk Whalum

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I sat down with Jazz great, Kirk Whalum, after the screening of his DVD, "The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV" at the West Angeles Performing Arts Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  This DVD musically explores the convergence of jazz and gospel infused with rhythm and blues, through a "docu-music concert" DVD and live-recorded double CD with musical messages of tribute, tragedy and triumph - musically illustrating God's radical hospitality. 

Kirk also talks about silly moments with Whitney Houston while on tour, messing up on stage, and what made him go back to music when he almost gave it up.  Check out this in-depth and funny interview that Kirk later tweeted "Best Interview Ever!"  Press Play and see why!

Gerald Albright Talks About His New CD "G" and Playing the Sax with President Bill Clinton

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Last week, I interviewed the amazing saxophonist, Gerald Albright via Skype about his newly released album "G".  His new album features a remake of Avant's song, "Read Your Mind" as well as collaborations with Michael McDonald and Doug E. Fresh.  It's the perfect soundtrack to any road trip or your Sunday afternoon.  

Gerald and I discussed what it was like for him to play with his daughter, Selina, who is a singer, and also his experience playing with President Bill Clinton. The Bill Clinton story Gerald shares will leave you with stomach pains from laughter. Gerald also participated in our Studio Q  "Lightning Round" which gave us fun answers to rapid-fire questions. You'll discover some really cool things about him that you may not have known.

Support real music and purchase Gerald Albright's new album by clicking here: Gerald Albright "G".   Watch my Skype interview below. 

Eddie Murphy Wows in His First-Ever Dramatic Role in Mr. Church

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF CINELOU

We all know Eddie Murphy for being a comedic genius. From starring in films like Beverly Hills Cop, Life, Nutty Professor, Shrek and his Oscar-nominated performance as James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls - we expect to have gut-wrenching laughter when Eddie appears on screen. But Mr. Church is different. Mr. Church leaves you in tears, and opens up a bottle of emotions that you didn't think you'd have when watching Eddie Murphy on the movie screen. This is Eddie's first cinematic project in four years, as well as his first dramatic role. Well, he better start getting fittings for his tuxedo because he'll need it to wear to the Oscars for Best Actor.

Eddie Murphy plays Henry Church, a cook who was hired to work for a dying, single mother Marie (Natascha McElhone). Marie is dying of breast cancer and has 6 months to live. So her ex-lover hires Mr. Church to cook for Marie and her young daughter Charlie (first Natalie Coughlin, then Britt Robertson). Initially, Charlie is not very happy with this arrangement, and is quite mean to Mr. Church. But over time, and good food, she opens up and grows to love and adore him. The 6 months Mr. Church was hired to be the cook, turned into 6 years. And before your very eyes, you see the love and joy that Mr. Church has brought to Charlie and her mom - they become family. 

Based on a true story written by Susan McMartin and directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy), Mr. Church draws us in with Murphy's subtle and quiet warmth. A lot of people may say, this is yet another cliche' story of black characters who are the hired help and somehow become the saving grace to a white family. But, those stories typically are about black people who are treated as the "hired help" and are disrespected on so many levels. One thing you can say about Mr. Church is that he is very respected, and is more than just hired help. He becomes the glue that holds everything together in the family.

Marie eventually passes away from breast cancer, and one would think that Mr. Church's job is now done. But when you're family, there is no going away - it only makes Mr. Church and Charlie's bond even stronger. We see Charlotte’s coming-of-age adventures which include her best friend Poppy (Lucy Fry) and the local drunk Larson (Christian Madsen). More importantly, we get to see a very unique relationship with Mr. Church - even as Charlie leaves for college and later enters motherhood. 

Mr. Church premieres in theaters this Friday September 16, 2016.  If you want to see Eddie Murphy like you've never seen him before, make sure you check this film out!  And please, don't forget your kleenex.

Last week, I attended the red carpet movie premiere in Hollywood, CA. Check out our interviews from Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Bruce Beresford, Susan McMartin and other members of the cast below.

Fun Studio Q moments on the red carpet... 

Studio Q Host, Quencie, after interviewing Eddie

Studio Q Host, Quencie, after interviewing Eddie

Eddie Murphy being interviewed

Eddie Murphy being interviewed

Arsenio Hall and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arsenio Hall and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Director, Bruce Beresford

Director, Bruce Beresford

Studio Q Producer, Tam, with Arsenio Hall

Studio Q Producer, Tam, with Arsenio Hall

Eddie Murphy smiling for the cameras

Eddie Murphy smiling for the cameras

Writer, Susan McMartin

Writer, Susan McMartin

Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin

47th NAACP Image Awards Nominees' Luncheon - Studio Q Interviews [VIDEO]

On Saturday, January 23, I attended the 47th NAACP Image Awards Nominees' Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.  The luncheon was co-hosted by Black-ish (ABC) stars Marcus Scribner and Yara Shahidi.  

Other celebrities in attendance included: Anthony Anderson, Tyrese, Laverne Cox, Loretta Devine, Joe Morton, Sheryl Underwood, Naturi Naughton, Teyonah Paris, RonReaco Lee, Cornelius Smith, Jr., Miles Brown and many more.

Check out some of my Studio Q interviews below:

The Best of Quencie in 2015 - A Year in Review

 

Today is New Year's Eve, and I have gathered all of my Studio Q highlights from 2015 to share with you.  Studio Q is an online show that I created to interview the stars you love.  If you have ever watched one of my celebrity interviews, re-tweeted one of my tweets, or liked one of my posts on Facebook or Instagram, I thank you and appreciate your support.  I am so grateful that I experienced yet another amazing year of doing what I love.  I look forward to becoming better at my craft and taking Studio Q to the next level in 2016.  Scroll down and check out my 2015 year in review below. Happy New Year!  I'm wishing you everything you want in 2016!

I Appeared on HuffPost Live and Asked a Question to Regina King, Dascha Polance and Salt N Pepa

I was thrilled to be invited to ask Emmy-award winning Regina King, Orange is The New Black's, Dascha Polance and the legendary Hip-Hop duo Salt N Pepa a question on HuffPost Live. Cheryl 'Salt' James even remembered me from an interview I did with her and Pepa in LA.  I was grinning from ear to ear about that. Watch all of my questions below. 

My Huffpost Live Question to Regina King

My Huffpost Live Question to Dascha Polance of Orange is The New Black

Watch Cheryl 'Salt' James remember me from my Studio Q interview with her from earlier this year

Me and Salt in the buffet line on the set of Family Time before our interview

Me and Salt in the buffet line on the set of Family Time before our interview

Missy Elliott Followed Me on Twitter

I was so excited that the legendary Missy Elliott followed me on Twitter this year.  I was even more excited when she tweeted about missing Whitney Houston (which I do too by the way) using my interview with Whitney.  Now that's dope!  Shout out to my Facebook friend Jimi Whitneylover Te nana who let me know. Facebook is great for a good tag.  Interviewing Missy Elliott in 2016, would be the icing on the cake. Let's claim it, shall we?  So happy Missy graced us with some hot new sounds and a dope new music video this year.  Make sure you cop her new music.  We gotta keep supporting futuristic legends like her.

I Interviewed The Legendary Chaka Khan and her daughter, Indira Khan

I was so honored to interview the legendary Chaka Khan and her daughter Indira Khan at the launch party for 'Daughters of Soul' at Maverick's Flat in Los Angeles.  We talked about motherhood, honesty and Indira playing her iconic mom in the upcoming Miki Howard biopic, which will debut on TV ONE in June 2016.  We also talked about what it was like to grow up as Chaka Khan's daughter. Watch my interview below.

Me, Chaka Khan and Tam

Me, Chaka Khan and Tam

Chaka Khan even posted my interview with her to her Facebook page and thanked Studio Q on Twitter for capturing her playing the drums that night. 

Chaka Khan's Facebook Post

Chaka Khan's Facebook Post

Check out video that we captured of Chaka Khan playing the drums

I Covered The 'Daughters of Soul' Launch Party

I was asked to exclusively cover the launch party for 'Daughters of Soul' at Maverick's Flat in Los Angeles. Founded by singer, Sandra St. Victor (The Family Stand) in 2004, Daughters of Soul include daughters of six soul legends: Lalah Hathaway (Donny Hathaway), Lisa Simone (Nina Simone), Indira Khan (Chaka Khan), Kori Withers (Bill Withers), Syleena Johnson (Syl Johnson) and Sylvette “Phunne” Stone (The Family Stone’s Sly Stone and Cynthia Robinson).  These ladies performed to an intimate crowd and had everyone grooving with a jam session. Click above to watch my interviews with the Daughters of Soul.

I Interviewed Yo Yo at her Private 'Unsung' Screening Event

I was invited to Yo Yo's private screening of her 'Unsung' episode which appeared on TV One.  I interviewed Yo Yo, her mom, grandma, cousins and friends on the red carpet about her amazing career in Hip Hop.  I even periscoped live from the event.  I loved being able to interview one of the legendary west coast women in hip hop.  She's a role model and a legend. 

I Interviewed Paula Jai Parker

I loved that I had the opportunity to interview Paula Jai Parker on the set of Bounce TV's hit sitcom, 'Family Time.'  She was open and shared a lot of wisdom about acting.  We also talked about her TV One reality show, Hollywood Divas, her acting career and the new role she played on 'Family Time.'

I Interviewed Syleena Johnson

I interviewed Syleena Johnson and watched her perform for the first time at the Daughters of Soul launch party at Maverick Flats in LA. This R&B Diva is as cool and down to earth as they come. Watch my one on one with her above. 

I Interviewed Bounce TV's 'Family Time' stars Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell

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I had so much fun interviewing Angell Conwell and Omar Gooding during a set visit on Bounce TV's hit sitcom, 'Family Time.'  Family Time chronicles the lives of the Stallworths, who have recently relocated to the suburbs.  High school sweethearts Tony Stallworth (Omar Gooding), a struggling general contractor, and Lisa Stallworth (Angell Conwell), an energetic stay-at-home mom, lovingly quarrel with each other and their mischievous children, Devin and Ebony, as they make up their own rules for love, marriage, and family along the way.  Family Time comes on every Tuesday on Bounce TV at 9pm/8pm central.  You can watch full episodes of the show here http://www.bouncetv.com/video/. 

Check out my interview with Omar and Angell below. 

I Interviewed TheLegendary Hip Hop Duo Salt N Pepa

I was so honored to get the opportunity to interview legendary hip hop duo, Salt N Pepa on the set of Bounce TV's hit sitcom 'Family Time'.  I also interviewed the cast of 'Family Time' and they were all as excited as I was to be hanging out with Salt N Pepa. The episode they were filming that day was all about the group. Watch the trailer for my interview with Salt N Pepa who were both mad cool by the way.

I Interviewed Kirk Whalum

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I interviewed the amazing saxophonist Kirk Whalum, who has worked with top artists like, Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston.  It’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You."  Check out the trailer for my interview with Kirk, which you can watch exclusively on VHX. Visit StudioQ.vhx.tv to learn more.

I Interviewed The Cast From 'Sweetie Pies' and 'Raising Whitley' at a Press Event at OWN TV

I interviewed the stars of the two top-rated OWN series (Sweetie Pies & Raising Whitley) including Miss Robbie Montgomery, Tim Norman and Kym Whitley.  Watch my live periscope of the press event below and see me ask the cast a question.  

Watch My Periscope Interview with Tim Norman about Sweetie Pies

I Became Obsessed with Periscope and Created "Q's Celebrity Scope," "Q Tips," and "Behind The Interview"

In the summer of 2015, I discovered the periscope app and became obsessed with it.  I wasn't the only one too because it was named the #1 app of the year.  I learned so much from watching other people's broadcast.  It kept me up many nights just watching my phone screen.  My first periscope show was "Q's Celebrity Scope," where I showed all of my red carpet interviews with celebrities.  In 2016, I will bring my shows "Q Tips" and "Behind The Interview" to periscope which will feature my red carpet tips and the stories behind my interviews.  Watch some of my periscopes below by clicking on the picture.

I Co-Hosted a Blab Show with my Bestie and Producer, Tam

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I launched a weekly blab show called "Black Girls Talk" which later evolved into "Studio Q LIVE," and co-hosted it with my producer and bestie, Tam.  Blab is an exciting and new platform in which you can join via live stream video, or simply chat while watching.  It was fun to chat with friends and strangers about pop culture. We did a lot of laughing on blab. Shout  out to everyone who joined us in 2015 on our blab show. 

Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to me on blab by visiting Blab.im/Quencie. To learn more about Blab, visit: Quencie.com/howBlabWorks.  Watch all of our past episodes by clicking the pic below.

Zendaya Shouted Me Out!

How cool was it that the super dope Zendaya shouted me out on video in 2015.  She is only the darling of the fashion world who has her own personalized Barbie doll.  Zendaya has to be one of the best role models that we've seen come out of Disney in awhile.  I think she is a class act and on her way  to being a huge superstar.  Now I have proof she knows me, uh well at least my name, lol.  This video was made possible by her sister Kizzy who is friends with my bestie and producer, Tam. They were co-workers once upon a time and out of nowhere Kizzy surprised me with this video.  Kizzy is such a sweetie. Thanks Kizzy!  Love you, longtime. 

I covered Kiki Shepard's 12th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness

In September I attended the 12th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge to ‘raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease’ hosted by  KiKi Shepard and The K.I.S Foundation.  The event was held at PINZ Entertainment Center in Studio City, CA.  I had a blast doing red carpet interviews with celebrities, Gabrielle Dennis (Rosewood), Rocky Carroll (NCIS), Tonya Banks (Little Women), Dawnn LewisRichard Brooks (Being Mary Jane), Elise Neal (Hollywood Divas), Omar Gooding (Family Time) and Affion Crockett.  Check it out below. 

 RIP Bobbi Kristina

I'm so heartbroken over the passing of Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina in 2015.  I'm praying hard for her family to deal with two such tragic losses.  Before Whitney or her daughter died, I put together a video that celebrated the mother-daughter bond that was so strong between them.  Bobbi Kristina has watched and re-tweeted my video on a few different occasions. It now has almost 2 million views. I pray that Whitney and Bobbi Kristina are reunited in heaven.  You can watch my tribute video below.

T-Shirts & Hoodies Are Now Available

 

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You can now get your Quencie & Studio Q shirts on Quencie.com! Click here http://bit.ly/StudioQStore to start shopping. All shirts come in several colors and sizes, and will arrive in just a few days! 

My Bestie and Producer Became a New Mom and Relaunched Quencie.com

Tam and my Godson, Jayden

Tam and my Godson, Jayden

Shout out to my best friend Tam who became a new mother in the midst of helping me with all things Studio Q.  She adopted this adorable little boy in 2015, who has also became my new Godson.  Even with this amazing life transforming event taking place in her life, Tam has still went above and beyond for Studio Q and I am forever grateful for her.  We all need a team, and Tam is that plus 2.  She relaunched Quencie.com on Squarespace without even knowing what Squarespace was.  Every time I came up with a new way to win she was right there to support me.  She created my media kit, co-hosted the blab show with me and has literally filmed every Studio Q interview I have done since 2012. The only difference now is we have to find a babysitter after we say yes to an event or an interview.  What a difference a year makes!  Thank you Tam for everything you contributed this year along with being a full time mommy! Jayden is already an amazing addition to the Studio Q family. We even taught him the theme song that Tam sings to the Studio Q show. He now randomly sings it in line at grocery stores. Don't believe me? Watch below.

Studio Q show now ya know!

Posted by Studio Q on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I Bought QuencieThomas.com

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I also own QuencieThomas.com which is my full government name.  Please visit and sign up for my Studio Q newsletter.  Be the first to see my celebrity interviews as well as the behind the scenes exclusives with the stars you love! Join us for all the excitement coming in 2016.  Visit me by clicking here http://www.quenciethomas.com/ or on the button below.

Chaka Khan Plays The Drums To Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" [VIDEO]

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Chaka Khan

While attending the "Daughters of Soul" launch party, we got a chance to witness greatness - Chaka Khan getting on the drums and jamming to Stevie Wonder's "I Wish."  What a treat!  

Chaka attended the "Daughters of Soul" event because her daughter, Indira Khan, is a part of the project.  Founded by singer, Sandra St. Victor, Daughters of Soul include daughters of six soul legends: Lalah Hathaway (Donny Hathaway), Lisa Simone (Nina Simone), Indira Khan (Chaka Khan), Kori Withers (Bill Withers), Syleena Johnson (Syl Johnson) and Sylvette “Phunne” Stone (The Family Stone’s Sly Stone and Cynthia Robinson). 

Sandra St. Victor has a PledgeMusic campaign to help with the Daughters of Soul documentary, soundtrack and worldwide tour.  Please support this project and the legacy of Soul Music by clicking here: PledgeMusic 

Check out Chaka Khan grooving on the skins (as she called them) below:


Quencie Interviews Bentley Kyle Evans

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I interviewed Bentley Kyle Evans who is the creator of Family Time.  He has also created Love That Girl, co-created The Jamie Foxx Show and produced the hit series Martin. He was the first African-American TV exec to have sitcoms airing on two networks simultaneously with the creation of "The Jamie Foxx Show" [1996-2001]. Both shows aired over 100 episodes and continue to run in world-wide syndication today.  He even repeated that history with the premiere of "My Crazy Roommate" on Bounce TV and "Love That Girl," on TV One.  He's continuing his history making trend with two shows on Bounce TV right now.  On top of all that he is a super cool down to earth guy. Watch my interview with him about his show 'Family Time' below. 

Quencie Interviews Erika Alexander

Remember Maxine Shaw, Attorney at Law from the hit 90's sitcom Living Single? Well, I do! I love Erika Alexander and the role that she made so iconic. I was elated to get a chance to interview her at Roland Martin's Hollywood Soiree.  We talked all things 'Cosby Show' and 'Living Single.'  Erika also told us about her role in AMC's Low Winter Sun and a comic book that she, her husband, and brother created called Concrete Park.

My Producer Tam and Erika Alexander

My Producer Tam and Erika Alexander

When my producer, Tam spotted Erika in the room no interview mattered but the one with her. I'm a big fan too, but Tam is a Stan. She has been wanting to meet Erika forever. So glad she finally did.  It was also great to experience just how kind Erika was. I always like to mention when someone is kind, because everyone isn't, so when they are, it should be noted.  A little bit of kindness can go such a long way. 

We always appreciate when the people we loved are actually loveable.  As much as we all loved Max on Living Single, Erika Alexander is even cooler!  Watch my interview with Erika below.

Happy Birthday to China Anne McClain!

China Anne McClain with her sisters

China Anne McClain with her sisters

Happy 17th Birthday to China Anne McClain who is an actress and singer that became known for playing Jazmine on Tyler Perry's House of Payne. She released the Billboard Hot 100 song "Calling All the Monsters" and received the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance for her role in Disney's A.N.T. Farm. She also plays the lead character, Gabby Harrison, in the 2014 Disney TV movie How to Build a Better Boy. I got a chance to ask China how it felt be nominated for a NAACP Image award before she actually won. Watch below.