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

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!

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.

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.

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 

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.

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:

Vanessa Bell Calloway's

60th Birthday Party

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) 

Vivica A. Fox and Vanessa Bell Calloway

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:

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.

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. 

"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.

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.  

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Breaking The Silence Awards

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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.

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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.

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.  

Tam and Quencie - Dem Studio Q Girls

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!

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. 

Quencie Interviews Isaac Singleton Jr.

I interviewed Isaac Singleton Jr. at the Celebrity Connected event honoring the Academy Awards. We talked about Oscar nominated movies and his Marvel voice over super hero roles.  He also shares advice about getting into the business. Check out our conversation below.  

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Quencie Interviews Serena Laurel

I interviewed singer/songwriter Serena Laurel at the Celebrity Connected event honoring the Academy Awards.  We talked about Casey Affleck's Oscar winning role in the movie 'Manchester of the Sea.'  Check out our conversation below. 

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Quencie Interviews Donnell Turner

I interviewed Donnell Turner at the Celebrity Connected event honoring The Academy Awards. You can catch him daily on one of the longest running soap operas on TV, General Hospital.  He talked about how he got his role on the show, Oscar movies and shared some amazing advice for those of you who want to step into the acting world.  Check out our conversation below.  

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Quencie Interviews Cooper Andrews

It was great to interview Cooper Andrews at the Celebrity Connected event honoring The Academy Awards.  You may recognize him from The Walking Dead and Halt and Catch Fire on AMC.  We talked about his favorite Oscar nominated movies and his upcoming role in Den of Thieves alongside with 50 cent. Check out our conversation below. 

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Quencie Interviews Shanica Knowles

I interviewed Shanica Knowles at the Celebrity Connected event honoring the Academy Awards. We talked about her role in Surviving Compton and her favorite Oscar nominated film Lala Land.  Shanica also shares advice for people who have dreams of becoming and actor/singer like she is. Watch our conversation below. 

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Quencie Interviews Raquel Pomplun

I interviewed Raquel Pomplun at the celebrity connected gifting suite right before the 2017 Academy Awards. We talked about Raquel's upcoming projects and favorite Oscar nominated movies. Check out what Raquel said about Manchester by The Sea and Oscar winning actor Casey Affleck. Watch below. 

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The Best of Quencie in 2016 - A Year in Review

I cannot believe 2017 is upon us.  This year literally seemed to fly by.  2016 was full of unbelievable surprises and devastating heartbreak, from Hillary Clinton losing the election to having to say goodbye to icons like Prince, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds who passed away this year.  In the words of Charles Dickens' novel, A Tale of Two Cities, "It was the best of times, It was the worst of times."

Before we ring in the new year, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on what has been an incredible year for Studio Q.  I'm proud of how we've evolved this past year.  If this is your first time visiting Quencie.com, allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Quencie and I am the founder and host of Studio Q, which is an online show where I interview the stars you love! You can subscribe to my YouTube channel or my VHX channel to watch some of the great conversations I've had with some of your favorite celebrities.  

If you already know me and have ever taken the time to watch one of my celebrity interviews, re-tweeted any of my content, added me on snapchat or shared 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 2017.  Scroll down and take a quick look back at a few of my wins in 2016.  Happy New Year!  I'm wishing you nothing but love, good health and happiness in 2017!

How You Can Rock The Red Carpet eBook

Tam and I co-wrote an eBook together sharing our tips and tricks on 'How You Can Rock The Red Carpet' when covering Hollywood events.  For those of you who don't know Tam is, she is my best friend and Studio Q producer.  We've both made so many mistakes that we thought we could maybe spare you a few.  If you sign up for our Studio Q newsletter, you can download it for FREE. This eBook serves up as number two on my top Studio Q moments of 2016.

Mr. Church Premiere

This year I received the distinct honor of interviewing comedian legend Eddie Murphy on the red carpet at his movie premiere for Mr. Church.  As you can see from the pictures above I was beyond excited.  Who didn't grow up with Eddie Murphy making them laugh.  It was the first time I ever interviewed him or Arsenio Hall, which was a double treat.  Watch my red carpet interviews below.

The Screen Actor's Guild Awards

2016 was the the first year Studio Q ever covered the Screen Actor's Guild Awards.  It was an interesting experience.  The red carpet was enormous.  There were so many stars and media outlets there that it would make your head spin.  Tam and I were more interested in taking in the sites than getting interviews, which turned out to be a good thing, because most of the celebrities never stopped to talk.  They either walked by quickly with their heads down trying to avoid you or waved bye like they were in a parade on top of a float.  There were a few stars that would stop and  talk here and there, but for the most part they kept it moving.  It did feel like there were a million media outlets vying for interviews, but thank God we weren't one of them.  We just watched in awe at how rude or kind someone was. It was like reality TV. 

Now to be fair,  I'm sure most celebrities spoke to big outlets like Entertainment Tonight, E! or Extra! but for everybody else it was a crap shoot.

I also got to hang out in the press room after the stars won their SAG award. So overall, it was a great experience! Check out our photos above and our coverage below. 

Loretta Devine Interview

Loretta Devine is one of my favorite actresses, so quite naturally I am always thrilled when I have an opportunity to interview her.  I have never had a sit down conversation with her yet, but I have been fortunate enough to interview her a few times on the red carpet.  This year after I interviewed Loretta Devine at the NAACP Nominees' luncheon she looked at me and said, "You're such a great interviewer!"  Um, did I hear her correctly?  Did Loretta Devine just give me this kind of love on the red carpet?! She did! She did!

I can think all day long that I'm the greatest interviewer of all time, but that doesn't mean anyone else agrees with me.  The reason I am always grateful for compliments such as this is because I really work hard at my craft.  I do admit that I am a natural when it comes to connecting with people, but I work extra hard at taking it to the next level when I'm interviewing them.  I do my homework.  So, when they notice and compliment me like Loretta Devine did, oh yes people, it's a big deal for me.  Celebrities are interviewed all the time for every project that they do. So, it's awesome to get love like that and on the red carpet too.  There is never enough time to interview stars on the red carpet the way I like to do interviews so, to make a connection, where I get a compliment like that is priceless.  Thanks Loretta Devine!  I hope to do a sit down interview with her in 2017.   You can check out the love she gave me below.

Sheryl Underwood Interview

I love interviewing Sheryl Underwood who co-stars on the Emmy award winning talk show, 'The Talk'.  She is funny, smart and a bunch of fun to talk to.  Usually, after I interview a celebrity I ask them if they will do a drop for Studio Q.  A Studio Q drop is when they hold the mic, look into the camera and say, "My name is Sheryl Underwood and you're watching Studio Q."  But when I gave Sheryl Underwood the mic she said so much more.  I was in shock.  You would have thought we were friends or that I slipped her a $20.  But neither is true.  I've only interviewed Sheryl Underwood one other time before this so it was quite a wonderful surprise.  First Loretta Devine with the compliment, then this.  Press play and feel the love. Thanks Sheryl Underwood!

The 47th Annual Image Awards Luncheon

Studio Q attended the 47th NAACP Image Awards Nominees' Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.  We've attended a few times before and it's always a lot of fun.  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.  Watch my Studio Q coverage below:

The Black-ish Kids

It was such a highlight this year for me to talk to the smart, adorable, fun kids from ABC's hit show Black-ish at The NAACP Image Awards luncheon.  Even though I don't know the creator of the show Kenya Barris I am super proud that we graduated from the same college, Clark Atlanta University.  It makes me love the show just a little bit more. Check out my Studio Q interviews with these pint sized stars below.

Oscar So White Controversy

A major trending topic during the time we covered the 47th NAACP Image Awards Nominees' Luncheon in Beverly Hills, CA was about the lack of diversity at the Oscars.  The hashtag #oscarsowhite was currently trending on Twitter and I got a chance to ask singer, Tyrese, actress, Loretta Devine, and actor, Joe Morton about how they felt.  At the time people were calling for Chris Rock to step down as host.  "Why boycott Chris Rock?" says Joe Morton right off the bat. However, Tyrese felt the complete opposite.  This was a highlight for me this year because I love the fact that just by asking these stars a question, I was participating in a national conversation that was going on about race, diversity and Hollywood.  It's one of the many reason why I love my job.  Pure awesomeness.  Watch below.

Queen of Katwe

I was invited to a special screening of Disney's Queen of Katwe and it was a highlight this year because I was so moved by this movie.  There were so many great performances from Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.  This definitely should be on your watch list as well as a new Disney classic.  I got a chance to speak with a few others who came out to the screening including, Kat Tat from VH1's Black Ink Chicago and Edwina Findley of Tyler Perry's 'If Loving You Was Wrong' featured on OWN.  Edwina also hosted the screening. Check out my chats with both ladies below.

Celebrity Connected Luxury Gifting Suite - The Emmy Awards and The American Music Awards

This was the first year Studio Q attended the Celebrity Connected Luxury Gifting Suite at the W Hotel.  The event honored The Emmy Awards and The American Music Awards with celebrities, bloggers and athletes.  What are Celebrity Gifting Suites? Gift Suites provide exposure to products or businesses to celebrities.  The day before an awards show, the invited celebrities visit the Celebrity Connected event.  They are each provided with their own personal guide to escort them to various booths which display businesses products.  As each celebrity comes by, they are given gifts and the businesses take photos or videos with them for product endorsements.  

It's so crazy that the main people who don't need free gifts always get them.  The cool thing about this event was that the media also gets those same gifts.  I even shared some of my free goodies with someone who watched along as I live streamed the event.  Check out all the fun I had with stars like Jackee' Harry, Derek Rose, Essence Atkins and more at the event and on the red carpet.  Watch below.

'Almost Christmas' 

Right before Thanksgiving I went to support the movie 'Almost Christmas' with my best friend Tam and Godson, Jayden.  As soon as we walked into the theater we saw the director and writer of the film, David E. Talbert and Omar Epps, who co-stars in the movie.  Only in LA can you run into the stars of the film while you're going to see the film!   I would say this happens everywhere, but not so.  This never happened in my midwestern hometown of Springfield, IL.  They were all pretty friendly and even agreed to do a future Studio Q interview.  People always ask me how I get interviews, this is one of the many different ways how.  Whenever I find myself in a unique situation like this, I open my mouth and ask for what I want.  As the old saying goes, A closed mouth don't get fed. Check out the photo below. Jayden has no idea who these people are. Lol! 

Eddie Levert (The O'Jays), Bryce Wilson (Groove Theory) and Miki Howard Interviews

I had the pleasure of doing sit down interviews this year with the legendary Eddie Levert, Groove Theory's Bryce Wilson and Miki Howard who had her life story premiere on TV One this year.  I like doing red carpet interviews but it's the one on one interviews that give me life.  It's the reason why I created Studio Q.  Eddie Levert was my very first Skype interview and even though I wasn't in the room with him like I was with Miki or Bryce it felt like I was.  He was a bunch of fun. It's nothing like interviewing legends.  They have so much to talk about and so much wisdom to share.  My goal in every interview is to show another side of the celebrity you love so that you can connect with them in an even more authentic way.  We are so much more alike than we are different - real talk.  In 2017,  I look forward to doing even more sit down interviews and having them all be sponsored reaching massive audiences like never before.  Oh yeah people, I got big dreams!  To check out all of my exclusive interviews subscribe to my  VHX channel by clicking on the button below. For $5 a month you can have access to all of my exclusive Studio Q content, but if you're reading this right now I will send you every one of my exclusive interviews for free. Just email me at Studioqtv@gmail.com and mention that you saw the offer from this New Year's Eve post. 

Gerald Albright Interview

Skype interview with Gerald Albright

Skype interview with Gerald Albright

I had a great time Skype interviewing jazz great, Gerald Albright.  We talked abut his illustrious career which spans over three decades.  Gerald has worked with Whitney Houston for a number of years so, you know I was super excited to hear him talk about his time with her.  I loved this guy's spirit and his new album, G , which is the perfect CD to listen to as we slide into 2017.  Check out our conversation below and buy his album on his website, geraldalbright.com. You won't be disappointed. 

Premiered 'For The Love of Whitney' Documentary on YouTube

I premiered our 'For The Love of Whitney' documentary on Whitney Houston's birthday this year. Tam and I created the documentary back in 2013 and we finally shared it with the world.  You can now watch it on our YouTube channel or by clicking below. Thank you to everyone who supported our Kickstarter campaign back then to even make this tribute to Whitney. I am so proud that this exists for her.  If you are a real Whitney fan you will really appreciate watching it.  So far, it's the best thing you never saw about Whitney.   But you can change that by pressing play below.  

I created a Facebook page back in 2013 to support our For the Love of Whitney documentary.  It was a great way to keep everyone in the loop of all that we were doing.  Even though the main purpose of the page was to promote the documentary I would also post Whitney pictures and videos to help keep her legacy alive.  I grew a small tribe of Whitney fan supporters in those three years but it wasn't until this past June that the page climbed to 10,000 likes on Facebook.  I was pretty excited that I was able to grow the page to that many people who loved Whitney even after the documentary had long been completed.  I have know idea what happened over the summer but in just 6 short months the page grew from 10k to over 50k. I am stunned but happy that fans have supported the page. I never intended to keep the page going past the documentary but I'm so glad I did.  Recently, I recruited some Whitney fans to help keep the page growing in 2017. A big thank you to fellow Whitney fans, Devron Ford, Doc Reich and Benja Diaaz who now post for me on a regular basis.   The only Whitney page that has more fans than we do is Whitney's official one with 14 million fans. Pretty awesome for someone who had no idea what she was doing.   If you're a Whitney fan visit and like our page  For The Love of Whitney on Facebook. 

Honoring The Emmys with Celebrity Connected

Over the weekend I attended the Celebrity Connected Luxury Gifting Suite at the W Hotel honoring the Emmy Awards with celebrities, bloggers and athletes.  What are Celebrity Gift Suites? Gift Suites provide exposure to products or businesses to celebrities.  The day before the awards show, the invited celebrities visit the Celebrity Connected event. They are each provided with their own personal guide to escort them to various booths which display businesses products. As each celebrity comes by, they are given gifts and the businesses take photos or videos with them for product endorsements.  Check out all the fun I on the red carpet with some of the stars that attended below. 

Skylan Brooks from The Get Down

Skylan Brooks from The Get Down

Me with the couple from the movie The PurgeS

Me with the couple from the movie The PurgeS

me with Jalen Rose

me with Jalen Rose