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 

 

 

 

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 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

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.

LaRon and Lahmard Tate - Tate Entertainment

LaRon and Lahmard Tate - Tate Entertainment

Nisan Stewart - Musician

Nisan Stewart - Musician

Syleena Johnson in New TV One Talk Show, “Sister Circle”

Congratulations to singer Syleena Johnson who can now add Talk Show Host to her resume. According to TheJasminebrand, TV One is the latest network to hop into the talk show space, launching a new daily roundtable talk show called ‘Sister Circle’. Launching on September 11th, the show feature a panel of four women — Quad Webb-Lunceford (“Married To Medicine”), singer Syleena Johnson, sports reporter Rashan Ali, and standup comedian Kiana Dancie— discussing a range of lifestyle and relationship issues as well as topical subjects. The foursome will be joined by DJ Q (aka Funky Dineva, who also owns a entertainment blog), who will spin records and add a male perspective to the conversation.

Courtesy of @MsFunykDineva Instagram 

Courtesy of @MsFunykDineva Instagram 

Daytime TV vet Helen Swenson has been tapped as showrunner. The hourlong show will also blend in celebrity guests and expert commentary. It will air live in East Coast markets at 9 a.m. ET, originating from Tegna’s Atlanta outlet, NBC affiliate WXIA-TV. Tegna plans to launch the show on 12 of its 46 stations. The company is not looking to expand the show’s lineup outside those stations. Instead, the focus is on fine-tuning the show during its first season on the limited Tegna footprint and TV One, in the hopes of developing a stronger series to offer in syndication in year two.  

Check out my Studio Q interview with Syleena Johnson at the Daughters of Soul Launch party below. 

Quencie Interviews Kyanna Simone Simpson Who Played Oprah Winfrey's Younger Character in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on HBO

Today, 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. 

Opening Night of #TheBodyguardTheMusical at The Hollywood #Pantages Theater [VIDEO]

Last night, Tam and I (Studio Q) 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.  

Judson Mills and Deborah cox

Judson Mills and Deborah cox

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 Time, I 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 is a MUST-SEE! If you love the film, The Bodyguard then you are going to like how they adapted it to the stage. If you love and appreciate musical theater and amazing singing - this is a MUST-SEE! 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. 

Quencie (Host, Studio Q) and Tam (Producer, Studio Q)

Quencie (Host, Studio Q) and Tam (Producer, Studio Q)

Tam and I had a great time at the show and on the red carpet. The long list of stars who came out to see Deborah Cox in THE BODYGUARD include: Angela Bassett, Courntey B. Vance, Margaret Cho, Bill Bellamy, Mary Mary (Erica and Tina Campbell), Erica Ash, Loni Love, Loretta Devine, Yvette Lee Bowser, Kym Whitley, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Dawnn Lewis, Michael Costello who designed her red carpet gown, plus many more. Scroll down and check out my interview with Deborah Cox and some of the celebrities who attended the event. Add me on snapchat (StudioQTV) to see footage from the whole night!  

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Erica Ash

Erica Ash

Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine

Photo courtesy of Yvette Nicole Brown Instagram 

Photo courtesy of Yvette Nicole Brown Instagram 

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 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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Quencie Interviews Michelle Williams

I loved interviewing one third of Destiny's Child at the Merge Summit.  Michelle Williams was full of love and light at the event.  One day I hope to sit down with her.  She always seems to have good positive energy.  Check out our quick red carpet conversation below.

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Maronzio Vance says Aaron McGruder Never Gave Him Credit for Work on 'The Boondocks'

I interviewed Maronzio Vance of TV Land's 'Lopez" show and among the many things we discussed his love of comic books and animation was right at the top of the list.  In my research for our interview I discovered that he had worked on the popular show "The Boondocks" which was created by Aaron McGruder.  Watch Maronzio talk about how he worked on the show but never received credit. 

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Maronzio Vance Talks About Being Homeless and Carless in LA

One of the main reasons I love interviewing people is that you have the opportunity to be inspired by their backstory. No one just arrived at the top. We all have ups and downs on the way to any dream or goal.  In my interview with comedian Maronzio Vance of TV Land's show "Lopez" he revealed that he was homeless and carless for a time in LA. You cannot help but be motivated to stay on your grind after hearing Maronzio's story.  He let nothing stop him from staying on his path.  If this doesn't inspire you to stay on your hustle I don't know what will.  Watch below. 

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Quencie Interviews Michael Jai White

I interviewed Michael Jai White on the red carpet at the NAACP Theater awards and since his show For Better or Worse was on OWN I had to ask him about Oprah Winfrey. Check out what he said about Oprah. Watch below. 

Quencie Interviews Ebony Steele

I interviewed Ebony Steele on the red carpet of Tammi Mac's one woman show in Los Angeles.  You may remember Ebony as one of the former hosts of Dish Nation with the Rickey Smiley crew.  She was hilarious on there.  Check out our conversation below. 

Quencie Interviews Lelah Rochon

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I was excited to get a chance to interview Lelah Rochon on the red carpet. I loved her roles in 'Waiting to Exhale' 'Boomerang' and 'Harlem Nights.' Check out our conversation at Holly Robinson Peete's birthday party. Watch below. 

What Tony Rock Would Tell His Younger Self

I interviewed Tony Rock recently and asked him what advice he would give his younger self about the world of comedy.  Press play and find out his answer, It may just serve as some Monday motivation for yourself.  Watch below.

Tony Rock Talks 'The Game of Dating' on TV ONE [VIDEO]

I interviewed the always funny Tony Rock who is a comedian, actor and new host of TV ONE's "The Game of Dating.'  This network original primetime series takes a voyeuristic look at real-life dating while teams watch, react and compete to win cash prizes.  "It is a hilarious, jam-packed series filled with comedy, huge reveals and excellent play along," said Brad Siegel, President of TV One. "With expert comic timing, Tony Rock entertainingly navigates the audience and our contestants through two dates - each one as unpredictable and funny as the last. It's the only game show where dating pays off!"

'The Game of Dating' begins each hour-long episode with three teams of friends and/or family who watch real dates in a "hidden camera" style from the comfort of their homes. Throughout the show, the teams, as well as Rock, will offer their funny and uncensored commentary. The couples could be on an awkward first date, enjoying a new relationship, or they could be an existing couple with history just trying to keep the magic going. The competing teams watch the dates and do their best to figure out the daters' stories and next moves in order to score cash.  TV ONE's redefines the dating and game show genres by offering viewers provocative, sexy and hysterical new takes on classic dating show scenarios.  

Check out my interview with Tony Rock below and make sure you tune in and watch the one-hour series premiere on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. 

 

 

Quencie Interviews Tonya Banks of Little Women LA

I interviewed Tonya Banks of Lifetime's Little Women LA at the T-Boz Unplugged event held at the Avalon in Hollywood. If you have never watched Little Women LA just think of Tonya as the NeNe of the group.  She's the fabulous one that keeps it real and 100. Watch our interview below and find out what Hollywood legend is obsessed with her show.