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11

Sep

I Think I’m in Love With My Radio…

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I am extremely proud to announce that the#YataYataYata brand has expanded to RADIO. I am now a member of the Hot 96.3 family! “The YataYataYata Report” is a celebrity gossip run-down, hosted by me, and featured everyday from 6-10PM on 96.3 FM. I am SUPER excited about this opportunity to grow & hone my craft, and hope you all will tune in & join me! Smart phone users, make sure you download the Hot 96.3 mobile app. This is just the beginning of my journey! :)

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                I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

                                              Phillipians 4:13

05

Feb

"So Just Chill ‘Til The Next Episode": My Farewell to Tumblr.

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Hello, again, all of my wonderful readers, family, friends, stans, and stalkers! :) I know, I know. It’s been a while & I’ve missed you terribly. I took a much needed hiatus from YataYataYata to reflect and re-route my path to success and fulfillment. I appreciate all of the love and support Tumblr users and blog readers have given me. You have no idea. This platform has given me the opportunity to create my own lane, experiment, and express myself more freely than ever. But guess what? Your favorite blog is back, bigger than ever, and moving to a moving to a deluxe apartment in the skies, honey! The new site will be everything you’ve loved about YataYataYata the Tumblr for the past year and some change - just tweaked, twerked, cleaned up, and maybe even a liiiitttlle bit turnt up! ;) But before I pack my bags, there are a few “little people” I’d like to stand on my soapbox and thank:

First, I’d like to say thank you to John & Sheila, my good ‘ol parents, for  being able to reproduce, creating what is arguably the best thing that ever happened to them, and giving me the love and push (or occasional SHOVE haha) I need to succeed. Thank you to both Granny Shirley & Mary, my brother Quincy and his wife Lorri, and the entire McMichel/Crenshaw/Mack/Dickerson/Mayes family for the constant support. RIP Uncle Donald, Grand-Daddy, Uncle Charles, Josh, and the rest of my fallen angels.

Thank you with ALL of my heart to Beyoncé (my hero), Wendy Williams, Oprah, Angie Martinez, Tyra Banks, Miss Honey B, Ricki Lake, Necole Bitchie, Demetria Lucas, Angel Laws, and Natasha Eubanks for the Atlantic Ocean-sized inspiration you’ve been for me, both professionally and personally. You’ve paved the way for me and set the tone for the damage I know I’m capable of doing to this industry :) I am absolutely NOTHING without you ladies. Thank you!

Thank you to IPS School #114, Shortridge Middle School, Broad Ripple High School, and Clark Atlanta University for molding me and allowing me to grow. Thank you IUPUI and IU School of Journalism for welcoming me with open arms.

This section of people is verrrry special. Bear hugs and wet ( #pause ) kisses are due to my peers (brace yourself) Nia, Shea, Kenya, Cami, Keierica, Ty, KK, Monique, Mercedes, Brittany, Miss Tonya, two different Jasmines, Jameel, Ryan, Suavie, Kiyonna, Jordan, Chase & Juego of #9BMC, Siergio, Darius, Christian, Jacoby, Chasidi, Sheldon, Damen, Morgan, and Kelli. You guys have all inspired, encouraged, and been riders for YataYataYata since the beginning. I appreciate that more than you will ever understand. The support from you all has, at times, kept me from quitting. I also want to send a special RIP to GiGi. She had big dreams and I want to live out mine in her honor.

Thank you to my LIFEline - Courtney, Mariah, Simone, Elon, and Donald for being my true and dearest friends, my family, and my backbone. You’re STUCK with me! :)

Thank you to the guys who have put smiles and smirks on my face, a perk in my step (mmhmm), and heartache in my heart. Three in particular have been the inspiration behind my best work – The Diary Series – and have garnered the most traffic on my site. Thank you for respecting my art, and not killing me for the exploitation! LOL! Sorry? ;)

Edgar and Devon – I OWE YOU. This is a HUGE step in my life, and without your expertise, none of it would be possible. If I haven’t told you 20 billion zillion times already, gracias, thank you, alllllladat!

Lastly, but certainly not least, thank you to EVERYONE. If you feel like I skipped you or forgot you, charge it to my head and not my heart.

I’m proud to announce that yatayatayatatheblog.com will launch SOON. Peace and love.

03

Nov

YataYataYata’s Diary, Entry 6: Call Me Crazy

"Some people they call me crazy for falling in love with you…" Ha. Damn that Alicia Keys. What she fails to realize while she croaked that beautiful line out of my iTunes is that I’m very familiar with that. In fact, the person I fell in love with (or lust or infatuation or whatever the hell it is) was the one who called me that….if this is what’s going to happen every time I allow myself to open up and “have a good heart,” I’d rather just stay away from the opposite sex all together….no, this isn’t my declaration of lesbianism, by the way.

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07

Oct

Trey Songz Loves Wet Women! o_O

Trey Songz is no stranger to being..uhh..moist with the ladies, or beng sexy for that matter. “Dive In” just might be the most grown and sexy video he’s ever made. And if he hasn’t gotten used to the R. Kelly comparisons yet, the dramatic set up of “Dive In” as well as its subtle, sexual content definitely won’t help.

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03

Oct

Solange Shines in Her New Video

Off-beat, old school head and shoulder bopping, an African township-esque neighborhood, colorful pantsuits, box braids, and big hair. Simplistic, yet oh-so funky - Solange. She’s so left-field that she practically sticks out like a sore thumb among her peers. The simplistic visuals perfectly accompany the lyrics, which

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27

Sep

To Judge Chris Brown, or Not to Judge Chris Brown - That is the Question!

Riveting videos and beautifully written songs like “Don’t Judge Me” are the sole reasons we love and respect Chris Brown in the first place. His rare and special artistry is probably why many fans like myself are still on-board the #TeamBreezy train. But it’s getting awfully hard not to judge him when he continually does things to make naysayers make a mockery of him. 

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24

Sep

Frank Ocean Knows His Colors.

"This life goes on man, that’s one thing about it…"

If there’s anything we know about Frank Ocean it’s that he knows his colors and he knows his lyrics. Frank just dropped a free treat on his official Tumblr page called “Blue Whale,” and this time he’s spittin’! AND it’s dope! Don’t rush your little ignorant mouth to say that he’s a rapper, or he’s taking the Drake route either. 

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23

Sep

Juicy J Always Covers All of the Basic Bases

Basic man. Basic lyrics. Basic hook. Basic video. It only makes sense, right? Although, I must say I’m semi-impressed with Juicy J’s “Bandz A Make Her Dance” video for a few different reasons: 

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16

Sep

All Frank Ocean Wants for His Birthday is a Decent Stripper

My baby boo is making noise again! In typical Frank Ocean fashion, he made an appearance on a monumental prime-time television show and dropped some work off for fiending fans (this time it was SNL; last time it was Jimmy Fallon).

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12

Sep

Ariane Sipped Some Champagne & Spilled the Tea on “The Breakfast Club”

I love, Love, LOVE this interview that The Breakfast Club did with Ariane from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. I think she is the FIRST guest to completely divide and conquer Charlamagne! It was brilliant! Honey, Ariane must have said to herself “VH1 only wanna show me rubbin’ MiMi’s back! I’m bout to go to New York & give them the tea!” Because they only show her when MiMi wants to talk about “Steebie,” it never even crossed my mind to think twice about what Ariane does for a living, her relationships, and definitely not her sexuality! o_O

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