You ever wonder what life would be like working in “the industry” for a week?
For the first time ever I’m giving a “peek” into what my life was like for an ENTIRE WEEK:
This does not include cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, working out,
OR being a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and mentor. You Ready? Let’s GO!
WAKE UP: 3:30AM
*NOTE TO SELF: MAKE SURE you have EVERYTHING you need in your overnight back.
GUEST for radio show:
Lance was GREAT&HUNGOVER! (That’s why he’s wearing shades.) Terrence J’s birthday party was the night before.
He came by to promote “TEMPTATION” (A Tyler Perry film) but after chatting with him, it was surprising to find out that he takes care
of his parents because as he put it, “they did so much for me.” FYI…He was already fine, but THAT made him finer!
I was waiting to ask him about his “fineness,” but then Sway goes, “Yo man…Girls go CRAZY over you!” “And ALL they talk about is how GOOD your skin looks…WHAT”S your secret?”
My heart broke into a 1000 pieces when Lance said…”MAGIC SHAVE.”
Now white people I LOVE Yall, but this ain’t for you. Black folks….Ya’ll remember Magic Shave??? In that black&gold can?
OMGosh…It was the FUNKIEST thang in the world! I HATED when my dad would open up that can, mix that powder with water, and proceed to sing in the mirror while shaving his face a BUTTER KNIFE!. P.U!
Luckily, Beautiful, chocolate, Lance PROMISED me that “MAGIC SHAVE” is now “new&improved” and it “smells great.” He also said, “You don’t even have to mix anything: You just leave the cream on your face for a few minutes and the hair is gone.” NICE!
Since Lance was there to promote his film, I didn’t want him to leave without giving him props (ON AIR) for his work in “TEMPTATION.” He received my compliments wee and I even broke down the movie without giving away the “clincher” to the listeners. Lance was LOVING me, I had him captured, then BLABBER MOUTH Sway says, “Heather…tell Lance what theater you saw the movie in.” Lance looked at me, smiling with all those PRETTY white teeth, THEN! HIS HEART broke into a 1000 tiny pieces when I said…”On bootleg at my house.” HAHA! *Sway is HORRIBLE!
SHOW ENDS AT 12:00 pm
NEXT STOP>>> WASHINGTON D.C. on a 4pm AMTRAK TRAIN
ARRIVE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. at 7:25pm
HOTEL: HILTON GARDEN INN
EVENT: LIVE BROADCAST at SiriusXM DC on TUESDAY 8:OOAM
I’d never been to the SiriusXM facility in D.C. so I was excited about the trip. I also decided to make a bottle of my infamous HIBISCUS&ORANGE “tea” so my 3 and a half hour train ride can be even “smoother.” The hotel (The Hilton Garden Inn) was really nice&I would recommend the restaurant inside as well “Todd Gray’s Watershed.” The (horseradish) mashed potatoes were PERFECTION!
Went to bed @ 1AM
WAKE UP: 7:15AM
CALL TIME at SIRIUSXM Studio: 8:00AM
NOTE TO SELF: When you have to be up at 6AM and you’re sleeping in an unfamiliar bed…GET A WAKE UP CALL!
AND about 10 local artists from the DMV (DC, Maryland&Virgina) Area!
I was cranky. (I missed MY BED.) Late. (Late for me…I prefer to get to work ATLEAST an HOUR EARLY.) And in all type of EVIL Scorpio mood when I got to the studio, but I must say the folks at SiriusXM-DC, all the people from that area changed my attitude within minutes!
ALL of the artists, (including the up&coming) were so supportive of one another that it was INSPIRING. I got a chance to meet LOS, (he’s signed to BAD BOY&he also writes for Puffy.) He’s FREESTYLE game is UNBELIEVABLE…and ironically, later on in the week, we would find out WHO was listening to him freestyle that morning: And instantly became a fan of his.
I got a chance to meet Raheem Devaughn. I always liked Raheem, but I kinda felt like he NEVER got his full props. I’m not sure WHY that is, but I was glad I got a chance to talk to him because he’s extremely personable$really funny. FYI> He referes to himself as “a king” and kept telling the female callers to “feel thyself.” He’s crazy!
I also got a chance to meet DJ KOOL!!! DJ KOOL made that song, “LET ME CLEAR MY THROAT!” His resume is too long to list, but put it like this…He is a LEGEND. It was an honor to finally meet him&he dam near brought me to tears when he told both Sway&I that he’s PROUD of the work we’re doing.
SHOW ENDS AT 12:00PM
NEXT STOP>>>>NYC TRAIN LEAVES AT 2:00PM
ARRIVE IN NYC @ 5:21PM
Note to self: Find out from the conductor if the train stops in NEWARK.
Ahhh…YES! NEWARK AIRPORT
TEXT FROM SWAY AT 5:35AM>>> “GREAT JOB YESTERDAY!” “Flying back to DC for an MTV event w/Mark Walberg.” “I WON’T BE IN…HOLD IT DOWN!”
NOTE TO SELF: I wish I could take off today.
NONE…But the show MUST GO ON from 8AM to 12PM!
After the show MY INTINERARY is as followed:
*Physical w/doctor @ 1pm Jersey City, NJ
*Hair appt. @ 3pm Clifton, NJ
*Phone Interview w/producers of THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW @ 4pm
*Decide on final outfit for THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW
Went to bed @ 2AM
ALARM went off @ 4AM (Told the clock I needed 15 more minutes)
WAKE UP TIME: 6:15 AM!!! (I’m usually @ WORK by 7AM for 8AM)
NOTE TO SELF: Dear GOD, PLEASE get me through THIS DAY.
GEORGE ST. PIERRE: 9:00AM
SNOOP DOGG: 10:AM
ANTHONY MACKIE: 11:30
NOTE TO SELF: Remind Sway that you have to leave early today (@ 11:50AM) Taping “The WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW” @ 1PM.
By the GRACE OF GOD I made it to work at 7:45AM and luckily, the only person I needed to prep for was George St. Pierre: He’s a UFC fighter, that I knew NOTHING about. Somehow though, he was late coming from another show so he had to cancel with us…and ALL I could say was “WORD!”
Snoop however, would be 45 minutes late…and THAT was a plan changer. How IRONIC he would arrive&walk in while we were interviewing his idols….CHEECH&CHONG. It was the 1st TIME EVER they have all been in the same room. You would think Snoop would of been the one buggin, BUT it was CHEECH who said “I’M STAR STRUCK! I NEVER ask for pictures, but I WANT A PICTURE with SNOOP!” We made HISTORY interviewing them all at once; Although 90% of that conversation was about weed. LOL!
One would think that after history was made, it couldn’t possibly get any better; But then Snoop stayed for a solo interview and revealed the last time he saw Tupac&Biggie alive.
He said “Biggie was my friend.” “I loved Big&Pac, but Pac didn’t understand me being cool with Big&Puff.”
“The last time I saw Biggie was in the studio when he played me the song (“Somebody’s Gotta Die”) where he said…”I wanna sell records like Snoop, Oops!”
“The last time I saw ‘Pac he was laying on his death bed.” “And THAT wasn’t cool because we weren’t speaking.” “We actually flew out to Vegas together on a private plane and I went to sleep on the plane with a knife&fork in my hand…just in case him&his boys tried to come at me.”
Sway asked Snoop does he have ANY advice for some of these rappers that’s out here beefing now and Snoop was QUICK to say…”LIFE IS TOO SHORT.” “WE NEED TO HEAL.” “NOT TEAR EACH OTHER APART.”
I told myself that when the interview was over, I was gonna tell Snoop…”You healed ALOT of people today with your truth,” but before I could say it…he had something to say to ME:
As Sway was wishing him well&asking him to come back to the show again, Snoop says…”Sway. I just got 1 FAVOR to ask.” ”
Can I PLEASE get a freestyle from HEATHER B?” “It’s ALWAYS been a DREAM of mine!”
Wait a second??? SNOOP wants to hear me freestyle? WHAT???!!! So, I said…I’ll freestyle IF he would freestyle with me. Then, I asked DJ Wonder to “throw on a beat” And the rest is…HISTORY. I freestyled w/Snoop! I told him “he healed alot of people.” It was SURREAL.
It was also almost 11:50 and I had to GO, (MY CALL TIME for WENDY WILLIAMS was 1PM) but Anthony Mackie was standing there (which was CREEPY because he played TUPAC in the “NOTORIOUS” moive) and we STILL had to interview him.
He came by to promote his new film, “PAIN&GAIN” but the show HAD TO end at 12. Normally, we would go in to “overtime” but we couldn’t because:
*Sway also had his ANNUAL advertisers meeting with VIACOM that afternoon.
*I had to go to taping.
We only spent 10 minutes with Anthony, which wasn’t fair…but we had NO IDEA the Snoop interview would happen THAT way OR that we both had something to do right after the show.
My adrenaline was so high that I couldn’t even think straight. I needed to get into the executives bathroom at work (where they have a shower&everything) so I could get ready for the taping. My mother was texting me off the hook (because she was meeting me at Wendy’s studio) AND I was starving, but didn’t want to eat because I didn’t want to have a “pooch” on tv.
So IMAGINE, you’ve been up since 6:15 AM…you meet Cheech&Chong AND Snoop AND you freestyle with him. Fine azz Anthony Mackie is sitting next to you, but you really ain’t got time to talk to him…AND your sneaking to use the executive bathroom at work because you have a NATIONALLY TELEVISED taping in an hour: ALL of this…and it’s not even 1PM yet.
NOTE TO SELF: Get it together HEATHER. YOU are BUILT FOR THIS!
*NOTE TO SELF: WENDY WILLIAMS AIRS AT 10AM EST on FOX!
CHRIS CANTY: 8:45AM
JASMINE SOLANO: 9:30 (GUEST DJ)
G HUFF&VICE SOULCENTRIC: 10:00 (NEW ARTISTS)
DON CHEADLE: 11:30
YES! I was nervous. It doesn’t matter HOW many times I’m on television it’s always WEIRD “watching” yourself. PLUS! I was wondering HOW my $22.00 outfit would fair. Y FYI> My ENTIRE outfit cost me $57.00…Including my hair!
Here’s the breakdown:
My Dress: It was $11.99 w/50% off at JC PENNEY Total…$6.00
My Jacket: It was $15.00 at Target on clearance rack.
Hair: $35.00 Shout out to my girl JEWETTE!
Make Up: Nani at THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW. She’s AWESOME!
Shoes,Earrings&Jewelry: Were ALL GIFTS!
We watched “the show” while at work and it was fun! Word is…My outfit was HOT, but my legs&shoes were even hotter! Owww!
Prior to watching the taping though, Chris Canty (he plays for THE RAVENS) came on the show to do The Sports Report with me. (Yes, I do the Sports Report too.)
He also came in HUNGOVER, that’s to the NFL Draft that took place the night before. He was a really nice guy and surprisingly he revealed that HE WOULD sign to Jay-Z’s new sports agency. FYI> Jay Z is on a mission these days snatching up ALL the prime athletes.
I normally wouldn’t single out a fairly new dj that comes late, but I gotta BIG UP Jasmine Solano. She did a special guest mix for the show and SHE KILLED IT! She has a movement called the “Electric Punanny” and I’m telling you…find her mixes on soundcloud&download them: She’s on point!
By the time Jasmine got finished mixing, I NEEDED a cocktail so we cracked out the alcohol&let the mixing begin. New artists G Huff&Vice SoulCentric came through, but my eyebrows rasied when actor Don Cheadle walked in with rapper LOS (the one who writes for Puffy) blasting through his phone!
Don goes, “YO…WHO IS THIS KID?” “I heard him on your show this week&I LOVE how he rhymes!” Honestly, I wish I would of had Los’s phone number, because I know how I felt when Snoop gave me props…could you imagine DON CHEADLE calling you&wanted to “big you up?” STOP PLAYING!
DON CHEADLE who is by far one of my FAVORITE actors was every bit of “the cool” I thought he would be. We talked about hip hop, how he chooses he movies roles, playing poker and how he hopes…”folks go see Iron Man 3 on Friday, May 3rd, so he can be in IRON MAN 4!” Haha!
I cheated good looking Lance Gross out of going to see “TEMPTAION.” Anthony Mackie is cute too, but I ain’t going to see “PAIN&GAIN.” However, come this Friday…I’m going out to support the married, cool as hell, Don Cheadle in IRON MAN!
[caption id="attachment_2173" align="aligncenter" width="575"] (SuperBowl Champion) Chris Canty&Me!
SHOW ENDED @ 12 PM
I was by 4PM after I went grocery shopping.
Honestly, I have no idea HOW I got through this week except by the grace&strength of GOD, WHO also BLESSED me with a great HUSBAND who stood by my side&encouraged me even when he couldn’t physically be there.
I learned alot about “people” this week: Who’s with you&Who’s against you, but best of all…I learned something about myself:
I would like to encourage you all to have a GREAT WEEK ahead…and to “keep going” even when you feel like you can’t go no more.
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