photos: high power ep. 4

These pics make me wildly happy. Big love to the Manifesto team, Nino Brown and Dre Ngozi for having me, and the whole Toronto fam for making it so joyous, sweat drenched and memorable. 

Voice Your Vote

When I was asked to participate in BET's Voice Your Vote campaign, I knew immediately it was something I'd be proud to be a part of. I don't consider myself a hyper-political person, but I do believe in being aware of important issues and the people who are chosen to represent our communities and lead our country. I believe in the responsibility we all have to exercise our rights and make our vote count and our voice heard. 

The stakes of this election are higher than ever and as the current socio-political landscape, recent history and escalating events of today continuously show us, silence is no longer an option. If you aren't already, register to vote now at BET Vote 2016

#bodyrollparty

The June edition of my fave monthly was something special. The babes behind the body rolling - Melissa and Annie (2AB) and Cayla (The Red Lip Club) always bring out good peeps who are down for the cause, and this time the celebration vibes were extra poppin as we hosted Ashley Outrageous' birthday party. The pics of all these smiling, dancing faces really do bring me so much JOY. More at bodyrollparty.com

the world's champ

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
— Muhammad Ali
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AO! Girls Night Out

Love love love that one of my favorite gals Ashley Outrageous came up with the idea to throw the ultimate girls night - an all boss babe overnight party to celebrate Women's History Month. Nine ladies convened at The Patch, a fressshhh brownstone in Brooklyn designed to host creatives and their endeavors, sponsored by Sour Patch Kids. First up was pretty things with MakeUp ForEver and Martine Ali. DefJam artist and my fellow Torontonian Jahkoy stopped by to give us an exclusive listen to some of his new music, after which we hopped in our Lyfts to the sold-out Webster Hall, where he opened for the talented sweetheart Tinashe. After the show, it's the afterparty...which for us meant back to The Patch for all the full on slumber party action. Yep, it was onesies (thanks Onepiece!) facials, girl talk, twerk practice and of course, a pillow fight. 

But it was the collective energy of the ladies; all amazing, all following their dreams, leading with passion and giving the best of themselves that made the night really special. I know we'll continue to support and inspire each other, and that's something definitely worth celebrating. 


Discwoman

It's International Women's Day! Yay us!! In honor of all the women who do what they love and empower each other to dream big and reach beyond the status quo, check out Discwoman, a great documentary short about an NYC based all-woman DJ collective promoting gender diversity in the global electronic music scene.

We are often embraced by crowds because it’s still refreshing to have a woman deejaying and headlining an event. There are more and more women rising up in the industry and that is awesome. I hope that all the kick-ass women out there get the respect, recognition, and success they deserve.
— Kim Ann Foxman

mavis!

I was very excited to have been asked to curate the music for the NYC premiere screening of Mavis!the documentary film by Jessica Edwards on the life of music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples. The process of putting the playlist together was a history and music lesson for me, as well as an opportunity to spend time with some incredible music that I rarely get to utilize in my deejay sets. You can see Mavis! now on HBO and download the 2 hour soul, blues & gospel playlist here

birthdays are the best days

I really can't express the gratitude I feel for all the birthday love I received this year. Every call, message, and token of affection I received left it's own sweet imprint on my heart. And especially to those who were able to snuggle into 142 Sullivan with me: there is no better feeling than when folks just show up for you - with very little notice, in the pouring rain and for nothing at all elaborate or pressing. Some didn't even know if they were walking into a home, a dinner party or a bar, but there they were, hangin, toasting (and roasting!) singing a terribly off-key Happy Birthday with their amazing energy and gorgeous faces. I am so so thankful for everyone and everything that made this birthday so blissfully simple and so totally extraordinary. That's love. 


NBA All Star Weekend Toronto

This year, All Star Weekend descended on Toronto, and although it would have been great not to contend with the extremely frigid temperatures, the cold didn't seem to affect any of the fun.  I was particularly delighted to see my hometown get a little shine. 

I deejayed events with Jordan, at their dope interactive pop-up 306 YONGE; and with my Beats family at THE SHOP, a lounge/barbershop where athletes dropped in to chop it up with OGs Ebro Darden and Paul Rivera, and also at HOUSE OF TINGS, an epic fantasyland house party hosted by Lebron James and Drake. 

The Roots Grammy Jam

For over a decade, The Legendary Roots Crew have hosted one of the most anticipated and dynamic pre-Grammy events in Los Angeles. Every year, music's best and brightest - newcomers and icons alike - pop-up unannounced to jam with the band and treat their audience to intimate, one of a kind performances. This year, I had the pleasure of deejaying the first of the 3 night jam. Peep the highlights below and on Okayplayer.