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Check out my interview with Jeffrey Wright — he talks making Jennifer Lawrence cry, playing a gay character and more.  

Red Carpet Premiere of ‘Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley’

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Check me out below interviewing Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin and Andre Leon Talley at the red carpet premiere of Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, which was held at the Apollo Theater.  Whoopi was as cool and kind as you would think she would be — and I got the opportunity to bow down to the legend.  Also, check out my Q&A with Whoopi - she talks Moms Mabley, criticism from the black community and more.

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A set of stills from Janet Jackson’s Got ‘Til it’s Gone music video and the original images that inspired these particular scenes.

Original comparisons done by Cinememory.

My all-time favorite video.

'Clay Cane Live' Episode 92: Wade Davis, Election Night and Two-Year Anniversary!

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If you missed Tuesday night’s Clay Cane Live on WWRL 1600AM via Equality Pride Radio, click on the red button below.  

Former NFL player Wade Davis was our guest.  Plus, talk on the 2013 election with Maggie Haberman and Edward-Isaac Dovere from Politico.com.  Also, episode 92 marked our two-year anniversary!  Thank you to all of our supporters!  

Clay Cane Live airs every Tuesday from 8pm - 10pm on WWRL 1600 AM via Equality Pride Radio.

'Clay Cane Live' Episode 92: November 5, 2013 2013-11-04

Ten Tips For Aspiring Writers

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I sometimes receive emails from aspiring writers asking how they can become a journalist in politics or entertainment. While I am not Michael Musto or Marc Lamont Hill, I have written for reputable outlets and I’ve interviewed some amazing people—some celebrities, some not. This is not etched in stone, but here are my humble tips.

1. No Money
Don’t expect to get paid. There are so many people who want to be writers. Therefore, magazines and web sites do not have to pay them. Only those who have a nice stack of credentials or a history with a publication will get a check. There is absolutely no money in writing in the first six months to a year. Just like singers perform at clubs for free or actors act for free, until you get a nice resume, you will have to write for free.

2. Go to School
If being a writer is something you truly want to do, it’s paramount that you attend college. Sure, there are the stories of high school dropouts becoming writers, but not as many in 2013. If you want to be a serious writer, school is a necessity—nothing can replace the demands of writing tons of papers monthly and reading several books a week for four years straight.

3. Editors Can Help You, Not Other Writers
Sure, other writers can give you tips, but it’s the editors you need to know. I get emails all the time asking me how they can write for The Advocate, but I’m the writer, not the editor. The best questions to ask is, “Do you have a contact for the editor at… ?”

4. Do You Want to be a Writer or be Famous?
Writing will not get you fame. Yes, there are the small percentages, but 95% of writers do not become a headline on TMZ. If you think writing is your avenue to becoming Oprah, it’s not. No one cares about writers except for others writers. No one reads interviews and remembers the writer’s name. You are the vessel. If you want to be famous, a personality, a gossip columnist, that is different.  That said, notoriety might come with work ethnic or the content you create, but that can’t be your intention.  You have to write because you love it.  

5. Don’t Comprise Your Beliefs
I’ve never written a review I didn’t believe in. I may have changed my mind, but at the time those were my true thoughts. In the cases where I have been told to say something was good when it was bad or say something is bad when it was good (yep, that happens too!)—I have politely declined to do the story. Sure, you might tone things down, but don’t comprise or people won’t believe or trust you. Thankfully, when you do more objective writing your opinion doesn’t matter.

6. Don’t Take Advice From People Who Aren’t Writers
Sure, words like, “Go with your heart,” from your mama is fine. But when random people “advise” you how to do a story, how to ask a question, what you are doing right and what you need to do right—and they have never been published, don’t get paid to critique others and think they are an expert because they can form a full sentence—ignore them! Call up fellow writers and ask them. Unless they have a Master’s degree in English Literature, they are to be ignored.

7. Be Professional
No mater the publication, be professional. Meet your deadlines — Michael Musto once told me, “Half of it is meeting your deadlines and turning in properly edited work.”  Don’t curse, dress appropriately and don’t get comfortable.  Address people by Mr. and Ms. unless they tell you differently (Alfre Woodard once thanked me for addressing her as Ms. because the other journalists casually called her by her first name).  Be aware of your social media!  The days of “professional” and “personal” social media pages are extinct.  Also, for those who say, “I don’t do interviews, we just have conversations!” No — unless you’re Dick Cavett or Howard Stern and you have an hour sit-down. Celebrities don’t care what you think unless they ask. They’re on their twentieth interview of the day, they want to go home, they are exhausted and you are normally only given five to ten minutes to make magic happen — what they really appreciate is an original question.  There is an art to interviewing. Acting like you are sisters since the river was young can sometimes be about your ego because you’re making the interview about you and not them. 

8. Take a Risk
Ask the edgy questions, the questions you would want to know — always with respect.  If you’re a gossip columnist, your angle might be different but if you want to be a respected interviewer, be creative and fresh with your questions, which requires research and brainstorming.  You can ask the edgiest of questions but if you frame it respectful enough, the person might open up.  Nonetheless, know your boundaries.  

9. Study the Greats
Larry King
(king of quick, clean, three-second questions), Dick Cavett (one of few who conducted the “conversational” interview), Oprah Winfrey (queen of the emotional interview), Diane Sawyer (hardball, fearless questions), Wendy Williams (not just the hot topics lady, she’ll pull out the truth like the lasso of truth is in her hands),  Ed Bradley (stone-cold journalist style, no one did it better), Howard Stern (the king of all media for a reason — raw, knowledgable and trusted) and Barbara Walters (the master of interviewing in any format or any person). 

10.  Take All Advice with a Grain of Kosher Salt — Including Mine!
There is no formula.  There is no perfect way to do things, go with your gut and you’ll still make mistakes.  Writing, journalism or creating any type of creative content is all about growing and endless editing.  The great thing about being a writer — you can always revise.  

Good luck to all of the up and coming writers!

25 Years Ago the Number One R&B Song in the Country Was …

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Luther looks like he is purring on this album cover … get it Luther!

"Any Love" topped the R&B charts (actually,  it was called the Hot Black Singles Chart back then — sounds like a bad dating site!)  exactly 25 years ago today.  The classic R&B ballad was written by Vandross and Marcus Miller and many interpreted the song to be a reflection of the crooner’s loneliness as it related to hiding his sexuality: “In my heart there’s a need to shout / Dyin’, screamin’, cryin’ let me out, hey / Are all those feelings that want to touch any love?” 

Sadly, we lost Luther on July 1, 2005.   I wonder what he would’ve thought of the changes in R&B music today.  Plus, how more black celebrities are openly LGBT today — and if he would’ve joined the movement.  Luther was a pioneer in a tumultuous time in pop music, which was stuck between archaic values and an upcoming revolution.   Nonetheless, he was icon and arguably the last R&B love balladier — and I don’t mean sex, but love.  

'Clay Cane Live': Episode 90 with Mary Davies from 'A Night with Janis Joplin'

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If you missed Tuesday’s show, star of A Night with Janis Joplin on Broadway, Mary Bridget Davies, was our guest.  The wailing blues singer is currently blowing audiences away with her uncanny portrayal of the rock and soul icon.  Davies and I talked the blues, soul and how this show transcends the labels of race, gender and age.  It’s a must-see show and as I said in my review — one of the best Broadway shows I’ve ever seen in my life.  

Plus, with J’Nara Corbin and Mark Corece in the studio we talked Obamacare, dating in the winter months, the race and Christ debate — and much more.  Click on the red button below to listen!

'Clay Cane Live' Episode 90: October 22, 2013

Chitwetel Ejiofor and Alfre Woodard Interviews; ‘12 Years a Slave’ in Theaters Today

12 Years a Slave is in theaters today, if it’s in your area — get your ticket now!  Check out my interviews below with Chitwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o.  

'Clay Cane Live': Episode 89 with Kid Fury

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If you missed Tuesday’s show, the shade connoisseur himself, Kid Fury, was in the building!

Kid talked the tribulations of New York City, his ban on light-skinned men, getting “chose” — and we also got a rare glimpse into his lovable side.  Plus, talk on pop culture: Kanye West (or as Kid says, “Auntie Kanye”), Madonna and of course Beyonce.  Plus, chat on 12 Years a Slave and a new report that says Jesus Christ didn’t exist.  Click on the red button below to listen!

'Clay Cane Live' Episode 89: October 15, 2013

Be sure to spread the word about Clay Cane Live - we air every Tuesday night from 8pm - 10pm EST on WWRL 1600 AM.  You can listen on the radio in New Jersey, Connecticut or New York — or listen to the live stream anywhere in the world.

Kid Fury on ‘Clay Cane Live’ Tonight

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Blogger, shade connoisseur and celebrity analyst Kid Fury will be our guest on Clay Cane Live tonight at 8pm on WWRL 1600AM. Listen on the radio dial in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut or the worldwide live stream at  http://tunein.com/radio/WWRL-1600-s23848/.  WWRL also can be heard on TuneIn and WWRL smartphone apps.  

So let out a big, “Yaaaaaas" and listen at 8pm!

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'Clay Cane Live' Episode 88: October 8, 2013

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On last night’s show, we had a heated debate about the motorcyclists who attached the SUV in New York City.  Are we jumping the gun without knowing the facts?  Do motorcycle groups have a history of causing chaos in the streets of New York City?  Our listeners sound off … plus, we talk bisexuality (can a woman date a bisexual man?) and Britney Spears alleged patronizing of gay men.  Beyonce enthusiast and one of my favorite writers ever, Michael Arceneaux, was our guest.  

Click on the red button below to listen.  

'Clay Cane Live' Episode 88: October 8, 2013

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