An Ordinary Day...

Wednesday, April 12th started off as an ordinary day. The alarm sounded off at 6:00 a.m. like it always did. Reggie did his work day morning ritual, showering, grooming, selecting a suit and accessorizing with the perfect accents for Read more

Why are some people mean?

Why are some people mean? I'm not talking about a little mean, but bazaar, go out of their way to be mean. Recently I've encountered a few mean people, I remind myself that these situations will make me a stronger Read more


Our last trip of 2016 was to the Maldives. Last year was one full of excursions, We traveled to Cameroon, Paris, Bali, Hawaii, New Orleans, New York, Chicago, Lake Tahoe, Atlanta, Napa, San Francisco, Dubai, and I must say Read more


It's okay to venture out of your comfort zone... Lately I've been doing it quite often. This weekend is going to be one of renewal, my personal Super Bowl. What are your plans? I will be working today and tomorrow. Happy Read more

Do you enjoy yourself?

Both of my kids are in New York, my son is in school in the Hudson Valley and my daughter is living in Brooklyn and working. So we are officially empty nesters, and have been so for a while Read more



Posted on by Gigi in Movies, Music 7 Comments
Gigi checking out some vinyl

Gigi checking out some vinyl

I LOOOOOOOVE LIVE MUSIC! Everything from iconic performers to up and coming artists, there is something about witnessing music being created right before your eyes that is mesmerizing. I was about 12 when this love affair began, my mother let me go to Las Vegas with a friend and her family to see the Jackson 5 at the MGM Grand, it was an unforgettable experience. I remember our faces beaming at the stage hoping to get a little droplet “Jackson 5” sweat on our faces, and later on searching the hotels with our crumpled up programs hoping to get an autograph.

My second concert was the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown at the forum with the same best friend, only this time my big brother Howard took us, we were 12-ish and he was 18, I had NEVER seen anything like this before, talk about about eyes wide open, between the lyrics, the dancers, the musicians, and the get down and dirty FUNK, I was hooked–the rhythm is so infectious and has a way of getting everybody on the floor. Here is a clip from 1971 “Sex Machine”.

So of course I was jazzed when I heard about the movie “Get On Up”. So yesterday we splurged on ipic tickets and went to see it, hmmmmm it was good, Chadwick Boseman did a great job portraying James Brown, I certainly enjoyed it and I was happy that they used actual James Brown recordings. I’m not in the movie business but I think biopics are really challenging, especially someone as distinct as James Brown. I’m not sure what was missing, but I felt as if something was missing like a little more “soul”.

Came across this interesting article on the film…basically there were no writers of color involved on the project. What are your thoughts? Should they have had some writers of color or does it matter?

Bottom line go see the movie if you haven’t , and let me know your thoughts.

Here is a “James Brown” mix that I came across that I looooove…check it out.


Happy Tuesday



Playlist #1

Posted on by Gigi in Music 1 Comment

I live for music, can’t imagine living without a song or two playing at any given time. Matter of fact when Reggie and I were taking care of our trust, I made a note that states if I am incapacitated and cannot communicate, please make sure I have whatever the latest listening device is gently placed on my ears, so that I may listen to my last songs.

I listen to everything, and love going to concerts. Right now I am crushing on Janelle Monae, saw her a couple of weeks ago at the Hollywood Bowl-incredible! Loving this band Caribou. Sam Smith is my new love and of course I am still crazy about Jose James.

Here is what I’m listening too this week, digging these slow jams right now–Enjoy:

Happy Wednesday!




If I Were A DJ Deqn Sue and Madison LST

Posted on by Gigi in Music 6 Comments

DJ Gigi

I have always loved music. When I was a teenager I remember I wanted to work in a “record store”, my mom shut that down immediately. Back in the day I used to make mixed tapes, hang out in record stores listening to artists that were not on the radio, go see live performances, and fantasize about being a DJ. Now I make playlists for my ipod, dabble a bit on spotify, and still listen out for up and coming artists. This past week two artists whom I have know longer than I care to admit released videos this week. So DJ Gigi would like to share them with you all. Deqn Sue I have know her entire life. When I met my husband he was holding 2 month old Deqn Sue in a baby carrier thingy on his chest. I thought to myself “Why is this man trying to talk to me with a baby?” Well baby Deqn Sue is all grown up. My dear friend Blaine, who is like a sister to me is Deqn Sue’s Auntie/manager.  I love her new video and I hope you do too.

Madison and Amani attended the same preschool, and we became close friends with the Stewart family. We even traveled to the South of France together. Time has zoomed by, and Madison has finished school and  is a Ford model in NYC and an artist.  He too just released a new video “Give Me The World”. Check it out.





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