California girl Ashley runs away from her home in LA to go to The Big Apple to find inspiration for her writing. With a background in entertainment public relations, journalism & activism in social issues and politics, mixed with her quest for spiritual enlightenment, she throws herself into the center of all facets of New York City culture, & starts a blog, "Ashley and New York".
Why I Declined a Friend's Invite to Chris Brown's Grammys After Party. What's To Celebrate? Brutality? Immaturity? Lack of Remorse?
And now his infamous Tweet following his 2012 Grammy win: "HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That's the ultimate F**** OFF!" Um, excuse me, but I'm confused. Brown tweeted the word "HATE"? What? People protesting brutal domestic violence means we are actually *against* hate and violence, and for love, more gentleness and peace. So his tweet made no logical sense. It just proved he has not matured or become less violent. Therefore he has not sought redemption, so he does not deserve forgiveness from Rihanna’s fans and the public in my opinion.
I declined the invite and stayed home to watch Whitney Houston movies with my girlfriends.
The two new developments that have everyone talking are:
ONE) The Grammys for some odd reason awarded Brown with a Grammy award
TWO) Rihanna and Brown have released two songs that they have collaborated on together.
First, I can’t for the life of me understand why he received a Grammy after his unacceptable violence. On top of that, I thought some of the other nominees were more deserving. Second, Rihanna may or may not have forgiven Chris Brown, however, many of her female fans have *not* forgiven him. Maybe one day, or maybe never, but definitely not now
Pre-Oscar Party Celebrating African American Talent Honors Debbie Allen, Chris Robinson & Martin Lawerence - Centric's 'Eye On Black' Event
Chris Robinson was awarded for his contributions to star/brand making and pop culture
Honoree Martin Lawerence (center) with his little daughter, Luke Wilson (left) and Tim Allen (right)
Friday night before the Oscars CENTRIC Network held their 2nd annual The Eye on Black: Salute to Directors which "recognizes influential African Americans who are responsible for shaping the black experience through film." Debbie Allen, Chris Robinson, Haile Gerima and actor Martin Lawrence were given awards. EOB’s Spotlight Directors were Bill Duke and Ava DuVernay
This event is good to have during Awards season because we all know that Black talent many times gets snubbed, or even shut out, at the numerous Awards shows, including, if not especially, the Oscars.
There also were musical performances by Leela James, Goapele, Kenny Lattimore, and Tamar Braxton. Comedic actor Brandon T. Jackson was the MC.
I’ve been back in LA for only three weeks, and this was the event where I saw dozens of old friends or industry acquaintances. It really made me miss LA. Great way to start off Oscar weekend!
Brandon T. Jackson was the host of the show, and was a funny host at that!
(L-R) Film executive Amber Rasberry, Ashley NYC, Super publicist Echo Hattix
Sat at the same dinner table as blogger-diva Necole Bitchie!
with Michael Jai White
with singer Goapele
Honoree Debbie Allen is given award by actresses Nia Long (right) and Kimberly Elise (center)
Actress Kimberly Elise
Oscar After Party @ the Top of Hollywood Hills: Maxim Party w/ Ludacris Concert
(L-R) Amber Rasberry (Tyler Perry Studios), Ashley NYC, Wendy Rose Berry (Warner Brothers)
OK! Magazine's Pre-Oscar Party Hosted by Adrian Grenier
Real Housewives of Bevery Hills! With Housewives Kyle Richards (center) and Taylor Armstrong (right) and Kyle's husband Maurico (left)
With actress Emmanuele Chriqui (Entourage)
with actress Bai Ling
DJ YO-C (left) played a really good musical set