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By Marquesa LaDawn
NNPA Columnist

 

Reality TV gets a lot of heat for so many reasons…it’s dramatic, over the top and at times not very “real.” However, there are some real moments we can all learn from, even for business. Among the lessons:

  1. Stuff happens! We all need to share our deepest thoughts, fears and challenges with a trusted advise.RHONY’s Bethenny Frankel, successfully created a multi-million dollar brand called Skinny Girl, but faces big challenges in her personal life. She talks through her pain with her trusted advisers.
  1. Now, we all have this thing called pride, and it will trip us up on occasion. RHONY Housewife, Kristen, showed her grace by apologizing to Sonya about not being supportive of her business. Kristen fell into the peer pressure bubble and judged hard but after her friend Sonya produced a result, she apologized.
  1. Many entrepreneurs struggle with picking a lane in their business. They become “jack of all trades and masters of none.” Sonya Morgan was all over the place for the longest. She had a business vision but struggled with selling it to anyone. This led to her reputation as a person with a fake business. The good news is that once she narrowed it down and hired the right team to execute, she succeeded.
  1. Watch out for the critics! RHONY’s Housewife Heather, a successful housewife in her own right, tried hard to mentor Sonya a couple of years back and failed. Sonya was too scattered and Heather wasn’t patient. Now, Heather is being supercritical. Not because she wants Sonya to fail, she knows her big goal and may just have a hard time seeing Sonya get there – her way.
  1. Although you want to say it, should you? The Real housewives are known for not always having a filter. Reputations have been damaged, relationships ruined, marriages exhausted and true weaknesses revealed, all because of loose lips. At times, I appreciate the candor, it’s refreshing. Most times, it’s not smart to say what you think. Dorinda, the newest NY Housewife has this problem, Ramona is the definition of loose lips, Bethenny can write a book on it (and probably, will); Nene from RHOA, needs helps in this area, Kenya would not win Miss USA in this category and the list goes on!
  1. Vulnerability equalizes you! Reality TV shows it all and not just the good stuff. If you have a weak marriage, we see it. If you have poor relationships, we see it. If you are breaking the law, it’s revealed. It’s interesting how the fans will love and support even more, when they see you fail. It’s called vulnerability. And, yes, it works in business. It’s creates relationship. I think of Bethenny and how we highly respect her journey to success while being empathetic to her failures, like her talk show and marriage. She always comes up on top and leverages her journey in every way. Heck, she wrote a book titled, I Suck at Relationships. It’s on the New York Times bestseller list!
  1. Master Emotional Intelligence – Although, showing your vulnerable side will win you points, showing it the wrong way will lose you points. Ramona (RHONY), Phaedra and Nene (RHOA), Brandi and Kim (RHOBH), struggle with processing emotional intelligence.
  1. Be careful who you trust – This is another huge blind spot for the housewives. Folks are going to talk. It’s not about what they say, it’s about how you respond.
  1. Set new goals especially outside your comfort zone RHONY Carole, shocked us by running for president of her New York apartment building board. She has no experience in this area and could have failed miserably. She set a goal, put it out there and won!
  1. Try to support your friends, even when it’s a challenge – Business people do not like their time to be wasted with mess. But, sometimes that mess comes from a friend that you may care about. Be willing to support that friend, you never know when you may need help. Bethenny showed a huge amount of support for Sonya when she needed it, I have a feeling Sonya will return the favor, very soon!
  1. Be careful about judging others personal choices – If I hear one more time that Dorinda’s boyfriend is trash, I will scream. It’s inappropriate for folks struggling in their own personal lives to judge others, but we do. Stop it!
  1. Power still comes with a lot of responsibility – Andy Cohen, is the big boss at Bravo for the Real Housewives franchise. He’s handled that role along with being the host of all the reunions like a true professional. He recently discussed on his WWHL show, how being the Boss can be scary at times. He takes his roles very seriously by not favoring the housewives and judging them in public. I can’t tell you how many times, I wanted him to shut somebody down. But, he goes out of his way to remain in partial. Take this lesson and apply it in the biggest way!

 

Marquesa LaDawn is a professional businesswoman who escapes the pressures of living in New York City by retreating into the real world of reality TV. Follow me on twitter @realityshowgirl and subscribe to her podcast at www.RealitytvGirl.com.
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Lions Hold Car Show in Corte Madera

The Corte Madera Lions Electric Vehicle and Classic Car Show was held last Sunday, September 12, at the Village shopping center’s overflow parking lot next to Nordstrom’s. 

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From top, left to right: Chloe Nolasco selling the 2021 Electra Meccanica Solo, 1968 Shelby GT, 1972 Citroen 2cv, 1957 Rolls Royce, 1967 Morgan, 1993 Dodge Viper. Bottom photo from left: 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C MKIII, 1959 Shelby Cobra, 1959 Chevy Corvette (Photos by Godfrey Lee)

The Corte Madera Lions Electric Vehicle and Classic Car Show was held last Sunday, September 12, at the Village shopping center’s overflow parking lot next to Nordstrom’s. 

The latest electric vehicles from Marin Luxury Cars — Mercedes, Mini, Ford, Electra Meccanica, and more than 75 pristine pre-1975 classic cars were featured at the show, including a fire truck and a farm tractor.

The event featured food from the The Pig in the Pickle, beer, wine, and live music from three local bands.

The Corte Madera Lions presented this community wide event. All proceeds will benefit local charities.

“The Marin Post’s coverage of local news in Marin County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.”

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Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie: First Black Grammy’ Winners

Two Black performers left the event that night with Grammys in hand: Ella Jane Fitzgerald (1917–1996) for Best Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Jazz Performance, Individual; and William James “Count” Basie (1904–1984), for Best Performance by a Dance Band and Best Jazz Performance, Group. Recognition for the pair was well overdue as their roads to the Grammy were storied.

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Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie, the first two African Americans to win Grammy awards, 1958. Photo courtesy of 9gag.com/gag/aQREN3K

It was the late spring of 1959. The music industry’s elite converged inside the Grand Ballroom of Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton. Others were gathering at a function held simultaneously in New York City.

That night, the Grammy Award’s first show took place, and no one knew then that it would become a historic event for African-American performers.

Two Black performers left the event that night with Grammys in hand: Ella Jane Fitzgerald (1917–1996) for Best Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Jazz Performance, Individual; and William James “Count” Basie (1904–1984), for Best Performance by a Dance Band and Best Jazz Performance, Group. Recognition for the pair was well overdue as their roads to the Grammy were storied.

Fitzgerald was a teen when her mother died. Her aunt then took young Ella from her home in Yonkers, N.Y., back to Newport News, Va. Shortly after, Ella’s stepfather died. These events brought on depression. Ella began failing school and frequently skipped classes. After getting into trouble with the police, she was sent to a reform school. There she endured beatings by the caretakers. The brutality forced her to escape.

At age 15, she was alone and struggling to make a life for herself. But things would change when she was in New York City about five years later.

In 1934, young Ella performed at the Apollo’s Amateur Night. The crowd booed her; shouted “What’s she going to do?” A frightened Ella decided to sing. She asked the band to play Hoagy Carmichael’s “Judy,” one of her mother’s favorites. Her voice silenced the audience, and by the song’s end they begged for an encore.

Two years later, Ella made her first recording, “Love and Kisses,” under the Decca label. The rest was music history.
Later dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. On June 15, 1996, she died in her Beverly Hills home. She’d taken home 14 Grammys throughout her career.

Basie, born in Red Bank, N.J., was one of the all-time great jazz band leaders. Dubbed the “King of Swing,” his career started in clubs and speakeasies in Asbury Park and Long Branch, N.J., then New York City (1924) and later Kansas City (1927).

His music served as inspiration for artists including John Lewis, Thelonious Monk, and Oscar Peterson. Along the way, he faced discrimination but overcame barriers to become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

“Every day, we used to say, ‘Not one drop of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me,’” musician and producer Quincy Jones said of the racism that he and Basie experienced back then. “It was horrible. It ain’t much better now.”

Basie wrote in a letter: “I can’t remember when I did not experience discrimination … And I didn’t let it bug me.”
The Count won nine Grammy awards over the course of his career. He died on April 26, 1984, in Hollywood, Fla.

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Fillmore’s Great Jazz Era Featured in Book Talk, Concert at S.F. Botanical Gardens

Authors Elizabeth Pepin Silva and Lewis Watts will talk about their book, “Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era” at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park on Monday, September 20. 

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Sam Peoples Jr. in the Fillmore./ Photo Courtesy of Lewis Watts

Authors Elizabeth Pepin Silva and Lewis Watts will talk about their book, “Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era” at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park on Monday, September 20.  It will be followed by a mini-concert by the Sam Peoples Trio. The event, co-sponsored by the garden, Bayview Opera House, and the San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society will run from 4:00-5:00 p.m. It is part of the garden’s critically acclaimed “Flower Piano” program, where 12 grand pianos are placed around the garden and musicians are invited to come and play them. 

Sam, whose father was a highly regarded, Fillmore-based musician in San Francisco back in the heyday of Harlem of the West, will be performing music that celebrates the great jazz and cultural heritage of the Fillmore District in San Francisco which is described Silva and Watts book.  

The fourth edition of the book, released by Heyday Books in 2020, will also be on sale at the garden. For more information, go to: https://www.sfbg.org/flowerpiano

The San Francisco Post’s coverage of local news in San Francisco County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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