The Juice Hits 'Breakout Kings,' 'Love & Hip-Hop' Premieres
For the first time in a while, The Juice hit the streets of New York last night (March 2) for a couple of industry events, including A&E's "Breakout Kings" and VH1's "Love & Hip-Hop" premieres, and let's just say there were some noteworthy things going on in the Big Apple.
I know "Breakout Kings," a show about jailhouse inmates helping cops track down other criminals, has nothing to do with hip-hop or R&B, but can I tell you it was the nicest premiere event I've (randomly) been to in months. Following with the "prison" theme, the waiters were all dressed in orange jumpsuits like inmates wear while locked down. There were plenty of appetizers and free drinks floating around, but the best station was the grilled cheese station, which found "inmates" making three different types of grilled cheese sandwiches on an ironing board with actual irons, like jail birds do. Love it!
But the highlight of the event was the digital photoshoot, which simulated a mugshot-type photo booth, with a booking card to hold and everything. Whoever put that together: kudos to you!
Over at the "Love & Hip-Hop" event, things were a little more, er, chaotic. By the time I got there the press list was shut down so the bouncer requested hugs or daps to get in (sigh). Inside, the multi-floor venue was jam-packed. There was no open bar -- although when I got there twaitresses with trays of chocolates were still moving about the room -- and coat check was $4. Insanity.
While I didn't get to watch the actual premiere (who could pay attention to a clip three hours after the event started in a packed room of drunk industry people?), I did get to see a lot of folks, including "Love & Hip-Hop" stars Somaya Reece, Chrissy -- who was accompanined by boyfriend Jim Jones and his very entertaining mother -- Swizz Beatz' baby momma Mashonda and Fabolous baby moms Emily. All the ladies were dressed to the nines, in mini dresses and red bottoms.
Also in attendance were models Dollicia Bryan, "America's Top Model" Tocarra, who is even more beautiful in person than she is on TV, rapper Vado and radio show host Angela Yee. And, let's just say, there was a lot of drunk behavior taking place in that room. In addition, I had the pleasure of meeting artist manager Mona Scott, who is most known for her relationship with Missy Elliott.
Afterwards, Vado, myself and a few others went to have a late dinner at Blue Ribbon (google it!).
As if I didn't mingle enough with the TV world last night, when I walked into work this morning, I ended up in the elevator with none other than the women from "Real Housewives of Orange County," who all appeared underdressed for the cold New York weather, but very well put-together none the less.