April 12, 2010
Standing on the balcony of a mansion, two women nicknamed “Buckeey” and “Krazy” are engaged in a full-fledged argument. With the cameras rolling and millions of fans viewing on national television, the two then begin to get into an intense shoving match.
With Buckeey getting the better end of the exchange, the fight is finally broken up after she nearly shoves Krazy to the ground.
“You hit me, I hit you,” Buckeey explains to the cameras. “You touch me, I touch you!”
For some fans this may have served as the lasting impression of Shay Johnson, who starred on the hit reality show, “Flavor of Love 2.” Known as “Buckeey,” she got her first taste of the entertainment industry on VH1’s highest-rated show in the station’s history. This eventually opened the doors for several modeling opportunities as well as another role on a popular reality show known as “Charm School.”
Johnson will be making a visit to Western Michigan University to give students a first-hand account of all the hard work it took to get to that level.
“A lot of people told me that I couldn’t get as far as I have and I’m not where I [want to] be but I’m still on the road to success and I just wanted to let women know that you can do anything you put your mind to,” Johnson said. “I was discouraged as a child because nobody really believed in me [or] that I would be able to do what I wanted to do, which was stay in the field of entertainment, but I accomplished my goal and I set another standard and I’m on the road to accomplishing that standard also.”
Johnson will be making her appearance at WMU for a free event hosted by WMU’s You Beautiful Black Women Organization billed as “Realities of Reality TV.” It will take place on Thursday, April 15 at 1301 Wood Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“We’re looking to bring a new understanding to what people actually think of women TV stars and a new understanding to how their image is portrayed in the media and how it has affected them as far as with their family and their career,” YBBW President Jwana Player said.
Members of the audience will also be given the opportunity to ask Johnson questions as well as interact with her. Johnson hopes that this will help people get to know her as a person and not just a woman buried behind a unique nickname on a popular television show.
“Before you judge anybody, you should know them on a personal level or even on top of that just meet them because being in the industry, I’ve had a lot of stereotypes on me [and] on my name,” Johnson said. “I would just encourage everybody to come out and get to know me and hear my story before you judge me and I [guarantee] you will have a different identity on me and my life.”
December 3, 2009
Big Sean will perform Saturday at 7 p.m., free of charge, at Western Michigan University in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.
In 2007, Sean was signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music record label. Then in 2008, he also signed with Island Def Jam. Big Sean is took some time out of his busy schedule, as he is currently in the process of putting together his first studio album, “Finally Famous” and had a quick over-the-phone interview with me earlier this week.
Here’s what he had to say…
Eric Woodyard: What made you decide to come down to Western Michigan University out of all the schools that you could have chosen in Michigan?
Big Sean: I’ve done Michigan State and U-of-M like way earlier this year but I always wanted to do more schools like Western or wherever because I had been doing shows all over the country like not even touching the stuff in Michigan. So I feel like I have to opportunity to come and mess with the Alphas and I think it’s just going to be a good time and I’m glad they decided to get me.
EW: What have you been working on as far as music-wise?
BS: Music-wise, I’ve been working on my album that will be coming out on GOOD Music/Def Jam that is coming out in like the spring, so I’ve just been working on getting it together. I’ve got songs produced by like Kanye (West), I’ve got one produced by Pharrell, about like four or five produced by No I.D., and it’s just gonna be a real big project and it’s something I’m looking forward to and especially for the city and like Michigan in general and it’s gonna be real big.
EW: Do you feel like that college audience is the ones that you have to tackle since they are such good supporters?
BS: Yeah, Yeah! I definitely feel like I’ve gotta tackle the college crowd just because that’s my age group, I’m only 21. So like that’s my age group and it’s great because I haven’t even dropped my first single yet so it’s like I have been getting free promo shows by going all over to different colleges so it’s much love putting out that mixtape and I’ve been getting a lot of shows off of it and a lot of people have been liking it so it’s great man.
EW: So what are your goals for this year just in general?
BS: For this year coming up or this year that just passed?
EW: This year coming up…
BS: Oh man, this year coming up I plan on putting out my first album, “Finally Famous” the album. Even though I’ve been doing like country-wide shows, I’ma do like a country-wide tour with me and other artists and just that and we’ll just take it from there. I’ma drop singles before the album comes out and just see wherever it takes me and whatever business ventures comes from that than I’ll let them come.
EW: Anything else you wanna add about this show that you feel like the people need to know?
BS: I just want all the schools in Michigan to come up to Western if they can make it because it’s gonna be crazy. I heard they got a lot of things going on for the weekend so I’m glad I get to be a part of that and that’s it. Everybody get ready because it’s gonna be crazy!
December 3, 2009
Western Michigan University has never represented much of a hip-hop scene, but that might be about to change.
While the voids for rock, pop (with Clay Aiken in 2007), and even blues (with BB King in 2007) music have all been represented throughout not only the university, but in the city of Kalamazoo as well, hip-hop has truly been the minority.
The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity looks to change that, at least temporarily, by bringing 21-year-old Detroit native, Big Sean to campus this weekend.
The concert will be free of charge and will be hosted in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center on Dec. 5. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the festivities will begin at 7 p.m.
“I’ve done Michigan State [University] and [the University of Michigan], like, way earlier this year but I always wanted to do more schools like Western [Michigan University], or wherever, because I had been doing shows all over the country, like not even touching the stuff in Michigan,” Big Sean said.
“So I feel like I have the opportunity to come and mess with the Alphas and I think it’s just going to be a good time and I’m glad they decided to get me.”
Big Sean won’t be the only person that is happy that the fraternity has decided to bring him on campus. True fans of the hip-hop craft are well aware that this artist is truly on the rise for superstardom.
In 2007, Sean was signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music record label. Then in 2008, he also signed with Island Def Jam. Big Sean is taking some time out of his busy schedule, as he is currently in the process of putting together his first studio album.
“I’ve been working on my album that will be coming out on GOOD Music/Def Jam that is coming out in, like, the spring, so I’ve just been working on getting it together,” Big Sean said.
“I’ve got songs produced by, like, Kanye [West], I’ve got one produced by Pharrell, about, like, four or five produced by No I.D., and it’s just gonna be a real big project and it’s something I’m looking forward to and especially for the city and, like, Michigan in general and it’s gonna be real big.”
The producers working on this upcoming album that will be entitled “Finally Famous,” are heavyweights in the industry as they have also produced material for artists like Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Usher, and Alicia Keys.
Big Sean hopes that by coming to WMU this weekend, he can continue to establish a solid fan base that will be willing to support his album when it is released in a time where album sales are continuing to sink.
“I definitely feel like I’ve gotta tackle the college crowd just because that’s my age group, I’m only 21,” Big Sean said.
“It’s great because I haven’t even dropped my first single yet so it’s like I have been getting free promo shows by going all over to different colleges, so it’s much love putting out that mixtape, and I’ve been getting a lot of shows off of it, and a lot of people have been liking it.”
August 11, 2009
This summer I attended my very first convention for the National Association of Black Journalists! It was in Tampa, Florida at the Convention Center from August 5-9. I had a blast and here are some of the sights from the event. Some of the guests included: Stuart Scott (ESPN), Roland Martin (CNN), LeBron James (NBA), Chris Rock (Comedian), and Nia Long (Actress).
Here are the photos: