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A Writer’s Year in Review

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Hollywood Blvd. from top of Kodak. (Credit: Wiki)

At the start of 2012, I experienced two major transitions: being accepted into a fiction writing program and moving from Long Beach to Inglewood. I knew the writing program would help me advance within writing, however I didn’t know what to expect. I had a publishing deal with a small publishing company, but I thought, why not workshop my book to get more eyes on the book. Their suggestions took the story from surface to being able to exist above the page. The story itself did not changed; I brought more of the contrast between race, immigrant life, religion, and identity out in front of the reader.

Beyond having breath breathed into my book, in 2012, I:

  • Read at the West Hollywood Library on 12/8/12
  • Was invited to read at the City of West Hollywood’s Pride Festival, “One City, One Pride” taking place in June 2013
  • Was invited to White House Briefing for Black LGBT Emerging Leaders 2, 24, 2012
  • Was invited to read at Soulful Salon, for In The Meantime, a LGBT community organization
  • Started writing for Campus Circle Magazine
  • Started writing for Qulture
  • Started writing for GBM News
  • Interviewed Frenchie Davis, DJ Danjazone (LMFAO’s Tour DJ), Diana King, DDm, and Orikl
  • Wrote my first poetry review for a literary journal
  • Submitted a fiction piece to one of my favorite literary journals
  • Read at my first book fair, West Hollywood Book Fair
  • Was published in the anthology, For Colored Boys
  • Started working as an Editorial Assistant for a academic publisher
  • Went to 10 author readings

On New Years Eve 2013, with a group of friends, I wrote down on paper what I did not like about 2012 and I burned it. With each new piece I completed, part of me was afraid to branch out and take my writing career to the next level (writing for a major magazine and be able to freelance write/edit for other publications). The paper turned from white, to egg-colored, to ashes in the fire pit in East L.A. While watching it burn, I reflected back on other details of 2012: I learned that I would be working for LAist.com (for the Spring term) and I made it to the Semifinalist round for the Point Foundation Graduate Scholarship. Also that I got the courage to submit new poetry to four literary magazines and I pitched an article idea to Essence magazine. No New Year’s Resolution to lose fat or be a better person, I want to reserve all my energy into writing. And whether or not all of those opportunities fall into place, I will keep striving to become a better writer and be part of the writing community.

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Unapologetic and Unafraid of Being Herself

Frenchie Davis tells it, the way it is

Since Star Search first aired in 1983, there have been over twenty different talent-based Reality TV shows. From these shows, few people are memorable. Of those, even fewer have real talent. Frenchie Davis, in a rare move, has appeared on two talent shows and she is not apologizing for her choices. Those choices separate her from other show contestants. In a sit down interview, ten minutes away from where she grew up in Los Angeles, we talked about her new single, her experience on The Voice, her status as one of the go-to divas for Pride events, and her recent coming out as bisexual or re-coming out.

Victor Yates: Tell me about your new single, “Love’s Got A Hold On Me.” It’s very dance-pop, which is a switch from the Frenchie sound your fans are use to. What motivated this sound?

Frenchie Davis: A number of things contributed to my shift to dance music. I guess it started with my growing fan base within the gay community. Many of them are fans of dance music. I would perform at various Pride events and gay clubs. The DJs there and people I would meet would say, your voice would sound amazing over house tracks. I was performing for the gay boys in Brazil for Carnival, where I met DJ Tony Moran. He said I’m working on an album and I would love to have you on one of my tracks. I sang on one of his tracks [“You Are”]. It ended up peeking at No. 5 on the Billboard Dance Charts. We didn’t push it or market it.

VY: That’s the great thing about the music industry today. Once someone gets hold of something, it can quickly pick up.

FD: Word of mouth can do so much. It happened with the Tony Moran record, because he has a huge following and the gay boys have followed me throughout my career. By word of mouth, it grew to a No. 5 record, which I’m not mad at. The people above me were Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Rihanna. So I was in good company. Then I was performing at a gay club one night, and the casting director from The Voice, happened to be in the audience. She told me that she was working on a new show, from the same producers who did The Sing Off. Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera would be involved and she thought it could be a great vehicle for me. I was apprehensive at first, because of my experience with Idol. But after soul searching, I realized it was fear holding me back. I’m a very spiritual person and I believe things don’t happen by coincidence. I decided I’m going to walk the path and trust that God has something amazing for me. Two months later, I was on The Voice, then Team Christina.

VY: How was that? Continue reading

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Frenchie Davis, The Voice, The Courage

Check out the teaser video to my interview with Frenchie Davis for GBM News. She talks about everything from her new single and the video for, Love’s Got A Hold On Me, to the Voice vs. American Idol, to questions about sexuality. Stay tuned for the interview.

English: Frenchie Davis at 12th annual GLAAD T...

Frenchie at 12th annual GLAAD Tidings Event (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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