Vydurya Lokesh, Celebrity MUA, Body Positive Influencer and Muse

59C99A44-A396-436B-BEF6-682AFEA1A9AF

I met the amazing and wondrous Vydurya Lokesh at the Priscilla Ono Masterclass in NYC  this past summer.  I was the oldest woman there and realized quickly I was way out of my league in the course.  The silver lining, outside of learning that makeup application is an art, is meeting Vy.  Her aura is gentle, kind and she glows.  I mean her skin glows!  She reminded me of Lupita Nyongo, who also has luminescent skin and happens to be the direct descendant of Eve.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Vydurya has DNA from a Goddess of Light.  It’s who she is and I hope I captured it in this collection of photos.

One of the evenings after class, I invited her to have dinner and we ended up at Eataly near the World Trade Center, after visiting MAC, of course.  At dinner, she went on to tell me about her childhood and the tribulations she experienced at such an early age.  I realized that her past made her clueless on her beauty.  She was just happy to be alive and be a positive influence to everyone she meets.  The entire dinner, I kept thinking what a classic beauty she is and how I would love the opportunity to photograph her.  She was shocked and moved when I finally asked her.

Her last night in the states she spent with me in Maryland and we shot until late evening.  I am happy to share these with you and hope you can see the light that reflects from Vydurya that I noticed from the moment we met.

As she likes to say, “I am destiny’s child. “, not the singing group, but a child of faith that walks in light.

Please make sure to follow her on Instagram @VyduryaLokesh and Facebook @Artistry by Vydurya Lokesh.

B1820BF2-2AE9-48F9-82A6-F8AD2118EDCF3620C901-0431-4068-A199-13E427755F38

6AD35950-11F1-4FC7-805D-20E6F9CCAF0B

91BEFABB-29F8-44CE-9EB1-98D6D00D5DB4

27635B81-ED2A-4899-9D3B-A1E46A27F1CA

A4B09CF3-65B6-40DF-92C4-98AD94A7173E

8F132799-CA1B-45ED-A6CA-C4D453E268BC

1A7E1807-911F-4C23-854E-65551DE412D9

AE17C3E3-86F8-4D05-9960-ADC4FD8641EE

3320BF4F-52D9-4F94-8DEA-488F20931434

Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes:

Follow Instagram@jovannareyesphotography and @curvysta

“Gangsta AF, but woke” the theme for Hood Goodie at BKFW 2018

Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes  http://www.jovannareyes.com

Follow us @curvystamagazine @curvysta 

Sarah Charness @sarahpinkviolin  jumped off Brooklyn Fashion Week 2018 on a passionate note.  It was the perfect introduction to the very sexy, womanly street wear of Hood Goodie.  The collection, with a mix of  street, dance, professional business woman and beachwear, definitely had more than one voice projected on the runway.  The designer’s best moments were those that showcased her talents the best. Her combination of prints and graphics.  The one standout piece was the fatigue print long coat with the recurring theme of women’s power on the back “New Girl Order”, also printed on various garments throughout the collection. The best styled outfit goes to the designer herself, wearing her logo sweatshirt layered over an large denim top with lace tied leggings and a Sabrina shoe.  Serious gangsta girl on top and sexy vixen on the bottom. Hood Goodie, the perfect conflagration of neon, sweatshirts and fishnets.

bkfw181

DSC02659

DSC02698

DSC02760

DSC02737

DSC02783

DSC02826

DSC02860

DSC02976

DSC02996

DSC03062

DSC03129DSC03138

 

CURVYSTA Emerging Artist:Tamika Patton from the Stellar Awards

PHOTOS/VIDEO AND ARTICLE BY JOVANNA REYES WWW.JOVANNAREYES.COM

Gospel artist and Philly native, Tamika Patton performed at the Stellar Independent Artist and Quartet Showcase and mesmerized the audience.  Her rich, full bodied voice moved everyone as she sang her new single “Lord Fill Me Up”.  The winner of Radio One’s ‘Best Inspirational Singer in America 2011’ contest, Ms. Patton has traveled the world sharing her God given talent and spreading the word through her ministry. Her talents can be seen on stages as an actress as well, performing as Mahalia Jackson with Loretta Devine and Don B. Welch productions.  She’s also shared the stage with gospel greats CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and many more.tamikapatton1

tamikapatton2

DSC02587

DSC02585

Here is a snippet of video of her performance at the Stellar Awards event.

Follow her:

Instagram@TamikaPattonMusic

Twitter@TamikaPatton

Facebook@TamikaMusic

 

 

The Best of The Stellar Awards 2018 Red Carpet

ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY JOVANNA REYES WWW.JOVANNAREYES.COM

FOLLOW CURVYSTA @INSTAGRAM @FACEBOOK @TWITTER

VIDEO SUPPLIED BY THE STELLAR AWARDS 2018

The 33rd annual Stellar Awards, aired on TV One, Friday March 30th at 9Eastern/8Central and will continue to air through May 6th.  The esteemed event showcased the top gospel artists and celebrated those that have dedicated their lives and talent to the genre. The red carpet event, held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, included top artists like Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, JJ Hairston, red carpet host NotKarltonBanks and more. The artists were in regal form with printed vibrant suit jackets and brilliant gowns, exemplifying gospel imagery at its finest!  The Stellar Awards red carpet is itself an event not to be missed.  Visit http://www.stellarawards.com for more information.

DSC02537
TINA AND ERICA CAMPBELL, FORMERLY OF MARY MARY, PERFORMED TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS.  THEY’VE CONTINUED SUCCESS IN THEIR PROSPECTIVE SOLO CAREERS.

 

 

ERICA CAMBPELL STYLED BY GOO GOO ATKINS WEARING DAUGHTERS OF NONYELUM HAIR BY VEDA NELMS FACE BEAT BY TERRELL MULLINS

DSC01899
LEXI ALLEN, HOST OF THE STELLAR AWARDS PRE-SHOW.  STYLED BY J. BOLIN DRESS BY ANR FASHIONS HAIR BY NICOLE YVETTE FACE BEAT BY GEORGE MCKENNEY
DSC01903
JEWELRY :CHOKED BY ERICA K AND N SIDE A DIVAS CLOSET, CLUTCH: SHOP J BOLIN

 

 

TINA CAMPBELL STYLED BY GOO GOO ATKINS WEARING DAUGHTERS OF NONYELUM HAIR BY VEDA NELMS FACE BEAT BY JAMESE JORDAN

DSC02573
CHRISTIANEE PORTER OF THE CHRISTI SHOW WEARING KENYA MOLLIE OF PROJECT RUNWAY 16

 

 

KEKE WYATT GRACED THE RED CARPET IN A LACE TWO PIECE FLORAL EMBROIDERY AND SANG HER HEART OUT IN A BRIGHT YELLOW ENSEMBLE. HAIR/MUA/STYLED BY ELIJAH COHEN

 

 

TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART GRACED THE CARPET WITH AN AMAZING CUSTOM RED BEADED GOWN BY ALGERNON JOHNSON WITH A FACE BEAT TO THE GODS BY DEEDEE KELLY.  THE TWO TONE SHORT HAIR STYLE, BY KI EDWARDS, FIT THE ENSEMBLE PERFECTLY.  SHE WAS TRULY SERVING ON THE RED CARPET.

DSC02555
LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON WEARING LINDA BEZUIDENHOUT COUTURE STYLED BY KASH HOWARD

 

 

LAURIEANNE GIBSON WAS PRETTY IN PINK IN TRINA TURK AND JOINED BY  MITCH SOLAREK.  CHECK OUT HER NEW SHOW ON LIFETIME TV, BEYOND THE SPOTLIGHT.

DSC02425
TASHA COBBS LEONARD (STYLED BY J. BOLIN) WON THE STELLAR AWARD FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTIST OF THE YEAR AND THE ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR.  CHECK OUT HER PERFORMANCE BELOW DURING THE STELLAR AWARDS AT THE ORLEANS ARENA IN LAS VEGAS.

 

TASHA COBBS LEONARD PERFORMANCE OUTFIT BY NICCI HOU; STYLED BY J. BOLIN

 

 

ANIKA NONI ROSE WEARING JOVANI FASHIONS, EARRINGS BY RICARDO BASTA

DSC02271
TAMELA MANN PERFORMED AT THE STELLAR AWARDS 2018 AND RECEIVED THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR HER DEDICATION AND GIFTS TO THE GENRE OF GOSPEL MUSIC.
DSC01914
KEYONDRA LOCKETT STYLED BY KIMBERLY LOCKETT
greenleafmusiccoordinator
ANGELA JOLIVETTE, SOUNDTRACK PRODUCER FOR GREENLEAF 2 AND WINNER OF STELLAR AWARD FOR BEST SOUNDTRACK 2018

 

 

DSC02207
DEBORAH JOY WINANS, DESIREE ROSS, MERLE DANDRIDGE

GENTLEMEN IN VIBRANT SUITS PREVAILED ON THE STELLAR RED CARPET:

 

 

THE AMAZING FAMILIES ON THE STELLAR AWARDS 2018 RED CARPET:

 

 

ONE MAN IN A SUIT IS BREATHTAKING, A GROUP CAN CAUSE YOU TO SWOON:

 

 

FOLLOW CURVYSTA @INSTAGRAM @FACEBOOK @TWITTER

Walk This Way with Jeannie Ferguson

Plus model extraordinaire, Jeannie Ferguson, hosted her respected, Walk This Way workshop in DC this weekend.  The always effervescent and lovingly spirited model, is known for her amazing and one of a kind walk.  She’s opened the runways of fashion productions nationally.  The show cannot start without Ms. Ferguson taking the first step on the catwalk.  Her experience as a fit model, print model, her unforgettable walk and her  personality are what keep her workshops booked, up and down the Eastern corridor.  This weekend her workshop focused on runway walks and how to become a consistently booked model.  Her honest feedback will help those that are ready to take the next step to professional modeling.   If you are in the North Carolina area, catch Ms. Ferguson at The Power Plus Weekend March 23-25th and at the Stories of Empowerment Brunch in NYC on March 31st.  Follow Jeannie Ferguson on Instagram @plusmodjeannief and shop her designs at @shop_bgu

jf34

jf29

jf37

jf11

jf2

jf10

jf35

jf26

Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, KeKe Wyatt and more to perform at the 2018 Gospel Stellar Awards in Vegas

Article by Jovanna Reyes www.jovannareyes.com Instagram@jovannareyesphotography
Photos supplied by JL Media PR for the Gospel Stellar Awards 2018

Stellars x Kirk

This year’s 2018 Gospel Stellar Awards, www.TheStellarAwards.com, produced by Don Jackson, will be hosted by Kirk Franklin at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The show, tickets are available to the public, will air on TV ONE, Friday, March 30th at 9PM ET/8PM CT. Snoop Dogg will perform gospel songs from his new album “Bible of Love”with Tye Tribbett and after six years, sisters Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell will reunite to perform as Mary Mary.  Tasha Page Lockhart Cece Winans Keke Wyatt and more talented artists will grace the stage once again. One of the many highlights of the evening will be the Red Carpet coverage by Internet sensation and comedian, Karlton Humes, aka NotKarltonBanks.

Honoree Tamela Mann is this year’s recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the genre of gospel. Mrs. Mann was formerly with Kirk Franklin and the Family before having a successful career in acting. Mrs. Mann can be seen in many Tyler Perry productions and presently stars in “Mann and Wife” with her husband, David Mann. TamelaMann_purple_dress_8x10_preview

David and Tamela Mann_preview
TAMELA MANN AND DAVID MANN
JJ Hairston by E GIBSON_preview (1)
JJ HAIRSTON

For more information visit www.StellarAwards.com. Follow the Stellar Awards @thestellars and #stellarawards to stay updated on the three day event.

 

 

 

Synergy Global Forum with Sir Richard Branson, Robin Wright, Guy Kawasaki and influencers in tech, business and social media.

This past weekend was a tidal wave of information at the Synergy Global Forum in New York City.  All the speakers, from Guy Kawasaki to Richard Branson, had a golden nugget to share on entrepreneurship and life lessons.  The weekend started off with ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ author, Guy Kawasaki, an Apple enthusiast and Venture capitalist.  He was followed by panel discussions and talks with top influencers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists like Gary Vaynerchuk, Jack Welch, Robin Wright, Steve Forbes, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Malcolm Gladwell, Ray Kurzweil, Jimmy Wales, and Kimberly Guilfoyle.  In other words, the functioning top ten percent that are running the world in science, tech and influence.

Richard Branson explained how he came to become such a successful and fearless CEO. He blames his mother for it. He said he had to do a lot to impress her. Most impressive fact is the future space giant, he revealed his moon jet is the only one designed with wheels for easier landing. It gives passengers the opportunity to land on earth without using a parachute and into the sea.

1

PD100
Panel Discussion with Jesse Kirshbaum, Bonin Bough, Gerard Adams and Billie Whitehouse.
DSC09851
Guy Kawasaki

 

37
Malcolm Gladwell

 

14

 

 

rb11
Richard Branson

 

 

rb17

 

 

Video: Red Carpet BTS of Black Panther’s ‘Welcome to Wakanda’ NYFW 2018 Presentation

The red carpet was resplendent in color, textiles and gold.  Many celebrities wore African inspired clothing with red being the favored color.  Lupita Nyongo wore Cushnie Et Ochs with jewelry by Douriaen Fletcher.  Chadwick Boseman was casual with garments by Fear of God.  The striking Danai Gurira wore a red dress with gold embellishments by Lois Kelly.  Zinzi Evans wore a black ruffled dress by Temperley London.