Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, MJ Rodriguez start the party at the BET Soul Train Music Awards 2019

All Photos and Article by Jovanna Reyes

Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold open the BET Soul Train Awards 2019, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.

Tisha Campbell and Tisha Arnold welcomed viewers to the House of Cellulite and Menopause with MJ Rodriguez of “Pose” for the opening of the BET Soul Train Music Awards 2019. The dance number was set to a medley of Janet Jackson’s house/dance songs with the hosts singing live in leather body-con suits and with exaggerated comedic genius expressions. They are more than ready for their own variety show…Tyler Perry ya’ listening?

Keyshia Cole and Tank present the Best R&B/Soul Female Artist at the BET’s Soul Train Music Awards 2019, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.

This year’s Soul Cypher, Keyshia Cole, presented H.E.R., along with Tank, the award for BestR&B/Soul Female Artist. The always lovely and conservatively dressed, compared to her counterparts, gave an inspirational speech in comparison to admitted social anxiety disorder sufferer, Summer Walker. Ms. Walker, obviously elated, gave a quick thank you after presented with the Best New Artist award by the crew of Tyler Perry’s “The Oval”.

SIR and his brother, D Smoke, performed at the BET’s Soul Train Music Awards, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.

K. Michelle soulfully performed her single “Rain” with an all white platformed background which was striking with her vibrant hair. The new Radeo record label owner, Issa Rae, introduced her new artist, TeaMarr. The Haitian rapper/singer crooned her single, “Kinda Love”, on the My Black is Beautiful stage with the Adam Blackstone Allstar Band while sipping from her teacup. Her obvious signature move repeated on the blue carpet.

K. Michelle performs “Rain” at the BET’s Soul Train Music Awards 2019, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.

After K. Michelle and TeaMarr, Tichina Arnold introduced Doctur Dot, Tiana Major9 and Johnny Venus of Earthgang, where the spoken word was introduced before “Collide” was performed. The stage was drenched in color, flowers and silver rims to represent the theme from the new movie “Queen and Slim”.

BET’s Soul Train Awards 2019 host, Tichina Arnold, at the Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.

“American Soul” actor, Sinqua Walls presented the king of non traditional gospel, Kirk Franklin, with the Best Gospel/Inspirational Award. Mr. Franklin inspired those beginning their careers to be patient and allow things to ‘marinate’ because not everyone has a microwaveable career that is easily attained.

Boyz II Men and Stokely performed a medley of the ballads from their greatest hits for the Legend Award Tribute to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Wanya, Shawn and Nathan belted out falsettos for “Tender Love” and “On Bended Knee” while Stokely flamed the fire with “Breaking My Heart” and “Pretty Brown Eyes”.

Stokely performed for the Legend Award Tribute-Ballads at the BET’s Soul Train Music Awards 2019, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.

Ari Lennox appeared in good spirits when introducing her friend, Pink Sweat$, who performed his hit “Honesty” on the My Black is Beautiful stage. Wale was joined by Jermih for “on Chill” and Kelly Price, looking super sexy in all black leather, for “Sue Me”.

Ari Lennox introduces her friend, Pink Sweat$, at the My Life is Beautiful stage for the BET Soul Train Music Awards 2019.
Queen Naija performs her hit “Good morning text” at the BET Soul Train Music Awards 2019, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.

Queen Naija sang her hit “Good Morning Text” on the Orleans Arena stage before Kirk Franklin presented Yolanda Adams with the BET Soul Train Music Lady of Soul Award. Ms. Adams thanked everyone with a special mention for her daughter and performed seven of her top hits. She was so in the moment, Ms. Adams continued singing as she walked offstage. Luke James(who was giving Prince vibes on the blue carpet and onstage), Ro James and BJ The Chicago Kid performed “All your love” and “Go girl” in their matching red outfits.

Luke James, Ro James and BJ The Chicago Kid perform at the BET’s Soul Train Music Awards in Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.

The theme of the evening were the living legends, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ music compilations. From the first scene with a Janet Jackson medley, to Boyz II Men and Stokely ballads, the next set was mind blowing. Sounds of Blackness reunited with Jamecia Bennett and Ann Nesby and their pipes are still fresh. Mary Davis and Abdul Ra’Oof of the S.O.S. Band hit all the right notes and Alexander O’Neal joined Cherrelle, who outsung Alexander and looked fabulous doing it. The final Legend tribute act deserves their own award, Morris Day and Jerome Benton made the audience get on their feet and groove with the Time. They were also joined by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Babyface.

Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold dressed like the Legend Award, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at the BET’s Soul Train Music Awards, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.

Adam Blackstone and the BBE Allstar Band finished off the night with Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold thanking Connie Orlando, BET V.P. Original Programming. The performers joined the hosts onstage for a Soul Train line with Cherrelle and Ann Nesby hitting high notes on the way out.

The BET Soul Train Awards 2019 Finale, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas
Mary Davis(S.O.S. Band), Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold and Ann Nesby at the finale of The BET’s Soul Train Music Awards, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.
Babyface, Abdul Ra’Oof(S.O.S. Band) with Tichina Arnold at The BET Soul Train Awards 2019, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

All photos and article written by Jovanna Reyes http://www.jovannareyes.com @jovannareyesphotography

Love & Hip Hop’s, Paris Phillips, lands her first movie role on BET’s “Fall Girls”


BET Networks will premiere their original comedy production “Fall Girls” on Saturday, January 12, 9PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her.  The comedy, executive produced by Footage Films, features Paris Phillips of Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, Amara La Negra(Love and Hip Hop Miami), Tami Roman(Basketball Wives), Erica Hubbard, Erica Peeples and Joely Fisher.  The light hearted comedy is set in San Francisco, where Paige Davis(Amara La Negra) is promoted and her boss Simone(Joely Fisher) invites her and friend Tyra(Erica Hubbard) to a weekend getaway.  After a night of decadence, the two friends wake up to a dead boss and the comedy begins with the help of Paige’s friends, Tyra and Kiki(Paris Phillips). The hysterical group with very different personalities, try to get through the weekend without being accused of her death and attempt to find the real killer.

As you watch the short trailer, it is quite evident who will carry the “funny” in the movie,  Ms. Paris Phillips.  The Brooklynite dominates every scene she is in and pulls you further into the story.  It’s why we had to find out how she became this confident, Curvy being and her natural flair in front of the camera.

Curvysta: “May I call you Ms. Phillips? “

Paris: “Girl you better call me Paris.”

Curvysta: “Where were you born and raised Ms. Paris?”

Paris:  “I was born in Harlem, but I was raised in Brooklyn.  I lived in Harlem until I was eight years old but Brooklyn is home.”

Curvysta: “As a child did you have aspirations to be in the entertainment industry?  It’s so natural to you.  You’re like a beam of light on camera.  I love watching you.”

Paris: “ I just knew I always wanted to be on tv.  I was that kid that always loved attention.  My grandmother said when I was a little kid, I would copy people on the train.  I was always the class clown.  I’ve always been the kid that everybody loved.  I knew I wanted to do something on TV”

Curvysta:  “What was your first opportunity getting into the industry?  Your foot in the door?”

Paris:  “My first opportunity came through Keyshia Cole’s via Twitter.  I never really tried to go after.  I was going to get a city job but Twitter came around and you have access to real celebrities.  Keyshia Cole followed me.  She wasn’t following a lot of people.  I was a fan but I wasn’t to the extreme.  I said something back to her, that I didn’t agree with and she  took a liking to me.  She let me know she was coming to do Wendy Williams.  I remember talking to a lot of her people behind the scenes and they must’ve let her know that “Paris was a cool girl…so she took a liking to me.”

She offered to fly me out to LA on her next album and I’d never been to LA before.  She said don’t tell anyone I’m flying you out.  I was in LA for ten days while she’s taking me to studios.  I became cool with people behind the scenes, writer, engineers and show runners.  They went on to become big executives.  That’s why I tell people, when you meet people you never know how far they’ll go.  They’ve gone on to become successful publicists and Grammy writers and so on.  I was still working at Starbucks.  I was on tour and I took advantage of being on tour.”

Curvysta:  “There is a softness about you.  I know you’re from Brooklyn but there is a kindness that comes across.”

Paris:  “These celebrities like being around me because I’m real.  Sometimes you want that realness around you.  It feels like home.”

Curvysta: “How does the reality show differ from being on a movie set?”

Paris: “It’s a big difference.  When you walk on set, I know what you’re walking into.  When you walk onto Love and Hip Hop, you’re blindsided.  You don’t know what you’re walking into.  I know when I’m on a movie set, I know I’m going to be with this actress or that actress.  It’s a big difference.  You don’t know what’s expected on Love & Hip Hop.”

Curvysta:  “So is it easier on the movie set, than the reality set?”

Paris:  “Any set is easier than the Love & Hip Hop set.  When people talk about the other reality show sets, we don’t get anything.  A movie set is easy.”

Curvysta:  “You’re voice is amazing.  I love your tonality.  You should be on radio.  Your energy is so infectious, it comes across whether they are seeing you, visually or hearing you on the radio.”

Paris:  “Yes, yes, yes!  I want to do something like DJ Khaled.  I want to do something like that.  I know the people. I have the voice…Why can’t I be the next DJ Khaled?  This is what I’m saying!”

Curvysta:  “You’re a great example of a confident Curvy girl.  You have this great confidence.”

Paris:  “I’m not going to front.  It’s hard to find clothes.  I can’t be on Love and Hip Hop looking like a raggedy b*&(^.  It’s hard.”

Curvysta:  “I think you’re absolutely stunning.”

Paris:  “I call myself ‘Peyonce”,  They see me with the blonde wig and folks call me “Peyonce”.  When I have my glam on and my hair laid I know I look beautiful.  Some people have negative energy, so it makes you ugly.  Once again, my energy is positive so it makes me more beautiful.  It’s not about size.  Good vibes overpower everything.”

Curvysta:  “Sometimes you’re glam and sometimes you wear a grill.  What is your style?”

Paris:  “My style is TomBoy chic.  Shout out to Fashion Nova Curves.  They look out for me.  You have to know what is flattering to your body.  When you’re comfortable, you look comfortable.  The reunion show was out of the box for me.  That was my first time with blonde hair.  I love the feedback from the people.  Thanks to my friend, Lazell @zellswag, he styled me up for the reunion.  He said “No, we are getting sexy, sexy.”  Zell had a vision.  I was nervous.  Corset, titties up, blonde hair…that was a real 360 for me.”

Curvysta: “How was it working with Amara La Negra, Tami Roman…your reality show sisters?”

Paris: “Tami is my sister.  She is my family.  Amara, that was my first time meeting her.  Amara is cool.  She’s really nice but Tami is my sister.”

Curvysta:  What do you have planned next?

Paris: “Keep doing auditions. I am going to continue taking acting classes.  I want to continue taking my DJ classes.  It’s a lot.  Five years from now, God willing, call me Dana Jr(Queen Latifah)  That is my aspiration.”

Curvysta:  Is there anything you want to share about the movie?

Paris:  Watch the movie BET 9PM.  Watch it because they gave me a chance to be in it.  Support it! Show love!

Follow Ms. Paris Phillips on Instagram @whoisparisphillips

Watch Paris, Amara La Negra, Tami Roman, Erica Hubbard and the rest of the cast this Saturday, 1/12/19 on BET/BET Her at 9PM