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

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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

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

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

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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.

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The Beauty of Afro Punk 2016

The Afro Punk Music Festival, held at the Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY, embraces the alternative music, fashions and lifestyles within the African American community.  This year the festival hosted Janelle Monae, Ice Cube, Gallant, Earl Sweatshirt and more.  The festival is not only about music, it draws creatives from all over the city and is a visual feast of artistic beauty.

All photos by Jovanna Reyes

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I also had the fortune of running into THIS IS DOPE! fashion truck @newdopeness on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  The truck is a collection of one of a kind designers, accessories, retro records and more.  The items were curated in partnership by THIS IS DOPE! creator and The Global Style Gypsy, Latisha Daring(designer of the amazingly, original headphones).

Necklaces by The Sheila Gray Collection