Social Saturday

REALITY THROWBACK

Reality tv seems to be the new fad of our generation today. You see them on the red carpets, at every celebrity events and even on the cover of your favorite magazine.

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Unfortunately, I am one of the rare breeds of this rigid society who feels that reality tv is a bunch of real Bull crap I honestly don’t agree with the new marketing strategy that has made the industry appear to be a sell out. Although I do believe in change, I also believe in keeping some things traditional. Why are all the well deserved celebrities taking a back seat to a baby mama news story? And if I’m not mistaken has every real celebrity had their shot on the Rolling Stone cover.

Just doesn’t make any sense in this asinine world anymore. It’s as if the 15 mins of fame just isn’t enough so they sell their souls for another 30 mins to an hour or just about anything to make a few extra bucks. Those extra bucks that struggling actors now can jump off a plane with a real hope and dream that just about every Tom, Chuck and Harry might have a shot at fame. Productions are popping out new reality shows it seems everyday as if they were popping a pill of Molly. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were so into their happy zone, that they thought any idea was a good idea.¬† Similar to the episode on Family Guy when Peter and Lois were so assure that they could sing while being high and in reality they sounded like a bullhorn of crap.

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I even question the credibility of actual celebrities that have somehow fallen from grace and chose the route of televised cameras coming into their homes, over the intriguing mystery of what their daily celebrity lifestyle would be like if we as an audience weren’t there. So yeah, not a full fan of Reality, but it’s the new way of entertainment.

My friend Shaka had invited me out at the last minute to an event promoting a new tv show. I didn’t get that much details other than there would be an open bar and food. Now, all those that know me, know that you don’t even have to finish your sentences once you say the magic word Food . Immediately I texted my friend Lauren to meet me at my other job where once I got off, we’d head over to my friends Talons house so we could all leave from there. The event started at 7:30 up until 10 pm at a nightclub called 1 Oak. I’ve had a table at 1Oak before, but ever since that Chris Brown shoot out, I haven’t stepped foot back into that rachet club.

The red carpet event was to promote a reality tv show called Marriage Bootcamp.

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Really? The hell is this, another spin off from another show rotating reality stars that need a light bill paid. Here I thought it was going to be a Young Hollywood event from Fox or the CW. I honestly feel that there should be a color code scheme for the carpets to tell the difference in authenticity in order to prepare yourself for what to expect.

So basically the same 15 minutes of marriage that these people have already have, they’re already finding problems within their relationships that they might have been able to fix had they of not been so money hungry with the cameras in their faces. They again go the route of a tv show letting just about every crusty rat into the cracks of their problems only to judge and see the problem before a televised or certified therapist can find the route of the problem. Whew Since when were counselors and therapist needing that extra pocket change themselves? I’d like to see a diploma and plaque please that would certify these people being “real”.

Well we made our way in and headed towards the open bar. The place was a good size to hold an event with just as many realities to fill up the spaces. My target was more for the trays of food which I didn’t see being passed around to my disappointment and clearly the open bar was more for the heavy drinkers as they were limited to a wine list of just one bottle of wine. I couldn’t even get a damn Moscow Mull, so I stuck with the champagne and cranberry juice. As we started making our way to our table , There she blows! I saw food trays sitting lonely at the tables. I casually walked over to a gentleman who had been stuffing his face like a chipmunk as if that had been the only meal he had eaten all day. He didn’t even have enough room in his mouth to talk so he just gestured me to help myself.

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Damn right I will so move aside please. Beef sliders, pot stickers, cheese balls, chicken skewers with Thai peanut sauce and ahi tuna tar tar.

I was in heaven and happier than ever. At first I didn’t even take notice in all that was around considering I was actually there to blog the event undercover, but I like to place myself in the middle of all the fun so my stories could be more amusing. Shaka, Lauren and Zane stood around as I too made myself comfortable at the table with the three men. I tried to offer them a seat , but they were observing all that was going on around us. Once I had my stomach full, we starting making our way to our host when suddenly I had noticed a very familiar face that I actually do like on the hit show LA Hair. It was China!

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Okay, now while I’m not a full fan of reality tv I do have my favorites. This girl will cut you with her stares and throw shade at you in the sunlight. Her fits are to die for and her style is as cute as a button. I found her sitting near a table in between the dance floor and bar with who I had assumed was one of her arch rivals who too is from the show. I did my little circle trying to discreetly watch how she interacted with others without coming across as a media inspector. I could have played Incognegro; incognito while being black, but that just wasn’t happening. I waited some time until I could approach her and ask for a picture. So I gracefully walked up and introduced myself as just Amber not to scare her away as her eyes like my facial expressions say more than words. She was a true beauty and her spirit too. She welcomed me with a big smile and her doll like batted eyes and was more then open in taking a photo. @Chinaupshaw

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I had explained to her that I wanted to text it to my mother before she made her way to bed. She smiled so Lauren and I left her back with her friends. We made our way to the dance floor where the infamous or rather famous Omarosa was hitting up the floors with friends. I dare not get in the way of her two steps and music as she gestured her friends to continue dancing while Lauren and I made our way through. Not seconds later my mother texted me back

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Yeah she adores her too. I raced back over to where China was sitting to show her the text message my mother had sent me and she was floored. She pointed out another cast member to me and stated to try and get a photo with him as well. Terry also in my photo is another one of the members that you can’t help but to love. I told him that aside from the entertainment, you get a lot of hair tips for a bargained steal if your taking notes. He was kind and a joy to talk to. On the show he’ll read you like a book and write out your own ending. These two are extremely comical and aside from the consistency of celebrity guest stars they really make the show. Show airs in June of this year, but check out their full bio on WEtv.

Lauren and I went back to our spot on the dance floor which inadvertently made us the center of attention . We were literally in eye shot of just about every name in the building as we danced with champagne in one hand and our phones in the other.
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The Dj was probably one of the best Djs that could play every type of music…. okay, not everything from Opera to country bunkin music, but more that would fit the crowd. Clearly he was aware of his atmosphere because then came on some serious old school early 90’s music. Lauren and I, showing that we were no Hollywood rookies, went right into our Kid and Play gear doing every 90’s dance that only grown folks would know. In the corner of my eye I noticed Ray J sitting at a table on the dance floor locking eyes on me and Lauren not giving a care in the world.

My long pleated skirt didn’t stop me from doing the Running Man, Cabbage Patch or Roger Rabbit and those were only a few to name. Actually I don’t even think he flinched in staring unless someone was asking to take a photo. He had no groupies, no under cover baby mamas and his co-cast and real life girlfriend (s) Princess or Teairra Marie weren’t by his side or sitting or on his lap. I turned around to find Lauren talking to two gorgeous women, one short and one tall, so I walked over to see who they were and to observe them. I noticed the tall one with the bobbed shaped hair style that had a florescent glow under the lights of purple and blue and their make-up was absolutely flawless. Lauren seemed to be in some deep rooted conversation with them until my light bulb went off. Holy crap! It’s SWV Sisters with Voices!

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These women were the top 90’s women of R&B , Pop and Soul with hit Grammy nominated songs like Weak, I’m so into you, Right here, You’re always on my mind. Their music was that feel good music that had you swaying and kicking up your feet to every beat and rhythm. They’ve worked with some if not all the most influential and leading music artist and producers since the early 90’s up until now. I was in utter shock that we were casually in the same building where as a child I had to spend hundreds of dollars just to get a glimpse of them and yet they were talking to me like anyone else in the industry. Yeah I was acting like a fan because I am a fan the hell you think?! They were gracious and friendly as I started singing along to one of my favorite songs Weak. Of course I wasn’t going to walk away without getting a photo and I politely asked a gentleman near by if he wouldn’t mind taking the photo. I don’t know what was in the liquor that everyone was drinking, but there were too many humble hearts in one room. I didn’t let that minute go by without torturing my mom just a little bit more with another photo and again she showed her true excitement.

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Typically I don’t like hyping my mother up because she comes up with these irrational world wide ideas that are so left field that I just have to roll my eyes and walk away. This was different though because I knew it would make her happy. Lauren and I continued our dancing center stage on the dance floor when I started to pick up on a beat to a song I use to have to dance to for promotional work. Omarosa started clearing out the area of the dance floor taking the spot light and then it just hit me. It was the Wobble song. Now we all know that if you have enough of us in one room there’s about to be an electric slide or soul train line for sure. The wobble song is a popular urban song that not only has a catchy butt shaking beat but also a sway your hips dance movement that anyone could follow along to. Omarosa took the lead and everyone followed. I still had all my crap in my hands which didn’t occur to me to place them down so I could really get into the music, but instead I gave the spotlight to the group of reality stars and did my own thing. There was one guy, I’m assuming was Omarosas friends, who was really getting into the music. He did more jumping around than dancing where I spilled a little bit of champagne onto my shirt and skirt. The cameras were recording and people were watching as we all tried to stay on the same beat. Of course a few times I went the wrong way, but whatever I still kept it together and looked good.

Before the song had ended I made sure to catch a video of the entertainment so my mom could have her laughs and watch on her downtime. You can catch my video on my IG @AmberSocialLA . When the song ended everyone went back to their drinks and conversations and I found more Hors d’oeuvres sitting at the table near me.
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Through out the evening I continuously made sure to take my notes and jot down everything that was going on while still keeping a close eye on the crowd. Ray J was still in his same spot and my friend Shaka was right behind him. I flagged down Shaka and Zane to make their way to where we were so we could all be together. Shaka didn’t know how entertaining Lauren and I could be once you put us together, but he soon found out. We sweated up a storm where with every switch of the music we switched up our dance styles and I switched up my hips to give a little tease to the onlookers.

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Pretty on Fleek is the saying when you can still manage to look this good. The night was slowly ending and the place was starting to clear out. It was only the beginning of the night though so I needed to make sure that I still looked up to par. Every time we tried to leave the dance floor the Dj just kept going in somewhat like how Instagram sensation @Callmeskitzo puts it with her “When you’re trying to leave, but the Dj keeps going in” parody.
Finally we walked off for the first time in hours and walked over to our table that Lauren and I never made the effort in approaching. The crowd was still around more along the bar area and maybe a few still dancing. Ray J had finally moved as well as he was talking to some blonde guy and the same guy who had seemed to be his only arm candy in a leather jacket.

The few people still dancing were dancing as if it were going out of style and they needed to get their last moves in. The blonde female was really cutting up a rug on the wooden floors, dropping it like she had a hot potato in her hand. I can’t really say she was on beat, but she kept it moving. The lights were kind of glaring in my eyes and so I waited for her to come into the area we were standing so I could see her face a little more clearer. I should have know that the only two blondes practically left in the room were none other than Heidi and Spencer

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The perfect reality couple of America. These two have done it all and together. They’ve been on every show Together , every gossip column Together, every tabloid magazine Together. Contrary to belief, their love is thicker than any amount of blood waiting to be donated in a hospital. When they said their I do’s they clearly meant every word of it. I admire this couple and Spencer whose been type casted as the evil cocky prick is in fact a genuinely all around nice guy, while Heidi is the fun loving with a few holes in her head perfect girlfriend. They made a name for themselves capitalized off the mockery and are doing well staying together through it all. They’ve actually outlasted some of Hollywood’s hottest couples just when you thought marriage was dead and a sky rocketing divorce rate was alive. So yeah. I like these two. Though I don’t see why they had to do this show. I’m not buying. Here’s the scoop. I’ve been around them more times then anyone would think.

Before the Hills even came along and during the time of the hit show Laguna Beach, there was also a show called Princes of Malibu.

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Spencer as the obnoxious comedic friend pretty much added the extra hilarious in his scenes. He always stirred up good amounts of trouble and ideas that would piss off the father and gain the coddling love of the mother. I remembered a specific part of the episode where he was making bull horns with his fingers to annoy someone and that ended up going down in history of why I like the guy. Yeah it would only make sense to me. Heidi on the other hand and in a separate area, was somewhat overshadowed by the cry me a freaking river with not one tear drop in her eyes, Lauren Conrad or better known as LC. Truth be told Heidi was in fact the most loved on outside of the show for her sincere bubbly and interpersonal personality while LC was the prudish stiff. My friend at the time who too played it off for the cameras leached on to her for damn near ever Hollywood episode you could find. So where she was, he was too and I was somewhere in the room observing from the sidelines.

Clearly I’ve never been a fan of LC as shes always had this self centered way about her whenever we were in the same room. We hung around the same Hollywood circle, She rarely even spoke unless it was a guy or you had to squeeze a hello and nice to meet you for the millionth time out of her. There’s been a handful of times where I would watch the cameras rolling, but sit back to see all the bull play out. I even saw when one of her seasons boyfriend cheated on her when somehow it coincidentally played out on the show. So she’s not much of an “American Sweetheart ” to me. American yes, Sweet No, and with a heart…I’ll give the benefit of the doubt.

It was Heidi through tv that gave me insight on how to make being a socialite more strategic with knowing the way of the game. Sure I was fine with the circle I was hanging around, but I also enjoyed doing my own thing which is why I reached out to Brent Bolthouse of SBE then to possibly intern for a job. Didn’t happen, but as a girl who too was an Orange County native I wanted to get out of that bubble. So the fact that Heidi and Spencer had found each other on one of the shows I thought was real cute. I had met Spencer back in the year of 07′ at a club called Mood that I started frequenting once I got my Secret Society card from one of the most well respected promoters in Los Angeles . That’s when I approached Broady and Spencer where we shared a few laughs from what I highlighted with their show. Surprisingly Spencer remembered me years ago and gave me a little fist nudge of approval, honored that he did have someone out there that had an ounce of loyalty in support of him.

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Lauren and I made sure to get a photo or rather two since Ray J handed his camera to our photographer . Unfortunately we weren’t able to get Heidi into the photo who was still Dropping low to get her eagle on, but she had made friends with “I run LA” Natalie¬† Nunn. I still don’t know how she’s been able to make that claim when I’ve never seen her a day in my life nor signing business contract with the city council.

It was a refreshing and damn good night! From what I was not expecting, I got. I can’t say I’ll be watching or supporting the show, but word of advice… just cut the cameras off and work on each other. For the remainder of the night we waited for the club 1Oak to open to the rest of the public and it definitely was not something I could say I missed. It was like the first day of high school where you had your new little freshman and us Seniors waiting to prey. Lauren and I caused just a little bit of Tv comedy trouble with two flimsy females that insisted on constantly dancing in our way, so we changed that real quick and let them know who earned the grounds to stay.

Xox

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