Good evening, fellow bloggers and readers,
It’s been a long time since I’ve touched based with you here. After two years as a law student and creative spirit, I decided to continue my entrepreneurial path at Nikkipanache.com. There, you will be able to witness my recent expansion of products that stretches beyond bow ties and catch a glimpse of my new interests at The NP.
The NP is my other blog that caters to young professionals. There, I discuss entertainment, music, and personal experiences. Additionally, I’ve begun blogging on intellectual property law suits. This is a recent addition since I’ve been added to the Law Review at my law school as an Associate Editor. Fun stuff. I assure you. However scholarly, I’ve tried to blog in manner in which makes the law interesting and easy to understand. I attempted to achieve this also by writing about subjects and topics that are hot in today’s world of fashion, music, and entertainment.
Besides being a law student and continuing my journey of building and branding an online boutique, I’m currently researching trademark tacking in preparation of a case note that could be published in Spring 2016.
I’m also working my way through a bar exam application. I swear that bar exam application asks for everything but a blood sample. I probably should send one in for good measure.
Nonetheless, this is my update on my life … my workings … and undertakings. And at this time, I invite you over to Nikkipanache.com to take a look at what I’ve been cooking up. Should you have any feedback, I’d love to hear from you. Please email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for waiting so patiently … for my return thank you for visiting this website during my absence.
Last night, I found myself venturing to several internet cafes with David (my boyfriend). I had to complete a quiz, and he had something for work. Anyway, we thought “McDonalds at midnight and quizzes” would pair nicely with dollar sundaes. That easy savings sundaes could sweeten a blow of any unsuspected glitches that may detract us from quality sleep before another day of love and law.
I’ll admit I’m a little hard on everyone around me. I mean if David is going to let me use his spare computer as I have inconveniently left mine at home, a side effect of too many pain killers, a Rocky Balboa face, and a “crowning” wisdom tooth, he should at least remember the password for me to logon. I shouldn’t have to sit there for 10 minutes rehearsing ways to insult him from forgetting that the password is … my … name which he says at least 10 times a day. Unaware this fact, I gawked when he teased, “you don’t know how to spell your own name?” My birth name was the very thing delaying me from success on my quiz. Then I thought, ‘aha! look at the Universe! David, having used my name as a password logon to his spare computer, spoke to the Universe, and the Universe created this very moment.’ Before moving on, you must understand that this trail of thoughts is a sign of anxiety and pain killers. Instead of going into one of my famous monologues, I sat there calmly with a smile while he worked to get me up and running. Anxiety was best left unsaid … in this case.
Finally logged on at 11p, I struggled to sign on to Desire 2 Learn, a site where law students can find a syllabus and task list, with no desire to learn a new way to live a stress free life. I figured that, no matter the circumstances, between the excruciating pain of my wisdom tooth and abscess, the upkeep of my personal relationship, and the further branding and growth of TFHApparel.com, I signed up for this. I signed up to have it all, to excel at all things I’ve set out to do, no matter how difficult it may become, no matter how many dollar sundaes I may devour at 11p, no matter how long it takes for me to log on to my next task meanwhile mentally check out of love and into law. I feel like the things I love are perhaps worth suffering for … The freedom to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
I find it interesting that the Declaration of Independence discusses the aforementioned right to “life, liberty, and happiness” in the same breadth (yes breadth not breath) it discusses the freedom to abolish any government that causes unnecessary suffering. Then I thought: Now what does this mean to me and my life? What must I abolish to live a life of liberty and happiness? Are my governing thoughts to succeed causing suffering? And why am I inclined to suffer to succeed? Am I the only one asking myself these questions? With much insight, 39 men agreed to include “Mankind is disposed to suffering” when they wrote their grievances against King George III. Not only that, but they were willing to fight for their freedoms using the poorest quality of guns as we know it today–muskets. That’s some determination! Bows and arrows are more effective than that. Anyway, the thought of loading a musket with gun powder, in times of war, would’ve had me lay down my gun and surrender on the battlefield. I cannot imagine what kind of patience and focus it must take for me to overcome suffering with such a lowly gun. Is this the kind of attitude that can lead to success in love and law? As it seems, it will require that I use the knowledge and skills that I now possess to succeed, no matter how poor the quality. Some are better than others. Some I hope will overrule others … insults versus effective communication with insults being the plaintiff.
“… and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” (source)
Could love and law be necessary evils worth suffering for?
Long time no see, eh? I know, I know. I’ve been out gallivanting, living life and working on the TFHApparel.com business. Even so, I’ve been managing to get out and mingle a bit. First, off I wanted to recap Charlotte Style Mag’s 25 Most Stylish where they honor 25 Most Stylish in business and entertainment in Charlotte. This year’s event was held at Suite which is located in the Epicenter of Uptown Charlotte.
Katie McKeiver was the red carpet correspondent, and lots of people showed up in the best attire. The running theme, of the crowd, was brightly colored dresses, suits, separates, and lots of bow ties. I even spotted a woody (a wooden bow tie) which was nicely adorn by Keith (of Silverfly).
Other special guests included artists Sunshine Anderson and Special Ed.
Nikki Panache introduces Nikkipanache.com and the Female Haberdasher Bow Tie Shop. She defines “panache” and “haberdasher” and why she chose to use those words to define her brands.
I’m often teased by my girlfriends about my slight love for white guys. I understand that my girlfriends are down for the brothers long-term and can’t find the je ne sais quoi in any man who isn’t black.
I, on the other hand, find attraction across color lines. Men are men. If he can imbibe with my rhythm, he might can hang! Like K Michelle says about Olympian Ryan Locte in a recent interview, “Ryan’s a good time … A lot of fun. And he’s a good friend.” You should’ve seen her Cheshire grin and big eyes? She’s digging him.
And sure women are drawn to men who have charisma, swag, Olympians, hot rappers and singers, etc. Lol. Yet we also want someone who knows how to have a good time, who isn’t self-conscious about his every move … particularly while out.
Last night, I met a cute white guy with a Seinfield sense of humor. I like to laugh, so it worked for a brief moment.
Then he did the forbidden … he touched my HAIRRRR and smoothed it away from my eye.
Ok so I know what I just said about calculated moves, so this comes off contradictory. But …
You just can’t go around touching a black woman’s hair all Willy Neely. We spend hours in the salon. Primping and pressing. Spraying and glossing. Freezing and gelling. Lawd!!! What was he thinking? It was all good up until then …
My involuntary muscles grouped together and conspired a frown against his innocent yet naive gesture.
Anywho after my reaction, he backed down and found his place with his company.
Ok so … Umm … Just a little advice for the white guys and guys in general. Should you ever find yourself with me at a bar … In the middle of the street … Wherever … And we’re grinning and taking a liking to one another, don’t you dare touch my hair!!!
… Now that it’s off my chest. I feel free to gallivant Charlotte tonight, knowing that enough people will read this and spread the word!
Here’s to a good night of flirting …
It gives me good feeling …
Nas’ album Life is Good just dropped last Tuesday, July 17th and let me just start off by stating there is no way in the world I could convey to you how great this album is, you just have to go experience it for yourself. Nas tells of his past and everything he’s experienced to get to where is now, then goes on to explain why Nasir Jones, life is good. The album gives us both songs to reminiscent about the 90s to and to ride out to enjoying life right now despite what we’re going through.
The album begins with Nas revealing a timeline of his struggles on No Introduction and the last verse describes the album the best.
“Reveal my life, you will forgive me
You will love me, hate me, judge me, relate to me
Only a few will, this how it sounds when you too real
They think it’s just music still
Well I am a graphic classic song composer
Music notes on sheets
I wrote this piece to get closure
Some of y’all might know Kelis
This goes to her with love
Also goes to y’all, let’s see
The craziest things already happened to me
So either you’ll be laughing at me or you’re laughing with me…”
Now Nas himself is no stranger to hardships, the difference between this albums and his past ones is the content he finds regardless of the troubles, “I know you think my life is good cause my diamond piece/ But my life been good since I started finding peace” (Loco-Motive). Back When, A Queen’s Story, and You Wouldn’t Understand with songstress Victoria Monet also continue the theme of Nas’ humble beginnings with his ability to paint pictures with his words and references to previous classic bars. The single Nasty is also classic Nas having fun spitting rapid bars educating new fans to the Nas we old heads all know and love.
Daughters has to be one of the most touching constructions to ever hit my ears. “She looked at me like I’m not the cleanest father figure/ But she rocking with it… They say the coolest playas and foulest heart breakers in the world/ God gets us back, he makes us have precious little girls.” He also addresses the incident where his daughter tweeted a box of condoms enhanced by the background vocals from Kaye Fox. Nas’ ability to expose this aspect of his lives solidifies his realness and makes me love him even more.
Accident Murderer featuring Rick Ross reminds you of Nas’ gangsta just in case you started to doubt him. Reach Out with fellow veteran in the game Mary J. Blige and Summer on Smash with Miguel and Swizz Beatz is sure to be heard blasting through speakers on those windows-down-hot-summer-nights with a beat selection only veteran producers like No ID, Swizz Beatz and Justice League could create. His features are a great balance of enhancing the album but giving the right amount of Nas a fan like me needs. Nas’ versatile flow goes easy yet oh so hard when the time calls for it like on the neck breaking The Don co-produced by Heavy D who passed before the completion of the second single off the album; “Heavy D gave this beat to Salaam for me to rap to.”
The soft side of Nas is exposed as he takes you through deep emotions with the smooth, jazz inspired, track Stay and Cherry Wine featuring Amy Winehouse (a nice dedication since Monday was the anniversary of her death), while Bye Baby is my new break-up anthem based on his & Kelis’ separation with a sample from Guy’s Goodbye Love “Wanted you as my shorty since before I saw you screaming/ Hate you so much right now/ Should’ve saw the man in angry black women/ Actions of a demon, I’m leaving.” His rhymes have you looking at his life through his eyes and there is no way you can not feel where he is coming from. The deep thinking and thought provoking Nas will have you listening to songs over and over and realizing different meanings each time. That is what I live for in an album. Thank you to Nas for showing the younger generation of hip-hop fans what the rap game is truly about – living to learn and inspire through music.
I believe that healing is my purpose!
New R&B/Indie artist–Cordula Davis is not to be taken lightly … when it comes to her music, her man, and her life’s purpose. Her passion for life and love pours out in every song, uptempo or not, as she sings to heal others and tell of a love story that once needed healing of its own.
Last Thursday night, I was invited to sit in on a studio session with her. There, Davis recorded a self-written hook for Millennium Love. I was blown away at how powerful her voice sound over the beat. She could have very well sung it a capella and turned this planned duo feature into a solo-performed ballad. When she finished recording her hook, she invited me to her home for closer look on “Cordula Davis.”
Leading me up the stairs and into her home studio, Cordula introduced me to new tracks, invited me to see her recording booth, and played a classical number on the keys for me. But before we get into all that; here’s what she had to say about the music she’s been writing and recording lately.
Nikki: I wanted to talk a little about your hook to Millenium Love. Where did the inspiration from that song come from? You sing it with so much passion and strength. I know it has to come from somewhere …
Cordula: I think that when I sing that song, I was in a mode of ‘what’s the future going to hold’ and trying to move past what’s happened in the past. And that’s the reason I wanted to do music because it allows you to go through emotions and allows for you to heal from those things. I think the place I was coming from, you know, when I wrote the hook for that song was [expressing] a new type of love. Not the type of love … like “yeah that’s my boo … he does things for me.” But something a little bit more mature … a little bit more real … and just a really strong type of love. The idea of Millennium Love is like we’re in the millennium, and we do everything different and better. And that’s the idea behind that: love me like there’s no tomorrow because we don’t know. Times now are … I mean people are dying, and there’s war. There’s people without healthcare, people who are struggling, people who cannot eat, and it’s like why waste time not loving people, hating on people, or being jealous of people, and not giving your relationship your all. Particularly in the African-American community, I think that people undervalue relationships, and I think we look at relationships like a burden. And Millennium Love is about being all-in in, truly loving someone and being loved. And both people have to be all-in and vulnerable to be in love.
Cordula Davis sings the hook to Millennium Love here.
Nikki: Let’s talk about Climaxion. [I love this song!!] When I heard this song, I could just imagine …(Cordula laughs) … what it means to me might be different than what it means to you. Tell me about the writing experience. In what space were you … what were you thinking when you wrote this song?
Cordula: So Climaxion is a very interesting song. My co-writer–Matthew Loverso (@m_loverso) and I wrote this song together. We were basically thinking of writing a song that had to do with a recent experience that I had went through. Ryan and I had been going through pre-marital counseling. During the counseling, we had to fast from each other. It meant no nothing. And basically the song came from the point-of-view of my struggle with abstinence. And it’s about somebody who is far away who you are really thinking about. You are remembering what their cologne smell like and what it feels like to be touched by that person. And the song builds … and as I miss this person, I start to become … ummm … turned on and basically I start to please myself. I don’t believe it’s vulgar, but there’s a lot of emotion in that song. This song was recorded with J Stylz (@j_stylzmusic). And I was going for a really sexy song. Because the songs I’d done before that, my voice was very strong. And I was trying to do something soft. I was thinking Drake, The Weeknd … something people put on when they’re in the mood.
Nikki: So what would a video for Climaxion look like? It can’t be you pleasing yourself.
Cordula: (laughs) … something very simple. Just me sitting and thinking of flashbacks of being with that person. And just going through the feelings as the song builds up. All five senses would be visualized in the song because I write so that people can truly experience what I’m singing about.
Nikki: What other songs are you currently working on?
Cordula: I’m currently working on a cross-over pop song. It has a pop feel. I have five other songs that are done.
Nikki: Can we get the titles on those songs?
Cordula: (giggles a bit) No … not yet. I might let you have one.They’re all club songs, and people are going to rock them out.
Nikki: So the one that you might let me have is titled …?
Cordula: Win or Lose. There are two versions and a possible remix. That’s actually the first song I wrote during the fast. And I had done a lot of praying and a lot of soul-searching and you know basically realized that this is what I’m supposed to be doing … my music. And this song is about giving your all even though you’ve been hurt several times. Just going after love because it’s worth it. Win or Lose.
I was looking for love. And it’s when I stopped that I actually found what I was looking for. And the theme of this project is letting go of negativity and the past and moving forward and being excellent in everything you do … being loving in everything that you do!
Nikki: Besides fasting, what other things do you do to channel your energy that helps you create greatness?
Cordula: I have a lot of things. A lot of times is just spending time by myself, prayer, and meditation. Doing the things that I want to do with positive people around me. That’s my biggest thing. Umm … like I don’t let everybody in this room. This is like a safe haven for me, and I like to keep it positive.
Nikki: Let’s talk about some influences in your life. Mom and Dad. Are there any musicians in your family? Let’s start with your parents.
Cordula: My parents met in the military. My mom played the violin. My dad did a little bit of singing. And I have brothers and sisters, and all of my sisters sing. I never grew up with them; I grew up as an only child. The musical stuff was just passed down to me genetically. Ever since I could remember, I loved music. I would listen to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Tina Turner. And it just made me feel a certain way. I just remember always singing. I started lessons at the age of 4. And I just knew that I wanted to do Pop, and that I wanted to sing. I wanted to make people’s hair stand up… that’s what I felt when I heard when my artists sing.
And once I was trying to figure out how medicine and being a doctor relates to singing. And my songwriter sent me a message, he was like: “Yo, you were sent here to heal people through music, through medicine, through whatever.” That’s what you were here to do. And that happened through the fast. All of this kind of happened at the same time. That was a huge revelation for me.
Nikki: So you believe that’s your purpose?
Cordula: I do … I do believe that healing is my purpose. And in my bio, I talked about my vision and purpose and how I wanted to use my revenue to create a national healthcare clinic system. I would introduce some natural medicine and other practices that are not readily available to those who cannot afford healthcare. Prevention would be a huge key to this project.
All things considered, we are about to embark on a Cordula Davis era, and you’ve just been hit with an exclusive, her first official interview as an artist to date! I look forward to hearing what else she has in store!
More Music–Adios by Cordula Davis
With stimuli and alluded surrealism, Kanye West’s “Mercy” video makes my Top 5 easily.
Charlotte’s own One Way Ticket released a single yesterday titled “Train Coming.”
Sounds like this song is about twisted and misguided women of today and other struggles. The concept “train coming” alerts listeners to beware of the consequences …
I like the lyrics, concept and that reckless album cover. Good music for this Friday. Please help the artist out by taking a vote.
Just tell me if you like it!
I ate lunch today with Deniro Farrar.
For Charlamagne the God to really dig this track as he so tweeted yesterday, I was expecting more from my favorite female rapper–Minaj. Yet the delivery was less than her superbomb usual.
Unlike “Starships,” “Beez in the Trap” is directed for hip hop heads, laced with a nursery rhyme hook that’s simple enough for all the basic folk to get it and rock it … On time!
The first stanza she definitely stands as “The Female Weezy” as she tells that wack chick to “buss it open” or she’ll cut a U-ey (u-turn). Outta control. A bi turn to prove this point, Nicki nails it here.
However, this track lacks smooth transition from line-to-line, metaphors, and a chic’ER hook. Not so much Barbie here. I’d say this is her “Nicki Lewinsky” character she promoted as mixtape, unsigned Nicki.
Though no female rapper can top my Nicki right now, I’m still not giving her a pass for this one. This track lacks lyrical content. And that’s that! Friends are honest with friends.
“A hundred #%*€><^^~ can't tell me nothin.”
And whatever happened to 2 Chainz’ twang accent? There’s a difference in his voice between this track and “Spend It.” You be the judge. Tell me your thoughts.
PS See you at Howl at the Moon, Friday. Party starts at 5.
Have you found a way to relate to Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Youtube Series? I have. As you know, I cannot dance, and this episode was made for my non-dancing … Furthermore, she gets a little bougie about house parties. There, I cannot relate. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it is at a house party where you can get off with doing less … on the dancefloor. Watch and laugh.
Nightlife and Entertainment Edition. Here’s your guide to the hottest nightlife spots along with top attractions to keep you fit and cool all summer long.
NikkiPanache will interview Six Figure Entertainment about the entertainment industry, a promoter’s point of view, surrounding Charlotte. He has much to say about Charlotte’s burgeoning promoting industry, his following and fashion surrounding his dress code. Watch for this posting. It’ll be a live video interview.
Find SFE here http://www.sixfigureentertainment.com
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Raleigh’s own R&B singer Pooh Bear who has won competitions on both Showtime at the Apollo ( 2008) and 106&Park (2009) even making the 2nd round of 3rd season American Idol casting. Here’s the video from 106&Park and the official video of “Wanna Know You.” He manages artists under his record label–Wildout Entertainment. Find more info on Pooh Bear at http://www.myspace.com/poohbearofficial. Official interview will be in Elevate, May 2010.
Official “Wanna Know You” Video which can be requested on 106&Park
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