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Live in NYC for Make Music New York – MMNY 2017

This is my 3rd year being part of the Make Music New York Music Festival! Year 1 and 2 I bounced around performing in Times Square, Harlem, Murray Hill, and the Lower West Side. So this year I booked shows in Brooklyn for a change of atmosphere. I performed at the Macon Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library for a crowd of adorable kids, their parents and other library patrons. They had a whole sound set up for me and the acoustics in the library made for a great sound and an even better performance. Then I headed over to Flatbush and performed at the intersection of Flatbush and Nostrand, right above one of the subway stations. It was crazy busy with people and it was great to see people stop and listen to my performance while in route to their destination. The Flatbush BID sponsored the sound and were great hosts.

Running around NYC with all your equipment, and friends is never easy but its always fun! My friend Tina who just so happens to be an amazing photographer took some amazing candids and my other friend Timea helped with set up and some fun BTS. It was a total girls day in NYC! After my performances we headed to Times Square for dinner and to just soak in all the lights. Im a super talkative person and about 5 minutes into a conversation with a group of NYPD I start freestyling a song about “Insomnia Cookies” this late night dessert spot they were recommending that just so happened to be too far away so I sang a song about their bad advice and how I wished I could taste the deliciousness that is “Insomnia Cookies” lol! Guess ya had to be there but it was AWESOME!

The random fun didn’t stop there, a guy professed his love for me in song so I played along with my ukulele and it was this magical hip hop, ukulele mash up of awesomeness lol!  While the love was one sided I enjoyed our duet…lol

While my plans to make one last stop to WhiteCastle on the way home was thwarted by  extreme exhaustion, I had a great time in NYC for the Make Music New York Music Festival and cant wait to see whats in store for next year!

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Roquois Performs LIVE at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C.

First it was the National Cherry Blossom Festival and then I received an invite to perform at the National Independence Day Parade! I am so grateful to have been invited for this opportunity. When I was told that I would be placed with a float to perform on during the parade I just knew I would be blessed with an amazing float and I was! I got to ride the statue if liberty float alongside Abe Lincoln and George Washington themselves! (See pics below)

I thought the 90° day would slow me down or completely exhaust me but music is what I love and my adrenaline kicked in and I was laughing, waving, singing and interacting with the crowd in directly sunlight throught the entire parade!

I got to perform at the preshow and then during the parade. I’ll admit, nerves kicked in during my pre show performance hearing the announcer read my bio and reminding me of some of the amazing things I have done. I can’t believe I got nervous from hearing about myself and it threw me off my game a bit and affected my preshow performance. However I snapped out of it and had to thank God for blessing me with so much, as its been a rough past few years lol, and totally impressed myself during my second performance during the actual parade.

DC has been good to me and Im excited to see whats next on this magical music journey.

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BlerdCon 2017

Blerd [a black nerd or nerd of color] Con- [short for convention]…. what else could I ask for? It was a hotel full of colorful cosplayers removing the “black” from in front of their characters (if they were cosplaying someone who wasn’t a CoC – character of color)… so instead of black goku or black sailor moon you just have goku and sailor moon! Social media has made it so much easier for those who may not agree with cross race cosplaying to bash and hate others who choose to cosplay outside of their race, lets not confuse this with blackface or the like, and it goes both ways as well, however the hate is real. It was so refreshing to see a group of blerds come together and create a con celebrating every color and creating a safe space for fans to just cosplay with no “color” attached to it. I saw moana not black moana, captain america not middle eastern captain america, negan, not mexican negan etc.

The joy was overwhelming! I know BlerdCon will keep getting bigger and bigger and gain more support in the coming years. Im glad to have been able to support this group of people  and Im looking forward to seeing how they grow… I was only able to go 2 days and cosplayed as Storm and Nel again since I didn’t have time to revamp a few of my other cosplays but I saw some familiar friendly faces and took 1 million more photos lol.

Singers can be nerds too and I am proud to be both although I prefer the term “geek chic” 😘

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Dark Clouds

We all have our rainy days, our rough patches and our terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days… I’ve had my share for 2013… Ive made mistakes in my friendships, and even bigger mistakes in love! I’ve learned no matter what had happened or will happen, I will always be responsible for what happens in my life. I am responsible for my own happiness or sadness… So get over it and start creating opportunities for happiness, for success for magic! The sun will come out tomorrow! (yes I’m singing while typing lol)
Dark clouds may mean rain is coming, but after the rain comes a rainbow and some sunshine so I can’t help but utilize 2013 as a 365 day long lesson!… you should too!

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Why this thing called Music?

I can only express my feelings simply, through music. Sure I can talk to my friends for hours over wine and dessert, but not everything discussed amongst friends would I share with the world lol. Music allows me to share my thoughts, my feelings, indiscretions and wins with the world in under 4 minutes. Singing is my therapy and I feel I can be therapeutic for others.

I’ve always had a love for music like so many others. I would write and sing songs on the school bus since 2nd grade. I can honestly say I sing every single day. Its one of things that just becomes part of you to the point where you feel you must take things to the next level and keep going until you’ve reached the point to where your passion can really reach others in a positive way. Music did that for me, it’s helped me through the worst times and enhanced my best times. I want to help someone through a breakup or be the voice that you hear while you’re celebrating.

I want to throw a party and invite the entire world! … its an open invitation so bring a friend 🙂

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