(Photos) BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012 Weekend [Atlanta, GA]

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This was my first time catching a flight for a major event, and I must say, it was so cool!

Funk Flex got myself and Caasi a hotel for the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards, and what a time it was! We did dinner with Joey and Kaylin the first night, then hit Club ESSO with Flex, French Montana, Diddy, Waka Flocka, Wale and more.

The next night, Caasi and I got to attend the show, but the after-party was really where it was at! T.I. threw a vibe at his crib, and I chopped it up with Lil Duval, Miguel, Big Boi, Green Lantern, Nelly, mermaids! and more.
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(Photos) Marisa Mendez for HTC [Miami, FL & Coachella/Indio, CA]

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HTC just dropped their new phone with Beats Audio, and recruited a few select bloggers to talk about their product. The company flew me, Karen Civil and a few others out to Miami, FL in March to attend the shoot for the phone’s commercial, and then to Coachella in April to use the phone while there and discuss our experiences with it. Super dope phone and a ton of fun! AND I GOT TO EXPERIENCE THE TUPAC HOLOGRAM!

You can read one of my recaps over at IFWT.
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(Photos) Summer Jam 2011

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Summer Jam 2011 was so fun! I got to see so many of my faves, and I chopped it up with Lil Wayne, Drake and Mack Maine about what they’re wearing.

Tunechi is rocking a Fame hoodie (“Shout to Breezy,” he said), shorts by All-Son (he had to double check that one, LOL) Gucci belt (“You know that’s Gucci baby!”) Famous Stars & Stripes hat and Vans kicks. Shout out to his stylist Marisa (not me, LOL.) “Marisa said I can wear different things and they don’t have to match! It still look good!” So true!

Mack Maine is rocking True Blue Jordan 3’s, Polo socks (he wanted to make sure I mentioned that, LOL), an NY Giants snapback and a “Bury Me In My J’s” shirt by 8 & 9 Clothing.

As for Drizzy, it’s all Versace velour (he was appalled that I didn’t know that by looking at it, LOL!) and some black Timbs!

More pics below!
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(Photos + Video) Welcome Home, Weezy! [Las Vegas, NV]

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In late October, Karen called me and told me she was going to go to Vegas in a couple of weeks, because Wayne would be making his first post-prison appearance there as a surprise to Drake, whose tour was stopping there at the time.

Being new to IFWT and of course having love for the YMCMB guys, I had to join, and we made a fun little vacay out of it!

Wayne ran out and surprised Drake during “Miss Me” (and he really had no clue…the whole camp told him all day Weezy isn’t coming – and then he popped up! I knew all day though and it was KILLING me not to tweet it!) I caught a few surprise people backstage as well – Lisa Raye amongst them. Check out some footage and pics below!
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(Photos) Launching KarenCivil.com

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As a junior in college at this time, I knew nothing about the blog world or industry events. My girl Karen called me up to tell me she was starting a blog, and asked if I wanted to help by using my digital cam to record some interviews. Sounded fun, so I was with it! These are a few shots from a few things we did – a Jay Rock interview, Charles Hamilton listening session, studio with Nipsey Hussle, getting Max B and Charles in the studio together, etc.

Fun fact: Karen chose KarenCivil.com at first just to quickly get a name, and we’d spend hours brainstorming trying to think of a different name because she wanted to make it more universal. Obviously, we never came up with anything, LOL!
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