Monthly Archives: July 2006

GOODEN: HPD CALLED !



The New York based organizer of the DUE Awards says she is upset at the treatment she received in Houston this weekend. She chose the city as the location for the second annual DUE awards show that recognizes underground video producers around the country. The ceremony, which was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, was abruptly shut down Saturday night 2 hours before it was scheduled. F. Gooden, the organizer, says management at the facility complained after Houston recording artist Brooke Valentine went into an area to change for her performance. When Valentine, who had just arrived in town by plane, was told she couldn’t have a private area to change and refused to move – HPD was called out by the convention center management for the singer said Gooden. When HPD arrived according to organizers, a rep for the GRB told Gooden she didn’t have enough security. However, Gooden tells The Insite she had 6 private security officers as stated in the contractual agreement. But Gooden now says GRB officials switched up the rules saying not only did she need more security but they had to be off duty HPD officers working the event. Gooden says she is remaining in Houston for another week to try and get an explanation and her deposit back from the GRB. She tells The Insite after the event was over workers at the center even refused to validate her parking. The New York resident says she will leave Houston with a bad taste in her mouth about the city. She also says she dropped $12,000 to rent out the hall at the GRB on an event she says was shut down two hours early. Is this good for the city of Houston? This comes on the heels of Essence Fest organizers also complaining about the poor treatment they received by the Convention and Visitors Bureau. What’s your take on this?

TERRENCE JACKSON AND DR. MAE JEMISON DROPS IN ON THE INSITE!





The Insite had a chance to drop in on the biennial National Jack and Jill Conference. It was held at the Hilton of Americas Saturday in downtown Houston. I was there just as they were having their gala. And a lot of familiar faces were there to smile for the camera. On the list – Dr. Mae ‘Guest Speaker and first black female astronaut’ Jemison, Deidra Fontaine, Terrence ‘Former KHOU-TV reporter/anchor’ Jackson, Thedrial Jackson and many more from around the country. Take a look at the pictures and click those you want to enlarge…









The Insite made a stop by Spotlight Karaoke with several friends Saturday night and it is the place to be. The owners Mr. and Mrs. Lee really show their customers a good time. And then you get to make a fool out of yourself by singing Hall and Oats ‘Sarah Smile’. But a lot of familiar faces in the house including Torrey ‘T-Dub’ Walker, Julie ‘The Socialite’ Grayum, The Lee Family, Ken and Gordon. And the show was excellent so make sure you stop by The Spotlight Karaoke on Westheimer at Fountain View…

THE DUE AWARDS ON THE INSITE!


THE FIRST TIME THE EVENT HAS BEEN HELD IN HOUSTON!









The Insite had a chance to stop by the George R. Brown convention center in downtown Houston Saturday evening. It was where the DUE awards were being held for the second time in the events history. It recognizes underground and independent producers who focus on the hip hop industry. There I ran into a lot of familiar faces. Rap-a-Lot artist Trae, BET comedian Fyre, Brooke “Girl Fight” Valentine, Pappa Screw and Wine-O. Take a look at the pictures and enlarge those you want to get a closer look at…

WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO KEEP MISTY IN HOUSTON!



Misty Starks, a good friend of The Insite, found herself the victim of layoffs at Texas Southern University. The school is cutting back and letting go more than 170 people. The school says it’s part of a stream lining effort and has nothing to do with Dr. Priscilla Slade’s scandal. However, caught in the fall out is Misty Starks. Now if you’re in need of a very talented television producer or a public relations specialist Misty is your candidate. You should send the Insite an email if you think you can fit her into your company. She doesn’t know I’m doing this because she is a very proud woman. But I would hate to see the city of Houston loose her talents. Let’s keep her in Houston…
(AS FIRST SEEN ON FOX 26 NEWS AT 9PM WITH REPORTER MELINDA SPAULDING)

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SHE WILL BE MISSED!

The city of Houston is about to lose a very good reporter. The Insite has learned long time KHOU reporter Amy Tortolani is moving on to Jacksonville, Fla. If you see her out in the field make sure you tell her she will be missed. And we look forward to seeing her on air somewhere…

HOUSTON’S WINE-O SIGNS MAJOR DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL RECORDS!


“POP MY TRUNK”

Press Releas: Houston rapper Wine-O has inked a deal with Universal Records to distribute his late-September release Hate Me. Wine-O’s first single, “Pop My Trunk” has exploded and is in heavy rotation an all major radio stations in Texas, and is also the number one club song in Texas. The single has been spreading to other cities in the South, and has been in the Billboard Top 100 R&B/Hip Hop singles for the past 12 weeks.
Wine-O is by no means new to the music business. He’s had an extensive career as both an artist and a producer, and has worked in several different genres of music including hip hop, rock, blues and country formats. He recently worked with Mike Jones, producing tracks for him, and is currently collaborating with Slim Thug and Scarface. Wine-O also produced the remix for Letoya Luckett’s single, “Tear Da Club Up.”
Wine-O previously released over a dozen albums under the name Nu Wine.

THANKS GUYS FOR THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT!

REAL INSITE SUPPORTERS!

The Insite would like to take this time and thank two people for lots of support in my blog venture. First, I’d like to thank James Campbell, who is the opinion editor at The Houston Chronicle. He has brought a feeling of true legitimacy to the Insite by including it on the Chronicles opinion page. James thanks a lot. Also, I’d like to thank council member and radio talk show host Michael Berry for giving me acknowledgements on his very popular radio show on KPRC 950 a.m. I am truly amazed at the response this blog is getting from the public in the city of Houston and my home state of Louisiana. I just want to thank everyone from the readers to those who post their opinions everyday even when I’m talking about a fruit basket or a pair of lost shoes. It is absolutely appreciated and you make this 100% fun for me…

Thanks,

The Insite