Sunday, July 11, 2010

Welcome to the Glossy Blog for the July/August Issue of GMO!

Welcome to the July/August2010 issue! GMO is back and we can't wait for you to "click through" this end of summer edition of the online magazine written BY you and FOR you.

Thank you for continuing to turn to GMO for the latest news, hot topics, and creative pieces written by young, up-and-coming talents just like you! We know you're busy hitting the pools, beaches and barbecues, but take a moment to sit back, relax and flip through the virtual pages of YOUR online magazine! You can even take it with you!

In This Issue:

  • Living a Bold Right Life with Gospel Singer Kierra Sheard
  • Get to Know "Flavor of Love 3's" Mona Lisa
  • What's Going on in the World of Education
  • Meet the Ladies of Preppy Gyrl Boutique
  • Go to Church with Robin Givens and Drew Sidora
  • New Creative Writing Pieces
Click here to go back and visit the issue. Have a comment on one of the stories? Leave it here -- simply type the title of the article and leave your thoughts. We just may post your comments on GMO!

DC's Premiere Fashion Event: Closet Runway

As you know, GMO caters to the up-and-coming talents in the worlds of media, fashion, design, art, photography, beauty, modeling, and more. If you're doing something big, creative AND it benefits the community -- then we are all over it! Closet Runway is one such event.

According to the Closet Runway website, the events are intended to "
bring you an exciting real runway experience with cutting-edge, unique fashions and trends from boutiques, designers, and retail stores." GMO was in the house for the first two events held in Washington, DC at
Ebenezers Coffeehouse.

On the giving back side, Closet Runway donates a portion of the event's proceeds to
the Board of Child Care ( and the Haitian Community Hospital (

During the event, local boutiques are showcased using local models of all ages, races, sizes and shapes, and an artist from the area also performs. There are vendors in the house (selling everything from jewelry, to make-up, to shoes and purses) and presentations from GMO affiliate Exclusively Styled. Owner Tami Harrigan gives a fashion makeover to a good-natured participant. She goes into their closet to get a sense of their personal style, and flips it -- often dressing them in pieces they would never buy on their own (she does let them keep one item from their closet, which she incorporates into the new look).

Tami's partner, NeShea Jenifer, is owner of J Witt Events (JWE), providing c
oordinating services for social, corporate, non-profit and wedding events. Together, the ladies create a truly unique fashion event (I hesitate to call it that as you get art, music, and networking opportunities in one room!).

Make sure you're in the house for the next Closet Runway event, scheduled for September 10 at
Ebenezers Coffeehouse:
201 F St. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Images from Closet Runway

View More Pics from "Church Girl"

*Photos courtesy of Morris Davis Media.

Review of the Stage Play “Church Girl”

By Bonita Holmes

I took my seat among the crowd of spectators at the Arie Crown Theater on May 19, 2010 with a mind full of anticipation and prejudgment. The humble cast of Angela Barrow-Dunlap’s “Church Girl” provided me with a prelude to the play, which made the experience comforting and inspirational. Naturally, I assumed that “Church Girl” would convey what most urban, African American stage productions accomplish—the cliché tales of the lives of people in the black church culture. However, unknowingly, “Church Girl” would uplift me spiritually and open my eyes to so many new ideas.

The production, which featured such stars as Robin Givens, Drew Sidora, A’ngela Wimbush, Demetria McKinney and Sean Blakemore, opened up to a typical church scene where precisely dressed middle-aged women bellowed the sounds of the gospel. Style and class were the themes of the cast’s wardrobe. Every individual who graced the stage modeled off their “Sunday’s Best.” Their clothing sparkled, allowing their performances to be all the more exciting. Demetria McKinney, who portrayed the role of Emily Franklin, the lead character and ultimately the good girl gone bad, brought innocence and lust to the stage. Her character emphasized the power of love, hate and how easily one can be misled by friends, men and life.

Robin Givens, who portrayed a role she has often done in the past, nearly mastered this idea of a scorn woman leaning on a man for comfort and protection. Her character Cat Jones is stylish, witty and the reason why Emily’s secret life no longer remains hidden. For some reason, the character Cat Jones is alternated between Givens and Drew Sidora who didn’t have the opportunity to perform on this particular night.

A’ngela Wimbush brought a strong presence to the stage with her stunning voice and motherly affection. Her character, Maya Franklin represented the typical black woman—strong, and God fearing yet hurt by a troubled marriage. She is indirectly living her life through her daughter, which causes Emily to become rebellious. Sean Blakemore portrays the suave, classy, yet greedy and manipulative Jacob Sinclair. This character is the epitome of a woman’s weakness whose devilish ways are overcome by a congregation’s belief in God.

The stage design was quite impressive, although it only seemed to alternate between a church and a night club, and the music consisted of selections which catered to all age groups. A blend of gospel, hip hop and R&B allowed the characters to also tell their stories through song, which eventually became annoying and predictable. The other downside was how long the play became, and soon each scene started becoming drawn out, leaving no time for the main point of the plot.

“Church Girl” was an interesting tale of a young woman who started off on the right path but allowed the cruelties of life to trick her into a dangerous lifestyle. The play is about overcoming triumph and getting over your pride to be where you should be in life. I would recommend “Church Girl” to the 30 and above crowd only because it seems that they’d receive the messages on a greater level.

Let Bonita know what you think of her review by leaving your comments here or sending her an email to Also, check out her GMO Feature article on the play here!