August 24, 2015 | Posted in:Social TV

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2015 AFROPUNK at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Happy Monday, All!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The weather was beautiful and all the colorful people–including artists, designers, musicians, and folks ready to celebrate–were at this year’s AFROPUNK Festival. It was only my second time attending the festival; the first one was in 2013. In its eleventh year, the lineup was major, including Lauryn Hill, Grace Jones, and Lenny Kravitz performing into the night. This year, the once-free event cost anywhere from $45 to $75 for both Saturday and Sunday. I was disappointed when I first read that there was a cost, but once I got there and saw the crowds, I was happy to see folks spending money to support the growing community event. Reports today say there were over 30,000 people in attendance each day.

2015 AFROPUNK attendees at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NYC  Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

2015 AFROPUNK attendees at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

My personal posse this year was three strong, with newbie blogger Marian Rivman, creator of the site Countdown to 70 and New York Times reporter Ruth LaFerla. Ruth covers fashion for the paper, and extraordinary fashion was everywhere we looked. Yes, we were listening to music, but we couldn’t take our eyes off of the fashion. We were photographing and shopping, and I was periscoping a fashion feast for the eyes. Brooklyn was representing and folks let their creativity lead them. Look out for Ruth’s write up in the New York Times.

Related Post: #TBT Ready4Air | Fall Fashion Favorites For Every Closet

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2013 AFROPUNK featuring Vernon Reid and Living Colour
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/ Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

AFROPUNK continues to expand it’s music lineup each year. When I was there in 2013, rock guitarist Vernon Reid and the Grammy Award-winning band Living Colour brought the house down with their performance. It was a classic night for the Brooklyn group.

Keeping with the theme of rock music, this week’s Ready4Air (Music) will reveal the results of a survey listing America’s top fantasy bands. The survey has this to say about the most critically-acclaimed musicians: “Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix edged out three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton and Latin American guitar frontman Carlos Santana.”

Stay tuned to see if your favorite musician or rock band made the list.

Debbie Mitchell with Fox's Empire star Taraji P. Henson at the 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI Photo Credit: Paul Thomas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Debbie Mitchell with Fox’s Empire star Taraji P. Henson at the 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI
Photo Credit: Paul Thomas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

And finally, if you’ve ever been to a press junket, then you know that your celebrity talent is at your disposal for a limited amount of time–anywhere from four-to-five minutes on a good day. As the interviewer, your goal is to get the most interesting content in that time. In some cases, the interviewer is told the maximum number of questions allowed to ask in that time frame. When I sat down with Fox Empire star Taraji P. Henson in the British Virgin Islands for our exclusive interview in July, I was told that three questions was the maximum. So what three questions did I ask? Better yet, what three questions would you have asked?

This week on Ready4Air (TV), with only a few minutes or just three questions to ask, how does an interviewer decide what questions to ask the celebrity?

Related Post: Ready4Air (TV) | Why Fox’s ‘Empire’ Star Taraji P. Henson Loves The British Virgin Islands

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Coming up: Ready4Air (Music) Who would be in your fantasy rock band?

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  


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