Hello, g-mavens, g- moguls and all the curious minded folks out there wanting the real tea in the evergreen world of celebrity and entertainment news! I just got word from a reliable source at Sapphire Entertainment Studios @http://www.sapphireentstudios.com/ that Chicago’s first reality television show is causing quite a stir in Chicago-land and surrounding areas. Apparently, Sapphire Entertainment Studios, that produces shows out of New York , Atlanta and California, might just have hit the jackpot of all jackpots with these savvy and saucy ladies of Chicago Girlfriends I’ve been given the green-light to chat about. The show started filming on April 23rd and will be hosting their launch party on the 29th! Yep, Reality Television in chi-town is about to be off the chain! Just sayin’:)
I’ll be sharing more details once the show begin airing in the fall. I know my peeps and I know y’all come on a ‘need to know’ basis. Don’t front, y’all want to know who the ladies of Chicago Girlfriends are and since it’s my job to know these things, I’m bringing y’all the 411 on the castmates. First up is Ms Alice Boswell.
Alice Boswell is CEO of Just Me Magazine, Inc. She is also the creator of Chicago Girlfriends. A graduate of City College Olive Harvey in Chicago, Alice is CEO/Editor/Host/Producer/Director of her magazine and TV & Radio Talk Show Host of the same brand as the reality show she created.
Erika Jackson is an On Air Personality for “JazzE’z Muzic Room” on Urban Broadcast Media/ Host of Chicago Girlfriends on Intellectual Radio; a part of iHeart Radio/Staff Writer for FoxTail Magazine/Blogger for The Consortium/Manager to Artist Ferro’ Haze/Model/Actress . Erika’s feeling about music is simple and creatively put~
“Music Is What Feelings Sound Like” Erika knew music was her calling.After her one and only Son became grown a friend encouraged Erika go back to school and use that captivating voice to broadcast. A year and diploma later from the Illinois Center for Broadcasting and guidance from radio greats Troi Tyler, Bionce Foxx, Davante Stone and Trey Da Choklit Joc to sample different desserts of media, she was hooked.
On Air Personality for her own brokered show, Writer and currently managing an Artist, Erika says this is just the beginning. “If I Can Do It, You Can Too; and I’m still doing it.
Dequaria Tolliver is a model and business executive. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dequaria was one of 5 children. Her mom, Betty Hughes raised her children to be independent and accountable individuals with a strong work ethic.
Dequaria began her modeling career at the age of 13 after she was selected to be a member of the Walnut Hills High School Modeling Club. She enjoyed learning about the industry and continue modeling to this day.
She relocated to the suburbs of Chicago in 1993 for more opportunities in the Industry and auditioned to become a model with the traveling group for Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Dequaria continued perusing a career in modeling working with some of the Top Agencies in the Market. She has a natural gift for writing poetry and expressing herself through Spoken Word.
In 2007, her life forever changed with the diagnosis of Multiple sclerosis. Dequaria plan to use her influence and resources in the community to raise funds and awareness for research and providing services for the less fortunate stricken with this disease.
She has 3 children, Auvriel 28 (currently in MBA program), Jordan 17 (High School senior) and Jaylen (sophomore in High School).
Side note: I want to thank Dequaria for answering the questions put to the ladies by yours truly. I get that time management for you ladies is cray-cray right about now and hardly wish to infringe. So, how about a rain check?!:) Okay, back to the teas:
Stephanie McNair, Songstress/Recording Artist, states, “I create lyrics, vocal arrangements, I song both lead and background parts. Majority of my life I have been heavily vested in my music craft. I aspire to be a major successful performing artist. My specialty genres are: Soul, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Inspirational, Trance, House, Hip Hop and World.”
Stephanie StephStaa McNair is a multi-genre female talent and a very dynamic stage performer! She displayed God-Given music interests before she could walk! Her beautiful musical spirit embodies those certain qualities that grabs the attention of many!
This songstress is no stranger to all that comes with a successful music career, she is familiar with the stage, studio, radio, tours, video shoots, photo shoots and magazine interviews(online & print). She has shared the stage with: KRS1, MC Lyte, Yolanda Adams, Regina Bell, Jennifer Hudson, Syleena Johnson, Dead Prez, Lisa Raye, to name a few.
She has four projects under her belt (solo and collaboration). Her vocals have been featured on fellow Hip Hop and Jazz artist(s) on the verge from home base. She is also a cover song lead vocalist for hire, currently she works with 2-3 cover bands. She hosts/engineers a radio talk & tunes show E! Event Social that broadcasts on a weekly basis on que4.org & 1680AM!
StephStaa also appears as a narrator in Will Adams indie film “Sex Ain’t Love.”
This up and coming renaissance starlet has a diverse support base. Her musical gift is what she plans the impact the world with, during her rise to success she wants to inspire and have her own school of arts, to provide more musical opportunities to like-minded individuals. She endured struggles during her upbringing, she’s a hard worker and determined. She’s been walking on a long road seeking musical success. No question, she’s Grammy ready and worthy!
Okay, that’s a glimpse into the lives of the new reality Chicago Girlfriends cast members. Those who got dressed up in their finest duds in support of Chicago Girlfriends, my g-mogul intuition says y’all had a great time. The launch for the Red Carpet press event moved to the W Chicago Lakeshore, 644 N. Lakeshore Drive, to accommodate the response of registered attendees.
Red carpet VIP tickets made available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-girlfriends-red-carpet-press-event-and-launch-party-tickets-24370405539.
Check out the event’s fb page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/991567887630538/
Tomorrow’s not promised, so go out there and just do the darn thing!
May 13th Update: Chicago Girlfriends is now Chicago Ladies. More Casting calls going out now!