Congrats Brandi Amara Skyy!!

Dallas Voice contributing writer and DVtv in Spayse panelist Brandi Amara Skyy over the weekend announced some big news. We’re proud to share her announcement here with you:

Brandi Amara SkyyI’ve been bursting at my rhinestone seams to share this epic news with all of you!!! I am beyond excited and humbled to announce I won Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Conference‘s first ever #OwnVoice scholarship with my essay published in the Dallas Voice. (If you need a refresher here it is: http://bit.ly/DVonmarriage). i get to attend the May 6 – 7th conference at the Sheraton FOR FREE!! AND THERE’S MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be face-to-face pitching my memoir in progress (tentatively titled: The Art of Becoming) to NY Agent Stephany Evans of FinePrint Literary Agency . . . WHOA.

AAAAND!! I will have the honor of Stephanie Klein — author of Straight Up and Dirty, Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp, and dubbed “The Carrie Bradshaw of New York bloggers” by the NYT — reading, critiquing, and offering feedback on the first 10 pages of my book. WTF? IS THIS REAL LIFE?!?!??!?!

I am seriously (still) at a loss of words on where my writing career is headed . . . and going.

Twenty-three years ago, I saw my first drag queen. I knew right then and there that i was going to be one — despite all the people telling me I couldn’t. And I did. I became the first.

Now, I’m looking over all the books and authors that have changed my life, won Pulitzers, and made the New York Times Best Selling list multiple times and I’m telling myself, “this is who I am going to become next.”

This win and experience are my first steps to becoming exactly that.

YAY!!!

P.S. If you’re curious about my book, I’m sending an excerpt to my email gente tomorrow for World Book Day. You can get on that vibe here: http://bit.ly/gentemissives.

—  Tammye Nash

DVtv in Spayse: Our April 21 show

The first few minutes of our April 21 show didn’t record, so we — me, Brad Pritchett, Brandi Amara Skyy and Israel Luna — pick up talking about former Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, whose removal from the bench last year was upheld last week by a specially-appointed court of retired justices.

Check it out, and remember to watch us live each Friday at 4 p.m. on the Spayse Station YouTube channel. This next Friday, April 28, we start our new Pet of the Month video, featuring adoptable pets from the SPCA of Texas.

Do you have an idea for a DVtv video? Is there a topic you think we should discuss? Let me know at nash@dallasvoice.com (put DVtv in the subject line).

—  Tammye Nash

Coming Friday: DVtv in SPAYSE!

Last Friday, March 17, I participated in an episode of Don’t Panic!, Israel Luna’s internet radio/TV program that streams live every Friday on the Spayse Station YouTube Channel from 3-4 p.m. — live from Israel’s Spayse Studio. Joel S. Hoselton (aka entertainer Jenna Skyy) and poor college student Michael Anthony Garza were the other guests, along with Israel as the host. (You can also watch here, on the Spayse Studio Facebook page.)

You can watch it here.

I had a lot of fun, and now, I get to do it again!

On Friday, immediately after Don’t Panic! We are going to livestream the first episode of what I’m calling DVtv in Spayse!

Israel and I will be there, along with DVtv host Brad Pritchett and Dallas Voice’s newest freelance contributor, Brandi Amara Skyy. We’ll be talking about news, entertainment and more.

Put it on your schedule and check it out!

—  Tammye Nash

Miss LifeWalk 2012 crowned

Heather Thomas

The ninth annual Miss LifeWalk Pageant raised more than $20,000 for North Texas AIDS services that benefit from the annual walk. Heather Thomas was crowned Miss LifeWalk.

Tiaras, glamorous gowns and house rocking performances were in full effect at the Rose Room at S4.  The 2012 pageant was produced by the Guys and Dolls LifeWalk Team and hosted by Ima Lush and Victoria Weston.

Guys and Dolls co-captain Jerry McDonald said, “The Guys & Dolls team is so pleased that our charity pageant continues to grow and produces much needed funds for the clients of AIDS Arms, Inc and our Partner Agencies. Each year all the performers and contestants work very hard to create an evening of great talent and fun and without a doubt it gets better each year.”

The 2012 Miss LifeWalk Contestants were Miss Heather Thomas representing Guys & Dolls, Veda Chardonnay representing the Green Team, Brandi Amara Skyy representing Resource Center Dallas, Elizabeth Trail’r, representing the Dallas Voice Elizabeth Trail’rs and Sienna Silver representing Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund.

Special guest performances included Victoria Westin, Jenna Skyy, Gloria Screamer and former Miss LifeWalk winners Anita Nother, Ima Lush, Lotta Pink and Sebrina Starr. The 2012 Miss LifeWalk winning categories are:

Miss Congeniality — Brandi Amara Skyy
Miss Spirit of LifeWalk — Brandi Amara Skyy
Miss Money Bags — Heather Thomas
Evening Wear Winner — Brandi Amara Skyy
Talent Winner — Brandi Amara Skyy
2nd Runner Up — Veda Chardonnay
1st Runner Up — Brandi Amara Skyy

Thomas raised $10,000 of the total alone. All proceeds generated from the pageant go toward LifeWalk, which takes place Sunday, Oct. 7, at Lee Park at 11 a.m. This year’s walk benefits AIDS Arms, Inc. and other partner agencies: AIDS Interfaith Network, AIDS Services of Dallas, Bryan’s House, Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, Happy Nia Dance Company, Legal Hospice of Texas, Resource Center Dallas, Turtle Creek Chorale, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and Youth First Texas.

—  David Taffet