When I started as a VJ at mtvU three years ago, my father asked me what my one dream interview would be — the one interview that I couldn't leave MTV without doing. My answer was Stevie Nicks.
On Wednesday night, I spent 30 minutes with her in the presidential suite of New York's Waldorf Towers, and asked her all of the questions that have been burning inside me since the first time I listened to Stevie Nicks' voice. I was 5, we had just moved into a new house, and my dad — a big fan as well — put on Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled 1975 album. Since then, being that it was 21 years ago, my questions have matured from "Who is Rhiannon?" — not that that isn't an interesting question in itself, but suffice it to say that I could have spent hours and hours with her and still had more to ask. But, hey, I was grateful for my 30 minutes (which was originally supposed to be 15!). Oh and she fulfilled another lifelong dream of mine — twice during the interview, Stevie actually sang a few stanzas to me.
While watching some "Real World" dailies today, I was brought back to that fateful day last year when I gave Real Worlder Chet Cannon lessons on how to be an MTV News correspondent. That experience led me the next week to a visit to the "Real World" house in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where I had a return-to-reality-show-life anxiety attack. OK, not a real anxiety attack, but it was creepy!
Also, why would I teach someone else how to take my job? Idiot! Seems I lucked out though. I wrote Chet an e-mail today, wondering what he was up to.
“I'm back in NYC and will be the FriendsorEnemies.com correspondent for the upcoming music festivals," he wrote back. "I was approached by a network recently and screen-tested for a future position (fingers crossed). And I'm still waiting to hear back from MTV. ... Four months and no call back is normal, right? Haha. Maybe they lost my number. That sounds logical enough."
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With no publicist in sight, the beautiful and charming Whitney Port walked into the penthouse suite of the London Hotel in New York for her interview with us. For any reporter, the lack of a publicist around a celebrity means one thing and one thing only: You can ask anything and everything that you want (short of upsetting them quite so much that they never want to speak to you again — it's an art, really).
As the interview went on, however, it became pretty clear that Whitney is really in no need of a publicist. Unlike a couple of young stars that we've talked to, Whitney was on top of her game — articulate and intelligent. In fact, her only gaff — which was amazing and made me like her even more — was saying that she absolutely hated "Twilight," the movie. Can you imagine? A huge MTV star expressing dislike for the tween phenomenon that has taken over our lives for the past year and more? Brilliant. (She did say she loved Robert Pattinson, however.) Oh, Whitney, you are now my favorite "Hills"/ "City"/ [Whateverthenameofthenextspinoffis] character. Read More...
Posted 3/30/09 3:08 pm EST by Kim Stolz in Uncategorized
FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST: As the Michigan State basketball team gears up to participate in the NCAA Final Four tournament in their hometown of Detroit, the city is preparing for more than just a sporting event. This morning, President Barack Obama laid down the ground rules for how he plans to overhaul America's failing auto industry, namely GM and Chrysler.
Continue reading Kim Stolz's blog on the economy at huffingtonpost.com.
A weekend replete with Fleetwood Mac was exactly what I needed to detox from the wrangles and chaos that was MTV Spring Break 2009. Sure, I may have spent a full month's salary on my ticket, but it was worth every penny. I've fallen in love with indie-pop bands over the years like the Knife and Animal Collective, and recently I've fallen in a type of lust for hip-hop artists like Drake, Lil Wayne and Charles Hamilton, but my heart undoubtedly beats steady and strong for the classic rock I grew up with — specifically, Fleetwood Mac.
I've spent hours watching the video for "Silver Springs" from the Dance Tour, and I am obsessed with any DJ that mixes Fleetwood Mac along with the more "club-worthy" sounds of Kanye, Lady Gaga, Crystal Castles ... you get the picture. So, when I found out that Stevie, Lindsey, John and Mick (Christine McVie seldom performs with the band, except for an occasional U.K. appearance) were doing a Hits Tour, I dropped everything and bought tickets to two of their shows in the NY area.
Twitter was abuzz with artists Tweeting from the South by Southwest festival this weekend, but frankly, that's been covered pretty exhaustively just about everywhere, so we thought we'd start off the week with a bunch of other notable Tweets. (Note: While some of these accounts have been verified as legitimate by the artists' publicists, it is possible that some are not.) ...
Best back and forth: If you're not following them already, get onboard with @JonahHill, @realSethRogen, and @danecook. While their Twitters might crowd your Twitterspace, you'll hear them discuss enticing topics such as Matt Damon's allegedly bisexual cousin, Tonya Harding (always a perfectly appropriate topic) and watch them feed insults to each other that you've been craving since the last bro-tastic flick, "Pineapple Express."
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida — Last week, on one of the hottest days of Spring Break, Ohio born Kid Cudi opened up for Lil Wayne on our main stage and rocked the crowd with his single "Day 'N' Nite." After Cudi's mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi, was released, he caught the attention of Kanye West and was signed to the G.O.O.D. Music label (some years after Cudi had introduced himself to Kanye in New York). Cudi, of course, was named one of our "MCs to Watch in 2009" earlier this year.
After Cudi's performance, he and I (wearing virtually the same exact outfit by chance — I'm almost as obsessed with his style as his music!) decided to have a few drinks and brave Panama City Beach's La Vela nightclub together. I was psyched to get the chance to talk to him, since he'd been on my radar for the past few months. The kid seems to have the respect of every rapper in the game, but never forgets what's important to him: his art and his fans. It was almost impossible to have a continuous conversation with Cudi — fans and spring breakers approached him constantly, asking for photographs and autographs. He took and signed every single one, engaging every single person in lengthy conversation. When I did get to talk to him, his passion for his work and for the fans was just about as genuine as it gets. "If you believe in something — like, not just say it and like the idea of it, I mean literally believe and see what you want everytime you close your eyes — then it's your destiny," he said. "That's how I felt about music and acting. There was nothing else I'd rather do. Hell, there wasn't anything else I was good at ... well, being a goofball, but that's it," he told me.
Spring Break is unfolding rather quickly here in Panama City Beach. I'm about to head into week two, and I hate to break it to you, Tim Kash, but it just keeps getting better. We've seen the likes of Kid Cudi, Asher Roth, Jim Jones and Lil Wayne perform by day and party by night at local favorites Spinnaker and La Vela (dubbed La Vela Loca by the Spring Breakers).
Now, I'm usually one for NYC dive bars and places where I can actually hear my friends speak, but this place (or perhaps the unbeatable energy of the people) has brought out a new side of me (for two weeks anyway). Last week, the following things happened, none (all) of which I'm proud of:
1. I participated in a chicken fight in a (disgusting) pool for an mtvU shoot.
2. Producer Matt Harper and I closed down La Vela. Yes, we were the last ones to leave (around 4 a.m.).
Oh no she didn't!!!
On Tuesday, my old friend Tyra Banks gave me a little shout-out on her talk show. When I heard that I'd been mentioned, I thought, Could this be about successful "America's Next Top Model" alums? News reporters? MTV on-air correspondents? Modeling? Why is Tyra talking about me again?!
And then it came to me with a rush of "shockingly predictable": The show was called "Straight Girl, Gay Crush" and asked the question, "Is everybody a little bit gay?"
On my season of "ANTM," I had a somewhat brief (depending on how much you know) fling with a girl named Sarah Rhoades, a self-proclaimed straight girl. So, naturally, Tyra was using our notorious limo kiss as an example of a straight girl getting involved with a gay girl — so surprising, considering the three times I was on the Tyra show were centered around my apparently very exciting sexuality. Oh great!
Still, though. I'm a sucker for Tyra, so I'll bite.
During his address to Congress last night, President Barack Obama focused on the state of the economy, bringing a young and energetic voice to an otherwise grim situation. While he came off stern and concerned, the president offered uplifting statements as well, saying, "We will rebuild," and arguing the potential success of the $787 billion stimulus package, which has gone from a bill to a reality in recent weeks.
Any overarching presidential speech of this decade would be remiss if it didn't include a plan for Iraq, Afghanistan and our troops. Beyond the overwhelming youth involvement and enthusiasm, there are a few things that stuck out as major promises in President Obama's campaign, like the planned 16-month troop pullout from Iraq. Democrats and young people across the nation applauded Obama for his plan, which was in strict opposition to that of former President Bush and, of course, opponent John McCain.
So when Obama gave the time frame of 19 months last night in his speech, there were a few furrowed brows. While the campaign promised 16 months, apparently the Pentagon and military officials argued for 23 months — and so, through a "meeting of the minds," as Obama called it, they arrived at a compromise of 19 months. Compromise? In Washington? Fresh. And certainly a departure from the more ... didactic and unilateral decision-making of our 43rd president. I think we can forgive the three-month difference in place of the bigger promise kept, which was to bring compromise, and a president who listens to his entire Cabinet before making a fair and balanced decision.