Turning Pain Into Laughter Since 2011
I recently had the opportunity to meet Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s DJ Traci Steele. I’ve been a fan of Traci’s long before Love and Hip Hop, she’s actually the reason I watched season 2 (I didn’t watch not one episode of the first season, sorry Mona Scott). I happily followed her and Drew’s storyline, shocked that two people who were once in a relationship and now have a child together could get along so well, most of the time…not your typical baby mama/baby daddy antics. And I totally think they should be together! But that’s just my “outside looking in” opinion, so I’ll say no more. I always said that if she was hosting a party near me I would go. Well, I finally had the opportunity.
It’s Saturday night and I had just come home from having dinner with my mom. I was relaxing on the couch in my PJs because, unfortunately, there’s not much going on in my city on a Saturday night. So I began to do my usual, scroll down my Instagram timeline, and I see a post by Traci Steele, “Memphis I’m here, come party with me tonight.” Now I’m usually not a very spontaneous person, even though my fun-loving and energetic personality may suggest otherwise ;-). So I call up my girls, who are also in their PJs (don’t judge us) and convince them to make the hour drive to Memphis to see my favorite DJ and Love and Hip Hop star. We get all cute and hit the road, excited to have a very overdue night of fun. When we arrive at the venue there is absolutely no one there. Well, I take that back, security is standing outside parking lot pimpin. So we sit there in hopes that people will soon start pulling in and filling up the club. Surely if we drove an hour, the locals will come out too.
After sitting there for about 20 minutes, a truck pulls up and Traci and her assistant hop out. She immediately starts taking pictures with security and the other employees before she enters the club. Now keep in mind, during that 20 minutes no one else has arrived at the club, so we’re still hesitant about going in. My first thought was that Traci would leave because no one showed up. But after driving an hour I was at least going to get the opportunity to meet someone that I am a fan of, so we decide to go in…besides the employees the club was COMPLETELY EMPTY!
As we sit there waiting for Traci to set up and do her thing, I couldn’t help but wonder why no one came out. I couldn’t believe this club was empty and it was well after midnight so it should be standing room only in this place by now. And I couldn’t imaging how she felt or what she was thinking. Well, she was thinking that she’s going to do her thing regardless. In her words, “4 people or 400 we gon get it in”…and we were ready to get it in with her.
This night made me an even bigger fan than I was before. She keep the party going for well over 2 hours. It’s like we had our own private party with DJ Traci Steele and we LOVED IT! Not only did she entertain us, she wobbled with us (if you don’t know what the wobble is YouTube it), we had a mini photo shoot, and she gave us each lip gloss from her new line. WE HAD A BLAST! Now let me just say that the club wasn’t empty because Memphis doesn’t love Traci Steele, that club was empty because of bad promotion. The next day when Facebook and Instagram saw my pics, I received so many messages saying they knew nothing about her coming to town, and if they had they definitely would have been there. Shame on the promoters because the people of Memphis really missed out.
Why am I a fan of Traci Steele? She is a go getta! I admire her drive and work ethic…she is the business woman I aspire to be. She makes smart moves…from being a DJ to owning properties to launching her own lip gloss line, she has multiple streams of income and building her empire through hard work. And she is just as nice, humble, and fun as she appears to be on TV. It’s disturbing to see all the hate and negativity that comes her way via social media. We have to do better at supporting people who are displaying a positive image and stop glorifying those that will do ANY and EVERYTHING to get attention. Traci Steele is a business woman, entrepreneur, mother and all around good person. And to keep it real, some of you have no room to talk negatively about anyone. Step your game up and stop trying to tear others down just to make your own pathetic life and lackluster appearance look better than it actually is. Traci Steele is just as beautiful in person and she’s super nice! No matter how many names you call her or how often you try to discredit her, she’s Steele Pretty!
Don’t ask me why I’m looking like this
This one is much better!
Until next time Laughers…Keep Laughing!
Kitta, a native of Jackson, TN, is a Laugh Coach, blogger and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now? This Traveling Media Personality is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned her degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Kitta believes in spreading joy, one laugh at a time.