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Vixen Chat: Darmirra Brunson Talks Comedy, YouTube Show & More

Darmirra Brunson may not be a household name just yet, but give her some time and this budding comedian will be sure to take over your laughing chords. The Baltimore, MD native and Los Angeles transplant always had the gift of comedic relief, naturally following in the footsteps of her father fellow comedian Darryl Brunson.

The 25-year-old ventured into the realm of YouTube to display her talents for the world, birthing the popular YouTube channel The Darmirra Brunson Show. Itfeatures popular videos such as “Shit Beyonce Says” and “Shit Rihanna Says” and has over two million page views and 40 thousand subscribers to date.

Vixen caught up with the aspiring actress/comedian to talk about her sketch comedy channel, her future aspirations and her original character Gretchen Murdle.--Johnathan Cruse. Photography by Matt Stasi.

When did you first realize you had the gift of comedic relief and voice impersonations?

It really came from my dad and just growing up in the house with someone who is constantly making you laugh and you realize how much of a gift that is and you just naturally take that on. And as far as the voices go, I was always really heavily involved in the performing arts and just playing different characters and different roles. It really allows you to see what your voice can do and the range you have. As far as the celebrity impersonations go, I didn’t tap into that until about few months ago. I recently auditioned for In Living Color and one of the people they wanted you to impersonate was Beyoncé. I remember trying it and the people were like, ‘That’s pretty good.’ So with that, I said I will continue to run with it and see if I can get better with it.

How did the idea of having your own YouTube channel come along? Did you have any personal influences that pushed you along to create one?

I actually had a YouTube channel up for two years and one of my most notable videos that was up on that YouTube channel was the ‘Chris Brown and Rihanna Fight Night Scene’ when we are in the car together and we basically re-enacted that night. Now my old YouTube channel was not nearly as successful as this one is and a hacker chose to delete that channel. So when I started my new channel in February and when I released my second video “Shit Rihanna Says,” that video went viral and it made people ask, ‘Where did she come from?’ when in reality I had been there all along.

Tell me about the character Gretchen Murdle and how she came about? 

I created her when I was a junior in high school, and one day my dad was doing some projects for BET and he brought these weird glasses home and I put them on. The minute I put the glasses on, I just transformed into this character. [My mom and I] went out on the street and we were driving around and I was just like yelling at people as this character and people were laughing. My mom was like, ‘You should call her Gretchen Murdle,' and we kind of just went with that. I took Gretchen Murdle to a competition and competed in high school and I won first place; I got all types of prizes and scholarships. She was the first character I ever created, so I wanted to present her first on my new YouTube channel which is The Darmirra Show. So far, I’m getting a great response and she loves it. [Laughs]

Quite a few of your videos feature spoofs of Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Beyoncé. Are these musicians that you like personally? How do you choose the people you wish to spoof?

I naturally go for the people who are heavy-hitters right now because I am naturally trying to reach that level of success for now and people want to see you emulate the people who are already hot, so I go after those people first. And then naturally all of those girls have such distinct personalities especially Nicki Minaj so as a comedian it gives you so much to play off of. So if you have a distinct personality that I feel like I can tweak and have fun with you are going to get spoofed. [Laughs]

To date your video "Shit Beyonce Say" has had the most views on YouTube. What was your favorite video to make thus far and why?

I guess I actually have to say now that it is the Sophia Grace and Rosie one because it was so much fun to be kids and do that accent. I think so many people can see that I really let loose, because that’s what I am, really wild. Those little girls are hilarious and when it comes to my spoofs I just do what I know everyone is already thinking in their heads.

What's next for The Darmirra Show? Any expansion ideas? Will we see you in film or on television?

Get ready for a lot more original characters such as ‘Gretchen Murdle Goes to Hollywood,’ which will be a web series on The Darmirra Show. I want people to know that I am more than just a girl that does celebrity impressions; I really am a creator because I look up to folk like Tracey Ullman, Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball. They were creators, so I want to show people that. So get ready to see impressions you’ve already seen taken to another level. I never really know exactly what I am going to do it all depends on what’s happening in our world, and I just go for it.

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In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

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Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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