Cocoa Sarai – The Black and White [INTERVIEW]

French Kissez recently got the opportunity to interview a wonderfully talented, up and coming musical artist. She’s having a release party THIS Thursday for her second album “The Black and White” at Dominion NY.

We love her already! Read the interview below.

French Kissez: How would you describe your music style to those that aren’t familiar with you yet? Do you have favorite artists right now that you pull inspiration from?

Cocoa Sarai: I use to call it pop-soul, Now its just me. Most people call it R&B some call it soul, some call it pop. I call it Cocoa lol. Its Soul dipped in chocolate. I’m listening to a lot of Stevie Wonder right now. Ive been on a serious Stevie Wonder binge for the last month or so. Hes a musician so I guess its been me wanting to be inspired so that my live shows with the band can become even more dynamic then they already are.

FK: This is your second release. What are your hopes for this album? What is the biggest thing you would like for people to take away from listening to your music?

CS: My biggest dream would be for the album to spread wide enough for me to be able to do a world wide tour and have millions of fans everywhere. Maybe that’s every artist’s dream but if it is then I share the exact same sentiments. I want people to walk away feeling as if the product is worth every penny. I want them to appreciate the lyrics, vocal performance, production, artwork, etc. For them to not feel robbed. I put a lot into this Ive learned a lot and I hope that people love it as much as I do…

FK: Your first album was self-produced and independently released when you were just 21. You’re still so young but you already have so much experience under your belt. What major lessons did you learn when putting your first album together and how did they help you shape your upcoming release, “Black and White”?

CS: Well, I definitely learned how important a team is!!!!! I did not know a lot of the things I know now about marketing and PR (public relations) and promoting. I did everything on my own the first time because I had to. This time my management and PR made it much easier to just create. They were like “Cocoa stay in the studio and we’ll handle the rest” I’m extremely hands on with EVERYTHING but they make it easier wayyyyyy easier. I definitely understand now that being a songwriter is different from being an artist. So just because I can write it, it doesn’t really mean I should be the person to sing it. I always prided myself on being able to write every genre and I’m still learning, but now I understand myself as an artist even more. I’ve grown, I’M grown, I’m not afraid to be completely myself because I know who that person is now.

FK: How did you arrive at the name “Black and White”?

CS: Its actually called “THE Black and White” Black and White to most are merely colors, Its used to describe something being THIS or THAT. A lot of people strive to be that “Black and White:’ type of person because its safer not to feel. LIFE is about the colors, the ups and downs. Naming the album The Black and White is my proclamation of the “Colors” that make us human. Not to mention my hair has been black and white for 10 months, I guess it was the universe’s way of foreshadowing..

FK: What song on this album do you consider “your baby”, the one you feel most connected to, and how does it pertain to your life?

CS: That is such a a hard question because I love them all. My favorites change every day depending on my mood. One minute Im in a “”black and blue” kinda mood and the next Im in a “Memories for suckers” kinda mood. Thats probably my favorite right now, well today at least!

FK: Ok, so this wouldn’t be French Kissez if we didn’t delve into love, relationships and heartache! After listening to “Raining in My Room”, I couldn’t help but wonder; what is the story behind it?

CS: Ill try to condense it. In 2010 my house burned down, I went through a bad break up and I was staying in a Loft. There was a tornado in Brooklyn around that time and it was raining really really hard. I was coming back from a meeting with my old manager and he had a cd of tracks. The irony is that I was telling him about my issue with my ex before he put the cd on. I talked about my issues all the way up until track 6, the music came on I stopped talking and started freestyling the way I do most of my songs. i told him what the title was going to be and that was that. My loft had huge windows so the thunderstorm looked and felt as if it was in the middle of the room. I started writing the song. Lost the track and called it a lost cause. A year later the producer finds me on facebook and sends me the record, Fellow songwriter Rich Lowe stopped by and we finished it. When I began writing it, I missed my ex and wanted to be back with him, We didnt get back together and Im so thankful now that he let me drown lol, Someone better came along to save me ūüôā

FK: You’ve also done some modeling, you’ve been featured in VIBE VIXEN; does being in front of the camera feel as organic to you as standing behind the mic? Have you noticed men approaching you differently now?

CS: I have never considered myself a model, I never wanted to be, I still dont want to be lol. I always felt like the ugly duckling growing up. I just knew I could sing. I only began taking pictures because its apart of being an artist. My makeup artist Londyn- Nikole and I met when I was 19 and she had me do a few shoots, people always said I was a natural so I guess its almost as simple as singing minus the ugly soulful faces lol. Im thankful for the features and the people that admire my look. If the woman I am now would have told “3rd grade Cocoa” that Id be a model, I wouldn’t believe her lol. Men are men, Men do men things. By high school I gained a lot of attention. I sang all the time and I wore heels almost everyday…I just love shoes so Im use to it now but always thankful. Im fully aware that no on has to take time out of there day to say “I think you’re beautiful” ¬†What surprises me now is the women that actually approach me, it always catches me off guard

FK: Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!

CS: Thank you for liking my music and actually reading my bio, for feeling that Im interesting enough to even interview, this interview was fun and I appreciate the opportunity ūüôā

I’ll definitely be in attendance for her album release! I posted the flyer below. Come join us in support.

Use these links to check her out. Follow her on twitter, she’s definitely one to watch!

www.cocoasarai.com
www.twitter.com/cocoasarai
www.myspace.com/cocoasarai
www.youtube.com/cocoasaraitv
www.facebook.com/cocoasarai

Come to Bed… (NSFW??)

She laid in bed still awake but with her eyes closed. She dreamed of¬†clouds and sailboats– warmer weather & outdoor activities. She’d¬†never done it on a boat before and decided in that moment to put it on¬†her list of things to do with him this summer.¬†She wondered if he was coming to bed anytime soon. She had been¬†waiting for him to join her, with the expectation of cumming before¬†drifting off into a satisfied sleep. She couldn’t hear him on the¬†phone across the room anymore, so he must have gone to another room to¬†avoid disturbing her.

Pulling the covers off of her body she sat up and called out to him.¬†Wearing only a pair of black lace Brazilian cut panties she rose from¬†the warm spot she’d made for herself on the mattress and stood to her¬†feet. “where is he?” she mumbled to herself.

When she entered the dimly lit living room she found him sitting on¬†the couch. In the quiet, she could hear his even, heavy breathing.¬†Standing closer and looking at him, she thought to herself ¬†“mmm he’s¬†sexy even in his sleep”.

She walked over and kneeled in front of him, resting on her shins. Her small frame fit perfectly between his parted knees. She traced her fingers across the span of his chest and down his stomach. Her mind quickly traveled back to the night before, and she felt a pulse where her thighs met.

He didn’t budge.He hadn’t undressed since coming home that evening.¬†He worked hard and she knew he was exhausted from all of the extra¬†hours he’d been putting in. It wasn’t surprising that he’d fallen¬†asleep on the couch where he’d settled, making late ¬†calls to tie up¬†some loose ends.

She began to undress him. Button  by button, she went down the row of his striped blue shirt until it was completely undone. She feathered kisses on the curly hair on his now exposed chest. He shifted slightly as she loosened his belt and unzipped his gray suit pants.

Tugging gently on his slacks, he began to stir. Maybe he wasn’t as¬†fast asleep as she thought. She slipped a finger under the band at the¬†top of his boxers feeling the bare skin of his stomach there. Pushing¬†her hand under the zipper of his ¬†pants, she just wanted to feel it in¬†her hand. Soft, smooth and warm.

 

As she gently toyed with him through his underwear she could feel him¬†responding, growing firm. She recognized the small throbbing between¬†her legs and couldn’t resist freeing that part of him that she loved¬†to play with from the confines of his underwear. At first she just¬†wanted to look at it. He looked so peaceful she felt kind of bad for¬†disturbing his rest.

She held it in her fist and couldn’t stop herself from giving it a¬†kiss. Many times before they’d started heavy sessions of lovemaking¬†from his request of “baby just give it a kiss for me…” She never¬†could resist. Then she traced the head of it with the tip of her¬†tongue. Wetting and kissing it again before taking it completely into¬†her mouth. As she did this she could hear him inhale sharply.

“Sorry to wake you…”

She said this but did not stop. She worked him in her mouth using her hand alternating between his shaft and massaging his balls. Moving her tongue in circular motions as she moved her mouth up and down on him, she slipped her free hand into her panties rubbing her middle finger through the moisture against her clit.

He was wide awake now, running his fist through her hair as she worked¬†them both. “fuck, baby you know how to wake a man up!”

He pushed his pants the rest of the way down his legs and kicked them aside. Still on her knees with his dick in her mouth and right hand on his balls, she cupped her breasts with her free hand. He tried to reach her pussy with his fingers but the position was awkward. He leaned forward grabbed her by her waist making them switch positions.

Now she kneeled on the couch facing the wall and he positioned his face between her legs. A loud moan escaped her lips as she shut her eyes and gave into the sensation of his warm rough tongue lapping at the pink center of her pussy. He knew her body in and out. Knew just what to do to make her purr. He used two fingers to assist his tongue, moving in and out of her as she pressed her cheek against the wall.

“you’re gonna make me come!”

“not yet. I want you to come all over this dick.” Without missing a¬†beat he rose to his feet, and plunged into her, making her arch¬†further over the back of the sofa.

Steady in and out, he leaned into her and used one hand to tease her left nipple, while his right gripped her waist, keeping time.

The room filled with their heavy breathing and moans of pleasure. She reached on hand between her legs to find his balls and give them a gentle squeeze as they slapped against her mound with his down stroke.

“yeah, like that! Don’t stop”

She could feel him getting close to his climax, so she flexed & tightened her walls around him with every other stroke. He liked that about her. She had so much control over her pussy, it got him there every time. Fucking never got old for them. They always found a new way to keep the excitement. Her mind briefly returned to her dream from earlier.

In the past, when asked by men where her “spot” was, she always¬†responded with what she thought was an honest “I don’t have one.” But¬†he never asked her. He’d just explored her body until he discovered¬†place that lead her to paradise. And now she felt his lips on her body, in that spot, tracing light kisses up and along her side. She cried out as he worked her body as only he knew how…

“baby I’m coming… now, ohh”

He moved quicker in and out of her entry as it contracted and became even wetter around him. He wanted to get there with her. Driven by her sounds of ecstasy with one last thrust she felt him expel his release inside of her.

“Honey, now get off of the couch and come to bed”

ūüôā

On to the Next Year!

As some of you may already know, I recently celebrated the 1st anniversary of the fifth anniversary of my 21st birthday. Figure it out.

The ONLY picture I have from my birthday 2011


All I wanted to do was chill and think about life. I didn’t want a huge bash. I didn’t want to go to the club and pop bottles. Really, I just wanted to relax and soak up the love from my family and friends as the sent text messages, called, wrote on my FB wall and tweeted “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” . . . Usually one of my ex kisses calls me and sings Happy Birthday in my ear, but we haven’t been on the best of terms lately. Probably mainly because I’m crazy when I feel hurt. LoL I don’t have a thing for him AT ALL anymore, but healthy friendships can be hard to maintain when the foundation contains so much pain. That’s a different story though. Anyway, he didn’t sing but he did wish me a happy birthday so it’s all love.

Hopefully this year is all about growth for me. I know it sounds kinda cliche’ but it’s really my focus this year. When my next birthday approaches I want to look back at this post and say I addressed these things in my life and I’m satisfied with my progression.

  • Love (all types of it, romantic, platonic, familial)
  • Career
  • Health/Beauty
  • Education

That’s not too much to conquer in a year right?? ūüėČ

I did have a birthday date though! oww! Sooo maybe I’m already one step in the direction of that Love thing right?? Ok ok ok I won’t get ahead of myself.

Kissez!

Valentine’s Day!

French Kissez hosted Speed Dating for Trix and Zeke on Valentine’s Day, sponsored by Ciroc Red Berry Vodka! Check out the pics on their site. ¬†<– click it. Now. lol

Last Speed Dating Event of the Summer

If you’re like me and you’re trying to get through this thing called dating, QUICKLY, then you should be at this event on Monday!

FrenchKissez¬†in collaboration with 5Starr Productions is doing our last SPEED DATING event of the summer!! If you’ve never tried speed dating before, it’s guaranteed to at least be a fun new experience. Maybe you’ll even meet your next ex ūüėČ

Last month the cupcakes I baked were a hit, and the shots were flowing (yeah, they were FREE!) Definitely a good time.

Mingle Mondays take place at¬†Club Reality – 2625 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD — Sign up begins at 7pm AUGUST 16th

Did I mention this is a¬†FREE¬†event?? Come for dates and stay for the after party. Don’t forget to ask about the drink specials!

There are pool tables, and food too… so if you just want to come and hang out after work, join me!¬†Come out and meet me, I love and appreciate the support! ¬†Can’t wait to see all of you there!!

Happy Birthday, Kissez!!

Today marks a whole year since I started French Kiszing y’all! I can’t even believe it’s been that long!! I really feel like you’ve been going through this dating roller coaster with me all of this time. I can’t even begin to express what I feel when I read the comments, emails, facebook notes, and tweets letting me know you’re reading!

Before I started blogging, I thought I was doing something incorrectly with this dating thing. But I’m learning that so many of us, men and women, have the same fears when it comes to interacting with each other. We share similar experiences and most of us are just trying to get through it. I don’t know about y’all but some days I want to throw up my hands and be over it. Luckily (I think), my desire to eventually be with (not necessarily “find”) Mr. Right overpowers that urge. I don’t know what I’m going to write about when he finally comes along though! ūüėČ

Anyway, THANK YOU to the blog that got me writing and sharing — CocktailOur.com (go check out those crazy chicks CocktailJay and CocktailKay). Thank you to everyone who is reading this. I’m so glad I’m not talking to a dark, empty room. Thanks to my friends who read my posts before I put them up to critique and edit for me. All of you are awesome.

I have so many ideas and things to come soon. Just stick with me, please!

MUAH! :-*

-Frenchie

Mingle Mondays – Speed Dating

If you’re like me and you’re trying to get through this thing called dating, QUICKLY, then you should be at this event on Monday!

FrenchKissez in collaboration with 5Starr Productions and Red Dot Promotions is doing a mini SPEED DATING series this summer. If you’ve never tried speed dating before, it’s guaranteed to at least be a fun new experience. Maybe you’ll even meet your next ex ūüėČ

Mingle Mondays take place at Club Reality – 2625 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD — Sign up begins at 7pm JULY 19th and AUGUST 16

Did I mention this is a FREE event?? Come for dates and stay for the after party. Don’t forget to ask about the drink specials! There are pool tables, and food too… so if you just want to come and hang out after work, join me!

Come out and meet me, I love and appreciate the support! ¬†Can’t wait to see all of you there!!