It's not everyday you find a Lifetime TV show host who enjoys NASCAR and basketball, who conducts broadcasting seminars and has a line of maternity tees. But, Audra Lowe has managed to seamlessly combine all five pastimes, proving not to be the conventional African-American woman on television today.
“I’m trying to break stereotypes as far as women are concerned in this industry; not all of us are knocking each other upside the head and kicking each other down,” says the UC Santa Barbara and UCLA graduate. “I look at [hosting] as a blessing. It’s not easy but it’s fun.”
Five years ago, Lowe became the host of the nationally syndicated lifestyle program, “The Better Show,” and has been instrumental in growing the show’s market size from 12 to over 140 cities. Prior to joining the show, owned by Meredith Corporation, Lowe was a host of the entertainment show, "FoxNOW", and throughout her 23 years of experience, she’s managed to interview a slew of politicians and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, the Kardashian’s and Seal.
These days the Los Angeles native finds joy in giving back, and has found more than one way to do it. While pregnant with her now 2-year-old daughter, Lowe created Lowe Blow Tees, a t-shirt line with sayings pregnant women think, but hardly ever say.
“Lowe Blow Tees started honestly as a joke. When I was pregnant the weirdest most awkward and disrespectful comments would come out of people’s mouths. I put these phrases [on the shirts] to let women say what they just don’t have the lung capacity to say themselves.” Popular phrases include "Can I PLEASE give birth before you ask if I'd like another?’"; "Go ahead. But I get to rub yours first;" and "Heard it all...no unsolicited advice needed at the moment. NONE.’
The self-proclaimed “sports-a-holic” who enjoys cheering for the Lakers and races cars at racetracks in northern Connecticut, can also be found helping hundreds of aspiring journalists, athletes, musicians and financial executives embark on a television career through teaching seminars.
“I didn’t have a lot of encouragement going into this business. Even once you’re in the business it’s very tough to find people who will support you with your goals,” says Lowe, who recently became the host of The Broadway Chanel, a media company that produces and distributes video and television programming for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Broadway on Tour.
“I never want anybody else to feel [alone], when they’re trying to get into this business or while they’re in it," Lowe says.
Lowe is scheduled to conduct weekend workshops in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver and a few other cities across the U.S., where attendees will experience mock on-camera exercises, and receive feedback on their potential. Additionally, she plans to offer scholarships to students who can't afford her seminars.
“Honestly, I don’t feel like I’m here just for myself. I feel like I am here for a different reason,” she says. “I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that is, but I know it’s mainly to uplift.”
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Sugar and Plumm (Upper West Side)
For sweet seekers -- and family travelers -- kid-friendly <a href="http://guides.uptownmagazine.com/details/sugar-and-plumm" target="_hplink">Sugar and Plumm</a> hits the spot. These "purveyors of Yumm" offer up a dizzying spread of croissants, bars, macarons, tarts and cookies smack in the middle of the white and violet space. There's also a colorful dining area for digging into more savory options like pulled pork and waffles, Cobb wedge salad and NY strip. Park at the communal tables to enjoy a sundae -- plus free Wi-Fi. <em>377 Amsterdam Ave. <a href="http://www.sugarandplumm.com/" target="_hplink">sugarandplumm.com</a>. 212.787.8778</em>
Pork Slope (Brooklyn)
The new Barclays Stadium, and soon-to-be home of the Brooklyn Nets, is sure to attract first-time visitors to Brooklyn, but it's the borough's bustling food scene that'll keep them coming back for more. Aside from its clever name, the <a href="http://guides.uptownmagazine.com/details/pork-slope" target="_hplink">Pork Slope</a> (located in Park Slope) has plenty to offer to the casual diner. While swine is the main attraction, the BBQ joint offers a number of alternatives, like Chicago-styled hot dogs, tater tots, sandwiches and a plethora of cheap brews and craft ales. If '80s movies are your thing, then you'll appreciate the nod to Patrick Swayze's Road House, which can be found throughout the interior. Twenty bucks can get you pretty far at this 'hood joint, so you're bound to leave happy. <em>247 Fifth Ave. <a href="http://porkslopebrooklyn.com" target="_hplink">porkslopebrooklyn.com</a>. 718.768.7675</em>
Cove Lounge (Harlem)
<a href="http://guides.uptownmagazine.com/details/cove-lounge-new-york" target="_hplink">Cove Lounge</a> is a fresh uptown hotspot and the latest venture of Harlem resident and real estate heavyweight Alyah Horsford-Sidberry. Get your pre-game on in the leather-couched upstairs lounge with refreshing cocktails like the Cove Martini, a smooth blend of Van Gogh Peach Vodka, fresh lemon juice, mint leaves, and Prosecco that even the most vodka-phobic will enjoy sipping. The food, which Bobby Flay helped to create on the Food Network's "3 Days to Open," is the antithesis of "bar food" including creamy Blue Crab & Grits, Spiced Fries, and Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese. When you're ready to amp up the night, head downstairs to the lounge, where you'll dance the night away with Harlem's hip and sexy set. <em>325 Lenox Ave. <a href="http://coveloungenyc.com" target="_hplink">coveloungenyc.com</a>. 212.665.3455</em>
Murray's Cheese Bar (West Village)
New York is known for many things, but cheese isn't one of them. This, however, hasn't stopped the success of the renowned Murray's Cheese Shop. Now, owners of the decades old fromagerie are offering customers a cheesier experience just a few doors down. When you're done stocking up on Gruyère, take a stroll to the <a href="http://guides.uptownmagazine.com/details/murrays-cheese-bar" target="_hplink">Cheese Bar</a>. The simple sit-down eatery offers the same bountiful supply of cheese from around the globe served up in any way you can imagine. Dip it, fry it, spread it 'round - or pair it with any of the over 200 craft beers available at the bar. <em>264 Bleecker St. <a href="http://murrayscheesebar.com" target="_hplink">murrayscheesebar.com</a>. 646.476.8882</em>
A.G. Kitchen (Upper West Side)
Chef Alex Garcia's American and Latin roots are evenly reflected in his latest concept, <a href="http://guides.uptownmagazine.com/details/ag-kitchen" target="_hplink">A.G. Kitchen</a>. Aside from the prominent location in the UWS, everything about the place is pretty lax, from its feel-good grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers to the Latin-infused tacos and paella. We may be on our way to fall, but the lingering summer weather is the perfect excuse to order a spiked milkshake or a butterscotch ice Cream sundae. Guests can escape the general dining-area crowd and head over to the lounge - better known as the Cabanas - for a more intimate ambiance. <em>269 Columbus Ave. <a href="http://agkitchen.com" target="_hplink">agkitchen.com</a> 212.873.9400</em>
Pop on Park Maison 24 (Upper East Side)
While most furniture stores on the Upper East Side feature pieces of a more traditional décor, brother-sister duo Louis Marra and Allison Julius have successfully prescribed a healthy dose of whimsy for Park Ave., <a href="http://guides.uptownmagazine.com/details/maison-24-new-york" target="_hplink">Maison 24</a>. Step inside the shop, which is more a furniture boutique than an impersonal furniture emporium, and you're instantly transported to the home of your dreams, where Lucite abounds and Louis XV chairs are given an update with leather studded seats and the message: "Love Hurts." Even if you're not in the market for new furniture or a collectible piece of art, you'll have a difficult time leaving Maison 24 empty-handed. From a French salad dressing to a Swarovski crystal-encrusted Pop Phone, Maison 24 has something for everyone. <em>470 Park Ave. <a href="http://maison24.com" target="_hplink">maison24.com</a>. 212.355.2414</em>
The Donna Scott Secret Med Spa (Upper East Side)
Trekking through the city can take a toll on any beauty, but thanks to spas like The <a href="http://guides.uptownmagazine.com/details/the-donna-scott-secret-med-spa" target="_hplink">Donna Scott Secret Med Spa</a>, it doesn't have to show. Celebrity skin-care expert and medical esthetician Donna Scott delivers a beauty oasis for women at her Park Ave location. Scott - who has treated Phaedra Parks of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" - offers a combination of medical-grade glycolic peels and Phyto-C treatments, along with an arsenal that can tackle all types of tones, complexions, and conditions. We recommend checking the Donna Scott Collagen Serum, which uses skin science to help rebuild collagen in order to create firm and flawless skin. Scott may not have found the fountain of youth, but she's pretty darn close! <em>960 Park Ave. <a href="http://donnascottsecret.com" target="_hplink">donnascottsecret.com</a> 215.772.1222</em>
Peruse your favorite designer duds and kicks from online retailer <a href="http://guides.uptownmagazine.com/details/piperlime" target="_hplink">Piperlime's cute boutique</a>, located in the heart of Downtown's fashion mecca. This marks the first retail store for the four year old Gap Inc. owned company trusted by savvy online shoppers interested in staying on-trend each season. Fashion forward brands such as Frye and Citizens of Humanity can be found throughout the store's shelves, and the 4,000 square foot space includes an assortment of their best products and price points. 121 Wooster St. <a href="http://piperlime.com" target="_hplink">piperlime.com</a>. 212.343.4282
Museum Day Live!, 9/29
Download a voucher from smithsonian.com/museumday to receive two free tickets to one of 28 New York City museums and cultural centers, including big-name institutions like the Brooklyn Museum, which opens one of its major fall shows, <a href="http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/mickalene_thomas/">“Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe,”</a> on September 28. El Museo del Barrio and the Studio Museum in Harlem, two of the three museums hosting <a href="http://caribbeancrossroads.org/about/exhibition/">“Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,"</a> are another must-see.
Third Annual Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival, 9/5-10/7
Now through October 7th, jazz legends and protégés from across the globe will take the stage at the third annual Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. Jazz performers of all ages, from Brazil to Trinidad to New Orleans, will offer their unique tribute to music genre's rich history and cultural influence. Visit the <a href="http://www.jalc.org/dccc/details09.asp?EventID=3187" target="_hplink">Jazz at Lincoln Center website</a> to purchase tickets online, or head to the box office located inside the Time Warner building.