OLDER 2016 BLOGS

 

OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK UNVEILS FIRST LOOK AT NEW ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES ‘GREENLEAF’ IN ADVANCE OF JUNE PREMIERE
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Oprah Winfrey as Mavis McCready and Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf
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Family Megachurch Drama From Lionsgate TV Featuring Oprah Winfrey’s Return to Acting on Television Debuts with Two-Night Premiere on June 21 and 22
Created by Emmy-nominated Writer/Producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under,” “Brothers and Sisters”), the Series Stars Merle Dandridge and Emmy-winning Actors Lynn Whitfield and Keith David.
Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network unveiled today a first look at its new original drama series “Greenleaf” from Lionsgate TV and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under,” “Brothers and Sisters”).  Featuring Oprah Winfrey’s first recurring scripted television role in two decades, the family drama set against the backdrop of a sprawling Memphis megachurch will launch with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.  The series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.
“Greenleaf” centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, “The Night Shift”) who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith.  As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David, “Enlisted” and “Community”) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield, “The Josephine Baker Story”), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.
In the season premiere, directed by executive producer Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”), Grace and her teenage daughter Sophia (Desiree Ross, “Falling Skies”) are warmly welcomed home by Grace’s father, Bishop Greenleaf. Sparked by Grace’s return to Memphis, tensions quickly rise. At a family dinner in the Greenleaf mansion, Grace’s mother is cold and hostile. Her sister-in-law Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne, “Rake”) questions her about her faith and sister Charity (Deborah Joy Winans, “Whitney”) erupts with jealousy at the suggestion that Grace might start preaching at Calvary.
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Tisha Campbell-Martin Takes Over Atlanta!
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 Singer and Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin spent time in Atlanta, GA recently promoting her new single, “Lazy Bi**h.”

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Lazy Bi**h,” is available for purchase on all digital outlets now. Check out the music video here. Also, available for viewing is the viral video for last years single, “Steel Here.” For more information visit: simplytisha.com.
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NEW ESSENCE COVER: APRIL 2016 

“Winning was surreal, a totally out-of-body experience…I thought I would suddenly feel different—that I would finally figure out how to organize my underwear drawer. I’m grateful and blown away by it all, but I’m still me. I still have work to do…”—Audra McDonald, ESSENCE

ESSENCE’s April “Careers” issue cover features the incredible Audra McDonald. In this issue, the Broadway superstar and record-breaking Tony Award winner shares how following her passion saved her life—literally. Audra also stars in HBO’s broadcast of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill on March 12th and can be seen this season on Broadway in Shuffle Along, beginning previews March 15thThe April issue of ESSENCE hits newsstands on April 18th

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Dr. Heavenly at Jazz In the Gardens

DR. HEAVENLY SPEAKS AT JAZZ IN THE
GARDENS’ WOMEN’S IMPACT CONFERENCE & LUNCHEON IN MIAMI
Other panelists included Bern Nadette Stanis, Rick Party, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert and more.
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Teneshia J. Warner on The Steve Harvey Show
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We are thrilled to announce that Teneshia J. Warner, CEO of EGAMI Group, Author of Profit with Purpose, and Founder of the Dream Project Symposium, had a chat with Daytime Emmy Award Winning TV Show host, Steve Harvey, of The Steve Harvey Show. This episode of The Steve Harvey Show will aired on Tuesday, March 15th, at 3pm EST, on NBC.

Teneshia discussed her journey with tips on how to start your dream career and achieve success. This engaged discussion  provided a sneak peek into Teneshia’s upcoming appearance at Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Success Conference on May 13th-15th, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lastly,  don’t forget to also join them at the 2016 Dream Project Symposium on April 21st – 22nd in Atlanta.

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TYLER PERRY’S ‘IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG’ RETURNS TO OWN WITH 

ALL-NEW EPISODES 

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 AT 10PM ET/PT
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(LOS ANGELES) – March 2016 – Tyler Perry’s hit drama series “If Loving You is Wrong” will premiere on OWN with all-new episodes on Tuesday, March 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following the season finale of “The Haves and the Have Nots” (9-10 p.m. ET/PT).  The series will move to its regular timeslot at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Tuesday, March 22.

In its most recent season, “If Loving You is Wrong” was Tuesday night’s #1 original cable series among women averaging 2.3 million total viewers.  It was also Tuesday night’s #1 original series on all of TV among African-American women and total viewers.
In the season premiere of “If Loving You is Wrong,” tensions are at an all time high amongst friends and neighbors, now turned foes.  Viewers’ suspicions were confirmed when it was revealed that Alex’s (Amanda Clayton) baby is the product of her affair with neighbor Randal (Eltony Williams).  The arrival of the baby ignites a cycle of revenge that will continue throughout the season — angry husband Brad (Aiden Turner) lashes out at Alex by initiating his own extramarital relationship with Randal’s wife Marcie (Heather Hemmens); and adulterous Randal fights with wife Marcie, while planning his own acts of revenge against Brad.  Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Esperanza (Zulay Henao) learns of ex Edward’s (Joel Rush) dealings with drug dealers as Edward sets into motion his plan to have killed fellow police officer, Pete (Chris Pipkin).
As the new season unfolds, Randal continues to exact his revenge; Alex endures the wrath of her racist father and the custody of her baby is questioned; and after keeping a deep secret for years, Lushion (Charles “Malik” Whitfield) makes a starting revelation to Natalie (April Parker Jones). Meanwhile, Kelly (Edwina Findley Dickerson) continues her search for love and unusual circumstances once again bring Edward and Julian (Octavio Pizano) face-to-face.
If Loving You is Wrong” is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry and is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios.
For photography and additional information, please visit the OWN press site: http://press.discovery.com/us/own/
About Tyler Perry Studios
Tyler Perry Studios (TPS) was formed by actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry in the fall of 2008. The studio develops and produces motion picture films, in addition to drama and comedy television programming for the multi-platform U.S. television market. The 200,000 square foot studio lot is situated on the former Delta Airlines campus of more than 30 acres in the Greenbriar area of southwest Atlanta. The studio consists of five sound stages, a post production facility, a pond, a back lot, a 400-seat theater, a private screening room, and designated areas for entertaining and hosting events.  Since its opening, Perry and the studio’s 400 Atlanta-based employees have been hard at work in production of over fifteen films and five television series, with over 90 total episodes per year.  In 2015 TPS announced plans to expand operations with the acquisition of Fort McPherson, adding another 330 acres to create another major movie production studio lot.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand – and the magnetism of the channel.  Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable.  Depth with edge.  Heart. Star power. Connection.  And endless possibilities.  OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications.  The network debuted on January 1, 2011 and is available in 85 million homes.  The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com.  For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and
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Get Ready for the Who’s Who Kids & Teen Honor Awards!
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Who’s Who Kids & Teen Honor Awards
Location: Six Flags Over Georgia

CFOX Productions is putting together an incredible show and is looking for performing acts.
R & B Artist
Spoken Word Artist
Hip Hop Acts, Live Bands
Country Singers
Rock Band
Neo Soul Artist
Gospel Artist
Reggae Artist

CFOX Productions gives talent the opportunity to perform at the Who’s Who Kids & Teen Honor Awards. Talent must professional at all times during and after your performances.
Six Flags Over Georgia is a family friendly theme park.

Become a sponsor call 470-228-0697 or email carlos@cfoxproductions.com
Event Tickets log onto www.cfoxproductions.com

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#PoliticsAfterDark and the Young Professionals Host Committee Kicks Off Mayor Kasim Reed’s Municipal Option Sales Tax Campaign at M Bar
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UFE- TV ACCESS was granted yet again to this extravaganza! The networking was insane! Hundreds came out to support the Municipal Option Sales Tax Campaign known as campaign M.O.S.T which kicked off at this week’s #PoliticsAfterDark series held weekly at M Bar on historic Auburn Avenue.
With the 2016 Presidential Election looming, Atlanta culture progressives, Xavier Peoples (Co-Owner of M Bar) andJason “J. Carter” Carter (Founder of ONE Musicfest) created #PoliticsAfterDark to engage Atlanta’s community of influencers, curators and millennials with civic leaders charged with being change agents for social good.
The Municipal Option Sales Tax is a 1-cent tax that applies to most goods purchased in the City of Atlanta. These funds allow visitors and business people who use the City’s water and sewer infrastructure but do not pay City water/sewer bills to help pay for upgrading and maintenance of the infrastructure. This is NOT a new tax; it is the reauthorization of an existing tax. The Municipal Option SaleTax vote was  held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
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 Dedra Allen Celebrates J’Doah Grand Opening
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ATLANTA (February 2016)  2016, J’doah Salon owner and reality TV star Dedra Allen hosted the grand opening of the J’doah Academy, the innovative addition to the hair mogul’s empire. Held in Conyers, GA, WEtv filmed the event live for an episode of Cutting It in the ATL allowing guests the opportunity to star on the hit show. The grand opening was overflowing with love and support from family, colleagues and fans as Dedra spent the evening giving a first-hand look at the academy and providing insight to those interested in the beauty business.

Atlanta notables graced the red carpet alongside Dedra Allen such as Robin Dyke from Bravo’s Mother Funders, Celebrity Hairstylist La’Princess Baber, Celebrity Host Bo Talley and Priyanka Banks of VH1’s Sorority Sisters.

Special S/O to the sponsors:  Voo Vodka, Brown Sugar Gourmet Desserts and Cakes by Tatyana for providing specialty drinks and desserts for the red carpet affair.

Have you heard of Investigation Discovery’s “HATE IN AMERICA”?

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INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY PREMIERES NEW SERIES HATE IN AMERICA, EXAMINING THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER’S MOST RIVETING CASES, AS ORGANIZATION RELEASES 2015 INTELLIGENCE REPORT

–SPLC’s Intelligence Report Finds That Amid Year of Lethal Violence, Extremist Groups Expanded Ranks in 2015—

Hosted by Tony Harris, the First Installment of New Series Premieres Monday, February 29 at 8/7c, Only on ID—

(Silver Spring, Md.) – Investigation Discovery (ID) and Emmy Award-winning journalist Tony Harris are teaming up once again with premiere civil rights advocacy organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), to produce HATE IN AMERICA, a new documentary strand that showcases the SPLC’s efforts to combat bigotry and hate groups in the United States. The mission of the SPLC and its legendary founder, Morris Dees, are to combat the hate, intolerance and discrimination perpetuated by these groups through education, litigation and advocacy. According to the SPLC’s 2015 Intelligence Report released yesterday, the number of extremist groups operating domestically grew by 14% from 2014, and the SPLC catalogued an astounding 892 hate groups in the US, including neo-Nazis, white nationalists, black separatists, Klansmen and other groups that target the LGBT community. Produced by NBC News’ award-winning production arm Peacock Productions, the documentary series HATE IN AMERICA kicks off with its first premiere on Monday, February 29 at 8/7c, showcasing the SPLC’s remarkable strides to fight organized hate over the past four decades.

In the first episode of HATE IN AMERICA, titled The Klan on Trial, Harris explores some of the SPLC’s most riveting court cases, starting with the Michael Donald case – a heinous lynching of a young man in the early 1980s that prompted SPLC founder Morris Dees to sue the United Klans of America (UKA) on behalf of the victim’s mother. In this landmark court decision, the UKA’s violent leadership was held responsible for the unspeakably violent and racist acts of its members, helping to turn the tide against organized hate in our country. Harris also digs deep into the deeds of notorious white supremacist murderer Glenn Miller, who most recently made national headlines when he went on a shooting spree at a Kansas Jewish Community Center in April 2014.

The first episode of HATE IN AMERICAThe Klan on Trial premiered on Monday, February 29 at 8/7c on Investigation Discovery, with subsequent premieres airing throughout 2016. Additional episode descriptions are below:

HATE IN AMERICA: Lone Wolves

In this episode of HATE IN AMERICA, Harris investigates the rise of the lone wolf, revealing startling information about the dramatic increase of this deadly threat. Over the last six years alone, there have been more than 60 incidents of domestic terrorism planned by “lone wolf” attackers or pairs. That averages out to one incident every 34 days. Harris travels the country to investigate three distinct lone wolf attacks, delving into the psychology of the twisted minds of the shooters, including an anti-Semitic attack at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2009, the ambush of two police officers and a bystander by anti-government extremists in Las Vegas in 2014, and the 2015 massacre by a white supremacist at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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ATL LUNCH & LEARN: A MONTHLY EVENT

ATL LUNCH & LEARN was another successful event! It was our first monthly event of 2016!!! Urban Female Entertainment, Quente’Sential Branding, & Be Magazine put together another awesome event for the community. This monthly event gets bigger and better each event!! Our guests enjoyed the networking scene in conjunction with our sponsored lunch by the staff Anaginks Cusines, Chef Tee . It was a real cool vibe and everyone was chill. This monthly event ATL Lunch & Learn was also sponsored by Tee’s & Quote at 244 Peter Street Atlanta GA. Big S/O to our sponsors!!!

Our panlist were hand picked from our network, and there were several topics such as the entertainment business, media, entrepreneur concepts, & how everyone on the panel got started and grew into their current status & more.  The audience was really engaged into the paneled discussions and when it came to asking questions, no one in the crowd was shy. It was an intimate setting that included alot of knowledge, wisdom, networkers, grinders, media, and supporters. Our monthly panelist  were:

ROBYN DYKE

E.VINCENT MARTINEZ

LETONYA MOORE

AREINA PLOWDEN

SHALEEA “LUCKY” JOHNSON

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T.I. CELEBRATES ROCNATION DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH TIDAL X:

FREE CONCERT IN ATLANTA GA AT GREENBRIAR MALL

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted yet again, to witness this super dope performance from TIP!! We are such big fans of his! Just prior to his performance, Tip announced that he had entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Roc Nation for his forthcoming 10th studio album ‘Dime Trap’ to be released on his Grand Hustle Records, and that he has become the 19th artist/owner of TIDAL, the global music entertainment platform founded by Jay-Z.

Clearly it was a celebration of sorts, so T.I. also premiered his brand new video on Tidal last night which was shot by celebrity photographer/videographer Derek Blanks.

During the free pop-up performance, Tip brought out several Atlanta artists including Young Thug, Young Dro and Bankroll Fresh (RIP).

T.I. also released his brand new video for ‘Money Talks’ which premiered on Tidal, and is the first single from his upcoming album ‘Dime Trap, which will mark Tip’s return to his trap music roots, the genre he helped put on the map when he created Grand Hustle Records and released his multi-platinum album ‘Trap Muzik’ featuring classics “24’s,” ”Rubberband Man” and “Let’s Get Away.”

As T.I. revealed last fall, ‘Dime Trap’ will sound like “’Trap Muzik’ on steroids.”

Over the course of his career, Tip has won three Grammy Awards and has sold over 10 million albums in the US alone.

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SNEAK PREVIEW OF SEASON 5 MARY MARY PREMIER IN ATLANTA GA.

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to the WE-TV’S sneak preview premier of season 5 of Mary Mary. Boy was the church packed! It was really wall-to-wall. They did a lot of stalling before the started the event, asking folks thousands of questions. There was no refreshments or drinks, so after 3 hours of waiting folks started leaving and was over it. Not raining on the parade, but just speaking the truth! After the premier, Tina came out and spoke about her husband and the show.

This event took place at the New Life church in Decature GA. Mary Mary’s record label is ready for a new album but, unfortunately they aren’t. Tina fights for her solo career, and Erica wants to team back up. Season 5 of the reality series following gospel superstars Mary Mary premier’s every Thursday night on WE TV with plenty of drama. Tune in to see what happens.

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PEPSI & REVOLT PRESENTED THE #THERECIPE TO SUCCESS

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend a private event in Atlanta. REVOLT and Pepsi recently partnered in ATL for the kickoff of #TheRecipe, honoring rising stars in the field of business, education, the arts and more who have created their unique recipes for success during a panel discussion. Angela Simmons (Growing Up Hip Hop)and Laz Alonzo (The Mysteries of Laura) hosted the event, with VIPs such as Will Packer (“Ride Along 2”), Roddy White (NFL star), Kandi Burris (singer/songwriter) in attendance. Combs Enterprise (parent company of REVOLT) was also in the building as Kenny Burns represented. It was a packed house, open bar, photo booth, and awesome networking of course!

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LA REID “Sing To Me” Official Book Signing

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LA REID “Sing To Me” Official Book Signing was
Presented by Loud N Klear Entertainment and Twelve Music Group

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend this dope extravaganza! This event took place at Ray Charles Performing Arts center on Morehouse College campus in Atlanta GA. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Antonio L.A. Reid, Chairman and CEO of Epic Records, is an iconic figure in the music industry capitivated by music from an early age. As the Co-Founder of LaFace records alongside Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds he has written and produced for some of todays top artists!
S/o to Loud N Klear Entertainment, Twelve Music Group and Morehouse College Department of Music for  hosting this dope event:  Sing To Me, The official book signing for legendary, Grammy award winning music executive, producer, songwriter Antonio L.A. Reid was a packed house. There was a Q&A and he also told the story behind the book and why it is a must have.

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‘RHOA’s’ Kenya Moore and Marlo Hampton host Ederra Bella launch party

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to the launch of Ederra Bella located in the John’s Creek area of GA. The hashtag was #prettyparty to check on twitter and IG.  This dope launch was hosted by RHOA’s Kenya Moore, Marlo Hampton and socialite Bo Talley. This was a private event, and they had a dope turnout.  This launch was held at the Wet Bar at the W Hotel in Atlanta.

Dr. Myla’s Ederra Bella: A Johns Creek Premiere Plastic Surgery Center specializing in mommy makeovers, fillers, injectables and laser treatments.

Dr. Myla has chosen the theme “preserve your pretty” for 2016. Clients come from all over the world to have liposuction, abdomininoplasty (tummy tuck) and also for maintaining perfect skin. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Kenya Moore credits Dr. Myla and her skin treatments for the drastic improvement of her skin.

The event was well attended by local Atlanta reality television cast members such as Dr. Heavenly Kimes (“Married to Medicine”), Okevia Wilson (“Selling it in the ATL”), La’Tasha Givens (“My Diet is Better Than Yours”), actress Charmin Lee (“The Inspectors”), Andrea Kelly, and Reigndrop Lopes.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2016 BLACK WOMEN FILM SUMMIT TO TAKE PLACE MARCH 10-12, 2016WITH UNTOLD STORIES LUNCHEON, FILM FESTIVAL & MORE

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ATLANTA – February 2016 – The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) has announced that the 2016 Black Women Film Summit will take place March 10-12, 2016 at various locations in Atlanta. This three-day event will celebrate the achievements of black women in the arts and entertainment and feature its signature “Untold Stories” Luncheon as well as the annual Black Women Film Festival (BWFF), Book Festival and panel discussions.
The Summit will open on Thursday, March 10 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM with a networking reception at Boogalou Restaurant & Lounge (239 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30308).
Then on Friday, March 11 at 11:00AM, the “Untold Stories” Luncheon will take place at the Intercontinental Buckhead (3315 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta GA 30326), where several VIPs will be honored for their career achievements and “untold” secrets to success. The luncheon also serves as a fundraiser for scholarships for students entering the film and television industries.
The summit closes on Saturday, March 12 with a full day of screenings, panels and an awards ceremony at the Dennard Center at Atlanta Technical College (1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta GA 30310).
Additionally, Atlanta viewers can watch last year’s Black Women Film Network Awards on WATL36 this Sunday, February 21 at 10:30PM ET.

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GRAMMY 2016 RECAP! DID YOU SEE IT?

The 58th annual GRAMMY AWARDS hit the Staples Center in Los Angeles 2/15/16 and bot was it awesome. It was a lot going on, and this year’s grammy was nothing short of entertainment! For more than three-and-a-half hours of musical mayhem. Taylor Swift opened the show with “Out of the Woods”; from there, things quickly jumped from hip-hop (Best Rap Album, where KENDRICK LAMAR grabbed the night’s first award- who also took home 5 GRAMMY’S- YES!!  How cool was that, presented by Ice Cube and his son, followed by a lovely duet from American Idol’s Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt.

The first non-genre prize, Song of the Year, went to Ed Sheeran and co-writer Amy Wadge for “Thinking Out Loud” (Swift, also nominated, was psyched out of her mind). Stevie Wonder did the honors, flipping open the envelope and teasing the crowd that only a Braille-speaker would be able to read it. That was so funny!

Taking home the rest of the biggies were T-Swift’s 1989 for Album of the Year, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk” for Record of the Year and Meghan Taylor, who tearfully gave such an emotional speech while accepting her Best New Artist award.

Live collaborations characterized much of the night; in addition to Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt’s, you had: Justin Bieber, Diplo and Skrillex; Demi Lovato, Tyrese, John Legend, Meghan Trainor and Luke Bryan teaming up to honor Lionel Richie (who himself popped up for a bit); Pentatonix joining Stevie Wonder for some a cappella fun; Jackson Browne and The Eagles remembering  Glen Frey; Tori Kelly and James strumming along with each other; Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt paying homage to B.B. King; Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry reminding us they’re in a supergroup the Hollywood Vampires; and Pitbull, Travis Barker and Robin Thicke closed out with some help from actress Sofía Vergara. We cannot forget about last but certainly not least Lady Gaga’s performance and tribute to David Bowie. Hold up tho! Why didn’t the Grammy’s go in for NATALIE COLE? They Mentioned her, but no dedication. They could have had Jennifer Hudson, and some other folks do something that wasn’t right.. We just saying…..

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Rickey Smiley & Sherri Shepherd Return As Co-Hosts of 31st Stellar Gospel Music Awards

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ATLANTA, GA (February 2016) – TV and radio personality Rickey Smiley (Dish NationRickey Smiley For Real) and actress and TV personality Sherri Shepherd (Ride Along 2The View) will return as co-hosts of the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Hailed as the “biggest night in gospel music,” this year’s Stellar Awards will be held at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The telecast will premiere on TV One during the week of March 6, as well as in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country from March 12 – April 10.

The 2016 Stellar Awards nominees in 28 categories include gospel heavyweight Anthony Brown, a contender for both Male Vocalist of the Year and Producer of the Year, topping the list with ten nominations. The prolific songwriter and his bandmates Group therAPy are also nominated for Artist of the YearSong of the YearGroup/Duo of the YearCD of the Year, Choir of the YearContemporary Group/Duo of the YearContemporary CD of the Year, and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year. Also returning to the show with a slate of nominations this year, chart- topping act Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago receives eight nods, the second highest number overall. Jenkins is nominated for Producer of the Year and Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year, and his critically acclaimed group is competing for Song of the YearCD of the Year, Choir of the YearTraditional CD of the YearMusic Video of the Year and Traditional Choir of the Year.

With eight and six nominations respectively, Erica Campbell and Tasha Cobbs demonstrate the powerful impact of women in gospel music, recognized for Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, CD of the YearContemporary Female Vocalist of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year. Campbell also receives a nod for Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Yearwhile Cobb garners one for Praise and Worship CD of the Year.

Richard Smallwood, nominated for Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year, and his group Visionare in contention for Traditional Choir of the YearSpecial Event CD of the Year and Praise and Worship CD of the Year. Other artists earning multiple nominations include Israel & New BreedJonathan McReynoldsTina CampbellThe Rance Allen Group, newcomer Casey J and living legend Dorinda Clark Cole.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, VISIT WWW.THESTELLARAWARDS.COM

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Claudia Jordan, Jennifer Williams, Laura Govan & More At “The Next :15” Viewing Party
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ATLANTA) – February 2016- UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into another highly anticipate event! TV OneHip Hop WeeklyHot 107.9 and Jack Daniels hosted a viewing party in Atlanta for the new docu-series “The Next :15.” Over 400 local VIPs packed Suite Food Lounge to get a glimpse of attending cast members Claudia JordanKaramo Brown, Laura GovanBenzino, and Jennifer Williams before the live broadcast.
DJ Bomshell Boogie kept the energy high while Jack Daniels cocktails flowed throughout the crowd. Prior to the broadcast, Hot 107.9 personality, DJ Traci Steele, welcomed the guests. Then, TV One SVP of Marketing, Lori Hall, plugged the network’s new “Represent” re-branding, followed by remarks from “The Next :15” creator Carlos King.
Additional attendees included Trina Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”), Ed Lover (“The Ed Lover Radio Show”), Demetria McKinney (singer/actress), Palmer Williams (“Love Thy Neighbor”), Gocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”), Ebony Steele (“Coffee With America”), Charmin Lee (actress), Brandi Williams (R&B group Blaque), Jamal Woolard (Notorious), Althea Heart (“Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars”), DJ Fadelf (author, Single Man, Married Man)Derek J (“Fashion Queens”), Momma Dee (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”), Ashley “Minnie” Ross (“Little Women: Atlanta”), Pastor Troy (rapper) and many more.
“The Next :15” airs Wednesdays at 9PM/ET on TV One.
For more information about TV One’s original programming, visit www.tvone.tv.  Join the conversation on TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #TheNext15.
Photo Credit: Marcus Ingram/TV One
ABOUT THE SHOW
TV One’s New series, The Next :15 airing Wednesdays at 9PM/ET, breaks the “fourth wall” between the producers and the talent, revealing what happens not only on camera, but what normally happens behind it too. This docu-series follows the lives of six reality stars – Tiffany “New York” Pollard (Flavor Of Love) Claudia Jordan (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Jennifer Williams(Basketball Wives), Karamo Brown (The Real World: Philadelphia), Laura Govan (Basketball Wives: LA), and Raymond “Benzino” Scott (Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta) – whose infamous television debuts have come and gone and are all attempting to generate their next 15 minutes of fame. The show is produced by Carlos King (Hollywood Divas, The Real Housewives of Atlanta).
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Congratulations Autumn Essie Bailey-Ford!
The 4th Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala was simply amazing!
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This Year’s Georgia Entertainment Gala supported the ATLANTA CHILDREN’S SHELTER & ANGELS AMONG US PET RESCUE!

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LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Trina Braxton & More Attend “Here We Go Again” ATL Premier
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Photo Credit: James Pray/TV One

(ATLANTA, GA) – Feb 2016  UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend this highly anticipated event!! The Boogolu was packed wall to wall with industry affiliates and media! TV OneHip Hop Weekly and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey celebrated the premiere of the new scripted series “Here We Go Again” at Boogalou Restaurant & Lounge. Show stars LeToya LuckettWendy Raquel Robinson and Kyndall Ferguson were on hand to walk the carpet, greet fans and thank attendees for their ongoing support.
TV One SVP of Marketing, Lori Hall, opened the program with an introduction of the network’s re-branding and new “Represent” slogan. Then Hall previewed a clip from the premiere episode, followed by remarks from the cast in which they shared their excitement and pride in the show. DJ Bomshell Boogie took over from there and turned the event into a full-blown bash.
Additional attendees included Trina Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”), Syleena Johnson (“R&B Divas Atlanta”), Dr. Heavenly (“Married to Medicine”), Drea Kelly (“Hollywood Exes”), Cocoa Brown (“For Better or Worse”), D. Woods (Blackbird), Charmin Lee (“Being Mary Jane”), Beautii J (“Cutting It: In the ATL”), Kwanza Hall (Atlanta City Council), Gwen Boyd Moss (“Selling It: In the ATL”), Okevia Wilson (“Selling It: In the ATL”), Derek J (celebrity stylist), Bando Jonez and many more.
“Here We Go Again” premieres on Tuesdays at 8PM ET/PT followed by an all-new season of “Born Again Virgin” at 8:30PM ET/PT.
For more information about TV One’s original programming, visit www.tvone.tv.  Join the conversation on TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using hashtag #HereWeGoAgain.
CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ALBUM
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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


Who saw this show on Tuesday?? What was everyone thoughts? It was quite interesting: the cast, the acting, the story line, the whole 9.. we were front and center, and will be tuned in each week! In case you missed it, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is a limited series that takes you inside the O.J. Simpson trial with a riveting look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide. Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, it explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.

They have a hell of as cast! From Executive Producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Brad Falchuk, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story stars John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling Brown, Nathan Lane, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson and Bruce Greenwood. The limited series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. http://www.fxnetworks.com

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The Steeple Awards will bring out National Artists and Industry Leaders for a Night in Gospel Music
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Coming to Atlanta March 19th! The Steeple Awards will bring out National Artists and Industry Leaders for a Big Night in Gospel. 

The Steeple Awards will be in Atlanta this year on March 19th. This awards show will be a gathering place for a night of praise, worship, and honor through the spirit of Christ. The show is being considered “The Biggest Night In Gospel Music”. It is a celebration of Church Leaders and Gospel Artists who has devoted themselves to Christ. Special Invited Guests includes: Tosha Cobbs, Richard Smallwood, Canton Jones, Kelly Price, The Walls Group, Ann Nesby, William Murphy and the cast of Preach of Atlanta…These are just a few names we know you would love to see!

This uplifting event is an award show that upholds integrity and the love of Christ with the mission “We  Are Honoring Those Who Are Honoring Christ”, says Founder and CEO, C Chandon Carter. This star studded event will feature prominent gospel artists, phenomenal praise dancers, and each guest will leave the show inspired and grateful to the most high.

Click Here to Read More about the Awards Show, Attendees and Honorees!

Join everyone in celebrating the men and women of God at the inaugural celebration of the Steeple Awards on March 19, 2016 for the 3:00 pm Red Carpet Affair followed by the Award Show at 5:00. The Award Show will be held at Siloam Church International, 3695 Roosevelt Hwy, Atlanta, GA. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.thesteepleawards.com.

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Georgia Peach Fashion Week Announces Its Dates
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – We are pleased to announce Georgia Peach Fashion Week (GPFW) for Spring 2016.  Georgia Peach Fashion Week, founded in 2015 by Desiree and Kenyon Glover, is a 5-day fashion event featuring national and international designers with their must-see shows, stellar performances, vendors, glam suites, and media lounge. Fashionistas, tastemakers, socialites, celebrities, VIPs, and media will be attending and covering this year’s Georgia Peach Fashion Week.
The first Georgia Peach Fashion Week took place Summer 2015. GPFW 2015 was a huge success filled with some very talented designers, performances, over 100 celebrities and media in which GPFW was trending on social media and live streaming with over 500,000 tag, viewers, and impressions.  Georgia Peach Fashion Week would like to thank last year’s sponsors; Microsoft Perimeter Mall, McDonald’s (Jake22Management Co), WEN Hair and Body Care by Chaz Dean, Gail Hudson, Kastell Vodka, Torrei Hart’s Skimpy Mixers, Sheen Magazine, Dussé, AleashaSmoothJazz.com, Nelson PR Productions, Tia Culver PR, ATL Events, and The Meme Agency.
GEORGIA PEACH FASHION WEEK
@GeorgiaPeachFashionWeek
April 5-9, 2016
Gwinnett Center
(Infinite Energy Center)
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
April 5th: GPFW Launch Party & Media Night
April 6th: Youth Day Community Event “My Different is Beautiful” benefiting Twin of a Kind Foundation
April 7-9: Fashion Runway shows

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available.  If you would like to be apart of this show or need more information:

visit the website www.georgiapeachfashionweek.com

KIRK & RASHEEDA HONORED AT THE 2ND ANNUAL BLACK OUT GALA: REMEMBERING CHRIS KELLY

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend to attend the 2nd annual black out gala, remembering Chris Kelly. Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” stars Rasheeda and Kirk Frost were saluted at this event for being great. They were also in attendance last year as well. DJ Nabs was also recognized, who was Kris Kross’s tour DJ back in the day. The private event took place at the new Gallery 874 in the West Midtown district of Atlanta and was presented by Leigh Wise, hosted by Dwight Eubanks. This year’s theme was “Hip Hop is Art” and recognized entertainers who used hip hop as a creative outlet to express their truths and to educate future generations.

VH1’S NEW EDITION: THE STEVIE J & JOSELINE SHOW

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PHOTO CREDIT: ALEX WARREN

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend the premiere porty in ATL. The show aired Jan 25, and the rating were up. The anticipation was real It was rumored that the couple split after the taping of the show, and Joseline bleached 40,000 worth of Stevie J’s clothes and shoes, plus destroyed vintage Bad Boy records memorabilia and Versace china in a jealous rage over Stevie working with Faith Evans – but they were very much together at this premiere porty, held at Atlanta’s Twelve Hot. , and he did admit that in a recent interview.

In attendance was MiMi Faust (this was good support), Young Joc, Kelly Price, Don Juan, Kirk and Rasheeda, and host of colleagues and media.

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NEW TRAILER: ‘KEANU’ Starring Key & Peele, Method Man, Nia Long

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE TRAILER
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 KEANU 
In theaters on April 29 (New Line Cinema)
Director: Peter Atencio
Writers: Jordan Peele & Alex Ruben
Producers: Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Peter Principato, Paul Young, Joel Zadak
Executive Producer: Ben Ormand
Cast: Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Jason Mitchell, with Luis Guzman, Nia Long and Will Forte keanumovie.com
Action Comedy. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. the hugely popular comedy duo Key & Peele, star as Clarence and Rell, two cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise.  When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline.  But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

ESSENCE HONORS POWERHOUSE ACTRESS TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, LEGENDARY DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/ACTRESS DEBBIE ALLEN AND ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY NINA SHAWAT THE 9TH ANNUAL BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD LUNCHEON

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Featured Appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes

Nick Cannon, Ryan Coogler, Leon Bridges, Zendaya and More to Be Announced

 

Red Carpet to Live Stream on Essence.com and Event to Be Televised As an

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Primetime Special on Saturday, February 27

NEW YORK (February 2, 2016)Today, Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) ESSENCE announced the exceptional honorees for its 9th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, underscoring the spirit of diversity in one of Oscar week’s highly anticipated and star-studded events. The 2016 Black Women in Hollywood Award will be presented to powerhouse actress Tracee Ellis Ross (Fierce & Fearless Award); multi-talented producer, director and actress Debbie Allen (Legend Award); and entertainment attorney Nina Shaw (Lincoln Power Award). The event will take place on Thursday, February 25.

“We are delighted to continue the tradition of honoring exceptionally talented women who are making significant contributions as creators and performers in Hollywood,” noted ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. “At a time when the conversation about diversity in Hollywood remains prevalent, recognizing the indomitable power and presence of Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen and Nina Shaw at our annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon embraces an inclusive and diverse Hollywood community.”

As a part of ESSENCE’s commitment to creating opportunities for women in Hollywood, the brand is hosting its third annual Black Women in Hollywood Short Film Contest and will announce the winning filmmaker at this year’s event.

The event will also feature appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Nick Cannon, Ryan Coogler, Zendaya and others to be announced. Acclaimed R&B artist Leon Bridges will perform. The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon will be televised as an ESSENCE and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network special, airing on Saturday, February 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

Essence.com is giving fans exclusive access to the style and substance of the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon by live streaming all the red-carpet action, including interviews with the stars, starting at 12:15 p.m. PT/3:15 p.m. ET.

Since its debut in 2008, the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon has honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Regina King, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané Wallis, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Loretta Devine, Naomie Harris, Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock Akil, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ruth E. Carter, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de Passe.

As a highlight of Oscar week, this elegant luncheon has hosted many of Hollywood’s elite, including Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, James Cameron, Terrence Howard and Laurence Fishburne, among many others.

Stay tuned to Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @essencemag #BlackWomeninHollywood. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon is presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by L’Oréal Paris, Colgate® Optic White®GeicoWalmart and AT&T.

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WE Tv’s Cutting It in the ATL star Patricia Thompson Gives Back in a Major Way
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Patricia Thompson, the newest member of WE Tv’s hit reality show Cutting it in the ATL, is more than a reality star, she’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist, business owner, mother, and so much more.  The one thing that Patricia loves doing is giving back and that’s what she’s doing.  At Patricia Thompson’s annual Women’s Day benefiting her non profit 501c3 TBA Helping Hand Foundation, she gave back in a tremendous way by giving 30 women at the Woman to Woman & Associates battered women shelter free scholarships to attend Touched by an Angel Beauty School, kits, daycare, bus passes, and more.
Touched by an Angel Beauty School, created by Patricia Thompson, is an affordable beauty school that gives people who genuinely have a love for cosmetology the chance to attend beauty school without the high price tag.  Touched By An Angel Beauty School gives students the chance to graduate in 9 months with the expertise and intensive training needed to go out into the workforce or as Pat says “Be Your Own Boss”.   Patricia Thompson knows that people may question how being a hairstylist is a career. However, when you come from living in a shack to becoming a millionaire just by doing hair, Pat says “Why not be a hairstylist if it’s your passion.”
Visit www.touchedbyanangelbeautyschool.com and follow Patricia Thompson on social media @tba_angels
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Recap of Earl Jam Productions Presents Final Draft’s Listening Session
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(ATLANTA) –February 2016– On Wednesday, January 27th Earl Jam Productions presented Final Draft’s listening session at the popular Tees & Quotes.  The event was filled to capacity with over 150 fans, media, and celebrities like Lisa Wu, Mishon, Robin Dyke, Carla Stephens, Shayzon Prince, Freddy O, Devante Black, Checka Cee of Star 94 and Yo Checka Show, actor Cedric Pendleton of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Karras Jordan, DJ Jess Ryte, Ms. Famous of Be100 Radio, and more.
The listening session and Q&A was hosted by Anana Love of the Meme Report and Magic’s DJ Feel-X kept the event live all night!  Final Draft allowed attendees to hear exclusive music in which they voted and chose “Winning” as the new single.  D-Nyce of Final Draft states,”We are overwhelmed and humbled by the love and support we received at our listening session.”
Attendees were able to enjoy some tasty hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Chef B of Exquisite Cuisines, and drinks courtesy of Slush Naturals, Bell’Amore Wines, and Kastell Vodka.
Follow Final Draft on all social media @4finaldraft
See all pictures at www.4finaldraft.com
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Pitch Please! Competition Presented at The “Ladies of Business” Conference 2016

Participating attendees at The Ladies Of Business Conference will have the opportunity to present a three to five minute pitch presentation in Atlanta, Georgia on February 5, 2016 to win a cash prize. Winners will be announced at the signature brunch on Sunday, February 6th. This three day conference, hosted by Ladies Who Brunch Atlanta, will be taking place at Le Fais Do Do in Atlanta, Ga from Friday, February 5th to Sunday, February 7th. The conference is for current and aspiring entrepreneurial women to connect, gather and knowledge share transparent and entrepreneurial experiences and practices. Speakers include: Keynote Speaker, Myleik Teele, (CEO of CurlBox), Ming Lee (Founder of SnobLife), Toya Wright (Founder of Garb Boutique), Jasmine Lawrence (Founder of EDEN Body Works), Claire Sulmers (Founder of Fashion Bomb Daily), and Miss Diddy (Brand Strategist). To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.ladieswhobrunchatl.com/
More than a brunch, this three day conference will be loaded with entrepreneur workshops, mixers, intimate dinners, a workout session powered by Black Girls Run! and will be concluded with the signature intimate brunch from top mogul female entrepreneurs who will share their stories and secrets for success. This conference is to provide millennial women with the necessary tools and strategies needed for business, personal and professional life.
The star studded panel will include a line up of women who have not only achieved vast notoriety but have amassed true success in the world of business. Throughout the conference there will be various entrepreneur workshops that will include: Nicole Davis (Director of MOZE Print & Desgin), Brittany Benson (The Branding Bar),Cari Rene (Founder of fashion blog LAYLLAH), and Nicole Garner Scott (CEO of The Garner Circle PR) and many more to be announced.
Ladies Who Brunch: Atlanta have been traveling nationally creating events that provide an outlet for women to empower each other and establish relationships as well as friendships that carry on throughout their entrepreneurial endeavors. Past speakers include: Kandi Burruss (Grammy Award Winning Artist/Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta), Karen Civil (Entertainment & Lifestyle Blogger), Emily B. (Celebrity Wardrobe Stylist), Cynthia Bailey (Supermodel/The Bailey Agency) Latasha Wright (The Wright Look Studios), Necole Kane (Entertainment & Lifestyle Blogger) and many more.
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Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church’ Receives GLAAD Award Nomination

BET received a GLAAD Media Awardnomination for Clay Cane’s Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church. The GLAAD Media Awards honors media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Click on the link below for more information: CLICK HERE
Here is the direct link to watch the nominated doc: CLICK HERE
Journalist Clay Cane explores homophobia in the black church with the groundbreaking BET.com documentary ‘Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church.’ Created and produced by Cane, his film debut puts the narrative in the hands of Black LGBT people who are torn between their faith and sexuality. Through emotional and deeply honest storytelling, Holler If You Hear Me boldly tackles the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and religion. Filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, where church and LGBT culture cross paths like nowhere else, Cane and BET.com unpack this controversial but important issue.  Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church humanizes the journeys of those who struggle between these worlds, proving we all deserve to be heard and loved.
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EGYPT SHERROD, HGTV HOST AND AUTHOR, RECEIVES A 47TH NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINATION FOR OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – INSTRUCTIONAL

The Dynamic Media Personality Kicks Off 2016 With Major Success!

Egypt Sherrod, HGTV host and author, has received an NAACP Image Award nomination for the release of her first book, “Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate: Your No Stress Guide To Buying A Home.” Sherrod recently attended the nominee luncheon for all Image Award nominees in celebration of this historic nomination. The 47th NAACP Image Awards, will broadcast live on Friday, February 5 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed) on TV One.
I am humbled and honored to receive such a prestigious nomination on my first literary release. I wanted to write a book to help everyone achieve the American dream, and I believe I accomplished that,” says Egypt Sherrod.
Egypt Sherrod knows how to take nervous prospective home-buyers by the hand and lead them through the process. Egypt takes readers through, simplifying all the many steps of the process, and giving them invaluable information on the home buying process.
Egypt Sherrod is my Realtor BFF in my head and Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate should be a MUST HAVE for all buyers. I wish I read this book when I was buying my first property,” Stacy London, television host and author.
Egypt can be seen every week as host of HGTV’s highly-rated show, “Property Virgins.” Recently, HGTV green-lit her original spin off show “Flipping Virgins.” The show consists of three parts: she helps the investors find a property to flip, she then helps them renovate it – then, they sell it.
Sherrod is also the founder of her own non-profit, the Egypt Cares Family Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the family structure as a whole: At Egypt Cares Family Foundation, Family IS the foundation. A stronger family leads to a stronger village and community for all. On Friday, February 26th, Egypt will serve as honorary host of the annual Chairish the Future gala and auction. All proceeds will benefit The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta, whose mission is to recycle gently-used household furniture by giving it to individuals and families in the metro area who are moving out of homelessness and fleeing domestic violence as well as countless others facing hardships and struggling to make ends meet.
Egypt Sherrod’s ‘Keep Calm It’s Just Real Estate‘ is available for purchase online at Amazon.com or KeepCalmItsJustRealEstate.com. The top selling “home” book is also available in local Barnes & Nobles stores. For more information on Egypt Sherrod visit egyptsherrodrealestate.com and egyptcares.org.
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OWN Orders Additional Episodes of “Livin’ Lozada” and “Flex & Shanice”

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Photos courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Los Angeles, CA – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it has ordered eight additional episodes of the network’s popular Saturday night freshman docu-series “Livin’ Lozada” featuring reality star Evelyn Lozada and a new eight-episode second season of “Flex & Shanice” following the lives of husband and wife celebrity duo Flex Alexander and Shanice.  The series’ new episodes will premiere later this year.
The premiere season of “Livin’ Lozada” (7/11/15 – 8/29/15) brought younger viewers to the network and was the highest-rated freshman season ever for an OWN docu-series for women 18-49.  The second cycle of “Flex & Shanice” (7/11/15 – 8/29/15) was up +22% in women 25-54 versus its premiere cycle.  In addition, the recent finales of “Flex & Shanice (0.89) and “Livin Lozada” (0.86) on August 29 ranked as the top two unscripted season finales in OWN history for women 25-54.  The series also helped OWN finish 2015 as Saturday night’s #2 network on all of television for African-American women.
About “Livin’ Lozada”
“Livin’ Lozada” follows the lives of reality star Evelyn Lozada, of “Basketball Wives” fame, and her 22-year-old daughter Shaniece.  The series will return this spring with new drama and a whole new setting. Now that baseball season has ended, Evelyn and her fiancé, LA Dodgers star Carl Crawford, leave the glitz of Hollywood for their offseason home in Arizona. As the big 4-0 approaches, Evelyn feels more pressure than ever about conceiving a child and giving her young son, Leo, another sibling. Meanwhile, Shaniece is blazing her own career path, working to step out from her mother’s shadow in the fast-paced world of modeling.  Despite Shaniece’s excitement over her budding career, she finds herself missing her mother and best friend who is now so far away.  “Livin’ Lozada” is produced by Shed Media (part of the unscripted/alternative television department at Warner Bros.), with Pam Healey, John Hesling, Lisa Shannon, Russ Heldt and Evelyn Lozada as executive producers.
About “Flex & Shanice”
“Flex & Shanice” follows the lives of husband and wife duo, actor Flex Alexander (“One on One”), and Grammy-nominated singer Shanice (“I Love Your Smile”). From the outside looking in, Flex and Shanice are living the dream: they are beautiful celebrities with a long-standing marriage, gorgeous kids and a lovely home in suburbia. But five years ago when they were struggling financially, they invited their hilarious extended family to move in to help make ends meet and they have never moved out. And while this may give Flex and Shanice the support staff they need as they both focus on making professional comebacks, nine people under one roof can add just as much stress as it relieves.  Flex and Shanice are working hard to reinvent their careers, and trying to hold it together long enough to capture that one big break before it’s time to chase another dream.  “Flex & Shanice” is produced by Lynch-Dyson Entertainment. Executive producers are Jeff Dyson, Vernon Lynch and Robert Caplain.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand – and the magnetism of the channel.  Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable.  Depth with edge.  Heart. Star power. Connection.  And endless possibilities.  OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications.  The network debuted on January 1, 2011 and is available in 85 million homes.  The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com.  For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and press.discovery.com/us/own.
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“GREENLEAF,” FEATURING OPRAH’S RETURN TO ACTING ON TELEVISION, SET FOR TWO-NIGHT PREMIERE – MAY 24/25

OWN AND LIONSGATE’S MEGACHURCH DRAMA ‘GREENLEAF’
FEATURING OPRAH WINFREY’S RETURN TO SCRIPTED TELEVISION
SET FOR TWO-NIGHT PREMIERE
TUESDAY, MAY 24 AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 AT 10 PM ET/PT

Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) and her father Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David)
Photo by Eli Ade; Courtesy of OWN

Los Angeles – The new original series “Greenleaf,” featuring Oprah Winfrey’s first recurring scripted television role in two decades, will launch with a two-night premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Tuesday, May 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, May 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The megachurch drama from Emmy nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) and Lionsgate Television will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

“Greenleaf” centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, “The Night Shift”) who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David, “Enlisted” and “Community”) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield, “The Josephine Baker Story”), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.

In the season premiere, directed by Clement Virgo (“Book of Negroes”), Grace and her teenage daughter Sophia (Desiree Ross, “Falling Skies”) are warmly welcomed home by Grace’s father, Bishop James Greenleaf, but tensions quickly rise soon thereafter at a family dinner in the Greenleaf mansion. Grace’s mother is cold and hostile; her sister-in-law Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne, “Rake”) questions her about her faith; and sister Charity (Deborah Joy Winans, “Whitney”) erupts with jealousy at the suggestion that Grace might preach at Calvary.

Later, blues club owner and Grace’s aunt Mavis (Oprah Winfrey, “Selma”) discuss the circumstances of Faith’s death and Mavis reveals some shocking information about Grace’s uncle “Mac” (Gregory Alan Williams, “Terminator Genisys”). Mavis is still estranged from the Greenleaf family and it starts to become evident that she intends to use Grace to sow the seeds of its destruction.

About “Greenleaf”
The new original drama series “Greenleaf” from award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Like so many megachurches in America, Calvary Fellowship World Ministries is more than just a house of worship. It’s a home. It’s the center of the community for the thousands of predominantly African-American members who attend services there. But beneath its steeple lies a den of iniquity — greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values — a multigenerational matrix of deception that involves the church’s founding family, but also extends to the congregation and prominent members of the Memphis community and beyond. Yet, amidst all of the mayhem and deception, the power of something greater persists, calling everyone to conscience for their sins.

“Greenleaf” stars Merle Dandridge (“The Night Shift”) as Grace Greenleaf; Keith David (“Community”) as Bishop James Greenleaf; Lynn Whitfield (“The Josephine Baker Story”) as Lady Mae Greenleaf; Kim Hawthorne (“Rake”) as Kerissa Greenleaf; Lamman Rucker (“Meet the Browns”) as Jacob Greenleaf; Tye White (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) as Kevin Satterlee; Deborah Joy Winans (“Whitney”) as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee; Desiree Ross (“Falling Skies”) as Sophia; and Oprah Winfrey (“Selma”) in a recurring role as Mavis McReady.

“Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate Television. Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright and Clement Virgo.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand – and the magnetism of the channel. Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable. Depth with edge. Heart. Star power. Connection. And endless possibilities. OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications. The network debuted on January 1, 2011 and is available in 85 million homes. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and press.discovery.com/us/own.

About Lionsgate
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate’s The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

Rickey Smiley Attends ‘Ride Along 2’ Screening in ATL

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YO GOTTI ISN’T THE ONLY ONE
WHO HAS A CRUSH ON
ANGELA SIMMONS…

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Tyler Perry & Stars from “The Haves and the Have Nots” & “Love Thy Neighbor” Attend NY Press Luncheon

(NEW YORK) – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network hosted a press luncheon at the Eventi Hotel in New York to celebrate the new seasons of their hit series “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “Love Thy Neighbor.” Show creator Tyler Perry along with cast members John Schneider, Angela Robinson, Palmer Williams, Jr and Patrice Lovely were in attendance to greet the 75+ guests and participate in a press conference-style Q&A.

All new episodes Love Thy Neighbor (#LOVETHYNEIGHBOR) premiere TONIGHT at 9/8c on OWN. Catch new episodes of The Haves and the Have Nots(#HAHN) on Tuesdays at 9/8c on OWN.
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 WE Tv Hosts Star-Studded “Growing Up Hip Hop” ATL Premiere

(ATLANTA) – UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into the premeir of  WEtv’s GROWING UP IN HIPHOP. WeTV  hosted a red carpet premiere for their upcoming show “Growing Up Hip Hop,” an unscripted series that follows the lives of the children of music legends that we all know and have listened to in the past: Rev. Run, Master P, Damon Dash, James DeBarge, Jam Master Jay, Sandy “Pepa” Denton and Treach.
Cast members Angela SimmonsRomeo MillerBoogie DashKristinia DeBargeTJ Mizell and Egypt Criss were on hand to enjoy the festivities with over 500 local influencers at SCADShow in downtown Atlanta, where the screening and Q&A moderated by multimedia personality Ebony Steele – took place. Afterward, guests joined the cast at Whiskey Park for a lively after-party featuring music by DJ Mars and Mizell. It was super dope, and saw plenty of familiar faces.
Additional attendees included Porsha Williams, Phaedra Parks, Kenya Moore, Mimi Faust, Stevie J, Joseline Hernandez, Mama June (WE tv’s “Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars), Alanna “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson (TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”), Erica Dixon, Althea Hart, Demetria McKinney, Gocha Hawkins, Dice Dixon, Toya Wright, Monyetta Shaw, Drea Kelly, the casts of “Selling It: In the ATL” and “Cutting It: In the ATL,” Shanti DasAngela Watts and many, many more.
Growing Up Hip Hop” (#GUHH) premieres EVERY Thursday at 10pm ET/PT on WE tv. Visit HERE for more information.
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The Ultimate Blueprint Tour: 

Unlocking the Potential of Her   

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Atlanta, GA—-The new year will start off right as we are pleased to announce the Ultimate Blueprint Tour: Unlocking the Potential of Her, in which a portion of sales are benefiting homeless women and children.  The Ultimate Blueprint Tour is a 9 city tour that will kickoff January 23, 2016 in Houston, TX at the Norris Conference Center at CityCentre.  Guest speakers include Vivica Fox, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Towanda Braxton, Dr. Jewel Tankard, Debra Antney, Yvette Caslin, Shani C. Johnson, Cheryl Wood, Rosa Acosta, Dr. Heavenly, Torsha Marie, Patricia Thompson, and more surprised speakers to be announced.
The Ultimate Blueprint Tour is the brainchild of Meisha Young, Kanisha Greene, and Adrienne Dawkins, who are all very passionate about what this tour represents.  The Ultimate Blueprint is a strategy used to redesign and rebuild the lives of women and offer them the transforming keys to unlock HER career, inner-self, relationships, skills, beauty, businesses, confidence, and much more. The sole purpose of this tour is to give women the much needed platform to speak, effect change, and relate to other women in the world.  The tour’s desire is to conform the way we do business in general to employ this growth and impact women everywhere, not just on a national level but a Global level.
The Ultimate Blueprint Tour is an all day experience which will include panels, workshops, live entertainment, pampering suites, VIP gifting suites, food, drinks, shopping, vendors, and so much more.
Tickets are available for purchase now at www.theultimateblueprint.com
Follow The Ultimate Blueprint Tour on all social media @theultimateblueprint and visit www.theultimateblueprint.com for tour dates, location, updates, or to have the Ultimate Blueprint Tour come to your city.

Jermaine Dupri & VIPs Attend “The Rap Game” Watch Party

Photos: Chris Mitchell

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend another Atlanta extravaganza.  Lifetime and V103 hosted a viewing party at Suite Food Lounge for the premiere of the new unscripted series “The Rap Game.” Executive producer Jermaine Dupri was on hand to celebrate the show’s debut with over 200 local VIPs, including Da Brat, Bryan Michael Cox, Johnta Austin, Greg Street, D. Woods, Jacob Latimore, Michael Mauldin, Bryan Barber, John John Da Don, Vedo, Cyrene Tankard, Final Draft, 2-Crucial, Nue Era, Phresh Ali and many more.

Atlanta-based “The Rap Game” cast member Miss Mulatto along with her parents Shayne and Misti Pitts were also in attendance to enjoy the festivities, as veteran DJ Jelly kept the energy high on the turntables. We saw a bunch of familiar faces as well as usual! They had comp food and drinks as well.

“The Rap Game” aired for the 1t time Fridays at 10/9c on Lifetime – this show is about JErmain Dupri giving five emerging young hip hop artists, ages 12 to 16, the opportunity to rhyme and flow with Dupri as he searches for the next big name in hip hop. For more information on “The Rap Game” (co-executive produced by Queen Latifah),  CLICK HERE  to get a sneak peak. It was a dope turnout!

Future & Mike WiLL Made-It’s Foundations Presented A Winter Wishland Coat & Toy Drive

FreeWishes & Making Wishes Matter Present A Winter Wishland Coat & Toy Drive 
UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to witness this dope extravaganza! The FreeWishes (foundation of Billboard chart-topping artist Future) and Making Wishes Matter ( foundation of award-winning producer Mike WiLL Made-It) teamed up for the final event of Future’s third annual holiday campaign benefiting senior citizens and the youth of Atlanta. Future and Mike WiLL Made-It joined forces to host A Winter Wishland Coat & Toy Drive at the Bessie Branham Park for underprivileged children and families throughout the metro Atlanta area.
Over 300 kids and families were welcomed to the private location where they were provided a whimsical Wishland experience filled with food and drink vouchers, a special appearance from Santa Claus, live performances by Kandi Burruss’s girl group Glamour, pictures in the OMG booth, and a surprise visit by Future and Mike WiLL Made-It. The families were also gifted with brand new coats and toys that included bicycles, scooters, skateboards, iPads and more provided by FreeWishes, Making Wishes Matter and Black Celebrity Giving. Special guests of the evening included Future, Mike WiLL Made-It , Glamour, Flawless Gems and a live remote by Hot 107.9.
Both natives to Atlanta, Future and Mike WiLL Made-It have made charity a central mission of their work with their annual philanthropic efforts. Special thanks to this year’s partners, Radio One, Walmart, Black Celebrity Giving, Empowering Young Moguls, Inc., Ellenwood Allstars, BMI and The Vibe Ride.
For more information visit www.freebandz.com to join the conversation follow @future, @makingwishesmatterfoundation @freewishesfoundation,@mikewillmadeit with hashtag #WinterWishland #FreeWishes #MakingWishesMatter.
About The Mike WiLL Made It “Making Wishes Matter” Foundation
The Mike WiLL Made-It Making Wishes Matter Foundation is a nonprofit organization that strives to make an impact in our community by empowering the youth to discover their talents, assisting less fortunate families, and granting the wishes of individuals within our community.
About Future’s “FreeWishes” Foundation
FreeWishes is a nonprofit organization who is committed to being a beacon of light in the community by Making Dreams Come Alive and Wishes Come True.
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ATL LUNCH AND LEARN

ATL LUNCH & LEARN was another successful event! It was THE LAST EVENT OF 2015!!! Urban Female Entertainment, Quente’Sential Branding, & Be Magazine put together another awesome event for the community. This monthly event gets bigger and better each event!! Our guests enjoyed the networking scene in conjunction with our sponsored lunch by the staff Anaginks Cusines, Chef Tee . It was a real cool vibe and everyone was chill. This monthly event ATL Lunch & Learn was also sponsored by Tee’s & Quote at 244 Peter Street Atlanta GA. Big S/O to our sponsors!!!

Our panlist were hand picked from our network, and there were several topics such as the entertainment business, media, entrepreneur concepts, & how everyone on the panel got started and grew into their current status & more.  The audience was really engaged into the paneled discussions and when it came to asking questions, no one in the crowd was shy. It was an intimate setting that included alot of knowledge, wisdom, networkers, grinders, media, and supporters. Our monthly panelist  were:

BENTLEY DAVIS

SHANTE TRAYNHAM

MR FEARFUL

MIMI CARPENTER

VAUGHN CARPENTER

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Here We Go Again: Starring LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson and introducing Kyndall Ferguson

Silver Spring, MD  – TV One announced today the premiere of a new multi-generational comedy series Here We Go Again premiering TuesdayFebruary 9 at 8:30PM ET. Starring LeToya Luckett (Single Ladies) as Maddy Walker, Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game) as Loretta and Kyndall Ferguson playing Shante, Here We Go Again, showcases three generations of Walker women whose lives are upended after a series of events sends them along an unexpected journey. The half-hour series follows Maddy (Luckett), a single mother who is convinced there is a “Walker Women’s Curse,” after being born to her mother, Loretta (Robinson), at age 16, and having a child herself at age 16. Maddy refuses to let her daughter, Shante (Ferguson), now approaching her dreaded 16th birthday, become the next in line. Though on a professional high and having fun dating Cedric (Travis Winfrey, Single Ladies), on the night of Shante’s sweet 16 birthday, old feelings resurface for her high school sweetheart Victor (Andra FullerBlack Jesus) – Shante’s dad and in a moment of weakness, they have one more steamy night. Maddy becomes shocked when at the age of 32, she discovers she is pregnant by Victor – again. As they navigate the trials and triumphs encountered along the way, they discover that starting over just might be where the fun actually begins.

“From feisty glam-ma to a mother experiencing a quarter-life crisis to a precocious teenager, the Walker women of Here We Go Againare sure to both pull at heartstrings and deliver big laughs,” said D’Angela Proctor, SVP Original Programming and Production. “Audience members across generations will find their experiences humorous, poignant and reflective of the village it takes to keep today’s modern family strong.

Here We Go Again Cast Includes:

LeToya Luckett, a two-time GRAMMY® Award winner as a member of Destiny’s Child, has released a number of hit songs throughout her career as a solo recording artist, appeared in acclaimed film, dazzled in television and stage projects, and excelled as a business owner. Luckett made her film debut playing the lead character in the Warner Premiere film Preacher’s Kid. In 2010, Luckett had a supporting role in the romantic comedy Killers, starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. Luckett’s momentum continued in 2011 when she was added to the second and third seasons of the HBO TV series Treme. In 2013, Luckett had a recurring role on the new BET TV series Second Generation Wayans. Luckett also starred alongside Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson and Tom Felton in From the Rough. In 2014 she was added as a lead cast member in the third and fourth seasons of Single Ladies for VH1. She starred alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the HBO series Ballers. Additionally, Luckett is currently in the process of recording her highly-anticipated third album, which is set to release in 2016.

Wendy Raquel Robinson is best known as the sexy, feisty sports manager “Tasha Mack” from UPN and later BET’s scripted series The Game, a role which garnered an NAACP Image Award. Robinson recently took on the iconic role of Cruella DeVille in Descendants on the Disney Channel. For six years, Robinson enticed viewers as principal Regina Grier on The Steve Harvey Show. Feature film credits include Something NewRebound where she portrayed the love interest to Martin Lawrence, Two Can Play That GameMiss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock and With Or Without You. Robinson also appeared in zany comedies, Ringmaster, staring Jerry Springer, A Thin Line Between Loveand Hate and The Walking Dead opposite Eddie Griffin. Additional independent film credits include:Mysterious WaysMy Dad’s A Soccer MomHe’s Mine Not Yours and 35 & Ticking with Kevin Hart and Mike Epps.

Kyndall Ferguson got her start as a young actress in the Hasbro Studios series Clue at the age of 14.  Ferguson will appear in the independent feature Kicks opposite Christopher Jordan Wallace and Mahershala Ali. Ferguson also released a debut EP “Still Down” in March 2015 to critical acclaim, and is now putting the finishing touches on her first full-length album.

Andra Fuller landed his first reputable TV role on FOX’s hit series, Prison Break. He continued the momentum by booking guest starring roles on NCIS, and Entourage. He soon was offered a series regular role on The CW critically acclaimed series, The L.A. Complex. Fuller’s role on the hit web show, ROOMIELOVERFRIENDS took home honors at the American Black Film Festival. Fuller can also be seen starring on Adult Swim’s new scripted comedic satire, Black Jesus.

Travis Winfrey was most recently seen in the role of the flamboyant fashion stylist ‘Omar’ on the VH1 series Single Ladies. Winfrey has won roles to appear on hit series including NBC’s Passions, Disney’s Hannah Montana, Showtime’s Dexter, and the hit variety comedy series MADtv. In addition to acting, he has gone on to produce on the TV shows Breuckelen and Last Hours. 

The series is produced by Swirl Films. Eric Tomosunas serves as Executive Producer. Karen Peterkin is Executive-in-Charge of Production for TV One and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming.

ABOUT SWIRL FILMS:

Swirl Films is America’s “number one urban film production company”, with over 60 original productions in the past 6 years, focusing on urban content & programming, independent features and multi-camera productions. Swirl Films is a major content provider for TV One which includes original productions: Born Again Virgin, starring Danielle Nicolet, Meagan Holder and Eva Marcille; Fear Files (Lynn Whitfield, Robin Givens, Columbus Short), Comeback Dad (Charles S. Dutton, Loretta Devine), Russ Parr’s award-winning The Undershepherd, Hear No Evil, and 35 & Ticking (Kevin Hart).

ABOUT TV ONE:

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers.  In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.

Connect with TV One:

Website: http://tvone.tv

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tvonetv

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tvonetv

Jermaine Dupri Attends DADDY’S HOME Screening with Daughters

Photo credit: James Pray

Spotted in Atlanta,  music mogul Jermaine Dupri along with daughters Shaniah and Jalynnhosted an Atlanta screening of the upcoming comedy DADDY’S HOME at Regal Atlantic Station. Outfitted in “ugly Christmas sweaters,” JD and his lovely girls welcomed the attendees, which included Jagged Edgesinger Wingo, singer RL (Next), gospel singer Micah StampleyDJ FadelfBeautii J (“Cutting It: In the ATL”), Melissa Knowles (HLN),  Jonica “Blu” Booth (“Bad Girls Club”), Bo TalleyShay Johnson (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”) and more.
DADDY’S HOME opens Christmas Day. Watch the trailer at www.daddyshomemovie.com.
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LL COOL J RETURNS TO HOST
THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® 
Two-Time GRAMMY® Winner Hosts Music’s Biggest Night®
For The Fifth Time Live On CBS Feb. 15, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec 2015) — Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY® winner LL COOL J is set to return as host of the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, marking his fifth consecutive year as master of ceremonies. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Music’s Biggest Night® will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

“We are delighted to welcome back the very talented LL COOL J as our host for the 58th GRAMMYs®,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “His unique expertise, both as a GRAMMY-winning recording artist and accomplished actor, allows him to connect with both his musical peers and the fans at home, and his dynamic personality and charismatic energy set the perfect tone for our show.”

“The performances and moments that take place on the GRAMMY stage are awesome in so many ways for the audience and artists alike,” said LL COOL J. “I’m honored once again to host Music’s Biggest Night as we celebrate the talented music creators of today. It’s going to be an incredible night and I’m excited to share this experience with the world.”

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy®. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

About LL COOL J
LL COOL J is an entertainment icon who has found great success crossing into multiple mediums. A two-time GRAMMY winner, recording artist, talented actor, author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, LL continues to display his wide range of talents with every project. First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL is the first rap artist to amass 10 consecutive platinum-plus-selling albums. LL will receive a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016 for his achievement in music. The multiplatinum artist and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee is currently tied for third place for most Billboard album chart debuts by a rapper. As an actor, LL COOL J has successfully transitioned to one of the consistently highest rated shows on television. He currently stars in the CBS hit primetime drama series “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and his performance on the show garnered him a NAACP Image Award four years in a row for his role as Special Agent Sam Hanna. LL can currently be seen hosting and producing the new hit show “Lip Sync Battle” on Spike TV, which will return for season two in January 2016. A dynamic host, LL has presided over 10 GRAMMY shows, tributes and specials, and served as a producer for “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” and “A Very GRAMMY Christmas.”
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Noir Noel raises thousands for Kate’s Club!

Children’s grief advocates arrived in style for a night of remembrance and intense celebration! 

(ATLANTA)  — On Saturday, December 12, guests gathered at the Haven in Buckhead for the Noir Noel Black Tie Soiree, created by celebrity hair stylistNikki Harris, to honor and raise money for children’s grief organization Kate’s Club. Attendees and sponsors raised more than three thousand dollars for the Atlanta-based nonprofit, which will go towards it’s 2016 goal of providing more resources for children who have lost a parent, legal guardian or sibling.

Noir Noel celebrated the 20th year mark of Nikki Harris’ father’s death. In addition to honoring Kate’s Club and giving a tearful account of her deceased father’s passing, Nikki surprised guests with a performance from the HOTT Theatre of Children, who performed a skit about what it’s like to deal with losing a loved one.

Noir Noel also featured a special prayer from radio personality Krystal Lee; a performance from singer, songwriter Daynin; funny commentary from the night’s host, actor and media personality Jason Carey and a champagne toast to Kate’s Club.

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Kandi Burruss, Gocha Hawkins, Angela Yee, Rotimi & More Attend DADDY’S HOME Screenings

James Pray (Atlanta)

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to view the screening of “DADDY’S HOME.” It was hilarious! and can’t wait until it hit the theaters on Christmas day!!  Promotions were in high gear, as screenings and grassroots events took place from coast to coast. In New York, the official red carpet premiere at AMC Lincoln Square was attended by cast members Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Hannibal Burress, Scarlett Estevez and Owen Vaccaro.
Several blocks downtown at AMC Loews 19th Street, actor Rotimi (“POWER”) and media personality Rae Holliday (StuffFlyPeopleLike.com) hosted a DADDY’S HOME screening attended by Angela Yee (“The Breakfast Club), Reggie Osse (“The Combat Jack Show”), PopLife Podcast co-hosts Shawn Young, Naima Cochrane and Jeff Sledge, blogger Gabriel Williams(StuffFlyPeopleLike.com) and reps from the GrassROOTS Community Foundation, Everything Girls Love PUD and the Moving Mountains Theater Company.
In Atlanta, celeb stylist Gocha Hawkins invited her VIP friends, salon staff and members of her Gocha Illumination Foundation to see the family comedy at Regal Atlantic Station hosted by V103. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” personalities Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker, DonJuan Clark, Carmon Cambrice, Riley Burruss and Kaela Tucker were on hand to enjoy the film as well as Dice Dixon, Q Parker (112) and his son, Sharlinda Parker, Kahdijiha Rowe, V103’s Patty Richards and Khalilah Abdul-Baqi, executive director of the Compound Foundation, also a promo partner of the screening.
In Washington, D.C., WPGC 95.5FM hosted a screening for local listeners at AMC Georgetown. Radio personality Poet Taylor intro’d the film and gave away prizes to guests, which included Josh Morgan (NFL free agent), Tracy Morgan (WBBP Memphis personality), blogger Jo Jo Crews and DyRec (hip hop artist).
DADDY’S HOME was also on site at several events, including the “Jingle Holiday Drive” in Los Angeles featuring actors Kamil McFadden (Disney’s “K.C. Undercover”), Wade F. Wilson(Chi-raq), and Tamala Jones (ABC’s “Castle”), as well as Stevie Baggs Jr.’s “Holiday Bowl for a Cause” in Atlanta attended by Bo Talley, Drea Kelly, Tony Terry and stars from WE tv’s “Selling It: In the ATL.”
DADDY’S HOME is in theaters on Christmas Day. Watch the trailer at www.daddyshomemovie.com.
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Check out this hilarious clip from the upcoming comedy DADDY’S HOME, starring Will FerrellMark WahlbergLinda Cardellini and Hannibal Burress. In theaters Christmas Day!

CLICK HERE

DADDY’S HOME is in-theaters December 25th!
PARAMOUNT PICTURES and RED GRANITE PICTURES Present
DADDY’S HOME
Directed By Sean Anders
“DADDY’S HOME” follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.
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PAJAM/PMG RECORDS SNAGS 58TH GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATION FOR “BRUNO MARS” ARRANGEMENT BY NEW ARTIST “VOCALLY CHALLENGED”

 
NOMINATED IN CATEGORY: 
BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL OR A CAPPELLA
 
Purchase ‘Bruno Mars‘ by Vocally Challenged on iTunes & Amazon.com
CLICK HERE FOR iTunes
CLICK HERE FOR AMAZON
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 OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s

SWEEIE PIE’S PREMIER PARTY

“Welcome to Sweetie Pie‘s” PREVIEW CLICK HERE

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to the premier party for OWN’s Sweetie Pie. This extravaganza took place at Taboo 2 Bistro on Roswell Rd in Atlanta GA. The red carpet photos went well, we met the cast, and they were all super friendly. Once that was done, the cast went in the venue, and had VIP section, and walked into a hell of a crowd! Lots of folks came out to support them, and the complementary food they had there was fabulous! Once everyone ate and got their drinks, the crowd enjoyed the 1st episode, and then it turned into a club after that. Needless to say, the night went well. Make sure y’all tune in weekly to check out the show on the OWN network.

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OWN’S: RAISING WHITLEY

“Raising Whitley” CLIPS CLICK HERE

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ANGIE STONE HEADLINES THE SEASON 6 FINALE OF ATL LIVE ON THE PARK

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to capture moments and create memories at the season finale of ATL Live on the park.  Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols presented the finale edition of ATL Live on the Park Season 6 at the beautiful Park Tavern at Piedmont Park. Invited media had exclusive access to interview the headliner Angie Stone, with complimentary drinks before the show. During the Q&A, Stone discussed the development of her seventh studio album, how she got her start in the music-industry as a member of the first-female hip-hop group, The Sequence and gave her thoughts on today’s rap scene and the importance of the female voice in hip-hop. She also discussed the importance of black men and her admiration of them, hence her popular single, “Brotha,” an ode to the black man.

As the attending guest prepared for R&B superstar Angie Stone, guests also enjoyed performances by Rahbi Raw and Willie Hynn. Willie Hyn was also a past performer at the Time 2 Shine Concert Series when he was named “SIr Will.” He’s been Grinding for a long time! We saw Rahbi Raw about 2 years ago when he opened up for Bilal when he came to town; needless to say, we were very familiar with the line up!

ATL Live on the Park season 6 finale was hosted by Taiye “The Wild Afrikan” Samuel and sponsored by Gentleman Jack, Korbel Champagne and MAJIC 107.5. Guests also enjoyed sounds by DJ Mars and a performance by Quinn and the Jukebox.

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ATL LUNCH & LEARN 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

ATL LUNCH & LEARN was another successful event! It was our 1 year anniversary!!! Urban Female Entertainment, Quente’Sential Branding, & Be Magazine put together another awesome event for the community. This monthly event gets bigger and better each event!! Our guests enjoyed the networking scene in conjunction with our sponsored lunch by the staff Anaginks Cusines, Chef Tee . It was a real cool vibe and everyone was chill. This monthly event ATL Lunch & Learn was also sponsored by Tee’s & Quote at 244 Peter Street Atlanta GA. Big S/O to our sponsors!!!

Our panlist were hand picked from our network, and there were several topics such as the entertainment business, media, entrepreneur concepts, & how everyone on the panel got started and grew into their current status & more.  The audience was really engaged into the paneled discussions and when it came to asking questions, no one in the crowd was shy. It was an intimate setting that included alot of knowledge, wisdom, networkers, grinders, media, and supporters. Our monthly panelist  were:

DR JOY EDWARDS

SHAUNA “MAMA CAMP”

D’VANTE BLACK

LATONYA ASKEW

JACQUIE GREEN

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Women’s Entrepreneur’s Day 2015

100 Women  joined together as one voice on  International Women’s Entrepreneur’s Day 2015 at the Georgia State Capitol and over 362 female business owners attended.  The message from the event was “We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond”. Guest speakers included State Representative’s LaDawn Jones and Dar’Shun Kendrick, 100 FE Founder Nicole Garner Scott, 100 FE Team Tiara Johnson and Shawntel White, City of Atlanta’s Theia Washington, Bravo TV’s Maja Sly, Attorney Christine White and many more.  100 Female Entrepreneurs Inc. was awarded with a State Resolution from the State of Georgia in regards to positioning female entrepreneurs for unprecedented success as we provide actionable assets for advancing to the next level.  To see more pictures and video from this event visit our blog onwww.100FemaleEntrepreneurs.com or our private Facebook group.

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Future and Mike WiLL Made-It Give Back To Senior Citizens For Thanksgiving

Photo Credit: Lafonda Smith & Jonell Whit
Future and Mike WiLL Made-It Foundation’s teamed up for one of two events for Future’s third annual holiday campaign benefiting senior citizens and the youth of Atlanta. FreeWishes and Making Wishes Matter Foundations joined forces to host a An Evening To Remember for local Atlanta senior citizens. The third annual Thanksgiving dinner took place at the East Lake Family YMCA. Over 300 seniors were transported from several YMCAs to the private location where they were provided a lavish Thanksgiving dinner, live entertainment, pictures in the OMG booth, and a surprise visit by Future and Mike WiLL Made-It. The seniors were also gifted with a full Thanksgiving meal to feed a family of five, provided by Walmart. Special guests of the evening included Future, Mike WiLL Made-It and Councilman Kwanza Hall.
Councilman Hall presented the duo’s foundations and Radio One with a proclamation recognizing their efforts in the community. Both natives to Atlanta, Future and Mike WiLL Made-It have made charity a central mission of their work with their annual philanthropic efforts. Special thanks to this year’s partners, Radio One, Walmart, Black Celebrity Giving, Atlanta Music Project and Community Compilation.
The Christmas Extravaganza and Community Coat Drive will take place on December 20th for underprivileged Atlanta children and families. The Holiday Extravaganza will target hundreds of youth, youth homes, and more for a Winter Wonderland where they will be gifted with brand new coats, toys, and winter items. Both Future and Mike WiLL Made-It will be on-site. For more information visit www.freebandz.com to join the conversation follow @future, @freewishes, @mikewillmadeit with hashtag #FreeWishes #MakingWishesMatter.
About The Mike WiLL Made It “Making Wishes Matter” Foundation
The Mike WiLL Made-It Making Wishes Matter Foundation is a nonprofit organization that strives to make an impact in our community by empowering the youth to discover their talents, assisting less fortunate families, and granting the wishes of individuals within our community.
About Future’s “FreeWishes” Foundation
FreeWishes is a nonprofit organization who is committed to being a beacon of light in the community by Making Dreams Come Alive and Wishes Come True
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SELLING IT IN THE ATL SCREENING

TRAILER: CLICK HERE

Last night, WE tv hosted a festive premiere for their new docu-series “Selling It: In the ATL.” The folks were out last night! Over 400 guests arrived at the Woodruff Arts Center to preview the much talked about show based on the thriving Atlanta real estate market. Cast members Chrishena Stanley, A’lana Banks, Sarah Lowe, Okevia Wilson, Tahlia Brown, Gwen Moss and Jae Christian shined on the gold carpet along with WE tv president and general manager Marc Juris and “Selling It” executive producers for WE tv Lauren Gellert, Kate Farrell and David Stefanou, Kingdom Reign executive producer Carlos King and World of Wonder executive producer Sheree Whitfield.

Attendees included Egypt Sherrod (radio/tv personality, author)  Claudia Jordan (Bravo/Real Housewives of Atlanta), Cynthia Bailey (Bravo/Real Housewives of Atlanta), Kandi Burruss (Bravo/Real Housewives of Atlanta), Mimi Faust (VH1/Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), Dr. Heavenly(BRAVO/Married to the Medicine), Demetria McKinney (Bravo/Real Housewives of Atlanta), Phaedra Parks (Bravo/Real Housewives of Atlanta),Gocha Hawkins (WE tv/L.A. Hair); “Cutting It: In the ATL cast members Maja Sly, Beautii J, Lakenya Morris, Dedra Allen and Mushiya Tshikuka;Momma Dee (VH1/Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta); Crystal Fox (OWN/The Haves and the Have Nots); Drea Kelly (VH1/Hollywood Exes), Tameka Raymond (VH1/Atlanta Exes), DJ Fadelf (author Single Man, Married Man), T.C. Carson (“Living Single”), rapper K Camp, actor/writer/producer Carl Payne; and Bravo’s “Mother Funders” Robin Dyke and Amber Bryant.

Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by the screening and a lively Q&A moderated by Egypt Sherrod.

Selling: In the ATL premieres Thursday, November 5 at 10PM ET/PT on WE tv.

#SellingItATL

http://www.wetv.com/shows/selling-it-in-the-atl

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REV RUN AROUND THE WORLD PREMIER’S DECEMBER 2

PRESS KIT (photos, clips, bio, episode descriptions): CLICK HERE
REV RUNS AROUND THE WORLD
After spending years traveling the world with band mates, Rev Run is embarking on his next travel adventure, but this time with his family. Equipped with four round-the-world tickets, Rev and family will brave exotic territories, fascinating cultures, and much more. ‘Rev Runs Around the World’ Premieres with Back-to-Back Episodes on Wednesday, December 2 at
10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
CLIPS:
Simmons Family Dared to Eat Fish Eyes in Jamaica on REV RUNS AROUND THE WORLD CLICK HERE
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Tasha Smith in Atlanta

Photo Credit: Marcus Ingram

Actress Tasha Smith out n’ about in Atlanta, GA promoting her actors workshop, TSAW, and the hit Fox show, EMPIRE.  >>CLICK HERE To See Full Album<<<<

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Watch ‘Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church’ Now

l-r: Rashad Burgess, Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, Clay Cane
(participants in ‘Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church.’)
>>>CLICK HERE To Watch<<<
Journalist Clay Cane explores homophobia in the black church with the groundbreaking BET.com documentary ‘Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church.’ Created and produced by Cane, his film debut puts the narrative in the hands of Black LGBT people who are torn between their faith and sexuality. Through emotional and deeply honest storytelling, Holler If You Hear Me boldly tackles the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and religion. Filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, where church and LGBT culture cross paths like nowhere else, Cane and BET.com unpack this controversial but important issue.  Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church humanizes the journeys of those who struggle between these worlds, proving we all deserve to be heard and loved.
#HollerBET
#HollerIfYouHearMe
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Tomayia Colvin empowers youth with

“The UnBoxed Project” Photography Exhibit

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On Sunday, November 1, Houston based photographer Tomayia Colvin unveiled “The UnBoxed Project,” her first photography exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia. Guests gathered at Blue Mark Studios to browse the collection’s 25 thought-provoking portraits celebrating teens and young adults who redefine the in-crowd and show different sides of young adult life.
The exhibition was a expression of evolving culture as Tomayia exposed the complex world of what it is to be young in today’s society. While thanking her models and their families for supporting her initiative, Tomayia challenged everyone to uplift youth as well as themselves by “unboxing” their full potential — as this is what her exhibit was all about:
“Although it focuses on what it is to be young, the theme is universal and the content is sure to spark interest for all visitors, young or old. The teens and young adults featured in this exhibit are living out of those boxes and taking the world by storm.”
About Tomayia Colvin:
Houston native, Tomayia Colvin is a nationally-published and award-winning senior portrait photographer providing modern senior pictures for HS seniors and teens in the Houston and Humble area. Colvin has a big interest is in improving self images of teens through photography. Tomayia is full-time entrepreneur and the mother of two beautiful children.
www.tomayiacolvin.com
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4th Annual Gentlemen’s Ball

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend the 4th Annual Gentlemen’s Ball on Halloween night, invented and developed by Juan and Gee Session-Smalls, the founders of The Gentlemen’s Foundation, Inc. This extravaganza  attendees included Influential LGBTQ community leaders, politicians, allies, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and tastemakers.  The 4th Annual Gentlemen’s Ball was a black tie gala that took place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303).  The mask were diverse and really unique accented with a masquerade motif, hosted by television personality Karamo Brown (HuffPost Live).  The lobby was full, and guest were offered signature cocktails, photo ops, and complimentary gifts from allied sponsors.

Congrats to Vaughn Alvarez

Vaughn Alvarez  received the Gentleman of Promise Award for Outstanding Career Achievement and Community Activism. The board of directors at TGF believes he embodies the vision of TGF – a gentleman who is confident in self, generous in giving and proud to stand tall in their truth. His award places him in the company of other accomplished LGBTQ men of color who have achieved success in their chosen field or career, devoted themselves to community service, significantly contributed to the advancement of LGBTQ minority communities or demonstrated a commitment to social change.

ABOUT THE FOUNDERS

Husbands Juan and Gee Session-Smalls are the founders of The Gentlemen’s Foundation, Inc. Juan & Gee has been recognized by various organizations for their work within the community, receiving awards such as: The Vision Community Foundation’s Community Award, The Good Life Power Couple Award and the The G-List Society’s 50 Most Influential & Inspirational Black LGBT Personalities of 2012, 2013 & 2014. Their life mission emphasizes equality, solidarity, love, and inclusion for the advancement of the LGBTQ community.

ABOUT THE GENTLEMAN’S FOUNDATION

The Gentlemen’s Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the quality of life, leadership ability, and mental & physical health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, particularly those in the Black and other minority community.

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CELEBRITY MASQUERADE LAUNCH FOR CONCEAL VIRGIN HAIR

This event “the celebrity masquerade launch was epic! The stars were out! Big Salute to Stacks Magazine! This event took place at Time Restaurant in downtown Atlanta, and it was pandemonium to say the least. There was an open bar for attending guest, and fingers bites distributed by the waitresses and models. The ambiance was elegant, and the stars were about in about in Atlanta. Some familiar faces included Black Chyna, Jodie Rowlands, Bo Talley, Towanda Braxton, Kandi Burris & Todd, Neffi and her boo to name a few. The networking was A1, and it’s always great to see our fellow media peoples as well.
ABOUT: Conceal Virgin Hair, LLC
Conceal Virgin Hair, LLC  is a luxury hair company founded by International Celebrity Hair Stylist Jodie Rowlands of SewJodie,LLC. This premiere brand is committed to providing completely natural 100% virgin human hair that is of the highest possible quality.  Our hair extensions are sourced from different countries including: India, South East Asia, and Brazil.  Our hair has never been chemically dyed or styled, and its cuticles are always intact and flowing in the same direction. That means our extensions are smoother, softer, stronger, and more manageable than any other. Conceal Virgin Hair, LLC  goes through a thorough quality and sterile inspection process to ensure a more lustrous, natural product. Our goal is to provide customers with consistent access to a variety of  high quality unique virgin hair products that are versatile and long lasting.
About Jodie Rowlands
Jodie Rowlands, a native of England, currently resides in Atlanta, Ga where she has made her mark in the beauty industry as one of the top celebrity hairstylists both nationally and Internationally. With a clientele list that includesKandi Burruss, Porsha Williams, Nascar Driver Tia Norfleet, Celebrity Photographer Drexina Nelson, Demetria McKinney, Rasheeda, and many more she has had the opportunity to work with networks and television shows that include, Bravo Television Network, VH1, WEtv, Atlanta Exes, SWV Reunited and more. Jodie is extremely knowledgable in the craft of hair extensions making Conceal Virgin Hair™, LLC the most trusted hair company nationwide. From celebrity clients to everyday women, the goal of the company is is to provide fast, friendly, reliable service.” I wanted to be able to provide a product to all of my clients that I know is of the highest quality. Im confident in saying that Conceal Virgin Hair™ is currently the best company for long lasting hair.” said Jodie “SewJodie” Rowlands

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“Living Behind the Mask”

Atlanta celebrities gather for powerful domestic violence fundraiser

“Living Behind The Mask”

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend “Living Behind the Mask” event Saturday, October 24, 2015. The guests gathered at Georgia Piedmont Technical College to celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month and were greeted with a beautiful sea of purple décor and a night of intense encouragement, tearful testimonies and contagious girl power, all courtesy of Rose of Sharon Transitional and Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program.

The “Living Behind the Mask” Masquerade Ball honored prominent Atlanta women for overcoming domestic violence relationships. Survivors honored included actress Andrea KellyJanet Jackson of Boss Chix of ATL, gospel singer Carlett Martin, actress and domestic violence advocateJodine Basterash, speaker, author Sharon Willingham, radio host Kristel Shanell and Kendra Turner of S.O.D.A (Survivor of Domestic Abuse). The night featured a special appearance by Atlanta’s first lady Sarah Elizabeth Reed, who congratulated the survivors for their strength and commended the nonprofit organizations for their hard work in the community. The food was awesome, the speeches, the decor, the honorees, everything was outstanding! We will definitely be in attendance next year.

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TV ONE’S ‘RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL’ SET TO PREMIERE TUESDAY, NOV. 10 AT 8/7C

(SILVER SPRING, MD) – October 2015 – Award winning national syndicated radio personality, host and stand-up comedian Rickey Smiley returns to TV One with the premiere of his new docs-series Rickey Smiley For Real on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET. The hour-long series takes a humorous look at Smiley’s hectic life as he manages his career, single fatherhood and personal life. TV One’s Rickey Smiley For Real is a voyeuristic view into what makes Smiley a successful media mogul in radio, comedy and television, as well as captures the syndicated host as he juggles two families – one at home and the other at work.

CLICK HERE To Watch the trailer

Infusing his brand of comedy into every situation, Rickey Smiley For Real, also introduces viewers to his four children – sons Brandon and Malik and daughters D’Essence and Aaryn – as well as his extended family of co-workers, colleagues and friends – his nephew Craig, live-in assistant Miss Pat, personal assistant Angie, business consultant Bruce Demps, childhood friend and family lawyer Nikita Blockton, radio co-hosts Da BratGary With Da Tea,HeadkrackRock T and Juicy, and radio show producers Beyonce and Hollywood.

As a much-loved comedian, television host of Dish Nation, and top-rated nationally syndicated radio personality of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Smiley rose to superstardom after igniting his 25-year career serving as opening act for industry titans such as Steve Harvey, George Wallace and Carl Strong. Throughout his career trajectory, Smiley has been one of the industry’s most towering forces in building an impressive empire that has landed him preeminent roles on radio, television, film and on-stage performances. For more information on Smiley’s personal and professional background, please visit: http://therealrickeysmiley.com and http://rickeysmileymorningshow.com/.

Rickey Smiley For Real is produced by Bobbcat Films for TV One with Rickey Smiley and Roger M. Bobb as executive producers and Angi Bones as co-executive producer. For TV One, Lamar Chase is executive-in-charge of production, Robyn Greene Arrington is vice president of original programming and production, and D’Angela Proctor is head of original programming and production.
ABOUT RICKEY SMILEY
Funny-man Rickey Smiley is known for making millions laugh for over 25 years. As a much loved comedian, television host of Dish Nation, and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Smiley has earned a reputation for delivering for audiences on and off stage. With the distinct ability to take everyday observations and turn them into comedic gold, Smiley is a standout in the entertainment world. Smiley is one of the few “clean” comics amongst the upper echelon of contemporary great Comedians. In addition, his comedy shows often include a live band, which he accompanies playing several instruments and singing.
Coming from his humble roots of Birmingham Alabama, Smiley rose to superstardom after igniting his 25-year career serving as opening act for Industry titans such as Steve Harvey, George Wallace, and Carl Strong. Throughout his career trajectory, Smiley has been one of the industry’s most towering forces in building an impressive empire that has landed him preeminent roles on radio, television, film and on-stage performances. For more information on Smiley’s personal and professional background, please visit: http://therealrickeysmiley.com/,  http://www.rickeysmiley360.com/ and http://rickeysmileymorningshow.com/.

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NBA Opening Night in San Francisco

(Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Samsung)

Angela Simmons stopped by to show off her brand new Gear S2 smartwatch, which she sports as she strikes a pose in the ever-popular emoji match booth at the Samsung Experience at NBA Opening Night

In San Francisco on 10/27/15, Samsung celebrated the NBA Opening Night at Pier 43 with its ever-popular Samsung Experience, inspired by the iconic circular design and functional innovation of the all-new Gear S2 smartwatch.

The space was be transformed into a massive LED basketball court, dubbed the Samsung LED Court powered by the new Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch.

Launched earlier this month, the Gear S2 centers on an innovative, circular infrastructure with a rotating bezel. The bezel allows people to easily and precisely navigate the UI with the turn of a dial – everything you need most from your smartphone is available on your wrist, whether you’re checking text messages, scrolling through emails, or checking the latest sports stats.

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THE 47th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS TO AIR LIVE ON FRIDAY,...

47TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH

Nominees Will Be Announced on

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES, CA (October  2015– Submissions for the 47th NAACP Image Awards closes on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.  All entries must be submitted online at www.naacpimageawards.net. Nominees will be announced at a press conference on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. PT.

The NAACP Image Awards is recognized as the nation’s pre-eminent multi-cultural awards show from an African American point of view.  The event celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

Submissions for the 47th NAACP Image Awards can be submitted by producers, studios/networks, agents, managers or publicists in the categories of motion picture, television, recording, and literature. The eligibility period for all projects is January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

All entries are evaluated and narrowed to the top five in each category by members of the Image Awards Nominating Committees which are comprised of individuals within the entertainment industry (studio/network executives, actors, artists, managers, agents, publicists, journalists, literary agents and others) and NAACP Board members, Special Contributions Fund Trustees, staff, and key interfaces.

The 47th NAACP Image Awards will be nationally telecast live on TV One on Friday, February 5, 2016, as a two-hour special from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The telecast will also include a one-hour pre-show from the star-studded red carpet.

Upcoming deadlines and events leading up to the 47th NAACP Image Awards are:

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Submissions closes at www.naacpimageawards.net

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Nominees for the 47th NAACP Image Awards will be announce at a press conference

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Nominees Luncheon

*Thursday, February 4, 2016

47th NAACP Image Awards – Non-Televised Awards Ceremony

*Friday, February 5, 2016

47th NAACP Image Awards – Airs Live on TV One

*Both ceremonies will take place from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at www.naacpimageawards.net.

FB: /naacpimageaward | Twitter: @naacpimageaward

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“Ready 2 Dye” Exhibit at Pure Atlanta

UFE-TV ACCESS was invited to the “Ready 2 Dye” Exhibit at Pure Atlanta. S/O to Enchanted Branding & Public Relations, PURE, Coogi & One Grand Gallery. Everyone who was raised or lived through the 90’s and loves HipHop knows how much Biggie used to rock COOGI.  To see all of this artwork, creativity, clothing/outfits for both men and women was an awesome experience. The them was also in connection to Biggie’s first album “Ready to Die.” We grew up on that being from Philly, and this event felt like being back home.
Ready 2 Dye is based on four key principles surrounding Coogi’s contribution to Biggie’s legacy- Reflect, Honor, Inspire, Evolve. Jamal Woolard who played Biggie in 2009 did a fly photoshoot prior to the event which is super dope. Some familiar faces included Brian M. Cox, Greg Smith of Sesac, Lil Scrappy of LHHATL, and PreMadonna of LHHATL. There were also cupcakes and complimentary drinks for all attending guests.

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SHE WHO DARES

 UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend the “SHE WHO DARES” event moderated by Jovian Zayne , and on the panel was Kelli M. Coleman, Tai Beauchamp and Egypt Sherrod.  This event was phenomenal to say the least, as the audience learned a lot about each of these entrepreneurs. Attending guest received complimentary drinks throughout the duration of the event, as everyone was excited to listen and learn.
The panelist spoke on various topics such as the struggles and challenges they have faced along their path and how they overcame them, they gave out beauty and fashion tips, and alot of wisdom splashed with advice. They also shared their journeys towards acknowledging the importance of ‘inner work’ to truly achieve ‘outer’ success. 10% of the proceeds was be donated to Spelman College.
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MUSIC SENSATION, WALE, MAKES AN APPEARANCE AT M BAR IN ATLANTA

On Wednesday, October 21st, Wale made a special appearance at M Bar in Atlanta, Georgia. Quickly becoming the go-to lounge for celebrities in the city, M Bar continues to offer guests the definitive Atlanta bar and lounge experience.
About M BAR
Four young, well established African- American men have joined forces to partner in bringing the M BAR vision to life – Damien Gordon (Mixologist/ Owner), Yaw Botchey ( Marketing Director), Xavier Peoples (Client Relations),  and Melvin Simms (General Manager). M BAR will offer guests the definitive Atlanta bar and lounge experience. The juxtaposition of black and white silent films infused into a modern aesthetic, a menu of american classics mixed with modern favorites, an offering of unique batch private labels to today’s most premium spirit brands –  the space will conjure up a sense of pride to all who enter and a sense of community to all who partake.
For more information, visit www.MbarAtlanta.com
*Courtesy of The Garner Circle PR*
@MbarAtlanta | #HennessyxMbar
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‘DADDY’S HOME’ STARRING WILL FERRELL & MARK WAHLBERG IS IN THEATERS CHRISTMAS DAY!

New trailer now available

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

PARAMOUNT PICTURES and RED GRANITEPICTURES Present
DADDY’S HOME
Directed By Sean Anders
DADDY’S HOME” follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.
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GOCHA MADE BOSS MOVES IN SEASON FINALE OF ‘L.A. HAIR’ON WE TV

CLICK HERE TO SNEAK PREVIEW

GOCHA SALON DONATES STYLING SERVICES TO ATLANTA CHILDREN’S SHELTER’S 13TH ANNUAL ACHIEVERS CELEBRATION
Gocha Salon’s glam team enhanced the inner beauty of nine formerly homeless families
(ATLANTA)  – On October 6, 2015, the Atlanta Children’s Shelter (ACS) hosted its 13th Annual Achievers’ Celebration at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta to honor the remarkable success of their previously homeless families who persevered and maintained employment and permanent housing for at least one year with the help of ACS’ programs.
Gocha Salon, along with the Paul Mitchell School of Atlanta provided makeovers to the honorees and program participants. Gocha also gifted the honorees with over $4,000 of free styling services for the rest of the year.
For information on the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, visit http://www.acsatl.org/.
GOCHA PARTICIPATES IN ATLANTA CHILDREN’S SHELTER’S CELEBRITY KICKBALL GAME FUNDRAISER
The high-energy event took place Saturday, Sept. 19 at Hammond Park
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GOCHA INSPIRES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH WORDS OF WISDOM ON BUSINESS AND HARD WORK
The DECA Club students at Newton High School in Covington, GA enjoyed a dose of “real talk” from the successful celeb stylist and salon owner
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ABOUT GOCHA HAWKINS 

Gocha Hawkins (pronounced “go-shay”) is an award-winning hairstylist and owner of Gocha Salon, an Atlanta-based salon specializing in precision cuts, color, extensions and make up applications. A native of Detroit, MI, Gocha has over 20 years of experience in the beauty business with 19 of those years spent as a salon owner. She received her cosmetology training at John M. Patterson State Technical College (now Trenholm State) in Montgomery, AL. She’s worked with celebrities such as Serena Williams, Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, Christina Milian, Kandi Burruss, Vivica Fox, Drake, Ja Rule, Pitbull, Mike Epps, Lil’ Jon, The Game, R. Kelly, T.I., Kelly Rowland and many more. Her work has been featured in Sophisticate’s Black Hair, Style Q, Smooth Magazine and on the covers of Hot Atlanta, Salon Profiles, Salon Sense and Black Passions.

Additionally, Gocha has over 10 years of experience in image consulting for the NBA. She has worked for the Orlando Magic cheerleaders, the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks dancers as a key hairstylist. She has also earned credits for work done on the sets of H&M and McDonalds commercials, a short film (Fit Arcade Gone Wild) and TV shows such as “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “La La’s Full Court Life” (VH1) and “Kandi’s Wedding” (Bravo). In 2013, she launched Wrecklez (pronounced “reckless”), a line of styling products designed for at-home hair maintenance.

For more information, visit www.gochasalon.com. For press inquiries, email saptosa@gmail.com.

Download Gocha’s EPK here: http://bit.ly/1RPtJ9N ALSO VISIT www.gochasalon.com
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SHERYL LEE RALPH CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF HIV/AIDS AWARENESS & EDUCATION

Sheryl Lee Ralph’s DIVAS Simply Singing concert set to take place in Hollywood October 24.

Special Guests include Jordin Sparks, Erica Campbell, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Lewis, Shanice, A’ngela Winbush, Yo-Yo and more!

(LOS ANGELES, CA) October 2015 – Join the Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware DIVA, actor/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 7:30PM as she brings her renowned “DIVAS Simply Singing!” benefit concert to the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. “DIVAS Simply Singing!” The show will be honoring Jordin SparksDr. Rachel RossSade OyinadeCathy Elliott, and Hydeia Broadbent as well as performances by some of the most talented DIVAS in entertainment, Loretta Devine (The Carmichael Show), Jenifer Lewis(Blackish), Erica CampbellA’ngela WinbushMelissa Morgan, rapper YoYoAlyson Williams, the Supreme’s Mary Wilson and more!
As Founding Director of The D.I.V.A. FOUNDATION, I believe in the transformational power of the arts and education. Over the past 25 years they have helped me spread the message about the importance of erasing stigma and raising HIV/AIDS awareness. The DIVAS and I have simply dared to care over the years as we inform our audiences about this disease and its impact on those who are infected and affected“, says Sheryl Lee Ralph.
The D.I.V.A Foundation simply invites you to a stellar evening of pure entertainment celebrating 25 years of HIV/AIDS Awareness. Tickets for “DIVAS Simply Singing” can be purchased at The Montalbano Theatre Box Office or by visiting www.divatickets.com.
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BOMBA ESTEREO, CHOCQUIBTOWN, J BALVIN, NATALIA JIMENEZ,  JUAN LUIS GUERRA, MATISSE, WILL SMITH,
AND RAQUEL SOFIA TO PERFORM ON THE
16TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS™

The Biggest Night in Latin Music® will air live on the Univision Network Nov. 19, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas#LatinGRAMMY

MIAMI (Oct. 22, 2015) — The first set of performers for the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards™  were announced today and include nominees ChocQuibTownJ BalvinNatalia JiménezJuan Luis GuerraMatisse, and Raquel Sofía. In his return to the music stage, four-time GRAMMY® winner Will Smith joins current nominees Bomba Estéreo for a show-stopping performance of their single “Fiesta (Remix).” The Biggest Night in Latin Music® will air live on the Univision NetworkNov. 19, from  8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) from theMGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase through www.ticketmaster.com or www.mgmgrand.com.Bomba Estéreo, Balvin and Latin GRAMMY® winner Jiménez each have two nominations: Bomba Estéreo are up for Record Of The Year for “Fiesta” and Best Alternative Music Album for Amanecer.  Balvin is nominated for Best Urban Performance and Best Urban Song for “Ay Vamos.” Jiménez is up for Album Of The Year for Creo En Mí and Song Of The Year for “Quédate Con Ella.”

WIZ KHALIFA HEADLINES THE A3C HIPHOP FESTIVAL

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend the A3C HipHop Festival, yet again another year! This was the night of the grand finale. There were some hiccups as far as the waiting period for Taylor Gang to perform, but nevertheless, it was a great show! Taylor Gang has several artist, and the audience had the opportunity to experience some awesome new talent and great music. When Wiz Khalifah did “We Dem Boys” the whole Taylor Gang came back and were 30+ deep on stage suppporting Wiz. Stay tuned in for the footage. Ty Dolla Sign amongst others had the crowd rocking, and it was indeed crowded and the fans were hype. This was an awesome night when it’s all said and done, and we are looking forward covering this extravaganza next year.

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BET MUSIC MATTERS SHOWCASE

UFE-TV ACCESS was mos def granted to attend the BET music matters stage at A3C HipHop Festival. Performers included:

Audio Push

The Alchemist

Cyhi The Prince

Beanie Sigel

Just Blaze

Camron

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CHECKMATE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES IN ATLANTA GA.

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend the launch party for the new Indie Label Checkmate Entertainment in Atlanta Georgia. The music industry has open it doors to the label and Checkmate has all eyes opened. This dope extravaganza took place at the world famous Patchwerk Studios in downtown Atlanta. The label is led by two phenomenal women Shante Traynham & MiMi Carpenter. There were complimentary drinks available for attending guest, and a plethora of food that was so good for the soul.

After mingling, networking/fellowship, and eating, everyone gathered around in the studio to meet and check out some of Checkmate’s new artist. The crowd was introduced to Kelsey Nycole, Lokc, and Tarvoria. The media was thick, and we first had the opportunity to listen to hiphop recording artist Lokc, and then Tavaria played some dope new joints from an upcoming project. We heard nothing but PURE HEAT all night. Checkmate Entertainment has been busy working to display this awesome presentation! Everything from the location, to the food, to the networking, to the music… was A-ONE. UFE-TV is ecstatic about being able to be apart of history by attending this dope extravaganza!

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STREET EXEC’S BASKETBALL GAME

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend the Street Exec’s BasketBall game during the A3C HipHop Festival. Many gathered together to enjoy a beautiful day in Atlanta GA. It was the red team against the black team, and some of the spotted players were singing group Final Draft,  Jamal Woolard, Jim Jones, to name a few. They were BBQ-ing, had the DJ on deck, some of Street Exec’s artist, and a host of supporters, family and friends that came out to support the event.

About Street Exec’s

Street Execs Management is a boutique artist management and marketing firm whose clients include Grammy nominated artist 2 Chainz, Travis Porter, Young Dolph, CAP 1, and DJ E Sudd. Founded by partners Allen Parks, Charlie Jabaley, Coach Tek, and David Leeks, the firm has an emphatic loyalty and dedication to assuring their clients succeed on all fronts. With this goal in mind, the company can handle nearly every facet of a client’s project in-house. Services provided to clients include, but are not limited to, artist development, music production, creative direction, internet marketing, street promotions, tour management, and video/film production.

Fueled by it’s motto of loyalty and longevity, the Street Execs team has over 40 years combined experience in the music business. The team approaches each project with a spirit of creativity, coupled with astute professional judgement. The multi-dimensional efforts of the Street Execs team will continue to permeate the industry and position talent uniquely above the rest.

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For More Info: http://streetexecs.com

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Sequoia Blodgett

UFE-TV ACCESS caught up with Blodgett began! She began her career as a video director, and worked on set with artist such as Justin Beiber and Jacob Latimore to name a few. She is really passionate about self help, life coaching, life development and realized when she was sick that she had not had the opportunity to explore some of these passions. Her road to entrepreneurism in a unique way: in a hospital bed. In May of 2014, she got really sick and was hospitalized. Confined to her room and prompted to reexamine her professional goals and dreams, Blodgett called a life-coach friend and told him about her idea to create a business; her internet community, 7AM, would focus on personal and intimate relationship development. The idea came from her fascination with life coaching and the psychology behind human relationships.
In July of 2014, Blodgett was teaching photography as the basis of branding at an all-girls tech and entrepreneurship camp across the street from Stanford University. A lot of the students had parents who were venture capitalists and CEOs of major businesses. One of the instructors mentioned Draper University. Completely riveted by the idea of a school for blossoming entrepreneurs, Sequoia applied and was accepted. She was the only student at that time that they invested in. When she is passionate about anything, there is no reservation, she just follows her intuition, and like Nike’s said ‘just do it.’ She packed up everything and moved from L.A. to The valley to attend Draper University, where she was asked to become an entrepreneur in residence in January 2015.
After completing the program, Blodgett came in 2nd place at Pitch Day and received a small angel investment; she was the only person in her class to secure a solid deal. Not only did Tim Draper give her money upfront, but he also agreed to match another investor down the line. How fortunate was that?
While at Draper University, Blodgett developed key relationships and a valuable support system. She had such a gratifying experience that she decided to stay with the program. She currently works as an entrepreneur-in-residence, helping others the same way she was helped, all while building her business. Draper University was approached to be on a reality show, picked up by ABC family, and of course she selected to be apart of the show. “Your shift of your life depends on solely on your perspective.” Dope Quote.
Prior to beginning her life as an entrepreneur, Blodgett was a senior video producer for Clear Channel’s ad agency, Creative Services Group. In addition, she was signed to several production companies where she worked with multiple mainstream artists, directed commercials and shot fashion photography. Blodgett received her Bachelor of Arts in Film/Television Production at Loyola Marymount University. She currently resides in the Bay Area.
UFE-TV asked her what was her typical day like, and she basically said she’s extremely busy, and focused on building. When every business starts up, one week you are developer, sales and marketing, to customer services, to I.T., to social media, to CEO etc., and during this building process sometimes you have to stop all of that to put of fires, and make sure everything is functioning properly. Another question we asked was ‘within the past few months, what was one small thing you changed that made a big impact or positive result? Her immediate answer was “perspective.” Depends on how you look it- affects on what actions you take. “Your shift of your life depends on solely on your perspective.” Dope Quote.
Sneak peek for the Season Finale of #StartupU: CLICK HERE
Link to Sequoia B’s new company, 7AM:CLICK HERE
Link to Startup U on ABC Family:CLICK HERE
Link to Sequoia B’s website: www.sequoiab.com
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ATL LUNCH & LEARN

ATL LUNCH & LEARN was another successful event! Urban Female Entertainment, Quente’Sential Branding, & Be Magazine put together another awesome event for the community. This monthly event gets bigger and better each event!! Our guests enjoyed the networking scene in conjunction with our sponsored lunch by the staff Anaginks Cusines, Chef Tee . It was a real cool vibe and everyone was chill. This monthly event ATL Lunch & Learn was also sponsored by Tee’s & Quote at 244 Peter Street Atlanta GA. Big S/O to our sponsors!!!

Our panlist were hand picked from our network, and there were several topics such as the entertainment business, media, entrepreneur concepts, & how everyone on the panel got started and grew into their current status & more.  The audience was really engaged into the paneled discussions and when it came to asking questions, no one in the crowd was shy. It was an intimate setting that included alot of knowledge, wisdom, networkers, grinders, media, and supporters. Our monthly panelist  were:

BRIAN STUKES (PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER)

BO TALLEY (PHILANTHROPIST)

MARC MARVELOUS (PROFESSIONAL DANCER)

IZZY IKE (PR/MARKETING)

DAVID SHANDS (FASHION)

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ATL LIVE ON THE PARK

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted yet again to attend the October installment of Atl Live on The Park, and one word describes the whole night: EPIC. Many of the ATL music industry professionals were in the building, and so was the media. This night also included the HipHop Award edition. The award recipients were all HipHop Legends: Mali Hunter, Ayisha T. Obafemi, Devyne Stephens, Kenon Johnson, Jennifer Drake, & Hurricane Dave. If you are unfamiliar with any of these names, google them. They had live performances by: Mykell Vaughn & Audio Push. DJ Nabbs vibed out at the end of the night in the DJ battle, and we mos def caught footage of that. Some spotted familiar faces were Marvin McIntyre, Fort Knox, KP Prather, DJ Teknology, Angel Mcoughtry, Mint Condition, and some of the staff from Hot 107.9fm. It was a great night!

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AVION’S LAUNCH PARTY FEATURING JEEZY

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend Avion’s Launch Party at the Beverage World Liquor Store in Camp Creek sponsored by Hot 107.9. Jeezy is the face of Avion, and of course the models were on deck, along side of some radio personalities, VIP’s, PR’s media, and attending guest. The line outside to get inside was past ridiculous, so needless to say, the launch party was a success. There were some familiar faces as always as well. Great Networking.

About Avion Tequila

After winning World’s Best Tasting Tequila, Avión has seen record growth thanks to the love of consumer, bartenders and tequila aficionados. However, we can grow only as fast as our time intensive, small batch production process allows. Thus from time to time, different markets may run out of stock. Today Avión is available in Mexico, USA, Canada, Australia, France, and many other countries.

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HIPHOP WEEKLY CLOSED LISTENING SESSION

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to atend HIPHOP weekly’s closed listening session. The night started out with meets and greets, complimentary refreshments and cupcakes for attending guest, and DJ 730 was on the 1’s and 2’s. The purpose of this event during the A3C HIPHOP Festival was for dope Indie artist to be heard by industry professionals, and get feed back from them and introduce the audience to new dope music. Some of the Artist music we heard were:

Just Brittany

Manola Rose

Dunna

Driicky Graham (Snapbacks & Tattoo’s)

Alja Kamillion (Rihanna, Scrappy, Young Thug etc.)

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A3C HIPHOP FESTIVAL CONCERT

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend theA3C HipHop Festival Concert! There was 1000’s in attendance, and the networking was insane. We met people from all over and all walks of life, and we all had one thing in come: we all love music. The A3C is always a great experience, and on this stage, history was made! They brought out everyone from Pastor Troy, Fabo, Shawty Lo,     the Jungle Brothers, to name a few. This 4 day affair was totally awesome dot com, and we would not have missed it for the world. We collected alot of great new music, and saw plenty of familiar faces.

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1st Annual Connecticut 2 ATL Reunion

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to capture moments & create memories for the 1st annual Connecticut 2 ATL Annual Reunion. There were lots of people that came out of town to attend this wonderful extravaganza, and there was a whole weekend of festivities. Everyone really enjoyed themselves, and they did everything from a BBQ, spades, dance contest, UNO contest, awards, sponsors, and they had the best food and drinks. Later on that night, they had a ‘get together’ at a club house with an awesome DJ, and more food by the pool side. UFE-TV took great photos of everyone, and everyone that came from out of town will mos def be back again next year.

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“#TheWestBrooks” premieres Wednesday, October 14 at 10pm ET/PT on BET.

Last night, BET Networks hosted a private reception and screening at the SLS Beverly Hills in honor of their latest docs-series “#TheWestBrooks.”
Sisters India, Crystal, Morgan, Bree and Brooke were on hand to celebrate the launch of the show, which chronicles the lives of the “insta-famous” family as they work to establish the “WestBrooks brand” and navigate their social media fame.
Special guests included “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” personalities Moniece SlaughterMiles Brock and Jason Lee; American Idol’s Joshua Ledet; comedian Michael Blackson; actor Brandon Jackson and more.
The evening began with a lively cocktail reception followed by a screening featuring introductory remarks by BET Networks SVP of Original Programming Charlie Jordan Brookins and “#TheWestBrooks” executive producers Lemuel Plummer, Le’John Plummer and Jason Tolbert.
Media maven Karen Civil moderated the post-screening Q&A in which the ladies shared their excitement (and nervousness!l about going from mobile screens to TV screens.

The Takeover: What You Really Know About the Dirty South?!? Synopsis

The Takeover: What You Really Know About the Dirty South?!? is a historical documentary that chronicles the rise of Southern hip hop.

It traces the individual histories of the five major hubs in the South- Miami, New Orleans, Memphis, Houston and Atlanta- and digs deep into the roots of the culture with exclusive interviews from the artists, producers, DJs, CEOs and music industry professionals who brought the music and culture to national dominance.

In Miami, exclusive interviews include Fresh Kid Ice the Chinaman of 2 Live Crew, bass pioneer Disco Rick, Plies, Rick Ross and Trick Daddy. In New Orleans, bounce artist Jubilee, entertainment mogul Master P, Mia X, Mystikal, B.G. and Mannie Fresh break down the city’s musical history.

In Memphis, platinum rappers/producers/label CEOs DJ Paul and Juicy J, rap legend Eightball, Project Pat, Tela and underground prodigies Ska Face Al Capone and Gangsta Pat tell what Memphis, its music and culture are all about.

In Houston, rap pioneers Scarface, Lil Keke, E.S.G., Trae and Bun B as well as DJs Michael “5000” Watts and OG Ron C along with Slim Thug, Paul Wall and Chamillionaire explain their city’s musical mystique. Concluding in Atlanta, the documentary narrates the city’s history with interviews with Lil Jon, Young Dro, DJ Drama, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Shawty Lo and DJ Toomp.

Straight from the mouths of the artists, producers, DJs and record industry veterans who brought the culture into mainstream prominence, The Takeover: What You Really Know About the Dirty South?!? gives a play-by-play account of how this underdog region rose to dictate everything within the world of rap!

RICK ROSS, SCARFACE, GUCCI MANE , RICH HOMIE QUAN, TRICK DADDY, MANNIE FRESH, LIL JON, MASTER P, KILLER MIKE, DJ DRAMA GIVE DEPTH TO THE HISTORY OF SOUTHERN HIP-HOP IN NEW DOCUMENTARY

“THE TAKEOVER: WHAT YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE DIRTY SOUTH?”

 

Film’s Soundtrack Executive Produced and Scored by Multi-platinum Music Producer Drumma Boy

 

ATLANTA, GA – Frost Vision Films in association with eOne Distributionand N.S.U.C. Entertainment Group present the groundbreaking documentary The Takeover: What You Really Know About the Dirty South? The highly anticipated film follows the significant rise of southern Hip-Hop music, featuring some of the industry’s biggest stars including Rick Ross, Scarface, Rich Homie Quan, Gucci Mane, Trick Daddy, Mannie Fresh, Lil Jon, Master P, Killer Mike, DJ Drama and more. The project will unveil candid, never-before-seen interviews with some of the most prominent names in Southern rap.

The 90-minute documentary is co-produced, directed and written by entertainment industry heavyweight Andre “Jack Frost” Stephens, who played a major role in the southern Hip-Hop movement and also helped cultivate the careers of Yo Gotti and Kia Shine as well as veteran Hip-Hop journalist Carlton Wade, who’s work is featured in the film.

“This project was a labor of love, but ultimately, it was a story that really needed to be told,”Frost notes.” Wade co-signs by pointing out, “The hardest part was trying to compress almost 50 years of history in two hours. We want to educate and entertain at the same time.”

Memphis-based DJ Jus Borne scored the film and fellow Memphis native and multi-platinum music producer, Drumma Boy, scored and executive produced the accompanying soundtrack.“Without sounding overtly cocky, I feel like I’ve contributed a great deal to the sound and shape of southern music,” the Atlanta resident says. “My work has broken records, dominated national attention, and paved the way for all these new southern producers and rappers coming up in the game now. I am a proud southern child of God from Memphis and support all of our accomplishments wholeheartedly!”

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Hip Hop Weekly Teams Up With Atlanta’s #1 Hip Hop Station Hot 107.9 and Armadale vodka For the 2nd Annual Hip Hop Weekly Soundstage & Interview Suite Livestream Broadcast

Atlanta, GA braced itself for one of the largest urban event gatherings of the year with the 11th Annual A3C Conference & 10th Annual BET Hip Hop Awards this past weekend. And as such Hip Hop Weekly, Hot107.9 and Atlanta Media Partners kicked off the weekend hosting a who’s who in music, tv, film and fashion at its 2nd Annual Livestream Soundstage & Interview Suite. Lil Scrappy, Snootie Wild, Bill Bellamy, Redman, Trae The Truth, Zaytoven, Sean “The Pen” Garrett, OJ Da Juiceman, Kirk Frost, Yung Joc, Jagged Edge, Mama Cash, Deb Antney, Hot Boy Turk and more hit the red carpet and interview lounge to speak with Hip Hop Weekly hosts DJ Waffles, Neffe (“Keyshia Cole All In”) and Erica Pinkett (“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.”).

The Legendary hip hop DJ, Big Kap, kept the party going while star performances on the soundstage came from some of hip hop’s rising stars including Lil Don Loyal (Future’s artist), Blak Youngsta (Yo Gotti’s artist), GG Money (Deb Antney), Shawty Boy and Jess Classic. Fans worldwide tuned in via mobile, laptop and tablet devices to witness all the raw electric commotion live while watching the lavish VIP experience! Exclusive r carpets, flashing lights, complimentary gifts and courtesy drinks were all around. Attendees found themselves gifted with Swychboard Hover Boards, Pelle Pelle Jackets and Tees, British Knights Shoe Apparel, FlytLab Vapor Systems, Glam Squad Hair Products and luscious tastes from Armadale Vodka.
Guests were also treated to an exclusive look at the new documentary film “The Hip Hop Nucleus,” directed by Choke No Joke. Focusing on the legendary Tunnel night club in New York City, “The Hip Hop Nucleus” is a historically nostalgic documentary that takes you back to the Golden Era of Hip-Hop with never before seen footage and interviews with Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lil Wayne, Shaq, Funkmaster Flex and more. Needless to say, Suite Longue was the place to be Thursdaynight and if you missed it – well, there’s always next year.

About Hip Hop Weekly:
Hip Hop Weekly Magazine is an American hip-hop news and entertainment magazine founded in 2006. The magazine covers celebrity news, music, film, fashion, sports and features exclusive interviews with many notable figures within popular culture. Cynthia Horner serves as Editor-in-Chief. Published every two weeks, the magazine offers the latest news to the millions of young Americans who identify with the hip-hop culture.

Media Inquiries:
Atlanta Media Partners
info@AtlantaMediaPartners.com

FAME LIVE & TIME 2 SHINE CONCERT SERIES

Urban Female Entertainment Joined forces with GrassRoots Marketing & Consulting to bring together dome dope talent to hit the stage at the Music Room! It was mod def a night to remember, and night full of soul, pop, and R&B. It was a dope crowd that came out that loves good new music, and the networking was in full effect, and everyone that came out left with more numbers and cards than they came with, it was a kool vibe. The artist that hit the stage were:

Malik Jones

Mylah

Chinkie Brown

Anotonio Ramsey

Kaydene

Keierica

3D

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TheWestBrooks, Coming to BET Oct. 14 @ 10PM ET/PT

BET NETWORKS WILL #BREAKTHEINTERNET 

WITH THE PREMIERE OF ITS NEW ORGINAL DOCU-SERIES #THEWESTBROOKS PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 AT 10 PM ET/PT

Join The Conversation on Social Media By Using The Hashtag #TheWestBrooks

(NEW YORK) – October 2015 – BET Networks announced today the premiere date of its new original one-hour docu-series #THEWESTBROOKS! The WestBrooks, also known as “The First Family of Social Media”, features five beautiful, yet entirely unique sisters: India, Crystal, Bree, Morgan and Brooke, who have taken the social media world by storm with more than two million followers checking their every move. We go behind the tweets and posts to follow the insta-famous family as they work to establish the “WestBrooks Brand,” while doing all that they can to keep their tight-knit family intact in the midst of newfound fame and celebrity. #THEWESTBROOKS premieres Wednesday, October 14 at 10 PM ET/PT.

About the #THEWESTBROOKS ladies:

  • India (@indialove)is the pampered princess of the family. Most known for her rumored associations with multiple Hip Hop A-listers, this burgeoning model/fashionista stays busy juggling business meetings with posting endless selfies to her active social media accounts.
  • Crystal (@westbrooks.crystal)is the free-spirited, peace-loving, hippy of the family.  A college finance major by day, Crystal has aspirations of conquering the modeling and acting worlds with her signature smile.
  • Morgan (@mommyistattedd)is her Dad’s protégé and the tough-as-nails tattooed biker girl with a business mind and a fuse you don’t want to ignite.  Whether it’s riding with her bike club or running multiple businesses, the “Boss Lady” gives 100% to everything she does, including defending her sisters.
  • Bree (@breecandace)is the temperamental middle child of the group. She’s a mother of one with a budding plus-size modeling imprint on social media which focuses on the beauty of women with curves.
  • Brooke (@shes_brookelauren)is the big sister and heart of the WestBrooks family.  This grounded mother of three is fiercely protective of her sisters as she makes plans to rule the fitness and fashion worlds with a focus on under-appreciated plus-size women.

While the WestBrooks women receive the majority of the attention, their parents Warren and Candy are far from behind-the-scenes. And while each family member has an individual purpose and passion, it is their familial bond and love that keeps them grounded.  “Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.”

#THEWESTBROOKS  is Executive Produced by Lemuel Plummer for L. Plummer Media, Jason L. Tolbert, for Field Legend Productions and Le’John Plummer for Art Life Entertainment.

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #TheWestBrooks.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Network – BET Gospel, attractive alternative for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

Heels 4 A Cause presents…Surviving in Fashion Charity Fashion Show

(Atlanta, GA October 2015) Domestic Violence survivor and founder of Heel My Heart Inc., Nikki Chaney is back with another exciting charity fashion show. Heels 4 A Cause announces their 3rd Annual “Surviving in Fashion” charity fashion show unmasking the harsh reality of domestic violence.

Domestic violence is silently destroying our communities and Chaney is no longer afraid to share her testimony in an effort to save someone’s life. The National Coalition of Domestic Violence states that every 9 seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten.  It also states that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. “I wanted to create an organization to help those that feel as if no one cares or even knows about their domestic violence situation. I’ve been there, so Heel My Heart provides women with the essential necessities to take charge of their life and rebuild their self-esteem,” says “Surviving in Fashion” organizer Nikki Chaney.

“Surviving in Fashion” will feature two well-known Atlanta designers. Known for having exquisite designs, a fun loving personality but most of all giving back, Project Runway’s  Rafael Cox will be showcasing in “Surviving in Fashion”. Also, DeMariyon Futch of The Kings Clothing Co., who has been designing for a total of four years, will be showcasing his exclusive men’s collection.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Dekalb County Resource Center for Women. “Surviving in Fashion” will consist of fashion, fun, testimonies, celebrities, entertainment, all under one roof. This fashion show will be hosted by Author and Empowerment Coach Tanisha Mackin, and the purple carpet will be hosted by WE Tv’s LaKenya Morris of Cutting It in the ATL.

Tickets are online at survivinginfashion.eventbrite.com.

For more information on Heel My Heart Inc. please visit www.heelmyheart.org.

Title: Heels 4 A Cause presents…”Surviving in Fashion”

When: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Time: Red Carpet starts at 7pm, Show starts at 9pm

Where: The Defoors Centre

1710 Defoor Ave, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Partners: Rolling Out Magazine, Dr. Miracles

About Heal My Heart Inc:

The goal of Heel My Heart is to help rebuild victims of domestic violence and abuse self-esteem. Our  6 week program provides women with the tools and resources they need to further their education including help with college applications, resumes & cover letter, job training and interview preparation; a makeover provided by a Certified hair stylist and makeup artist, giving them a professional look and confidence to move forward with their lives, and of course, a nice pair of heels. We help women with all aspects of the recovery process, including filing for divorce and placing protective orders against their attackers. Our goal is to help rebuild their self-esteem enabling them to become more productive in society, as they reestablish their lives after suffering through domestic violence.

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2015 Latinos de Hoy Awards Set For Sunday, October 11th at the Dolby Theatre

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES AND HOY

2015 LATINOS DE HOY AWARDS

SET FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

 

Access Hollywood’s Liz Hernandez Will Host Event

Honoring Latino Leadership, Service and Culture –

Presenters include Henry Cejudo, Edward James Olmos, Chiquis Rivera

and Yair Rodriguez

with Special Performances by Kinky, Palenke Soultribe, Sofia Reyes and Jasmine V.

Awards Show Moves to the Prestigious Dolby Theatre and

Supports the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 2, 2015) – The Los Angeles Times and Hoy’s 2015 Latinos de Hoy Awards will be held Sunday, October 11th at the prestigious Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.  Television personality and journalist Liz Hernandez will host the annual achievement ceremony, which is held as the culmination of National Hispanic Heritage Month and supports the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  The evening will kick-off with red carpet arrivals followed by the awards show and a post-awards party.  A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at LatinosDeHoy.com.

Presenters include Henry Cejudo, Edward James Olmos, Chiquis Rivera and Yair Rodriguez with special performances by Kinky, Palenke Soultribe, Sofia Reyes and Jasmine V.

Confirmed Latinos de Hoy Honorees:

  • Rafael Augustin
  • Kathleen Bedoya
  • Gabriel Chavarria
  • “East Los High”
  • Katie Elmore
  • Bricia Lopez
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Maurício Mota
  • Carlos Portugal
  • Castulo De La Rocha
  • Vanessa Vasquez
  • Danielle Vega

The annual Latinos de Hoy Awards is a bilingual/bicultural event to honor those in the Latino community who exemplify leadership, service and a dedication to setting an example for their peers and the next generation.  It is the only event celebrating Latinos, and the vibrant and diverse voices in a shared culture, produced by a major newspaper group in the U.S.

“We are proud to continue the tradition of recognizing important Hispanic leaders in the worlds of entertainment, sports, business and arts by creating Latinos de Hoy,” said Roaldo Moran, Publisher and General Manager, Hoy Los Angeles.  “This will be a great show and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.”

The event brings together celebrities, entrepreneurs and community leaders and is executive produced by David Chavez, CEO of INGEÑUITY.  Past honorees/presenters have included Oscar De La Hoya, Ozomatli, Gina Rodriguez, Sheila E., Angélica Maria, Ana Bárbara, Kate del Castillo, Cheech Marin, José José and many others.

More than 3 million Latinos read the L.A. Times and Hoy each week.  Latinos de Hoy is an extension of The Times’ and Hoy’s shared mission to engage and inform and support community involvement among those readers.

Information on the Hispanic Scholarship Fund can be found at http://events.latimes.com/latinosdehoy/charities/

Latinos de Hoy is produced in association with INGEÑUITY.  Sponsors include Goya Foods, the Los Angeles Lakers and Maker’s Mark.  A community partner of Latino Heritage LA, Latinos de Hoy is also supported by ABC7, Alegría Magazine, Gypset Magazine, LATV and Mega 96.3 FM.  Details and ticket information: LatinosDeHoy.com.  Connect on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (#LDH15).

About Los Angeles Times and Hoy:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country and has been covering California and the world for more than 133 years.  Hoy is the #1 home-delivered Spanish language newspaper in the United States.  Together, LA Times and Hoy reach 37% of English-dominant Hispanic adults in Los Angeles and more than 1 million Spanish-speaking people each week.

About INGEÑUITY:

INGEÑUITY is a business growth agency connecting + people + brands + experiences changing millions of lives and communities.  We believe in pioneering and transforming experiences that turn feelings into action through event marketing, signature platforms, TV specials, concerts, conventions, galas, speakers & tours, exhibitions and world-renowned celebrity relationships.  More information: WeAreIngenuity.com, @weare_ingenuity.

DJ KUTT THROAT BIRTHDAY PARTY

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted as the official photographer for DJ Kutt Throat’s 28th Birthday porty! DJ Kutt Throat is well know through out the city of Atlanta, and world-wide as he is the OFFICIAL tour DJ for Young Jeezy. DJ Kutt Throat is the CEO of I Love My Plug DJ’s, which one of the biggest DJ Coalitions in Atlanta. The city of Atlanta mos def came out to support him, from aritst, to CEO’s, his entire DJ family, supporters and fans. It was over 200 people that came out to be apart of history and UFE-TV was there to capture moments and create history. It was a good time, good food and drinks!

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10 Time Award Winning Music Video to Screen at Golden Door Int’l Film Festival

(NEW YORK, NEW YORK – September 22, 2015) – Australian artist Nez Erok hits New York City for Golden Door Int’l Film Festival; screening of her music video “Beautiful”, taking place on Friday, September 25, 2015. Beautiful is the title of the uplifting song based on Nez’s personal prevails over oppression and domestic violence. Initially produced as a dance track but release as an acoustic version to speak to a wider audience.

“Beautiful” is also a semifinalist in the Silent River Film Festival held in California, the track was produced byNik Felippe. The single highlights the singer’s impressive song writing skills of emotion from a real life situation and her diverse take on arrange of musical lyrics.
Nez Erok is not only a singer and performer; she’s also an advocate against women violence and supports causes like Xoticar International Women’s Day Luncheon. Her mission is to spread healing and hope after trauma.
For more information, on song “Beautiful” or Nez Erok please CLICK HERE or nezerok.com or follow on Twitter: @NezErok
For media inquiries about Nez Erok, please contact Pashae Williams at:          (718) 419-8625 or email: info@pashaepronline.com.
ABOUT NEZ EROK:
Born in Perth Western Australia in 1977, yet raised within a Turkish culture at home, Nez’s natural talent for music was nurtured by a deep desire to not only find a voice, but to be heard.
In a journey which took her from the school choir to the recording studio, Nez’s natural flair for electronica saw her redefine what was thought possible of the genre, creating house tracks that capture the raw emotion usually only exposed in ballads.
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2ND ANNUAL BEATS TO BEAT BREAST CANCER

Who: Celebrity DJ’s: DJ B-Hen (DJ from Good Morning America), DJ D-NiceVashtieQuiana Parks, along with their celebrity friends and tastemakers get together in support to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month through music.
What: The 2nd Annual Beats to Beat Breast Cancer is kicking off the month of October by hosting an annual multi-city event to help spread awareness and raise funds to support American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) which works tirelessly to eradicate the disease.
2nd Annual Beats to Beat Breast Cancer
Thursday, October 1, 2015
The Royal, Union Square – 127 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003
6-10 PM EST
“When my mother, Tracy Henry was only 35 years old, I lost her to a 14-month battle with breast cancer. She inspired me to not only live a life of passion and purpose, but to also dedicate my talents to preventing the impacts of this devastating disease… so I have asked my fellow DJ’s to help me do just that through music,” says DJ B-Hen.
Other Celebrity DJ’s In Support: MC LYTE, DJ MOMA, DJ YOUNG 1, DJ KISS, QUICK SILVA, SPINSER TRACY, DJ KORRECT, QUIANA PARKS, JAYCEEOH, DAMAGE, ORATOR, SCRATCH ACADEMY.

MOMMIES WHO BRUNCH

ABOUT MOMMIES WHO BRUNCH
Mommies Who Brunch is an organization that gives mothers a chance to spend a day with other mothers; they can network and relate to. Founder, Jasmine Foreman, came up with the idea of having different events that are specifically for mommies. With so many events that pertain to women, there are not any that focus just around mothers.
“As a new mother, I’ve learned that quality time with myself is extremely important not only for my health, but with raising my daughter. Self-confidence is something that all women lack whether it’s during pregnancy or post-pregnancy and it takes time to rebuild, says Jasmine Foreman.”
The mission and purpose of Mommies Who Brunch is to show mothers that although we have so many other responsibilities, our health and our self-worth is just as important and we are not alone. We hope with this movement, mommies around the nation will be encouraged to embrace pregnancy and to embrace being a mother.
 
ABOUT PASHAE PR
Pashae Public Relations, LLC – a small boutique agency based in Atlanta & New York.  We are an award winning Public Relations & Marketing Consulting specializing in lifestyle, entertainment, and non profit industry. Offering public relations, relationship marketing, social media solutions, and overall branding.  Founded in 2014 and operated by Pashae Williams. We know the motivation of women, generation next, young trendsetters and key influencers whose lifestyle and behaviors build brands organically. Additionally, social responsibility is a major factor of companies and organizations we work with as we professionally and personally strive for the highest quality of life for all.

ACTRESS RUMER WILLIS ADDED TO THE CAST OF

PAUL MITCHELL SHALL WE DANCE ON ICE

AT THE US CELLULAR COLISEUM

Photo Coverage: She Started with a Bang! Rumer Willis Makes Broadway Debut in CHICAGO

Tickets for Shall We Dance on Ice are on-sale now

Bloomington, IL (September 29, 2015) – The US Cellular Coliseum and Disson Skating are pleased to announce a new co-host, Rumer Willis, to the star studded cast of Paul Mitchell Shall We Dance on Ice coming to Bloomington on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  This previously announced event will showcase a journey of dance through the ages with both dancing and skating, enhanced by music and special effects to create an elegant production on the ice.

Rumer Willis is an American actress and singer and is the oldest daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.  She was recently named theDancing with the Stars 2015 Mirror Ball winner and made her Broadway debut last week as Roxie Hart in the popular and long-running musical, Chicago.

Willis opened her Broadway run with a standing ovation in front of a sold out crowd and has already garnered acclaim from both the Broadwayand International communities.

Willis will share hosting duties with Olympic gold medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi.

A special musical guest artist will also be added to the show.  The Paul Mitchell Shall We Dance on Ice show is part of the Colgate Skating Series on ABC.

Ticket prices range from $28 to $78 (not including applicable fees and taxes).  For information about the show, visit www.uscellularcoliseum.comor call the box office at 309-434-2679.

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, www.ticketmaster.com, select Walmart locations or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

ATL LIVE ON THE PARK

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend to attend the September show for Atl live on the park presented by Shanti Das & Brian Nicols. This show was hosted by Tayie Samuels, and DJ Mars was on the 1’s and 2’s. The line up was super-dope: First to hit the stage was London Young who did an excellent job singing a few of Whitney Houston songs; you know with the band, the show is that much better, and we can honestly say: “she did that.” She definitely would have made Whitney Houston proud!. Next on the bill was Carmen Rodgers, and she sang her heart out, and did a duet with Anthony David. They sounded really good with the Jukebox (the band). Then to close the show out was Quinn and the Jukebox who does alot of gigs around town. He did a lot of classic songs that the crowd was familiar with, and one of my all time favorites he performed was “In the air of the night” by Phil Collins. Stay tuned for next months show which will be the HipHop Awards.

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TSAW Coming To Atlanta on November 7-8

Please spread the word for any actors/actresses in the Atlanta Metro Area. This is pertinant information on NAACP Image Award Winner Tasha Smith’s actors workshop in Atlanta.
 
Tasha Smith brings her outstanding 2 day acting course, ‘TSAW,’ to Atlanta on November 7-8. Please post and share. For more information visit: tsaw.com
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EMMY’S

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Photo Cred: Marc Bryan-Brown

All we have is say about the EMMY’S is WOW!! There is light at the end of the tunnel for those of you who think, your work is in vein, or you are jut working for a paycheck! Viola Davis made history last night, and her speech was priceless. We hope you were all tuned in, as the rest of America was, and congrats to all the nominee’s and winners from last night as well. Everyone works hard, and wants to be recognized and rewarded for their hard work at the end of the day. Don’t give up, and always strive to be a better you!

Again, Viola Davis has made history during Sunday’s 67th annual Emmy Awards, becoming the first black actress to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.

We loved these lines: “In my mind, I see a line. And over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no-how. I can’t seem to get over that line,” Davis said, quoting Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech. “Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

Actress and Emmy winner Viola Davis emotional proceeded to thank many other actresses of color, including fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson, Scandal star Kerry Washington, and Halle Berry. “Thank you for taking us over that line,” she said. #wontHedoit

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EMMY’S

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey • PBS
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones • HBO
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones • HBO
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men • AMC
***Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black • Netflix
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife • CBS

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, Homeland • Showtime
***Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder • ABC
Taraji P. Henson, Empire • Fox
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black • BBC America
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men • AMC
Robin Wright, House of Cards • Netflix

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

***Regina King, American Crime • ABC
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show • FX
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show • FX
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show • FX
Mo’Nique, Bessie • HBO
Joe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge • HBO

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THE RICE AWARDS RECAP

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend the  The Rising in Community Excellence Award = The R.I.C.E. Awards! This event was super-dope, great chefs, food, drinks, speakers, and everyone was dressed to impress. Congrats to all of the nominees and winners in each category. This was a red carpet event at the Spring Hill in Atlanta GA.

This event is in celebration of those individuals who work tirelessly to improve lives throughout greater Atlanta, putting spotlight on these outstanding hard workers and their organizations and bring awareness to their tremendous sacrifices and contributions.  The Rising in Community Excellence Award is given to individuals who demonstrate keen awareness about community needs and step into the fray, lending a hand and making things better. These hard working goal achievers have created organizations that serve metro Atlanta.

The RICE Award nominees are innovative and charitable visionaries who recognize the importance of their presence and contribution to the greater Atlanta community and beyond. Nominees were selected by a panel of industry professionals, community leaders and everyday citizens. Each category is about a community leader who has used their position to develop or implement programs that have changed the face of our communities. The nominees are leaders who have used their position to develop and implement programs that have changed the face of our communities and helped people in innumerable ways. There slogan is:

“We Honor The Unsung Heroes of The Community”
The 2015 Nominee Categories are
1. Business
2. Beauty and Fashion
3. Non-Profit
4. Civil Service
5. Heath   and Welfare
6. Entertainment
7. Education
8. Media
9. Music & Arts
0. Technology & Sustainability

The 2015 Honoree Awards are

* The Founders Outstanding Citizen Award
* The Mayor’s Outstanding Citizen Award
* The Milestone Award
* The Innovation Award
* The Heritage Award
* Lifetime Achievement Award
* The Youth Achievement Award
* The Leadership Award
* The Corporate Award
* The Legal Award

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A3C HIP HOP FESTIVAL COMING BACK TO ATLANTA

2 Chainz, Boosie BadAzz, Ryan Leslie, Dungeon Family, Coach K, Shanti Das and More Join the 2015 A3C Festival & Conference in Atlanta.

Atlanta, Ga  – A3C is excited to announce the final, of three, installments of artists and speakers to participate at this years events. The 11th annual A3C Festival & Conference, affectionately known as “Hip-Hop’s Annual Pilgrimage,”  2015 A3C will take place October 7-11, 2015, in Atlanta’s eclectic Old 4th Ward, along Edgewood Ave, and East Atlanta Village.
Today, the internationally recognized five-day festival and conference adds the following artists and speakers to the A3C line-up: 2 Chainz, Boosie BadAzz, Ryan leslie, Shanti Das, Maino, Dungeon Family (Big Gipp, Cool Breeze, Backbone), DJ Scream, Coach K, Crooked I, Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua, OG Maco, Key!, Sacha Jenkins, FRKO, Sir Michael Rocks, Zaytoven, TM88, Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins, Organized Noize (Ray Murray, Rico Wade & Sleepy Brown), Kap G, Young Dolph, Travis Porter, Cap 1, Short Dawg & Skooly.
This talent list joins the amazing group of artists and speakers already announced, including: Taylor Gang & Wiz Khalifa, Pete Rock, Jungle Brothers, Beanie Sigel, Peter Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds, Joe Budden, Father & Awful Records, Marc Lamont Hill, Karen Civil, Combat Jack, Sonny Digital, Sha Money XL, Tha Alkaholiks, Scotty ATL, Johnny Cinco, Tsu Surf, Silkk The Shocker, Mike Zombie, DC Young Fly & Stic of Dead Prez, De La Soul, Rakim, Cam’ron, Dame Dash, Just Blaze, Curren$y & Jet Life, Jean Grae, Cyhi the Prynce Pharoahe Monch, Soulection Executive Team, PNB Rock, The Difference Machine and Kool Keith.
You can explore the 2015 line-up, as it continues to build, and begin creating your personal schedule at the following links:
Single Day A3C All-Access Passes are NOW on sale and the newly revamped 2015 A3C App is launching soon.
The A3C has not only become the largest Hip-Hop festival and conference in the South, but is the premiere gathering place for MCs, DJs, producers and speakers that create Hip Hop music as well as participants and enthusiasts of the culture. A3C curates a multi-faceted experience including the festival, the conference, and unique brand activations that take over the city of Atlanta during this time. Since 2005, the event has featured over 3,000 of the most exciting artists in Hip-Hop including: The Juice Crew, 2 Chainz, J. Cole, Action Bronson, Questlove, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Lecrae, Big Boi, G-Eazy, Scarface, Danny Brown, Young Thug, Tech N9ne, Jay Electronica, Big Daddy Kane, Vic Mensa, Waka Flocka, Wale, and B.o.B.

The A3C Festival features 500+ performances over 5 days, while the Hip-Hop community ascends on Atlanta to experience, celebrate and discover the most legendary, talented and promising artists from across the US, and abroad. Artists are continuously added to A3C Festival line-up and every night features surprise performances. In other words, the A3C Festival is an amazing Hip-Hop experience like no other. “I love the team at A3C for giving artists a platform to be heard and build their craft!”, states Sean “Diddy” Combs.”

The A3C Conference is an incomparable platform for the Hip-Hop industry, academics, creatives, companies and organizations to connect, learn and build.  A3C Conferenceincludes keynote speakers, panels, workshops, demos, interviews, screenings, mixers and exhibits featuring over 150 Hip-Hop industry experts, academics and influencers “I really love what this conference represents.  I love that most of the people that you see are business minded, it’s inspiring.” states Bun B.
A3C has moved the Conference Center to The Loudermilk Center, and the host hotel to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. The A3C Pro-Audio Conference Center will remain at the SAE Institute of Atlanta, and A3C has partnered with the Atlanta Streetcars to transport  A3C attendees around Atlanta for free.
2015 A3C Festival & Conference presenting partners currently include: MyMixtapez, Monster Energy, SAE Institute of Atlanta, Morehouse College, Mail Chimp, Tunecore and Sonicdbids.
For more information about the A3C Festival & Conference, taking place in Atlanta on October 7-11, 2015, visit www.a3cfestival.com. Follow A3C on Facebook.com/A3Cfestival and Twitter – @A3C and Instagram – @A3CFestival  and the hashtag is #A3C2015.

THE TAPING OF THE 2015 TRIUMPH AWARDS IN ATLANTA GA

UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to capture moments and create memories at the  2015 Triumph Awards presented by Reverend Al SharptonNational Action Network (NAN) and TV One, was filmed in Atlanta at 200 Peachtree. This was mos def a star studded event Hosted by actress Tichina Arnold, the ceremony – now in its 6th year – recognized the impact its honorees have made on our society.

Recording artist and philanthropist Tyrese Gibson was presented the Entertainer of the Year honor by Martin Luther King III and received a special message from friend and fellow entertainer Ludacris. With a body of work as a civil rights leader, activist and minister spanning over six decades,Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery received the Chairman’s Award for Historic & Transformative Service. Emmy® winning comedienne, actress and producer Wanda Sykes received the Activism in the Arts honor for her years of service to youth homelessness and engagement within the LGBT community. Chief Diversity Officer and Global Director of Education and External Relations for Intel, Rosalind Hudnell was presented the honor of Corporate Executive of the Year in support of her distinguished leadership within the corporate sector. The night’s final honor, the President’s Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts, was presented to John Legend for his work as a vocal champion for social justice.

Presenters included Afemo Omilami, Danielle Nicolet, Darrin Henson, Donnie Simpson, Nicole Beharie, Soledad O’Brien, Syleena Johnson, Richard Lawson,  Patrik-Ian Polk and Terri J. Vaughn.

Musical performances included Tyrese, Tasha Cobbs, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi, Chante Moore,Stokley Williams and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. Award winning hip-hop artist, T.I. delivered an original spoken word piece titled “United We Stand.”

Musical Director and house band for the night was The Robert Glasper Experiment.

The 2015 Triumph Awards will air on Saturday, October 3 at 8PM/ET on TV One.

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UNCLE SNOOP RETURNS TO THE BIGGEST STAGE IN HIP HOP TO HOST THE BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2015
PREMIERING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13TH AT 8:00 P.M.*
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DRAKE LEADS THE BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2015 NOMINATIONS FOR A SECOND YEAR IN A ROW WITH TWELVE NOMINATIONS INCLUDING ALBUM OF THE YEAR; FOLLOWED BY BIG SEAN WITH TEN NOMINATIONS; NICKI MINAJ SCORES NINE NODS; KENDRICK LAMAR AND J. COLE TIE WITH EIGHT NODS
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TAPING AT THE BOISFEUILLET JONES ATLANTA CIVIC CENTER IN ATLANTA, GA
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#HIPHOPAWARDS
New York, NY – September 15, 2015  – Third time’s the charm as entertainment icon Snoop Dogg aka Uncle Snoop and BET Networks team up again for the biggest night of hip hop, electrifying cyphers, powerful performances and legendary tributes that encompass the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2015!  Highly respected with more than 20 years in the industry, Uncle Snoop continues to set trends and pave the way for both new and established artists. At last year’s “Hip Hop Awards,” Uncle Snoop wowed the audience with his hilarious monologue and skits as well as witty, OG banter throughout the show. An entertainment icon, Snoop is affectionately known as Uncle Snoop in the music industry for the leadership and guidance he provides to both established and up and coming artists. With more than 20 years in the business, Uncle Snoop has become an international name for his work in music, film, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
“With the huge success of the first two shows, I’m excited to host my third BET ‘Hip Hop Awards’ this year,” said Uncle Snoop. “We’re gonna do it big with more surprises and more performances—you’re not gonna wanna miss this!”
For a second year in a row, Drake leads the  BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2015 with twelve impressive nominations for ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)’ and as a featured artist for two ‘Sweet 16: Best Featured verses,’ ‘Best Hip Hop Video,’ two ‘Best Hip Collabo, Duo or Group’ and ‘People’s Champ Award’ nods. Followed by Big Sean with 10 nominations; Nicki Minaj with 9 nominations; Kendrick Lamar andJ.Cole in a close tie with eight nods.
The awards will be taped on Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA for the tenth year running, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Sprite® returns as a sponsor of the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2015, presenting in part the always noteworthy cyphers along with MetroPCS, as well as the “green” carpet. Also returning is the “I Am Hip Hop” Award, recognizing an individual who has made a profound imprint on hip hop music and culture throughout the years. THE 2015 NOMINEES ARE: 
Best Hip Hop Video
Big Sean F/ Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – Play No Games
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Nicki Minaj F/ Beyoncé – Feeling Myself
Best Collabo, Duo or Group
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Big Sean F/ E-40 – IDFWU
Fetty Wap F/ Monty – My Way
Nicki Minaj F/ Beyoncé – Feeling Myself
Nicki Minaj F/ Drake & Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter
Best Live Performer
Drake
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj
Lyricist of the Year
Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj
Video Director of the Year
Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson/Lil Chris
Colin Tilley
Director X
DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard
Producer of the Year
DJ Mustard
J. Cole
Kanye West
Mike Will Made-It
Pharrell Williams
Timbaland
MVP of the Year
Big Sean
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj
Track Of The Year
Alright – Produced By Pharrell Williams & Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
Blessings – Produced By Boi-1da & Vinylz (Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West)
Commas – Produced By DJ Spinz & Southside (Future)
IDFWU – Produced By DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane (Big Sean F/ E-40)
Trap Queen – Produced By Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap)
Album Of The Year
Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
Wale – The Album About Nothing
Who Blew Up Award
Bobby Shmurda
Dej Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Tink
Hustler Of The Year
Dr. Dre
Drake
J. Cole
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
A$AP Rocky
Dej Loaf
Drake
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj
Best Hip Hop Online Site
Allhiphop.Com
Complex.Com
Hotnewhiphop.Com
Rapradar.Com
Worldstarhiphop.Com
Best Club Banger
Big Sean F/ E-40 – IDFWU (Produced By DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane)
Dej Loaf – Try Me (Produced By Dds)
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (Produced By Tony Fadd)
Future – Commas (Produced By DJ Spinz & Southside)
Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) (Produced By DJ Spinz & Nitti Beatz)
Best Mixtape
Future – 56 Nights
Future – Beast Mode
Future – Monster
Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2
Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Drake – Blessings (Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West)
Drake – My Way Remix (Fetty Wap F/ Drake)
E-40 – IDFWU (Big Sean F/ E-40)
Kendrick Lamar – Classic Man Remix (Jidenna F/ Kendrick Lamar)
Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter (Nicki Minaj F/ Drake & Lil Wayne)
Impact Track
Big Sean F/ Kanye West & John Legend – One Man Can Change The World
Common & John Legend – Glory (From The Motion Picture “Selma”)
J. Cole – Apparently
J. Cole – Be Free
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
People’s Champ Award
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Future – Commas
Kendrick Lamar – i
Rae Sremmurd – No Type
Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)
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Olympic Champions Brian Boitano and Meryl Davis & Charlie White
to Headline PANDORA Jewelry Holiday Celebrations on Ice
Featuring the Grammy Award winning band, Train

Tickets on Sale Friday, Sept. 18 at 10 A.M.!

Greensboro, N.C., September 15, 2015-The Greensboro Coliseum is excited to host PANDORA Holiday Celebrations on Ice, presented by Balsam Hill on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 P.M.

The cast features three Olympic Champions, including one of the greatest figure skaters in U.S. history, Brian Boitano, and the most decorated dance team in U.S. figure skating history Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

The skating stars will skate to holiday music with a number of songs performed live by Grammy Award winning rock band: Train.

Hosted by Olympic Champion, Kristi Yamaguchi and three-time U.S. Champion, Michael Weiss, the star-studded figure skating cast is scheduled to include:

  • Olympic Champion, two-time World Champion and four-time U.S. Champion, Brian Boitano
  • 2014 Olympic Champions and two-time World Champions, Meryl Davis and Charlie White
  • Three-time World silver medalist, Surya Bonaly
  • World Champion and six-time U.S. Champion, Todd Eldredge
  • World Champion and U.S. Champion, Kimmie Meissner
  • Three-time U.S. Champion and two-time World bronze medalist, Michael Weiss
  • Two-time U.S. Champion, Alissa Czisny
  • U.S. Champion, Ryan Bradley
  • U.S. Champions, Caydee Denney & John Coughlin

Tickets for PANDORA Jewelry Holiday Celebrations on Ice will go on sale Friday, Sept. 18 at 10 A.M. Tickets will be available for purchase atwww.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Greensboro Coliseum box office and  by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.greensborocoliseum.com.

The show will broadcast nationally on ABC at a later date.

Note: Attached are photos of Meryl Davis, Charlie White, and Train that have been approved for media use.

About Disson Skating

Disson Skating annually produces nationally televised figure skating spectaculars, all featuring celebrity guest artists on ABC. Disson Skating’s shows continue to capture large television audiences with every event and Disson Skating has earned the reputation as the leading producers of televised ice skating spectaculars in the United States.

About PANDORA Jewelry

World-renowned for its hand finished and contemporary jewelry at affordable prices, PANDORA designs, manufactures and markets jewelry made from high-quality materials. Designed to inspire women to embrace the self-creator within, PANDORA is a partner in helping to explore and craft a unique personal story to complement any style, every day. PANDORA’s unique and detailed designs combining traditional craftsmanship with modern technology are sold in more than 90 countries across six continents through approximately 9,500 points of sale, including more than 1,500 concept stores. Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, PANDORA is publicly listed on the NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen stock exchange. Self-creators are encouraged to express and share their curated PANDORA jewelry inspiration with hashtag #ArtOfYou on their social channels and shop the collections at www.pandora.net.  Connect with us and join the conversation on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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ATLANTA CHAPTER NAASC ‘REJOICES’ IN PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE AT ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP BRUNCH OCTOBER 10

Cassi Davis and Stephen Bishop to co-host fundraiser for
Metro Atlanta students
(ATLANTA) – September 15, 2015 – The Atlanta Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) will celebrate more than a century of service to the community with their annual scholarship brunch on October 10, 2015 at the Marriott Atlanta Airport Hotel. “House of Payne” actress Cassi Davis (C’2009) returns as brunch co-host and will be joined by actor Stephen Bishop, star of BET’s hit drama “Being Mary Jane,”
The brunch theme this year is Rejoicing in Our Past, Present and Future: 101 Years of Spelman Legacy.” The fundraising event highlights the achievements of Spelman alumnae and the local chapter while establishing an endowment for the college’s Metro Atlanta students.
The following alumnae will be honored at the scholarship brunch for demonstrating excellence and leadership in their respective industries:
  • Brucetta Williams C’1988, Vice President, 360 Consumer Marketing & Brand Strategy at Black Entertainment Television -Trail Blazer Award
  • Stacey Y. Abrams C’1995, House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District- Distinguished Alumna Award
  • Omelika Kuumba, C’1981, Founder / Artistic Director of   award-winning, group African Dance group Giwayen Mata, Instructor of African Dance Forms in the Department of Drama and Dance at Spelman College,  -Community Service Award
“The NAASC Atlanta Chapter has been a champion of serving the community since its inception in 1914,” says Pamela Cooper, NAASC Atlanta Chapter President. “This passion for service is the foundation of our legacy and the motivation for our alumnae to excel in their chosen careers so that they too can give back. The scholarship brunch not only allows us to honor those who give back and the pioneers who came before us, but it gives us the opportunity to sow into our future and inspire the many women who will one day take their place among Spelman’s esteemed graduates.”
Tickets are available for purchase at atlantanaasc.org, where information on donations, advertising and sponsorship can also be found.
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ONE MUSIC FEST RECAP

MS. LAURYN HILL, THE ROOTS, JANELLE MONAE & WONDALAND PERFORM AT ONE MUSICFEST 2015 AND CITY OF ATLANTA PROCLAIMS ONE MUSICFEST DAY

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MS. LAURYN HILL, THE ROOTS, JANELLE MONAE & WONDALAND PERFORM AT ONE MUSICFEST 2015 AND THE CITY OF ATLANTA PROCLAIMS ONE MUSICFEST DAY
 Over the weekend, thousands of people flocked to Atlanta to witness the 6th annual ONE Musicfest that took place at Aaron’s Amphitheater in Lakewood on September 12, 2015. Gracing the stage were the talented Ms.Lauryn Hill, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, Wale, Janelle Monae & Wondaland, Raekwon, Ghostface, The Internet, Raury, SZA, Scarface, 8Ball & MJG, Big KRIT and Bun B. In honor of ONE Musicfest’s impressive economical impact on Atlanta, Atlanta’s Councilman member Andre Dickens, presented an official documentation proclaiming September 12th as “ONE Musicfest Day”.
One Musicfest was the only place to see this roster of incredible acts join together for One purpose  – which was to witness a wide variety of sounds, from rock to hip-hop, electro, reggae, funk, disco, house, alternative and soul while having your musical senses stimulated. ONE Musicfest’s main focus was to create a roster of performers that would be enjoyable for multiple generations.
“There is a lack of representation for soul, progressive hip-hop, alternative and rock, represented under one roof, in the format of music festivals in Atlanta”, states J Carter, ONE Musicfest Producer.  “We have noticed that while there are many pockets of individuals that share taste in the same music, rarely do you see them share in this together. ONE Musicfest was created with the idea of ‘music as the universal language’. Over time we aim to grow this fest into a phenomenon and bring together different sectors of individuals through a unique music platform.”
Founded by Jason Carter, ONE Musicfest has been one of Southeast’s largest home-grown, musical arts festival to date including over 10,000 plus attendees. Carter has brought Atlanta music lovers the best and the brightest urban alternative acts performing in a welcoming, hospitable setting, creating an atmosphere where everyone can enjoy and discover music.
ONE Musicfest is known for its interactive block party experience, where guests enjoyed nationally and internationally renown DJs, a food-truck village, vending from local businesses, VIP tents and more.
About ONE Musicfest
ONE Musicfest emerged in 2010 as one of the most anticipated festival concert series in Atlanta. Voted the #3 “Fall Festival Not To Miss” by Ebony Magazine, ONE Musicfest is the destination for the nations music lovers! Seeking to bridge the gap between Atlanta’s diverse communities, ONE Musicfest showcases a wide variety of musical talents spanning race, age and genre. Featuring a weekend full of live music, live art, unique vendors, charitable giving, parties, a food truck village and day long roster of rotating djs, ONE Musicfest is not to be missed! For more information, visit www.ONEMusicfest.comand join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram via @ONEMusicfest and #OMF2015
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SOLEDAD O’BRIEN KICKS OFF THE “I AM LATINO IN AMERICA” TOUR

DURING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, PRESENTED BY NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL

Tour to visit Miami, FL; Edinburg, TX; and Los Angeles, CA

New York, NY (September 14, 2015) – Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien today unveiled “I AM LATINO IN AMERICA,” a national tour of conversations that amplify the Latino voice on critical community issues.

The Tour kicks off September 28 at Florida International University, with plans to roll out in five more cities including Edinburg, TX and Los Angeles, CA.  Additional tours are planned for the spring and summer of 2016, with more than 15 cities expected to host the live event.

O’Brien is a former CNN and NBC anchor and the CEO of multimedia production and distribution company, Starfish Media Group.  She previously hosted two “Black in America” tours that highlighted issues like police brutality and civil rights.  The “I AM LATINO IN AMERICA” tour will address voting, the economy, and education issues.

Influential celebrities, national and local advocates, business leaders, students and academics will join O’Brien along the tour.  “Latinos are 54 million strong, make up a quarter of the children in this country, and include 25 million voters with $1.5 trillion in buying power,” said O’Brien.  “Our tour will empower the U.S. Hispanic community’s collective voice in a crucial election year.”

More than 4,000 college students as well as local and national Latino leaders are expected to attend the first three events hosted by the following colleges and universities.

  • Sept. 28: Miami, FL – Florida International University
  • Oct. 5: Edinburg, TX – University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley
  • Oct. 15: Los Angeles, CA – Occidental College

Making the tour possible is presenting sponsor Northwestern Mutual and sponsors Macy’s and Southwest Airlines.  “Northwestern Mutual representatives and advisors are proud to serve as trusted partners helping Latino families and business owners achieve financial security,” said Conrad York, Vice President-Marketing and a member of the company’s diversity and inclusion committee.  “Through our commitment to improving the lives of children, families, and the communities where they live, we are pleased to sponsor this conversation important to the Latino community.”

The tour is co-produced by INGEÑUITY, a content and experiential event firm that creates, designs and produces groundbreaking signature platforms connecting brands to people experiences.  “I AM LATINO IN AMERICA” is the inaugural tour from INGEÑUITY’s Success Stories Live! Tours Division.  “We are excited to develop such an important event with an exceptional talent as Soledad O’Brien,” said David Chavez, CEO, INGEÑUITY.  “We’re designing the full experience for attendees from red carpets and musical performances to special guests!”

Soledad O’Brien has covered race, ethnicity and compelling social issues her entire career, creating a franchise of Latino in America and Black in America documentaries, books and speaking tours that provoke conversation.  She is the author of “LATINO IN AMERICA, a memoir” (2009) and “THE NEXT BIG STORY” (2010), the story of how her Black Cuban mother and Australian immigrant father came together to give their children a world of opportunities during the civil rights era.

For Tour information, visit www.iamlatinoinamerica.com.

About INGEÑUITY:

INGEÑUITY is a business growth agency connecting + people + brands + experiences changing millions of lives and communities.  We believe in pioneering and transforming experiences that turn feelings into action through event marketing, signature platforms, TV specials, concerts, conventions, galas, speakers & tours, exhibitions and world-renowned celebrity relationships.  More information: WeAreIngenuity.com, @weare_ingenuity.

About Starfish Media Group (SMG):

STARFISH MEDIA GROUP is a leading production and distribution company focused on real stories, authentic characters, and rich storytelling told across a broad range of content formats and media platforms.  SMG and Soledad O’Brien report and produce series, documentaries, digital content, live events and filmed entertainment.  O’Brien has produced documentaries for CNN and Al Jazeera America and reports for PBS, HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.’  She hosts the National Geographic Bee and contributes to Al Jazeera’s America Tonight.

About Northwestern Mutual:

Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for nearly 160 years. Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, life insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

National Youth Empowerment Award Show

Bridge DA Gap’s National Youth Empowerment Award Show & Gala
Atlanta, GA – The National Youth Empowerment Award Show & Gala as presented by the Bridge DA Gap Foundation will take place Sunday, September 13, 2015 in the Grand Atrium of the 200 Peachtree Street Event Center. Community leaders nationwide will be honored for their dedication and impact contribution with the youth on a local, national, and international level.
Founded by super producer, Khao Kates, Bridge DA Gap is a 501c3 non-profit organization that utilizes music to enhance the social and emotional development of youth in the areas of character building principles, life skills and self-regulation. This year Bridge DA Gap will present various awards to eight honorees that include: Dr. Ben Carson (Republican President Candidate),CT Vivian (Civil Rights Activist),  Madeline Nelson (SVP, Head of Talent & Label Relation Sony Music), Thomas Dortch (President and Chief Executive Officer of TWD),  Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (Grammy Award Winning Rapper and Actor), Ricky Smiley (Comedian and Radio Personality), Floyd Mayweather (Professional Boxer), and Gary Eppinger (CISO of Carnival Cruise Lines). With surprise performances by Grammy-Award winning artists and presenters such as Teddy Riley, Andrew Young, Armstrong Williams, and Brad James,The National Youth Empowerment Award Show & Gala is set to be a evening of excellence!Brand Development, Public Relations and Event Production Firm, Atlanta Media Partners, has accepted the task of producing and directing The National Youth Empowerment Award Show & Gala with the hopes of creating a one of a kind, memorizing and unforgettable night filled with laughter, fundraising and entertainment.About Bridge DA Gap National Youth Empowerment Weekend
Many sit on side lines, observing our youth’s daily struggles without realizing that everyone has an individual responsibility to make a difference. That’s why the Bridge DA Gap Foundation has put together a three day weekend of fun filled community service events September 11th-September 13th. Events include the National Youth Empowerment Game Night at The Riverside Epi Center, The Fundraising Rally at Morehouse College, and The National Youth Empowerment Award Show & Gala at the 200 Peachtree Street Event Center. This weekend is designed to explore new ways to encourage today’s youth while raising awareness to an ever-growing problem within our community.
For tickets to The National Youth Empowerment  Award Show & Gala please log onto www.bridgedagap.org 
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Tyler Perry’s ‘For Better or Worse’ Returns to OWN on Sept. 11 @ 9PM

‘For Better or Worse’ Show Promo CLICK HERE

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is set to premiere a brand new season of Tyler Perry’s hit show, ‘For Better or Worse,’ starring Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White.

New season of “For Better or Worse” premieres Friday, Sept. 11 at 9p & 9:30p on OWN

http://www.oprah.com/ForBetterOrWorsePremiere 

#ForBetter

STORYLINE POINTS: Last season ended with a young girl arriving and claiming that Marcus is her father; additionally the series has been focusing on the contentious divorce between Richard and Keisha. When the new episodes begin, Marcus and Angela attempt to learn more about the seventeen year old girl, Pam, who is claiming to be Marcus’ daughter, and throughout the first few episodes, they learn some shocking information about her and a potential dangerous situation that she’s in.

ABOUT “FOR BETTER OR WORSE”

The series follows the ups and downs of dating and marriage and centers on Angela Williams (Tasha Smith), the owner of a successful beauty salon, and her husband of 13 years, Marcus (Michael Jai White). This new season, Keisha (Kiki Haynes) and Richard’s (Kent Faulcon) messy divorce causes tensions among their entire group of friends as well as creates problems for C Sports.  Richard leans heavily on his friendship with Marcus and Angela as he is forced to move in with them during this difficult time.  Meanwhile, Joseph (Jason Olive) and Leslie (Crystle Stewart) are settling into life together and begin the harrowing task of planning a wedding.  Despite it all, this season delivers more laughs than ever as this cast of characters deal with these uncanny situations in the most eclectic and unconventional ways

Statement: Traxx Girl’s Inc on Chris Brown

 Monica performs at Traxx Girl’s, Inc 2015 Pure Heat Community Festival.
On behalf of Traxx Girls, Inc. via founder Melissa Scott.
“We are extremely disappointed Chris Brown did not show up to our annual Saturday night party during Pure Heat, Atlanta Black Gay Pride weekend. We negotiated a contract in good faith and paid the agreed upon deposit via wire transfer. We fully expected Mr. Brown to appear for our ladies and we are shocked and saddened that he would deny that we had an agreement. At this time, Traxx Girls is reviewing its options with Legal counsel.”
CHRIS BROWN know he was WRONG for that! We hope they sue the paints off him!
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ATLANTA’S CENTER FOR CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS HOLDS WELCOME RECEPTION FOR 2015 ATLANTA BLACK PRIDE

CLAUDIA JORDAN, MISS LAWRENCE, DEREK JAE, PATRICK-IAN POLK, JUAN & GEE SESSION-SMALLS, BISHOP OLIVER CLYDE ALLEN AMONGST ATTENDEES

photo credit: ATL PICS

left to right: Patrik-Ian Polk, Lamont Scales, Juan and Gee Session-Smalls, Claudia Jordan, Derek Jae, Miss Lawrence
The Vision Community Foundation, Traxx Girls, Inc and The Gentlemen’s Foundation hosted aWelcome Reception for Atlanta Black Pride at the Center for Civil & Human Rights last week.
The included a red carpet welcome area, exhibits from community based organizations, free HIV testing and featured Juan & Gee Session-Smalls conducting a live talk show focused on the health of black gay men. This past December in Atlanta, filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk directed a PSA that featuredClaudia JordanKenya MooreCynthia BaileyBrandon DeShazerMiss Lawrence and Derek J. The PSA was for the “Testing Makes Us Stronger” campaign (a CDC-funded H.I.V testing campaign encouraging and promoting testing among black gay and bisexual men). The PSA premiered at the welcome reception for Atlanta Black Pride; following the premiere of the PSA, there was a Q&A panel discussion featuring participants of the PSA.
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MONICA & KELLY PRICE HONORED AT 

4TH ANNUAL PURE HEAT COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

Photo Credit: Chris Mitchell/CME 3000

Atlanta, GA – The 4th annual Pure Heat Community Festival, was held during Atlanta Black Gay Pride Weekend at Piedmont Park. The Vision Community Foundation (founded by Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III & deputy director Avian Watson) and Traxx Girls (founded by Melissa Scott) present the annual festival honoring entertainers and community leaders that avidly support the LGBTQ community.
Grammy Award Winning artists Monica and Kelly Price both received humanitarian awards for their outstanding career achievements and support of the LGBT community. Both ladies took the stage to sing some of their biggest hits.The annual celebration included activities such as j-sette competitions, hair battles, musical performances, food vendors, PSA’s from the CDC and more.
The 2015 festival had a star studded line up that included appearances by: Claudia JordanDemetria McKinneyVeronica VegaTeedra MosesGocha Hawkins,  Dice DixenPolow Da‘ DonToccara JonesZonniqueDrHeavenlyTameka RaymondAndrea KellyTiffany FoxxVeronica Vega,Shannon BrownTameka ‘Tiny’ HarrisShekinah AndersonZonnique, and more.
For more information of the annual festival visit: pureheatcommunityfestival.com.
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 THE SAME DIFFERENCE SCREENING

About The Same Difference
“The Same Difference,” a project that examines the complicated and nuanced dynamics among women who sleep with women. The film aims to ignite a conversation about what Onuorah views as hypocrisy in the lesbian community in terms of gender roles and performative expectations.
Director: Nneka Onuorah
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