Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Tuesday night Hyundai Motor America presented the Hyundai Smarter Living Affair. The invite only event was held at The Estate in  Atlanta, GA and was presented in conjunction with Fuse Advertising and PR maven Nicole Garner of The Garner Circle.

The event introduced the newly-designed 2015 Sonata to the all-important women’s market and featured a distinct panel of femme-fatale influencers featured in the campaign including Shantis Das ( Founder of Press Reset/ Hip Hop Professional), Myleik Teele (Founder of Curlbox), Rashana Ali (Media Personality), Christine White (Lawyer and Tech Investor), Marshawn Evans Daniels (Motivational Speaker) moderated by former CNN Executive Producer Tenisha Taylor Bell.  Each panelist shared heartfelt stories about their successes and failures.


Smarter Living  Panelists

The evening, hosted by James Andrews (Founder of True Story), featured a special charity contribution to Spelman University by Zafar Brooks (Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Inclusion at Hyundai Motor America) and Clifford Franklin (Fuse Advertising).  The evening concluded with a soul-stirring performance by Grammy award-winning songstress Kelly Price, whose song, “Its My Time” is featured in the Hyundai Smarter Living campaign. She also performed “Not My Daddy” and her version of the Shirley Murdock classic, “As We Lay.”

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Kelly Price performing “It’s My Time”

The Hyundai Smarter Living campaign celebrates the lives and accomplishments of everyday women, who are living life on their own terms and achieving success by making smart choices. This new campaign is part of Hyundai’s ongoing commitment to diversity inclusion. Click here for more information.

Check out more photos below:


Smarter Living poster featuring Lifestyle Coach Harriet Cole


The newly-designed 2015 Sonata

Sheri Riley and Rashana Ali

Sheri Riley of Exponential Living and media personality Rashana Ali

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Fashion Designer Reco Chapple and Music Executive Shanti Das

Warren Huntley and friends

Celebrity Party Planner Warren Huntley with friends

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Funk Jazz Kafé founder Jason Orr with StyleSeat CEO Melody McCloskey

Monica Coleman

Monica Coleman of M320 Consulting signing the “Smarter Living” Board

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Zafar Brooks presenting a check to Spelman College’s Jennifer Stanford Johnson

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Smarter Living Panelists


Kelly Price ripping the stage during her performance

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Kelly Price with Zafar Brooks, Clifford Franklin and James Andrews

 Photo Credits: Ray Cornelius and Paras Griffin