Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Thursday night, WEtv hosted a screening in Atlanta of their new series “Match Made in Heaven,” starring millionaire bachelor Shawn Bullard. A number of press, VIPs and WEtv talent gathered at TWELVE Hotel Atlantic Station to shake hands with television’s first African-American “Bachelor” and get a glimpse of the show that chronicles Shawn’s quest to find true love.

Shawn with Judge Hatchett and LeLee

Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by the premiere episode screening and a Q&A moderated by RHOA star Claudia Jordan. During the lively discussion, Bullard revealed one of the reason’s he decided to participate in the show.

“I wanted to show America that there are still black men in the world that are educated and successful.  Yes, I played football but you will rarely hear me say it because I made my success and money from being my own self-made CEO. I just want to let American know that we aren’t all ratchet. We are successful and educated. I really wanted to show that in a major way,” said Bullard.

Claudia and Shawn

Attendees included Cynthia Bailey (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”/BRAVO), Maggie Bullard (“Match Made in Heaven”/WE tv), LeLee Lyons (“SWV Reunited”/WE tv), Ben and Jewell Tankard (“Thicker Than Water”/Bravo), Priyanka Banks (“Sorority Girls”/VH1), April McRae (“Sorority Girls”/VH1), Palmer Williams (“Love Thy Neighbor”/OWN), Judge Glenda HatchettNicci GilbertMaja Sly (“WE tv Talent), Beautii Joseph (“WE tv Talent), Lou and Mushiya Tshikuka (“WE tv Talent), LaKenya Morris (“Cutting It”/WE tv), Dedra Allen (“WE tv Talent),  Stacii Jae (“From the Bottom Up”/CENTRIC), Yvonne Capehart (“Sex Box”/WE tv), Stevie Baggs, Jr (athlete/actor), Melissa Knowles (HLN) and many more!  The evening ended on a sweet note with branded white chocolate-covered Oreos for all.

Check out more photos below and the trailer to the show:

Melissa Knowles Palmer Williams

 Melissa Knowles/Palmer Williams

Nicci Gilbert Claudia Jordan

 Nicci Gilbert /Claudia Jordan

The Tankards Mushiya

Ben and Jewell Tankard/Mushiya Tshikuka

Shawn with Mama Dr. Yvonne Capehart

 Shawn Bullard and Mama Maggie Bullard/Dr. Yvonne Capehart

DJ Fadelf Beautii with Maya

 DJ Fadelf/Beautii Johnson and Maja Sly


Nicci Gilbert with Dedra Allen and LaKenya Morris

RC with Stacii Jae and Marcylis

 Ray Cornelius with Stacii Jae and Marcylis Cunningham

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