Written by | Ray Cornelius 

PEPSI recently celebrated an evening of Black achievement by hosting a networking reception titled #TheRecipe. The invitation only event took place at Atlanta’s Do Restaurant and featured some of the city’s game changers and the secrets to their success.


Laz Alonso with Will Packer

Panelists included television and film producer Will Packer, Atlanta Hawks Diversity and Inclusion Officer Nzinga Shaw, Executive Director at Atlanta Workforce Development Agency Michael T. Sterling and Atlanta Falcons players Roddy White and Devonta Freeman. Actor Laz Alonso and Growing Up Hip Hop star Angela Simmons served as hosts and moderators.


Highlights from the discussion included Packer’s backstory on the making of “Stomp the Yard” and the difficulty he faced in getting a Hollywood studio to produce the film. Sterling talked about how he turned down a chance to run for the Senate after a heart-rending conversation with an Atlanta mentee changed his trajectory.  Freeman recalled how seeing the body of a close friend while working at a Miami funeral home changed his entire life’s perspective.


Notables spotted in the audience included RHOA star Kandi Burruss, REVOLT TV’s Kenny Burns, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam-Hartwell, reality-starlet Monyetta Shaw, singers Algebra Blessett, Kelly Price and Anthony David, comedian Rodney Perry and Dominic L. Santana, the actor who plays Suge Knight in the upcoming Tupac Shakir biopic “All Eyez on Me.”

Check out more photos below:


Kandi Burruss & Christian Ruffin of Do Restaurant and One Stop Productions


Angela Simmons 

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DJ Fadelf and Dominic L. Santana


Monyetta Shaw

Nzinga Shaw and guest


Comedian Rodney Perry


Singer Kelly Price 


Kenny Burns and guest


Michael T. Sterling, Dovonta Freeman and Roddy White 


Keshia Knight Pulliam-Hartwell

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