Written by | Ray Cornelius
TV One’s new “sistah” network—CLEOtv—hosted a special launch party in Atlanta Thursday night and yours truly was there to take it all in. The invitation only event took place at the swanky Gathering Spot and was attended by a number of TV personalities, media influencers and tastemakers.
CLEOtv is the brainchild of TV One’s General Manager Michelle Rice and serves as an aspirational lifestyle and entertainment cable network for Millennial and Gen X women of color. The unique name is derived from the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, who is revered as one of the most iconic women of color in history.
CLEOtv programming offers quality content that defies negative and cultural stereotypes of today’s modern women. Programs include a variety of cooking and travel shows, scripted digital series, original movies, throwback sitcoms and the popular daytime talk show—Sister Circle.
A number of the network’s talent hit the red carpet including Chef Jernard Wells, travel maven Tai Beauchamp, Rickey Smiley for Real’s Gary With Da Tea and the divas of Sister Circle Rashan Ali, Syleena Johnson and Trina Braxton. Other special invited guests included former Love and Hip Hop Atlanta starlet Althea Heart, Curls CEO and Mind Your Business star Mahisha Dillenger, actress and singer Demetria McKinney, celebrity photographer Drexina Nelson, gospel music sensation Juan & Lisa Winans and Shea Pegues from OWN’s Ready to Love.
CLEOtv will officially launch on January 19, 2019, which is the 15 year celebration of TV One’s debut and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
Check out the rest of the photos from the premiere party below:
TV One’s Rahsan Lindsay
TV One General Manager Michelle Rice
Adrienne Alexander + Michelle Gadsen-Williams
Michelle Rice + Sister Circle hosts Rashan Ali + Syleena Johnson + Trina Braxton
Kim Ford + Tosha Whitten-Griggs
Christal Jordan + Jess Manning + Adrienne Alexander
Michelle Rice + Gary With Da Tea
Juan Winans + Lisa Winans + Sophia Winans
LaSandra Boykin + Kimberly Clark
Adrienne Alexander + Wanda Shelley +Lori Hall + Demetria McKinney
Ray Cornelius + Jess Manning + Shae Pegues
Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com