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 Dillengeractress 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

Demetria McKinney

Adrienne Alexander + Michelle Gadsen-Williams

Michelle Rice +  Sister Circle hosts Rashan Ali + Syleena Johnson +  Trina Braxton

Kim Ford + Tosha Whitten-Griggs

Janeé Bolden

Christal Jordan + Jess Manning + Adrienne Alexander

Michelle Rice + Gary With Da Tea

Drexina Nelson

Shea Pegues

Juan Winans + Lisa Winans + Sophia Winans

LaSandra Boykin + Kimberly Clark 

Angela Watts

Autumn Bailey-Ford

Adrienne Alexander + Wanda Shelley +Lori Hall + Demetria McKinney

Ray Cornelius + Jess Manning + Shae Pegues

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com