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‘POSE’ star Angelica Ross honored during Black Pride’s ‘Pure Heat’ [PHOTOS]

And the category is U-N-I-T-Y!

Thousands gathered this past Sunday afternoon in Atlanta’s historic Piedmont Park for the 8th Annual Pure Heat Community Festival during Black Pride Weekend.

The free cultural event also known as a “day of unity” is designed to bring together the spirit of the community, pride and vision. This year’s highlights included an appearance by triple threat performer, entrepreneur and transgender advocate Angelica Ross. She received the “Trailblazing Award” and was recognized for her role as Candy on the uberly popular FX series Pose. Songbird Tweet was also honored with the “Legacy Award” for her outstanding contributions to music and pop culture.

Stacy Abrams made her festival debut with empowering words for the LGBTQI++ community as part of her “Fair Fight 2020” campaign. 

Other notables included Crystal Fox from Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots, Jack Mizrahi from Pose, reality star and noted hair stylist Derek J and dance choreographer Sean Bankhead.

“The Pure Heat Community Festival is honored that the city of Atlanta welcomed us back for an 8th year. It is our goal to create a safe, fun, family environment for all. We take pride in honoring trailblazers like Angelica Ross and Tweet.” says The Vision Community Foundation deputy director, Avian Watson.

Previous festival honorees include entertainers K. Michelle, Sevyn Streeter, Brandy, Kelly Price, Ray J, Monica, Tiny and more. The annual hair battle, j-sette competition, gospel choir, house-music DJ and fashion show are set to return all live from the main-stage.

PHOTO CREDITS: Pure Heat Community Festival

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ATL’s Anthony L. Williams wins ‘Project Runway All Stars’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The wait is finally over!

Congratulations goes out to fashion designer Anthony L. Williams. He made a historic win Thursday night as the first African-American male and the first “Atlantan” to win Project Runway All Stars.

Williams along with the show’s two other finalists—Fabio Costa and Stanley Hudson—hosted as special finale screening for fans at Atlanta’s fabulous W Hotel in Midtown. Other Project Runway All Star finalists Ken Laurence and Edmond Newton were also in attendance and were all smiles when the show’s host Alyssa Milano announced Williams’ name. The group called themselves the #FantasticFive, considering this was the first time All Stars has ever had men of color as finalists.

Williams’ winning collection was inspired by a fantasy of film legend Audrey Hepburn living long enough to become Grammy winning pop diva Rihanna. His finale dress was a dramatic, show stopping gown that made everyone’s mouth drop including guest judge Catherine Zeta-Jones.

This season of Project Runway All Stars featured eight “veterans” designers going up against eight “rookie” designers. The show is spin-off of the hugely popular Project Runway which is hosted by Heidi Klum and features fashion mentor Tim Gunn. Judges for All Stars include Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman with Anne Fulenwider, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire serving as this season’s mentor.

A number of friends and supporters were in attendance including celebrity interior designer Michel Boyd, celebrity hairstylist Derek J, V-103 personality Miss Sophia, author and playwright Craig Stewart, Emmy nominated hairstylist Victor Jones-Moore (Williams’s personal hairstylists) and others.

Check out more photos below:

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Edmond Newton watching the finale show with his friends

Anthony L. Williams fan shirts

Michel Boyd + Miss Sophia 

Victor Jones-Moore 

Fabio Costa + Stanley Hudson

Tae’ Woo

#FANTASTICFIVE

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Gentlemen’s Foundation to honor Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Miss Lawrence, Amiyah Scott + other LGBTQ stars (AUDIO INTERVIEW)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

All eyes will be on Atlanta, GA this weekend for the Gentlemen’s Foundation 6th Annual Gentlemen’s Ball. This year’s theme is “We Are Royalty” and will recognize some of the biggest and brightest stars in the Black LGBTQ Community.

This weekend’s festivities will kick-off with empowerment workshops on Friday evening and a Men’s Health and Wellness Fair offering FREE HIV, Prostate and Blood Pressure screenings on Saturday afternoon.

Of course, the crowning touch of the weekend will be the Ball itself, which will include honors going to Oscar-winning writer of “Moonlight” Tarrell Alvin McCraney. Other recipients include “STAR” actors Miss Lawrence and Amiyah Scott, TV personality and celebrity hairstylist Derek J and many more. Six-time Grammy nominates singer Kelly Price will be the evening’s entertainment.

Check out my exclusive interview below with GB’s co-founder Gee Smalls as he talks about the weekend, the inspiration behind this year’s theme and his holistic approach to healing and empowering the Black LGBTQ community.

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Jazze Pha, Cynthia Bailey, Lisa Wu + more spotted at ‘BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Gifting Suite’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

In preparation for tonight’s R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Ceremony, BMI hosted a VIP Gifting Suite Wednesday evening at Atlanta’s uberly sexy W Midtown Hotel.  The soiree took place at the newly renovate ELEVATE and was co-presented by EyeCandy Creation’s Tiffany Williams.

The BMI’s R&B/Hip-Hop Awards & Gifting Suite is a private event for BMI affiliates, artists, celebrities, prominent music industry executives and industry taste makers.  EyeCandy Creations was able to bring out a number of  luxury brands such as Gold & Wood: Luxury Eyewear in noble materials, Absolut, Cartier, Mia Adora, Caribbean Blue, Tickets 2 Events, Carmen Sol, Jaxon Pastries, to name a few.

Celebrity attendees included RHOA star Cynthia Bailey, actress and reality star Lisa Wu, music producer Jazzy Pha, celebrity stylist Derek J and hip hop stars Sonny Digital and Drumma Boy. Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI Atlanta—Catherine Brewton—was also in attendance and was recognized by her staff for her 20 years of service to the music company.

This year’s BMI R&B/Hip Hop Awards will feature an all-star salute to music icon Patti LaBelle and will have award presentations in the following categories: Most Performed R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the past year, BMI Billboard #1’s, R&B/Hip-Hop Producer of the Year.  See more photos below:

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UPSCALE’s Satchel Jester and Derek J 

BMI’s Catherine Brewton and Wardell Malloy

Tiffany Williams and Aliya T. Crawford 

Tiffany Williams presenting an gift to BMI’s Catherine Brewton

Catherine Brewton during the champagne toast

Sir Elijah Blake and Travis Malloy

Drumma Boy 

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Effen Vodka sponsors ‘Women of Power Dinner’ honoring RHOA star Cynthia Bailey [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It was all about Cynthia Bailey Thursday night at Atlanta’s Suite Food Lounge. The towering fashion model and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star was honored during KONTROL Magazine’s “Women of Style” Power Dinner. Each year the publication teams up with Effen Vodka to recognize women who have made immeasurable contributions to the worlds of fashion, beauty and style.

Bailey is without a doubt very deserving of this year’s award considering her decades long career as a print and runway model.

She first signed on to NYC’s famed Wilhelmina Models at the tender age of 18 has since gone on to grace catwalks all around Europe. She has also appeared on two covers for ESSENCE and is one of a few African-American models to ever cover VANITY FAIR.

The fashion maven most recently appeared in the nude in honor of her 50th birthday and proved that some things really do get better with time. She also has the very successful Bailey Agency School of Fashion and the very stylish Cynthia Bailey Eyewear.

Special invited guests included her mother Barbara Bailey, her RHOA co-star Marlo Hampton, BMI executive Catherine Brewton, singer and reality TV producer Nicci Gilbert, UPSCALE Magazine’s Satchel B. Jester, YouTube sensation Funky Dineva and celebrity hairstylists Gocha Hawkins and Nikk Nelson.

Check out more photos below:

Cynthia Bailey‘s “Women In Black: Annie Leibovitz” photo for VANITY FAIR

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Satchel B. Jester + Derek J.

Cynthia Bailey inspired cake

Cynthia Bailey‘s 1995 ESSENCE cover

Cynthia Bailey + Marlo Hampton

Nikk Nelson + Funky Dineva

Cutting It in the ATL’s Dedra Allen + Mother Funder‘s Carla Stephens

Cynthia Bailey‘s 2002 ESSENCE Cover

Cynthia Bailey + KONTROL‘s Julian Lark

“Women of Power Dinner” was sponsored by Effen Vodka

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com + ESSENCE + VANITY FAIR + Kontrol Magazine

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Eva Marcille’s ‘FIRST AVE’ Eyewear honors late friend Stephanie Moseley [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

When model and actress Eva Marcille set out to launch her new line of eyewear there was one person that stood out the most in her creative process and that was her “bestie” and beloved dancer Stephanie Moseley.

The America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 winner launched her “FIRST AVE” Eyewear Collection Saturday night in Atlanta’s trendy Castleberry Hills district and says that the line of spectacles are a nod to her late friend, who was killed by her husband in a murder-suicide in 2014.

“The inspiration behind my brand are actually my best friends, the people that inspire me in life. I’m pretty funky and unique in my styles but I wanted to make sure my collection encompasses everybody and different energies and styles and swags. So I kinda look to the people that I love the most and kinda embodied their swag into each pair of shades. Those that I wore tonight are the ‘Moseleys.’ It’s in honor of my girlfriend Stephanie Moseley, who passed away and is now my guardian angel,” said Marcille about the popular dancer who last appeared on VH1’s “Hit the Floor” series.

“FIRST AVE”  includes an array of black, gold, silver, pink, blue and green shades that Marcille feels will also compliment any and all skin tones.

“I’m naturally drawn to gold and I think there’s something about skin tones and gold that go really well together.”

Marcille’s “FIRST AVE” is a partnership with Atlanta’s own Tiffany Williams, owner of EyeCandy Creations LLC, and the brains behind “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey‘s hugely successful, Cynthia Bailey Eyewear. For Williams, the collaboration with Marcille has almost been like a second marriage.

“I told my husband that I hope he knows that Eva and I are one. (LOL) No really, the collaboration has been amazing and I’m so blessed to have her in my life. A lot of celebrities can put their name on anything and not push the brand and are not passionate about the brand but Eva has been just the opposite and that is what has been so refreshing and beautiful.”

Check out more photos below including yours truly in a pair of FIRST AVE’s below:

Eva Marcille covers the latest edition of Rolling Out Urban Style Weekly

“FIRST AVE” comes in an array of colors for every skin tone

DJ KiX provided dope sounds at the launch party for “FIRST AVE”

ICC’S Xaviera Bryant testing out a pair of “FIRST AVE” shades

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Eva Marcille pictured with the evening’s sponsors

Derek J in tha house

Tiffany Williams, Eva Marcille and Racquel Smith

“Bravo’s Married to Medicine” starlet Genise Shelton

Ray Cornelius interviewing Eva Marcille about “FIRST AVE”

Tiffany Williams talking to Ray Cornelius about her “FIRST AVE” partnership

SAY CHEESE!

Ray Cornelius rocking a pair of “FIRST AVE” #ImReadyForMyCloseUp

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Loni Love, Tweet, Anthony David & Algebra appear at ‘My City, 4 Ways’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

It was all about the A-T-L Saturday afternoon for FORD and ESSENCE Magazine’s “My City, 4 Ways.” The exclusive event was a collaborative effort between the two lifestyle brands and featured an amalgamation of the city’s best in art, food, fashion and music.

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“My City, 4 Ways Food + Music + Art + Style”

“My City, 4 Ways” took place at Atlanta’s newest event space, The Mason Fine Art Gallery. Once inside, participants were able to explore four unique areas that were representative of Atlanta’s bustling arts, cultural and entertainment scenes. STYLE AVENUE featured classic and contemporary African fashions, high-end styles and cutting edge looks from acclaimed designers—The Tracy Nicole Collection, Sylvia Mollie Collection, Suakoko Betty and Ford’s Warriors in Pink.

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DJ Princess Cut

MUSIC BOULEVARD featured dope sounds from DJ Princess Cut as well as performances from soul singers Tweet, Anthony David and Alegebra. Attendees also heard from ‘women on the move’ like music executive and entrepreneur Shanti Das and “The Real” co-host and beloved comedic actress Loni Love. Health guru Chef Ahki talked to food blogger Erica Key from Eating with Erica and ESSENCE Magazine’s Lifestyle and Relationship editor, Charreah Jackson motivated the audience with her very own #BlackGirlMagic.

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The McBride Sisters Wine

FOOD ALLEY was filled with southern cuisine from Chef Virgil Harper and Chef Mark Phillips along with wine tastings from the McBride Sisters. One of my favorite areas was ART STREET which featured colorful life-size displays from acclaimed visual artist Kashmir Thompson, photo montages from April Walker as well as other works from Atlanta creatives.

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Sylvia Mollie’s Kenya Freeman, Toni Ace and Christina Johnson

A number of Atlanta notables were in attendance including celebrity hairstylist and TV personality Derek J, choreographer and singer Victor Jackson, UPSCALE Magazine’s Sr. Editor Satchel Jester, “Atlanta Exes” star Christina Johnson, award winning visual artist and photographer Joshua Rashaad, Funk Jazz Kafe creator and filmmaker Jason Orr, and iconic music producer and songwriter Brian Michael Cox.

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Talking with Tami and Joshua Rashaad

I also spotted a few of my blogger boos—Kiwi The Beauty, Talking with TamiIt’s Robin Lori and It’s Arkeedah. There were also Ford Test Drives that took place outside the gallery that allowed attendees to experience some of the company’s newest fleet of vehicles and all of their exclusive features.

See more exciting photos below:

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“My City, 4 Ways” was collaboration between #Ford and #ESSENCE

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Alvin Ailey Atlanta Ambassadors Keith Hill and Ayana Walker

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LaRonda Sutton and Kysha Cameron

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JUST BECUZ…She looked amazing in that gold dress up against that blue Ford

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Attendees enjoying MUSIC BOULEVARD

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Derek J and Victor Jackson with friends enjoying FOOD ALLEY

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JUST BECUZ…Mama is looking quite “gansta” with that cigar

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Visual artist and photographer Joshua Rashaad

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Jason Orr and Bryan-Michael Cox 

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“A Different World” according to artist Kashmir Thompson 

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Attendee sampling southern delights from Chef Mark Phillips 

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Derek J and Victor Jackson

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Anthony David being interviewed

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Loni Love with Alex Hill and

Ford’s Multicultural Communications Manager Rajoielle “Raj” Register

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Joshua Rashaad with I’na Saulsbery

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Charreah Jackson posing with “My City, 4 Ways” attendees

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Zina Brown 

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Mason Fine Art Gallery is located in Buckhead – Atlanta

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Chef Ahki and Eating with Erica blogger Erica Key

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Tracy Nicole 

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Renee Palmer of Blaque Book Concierge

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Tweet with Charreah Jackson

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Algebra, Anthony David and Tweet 

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Nate Parker attends ATL Screening of ‘Birth of a Nation’ & More [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

“Birth of A Nation” writer, producer, director and star Nate Parker participated in a special Q&A session Wednesday evening following an advanced screening of his critically acclaimed film. The viewing took place at the Regal Atlantic Station and was attended by members of the Atlanta press as well students from the Atlanta University Center. It was moderated by Morehouse College’s Dr. Stephane Dunn, associate professor and Director of The Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS).

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Set against the antebellum South, “Birth of a Nation” follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. The film also stars Gabrielle Union, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King and Roger Guenveur Smith.

The brief discussion began with Parker talking candidly about his reasons for producing the film. He also opened up about a lot of the opposition he received from prominent Black and White filmmakers. In fact, he was warned not to do the film because he could experience potential backlash throughout Hollywood. But he claims that he remained steadfast in his convictions and did the movie anyway as an “artistic” offering to masses.

img_9991“So making this film became more of an offering as an artist and as person of faith to the art community and to the Black community and to America other than it was even a film or something I could do to further my career,” said Parker to the audience.

He also admitted that his personal walk of faith was tested while shooting the film so much so that he began questioning his own Christian beliefs. “We’re at a crossroads in many ways as a community!  I remember making this film I had to grapple with the idea of what it meant to be a Christian even. Am I a Nat Turner Christian or am I a Christian like those who hung him and beheaded him and skinned him and crushed his flesh to grease?”

“Birth of a Nation” opens in theaters on Friday, October 7.  Check out more images of Nate Parker below + photos from a recent screening that was hosted by David Banner:

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“Birth of a Nation” Screening hosted by David Banner with Roger Bobb, Derek J, Fahamu Pecou, Tameka Raymond & more

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David Banner

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Egypt Sherrod with DJ Fadelf

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Porsha Ferguson

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Derek J

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Fahamu Pecou

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Raquel Smith

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Swagu Style House

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Joyce Littel

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Wright A. Jones, MD

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Bob Baldwin

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Tameka Raymond 

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David Banner with Roger M. Bobb

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Kandi Burruss, Ray J, Lisa Nicole Cloud and more to appear at ATL’s Bronner Bros. Int’l Hair Show

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Get ready Atlanta! The Bronner Brothers International Hair show is just two weeks away and a number of your favorite celebrities are slated to make an appearance. The list also includes some of the industry’s most innovative beauty and barber professionals and influencers.

Show first-timers include stars from popular TV shows like “Orange is the New Black,” Lifetime’s “Little Women: Atlanta,” “VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” WE tv’s “Cutting It in the ATL” and “L.A. Hair.” Known as the largest multicultural beauty show in the world, the event is expected to attract more than 35,000 attendees from August 20 – 22, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

“Each year, we set out to raise the bar by inviting some of the nation’s hottest stylists, artists and personalities to the Bronner Bros. Beauty Show. This is only place where you can meet the stars— and the professional stylists who create their look – together under one roof,” said James Bronner, senior vice president and show director at Bronner Bros. “This August, we will be welcoming industry heavyweights like Tokyo Stylez and Razor Chic, as well as fan favorite Shekinah Jo. In many ways, we’re creating the best of both worlds!”

Confirmed guests include: RHOA star Kandi Burruss, singer and songwriter Ray J & Princess Love; “Little Women: Atlanta” stars Miss Juicy and Ashley “Minni” Ross; fashion designer and “Married to Medicine” star Lisa Nicole Cloud; and celebrity hair stylists Tokyo Stylez, Razor Chic and Anthony Cuts.

Also attending is “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” diva Joseline Hernandez, TV personality Dwight Eubanks, celebrity hairstylist Ming Lee, “Orange Is the New Black” actress Tanya Wright, civil rights activist Dick Gregory, Beyoncé hairstylist Neal Farinah and former “Fashion Queens” Derek J and Miss Lawrence.

Bronner Bros. will present its first-ever combined comedy and fashion show featuring the Lisa Nicole Collection and designs from Kandi Burruss’ TAGS BoutiqueSteve Brown will host the comedy show with performances by funnymen Benji Brown, Tony Tone, Lavar Walker and Big Que on Saturday, August 20 at 9 p.m.

On Sunday, August 21 at 8 p.m., guests are invited to attend a live taping of the legendary hair battle where stylists Angela Stuckey, Keon Brunson, Texas T, Terrance Davidson and ‘QUE’ will compete for the ultimate title.

Click here for tickets and more!

Photo Credit: BronnerBros.com

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City of Atlanta honors ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ stars at Premiere [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars of “Barbershop: The Next Cut” were honored Thursday night with Atlanta’s prestigious Pheonix Award at the premiere of their new film. Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer were given the awards by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at the beginning of the screening for their part in contributing to the growth of Atlanta’s film community.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: Sheree Whitfield attends the 'Barbershop: THE NEXT CUT' Atlanta VIP Screening at Regal Atlantic Station on March 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Sheree Whitfield

A bevy of Atlanta stars were also in attendance including actress and singer Demetria McKinney and reality stars Gocha Hawkins, Beautii J and Sherée Whitfield. Also spotted on the carpet were football stars Edwin Jackson, Lavon Hooks and Chris Douglas, celebrity hairstylists Derek J and Ming Lee and music executive Kawan “KP” Prather as well as teen music sensation Silento and actor Jamal Woodard.  Comedienne and media personality Wanda Smith served as host for the evening.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: (L-R) Cedric the Entertainer and Ice Cube attend THE NEXT CUT Atlanta VIP Screening With Cast Members at Regal Atlantic Station on March 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Cedric the Entertainer; Ice Cube

In “Barbershop: The Next Cut” the once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.

“Barbershop: The Next Cut” also stars Eve, Nicki Minaj, Patrick Thomas, Anthony Anderson, Jaszmine Lewis, and JB Smoove. It is directed by Malcolm Lee with a screenplay by “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and “The Neighbors” Tracy Oliver.

Check out more photos below from the red carpet:

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: Hip Hop Artist Silento attends the 'Barbershop: THE NEXT CUT' Atlanta VIP Screening at Regal Atlantic Station on March 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Silento

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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: NFL Player Edwin Jackson attends BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT Atlanta VIP at Regal Atlantic Station on March 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: Actor Jamal Woolard attends BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT Atlanta VIP at Regal Atlantic Station on March 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Jamal Woolard

Jamal Woodard

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: Wanda Smith attends BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT Atlanta VIP at Regal Atlantic Station on March 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Wanda Smith

Wanda Smith

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: Kawan Prather attends BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT Atlanta VIP at Regal Atlantic Station on March 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Kawan Prather

Kawan “KP” Prather

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Mayor Kasim Reed with Ice Cube

Photo Credits: Linx Images/Moses Robinson and Paras Griffin/Getty Images

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David Banner, Kelly Price, Derek J and more appear in new ‘Saints & Sinners’ episode (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to the cast of Bounce TV’s new original drama “Saints & Sinners.” The one-hour series drew 15% more viewers than the series premiere on March 6.

According to BroadcastingCable.com, the show’s second episode (which aired March 13) drew 1.5 million unduplicated viewers over two airing Sunday night, the network said, citing Nielsen data. At 9 p m. ET, the show was up nearly 10% in total viewers.  It also ranked ahead of all but three ad supported cable networks in delivery of its target market of African Americans. It trailed AMC, which aired “The Walking Dead,” Bravo with “Real Housewives,” and CNN, which carried a presidential debate.

On this Sunday, March 20 at 8:55 p.m. EST, Bounce TV will premiere the new music video of the show’s theme song, “Sinners (Saved By Grace),” which is performed by Outkast’s Big Boi and gospel music superstar Deitrick Haddon, who also makes a cameo appearance in the episode. He will also be joined by rapper turned actor David Banner,  Grammy-nominated singer Kelly Price, and celebrity hairstylist Derek J.

“Saints & Sinners” features Richard Lawson as Pastor Evan Johnson, Vanessa Bell Calloway as First Lady Ella, Clifton Powell as Rex Fisher, Gloria Rueben as Mayor of Cypress Pamela Clayborne, Keith Robinson as Miles Calloway, Christian Keyes as Levi, Jasmine Burke as Dr. Christie Johnson, JD Williams as Jabari and Afemo Omilami as Detective St. Charles.

Take a look at the sneak peek below:

Photo Credit: RayCornelius.com

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Stars of TV One’s ‘Here We Go Again’ attend ATL Preview Party [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Stars from TV One’s newest comedy series “Here We Go Again” walked the red carpet during Monday night’s preview party held at Atlanta’s Boogalou Restaurant and Lounge. LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Kyndall Ferguson looked absolutely amazing in their matching black attire while greeting fans and taking pictures. The invitation only event featured a sneak peek of the show, followed by a few remarks and then an after party with DJ Bombshell Boogie. The event was presented by TV One, Hip Hop Weekly and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey.

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“Here We Go Again” is a new multi-generational comedy about three women whose lives are upended after a series of events sends them along an unexpected journey. The show premieres TONIGHT at 8 p.m. ET. followed by a new episode of  the network’s break out hit series “Born Again Virgin” featuring Danielle Nicolet, Eva Marcille, Durrell “Tank” Babbs and Megan Holder.

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“Here We Go Again” follows Maddy (Luckett), a single mother and successful lawyer who is convinced there is a “Walker Women’s Curse,” after being born to her mother, Loretta (Robinson), at age 16, and having a child, Shante (Ferguson), herself at the same age. It also features Andra Fuller as Shante’s father and Travis Winfrey as Maddy’s new love interest. The series is part of TV One’s “new look and branding” says TV One SVP of Marketing—Lori Hall.
DSC_0274“We are committed to what consumers are demanding and what is missing in entertainment – a more balanced representation of stories and black images that exist in today’s culture…” said Hall in a press release.

A number of celebrities came out to support the show including former “R&B Diva” star Syleena Johnson, “Braxton Family Values” star Trina Braxton, reality star and dancer Drea Kelly, actress Charmin Lee, “American Crime Story” star Cocoa Brown, “Barbershop 3” star Isaiah John, DJ Aktive from Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable Tour, singer and actress D. Woods, “Cutting It In the ATL” star Beautii J, celebrity stylist Derek J, and actress Reece Odum. Other notables spotting in the crowd included “Selling It In the ATL” stars Okevia Wilson and Gwen Moss, “Married to Medicine” star Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Atlanta Socialite Bo Talley and internet sensations Funky Dineva and Ts Madison.

Check out more photos below:

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Syleena Johnson / DJ Aktive

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Wendy Raquel Robinson

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Dr. Heavenly Kimes /Cocoa Brown

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Okevia Wilson

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Gwen Moss / Beautii J

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Cocoa Brown, Funky Dineva, Ts Madison, Bo Talley and guest

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Wendy Raquel Robinson and LeToya Luckett sharing a laugh on the red carpet

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Reece Odum / Lori Hall

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Kyndall Ferguson posing for the camera

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Wendy Raquel Robinson showing some love to LeToya Luckett

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The Ladies giving shout outs to the crowd

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“Here We Go Again” airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on the new TV One – REPRESENT

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Highlights from ‘Gentlemen’s Ball’ feat. Algebra, Cynthia Bailey and more [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The 2015 Gentlemen’s Ball was held over the weekend in Atlanta, GA. The black-tie affair recognizes individuals who have made an impact within the LGBT community and others who have contributed towards equality for all.

This year’s honorees included acclaimed filmmaker, Patrik-Ian Polk; Congressman John Lewis; PR rockstar, Vaughn Alvarez; and others. Karamo Brown of HuffPost Live and RHOA star Cynthia Bailey served as this year’s hosts.

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Hosts – Cynthia Bailey and Karamo Brown

In addition to the awards presentation, R&B songstress Algebra Blessett graced the stage with a sultry performance. Other notables in attendance were celebrity hairstylists Derek J (Bravo’s Fashion Queens) and Terrence Davidson.

One of the evening highlights was The City of Atlanta’s recognition of event founders, Juan and Gee Sessions-Smalls, for their outstanding service to the minority LGBT community.

Check out a few more pics below:

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Blackbird actor and presenter Julian Walker

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Honoree Vaughn Alvarez

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Honoree Patrik Ian-Polk

CONGRATS!

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Omari Hardwick hosts ATL Preview Party for Season 2 of ‘POWER’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Atlanta’s own Omari Hardwick hosted a preview party Thursday night for his hugely popular series, POWER. The highly-anticipated 2nd season airs this Saturday night on STARZ at 9 p.m. EST.

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 Omari Hardwick with RonReaco Lee

The VIP screening took place at the Regal Atlantic Station and was attended by a number of celebrities including Tichina Arnold (Survivor’s Remorse), RonReaco Lee (Survivor’s Remorse), Brad James (Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse), Christina Johnson (Atlanta Exes), Derek J (Bravo’s Fashion Queens), Mushiya Tshikuka (Cutting It In the ATL),  Maja Sly (Cutting It In the ATL), Mariah Huq (Married to Medicine), Rock City (music producers), Matt Cook (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong), Gocha (Celebrity Hairstylist), Julian Lark (Kontrol Magazine/Celebrity Stylist) and more.

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 Tichina Arnold holding up the “L” sign in honor of her We Win Lupus Foundation

There was also a “ladies only” reception featuring Hardwick that took place prior to the screening at STRIP  Atlantic Station that was hosted by radio personality and reality-star, Stacii Jae Johnson.  Check out more photos below from the red carpet and a sneak peek of Season 2:

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Media personality  Stacii Jae Johnson / Fashion Queens’ Derek J

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Music Producing Duo Rock City

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Cutting It In the ATL’s  Maja Sly 

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If Loving You is Wrong’s  Matt Cook

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 Cutting It In the ATL’s Mushiya Tshikuka 

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Celebrity Fashion Stylist Julian Lark 

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Celebrity Hairstylist Gocha

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R&B singer Malachiae

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Married to Medicine’s Mariah Huq with husband Dr. Aydin Huq

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Atlanta Exes Christian Johnson

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For Better or Worse actor Brad James 

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 Omari Hardwick 

Blogger Boos

My Blogger Boos – Robin Lori, Rita K. Davis and Kim Ford 

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