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RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey hosts ATL Screening of ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Last night, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey hosted a private screening in Atlanta of Fifty Shades Freed – the final movie in the Fifty Shades trilogy. You may remember, Cynthia is a fan of the franchise and hosted a #50ShadesofCynthia party for her 50th birthday celebration last February.

A number of her celebrity friends were also in attendance including her RHOA co-stars Eva Marcille and Shamea Morton as well as Quad Webb-Lunceford, Dr. Heavenly Kimes and Dr. Contessa Metcalfe from Married to Medicine.

Bailey was also joined by a few shirtless “Mr. Greys,” who posed with the ladies all night.  

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the climactic chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon.  Bringing to a shocking conclusion events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the film arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.

Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury.  But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

Also returning from prior Fifty Shades entries are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Bruce Altman and Robinne Lee.

Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series.  The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.

Click here to watch the trailer!

See more photos below:

Cynthia Bailey

Quad Webb-Lunceford

Cynthia Bailey + Quad Webb-Lunceford 

The ladies + the “Mr. Greys”

Photo Credits: Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Universal Pictures

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Tyrese headlines ‘UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball 2017’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out images from last night’s “UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball” featuring R&B singer/songwriter and film star Tyrese Gibson. The annual fundraising event took place at the famed Marriott Marquis and was attended by who’s who of influencers and tastemakers.

The “UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball” was created over 34 years ago by former Atlanta Mayor and U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young and philanthropist Billye S. Aaron as a way to raise scholarship dollars for deserving African-American students looking to attend an HBCU (Historical Black College and University). It is also the city’s unofficial end-of-the-year party that brings together local celebrities, dignitaries, civic and elected officials.

This year’s Ball Chairs included Rodney Bullard, vice president of community affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation; Ted Blum, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta office and chair of the firm’s Atlanta Corporate and Securities Practice and Wendy Stewart, president, Atlanta Market Bank of America.

Atlanta celebrities in attendance included hip-hop star Jeezy, TV and film star Chris Tucker, Broadway legend and iconic recording artist Stephanie Mills, the cast of Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” – Miss Quad WebbLunceford, Dr. Heavenly Kimes and Dr. Jackie Walters, actress and comedienne Cocoa Brown and former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks.  Also in attendance were Atlanta’s Mayor Elect Keisha Lance Bottoms as well as Birmingham, Alabama’s new Mayor Randall Woodfin.

Tyrese served as both entertainment and celebrity co-chair. He performed a medley of his biggest hits as well as songs from other R&B artists like Jodeci, Mint Condition and Frankie Beverly & Maze. After his set, he and media personality, Frank Ski helped raise additional scholarship dollars.

Check out all the photos below:

Ambassador Andrew Young + Billye S. Aaron + Hank Aaron 

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed + First Lady Sarah Elizabeth Reed 

Students from the Ron Clark Academy opened the Ball

CAU Jazz Orchestra provided pre-show entertainment

Atlanta Mayor Elect Keisha Lance Bottoms +

First Lady Elizabeth Reed + Phaedra Parks

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Former Atlanta First Lady Valerie Jackson + UNCF President Michael L. Lomax +

Justine Boyd UNCF Regional Development Director + Guest

UNCF President Michael L. Lomax + Mayor Randall Woodfin

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 Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com
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Usher, Future, Tyrese Gibson, Young Jeezy and more attend Mayor’s Masked Ball [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Usher, Tyrese Gibson, Future and Young Jeezy were just a few of the A-List celebrities who came out for Saturday night’s UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Atlanta. The VIP gala was held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and was attended by a who’s who of celebrities, city officials, dignitaries, tastemakers and influencers.

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Yours truly, RayCornelius.com was in the mix and captured some pretty amazing shots of everyone in their black tie and ballroom garb. The UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball is held annually by the city’s mayor and is a huge fundraiser for students attending historically black colleges and universities. The Mayor’s Masked Ball was created in 1983 by Billye S. Aaron (Hank Aaron’s wife) and Ambassador Andrew Young with the hopes of providing scholarships for underserved youth with dreams of attending college. The event is one of several “Masked Balls” that are presented by UNCF chapters around the country.

Tyrese Gibson helping out during the fundraising portion of the evening

Last night’s ball raised well over one million dollars due to the high demand of tickets  and a little help from “Fast and Furious” star and musician Tyrese Gibson. He literally took over the fundraising portion of the program and was able to galvanize an additional $1oo,ooo from the audience which included three hefty donations from Usher, Young Jeezy and Future. Other celebrities who contributed to the cause included “R&B Diva” Angie Stone, soul singer Avery*Sunshine,HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod and BMI executive Catherine Brewton.

Avery*Sunshine, Q Parker and Angie Stone

A number of other Atlanta notables were in attendance including Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, RHOA star Phaedra Parks, “Married to Medicine” stars Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Dr. Jackie Walters and Dr. and Genise SheltonQ. Parker from 112, celebrity interior designer Michel Boyd, TV and stage actress Danielle Deadwyler, actor Al Thompson, filmmaker Roger M. Bobb, “Greenleaf” star Lamman Rucker, 11 Alive Atlanta news anchor Shiba Russell, acclaimed author and playwright Pearl Cleage, reality star Stevie Baggs, Jr., gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell, hip hop artist Kore $tacks, Dr. Yamma Brown (James Brown’s daughter), gospel singer and radio personality Darlene McCoy, UPSCALE Magazine’s Satchel Jester, “Saints and Sinners” actress Reece Odum and more.

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This year’s entertainment was provided by the one and only—Sheila E. The award winning entertainer and beloved music icon opened her show with a nod to her late mentor and friend Prince with “Erotic City.” She later jammed the night away with hits of her own including “Love Bazaar” and “Glamorous Life.”

The Mayor’s Masked Ball was hosted by comedian and actor J. Anthony Brown along with UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax and UNCF Regional Development Director Justine Norman Boyd.

See more exciting pictures below and click here to donate:

Al Thompson and Shiba Russell

Pearl Cleage and her daughter Deignan

Avery*Sunshine and Dana Johnson

Danielle Deadwyler, Jakeem Smith and Kore $tacks

Dr. Yamma Brown 

Atlanta radio personality SiMan Baby with his guest

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Stevie Baggs Jr. with his date

Kwanza and Natalie Hall

Reece Odum and her guest

Young Jeezy with Phaedra Parks 

Dr. and Mrs. Shelton

Egypt Sherrod and Avery*Sunshine

Actor Lamman Rucker chatting with Billye S. Aaron 

Angie Stone and Gwendolyn Chisolm aka “Blondie”

Q Parker, Tyrese Gibson, Elle Duncan and her husband

Future with his sister and mother

Satchel Jester with Michel Boyd

Darlene McCoy

J. Anthony Brown and Myra J

Roger M. Bobb and Carolyn Young (Ambassador Andrew Young’s wife)

Dana Johnson, Avery*Sunshine, Ceaser C. Mitchell (Atlanta City Council President), Rev. Raphael G. Warnock (senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church) and his wife Ouleye Ndoye    

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Tyrese Gibson and Ambassador Andrew Young sharing a laugh

Dr. Michael Lomax ~ UNCF President and CEO

Usher laughing out loud at J. Anthony Brown‘s shenanigans

Mayor Kasim Reed and First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed

UNCF Regional Development Director Justine Norman Boyd

handing flowers to Billye S. Aaron

Lamman Rucker with Morehouse College President John Wilson

J. Anthony Brown sharing a laugh with Atlanta business icon Richard Dent 

SHEILA E.

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Behind-the-Scenes Photos from ‘Married to Medicine’ Season 4 Eps. 1

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from Sunday night’s Season 4 premiere of Bravo’s “Married to Medicine.” The pictures were taken during Lisa Nicole Cloud‘s “Celebration of Life” Party that was taped at her beautiful home last spring.  I was personally invited by Lisa’s camp to come out and cover the party and was able to capture these exclusive images of her and the other cast members before things got heated. Her special guests included Dr. Jackie Walters, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Toya Bush-Wright and the show’s newest cast member Genise Shelton. Dwight Eubanks was also present along with Dr. Rondrick Williamson, “Talking with Tami” (Tami Reed) and a few others.

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Lisa Nicole Cloud with Dr. Jackie Walters 

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Lisa‘s home was decorated with red and white everything for the party!

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Miss Quad wearing all white

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Rocquel Caliste with Shalawn Willis and other invited guests

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Dr. Simone Whitmore and husband Cecil Whitmore 

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Toya Bush-Harris 

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Dr. Jackie Walters and Dr. Rondrick Williamson

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“Talking with Tami” with Lisa‘s publicist Phillip Hudson

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Dr. Heavenly Kims and husband with Quad Webb-Lunceford and other guests

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

“Married to Medicine” airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on Bravo!
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RC attends Season 4 Preview Party for ‘Married to Medicine ‘ [PHOTOS]

Posted  by | Ray Cornelius

I had a blast attending Thursday night’s preview party for Season 4 of Bravo’s hit series “Married to Medicine” (M2M). The invitation only event took place at the W Hotel Midtown and was attended by all of the cast members including Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Toya Bush-Harris, Quad Webb-Lunceford, Dr. Jackie Walters, Dr. Simone Whitmore as well as the show’s newest additon, Genise Shelton and the show’s creator and “Queen Bee” Mariah Huq.

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M2M cast with Sasha the Diva!

Special guests in attendance included “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” stars Rasheeda and Kirk Frost, realtity stars Monyetta Shaw and Toya Wright, media maven Rene Miller, Bravo TV stars from “Thicker than Water” Jewel Tankard, “Mother Funders” Carla Stephens and “RHOA” Phaedra Parks. Also spotted at the preview party were  “If Loving You is Wrong” stars April Parker Jones and Joel Rush, former “R&B Divas” star Meelah Williams, celebrity blogger “Talking with Tami and “L.A. Hair” star Gocha Hawkins. Two cast members from the “Married to Medicine Houston” (M2MH)—Dr. Ashaundra Batiste and Dr. Monica Patel—were also in attendance.

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Miss Quad giving us body last night during the premiere

The evening began with a dazzling red carpet followed by a screening of this season’s first episode. Kiss 104.1 radio personality and reality star Sasha the Diva served as the host and moderator of the post screening Q&A session. Season 4 of “Married to Medicine” begins this Sunday, November 6 at 9 p.m. following the season premiere of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” at 8 p.m. on Bravo.

Check out more photos below:

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Rene Miller 

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M2MH’s Dr. Ashaundra Batiste and husband

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Mother Funders star Carla Stephens

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Thicker Than Water’s Jewel Tankard 

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M2M’s Mariah Huq and husband

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M2M’s Dr. Simone Whitmore and husband

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Inspirational Singer Delra and daughter

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M2M’s Lisa Nicole Cloud and Dr. Darren Naugles

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“Talking with Tami”

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If Loving You is Wrong’s Joel Rush 

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If Loving You Is Wrong’s April Parker Jones 

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Paul Lewis of Magic Music Management and guest

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Sasha the Diva! 

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M2M’s Genise Shelton and husband

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M2MH’s Dr. Monica Patel 

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M2M’s Dr. Heavenly Kimes and husband

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Dr. Rondrick Williamson

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R&B Diva Meelah Williams 

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M2M’s Dr. Jackie Walters 

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Q Barnes aka “The Cut Queen of Atlanta”

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Lisa Nicole Cloud with Sasha the Diva!

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Dr. Simone Whitmore with her hairstylist Brandan Combs

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Gocha Hawkins

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Toya Wright

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Dr. Simone Whitmore with Toya Bush-Wright

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 Monyetta Shaw 

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RHOA‘s Phaedra Parks

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Celebrity Mamas of Atlanta

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Mariah Huq aka “The Queen Bee” has spoken!

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Usher, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique & more attend ATL Premiere of ‘Almost Christmas’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The cast of the upcoming holiday film “Almost Christmas” came out Wednesday night to a very special advanced screening at Atlanta’s Regal Atlantic Station.  Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Keri Hilson, Nadej K. Bailey, Marley Taylor, Rachel Kylian, Keon Mitchell and D.C. Young Fly all walked the red carpet as fans screamed their names and tried capturing photos of their favorite stars.

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Originally titled, “A Meyers Christmas,” “Almost Christmas” tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle. The film was written and directed by David E. Talbert and produced by Will Packer. It also stars Nicole Ari Parker, Jessie T. Usher, Kimberly Elise, J.B. Smoove and Romany Malco. There are also special appearances by Grammy winning-singer Monica and legendary songstress and actress Gladys Knight.

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A number of ATL celebrities were in attendance including Usher Raymond, Queen Latifah, Big BoiTyrese Gibson, Ambassador Andrew Young, Jasmine Guy and the cast of Bounce TV’s “Saints & Sinners” Vanessa Bell Calloway, Christians Keyes, Keith Robinson and Dawn HalfKenny.  Other stars spotted on the red carpet included Towanda Braxton, B.J. Britt, “Ink, Paper, Scissors” star CoCo, “Married to Medicine” star Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Swirl Films’ Keith NealThe Tankards from Bravo’s “Thicker Thank Water,” actor T.C. Carson, media personality Frank Ski, Blue Kimble, Reece Odum, Elijah Kelley, Julian Walker and music producers Rock City.

Almost Christmas” opens in theaters November 11!

Check out all of the red carpet photos below:

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Ambassador Andrew Young and his special guests

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Cast of “Saints and Sinners”
Keith Robinson, Vanessa Bell CallowayChristian Keyes and Dawn HalfKenny

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Nadej K. Bailey

 

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Rachel Kylian

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“Ink, Paper, Scissors” star CoCo

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Frank Ski

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Keith Neal 

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Julian Walker 

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Keon Mitchell 

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Big Boi and Towanda Braxton 

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The Tankards 

 

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Jasmine Guy 

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Omar Epps 

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T.C. Carson

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Rock City

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D.C. Young Fly with his family

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Usher Raymond

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Queen Latifah

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Will Packer with David E. Talbert 

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Keri Hilson

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Big Boi and his son

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B.J. Britt

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Gabrielle Union and Will Packer 

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Elijah Kelley

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David E. Talbert and his wife

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‘Fast 8’ stars Ludacris & Nathalie Emmanuel featured at ‘CreATL’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It’s no secret that Atlanta is a hotbed for TV, film and entertainment. Just this week, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion during fiscal year 2016. Georgia is also number three in the world for film production according to FilmLA.

IMG_1973Last night, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed along Christopher Hicks of the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, gathered together to talk about that accomplishment and more as part of a new series titled CreATL. The immersive conversation features the industry’s top creatives, tastemakers and thought-leaders in film, entertainment, technology and culture that is created in Atlanta.

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The series first featured guests included “Fast 8” stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel, who are currently shooting the newest installment throughout the city. The private event was held at The Gathering Spot in Midtown-Atlanta and was presented by MARTELL. Bridges and Emmanuel opened up to moderator, Simone Gray about their life on set and the many advantages they have to shooting “Fast 8” here in Atlanta. “I get to wear my pajamas and house shoes to work,” said Ludacris to the most packed auditorium.

A number of celebrities were in attendance for the lively discussion including “Rickey Smiley for Real” star Gary With Tha Tea, “L.A. Hair” diva Gocha Hawkins, music executive Brian Michael Cox, celebrity hairstylist and television actor Miss Lawrence, “Saints & Sinners” actress Jasmine Burke, “Married to Medicine” stars Dr. Heavenly Kimes and Dr. Jackie Walters and many more.

Check out all of the red carpet photos and stay tuned…

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Interscope Records’ Keinon Johnson

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Actor Jamal Woolard with the MARTELL reps

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Brian Michael Cox 

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Judge Terrinee L. Gundy 

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Filmmaker Bobby Huntley and guest

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Gocha Hawkins 

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Dr. Heavenly Kimes

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Former “Big Rich Atlanta” stars Sharlinda Parker and Brie Rowe

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Jasmine Burke 

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Actor  Mike Merrill

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Dr. Jackie Walters 

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Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel

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WEtv’s Cutting It in the ATL star Mushiya Tshikuka

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Miss Lawrence

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Christopher Hicks from the Mayors Office of Film and Entertainment

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Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel

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Dr. Heavenly hosts ‘Heaven Help Us Relationship Master Class’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

“Married to Medicine star” Dr. Heavenly Kimes hosted her inaugural “Heaven Help Us: Dating & Relationships Master Class” over the holiday weekend. The event was presented by the reality star and relationship expert and her new dating app PIQ.

unnamed-74The one-day class was attended by nearly 200 singles and couples at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta and featured a who’s who of experts and thought-leaders who shared their wisdom on courtship, commitment, sex and marriage.

Guest panelists included “Married to Medicine” cast members Quad Webb-Lunceford, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Dr. Jackie Walters and Genise Shelton along with Jack Daniels, Stacii Jae Johnson, Sasha the Diva, Dr. Myla Bennett, Andre Carter, Angie Nicolas, Dr. Rondrick Williamson, Dr. Alisa Nelson-Wade, Marcus Rosier, Viondi Pate and LaChaka Barney.

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Guests enjoyed the informative sessions as well as a catered lunch featuring music by Hot 107.9’s DJ Princess Cut. Special thanks to sponsors Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery, Chakalate Factory Novelties, Glow Skin Enhancement and Signature Sipz.

Check out more photos below:

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Centric’s FTBU star Stacii Jae Johnson posing with an attendee

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Attendee posing with Dr. Jackie, Dr. Simone and Genise Shelton

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Dr. Heavenly Kimes w/Quad Webb-Lunceford & Dr. Rondrick Williamson

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Mo’Nique, Monica, Nene Leakes, and more to appear at ‘Women’s Expo’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo is back for another round of fashion, beauty, health and entrepreneurship May 14-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC). This year features a bevy of world renowned speakers including RHOA stars NeNe Leakes, Kim Fields, and Cynthia Bailey, “Married to Medicine” star Dr. Heavenly Kimes, and Grammy winning-singer Monica.

Other exciting guest speakers include “Real Housewife of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice, Broadway actress and HIV/AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, media personality Nancy Grace, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, Judge Lauren Lake and Oscar winning-actress and star of “Almost Christmas” Mo’Nique.

According to the website, the Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo will transform GWCC into over 160,000 square feet of shopping experiences along with beauty discoveries, delicious cocktails and free giveaways. There will also be a fashion show and pavilion presented by Macy’s, complimentary massages as well as an appearances by Bravo star and celebrity hairstylist Tabatha Coffey and Grammy winning singer/songwriter and reality star Tameka “Tiny’ Harris.

Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo hours are Saturday 10a-5p and Sunday 11a-5p.

Click here for more information!

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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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Johnny Gill, Grant Hill, Tamia and more attend the Mayor’s Masked Ball [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had the pleasure of covering the the 32nd Annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Saturday evening in Atlanta and oh what a night! This was my second year attending the UNCF fundraising event and it was just as glamorous and star-studded as last year’s ball. It was also one of the most sought after tickets in the city and I was simply thrilled to be in the number.

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Mayor Kasim Reed and First Lady with Chris Tucker and guest

The Mayor’s Masked Ball was started by Atlanta icons Billye S. Aaron (Hank Aaron’s wife) and Ambassador Andrew Young in 1983 and is presented by the city’s current mayor each year. The highly anticipated black-tie affair is supported annually by local corporate companies and civic entities while raising unrestricted dollars for local UNCF students. It also attracts local and national celebrities, dignitaries, and many of the city’s elected officials.

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Honoree Dr. Carlton Brown and wife with UNCF CEO and Co-Chairs

This year’s gala was held at the luxurious Marriott Marquis and was co-chaired by corporate rockstars Shan Cooper, Lockhead Martin Aeronautics Company Vice President and Marietta General Manager as well as Jack Sawyer, President Southeast Region Wealth Advisory Group, Wilmington Trust. UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax and UNCF Regional Development Director Justine Boyd also honored former HBCU Presidents—Dr. Carlton E. Brown (Clark Atlanta University) and Dr. Beverly Tatum (Spelman College) with this year’s Masked Awards for their years of service to the Atlanta University Center.

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Race star Stephan James with Kim Fields and husband Christopher Morgan

The year’s Ball featured a Silent Auction, VIP Reception, Red Carpet, and the show stopping Parade of Masks. Celebrities in attendance included Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Kim Fields and Demetria McKinney, Race actor Stephan James, R&B singers Kelly Price and Tamia, American Crime Story actress Cocoa Brown, comedians George Wallace, Myra J and Don “DC” Curry, filmmaker Roger M. Bobb, and reality stars Dwight Eubanks and Maja Sly. Other celebs in attendance were former NBA players Grant Hill and Dikembe Mutombo, TV and film actress Jasmine Burke, NAACP Image Award nominee and HGTV host Egypt Sherrod, and Married to Medicine duo Dr. Heavenly Kimes and Dr. Damon.

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Johnny Gill performing some of his new music

This year’s Ball also featured national recording superstar Johnny Gill. The Grammy-nominated R&B crooner and New Edition member delivered a high-energy performance of his greatest hits including “Fairweather Friend,” “There You Go” from the Boomerang soundtrack, “Where Do We Go From Hear,” LSG’s “My Body,”and his classic slow jam,” My, My, My.”  Gill also performed songs from his new album Game Changer, which he released this year under his label—J Skillz Records.

Check out more images below from the Mayor’s Masked Ball:

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UNCF Staff and Co-Chairs with Edwin Moses and Dikembe Mutombo

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Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and wife (right) with friends

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Demetria McKinney with Roger M. Bobb

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UNCF CEO and Co-Chairs with Egypt Sherrod and husband DJ Fadelf

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SHEEN’s Kimberly Chapman and Sammie Haynes with Kim Fields

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Mayor’s Masked Ball announcers Karyn Greer and Brenda Wood

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Honoree Dr. Beverly Tatum with UNCF and Ambassador Andrew Young 

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Kelly Price and guest

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The very dapper Dwight Eubanks 

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Miss National UNCF with UNCF CEO and Co-Chairs

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History meeting History—Hank Aaron and Stephan James

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Former EBONY Fashion Fair Model Renee Knorr

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George Wallace with “Ms. Nevada” Sylvia Taylor

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Stephan JamesRoger M. Bobb and ATL City Council Pres. Ceasar Mitchell

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Tamia and Grant Hill

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Dr. Damon, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Saptosa Foster and Jasmine Burke

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Kim Fields meeting Race star Stephan James 

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George Wallace and his “wife” Myra J 

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Jasmine Burke and Stephan James 

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UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax and daughter Deignan Lomax

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Edwin Moses and Stephan James 
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Cutting It in the ATL’s Maja Sly and friends

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American Crime Story’s Cocoa Brown with Don “DC” Curry

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Egypt Sherrod rocking her red dress…My…My…My…

Ladies and Gentleman…JOHNNY GILL!

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BravoTV’s Dr. Heavenly & Lisa Nicole Cloud Host ‘PIQ In Style’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Dr. Heavenly and Lisa Nicole Cloud of BravoTV’s Married To Medicine recently hosted a “PIQ In Style” event at DK Suit City in Atlanta Georgia. Guests enjoyed shopping, complimentary bites, Myx Moscato, and a relationship panel featuring Author R.L. Byrd, Dr. Ron and Gocha Hawkins.

As an extension of Dr. Heavenly’s new PIQ Dating app, attendees engaged in an interactive speed dating segment and exciting fashion presentation of the Lisa Nicole Collection. Author R.L. Byrd also autographed copies of his two books Black Coffee & Sweet Love, which share the male and female perspectives on relationships.

Visit PIQ to download the dating app, LisaNicoleCollection to view the collection and RichardLeonByrd for more info on the books Black Coffee & Sweet Love.

Check out more photos below:

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Lisa Nicole Cloud with husband Dr. Darren Naugles

Gocha Hawkins of WeTV

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The Classic “Little Black Dress”

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Dr. Ron and Lisa Nicole Cloud

Lisa Nicole Cloud with Dr. Rondrick Williamson

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‘The Wiz’ ATL Take Over + New Previews [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

On Saturday, November 21st, V-103 hosted an ATL-style salon takeover for NBC’s highly anticipated new show, The Wiz Live at celebrity stylist’s Gocha Hawkins, Midtown hot spot with a live on-air afternoon broadcast.

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Twenty five young ladies from the non-profit organization, Saving Your Daughters, transformed into little “Dorothies” for the day, as they attended the event and had a chance to get primped and pampered with nail and salon services.

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The girls were also able to meet some of their favorite local celebrities including WVEE-FM on-air personality Ramona DeBreaux, Quad Webb-Lunceford (Bravo’s Married to Medicine), Dr. Heavenly Kimes (Bravo’s Married to Medicine), Shamea Morton (Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta), LaTavia Roberson (TV One’s R&B Diva’s Atlanta) and LaKenya Morris (WEtv’s Cutting It In the ATL).

Check out more photos + two new ‘Wiz” previews below:

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The Wiz Live takeover took place at Gocha Hawkins Midtown Atlanta Salon

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The “Dorothies” getting pampered!

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So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard?

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“Wiz” inspired cupcakes

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Gocha Hawkins appears on WEtv’s L.A. Hair

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LaTavia Roberson posing with the “Dorothies” on the Yellow Brick Road

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Gocha Hawkins with all of the “Dorothies” Saving Your Daughters

 

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The Wiz Live! airs December 3 on NBC at 8 p.m.

Photo Credit: Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

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Celebs attend ATL Preview of WEtv’s ‘Selling It In the ATL’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

I had the pleasure of attending the advanced screening of WEtv’s newest reality series, Selling It In the ATL.  The one-hour series follows seven diverse female professionals who are changing the face of Atlanta real estate.  In an industry once dominated by men, these women use their business acumen and large-than-life personalities to close major deals amidst the booming Atlanta housing economy.

Cast members include Chrishena Stanley, A’lana Banks, Sarah Lowe, Okevia Wilson, Tahlia BrownGwen Moss and Jae Christian. The show is executive produced by Carlos King and RHOA star Sheree Whitfield. 

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Sheree Whitfield with Carlos King

The event took place at the Rich Auditorium at the Woodruff Art Center and was attended by a who’s who of Atlanta celebrities including RHOA stars Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, and Phaedra Parks. Former RHOA stars Claudia Jordan and Demetria McKinney were also present.

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Egypt Sherrod talking to the ladies after the show

Fashion stylist Tameka Raymond was in the house along with the cast of WEtv’s Cutting It in the ATL-Beautii J, Maja Sly, Mushiya Tshikuka, Dedra Allen and LaKenya Morris. Actors Crystal Fox, T.C. Carson, and Carl Payne were also seen on the red carpet as well as LHHATL’s  Momma Dee, Married to Medicine star Dr. Heavenly Kimes and more.  HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod served as host.

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T.C. Carson with Crystal Fox

“Atlanta is a flourishing city, rich with diverse personalities and compelling stories for WE tv to showcase,” said Marc Juris, WE tv’s president.  “So many of our originals including Cutting It, Braxton Family Values and Mary Mary have ties to the Atlanta community, which has helped us cultivate a loyal audience in the market.  Selling It is a great addition to our slate and helps further our commitment to stories about all kinds of relationships — in this case a group of friends and frenemies set against the high-pressure work environment of real estate.”

Check out all of the photos below:

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Egypt Sherrod with ATL’s Social Buttefly Kimberly Clark and friend

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Tahlia Brown and Gwen Moss

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A’lana Banks  and Okevia Wilson 

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Chrishena Stanley

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Kandi Bururss and Phaedra Parks 

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Demetria McKinney

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Tameka Raymond with Cynthia Bailey/Claudia Jordan and friend

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ATL Media Personality Karyn Greer (left) and friend

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Carl Payne and DJ Fadelf

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Dr. Heavenly Kims and Drea Kelly

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Mushiya Tshikuka and Beautii J

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Maja Sly and LaKenya Morris

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Dedra Allen 

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Momma Dee and Carla Campbell 

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Jasmine Burke 

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Gocha Hawkins and Melissa Knowles 

Check out the clip below:

Selling It In the ATL premieres Thursday, November 5 at 10 p.m. EST

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