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WEtv hosts ATL Screening of ‘Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta’ – Season 2 [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

WEtv hosted a special Atlanta screening of its hugely popular series “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta” Tuesday night. The invitation only event took place at the Rich Auditorium of the Woodruff Arts Center.

“Growing Up Hip HopAtlanta” star Bow Wow introduced the episode to a jam-packed house which also included his co-stars Reginae Carter, Zonnique Pullins, Brandon Barnes, Shaniah Mauldin and Ayana Fite. Supporting them were some of the show’s other cast members—Jermaine Dupri, Deb Antney, Da Brat and newcomer singer Jhonni Blaze, who appeared as a guest on season one.

Atlanta celebrities in attendance included WEtv stars Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her mother “Mama” June ShannonTowanda and Trina Braxton; and “LA Hair” star Gocha Hawkins; along with “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars Cynthia Bailey and Kenya Moore; super-producer Bangledash, actors Demetria McKinney and Brad James (from SyFy’s “Superstition”); singers Damion Hall (Guy) and Daron Jones (112) and more.

Following the screening the “Growing Up Hip HopAtlanta” cast gave the audience insight into the upcoming season with a Q&A, moderated by Gary with Da Tea from the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. While avoiding any spoilers, the cast revealed that Season 2 is all about their growth as individuals, particularly for Reginae and Shaniah establishing themselves beyond their famous parents’ careers; and professionally, with Bow Wow and Zonnique working on new music; Brandon developing two new R&B groups; and Ayana developing her clothing line. The cast also hinted at a focus on exploring past issues between Bow Wow and mentor Jermaine Dupri; and Zonnique and Reginae, who are working to recreate the bond they once shared.

After the screening, the “Growing Up Hip HopAtlanta” stars and their guests headed to new Atlanta nightspot Revel, where they recreated a vibe worthy of JD’s hit “Welcome to Atlanta” with music by DJ Infamous. The near-capacity party crowd included a few more recognizable faces with “Love & HipHopAtlanta” stars Erica Dixon and Estelita; producer Mr. Hanky; rapper Silento and more coming out to celebrate the show’s new season.

See more photos below:

“Growing Up Hip HopAtlanta” airs on WEtv on Thursday, January 11 at 9pm.

Photo Credits: Paras Griffin for GettyImages/WETV

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Vanessa Bell Calloway hosts BWFN’s ATL Holiday Bash [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Veteran actress Vanessa Bell Calloway hosted the (BWFN) Black Women Film Network’s annual holiday party. The event was held on Tuesday evening at Atlanta’s newest event venue—REVEL—and was attended by over 400 industry movers and shakers.

Calloway, who plays the lead character “Lady Ella” on the original Bounce TV series, “Saints & Sinners,” shared words of wisdom with the audience, including the mantra “Stay ready, so you can be ready!” The evening also included a special presentation of the new digital video platform, THEA, by ChooseATL executive director Kate Atwood. Chef Mark Brown prepared delicious appetizers for the event.

DJ Bomshell Boogie kept the energy high while Red Carpet Express provided a fun, prop-filled photo booth. Guests brought toys to donate to the My Special Friendz Toy Drive.

Atlanta notables in attendance included: fellow “Saints & Sinners” actress Jasmine Burke; LeLee Lyons from SWV; celebrity stylist Gocha Hawkins; Keenya Hill (“America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 4); “Sister Circle Live” co-host Kiana Dancie; realtor and tv personality Genise Shelton; actor Dennis L.A. White and a host of others influencers and tastemakers.

Special thanks to the event’s sponsors: Nationwide, ChooseATL, Aspire Premium Hair and Southern Edge Sweet Tea Vodka. Take a look at more photos below:

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Photo Credits: James Pray

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ATL Stars Attend Ronnie DeVoe’s 50th Birthday Bash [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It’s hard to believe it but New Edition star Ronnie DeVoe is 50!

The R&B music icon celebrated his half a century mark this weekend in a lavish birthday celebration presented by 1778 Events and Ciroc French Vanilla. The invitation only event took place at Atlanta’s newest event space, REVEL in West Midtown and was attended by a number of stars, industry friends and fans.

DeVoe’s wife Shamari Fears-DeVoe, his mother Flo DeVoe and fellow Bell Biv DeVoe partners Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell attended the exclusive affair, which included a VIP Meet & Greet in the Ciroc Experience Room and surprise performances by 112, Damion Hall, Kelly Price and Cherrelle. Of course, BBD took the stage for a mini concert of hits such as “N.E. Heartbreak,” “When Will I See You Smile Again” and the forever classic “Poison.”

Additional attendees included Big Tigger (V103 on-air host), Tichina Arnold, Stevie J, Hiriam Hicks, Trina Braxton, Egypt Sherrod (HGTV), DJ Fadelf, Headkrack (Dish Nation/Rickey Smiley Morning Show), Kiana Dancie (co-host, “Sister Circle Live”), Gocha HawkinsSabrina Rowe, Sharlinda Parker, Shanti Das, Donald Woodard (USA Track & Field), Rennie Curran (former NFL athlete), Teresa Caldwell, Sheri Riley (author and motivational speaker), Vanessa Fraction (comedian), Kore Stacks and DJ E-Clazz on the turntables.

 Check out more photos below courtesy of James Pray:

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50th Birthday Cake 

Shamari Fears-DeVoe + Ronnie DeVoe

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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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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Cynthia Bailey inspired cake

Cynthia Bailey‘s 1995 ESSENCE cover

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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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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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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!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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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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Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Stevie Baggs, Sherri Shepherd, Porsha Williams & more attend ATL Premiere of ‘Match Made in Heaven’ (PHOTOS)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Stars of WEtv’s new reality dating competition “Match Made in Heaven” attended a special Atlanta screening of the show Wednesday night. The new season airs TONIGHT at 10 p.m. EST following the season premiere of “Braxton Family Values” at 9 p.m. EST.  The VIP event took place at the Rich Auditorium at The Woodruff Art Center and featured the show’s lucky bachelor Stevie Baggs, his mother Lola Robinson and the show’s host Sherri Shepherd.

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Stevie Baggs with his college mentor Eugene Phillips 

On this new season of “Match Made in Heaven,” former professional football player and successful Atlanta businessman, Stevie Baggs is putting his heart on the line on a quest for true love. Sherri Shepherd will oversee Stevie’s journey as 18 sexy singles duke it out to win his heart. With unexpected twists and turns, the competition is tougher than ever as the heavenly and hellish collide. Also helping out in the search is Stevie’s outspoken mother Lola Robinson and Pastor Ken Johnson, who will offer his spiritual guidance all along with dramatic temptations designed to test the their virtue.

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WEtv President Marc Juris, Kenya Moore and Matt Jordan

A number of Atlanta celebrities came out to support Baggs and the show including his WEtv family members from “Cutting It in the ATL” Maja Sly, Beautii J and Dedra Allen. “L.A. Hair” star Gocha Hawkins was spotted on the carpet along with RHOA stars Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore. “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star Mimi Faust was also in attendance with HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod and DJ Fadelf. WEtv’s “Selling It in the ATL” stars Chrishena Stanley, Gwen Boyd Moss and Sarah Lowe were also in present along with actors Charmin Lee, T.C. Carson, relationship expert Spirit and Grammy nominated-singer Kelly Price. Trina Braxton also made a special appearance on behalf of “Braxton Family Values,” which was previewed last night as well.

Check out more pics and the trailer “Match Made in Heaven”  below:

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T.C. Carson, Charmin Lee and Spirit

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Bo Talley, Dominic Tennant and Pearl Fils-Aime

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Dedra Allen and new “Cutting it in the ATL” castmember

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Stevie Baggs hugging his former college mentor Eugene Phillips

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Maja Sly with her neice

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Chrishena Stanley and Sarah Lowe

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Stevie Baggs with Linda Phillips

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Kelly Price

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Lola Robinson with Linda Phillips

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Kimberly Clark, DJ Fadelf and Egypt Sherrod

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Gocha Hawkins

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Gwen Boyd Moss

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Sherri Shepherd with Betty Dobbs and Terrence Allen

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Beautii J

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.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.

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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.

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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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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Kandi Burruss, Monica and more attend Tiny’s Baby Shower [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy winning-rapper and actor Tip “T.I.” Harris and wife singer/songwriter Tameka ‘Tiny” Harris recently celebrated the forthcoming addition of a seventh child at Atlanta’s Le Fais Do-Do. The “Royal Affair” baby shower was complete with crowns and tiaras of all sizes along with a palace-shaped cake and thrones for the happy couple.

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“We want to thank you all for joining us for the very last Harris Family baby shower,” T.I. said jokingly to the roomful of well-wishers. “And for those of you who missed the first four, five, however many there were, I promise you this will be the last one and we’re going out with a bang.”

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A number of the couple’s friends and family were in attendance including Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker, Rasheeda and Kirk Frost as well as Monica Brown, Keke Wyatt, Toya Carter, Reginae Carter, Phaedra Parks, Shekinah Jo, Dr. Jackie Walters, Gocha Hawkins and Atlanta’s First Lady Sarah Elizabeth Reed.

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Following the shower, Tiny spoke exclusively with Entertainment Tonight, revealing new details about her third pregnancy and sharing that T.I. is much more hands on this time around. “I think it’s because it’s a girl,” Tiny explained. “His protective nature is already coming out.”

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Tiny’s baby girl, due in April, will be welcomed by oldest sister Zonnique Pullins, Tiny’s daughter from a previous relationship; T.I.’s sons and daughter Messiah, Domani and Deyjah Harris, also from previous relationships; and the couples’ two young sons together, King and Major Harris. The family is currently filming the sixth season of their popular VH1 reality show The Family Hustle. T.I. is also currently completing a Vegas residency at Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell Hotel.

See more photos below:

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Rasheeda, Kandi Burruss-Tucker and Toya Wright 

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Shekinah Jo arriving to the baby shower

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Zonnique Pullins with Monica Brown

Photo Credits: Freddyo.com and Ross Oscar-Knight

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Stars of TV One’s ‘The Next: 15’ Host ATL Watch Party [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

TV One, Hip Hop Weekly and Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey hosted a special viewing party Wednesday night for the cast of the new docu-series “The Next:15.” The invitation only event took place at Atlanta’s Suite Food Lounge and featured five of the six cast members: Claudia Jordan (RHOA), Karamo Brown (Real World Philadelphia), Laura Govan (Basketball Wives L.A.), Jennifer Williams (Basketball Wives Miami) and Benzino (Love and Hip Hop Atlanta).

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Claudia Jordan, Karamo Brown and Laura Govan

“The Next: 15” follows the lives of the five aforementioned stars + Tiffany “New York” Pollard (I Love New York) as they attempt to generate their next 15 minutes of fame. It’s a play on Andi Warhol‘s memorable quote, “In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.” The show also comes from the creative mind of Carlos King, producer of “Hollywood Divas” and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

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Carlos King

The event was hosted by former reality star DJ Traci Steele and included King talking candidly to the cast about their involvement and next steps.

A number of ATL stars also came out to support the quintet’s premiere including Demetria McKinney, Althea “Thi Thi” Heart, Ebony SteeleBobby V, Palmer Williams, Momma Dee, Robin DykeBrandi Williams from the group Blaque, Charmin Lee, Gocha Hawkins, and the ladies from Selling It In the ATL – Sarah Low, Jae Christian, A’lana Banksand Chrishena Stanley.

Check out the photos below:

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DJ Traci Steele 

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Singer Bobby V

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Love and Hip Hop Atlanta‘s Althea “Thi Thi” Heart 

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Selling it In the ATL‘s Sarah Lowe

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Carlos King and Karamo Brown

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L.A. Hair‘s Gocha Hawkins 

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Love and Hip Hop ATL‘s Momma Dee

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Jennifer Williams 

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Media maven Ebony Steele / Selling It in the ATL‘s Jae Christian

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Bravo’s Mother Funder’s Robin Dyke

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Karamo Brown

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Actress Charmin Lee

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Jennifer Williams, Karamo Brown, Claudia Jordan and Bezino

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Brandi Williams from the R&B group Blaque

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TV One’s Lori Hall

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DJ Traci Steele

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Demetria McKinney with Claudia Jordan

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Benzino showing some love to Laura Govan who was under the weather

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Claudia on the mic and talking about her experience on the show

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Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez host ATL Screening for New VH1 Show [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Everyone’s favorite couple from “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta”—Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez—hosted a special screening Sunday evening for their newest VH1 show, “Stevie J and Joseline Go Hollywood.” The private viewing was held at the Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station and was presented in part by VH1, CÎROC, and my boy FreddyO!

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Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J

The 30-minute show, which debuts tonights at 9 p.m., follows the fiery couple as they plan to take over Hollywood and make their mark in the film industry.  Stevie  J has cleaned up his act and is focusing his attention on producing a film, “That Time of the Month,” while Joseline hopes to get cast in a few films of her own. In addition to the project,  Stevie J has returned to his musical roots by reuniting with Bad Boy’s Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs. The two are currently working on a new music for Puff as well as Faith Evans and Kelly Price, who came out last night in support of the show.

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Kelly Price

Other notables in attendance included “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” stars Kirk Frost and Rasheeda, Miss Deb Antney, Robin Dykes of “Bravo’s Mother Funders,” “Haves and Have Nots” newest star Porsha Ferguson and Mimi Faust. Celebrity hairstylist Gocha Hawkins was also in attendance along with Kandi Koated Entertainment executive DonJuan and other local R&B, hip hop performers and actors.

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PreMadonna hosted post show Q&A featuring Stevie J and Mimi Faust

After viewing the show, attendees participated in a brief Q&A session with Stevie J that was moderated by Love and Hip Hop Atlanta‘s PreMadonna. The evening closed out with an impromptu performance from Stevie J (yes he can sing) and his funk band. He also passed the mic to a few attendees including Kelly Price and rising Gospel singer Travis Malloy and others.

Check out the photos below and don’t forget to tune in tonight at 9 p.m. EST.

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Isaac Hamm, Michael Majesty, Porsha Ferguson and Jarvis Mays 

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“Mother Funders” stars Robin Dyke/Nicki Minaj’s new artist Brins

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Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez on the red carpet

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Stevie J addressing the audience before the screening

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Stevie J passing the mic to Kelly price 

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Stevie J singing with his funk band

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Gospel singer Travis Malloy

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PreMadonna and Mimi Faust 

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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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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Devil in a Blue Dress

Dr. Ron and Lisa Nicole Cloud

Lisa Nicole Cloud with Dr. Rondrick Williamson

Photo Credits: LillieMaePR

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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

 

https://youtu.be/TKjwCfnMk80

 

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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

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com