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Karen Civil, Marlo Hampton, Toya Wright & more honored at ‘Women of Impact Dinner’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It was all about #BlackGirlMagic last night as IMPACT Magazine honored 50 of Atlanta’s biggest and brightest at their inaugural annual Women of Impact Dinner. The private event took place at Buckhead’s Level V event space and paid homage to social media powerhouse Karen Civil, as well as other women who have excelled in their respected industries. The event was also hosted in honor of the publication’s 10th year anniversary.

IMPACT Magazine’s mission and purpose is to empower, encourage, and to educate readers through the power of images and words. The publication tackles the issues of life, by giving examples of ordinary people, living extraordinary lives. IMPACT educates the readers on health, wealth, and all things pertaining to who they are; challenging them to evolve into whom they are destined to become.

Other honorees included R&B singers Angie Stone, Avery*Sunshine, Keke Wyatt, Towanda Braxton as well as reality stars Jewel Tankard (Bravo’s Thicker Than Water), Marlo Hampton (Real Housewives of Atlanta), Quad Webb-Lunceford & Lisa Nicole Cloud (Bravo’s Married to Medicine), Deb Antney & Rashida Frost (Love and Hip Hop Atlanta). Real Housewives of Atlanta show creator Princess Banton-Lofters, BMI executive Catherine Brewton, HGTV personality Egypt Sherrod and my good friend and blogger extraordinaire Xaveria Bryant of IceCreamConversations were also among the honorees.

Check out more images below:

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Jewel Tankard

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Marlow Hampton

Toya Wright

Rasheeda Frost and Tammy Rivera

Xaviera Bryant and Karen Civil

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Que Barnes Jackson with Lisa Nicole Cloud

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Catherine Brewton and Avery*Sunshine

Quad Webb-Lunceford

Karen Civil

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Fox hosts Atlanta Premiere of Lee Daniels’ ‘STAR’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

It was all about “girl power” Monday night at the Fox premiere of Lee Daniels‘ new one-hour drama “STAR.” The advanced screening took place at Atlanta’s Park Tavern at historic Piedmont Park and featured many of the show’s leading actresses. RC was in the building to capture all of the sights and sounds of this music-filled evening.

img_4150“STAR” is the highly-anticipated scripted series that is led by Oscar nominated-actress and RC favorite Queen Latifah. It follows three determined young singers who will risk it all to become musical superstars. Their journey takes place in Atlanta, GA where they find themselves navigating through the city’s cut-throat music industry. The “STAR” trio includes the very captivating Jude DeMorest followed by the gorgeous Brittany O’Grady and the very sexy Ryan Destiny. Supporting the ladies in their pursuit of fame is alluring transgender model turned actress Amiyah Scott.

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“STAR” also features acting veteran Benjamin Bratt, Grammy winning rocker turned actor Lenny Kravitz as well as “Furious” star and Grammy nominated singer Tyrese, former “Bravo Fashion Queen” Miss Lawrence and actress, singer and dancer Jasmine Burke. There are also appearances by Darius McCrary and “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star Joseline Hernandez.

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A number of celebrities came out to support the ladies including the cast of Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners” – Vanessa Bell Calloway, Christian Keyes, Demetria McKinneyKeith Robinson, Dawn HalfKenny, Clifton Powell, J.D. Williams and Tray Chaney. Other notables included “Hollywood Divas” star Lisa Wu, “Married to Medicine” star Lisa Nicole Cloud and her husband Dr. Darren Naugles, “Collateral Beauty” actor Jacob Latimore, “Braxton Family Values” star Trina Braxton, “For Better or Worse” actor Brad James, R&B singer Mishon, rapper Lil Zane, singer Vina Mills and former “R&B Divas” star Meelah Williams.

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Following the screening attendees went downstairs to Shanti Das‘ “ATL Live on the Park” which featured musical performances by Dondria, jazz vocalist Julie Dexter and Xscape’s LaTocha Scott and her new girl group Brookwell.  “STAR” will preview on December 14 at 9 p.m. following the season finale of “Empire” at 8 p.m.

Check out more photos below:

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“STAR” is inspired by the Tony-winning Broadway musical “DREAMGIRLS”

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Demetria McKinney 

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Christian Keyes

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Vanessa Bell Calloway

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Keith Robinson 

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Trina Braxton 

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Tray Chaney 

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Dawn HalfKenny 

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J.D. Williams 

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Vina Mills 

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Lil Zane 

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Mishon and guest

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Brad James

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Jasmine Burke 

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Ryan Destiny

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Amiyah Scott

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Jacob Latimore 

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Lisa Nicole Cloud with Dr. Darren Naugles 

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Julie Dexter and RivaBlue 

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Meelah Williams and guest with Isaac Hamm

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Dondria

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Xscape’s LaTocha Scott

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R&B trio Brookwell

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LaTocha Scott singing with Brookwell

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Julie Dexter is the Queen of U.K. Soul

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The cast of “STAR”

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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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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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LISTEN TO ‘UPFRONT INSIDE ATLANTA’S ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY’ SHOW TWO

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the link to my second radio show, “UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.” It aired this past Saturday, August 14 and featured filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper, whose new indie project “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” shows at this year’s BronzeLens Film Festival.

James Bronner, show director for the 2016 Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show, stopped by to chat about this weekend’s show and the business behind the beauty industry.

Bravo TV’s star and fashion designer Lisa Nicole Cloud talks about her upcoming fashion show at this weekend’s Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show and the new season of “Married to Medicine.”

“UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry” is a new 30-minute arts & entertainment show that I now host on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN and tell me what you think!

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‘UPFRONT’ talks to Deborah Riley Draper, James Bronner & Lisa Nicole Cloud

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Make sure you all tune into my new arts & entertainment radio program, “UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.” It airs tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Olympic-Pride-American-Prejudice-1My guests this week include award winning-filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper, who will be talking to us about her new film “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice.” It will be making its Atlanta premiere at this year’s BronzeLens Film Festival. My second guest is James Bronner, show director for the Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show. He will give us the inside scoop on next weekend’s fabulous events and the business behind beauty. My last guest is reality star, fashion designer and philanthropist Lisa Nicole Cloud. She will be on to talk about the new season of Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” and her Lisa Nicole Fashion Show at this year’s Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show.

“UPFRONT” takes an in-depth look at Atlanta’s arts and entertainment scene including TV, film, theater, music and more.  Each Saturday, I will be conducting one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and the behind-the-scenes influencers that make Atlanta, the new Hollywood South.

“UPFRONT” airs tomorrow at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK or listen online at WCLK.com. The show is also sponsored by the 2016 BronzeLens Film Festival.

Photo Credit: www.1936OlympicsMovie.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!

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‘Married to Medicine’ star Lisa Nicole Cloud to host ‘Teach Me To Grow With You’ Conference

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

My good friend Lisa Nicole Cloud kicks-off her “Teach Me To Grow with You” Two-Day Conference tomorrow May 28-29 at Atlanta’s Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station.

Teach Me To Grow with You is a relationship based conference that is available to both singles and couples who are looking to experience healthier, happier and more meaningful relationships in their life. Attendees can expect to receive practical advice, tools and strategies that they can use to grow their relationships personally, professionally, spiritually and financially. This key focus of Teach Me To Grow with You is to help singles prepare for their future mates, as well as seriously courting, engaged and married couples repair, refocus and renew their relationships.

unnamed-13According to Lisa, this is a conference designed to help couples in the very areas where they may experience the most challenges.

‘We’ve brought in some of the nation’s foremost experts in the areas of marriage, love, communication, finances and personal development. I believe these are the areas where some marriages and relationships have the most problems,” said Nicole during our phone interview this week. “My goal in developing this conference is to teach couples how to grow together and stay together.”

In addition to that, Lisa also shared with RC the five key ingredients that every couple must have in order to survive.

Take a look below and tell us what you think!

  1. The couple must have God at the center of their relationship
  2. The couple must have the same vision and goals
  3. The couple must grow together and focus on personal development
  4. The couple must have effective communicate
  5. The couple must keep it hot in the bedroom

Click here to see a full conference schedule and stay tuned!

Photo Credits: LisaNicoleCloud.com

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New Edition, Babyface, TLC & more rock ‘Funk Fest’ Stage [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had a blast on Saturday afternoon covering the second day of Pepsi’s Funk Fest. The lineup consisted of 90’s heartthrob and Babyface protégé Jon B., award winning-girl groups SWV and TLC, hip-hop maverick Master P, Grammy winning-singer-songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and R&B icons New Edition.

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Jon B.

Jon B. kicked things off around 4 p.m. and took fans down memory lane with such popular ballads as “Someone to Love,” “They Don’t Know” and “Pretty Girl.” He joked with the fans that he was singing “R&B long before Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake made it popular.” He was also really excited to be back in the recording studio and is currently working on a new album titled Mr. Goodnight with Grammy winning-producer, Warren Campbell.

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SWV – Sisters With Voices

Following Jon B. was “Sisters with Voices” better known as SWV. LeLee, Coko and Taj looked amazing and sounded great too as they took to the stage. Their short but powerful set included their new single “Man Crush” as well as their now classic tunes “So Into You,” “Anything,” and crowd favorite, “Weak.”

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Master P

New Orleans rap mogul and entrepreneur Master P performed a medley of his hits and dedicated his show to his incarcerated brother C-Murder and the late Atlanta rapper  Bankroll Fresh, who was murdered outside of a studio in March. The former DWTS contestant thanked the audience and his fans for over 20 years of supporting him and and his “No Limit” family.

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TLC

TLC still holds the record as the best-selling American girl group of all time and the ladies proved it during last night’s show. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas performed all of their hits including “What About Your Friends,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Baby, Baby, Baby,” “Diggin on You,” “Red Light Special,” “Creep,” “Unpretty” and “No Scrubs.” The ladies were accompanied by an amazing group of background dancers and DJ. Their rendition of “Waterfalls” was dedicated to the memory of their third member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in 2002. The song, which tackles this issues of promiscuity, drug use and HIV/AIDS, was said to have been her personal favorite.

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Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds

11-time Grammy winning-singer and songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds electrified the stage during his hour-long set with a medley of hits like “For the Cool in You,” “Everytime I Close My Eyes,” “Soon As I Get Home,” “Never Keeping Secrets,” “Whip Appeal,” and “Two Occassions.”  But it was the later part of his performance that really brought the crowd to their feet.  He sang snippets of at least 15 different songs from artists he had written for including Johnny Gill‘s “My, My, My,” Tevin Campbell‘s “Can We Talk,” and Bobby Brown‘s “Don’t Be Cruel.”  He closed out the show with a rousing performance of BoyzIIMen‘s “End of the Road,” in which he took off his jacket, unbuttoned his shirt, jumped off stage and ran into the audience. It was a move that many of us didn’t see coming but it turned out to be a real crowd pleaser.

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New Edition

The night ended with a power-packed show from R&B legends “New Edition.” Due to time constraints the group turned what would have been a 90-minute set into 40 minutes. Literally, these guys sang and dance to hit after hit after hit including “Popcorn Love,” “Candy Girl,” “Is this the end,” “Mr. Telephone Man,” “My Secret,” “Count Me Out” and “If It Isn’t Love.” They also performed their latest single, “This One’s For Me and You,” which appears on Johnny Gill‘s current album, Game Changer. The group is also be the subject of a new television movie based on their lives and careers for BET titled “New Edition: The Movie.” It airs in 2017 and features R&B heartthrob Luke James and “Empire” star Bryshere Y. Gray.

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 Master P dedicated his performance to Bank Roll Fresh 

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Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins 

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Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas

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Actor Daryl “Chill” Mitchell

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Babyface 

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“Married to Medicine” star Lisa Nicole Cloud spotted backstage

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Johnny Gill 

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Michael Bivins 

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Andre Walker, Sam Fine, Neal Farinah and more honored by Bronner Brothers Beauty Show! [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Some of the most iconic names in African-American hair and beauty were honored Sunday night at Atlanta’s Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show. The event took place at Georgia World Congress Center and was hosted by television and beauty personality Miss Lawrence.

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Miss Lawrence

Makeup artist to the stars Sam Fine, Oprah Winfrey’s stylist of 25 years Andre Walker, Beyoncé’s stylist Neal Farinah, Kerry Washington’s stylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew and First Lady Michelle Obama’s stylist Johnny Wright, were all recognized for their numerous contributions to the world of hair, beauty, and fashion. Each honoree was given an opportunity to showcase their work through a video presentation or live demonstration with models.

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Andre Walker posing with his models for recreation of UPSCALE February cover

The highlight of the evening was Walker’s recreation of his February cover of UPSCALE magazine. It features the him along with three gorgeous models who he personally styled. He also invited a few of his industry friends to help out including acclaimed photographer Glenford Nunez.

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Sam Fine with model Gina Marie

Sam Fine also wowed with the audience with his live makeup demonstration featuring longtime model and friend Gina Marie. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry such as Janet Jackson, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Williams, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Naomi Campbell, and Jennifer Hudson.

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Les Brown

Last night’s event also featured a musical performance from Bravo TV star Brooklyn Tankard along with appearances from “Cutting It in the ATL” star Maja Sly and world renowned book author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Les Brown. Atlanta notables spotted in the crowd and backstage included reality stars Dwight Eubanks and Lisa Nicole Cloud.

Check out more exciting photos below:

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BACKSTAGE PHOTOS

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Miss Lawrence, Neal Farinah, James Bronner and Andre Walker 

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Andre Walker with Lisa Nicole Cloud

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A Lady Named Pearl rocking voluptuous curls

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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 Dr. Rondrick Williamson

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RHOA’s Phaedra Parks to appear on ‘Married to Medicine’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

RHOA star Phaedra Parks will make a guest appearance on Sunday’s episode of Married to Medicine.  It appears that Quad Webb-Lunceford is seeking some legal action regarding a physical altercation she had with co-star Lisa Nicole Cloud. What was supposed to be a civil lunch meeting between the two divas turned into an all brawl that resulted in Cloud hurling a glass at Quad and cutting her face. Check out the clip below and don’t forget to tune on Sunday, July 26 at 9p.m. EST on Bravo!

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RC talks Fashion, Philanthropy & More with ‘Married to Medicine’ star Lisa Nicole Cloud

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The third season of Bravo’s úberly popular unscripted series Married to Medicine premieres tonight at 9 p.m. and it appears that the ladies are back for another round of spilling tea and throwing shade!

I had a chance to chat briefly with one of the show’s stars, Lisa Nicole Cloud, who happens to be the target of this season’s drama. The acclaimed fashion designer has been traveling a great deal between the United States and Haiti as part of new her philanthropic efforts but talked exclusively to RC about the publicized beef between her and cast member, Quad Webb-Lunceford. She also dishes about her new passion project, Fashion for a Cause, as well as the expansion of her Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN) and the importance of finding balance.

Check out a few interview highlights below:

RC:  Before we get into this explosive new season, let’s talk about the exciting things happening with your fashion line, The Lisa Nicole Collection.

LNC:  The Lisa Nicole Collection has continued to grow and do well. This year, we have added a men’s wear collection including shirts, ties, bow ties and accessories. My husband and I are also collaborating on a project together called Fashion for a Cause. It’s a new initiative that combines both of our loves for medicine, fashion and philanthropy. We are now working to take a team of about 15 doctors to Haiti this November. We are also sending over about $200,000 in medical supplies and we are reaching out to hospitals across the nation to donate medical equipment and technology. This is a project that we came together on and has been very exciting and fulfilling for the both of us.  A lot of people kind of forgot about Haiti since their natural disaster about five years ago but they still need our support. They have made a lot of progress but they still lack a lot of resources. I know that my gift is definitely in raising money and when I’m passionate about something I am very compelled.

RC:  This is actually a project you’ve been working on for the last two year, correct?

LNC:  Interesting you say that. We started working on this about a year and a half ago and it’s taken this amount of time to get all of the resources in place such as getting the doctors together and aligning with the government. We are also working with the Ministers of Health and Tourism to show them the work that we’re doing. We’re also trying to stimulate the economy of Haiti by doing some manufacturing. My primary business, 5 Linx, is opening up offices over there and it all came out of the Fashion for a Cause opportunity. You know, when you are willing to be a blessing to others, you are going to get blessed.

RC:  How are you adjusting to this new level of ‘celebrity’ since you’ve joined the show?

LNC:  (LOL) Balance is something I have to really work on a daily basis. It requires that I really, really, really manage my time. Unfortunately, time is not on my side because I run the Lisa Nicole Collection and my 5 Linx business and I also have to shoot for the show. I’m doing philanthropy and then there is my Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN). Remember, these are all businesses that I’m very passionate about which requires me to surround myself with very strong people who I call my Dream Team. I also have to focus on my husband and my kids and being a good wife and mother. It has been a juggling act trying to keep all the balls in the air but I think I’m really starting to get in my rhythm.

RC:  You mentioned the Women’s Empowerment Network or The WEN Conference, let’s talk about that…

LNC:  We actually just completed one of our city tours in New York City. When I first launched the WEN conference about five years ago, it was really just a three-day conference in Atlanta in October around my birthday. It was my way of giving back to women and teaching them how to grow personally, professional, financially, and spiritually. But since we aired it on the show, we’ve received so much feedback from viewers asking us to bring it to their city and we did.  Last year, we decided that we would go on tour and conduct one day events in six different cities around the United States. So, we kicked off the WEN tour in New York and also launched Fashion for a Cause. It’s just really great to focus on the two things that I am passionate about which is women’s empowerment and the Fashion for a Cause project.

RC:  Let’s talk about the show. You and Quad appear to be at each other’s throats in the preview. That’s something I didn’t see coming…

LNC:  Neither did I, Ray! (LOL) I wouldn’t say that were at each other’s throats. What I will tell you is that I don’t like drama. I actually try to keep it out of my life and try to remain stress free. I will also say that this season, I was a target. I did a background check, which is normal business protocol for me. Anytime I am going to do business with someone or even thinking about doing business with someone, I am going to do my due diligence. My past experiences have taught me that you have to know exactly who you are working with and so I did just that. She [Quad] took offense to that and I apologized to her because there was no malice intended. However, Quad likes to build her storylines on controversy and she likes to come after the people that you would least expect her to have controversy with on the show. On the first season it was with Toya [Bush-Harris] and Kari [Wells]. On the second season, it was with Mariah [Huq]. This season, she came after me and probably thought she could because I wouldn’t give a reaction. However, there are some things you just don’t cross with me. Do not mess with my family! Do not mess with my husband or my children! When I decided to do reality television, I decided. So if you want to go at me, we can do it all day long but keep my family out of it especially when you’re making up lies and slander for the sake of a story line.  Mama Bear had to kick in on one instance and she did get a reaction out of me. I regret that it went there and that it happened that way. After the situation, I realized exactly what she was trying to do and understood the game she was playing. I hate that Quad is in a place where she can’t forgive and move on. Before the season even started we got together on numerous occasions to try and hash through it but she did not want to figure it out. I did apologize and it was not done maliciously. There was not one thing in her background check that was ever discussed with anyone because that wasn’t the reason I ran it. But she wanted it to be a part of the story line this season and that’s what you see.

RC:  One last thing, we hardly ever see you out and about at events here in Atlanta. Is it because you want to keep a low profile?

 LNC:  First of all, I am glad that I’m missed and really do appreciate that. For most of it, I am just really busy. I have been in and out of this country and over to Haiti twice within the last 45 days. I travel a lot with my 5 Linx business. When I come home, I really want to spend quality time with my husband and my children and being on red carpet is not always on the top of my list.

Check out Lisa Nicole Cloud and Married to Medicine  tonight at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo!

Photo Credit: LisaNicoleCloud.com

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Atlanta Stars attend FURIOUS 7 Premiere [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The Atlanta premiere of ‘Furious 7’ was held last night at the Regal Atlantic Station. The event was preceded by a car and bike show.  A number of the city’s celebrities, tastemakers and influencers turned out to support the film that features Atlanta rapper and actor, Ludacris.

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Attendees included RHOA’s Demetria McKinney; Lisa Nicole Cloud and Toya Bush Harris of Married to Medicine; HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod and her husband, DJ Fadelf; RL of Next; Trina Braxton; media personalities Wanda Smith, Ryan Cameron and Big Tigger. Also spotted were rapper, K-Camp; Hollywood Divas’ Lisa Wu, filmmaker, Roger Bobb; and Jagged Edge’s Wingo.

Yellow Car

As previously reported, ‘Furious 7’ brings back Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris for a high-speed, action packed film, that I believe is going to make fans of the series very happy. The film also stars Jordana Brewster, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Djimon Hounsou and many more.

Check out the trailer below and more photos from the premiere:

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 Big Tigger at the Car and Bike Show talking about his vehicle

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One of my favorites

Car and Pop Art

Pop Culture Clothing’s William KingPop Floyd

Kim Jubilee Mag Demetria McKinney

Kim Ford of Jubilee Magazine/RHOA Demetria McKinney

 LaToya Bush Harris designer

Married to Medicine’s Toya Bush Harris/Fashion Designer Kayla Shelton with Clay West

Stevie Baggs

Stevie Baggs 

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