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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

Saptosa Foster + Sheryl Gripper 

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

Stephanie Mills

TYRESE GIBSON

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Model Citizen: Phaedra Parks joins Wilhelmina Models [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congrats to former RHOA star Phaedra Parks. The famed attorney, mortician and reality star is now one of the newest faces for the world renowned Wilhelmina Models. Parks posted the big news on social media Tuesday afternoon directing fans and foes to US Weekly, who interviewed her exclusively about the new opportunity and released some sexy images inspired by music diva—Diana Ross.

“I think I’m the face of “yes you can.” I’m a small town girl who has followed her dreams. Yes you can be a mom, yes you can be a lawyer and yes you can be a model. When the opportunity presented itself some people asked me “Why?’ and I said “Why not?” A supermodel started this company and she wanted to give power back to the women and I think I stand for the same things. I have the opportunity to show people that beauty can come in every size, shade, color and age. It’s exciting and an adventure,” said Parks to US Weekly.

Check out the photos below and tell us what you think:

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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.

Dr. Michael Lomax presenting the HBCU Presidents

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

Usher

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    

Tyrese Gibson

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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 

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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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Phaedra Parks hosts Advanced Screening of ‘TMNT’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

RHOA star Phaedra Parks hosted a special advanced screening of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” Thursday night at the AMC Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, GA.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows' Atlanta ScreeningThe screening was held for her son and avid turtle fan, Ayden along with 100 friends and family, as they celebrated his birthday. The fun-filled evening included V-103 on-air personality, Ferrari Simmons, leading the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to Ayden before the screening kicked off, as well as lots of turtle gear for all attendees.

In “Teeange Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

Check out the trailer and more photos below:

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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” opens in theaters June 3

Photo Credits:Rick Diamond for Getty Images for Paramount Pictures

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Tony Winning-Director Kenny Leon to host ‘Celebrity Golf & Gala’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It’s that time of year again!

Tony Award winning-director, Kenny Leon, will host his Annual Celebrity Golf & Gala this weekend Saturday, May 21 in Atlanta, GA. The one day for entertainment and golf raises funds for his True Color’s Theatre Company and it benefits the August Wilson Monologue Competition.

Golf-and-GalaThe day begins with a golf tournament at Bear’s Best Atlanta and features a showdown between Samuel L. Jackson representing “Team West Coast” and Kenny representing “Team East Coast.”  Both are competing for the coveted Kenny Cup.

Following the golf tournament is the star-studded Gala at Atlantic Station’s Millennium Gate Museum featuring a gourmet dinner buffet, cocktails, live entertainment, and fabulous live auction. Celebrities in attendance this year include Flex Alexander, “The Wiz Live” stars Shanice Williams and Elijah Kelley, RHOA Phaedra Parks, NBA legend Julius Dr J Erving, TV & film icon Richard Roundtree and more. Actress Terri J. Vaughn will serve as one of this year’s co-chairs.

I had a chance to attend and cover the event last year and had a blast. Debbie Allen, Jennifer Holliday, Tavis Smiley, Jasmine Guy, Leon, Dule Hill, were among the celebrities in attendance and it was fabulous!

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T.I., Will Packer, Ed Lover & more attend ATL Premiere of ‘Roots’ (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Filmmaker Will Packer teamed up with Grammy winning-hip hop star Tip “T.I.” Harris Monday night for an special advanced screening of “ROOTS.” Packer serves as one of the project’s executive producers and Harris will star in the drama which will simulcast over three networks—-History, A&E and Lifetime—-Memorial Day Weekend. The event was held at Atlanta’s new National Center for Civil and Human Rights and featured a pre-screening reception followed by a post-screening discussion hosted by media personality Jeff Johnson.

‘ROOTS’ is an adaptation of Alex Haley’s 1976 book of the same name which chronicles his family lineage from Africa to America. The 1977 version was a groundbreaking television event for its time and still stands as the second most watched overall series finale in U.S. television history. It also featured a who’s who list of Hollywood actors and personalities and made a star out of LeVar Burton who portrayed Haley’s ancestor Kunta Kente. For Packer, executive producing “ROOTS” was not an easy decision for him to make. The project is unlike anything he’s produced before. However, after going back and watching the original series, he realized that this was a lot bigger than just remaking history. This was an opportunity to affect the culture and change the paradigm of people’s thinking the way the original “ROOTS” did almost 40-years-ago.

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Will Packer explaining why he decided to executive produce ‘ROOTS’

“This is the most important thing I’ve ever done,” said Packer to the audience of influencers and tastemakers. “I’m so proud of this. This was not an easy decision to make or to be apart of this but I will also tell you this. For as many people in this room that have watched it and have taken this journey with us tonight, there’s so many people out there that are not going to give it a chance.”

Packer went on to encourage the audience to help spread the word about the series and to tell people to watch it even if they think they already “know” the story.

“They said, ‘you have to make a slave!’ There are still people out there trying to make slaves,” said Packer who referenced Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. “If you don’t know from whence you came then you will look back at this and say, ‘I don’t want to see it. I know it.’ Then you’ll be just like the others on Snapchat and Instagram that are following somebody that don’t know their history either. So to me, this is the most import thing I’ve ever done.”

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Tip “T.I.” Harris will portray ‘Cyrus’ in ‘ROOTS’

Harris, who will be appearing in the fourth episode as ‘Cyrus,’ told the audience last night that this role is the most definitive one of his acting career. He confessed that he too was very apprehensive about participating.

“I had never been involved in a piece that was so important to where my performance would hang over my head for so long. I was like, ‘I don’t know about this one Will. This is tall order,’” said the rapper who has appeared in such movies as “ATL” and ‘Takers.”

Harris went on to talk about his experience of filming on real Louisiana plantations last summer and how he hopes this reboot will entice “Millennials” to go out research their history for themselves.

“First of all, we want to empower you with the truth. Secondly, We want to encourage you to do your own research outside of the institutions that you go to. Education doesn’t stop when you leave school. After you see it, you go and find out more. It’s the information age…you Millennials have the most information available to you at the push of a button and at the click of your phone. The same phone you can use to entertain yourself with can also be used for information. It’s something you just have to want to go out and find.”

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Ambassador Andrew Young talking about ‘ROOTS’ influence on his career

Ambassador Andrew Young was one of many VIPs attending the screening last night. He also shared with the audience how “ROOTS” was influential in helping him become a United States Ambassador to the United Nations and reestablish relationships between America and African nations.

“As this was playing Jimmy Carter asked me to be an ambassador to the United Nations. He gave me a note saying I want you to go to Africa and ask African leaders what they expect of this administration and how we can help them. Now that’s amazing. In January of 1977, that’s what I did and I talked to 22 African presidents. Out of that came the strategy to deal with Zimbabwe from Africans and they said that this will force the South Africans to get to know us and it will be easier for us to get (as they said) ‘Nelson and the boys’ out of jail in South Africa. So there is a sense that ‘Roots’ helped galvanize this nation to the point where we had the best African policy.”  Ambassador Young also called out our current prison systems as the new “Jim Crow” and “modern day slavey.”

Other notables in attendance last night included Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights; RHOA star Phaedra Parks;  HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod and her husband DJ Fadelf; “Dish Nation” personality Gary with da Tea; Morehouse College President Dr. John Silvanus Wilson; Dr. Sam Livingston of Morehouse College; Tamarre Torchan, President of Atlanta Chapter of the National Action Network;  Dr. Yamma Brown and Deanna Brown, daughters of the late James Brown. Hip-hop icon Ed Lover and V-103 radio personality Ryan Cameron were also in attendance and participated in the post film panel discussion.

Check out a few more pictures below and click here to watch the trailer for “ROOTS” which airs this Memorial Day Holiday:

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Ambassador Andrew Young and Phaedra Parks

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Dr. Yamma and Deanna Brown

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Panelists

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Egypt Sherrod and DJ Fadelf

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T.I. and Ambassador Andrew Young

Photo Credits: Paras Griffin for Getty for History

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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

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RC attends ATL Premiere of ‘Growing Up Hip Hop’ #GUHH [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had the distinct pleasure of covering Tuesday night’s Atlanta premiere of WEtv’s newest docu-series “Growing Up Hip Hop.” The star-studded event took place at the SCAD Show (formerly 14th Street Playhouse) and was attending by a number of the city’s reality stars, actresses, singers, and industry professionals.

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Damon “Boogie” Dash

“Growing Up Hip Hop” features the offspring of rap music’s biggest names including fashion and style maven Angela Simmons (Rev Run), actor and musician Romeo Miller (Master P), entreprenuer Damon “Boogie” Dash (Damon Dash), DJ TJ Mizell (Jam Master Jay), singer Kristinia DeBarge (James DeBarge) and rising entertainer Egypt Criss (Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Treach from Naughty By Nature).

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Angela Simmons, TJ Mizell, and Romeo Miller during the post show Q&A

The one-hour series follows each member stepping out of the shadows of their famous parents and creating exciting, new trails of their own. With their love and work lives intertwined, each one in this tight-knit group is facing a surprising challenge that will test their loyalties within the group and even relationships with their own mothers and fathers.

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Ebony Steele chatting with Egypt Criss and Kristinia DeBarge during post show Q&A

There were so many celebrities in attendance last night it would be too many to mention but here are just a few that really stood out on the red carpet: RHOA stars Porsha Williams, “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” stars Steve J and Joseline Hernandez, “Atlanta Exes” star Monyetta ShawHoney Boo Boo and Mama June, R&B singer Bobby V and the newly engaged Demetria McKinney.

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Althea, Toya, Phaedra, Monyetta and Porsha attending the post show party

After the screening was a lively Q&A session hosted by media personality Ebony Steele followed by an after party at the W Hotel’s Whiskey Park. One of the evening’s highlights for me was meeting “Pepa” from legendary hip hop duo Salt-N-Pepa. I had the great fortune of seeing them in concert back in the 80’s and was in the audience the night they filmed the video for their classic hit “Push It.” It was my very first rap concert ever and an experience I will never forget!  “Growing Up Hip Hop” premieres this Thursday night at 10 p.m. EST on WEtv.

Check out all of the red carpet photos below:

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#GUHH ANGELA SIMMONS

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Media personality Ebony Steele and RHOA’s Porsha Williams 

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#GUHH TJ Mizell 

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Cutting It In the ATL’s Dedra Allen and LHHATL’s Erica Dixon

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#GUHH ROMEO MILLER

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Reality stars Honey Boo Boo & Mama June and Singer Demetria McKinney

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#GUHH EGYPT CRISS

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Actress Charmin Lee and RHOA’s Phaedra Parks 

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#GUHH KRISTINIA DEBARGE

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Reality star Toya Wright and Cutting It In the ATL’s Mushiya Tshikuka

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#GUHH DAMON “BOOGIE” DASH

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#GUHH SANDRA “PEPA” DENTON

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Bahja Rodriguez (formerly of the OMG Girlz) and Shanti Das

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Atlanta Exes star Monyetta Shaw

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HLN’s Melissa Knowles and Selling It In the ATL’s Sarah Lowe

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ROMEO MILLER and his new music group

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Selling It In the ATL’s Chrishena Stanley and R&B singer D. Woods

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Romeo and Phaedra Parks 

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L.A. Hair star Gocha Hawkins and La La’s Full Court star Dice 

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Final Draft 

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Cutting It In the ATL’s Beautii J and R&B singer Bobby V

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DJ Fadelf and Marriage Bootcamp star Althea “Thi Thi” Heart

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Drea Kelly and her daughter

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Cutting It In the ATL’s LaKenya Morris and Marriage Boot Camp star Ink

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LHHATL’s Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J.

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Ebony Steele talking to Egypt Criss during the post show Q&A

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Angela Simmons, TJ Mizell and Romeo

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Damon “Boogie” Dash, Kristinia DeBarge and Egypt Criss 

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RC with Pepa

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WATCH Sunday Night’s Episode of RHOA “Shade for Days” (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Just in case you missed last night’s juicy episode!

Kenya continues to build her future dream home and discovers her family relationships are also in need of some construction. Porsha heads to Los Angeles to cover an awards show, but will conflict with her sister compromise her performance on the red carpet? Kandi gets the tea about Don Juan‘s run-in with Phaedra and Porsha leaving her skeptical of her mended friendship with Phaedra. Cynthia hosts an event where drama erupts between Porsha and Kandi. 

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Kandi Burruss & Demetria McKinney host viewing party for new single (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy-winning music star Kandi Burruss and R&B starlet Demetria McKinney hosted a private viewing party in Atlanta last night for their new single “Unnecessary Trouble.”

The event was held at Time Restaurant and Lounge and was attended by a number of their celebrity friends, fans and Atlanta media.  Notables spotted on the red carpet included Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey and her husband, Peter Thomas, Kenya Moore, Shamae MortonAmiyah Scott, Claudia Jordan, Kim Fields with her husband, Christopher Morgan and Porsha Williams.

Also spotted in the upstairs VIP section were Shanti Das, April Love, Derek Blanks, Funky Dineva, Dallas the Stylist, Roger M. Bobb and Cutting It In the ATL’s Dedra Allen and Beautii Joseph.

Check out a sneak peek of the video below + more red carpet photos:

https://youtu.be/tS2CJwJiwsc

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Cynthia Bailey and her Shamae Morton

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Acclaimed photographer and music video producer Derek Blanks

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Transgender model Amiyah Scott

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Cutting It In the ATL’s Dedra Allen

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Roger M. Bobb

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Demetria McKinney with Claudia Jordan

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Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker

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Kim Fields and Christopher Morgan

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Phaedra Parks 

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Kenya Moore
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Noted Music Executive Shanti Das 

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RHOA cast revealed + New Trailer for Season 8 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The wait is finally over RC fans and Bravo has released official photos and a hot new trailer for Season 8 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.  Since eight is the number of “new beginnings,” the hugely popular series has amped up its star power this season with some new and not-so-new faces.

Proudly holding a peach is none other than award-winning actress and TV favorite Kim Fields along with veterans Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams, Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss and Kenya Moore. Gone from the show is original member, Nene Leakes along with Claudia Jordan and Demetria McKinney.

Returning to the show for “sh*ts and giggles” are Marlo Hampton, Sheree Whitfield and the new kid on the block, Shamae Morton.

Check out the explosive trailer below and tell us what you think!

Photo Credits: RealityTea.com

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WEtv’s ‘L.A. Hair’ star Gocha Hawkins opens new Atlanta Hair Salon [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It was all about celebrity hairstylist, Gocha Hawkins, last night at the grand opening celebration for her new Gocha Salon in Midtown-Atlanta. The pint-size beauty was dressed in pink and green garb from head-to-toe and was surrounded by her family, friends, and industry professionals.

Gocha and her style team

Gocha Hawkins and her team of stylists

Hawkins, who is originally from my hometown of Orlando, FL, is the newest member of WEtv’s “L.A. Hair” and was all smiles when her fellow cast members—Dontay Savoy, Naja Rickette, Anthony Pazos, China Upshaw, Terry Hunt and Leah Aldridge—stopped by to congratulate her. Unfortunately, the queen of “L.A. Hair,” Kim Kimble was not able to attend the opening because she was presenting at the Bronner Bros. International Beauty show across town.

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 Hawkins and her “L.A. Hair” family

Other special invited guests included Phaedra Parks and Carmon Cambrice from Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” along with Quad Webb-Lunceford, LaToya Bush Harris, Dr. Heavenly Kimes and Lisa Nicole from Bravo’s “Married to Medicine.” Also present was Erica Dixon from VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” former reality star and book author, Toya Wright, WEtv’s “Cutting It in the ATL” divas Maja Sly, LaKenya Morris and Dedra Allen as well as celebrity stylists Terrence Davidson and Terrance Terry from Oxygen’s “Nail’d It!”  There was even as appearance by hair icon John Paul Dejoria, founder of Paul Mitchell systems and owner of Patron Tequila.

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 Hawkins with Toya Wright, Phaedra Parks and Quad Webb-Lunceford

Gocha has worked her magic on the tresses of a number of celebrities and entertainers including Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Serena Williams, Drake, Keyshia Cole, Christina Milian, Sheree Whitfield, Kandi Burruss, Porsha Williams and more. Her business is also the official salon for the Atlanta Hawks dance team and is located at 950 West Peachtree Street, Unit 265 in Midtown-Atlanta.

Check out more photos below:

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 Cocoa Fab’s Rita K. Davis and with PR maven Angela Watts 

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 “Cutting It In the ATL” stars Lakenya Morris & Maja Sly with Hawkins

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 Hawkins with Toya Wright

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 L.A. Hair’s Leah Aldridge

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Hawkins with Carmon Cambridge

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 LHHATL’s Erica Dixon with “Married to Medicine” stars Dr. Heavenly Kimes, LaToya Bush Harris and Lisa Nicole

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 Hawkins and her “L.A. Hair” Family – Naja, Dontay, China, Anthony and Terry

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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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