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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!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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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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‘Blackout Gala’ honors Rasheeda, Kirk Frost & DJ Nabs [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” stars Rasheeda and Kirk Frost were saluted Friday night at the 2016 Live and Die for Hip Hop Blackout Gala. The private event took place at the new Gallery 874 in the West Midtown district of Atlanta and was presented by Leigh Wise. This year’s theme was “Hip Hop is Art” and recognized entertainers who used hip hop as a creative outlet to express their truths and to educate future generations.

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Rasheeda and Kirk Frost

Wise created the event in 2014 in memory of her first cousin and rap icon Chris Kelly (Kris Kross), who died in 2013. The event was also a fundraiser for Atlanta’s famed Tri-Cities High School Performance Arts Program and featured the stunning, original art work of former LaFace Records Art Director—DL Warfield.

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DJ Nabs and Kelly’s mother Ms. Donna Kelly-Pratte

Also picking up an award was Atlanta favorite—DJ Nabs. He was Jermaine Dupri‘s exclusive DJ who backed up many of So So Def’s artists like Kriss Kross, Da Brat, Xscape, and Bow Wow. He also joined Kelly on Michael Jackson‘s  historic 1992 Dangerous World Tour and has worked with other major music stars such as Mariah Carey, Ludacris, and Ciara. His influence in helping to establish southern hip hop was chronicled in the 2014 Vh1 Rock Doc: ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game.

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DL Warfield art work featuring President Barack Obama and Public Enemy

“Live and Die” was hosted once again by reality star and celebrity stylist Dwight Eubanks and was attended by Kelly’s mother Donna Kelly-Pratte, his aunt and uncle Robert and Delani Barber, and former Atlanta Falcon star Bob Whitfield. It was also attended by a number of Kelly’s friends as well as a host of hip hop and art enthusiasts.

Check out more photos below:

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DL Warfield artwork

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Leigh Wise with honorees Rasheeda and Kirk Frost and DJ Nabs

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DL Warfield artwork featuring Kurt Cobain and Rihanna

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DL Warfield with Kwanza Hall, Sean Anderson, and guest

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Host Dwight Eubanks 

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Leigh Wise is the first cousin of Chris Kelly 

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RasheedaKirk Frost, and DJ Nabs thanking everyone for their awards

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Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall bringing greetings from Mayor’s Office
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Leigh Wise and DJ Nabs holding his award

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Leigh Wise with Rasheeda holding her award

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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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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Rasheeda and Kirk Frost

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R&B singer Antonio Ramsey/Gocha Hawkins

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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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Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker host ATL Preview Party for ‘Kandi’s Ski Trip’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss celebrated her birthday in style last night as she hosted a VIP preview party for her new Bravo reality series, “Kandi’s Ski Trip.”  The three-episode program follows newlyweds, Kandi and Todd Tucker, as they take their families on a Colorado ski trip with the hopes of blending them together. The trip took place after the sudden death of Todd’s mother, Ms. Sharon.

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Most of the show’s cast were in attendance including Kandi’s hilariously funny Aunts Bertha and Nora, her daughter Riley, her cousin Weenie, DonJuan, Carmon and of course, Mama Joyce. The event took place at the Suite Food Lounge in downtown Atlanta and featured a variety of lush desserts and a post Q&A session led  by Atlanta’s V-103.

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A number of Kandi’s friends were in attendance including her RHOA sisters Kenya Moore, Claudia Jordan, Demetria McKinney, and Cynthia Bailey. “Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta” stars Rasheeda and Kirk Frost were present as well as Toya Wright, Monyetta Shaw, Keshia Knight-Pulliam and Lelee from the R&B group SWV. Music executive Kawan “KP” Prather was spotted along with actresses Tammy McGarity and Rachelle Neal. Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Shekinah Jo, Phaedra Parks, Derek J, Geneva S. Thomas, Funky Dineva and rap legend, Uncle Luke made brief appearances.

Check out more photos below:

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 Kandi, Todd and Mama Joyce

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 RHOA’s Claudia Jordan, Cynthia Bailey and Demetria McKinney

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 SWV’s LeLee Lyons

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 Don’t stop get it, get it…Uncle Luke in da house

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 Actress Tammy McGarity

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 Actress Rachelle Neal and guest

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 Monyetta Shaw and Keshia Knight-Pulliam

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 Kawan “KP” Prather 

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 “Blood, Sweat and Heels” star Geneva S. Thomas

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 “Fashion Queens” star Derek J 

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Kandi with Claudia, Kenya, Toya, Demetria and Rasheeda

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 “The Wish” stars Reece Odum and Blue Kimble

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 Shekinah Jo with Blogger Freddyo

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 Tameka “Tiny” Harris

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Say Cheese Ladies!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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ATL Celebrates the life of late Kris Kross star, Chris Kelly [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Celebrities joined industry legend Ed Lover and hip hop sweetheart Reginae Carter for a night of lights, camera and action on September 6, 2014 when Atlanta’s hip-hop and philanthropic communities converged at the illustrious Woodruff Arts Center as entrepreneur and socialite LaToya “Leigh” Wise presented the first annual Live and Die for Hip Hop Black Out Gala.

The formal event commemorated the life and legacy of late multi-platinum music artist—and Wise’s first cousin—Chris Kelly, half of the rap duo Kriss Kross. This event was produced in conjunction with Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly-Pratte, and the turnout was phenomenal.

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 Chris Kelly’s cousin, uncle and aunt, Leigh Wise, Robert and Delanie Barber

The vision of the Live and Die for Hip Hop Black Out Gala was birthed out of a desire to celebrate the life of Chris Kelly and offer music scholarships to students that attend the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media, Kelly’s alma mater. Wise teamed up with The Atlanta Step-Up Society for a night of music, philanthropy and celebrity.

The Historic Woodruff Arts Center was star-studded with an overwhelming amount of attendees that came to celebrate the life of Chris Kelly, including key tastemakers and familiar faces from entertainment and music. The event was hosted by hip-hop legend Ed Lover; daughter of mega rapper Lil Wayne, Reginae Carter; and socialites the Three Brown Girls.

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 Bone Crusher performing

The event was curated by reality television Phenom Dwight Eubanks of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and produced by Leigh Wise, Donna Kelly-Pratte and Delanie Barber. Attendees included former labelmate Tiny Harris (formerly of R&B group Xscape), VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” castmates Kirk and Rasheeda Frost, reality TV personality Toya Wright, radio personality Eboni Steele, recording artist Pretty Kenny, music industry veteran Shanti Das, former RHOA castmate Sheree Whitfield, VH1’s “Atlanta Exes” castmate Sheree Buchanan and Zonnique Pullins of OMG Girlz .

World renowned DJ Nabs was spinning, and Bone Crusher grabbed the mic for a special performance. Vice president of Atlantic Records and former A&R for LaFace Records Kawan “KP” Prather and founder of Organized Noize, Rico Wade, were recognized by their respected colleagues and clients for all the that they’ve contributed to the hip-hop industry. Proceeds from the gala awarded Atlanta Institute of Music and Media (Kelly’s alma mater) student, Javaun Mundle a music scholarship.

Check out more photos below:

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 Chris Kelly’s Grandmother, Rosina Williams and Tameka “Tiny” Harris

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Chris Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly-Pratte

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 Victor Jackson/Honorees Rico Wade and Kawan “KP” Prather

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Former RHOA Sheree Whitfield

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DJ Nabs, Kirk Frost, and DJ Jelly

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 Chanita Foster with Shanti Das/Cocoa Brown

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Rasheeda and LaToya Wright

Photo Credit: Chuck Brown Photography

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Kandi Burruss hosts ATL screening of ‘LUCY’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

An advance Atlanta screening of Universal Pictures’ highly anticipated film, LUCY,  was hosted Wednesday night by Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and entrepreneur Kandi Burruss. 

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It was a packed house with Burruss’ celebrity friends and special guests including Mama Joyce, her daughter Riley and her aunts Bertha and Nora. Also in attendance were Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s  Rasheeda & Kirk Frost, D. Woods, Fashion Queens’  Derek JAtlanta Exes’  Monyetta Shaw and Tameka Foster Raymond and book author and entrepreneur Toya Wright.

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 (Kandi with Nikki Nicole, Tobey Sanders, Carmon, Rasheeda, Tameka and Monyetta)

The Atlanta Dream’s Angel McCoughtryDJ AONE and BET’s Sunday Best  Season 2 winner Y’anna Crawley were also in the building.

LUCY  is about a woman, who is accidentally caught in a dark deal and turns the tables on her captors, while transforming into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.  The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman and opens in theaters Friday, July 25.

Check out a few more photos from the premiere:

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 Tameka Raymond

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 Rasheeda

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Monyetta Shaw

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 Kandi with D. Woods

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Kandi with Nivea

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Toya Wright with Mama Joyce

 Photo Credit: Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

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Benzino and Thi Thi host Music Showcase for LHHATL Episode (PHOTOS)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Leading urban news & entertainment magazine Hip Hop Weekly teamed up with “the people’s station” V-103 Atlanta to showcase new music from ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” power couple Thi Thi and Benzino. The well-attended event was filmed on Thursday evening (June 12) for an episode of the top rated reality series, Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta  that will air this summer, chronicling Thi Thi’s rise in the music industry.

Hosted by fellow cast member Kirk Frost, the private musical showcase included a special performance and video premiere of the crowd favorite “Ghetto Love,” as well as other music that will be featured later this summer in an episode of LHHATL. The dynamic R&B singer also debuted her latest hot single, “Bottles (Light The Club Up),” which is expected to burn up the charts this summer. The night couldnt end without Benzino adding fire to the flame with his new single featuring Rick Ross, “Walk Away.”

Special guest included Bobby V, LLHATL’s Rasheeda, Debra Atney and Momma Dee, Kandi’s Wedding  star Carmon, Funky Dineva, Havok Jones and a host of others.  The event took place at the new, Vibe Restaurant in Downtown Atlanta and was hosted by Ciroc and Courvoiser.

Check out the photos below:

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 Benzino and Kirk Frost acting up on the red carpet

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 Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta’s Rasheeda and Momma Dee

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 Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta’s Debra Atney and guest

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 R&B music group, Havok Jones

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 Funky Dineva and Carmon

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R&B singer MONE

Photo Credit: Megan Alodie for RayCornelius.com

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LHHATL’s Benzino hosts party for fiancée & new castmember Althea ‘Thi Thi’ Heart (PHOTOS)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta  star, Benzino hosted his Hip Hop Weekly issue release and introduced his fiancée and budding music artist Althea “Thi Thi” Heart at Bar One in Atlanta, Georgia last night to an intimate hand-selected crowd.

Making the occasion even more special, it was Thi Thi’s birthday!

As the Birthday Cake Wines flowed, family, friends and event sponsors, including PoleBlvd.Com, poured in to join the festivities. Among the crowd was LHHATL couple Rasheeda and Kirk as well as Benzino’s father and Thi Thi’s mother.  Stevie J’s dad even made an appearance.  With the help of celebrity jeweler Lucky of the Atlanta-based Lucky Diamonds & Co., Benzino surprised the birthday girl with a pair of diamond earrings to complement the huge engagement ring that everyone finally got a peek at last night. Yet, Althea wasn’t the only one receiving gifts.  Benzino gave the crowd an exclusive listen to Thi Thi’s new music, including her new single, “Ghetto Love” featuring Benzino.  The song received rave reviews and – telling from the couple’s chemistry – they’re sure to be the breakout star couple of this season’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.

“It’s a beautiful thing to celebrate the love of my life. She’s my ride or die! She’s held me down, especially during my recovery. I’m more than happy to return the favor,”  shared Zino.

Althea is a New York native who has had a passion for entertainment from an early age.  Her musical skills have allowed her to work with such notables as legendary hip-hop emcee Foxy Brown and music executive Kevin Liles.  After a brief hiatus, she is excited to return to music by dropping her new single, “Ghetto Love” produced by the prolific Chucky Thompson, the man behind hits for Usher, Faith Evans, Mary J Blige, Nas, Ledisi and more.

Check out a few pictures below from the party:

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 Benzino showing off his new tatoo of Thi Thi much to her delight

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 LHHATL’s Kirk Frost &Rasheeda/Founder of Pole Blvd.com with guest

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 Althea ‘Thi Thi’ Heart showing off her new bling

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 Althea & her mother/Source Hip Hop Weekly Founder Dave Mays and Pole Blvd.com Founder

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 CAKE ANYONE?

 Audiences can catch up with Benzino and Althea when Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta returns to television for its third season on May 5, 2014.

Photo Credits: AskAprilLove

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Kandi Burrus and Todd Tucker tie the knot!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

I’s married now!

Despite all of the drama we’ve watched her endure from her Mama Joyce, RHOA starlet Kandi Burruss has finally jumped the broom with her fiancé Todd Tucker.

Yes folks!  Kandi is officially a Real  Housewife of Atlanta.

According to the AJC and Straight from The A, the two love birds tied the knot at LeFais Do Do in West Midtown, Atlanta.  The very private affair was taped by Bravo for an upcoming series and was attended by RHOA cast mates Porsha Williams, Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey. Unfortunately, Nene Leakes and Kenya Moore were unable to attend because of taping for their new shows, Dancing with the Stars  and Celebrity Apprentice.

Burruss’ bridemaid bridesmaids included R&B vocalist Fantasia, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Rasheeda, and fellow Xscape member, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle Harris.  Her dress was created by Atlanta-based designer Reco Chapple.

A bevy of notables were also in attendance including Fashion Queens Derek J and Miss Lawrence, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Big Tigger, Musiq SoulChild, Tamar Braxton and Vince Herbert, Shekinah Jo, Toya Wright, Stevie J, Benzino, Sheree Whitfield, Monyetta Shaw, Sherri Shephard and Jawn Murray.

Kandi’s publicist Tresa Sanders confirmed that Mama Joyce was on her best behavior throughout the ceremony.

Congrats to Kandi and Todd!

Photo Credit: allabouttrh.com

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RC attends GARB Shoetique One Year Anniversary (PHOTOS)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Reality-starlet Toya Wright and her business partner Danielle Cardiche-Johnson celebrated the one year anniversary of their GARB Shoetique this weekend in Atlanta. The event was attended by many of the store’s shoppers as well as some of Wright’s celebrity friends including RHOA Kandi Burruss and Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta’s  Rasheeda. Also spotted were Kandi’s best friend and assistant, Carmen along with celebrity bloggers The Funky Dineva, Straight from the A and Talking with Tami.

GARB Shoetique is just one of two fashion related businesses for the 30-year-old, who also owns a GARB Clothing Boutique in New Orleans. Wright says that business is doing so well for the Atlanta location that she is thinking about expanding the brand to either Houston or Miami.

“Since we’ve opened the doors to this store, we have received a lot of love from the Atlanta-Smyrna community. We have developed a thriving online fan base and are just overwhelmed by all of the people who have supported us. Every time we get new merchandise, its sells out. So it’s really been a blessing…I’m really thinking about expanding to another city…maybe Houston or Miami.”

In addition, Wright says she is also planning to develop an exclusive clothing line for her GARB Boutique. This will allow her to  carry her own merchandise instead of buying from vendors and plans to debut it in February 2014.

Wright also indicated that she may be returning to reality TV with an emphasis on her daughter, Reginae. She also says that she prepping to write a follow up to her NYT Best-Seller, “Priceless Inspiration.” The untitled project will be published under a new company, Simon and Schuster and will focus on her growth as a mother, wife and business woman.

“This new book is going to show my growth. I am not in the same place when I wrote Priceless Inspirations, which focused more on my childhood and finding  Toya. This time it’s about being a mother, wife, and entrepreneur. It’s also about my failures, dissolved friendships and the many lessons I learned from launching my businesses. I hope to debut the book next summer, says Wright.”

Check out the photos below from the anniversary party:

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 GARB Shoetique carries a variety of shoes  and accesories

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 Kandi Burruss and Toya Wright/RC with Rasheeda

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 DJ spinning the latest in hip-hop, pop and R&B

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 T.I.’s Aunt, Danielle Cardiche-Johnson, Toya Wright and Kandi Burruss

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 Delights

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 RC with celebrity publicist Tresa Sanders and RHOA Kandi Burruss

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 Kandi’s sexy Louboutin Boots

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 RC with Danielle Cardiche-Johnson/Carmen and The Funky Dineva

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 GARB Cupcakes

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 RC with GARB sales Associate Kristina Blakey and celebrity event planner Nicole Garner

Red Shoes

Shoes…

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 LaToya’s daughter Reginae doing the latest dance…

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More Shoes…

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 Voscato was a sponsor of the evening’s celebration

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Rasheeda with Toya Carter

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Danielle Cardiche-Johnson, Toya Carter, Kandi Burruss and Peaches Chin

Photo Credit: Megan Alodie for RayCornelius.com

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ATL Stars attend the opening night of Kandi Burruss ‘A Mother’s Love’ (PHOTOS)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker’s new musical, A Mother’s Love  opened Friday night and yours truly was on the red carpet for all of the action.  The three-hour theatrical production was held at the Rialto Center for the Arts at GA State and was attending by a number of Kandi’s industry friends, celebrities and reality stars.

Spotted on the red carpet were former R&B Divas  Nicci Gilbert and LaTocha Scott, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s  Stevie J with Joseline Hernandez, Sabrina and Kadijah Rowe formerly of Big Rich Atlanta  and Dice of La La’s Full Court.  Kandi’s Real Housewives of Atlanta  castmates Cynthia Bailey, Peter Thomas, Phaedra Parks, and Apollo Nida were also in the building along with music and entertainment guru, Mona Scott-Young.

Also in the audience were Tyler Perry, Rasheeda with Kirk FrostDJ FadelphMusic SoulChild, Monyetta Shaw, Toya Wright and a very slimmed-down Darwin Hobbs and his wife Traci. 

A Mother’s Love  is a story that captures the roller coaster relationship between a mother and daughter. It depicts how tough it can be for a mother to let go and allow her daughter to make her own decisions when it comes to love. The show features an all-star cast including Eddie Levert, Shirley Murdock, D. Woods of Danity Kane, Q Parker of 112, and RHOA Porsha Stewart. Also appearing in the show are award-winning Atlanta-based actresses Chandra Currelley and Adrienne Reynolds and YouTube star, Funky Dineva (who naturally stole the show).

Check out the red carpet looks below:

Ms. Joyce and date

Kandi’s mother, Ms. Joyce with her guest

Q Parker Nicci Gilbert2

 Q Parker of 112 / Nicci Gilbert, formerly of R&B Divas Atlanta

Mona Scott Young

 Entertainment Mogul, Mona Scott-Young

Cynthia Bailey LaTocha Scott

 RHOA  Cynthia Bailey / LaTocha Scott formerly of R&B Divas Atlanta

Peter Jackson

 Dance Choreographer Victor Jackson

Phadra and Apollo

 RHOA  Phaedra Parks and husband Apollo Nida

Mrs. Parker

Sabrina Rowe, formerly of Big Rich Atlanta

Parker Kids

Kadijah Rowe, formerly of Big Rich Atlanta  and Quinnes Jr.

Sisterhood2

Pastor Anthony and Christina Murray, formerly of The Sisterhood

Producers Joseline

Playwright Chiquita Lockley and Casting Director Dayron Miles / Joseline Hernandez

Dice

Dice of La La’s Full Court

Sisterhood1

Pastor and Marvin Ivy Couch, formerly of The Sisterhood

Cynthia and Peter

RHOA  Cynthia Bailey-Thomas and Peter Thomas

Joseline and Stevie J

Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta’s  Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J

Click here to purchase tickets for the FINAL SHOW on Sunday, November 24 at 8 p.m.

 Photo Credit: Done By Sight/RayCornelius.com

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RC attends ‘Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta’ Preview Party

Ed Woods, Joseline Hernandez, Stevie J and Deric Angelettie aka D-Dot

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Ratchet reality TV is back!  The cast of VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta  attended a VIP screening of their second season last night at the Cream Ultra Lounge in Atlanta. The place was packed with bloggers, ATL socialites, up-incoming recording artists and wannabe’s “myxing and mingling” to the hot sounds of DJ Fadelf. VH1’s production crew was also in the house recording bits and pieces of the night while everyone prepared themselves for the highly-anticipated new episode.

Spotted in the crowd were Mimi Faust and her BFF Ariane Davis, Benzino, Momma Dee and Shay “Buckey” Johnson.  On again, off-again couple Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez made a grand entrance while Kirk Frost arrived with his very pregnant but beautiful wife Rasheeda.

Also present were the show’s newest cast members DJ Traci Steele and her beau DJ Babey Drew as well as Stevie J’s artist and Joseline’s new nemesis, Che Mack. Last but certainly not least to make an entrance was show creator Mona Scott-Young, who wore a blue dress in honor of  her new moscato line Myx Fusion. Other special guests included Bambi from L.A. Basketball Wives, Alexandria Dilworth, star of Mona’s new reality series Taking Atlanta and a host of others. Noticeably missing from the event was Lil Scrappy, K. Michelle and Karlie Redd. After the on-hour screening, the cast engaged in an over-the-top Q&A session hosted by Janee Bolden,  senior editor of Bossip.com.

Check out a few photos below and don’t forget to set your DVR’s on April 22 at 8 p.m. when Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta  returns to VH1!

Mimi Faust

 Mimi Faust

Mama D

Momma Dee

Arianne

Ariane Davis

Benzino

Benzino

DJ Traci Steel

DJ Traci Steele

Chemack

Che Mack

Joseline

Joseline Hernandez

Stevie J

Stevie J

Erika

Erica Dixon

Kirk

Kirk Frost

Rasheeda

Rasheeda

Mona Scott-Young

Mona Scott-Young

Alexandria Dilworth Taking ATL

Alexandria Dilworth from Mona Scott-Young’s newest reality show, Taking Atlanta

Bambi

 Bambi from LA Basketball Wives

LHHATL Panel

Joseline Hernandez talks during Q&A session

Erika, Mimi and Mama D

Erica Dixon, Mimi Faust and Momma D during the talk back

Erikas's Mom, Mona, Erika and Mimi

Erica Dixon’s mother, Mona Scott-Young, Erica Dixon and Mimi Faust

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Photography Credit/DoneBySight

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Kandi Burruss host ‘Kandi Factory’ Preview Party + PHOTOS

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Over the weekend, RHOA star Kandi Burruss hosted an Upscale Magazine cover party and private screening for her new Bravo reality series “The Kandi Factory.”

The event was held at Atlanta’s Aurum Night club and was attended by a number of ATL reality stars including Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta’s Rasheeda, R&B Diva Nicci Gilbert and Big Rich ATL’s Khadijah. Also spotted were R&B newcomer Sevyn Streeter, Ne-Yo’s fiancé Monyeta Shaw, The Funky Dineva and Kandi’s fiancé Todd Tucker.

As previously reported, Burruss covers the April’s edition of the Atlanta based magazine and talks about everything from business to the bedroom. Check out a few photos below:

Nicci Gilbert

R&B Diva Nicci Gilbert and guest

Sevyn Streeter

Sevyn Street and Kandi Burruss pose

Khadijah

Big Rich Atlanta’s Khadija

Todd Tucker

 Todd Tucker and guest

Demetria McKinney

Actress Stacy Lawrence, Dance Choreographer Victor Jackson and actress/singer Demetria McKinney

The Kandi Factory  airs tonight at 10p.m. EST on Bravo

Thank you TJB with Photos by Chris Mitchell / CME 3000