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Mona Scott Young, Yung Joc + more attend ‘SleazyJ’s Pop-Up Series’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Thursday night, music producer and tv personality Stevie J hosted a launch party at Atlanta hotspot Revel to debut his new nightlife venture SleazyJ’s. Over 400 guests braved the frigid temperatures to experience the upscale pop-up party that is set to redefine “sleazy.” Stevie J welcomed the packed audience and introduced “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” personality Amara La Negra who gave a spicy opening performance. 

Yung Joc did a hilarious “Roast and Toast” of Stevie, who then returned to the stage and gave a tribute to the late entertainment attorney Ed Woods. Backed by the band Blahk Mail, Stevie closed the program with a sexy serenade of an audience member and a duet with singer Carvena.

Special guests included included Monami Entertainment CEO Mona Scott Young; “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” stars Lil Scrappy, Bambi, Tommie Lee, Lovely Mimi and Momma Dee; “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta” stars Reginae Carter and Zonnique Pullins; Comedians K Dubb and Shawty; recording artist Swift, R&B group Bluff City and many more.

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

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Credits: Paras Griffin for GettyImages/WETV

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WATCH New Trailer for ‘Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta’ Season 2 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The heirs of Atlanta hip hop are back, on the new season of “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta,” and testing the legacy of family and the code of the streets. Shocking secrets, betrayal and an unexpected health crisis spin their worlds out of control. But when they turn their backs on their famous family dynasties, will they pay the ultimate price or die trying?

After escaping a brutal confrontation last season, Shad Moss aka Bow Wow returns to the “A” to complete his comeback without his surrogate father and mega producer, Jermaine Dupri. On the heels of doing a So So Def tour with JD and Da Brat, a scandal between Bow and JD is exploited and battle lines are drawn.

The toxic rivalry between Lil Wayne’s daughter, Reginae Carter, and nemesis Brandon Barnes, rages on; but this season their warpath leads to dangerous threats and it’s clear it’s time to settle the score. Reginae is older and wiser, ready to move on and move out; however will she leave her pregnant mother, Toya Wright, on the lurch for a new living situation?

Brandon Barnes, the son of famed Hip Hop manager Debra Antney and brother to Hip Hop star Waka Flocka, is making moves without his mom. When Deb catches wind of what’s going on behind the scenes, Brandon may be facing a permanent disinheritance.

Zonnique Pullins, the daughter of Hip Hop power couple T.I. & Tiny, is torn when her ‘momager’ wants her to join the Xscape tour, as she tries to reach stardom on her own. Meanwhile, Zonnqiue gambles on her and Reginae’s friendship with a dangerous leap of faith. Shaniah Mauldin, daughter of Jermaine Dupri, approaches her dad about her fashion aspirations, while he pressures her to take over his empire. Unbeknownst to JD, Shaniah is about to drop a major bomb.

Ayana, DJ Hurricane’s daughter, wants to go under the knife, but she must choose between her health and her heart as she puts her life on the line. All hell breaks loose when an interview leaks and puts everyone on full blast!

In the streets of Hotlanta, no one can be trusted and stepping out of their parent’s shadows means risking everything…Tune in Thursday, January 11 at 9pm ET/PT. “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” is produced for WE tv by Entertainment One Television.

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Bow Wow & more to star in WEtv’s ‘Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

WEtv has announced a new addition to its “Growing Up Hip Hop” franchise with an Atlanta cast featuring Bow Wow + T.I. and Tiny‘s daughter—Zonnique Pullins.

According to the press release, “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” is a one-hour docu-series that chronicles the perks and perils of being born into Hip Hop royalty in the city that The New York Times called “Hip Hop’s center of gravity.”

The rich history of the Atlanta hip hop scene has fostered a unique sense of pride and closeness among the artists that resembles a family. But like any family, Atlanta’s next generation of hip hop stars do not always get along. Growing up together in the shadow of their legendary parents has established tight bonds and bitter rivalries, as everybody fights for their chance to push their way into the spotlight.

The cast also features Shaniah Mauldin, Jermaine Dupri’s biological daughter; Reginae Carter, daughter of rap star Lil’ Wayne; Ayana Fite daughter of The Beastie Boys mainstay, DJ Hurricane; and Brandon Barnes, son of famed hip hop manager Ms. Deb and brother of hip hop star Waka Flocka.

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Will you be watching “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” this spring?

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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.

Tiny and mom Diane Cottle

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.

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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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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.

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Reginae Carter/Three Brown Girls

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

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Dwight Eubanks and Leigh Wise/Ebony Steel and Ed Lover

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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