The Game Kicks Off His Birthday Week w/ Suge Knight, Kid Redd, DeRay Davis, Jordin Sparks & More [PHOTOS]
Hip-Hop superstar The Game launched his Birthday Tour at his weekly Monday night hotspot located at Tru Hollywood. The VH1 “Marrying the Game” star was joined by a slew of his celebrity friends including the real Grand Theft Auto V Star Franklin (Shawn Solo Fonteno), Jason Derulo, Jordin Sparks, Deray Davis, Kid Red and even Suge Knight who showed up to blow a few candles out with The Game.
World-renown DJ Mark Da Spot kept the at-capacity party rockers going into the wee hours of the morning. The biggest problem of the night is getting people to leave even when all the lights are turned on, music is off and no more liquor is being served, people love Dream At Tru. The Game and his team No Other Events and Echoing Soundz have officially made “Dream at Tru” the #1 hottest urban nightlife spot in Hollywood on Monday nights.
Is Suge smoking that “loud”??
Photo Credit: Cassy Athena
Source: Echoing Soundz
via press release…
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: On Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 3pm, Future Vision (1212 Fowler St, NW, Atlanta) will host a 2014 Spring Collection Fashion Show for four (4) talented and diverse designers. Peachie Pi is a vibrant and colorful patterned children’s clothing line created by 11 year old designer, Imani Alsobrook. With a combination of animal print and tie-dye, Peachie Pi is ideal for little fashionistas ranging in ages from 4-17.
Manufactured Products is a custom-made and ready-to-wear men’s clothing line out of Ohio, created and designed by Damien Sheppard. Manufactured Products is a fusion of casual and semi –formal wear with an urban flair that embodies the entire manufacturing process. Manufactured Products 2014 Spring Collection consists of floral, denim and colored zebra printed jackets complimented with matching slacks. In addition, Mr. Sheppard will introduce his sweatshirt brand CREAM (Clothes Rule Everything Around Me) to the Atlanta market.
Sir Algernon is a high-end couture women and men’s clothing line created and designed by Algernon Johnson. The Sir Algernon 2014 Spring Collection, which debuted in the 2013 New York Fashion Week, consists of the signature black and white designs with bold pops of color. Sir Algernon continues to celebrate the woman’s silhouette with form fitting floral dresses to long gowns and satin tops with strategic revealing splits. Sir Algernon designs are all topped with a custom-made neck and shoulder design. Sir Algernon’s celebrity clients include Mary Mary (Gospel Artists), Vonnie Lopez (Gospel Artist), Momma Dee (Love and Hip Hop Atlanta) and more.
Sacred Heart Collections is a sassy, flirty line of women’s clothing created and designed by Brandi Russell. Ms. Russell has affectionately named each of her designs and during the 2013 New York Fashion Week she introduced three (3) new designs: Anabelle, Claire and Madysen. As an alum of Spelman College and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Ms. Russell has created a line of collegiate wear that represents the spirit and tradition of historical black colleges and universities. Sacred Heart Collections celebrity clients include Meagan Good (Actress), Tiny Harris (Singer/TV Personality), Olivia Culpo (2012 Miss Universe) and many more. Sacred Heart Collections can be seen worn by actresses Lauren London and Lashontae Heckard on BET’s “The Game”. Sacred Heart Collections designs can be seen in magazines including the cover of Today’s Black Woman Style Report worn by Claudette Ortiz (Singer/TV Personality) and most recently the December 2013 issue of British Vogue.
Designs from the 2014 Spring Collections will be available for purchase and order immediately following the fashion show.
The “Fall Into Spring” fashion show is hosted by Jonna Johnson (Model/Actress/Acting Coach). Special model appearances by Haina Rios (Miss Teen Georgia Latina), Nicole Salas (Miss Pre-Teen Georgia Latina), Naritzi Rodriguez (Miss Teen Congeniality Georgia Latina), Shaquita Smith (Miss Buckhead Georgia), Aja Thomas and Samantha Cedillo (Child Model Magazine) and Jai Lee (Little Miss Renaissance/Bailey Agency).
Performances by Franc West (R&B/NeoSoul), Stylez Music (Reggae/Hip Hop) and Blue Amerika (Rapper). Special music video presentation of “Cougar Girl” by artists TMI and Chris Notez featuring designs by Sacred Heart Collections. Sponsors: Future Vision, Hannon Entertainment, SJS Management, JT Creations, The Actor’s Scene, The Lyngale Agency and Lavish Casting.
Tickets available on Eventbrite at https://falln2spring.eventbrite.com.
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DTLR and Converse has joined forces to present a once in a lifetime opportunity to aspiring rappers. DTLR locations surrounding the east coast are hosting freestyle battle competitions in search for the next hip hop star. The contestants will each battle for a chance to win a one-single recording session at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in New York. Battle MCs who are hungry for their big break are all welcome to showcase their talents (women and men).
The competition kicked off on October 25 at Security Square Mall in Baltimore, Maryland. Next stop was in Atlanta at DTLR’s Camp Creek location. It was there that STACKS Magazine was on deck to witness the artistry first hand. Over 50 young men and women attended the event. Hot 107.9 FM’s Beestroh and female DJ Sweetbox Jones hosted the battle competition. Each contestant got the opportunity spit their hottest 16 bars in hopes of moving on to the next round of the competition.
After several rounds, the Atlanta competition ended up with three final contestants. They all gave it their best shot but in the end there could only be one winner. An unknown rapper by the name of “Roy” killed the competition and is on his way to New York to compete against the other winners from the five participating cities.
Here are few photos from the event:
The next three stops on the freestyle battle train are Washington, DC (Nov. 8), Country Club Hills, IL (Nov. 15), and Richmond, VA (Nov. 22). For more information on how to sign up to compete, go to www.dtlr.com.
Video coverage of the final three freestyles can be found on our Instagram page @ STACKSMag!
Photo Credit: Jonathan Herring, Live & Direct Media
Winsome Sinclair, 25yr Casting Director, Launches New ATL Office, Talks The Film Business & Gives Valuable Advice to Young Actors [Exclusive]
On Tuesday, October 29th, Winsome Sinclair, an established and well-respected casting director from New York, held an exclusive launch party and personal birthday celebration at Bar One Tapas Lounge. The event was to kick-off the new office placement for Winsome Sinclair & Associates here in the Atlanta area. Many of her industry friends came out to celebrate this special occasion. There were plenty of drinks flowing, dancing, and networking among Atlanta’s entertainment insiders and industry veterans from the East Coast and other parts of the U.S.
Partaking in the festivities were Debra Atney (Mizay Entertainment), Nicci Gilbert (Singer/”R&B Divas”), Yung Joc (rapper), Ramona Debreaux (V-103FM), Peter Thomas (Owner of Bar One/”Real Housewives of Atlanta”), and many other industry movers-and-shakers.
Winsome Sinclair is part of a recent wave of film and television business owners that are moving into the Southern market. With Georgia’s fast growing film production industry, many job and tax-incentive opportunities have opened up that will help keep the economy strong. As such, Winsome Sinclair & Associates will join the directory of other companies that will create jobs for the African-American and Latino communities. Sinclair and her associates already have a list of planned events for the Atlanta area that will promote excellence and business know-how. One in particular is the The Blueprint Series.
The Blueprint Series is business acumen. We bring in accountants. We bring in people to talk about doing taxes, investing, wealth, because we don’t want to see them make that mistake. You may have great fame. But, if you can’t sustain yourself, then you still have an issue and it will affect your work. So, we teach them the business of doing business better because it’s 10% show and 90% business. And, we ride that home.
It’s a family thing that we do. My brother is a CPA and an attorney. So he comes in and teaches that course and helps them be prepared for where they are going. We will launch the Blueprint Series in Atlanta in January.
As a 25-year film and television veteran, Sinclair definitely has the knowledge on how to create an opportunity in the film industry. While many young adults choose to use a 4-year institution as a gateway into the entertainment field, others make the right connections and hop right on in – many times as interns. Because college courses and opportunities for minorities were rarely offered back when Sinclair started, she was lucky enough to join Spike Lee’s camp. Through experience gained while working with one of the best in the business, Sinclair began to pay-it-forward to other young interns.
I will definitely suggest a Business course. As far as being a casting director, this is my 25th year going into the industry, so there was no course when I was in school. What I have done though, for the 25 years I’ve been doing this, I make sure every job that I’m on I take on an intern. So I can train somebody else to do this because no one is teaching “our” people to do this. Coming up in Spike Lee’s camp, that’s one thing that Spike stressed, he wanted the department heads ALL look like him. So, he took good care of us in that way. And I pay it forward in the same way. Actually, in 2009, we launched a production company called Legacy Media Group (LMG). LMG is composed of myself and the people who interned with me over the years. We got together and started to things for ourselves. So, I’m really proud of that.
To be a casting director, you have to have an eye for great talent. Sinclair has proven that she is one of the best and has a long list of film, television, and video credits to show for it. In the past 25 years, she has collaborated with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and John Singleton, casting principals and extras for the films Amistad, Malcolm X, Waiting to Exhale, She Hate Me, Inside Man, Too Fast Too Furious, Black Snake Moan, Cadillac Records and Precious, among others. Her most recent projects include For Colored Girls, Violet & Daisy, and the recently released remake of the classic Sparkle, starring the late Whitney Houston.
Her repertoire is quite impressive. But, with it she shares her knowledge so others too can excel in this business. One thing that she is most fond of is helping actors and actresses reach their full potential. As a casting director, she sees first hand where improvements can be made. Therefore, Sinclair stresses the importance of being confident as an actor. Sometimes she says “confidence” is the very thing that hinders people from doing their best in the audition room.
I love smart actors. You need to have your lines and have your lines memorized if possible. But, you always got to come with a headshot, a resume so we know what you’ve done – what kind of work you’re used to. And just…I teach another course called “Start Owning Your Audition Room”, and that’s how to give actors confidence – because you have to walk into that room like you already own it. If you walk in apologetically or not strong, it will hinder your performance. As a casting director, I try to teach actors that I’m on your side. If you look good, I look good. So, I want you to be the best you can be because then my director will hire me again. [laughs]
It’s that simple.
Sinclair also gives hope for future actors or newbies that are found off the street. She credited Spike Lee as being someone who made it his duty to find actors with less experience (or none at all). It is raw talent that can captivate the audience in ways a well-trained actor or actress can’t do. But, although she love working with smart actors, she also loves to discover new talent.
Winsome Sinclair understands her job is to make others dreams come true. She’s been committed to that for 25 years and has no plans on stopping. With this new location in Atlanta, the sky’s the limit for her and her team.
For more information on Winsome Sinclair and/or Winsome Sinclair & Associates, visit www.WSACasting.com or contact her via email at email@example.com. You can also follow her firm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @WSACasting.
Special thanks to Raychelle LeBlanc, of SheNotes for the invite!
In November 2012, several key television and film industry professionals hosted a pitch summit in Atlanta. [READ HERE] The summit allowed aspiring television producers to their ideas and gain instant feedback. Well, this year the group that is spearheading this event is taking things digital.
The Atlanta Pitch Summit 2013 will be conducted via online through a web-based program. The webinar will live and include professionals in production, networks, studios, and agencies. If you have started a project or finished a script, this webinar is a must. The only requirement is that you MUST have a treatment, script, or video and is ready to shop your project to various outlets.
If memory serves us, the show “The New Atlanta” (formerly called “Taking Atlanta”) was a pitch idea that came out of the 2012 summit. As you can see, Mona Scott-Young took a liking to the idea and turned into a reality show on Bravo. So, you never know what may happen with your project.
For more information, go to http://www.areyoupitchreadytvandfilm.eventbrite.com or www.tyjohnston.tv.
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund will host their 14th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference in Atlanta, November 1-2 at the Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree Street, 30303. This year’s conference agenda focuses on financial literacy, business growth and development, job creation, civil rights enforcement and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
The purpose of the conference is to promote fairness in contracting, hiring, retention and promotion, as well as fair terms and conditions in purchasing, lending and investment. The conference will also inspire youth and their parents to take advantage of every opportunity to achieve the highest potential.
Rainbow PUSH has worked with hundreds of families across the nation to avoid foreclosure and retain their homes. It also pushed progressive ideas such as the infrastructure bank, student debt forgiveness and principal reduction to spread the recovery throughout the economy beyond Washington and Wall Street.
The Conference also presents Financial Literacy, featuring Wells Fargo’s Hands On Banking Internet-based curriculum, to promote neighborhood stabilization and home retention. According to RPC Vice President Janice Mathis, “we are working on three fronts: we aim to improve public policy at the state and federal levels; promote urban and rural economic development and job creation and help families and congregations escape or avoid poverty by making sure they have as much knowledge as possible. Federal investment is designed to spur economic recovery, but without participation by unemployed persons and underutilized firms, the stimulus cannot achieve its purpose. According to Rev. Jackson, “we cannot just water the leaves, we must also stimulate the roots to revive the economy.”
Small business owners will get a bird’s eye view of how investments in critical infrastructure creates contracting and job opportunities from some of the largest public and private players including MARTA, Georgia Power Co. and the Coca-Cola Company. G.G. Dixon and Moanica Caston, two executives on the rise, will speak at the Business Breakfast on Friday morning.
A session on Voting Rights is being led by noted Birmingham lawyer Byron Perkins (Coca-Cola and John Deere) because the right to vote is under attack and defines the freedoms, obligations and rights enjoyed by all Americans.
Students will get a roadmap to “Life Beyond the Playing Field and the Stage” under the direction of Dextor Clinkscale, former safety for the Dallas Cowboys. RPC will recognize the contributions of Horace King (veteran of the Detroit Lions), Clarence Pope, Larry West, Richard Applebee, Chuck Kinnebrew, the class of African Americans who were the first scholarship athletes to play for the storied University of Georgia. Storied UGA Coach and Athletic Director Vince Dooley will be on hand to tell the story of his 1971 recruits.
Also on Saturday, Axel Adams will facilitate the Youth Summit, as a new generation of leaders takes the stage to discuss solutions to issues that uniquely impact young people, including Hip-hop culture, violence and bullying. Emory University, Georgia Tech and other colleges and universities will participate in the annual College Fair.
On Friday, the Jesse Jackson Public Policy Institute will present a public policy roundtable, focused on state and local government. Participants include Charleston, South Carolina state representative Dave Mack, S.C. Black Caucus Chair Rep. Harold Mitchell, Georgia State Senator Gail P. Davenport and Louisiana Black Caucus Chair Patricia A. Smith. Racial profiling, voter id, gun control, financial aid, health care are all dictated to some degree by state legislation and local ordinances. Fairer government requires broad engagement. The session will take on the issue of the State of the Southern Rainbow. In the wake of recent conservative political gains and ubiquitous ALEC inspired legislation, regional leaders will discuss the fate and future of the progressive agenda.
The following persons will be honored for their contributions to civic and economic life during the conference Keep Hope Alive Gala: Dr. Joseph Leonard, Assistant Secretary of the USDA for Civil Rights and Tommy Dortch, founder of 100 Black Men.
The Wardlaw Brothers and the Jean Childs Young Middle School Jazz Band will perform at the Keep Hope Alive Gala which celebrates Rev. Jackson’s birthday and benefits the work of RPC, CEF and families facing economic insecurity.
If you would like to attend this conference, to purchase tickets click here.
For More Information, Contact Rob Woods at 404 525 5663 or visit www.rainbowpushatlanta.org.
Clifford “T.I.” Harris celebrated his 33rd birthday this past Saturday in Atlanta. The “peep show” themed birthday bash was one of the highlights from the BET Hip Hop Awards weekend.
The party was held at the 200 Peachtree Street event facility. The chic affair brought out many of Tip’s celebrity friends, family, and fans. Of course, the Grand Hustle family was in attendance to partake in the festivities. Business partner Jason Geter, Hanna King, Clay Evans, B.o.B., Young Dro, Big Kuntry, MacBoney, Spodee, Doe B, Mitchel’le, and comedian Lil Duval were in the building. T.I”s boo Tiny Harris was there too along with Shekinah, and Pretty Hustle’s group French Kiss, Ryan Cameron, DJ Holiday, and Nelly.
STACKS Magazine was on the scene to capture the who’s who in attendance. Celebrities and local socialites who came out to support The Kang were singer/actress Brandy Norwood (who sung a beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday to Tip), Tyrese, Jennifer Hudson, Mimi Faust and her boo Niko, R&B singer Sammie, Sean Garrett, Princess (formerly of Crime Mob), Bola, Shay Johnson, Rocko, Nicci Gilbert and daughter Brandy-Lynn, D. Woods, Monyetta Shaw, Dice, Keisha Knight-Pulliam, Tony Rock, Erica Dixon, KeKe Wyatt and her husband, Lil Fate (DTP), Tameka Foster-Raymond, Funky Dineva, Michelle Brown, and many more.
Check out a few photos from the red carpet:
The most interesting aspect of T.I.’s birthday party was the peep show boxes that were placed throughout the room. It was very unique in that each box showcased a different concept (i.e. College Girls, Magic City, Body Painted chicks, Tattoo girl, Dominatrix girls, etc). Each of the boxes were picturesque and visually appealing. It definitely added a different element to your average birthday party. Also, the dance girls that were randomly placed and walking throughout the room was an added pleasure to many of the guests.
The only downside to the evening was the fact that the birthday boy himself showed up late. So, he wasn’t able to party as long as many of his supporters wanted him to. With that said, he bypassed the step and repeat outside the venue and slid straight inside the party. Longtime industry friend Sean “P. Diddy” Combs also made a brief appearance. By the way, T.I. was clean as hell in his maroon blazer. Several of the Grand Hustle family also was dressed to the nines like Dro, Lil Duval, MacBoney, etc.
Here are a few photos from inside the event:
To view the full photo gallery, click HERE or visit our page on Facebook.com/Stacks.Mag.
Special thanks to MusicBusinessPolitics for the invite!
Tuesday, September 24, Atlanta’s Museum Bar welcomed music lovers for a special album release party. Musiq Soulchild and Syleena Johnson has combined their talents to create a new reggae album.
Yes, reggae. Sounds strange doesn’t it…given the fact that neither one of them are known to sing that genre of music. But hey, talent is talent…right?
Anyway, the ‘9INE‘ album release party brought out many supporters and celebrity friends. STACKS Magazine was on site to get exclusive photos from the event. Check out a few of them below:
’9INE’ is now available on iTunes. In case you need a preview of what to expect from their new album, check out “Promise” below and let us know what you think.
Ludacris will host his 8th Annual LudaDay Weekend on Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2nd 2013. The main focus of LudaDay Weekend is to give back to the Atlanta community. Since its start in 2005, LudaDay Weekend has consistently grown, attracting supporters from all over the world. The Celebrity Basketball Game will be on Sunday, September 1st at Georgia State University Sports Arena from 2-6 P.M. R&B Singer Usher will coach against Team Luda this year.
Last year it was Team Luda vs. Team Hart (Kevin Hart) with Team Hart winning 103-100. Celebrities that participated in last year’s game were Floyd Mayweather, Ma$e, Big Tigger, Shannon Brown, Pusha T, Jarrett Jack, Kenyon Martin and many more celebrities. Many celebrities are in attendance watching the game and this is a game that wouldn’t want to miss. Many celebrities have supported this event over the years such as, Chris Brown, Kevin Durant, Justin Bieber, Nelly, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Ciara, Vin Diesel, Gabrielle Union, Bow Wow, Tyrese and Taraji P. Henson. At last year’s game City Council President Ceasar Mitchell declared that September 2nd would officially be known as “Luda Day” in Atlanta.
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True R&B has been on a major comeback for a few years now. Several of the men who helped usher in this soulful music were in Atlanta this weekend to promote their latest project, 3 Kings. T.G.T, also known as Tank, Ginuwine, and Tyrese, invaded the DTLR – Camp Creek Pkwy store on Friday, August 16 to meet fans and give out autographs. Many fans (young and old) came out to congratulate the threesome on their many accomplishments and the new album. Atlanta radio station V103FM was in the building along with personality Kendra G, who presided over the meet-n-greet.
3 Kings will be released on Tuesday, August 20th. The album features the fellas doing what they do best…giving incomparable vocals with a classy touch of lust and love. The 17-track CD showcases the gentlemen in their fullest capacity, all on their own with no big features. However, Tyrese’s alter-ego, Black-Ty, pops up on the first track “Take It Wrong” and on “No Fun” rapper Problem spits a few bars. So fans, you can expect nothing but T.G.T. for the most part. Check out the official tracklisting:
1. “Take It Wrong” featuring Black-Ty:
2. “No Fun” featuring Problem:
3. “Sex Never Felt Better”
4. “I Need”
5. “Next Time Around”
8. “Weekend Love”
9. “Lessons in Love”
14. “Running Back”
15. “Burn Out”
16. “Tearing It Down”
17. “Our House”
Here are a few photos from the T.G.T. event:
To view more photos from the event, go to our Facebook page (@ StacksMag) or visit our online gallery HERE!
Photo Credit: Jonathan Herring/Live & Direct Media Group
In conjunction with the Center for Working Families organization, Operation HOPE-Atlanta is sponsoring free workshops for students grades 4-12. The program, “Banking for Our Future”, have had over 684,000 students nationwide to complete the program.
The financial literacy program utilizes HOPE Corps Volunteers and financial professionals to teach banking in terms that are easy for youth to understand. The joint series consists of five modules that cover topics including the basics of banking and budgeting, the power of credit and basic investment concepts.
Financial literacy courses for parents are hosted simultaneously by TCWFI every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm here at the Center.
For more information, check out www.tcwfi.org.
COMEDIAN, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, RADIO AND TV HOST STEVE HARVEY HOSTS 11TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION HONORING LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD STARS WITH STAR-STUDDED 2013 FORD NEIGHBORHOOD AWARDS SHOW AND WEEKEND OF EVENTS
Harvey Hosts Three-Day Blowout of Events in Las Vegas, with Special Performances and Entertainment August 9th – 11th
(via press release) LAS VEGAS, NV (July 31, 2013) – The votes have been tallied, and it is time for the award winners to be revealed as Steve Harvey and Family Feud host, radio host, author and comedian Steve Harvey – hosts a grand celebration of community honors with star entertainment, sizzling music, and more August 10th, at this year’s 11th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards show (formerly the Hoodie Awards). One of the most-anticipated live events that Harvey hosts annually, the unpredictable awards show celebrates the impactful service of neighborhood businesses, churches, community leaders, and educators from across the nation – as star presenters and performers from the world of gospel and R&B music, television and entertainment, and crowds of revelers converge on Las Vegas August 9 – 11th, for a weekend of thrills, laughs, and a legendary line-up of entertainment that includes Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Jaheim, Mary Mary, Tamar Braxton, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, KEM, Charlie Wilson, TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank), and more.
Embarking to the sun and glittering lights of Las Vegas, the weekend blowout of events surrounding the awards includes the free live broadcast of The Steve Harvey Morning Show, presented by Outback Steakhouse, the free Neighborhood Awards Interactive Expo, presented by DHerbs.com, the all-white stylish affair of the State Farm Freedom Friday Concert and State Farm Freedom Friday Party, the Ford VIP After Party, The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, and The Neighborhood Awards Beach Party. The Ford Neighborhood Awards show hosted by Steve Harvey will be an unforgettable evening of glitz, award-winning entertainment and community celebration of this year’s top 48 nominees, unveiling the winners among twelve categories, including a special presentation from title sponsor Ford to the Best Community Leader category winner, who will receive a donation of $30,000 to be used towards their church or non-profit organization.
Steve Harvey says, “The Neighborhood Awards is an awards show unlike any other, honoring those who are the stars of their neighborhoods, the people and places who have made indispensable contributions and continue to inspire their neighbors. They are an everyday inspiration and I look forward to celebrating all the nominees at the show!”
Marking the 11th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind show, Steve Harvey and television/radio producer Rushion McDonald created the Hoodie Awards show (now the Neighborhood Awards show) in 2001, which has become the crowning honor for urban communities. Giving star treatment for the everyday men and women who uplift their neighborhoods with their contributions as local businesses, religious/neighborhood leaders, educators, churches, and high schools, the twelve Neighborhood Awards categories are: Best High School Coach, Best Nail Salon, Best School Teacher sponsored by Nielsen, Best Car Wash/Detail Shop, Best Church Choir sponsored by K&G Fashion Superstore, Best Soul Food sponsored by General Mills’ Helper, Best Barber Shop, Best High School sponsored by State Farm, Best Barbecue Place sponsored by Walmart, Best Beauty Salon, Best Church sponsored by AARP, and Best Community Leader sponsored by Ford.
The Neighborhood Awards include support from the following sponsors: title sponsor Ford, State Farm, Walmart, Nielsen, K&G Fashion Superstore, General Mills’ Helper, AARP, DHerbs, Outback Steakhouse, and media partner Jet Magazine. Listen to The Steve Harvey Morning Show weekdays on your radio or online live 6 – 10 AM EST at www.SteveHarvey.com for updates, laughs, daily inspiration, and more. To check out the nominees, presenters, information, and tickets for the 2013 Ford Neighborhood Awards and the weekend of events, visit www.NeighborhoodAwards.com.
2013 Neighborhood Awards Weekend: August 9 – 11, 2013
• Friday, August 9 – Outback Steakhouse Presents, The Steve Harvey Morning Show Live Broadcast, with live performance by Tamar Braxton
• Friday, August 9 – The Neighborhood Awards Interactive Expo Presented by DHerbs.com
• Friday, August 9 – State Farm Freedom Friday Concert hosted by Sheryl Underwood, with the 2013 State Farm Sing Your Way to the Neighborhood Awards Finalists, and live performances by KEM and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
• Friday, August 9 – State Farm Freedom Friday Party, with DJ Mars and V-103 Chicago’s Ramonski Luv
• Saturday, August 10 – 11th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards Show, hosted by Steve Harvey with live performances by Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Jaheim and Mary Mary
• Saturday, August 10 – Ford VIP After Party, hosted by Nephew Tommy with DJ Chubb Rock, DJ Kid Capri and DJ Mars
• Sunday, August 11 – The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Steve Harvey
• Sunday, August 11 – The Neighborhood Awards Beach Party, with live performances by Charlie Wilson and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank)
On Sunday, July 28, a select group of movie-goers had the opportunity to attend a private screening of The Dark Party at The Plaza Theatre. ‘The Dark Party’ stars A Different World’s collegiate-funny guy Kadeem Hardison, in which the film marked his official directorial debut. In conjunction with a nationwide roll-out of the film, Atlanta was one of the few selected cities to host a private screening. Having received good reviews during the American Black Film Festival, the independent film will soon become available via DVD for all film lovers to support and watch.
The film is the story of Mike and Jeff, two friends who want to find true love. The two come to the conclusion that what you can’t see can hurt you as they look for love in all the wrong faces. With the aid of a talk radio psychologist Theo Radcliffe (aka DJ Dr. Love) they throw the ultimate blind date party that soon becomes a serious social experiment. Amid all the fun and games lurks a killer who’s dead set on eliminating one of the players.
In addition to Kadeem Hardison, the film stars Marcus Patrick, Eric Payne, Iva La’Shawn, Tiffany Hines, Daryl M. Bell (“A Different World”) and many others. The film is executive produced by Salenta Baisden and produced by William Wells and Terry Wilkerson. Also, producer Deji LaRay and Alex Lehmann, director of photography, were responsible for creating the digitally mastered film that features a musical underscore by Edward Baisden, Jr. and Asi Friedman with songs written and performed by Niles Rivers.
Check out the photos from the red carpet event:
For more information about the film, go to www.darkpartythemovie.com.
COVERGIRL is launching a summertime promotional special for women across America. The celebration is called “Own The Weekend”. The city-to-city tour kicked off in New York City on July 4 and will continue to September 10. The Easy Breezy Block Party Bus will pop-up at major cities throughout the U.S. and give women the chance to try on several of their hottest beauty products. According to a press release…
Guests will enjoy complimentary summer-inspired makeup and manicure applications, beauty tutorials and product sampling. All experiences are designed to share with friends on your social channels — from the digital “Cover Moment Photobomb Booth,” to the “Manicam Red Carpet,” where you can instantly upload six-second Vine videos of their COVERGIRL manicures using COVERGIRL’s Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstinis. For up-to-the-minute tour location information, follow @COVERGIRL on Twitter and Instagram and use the #easybreezysummer hashtag to share your summer beauty look and Easy Breezy Block Party Bus experience.
On July 6, the tour hit the city of Montauk, NY and will continue on to the following cities and venue locations:
July 18 Miami, FL
Premios Juventud 2013 presented by Univision
August 2 Chicago, IL
August 16 Santa Monica
Santa Monica Beach
August 17 Los Angeles, CA
H2O Music Festival
August 25 Brooklyn, NY
MTV Video Music Awards
September 5 Baltimore, MD
Event Location TBA
September 10 New York City, NY
To find out more about the “Own The Weekend” celebration, please visit www.covergirl.com.
Surprise! ‘Family Hustle’s’ Shekinah Celebrates Her 29th Birthday with BFF Tiny & Friends [Exclusive Photos]
VH1′s T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle’s breakout star and celebrity stylist, Shekinah Anderson, celebrated her 29th birthday this past Friday. The all-white “surprise” birthday affair was attended by Shekinah’s closest friends and family. And yes, her best friend Tameka “Tiny” Harris was in the building.
The event was held at The Art of Giving Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Party-goers were treated to a buffet and plenty of drinks. The birthday party was packed out. It was evident that Shekinah is loved by many.
Here are a few pics from the event:
To see the full gallery of photos, please check out our Photobucket account at Shekinah’s Birthday 2013 or via our Facebook page (Stacks Mag).
Special thanks to Phillip Hudson, of The P.R. Mentality Network, for the invite!
Photo Credit: Kayla Freeman/Kaylathrualenz Photography
On Wednesday evening, Atlanta’s movers and shakers congregated at the Museum Bar in support of TV One’s R&B Divas. Regarded as the “Wednesday Night Social” event, the venue was packed with supporters patiently waiting to get a glimpse of what drama would unfold in Season 2. All though all of the “divas” were not in attendance, Nicci Gilbert and Keke Wyatt held it down as official hostesses. Other industry notables spotted were Chanita Foster (Beyond The Game & Divas & Cocktails), Brandy Lynn (Divas & Wildflowers), Egypt Sherrod (V-103FM), Shay Johnson (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), DJ Traci Steele (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), Wanda Smith (Frank Ski Morning Show), Lisa Wu Hartwell (Real Housewives of Atlanta – Season 1), and a host of other celebrities and industry insiders.
Below are a few VIP photos from the event.
In case you missed our exclusive interview with the show’s creator and executive producer, Nicci Gilbert, check it out HERE.
Tune in to R&B Divas ATL each and every Wednesday night at 10PM on TV One!
While Beyonce makes her way around the world often, it’s been a few years since she did so in the form of a world tour.
But King Bey is about to change that with her upcoming world tour The Mrs. Carter Show. She announced her tour after her stunning performance during the Super Bowl halftime show this past Sunday.
Beyonce will get her world tour popping on April 15th in Belgrade, Serbia and make 23 other stops in Europe by May 29th. After a brief break, she’ll make her way to the states landing first in Los Angeles, California on June 28th. Mrs. Carter will bring her tour to an end on August 3rd at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Check out the full tour schedule for The Mrs. Carter Show below.
April 15: Belgrade, Serbia – Kombank Arena
April 17: Zagreb, Croatia – Arena Zagreb
April 19: Bratislava, Slovakia – Slovnaft Arena
April 22: Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
April 24: Paris, France – Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 25: Paris, France – Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 26: Birmingham, UK – LG Arena
April 29: London, UK – The O2
April 30: London, UK – The O2
May 1: London, UK – The O2
May 3: London, UK – The O2
May 7: Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
May 11: Dublin, Ireland – The O2
May 12: Dublin, Ireland – The O2
May 14: Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
May 17: Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
May 18: Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
May 20: Montpellier, France – Park & Suites Arena
May 22: Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
May 24: Berlin, Germany – O2 World
May 25: Warsaw, Poland – National Stadium-Orange Warsaw Festival
May 27: Copenhagen, Denmark – Forum
May 28: Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
May 29: Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe Arena
June 28: Los Angeles, CA – BET Experience-Staples Center
June 29: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 2: San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion at San Jose
July 5: Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 6: Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
July 9: Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
July 10: Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
July 12: Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center
July 13: Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
July 15: Houston, TX – Toyota Center
July 17: Chicago, IL – United Center
July 18: St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
July 20: Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 21: Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
July 22: Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
July 23: Boston, MA – TD Garden
July 25: Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
July 26: Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
July 27: Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
July 29: Washington, DC – Verizon Center
August 2: Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
August 3: Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Will you be making your way to check out The Mrs. Carter Show???
Event: Atlanta Pitch Summit 2012, Nov. 1-3: Learn How To Pitch Your TV/Film Ideas to Top Industry Players
On November 1 – 3, 2012, the Georgia Tech Research Institute will be the host location for a great opportunity. The 2nd annual Atlanta Pitch Summit is a three day conference that focuses on helping aspiring television show owners learn how to successfully sell their ideas to major networks. To help folks on their television journey, guest speakers will include Tracey Edmonds (Award Winning Filmmaker) and Mona Scott-Young (Creator of Love & Hip Hop). Major networks that will be in attendance includes BET, Aspire TV, GMC, Our Stories Films, Bobb Cat Films, Monami Entertainment, Greendoor Pictures, Trium Entertainment, and many more.
Reality shows are a big deal and major money maker for primetime and cable networks these days. If you’ve been sitting at home with the greatest idea for the next big hit show, here’s your opportunity to learn from industry players and even pitch your ideas! In case you are wondering what the panel conversations will discuss, here’s more details about the summit:
Exclusive Q & A with Mona Scott-Young (Creator & EP of Love & Hip Hop)
Exclusive Q & A Reality Check w/ Mona Scott-Young. When you think that reality TV has gone way too far, Mona Scott-Young -Creator and Executive Producer of Vh1′s Love and Hip Hop sits in the Hot Seat and shares her expertise on how she managed to have the #1 most watched show with VH1/Viacom.
Women in Entertainment-Panel
Women in Entertainment – featuring Tracey Edmonds- CEO Edmonds Entertainment & Our Stories Films, Connie Orlando- VP of Original Programming (BET), Tracy Christian, Agent (TCA Jed Root), Shay Griffin-CEO of The Chez Group, Denene Millner- Author (THINK LIKE A MAN)
Greenlight Your Pitch for Television-Panel
What are the secrets to pitching? What is the secret to getting your television show greenlit? Find out the TV Bible rules and the masterplan to creating pitches that sell. Greenlight Your Pitch w/ Tina Thompson, Dir of Prgm- ASPIRE TV, Joe Swift- 7 Stories Up, Programming-BET Network , Anthony Samadani, GC w/Trium Entertainment (The Biggest Loser)
Music Pitch: Promotions, Score & Licensing for Distribution – Panel
Calling all musical artists! This is your chance to learn the right way to push your record, track or jingle in a different direction than the regular mixtape. This panel will share how to release your music for Film & TV. Panel Guests: Traci Adams- VP of Epic Records, Melissa Love- Licensing Expert, French Spencer-Producer, Do It All-Lords of the Underground (artist), Jason Geter-CEO of Grand Hustle.
Calling all Aspiring Comedians who want to learn how Comedians Transition from On Stage to On Screen w/Tommy Ford (Martin)
Inspiring the person inside of the Actor with Celebrity Acting Coach/Casting Director Tracey Moore
The Benefits of Marketing, P & A (Print & Advertising) for Distribution – Panel
P & A (Print & Advertising) for Distribution w/ Angela Cannon, GMC-VP of Marketing, Mitzi Miller, JET Magazine
-Editor-in Chief, April Love-Public Relations, Tracey Walker – Online Marketing Expert, Nick F. Nelson, Liquid Soul Media – Chief Marketing Officer.
Structure of Dialogue w/ Colin Costello (www.colincostello.com)
Using Other People’s Money w/Shannon Nash – Panel
Financing a Film or TV show can be challenging for the producer and filled with traps for the unwary. It’s like a catch-22. The producer has the script, treatment, breakdown, schedule, budget, and a business plan. Now the producer just needs talent. But the talent won’t come on board without the financing in place. Given that most independent film producers do not want to (or can’t) use their personal funds to finance the project, the producer is left with one solution – Use other people’s money. Shannon Nash, ESQ., Michelle L. Davis, ESQ., Paul Garnes, Producer This panel will explore all the potential perils, pitfalls and proper ways to use other people’s money, including: SEC and state law security compliance and potential violations, using debt or agreements that look like debt (including high interest rates that may be illegal), crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter and state and local tax credits and tax incentives such as the Invest Georgia Exemption for projects under $1million. The panel will also look at all the compliance issues that exist for many years after taking other people’s money such as: investor reports and communications, copies of tax returns to investors (Schedule K-1s for most investors), paying back lenders and filing with state and local agencies.
To register for the event, go to www.atlantapitchsummit.com.
In an effort to further his comeback after recently releasing a mixtape entitled “The Weigh In” and appearing on the reality show Couples Therapy, rapper DMX will soon release his new album “Undisputed” and take his show on the road. In support of his mixtape and to set his trail ablaze, he recently announced the tour dates for “The Weigh In” Tour. DMX will travel the states making 15 stops starting first in Cincinnati, OH. Check out the rest of DMX’s tour stops below…
“The Weigh In” Tour Dates
Jun. 1 – The Inner Circle Cincinnati, OH
Jun. 2 – Epic Event Center Minneapolis, MN
Jun. 8 – Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY
Jun. 9 – Chene Park with Nas Detroit, MI
Jun. 10 – Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
Jun. 14 – The Norva Norfolk, VA
Jun. 15 – Star Bar Raleigh, NC
Jun. 16 – Amazura Jamaica, NY
Jun. 21 – Pufferbellies Hyannis, MA
Jun. 22 – Paradise Theater with Swizz Beatz Bronx, NY
Jun. 24 – Croc Rock Allentown, PA
Jun. 30 – Blaisdell Concert Hall Honolulu, HI
Jul. 6 – Revolution Live Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jul. 8 – Firestone Live Orlando, FL
Jul. 10 – Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL
We’ll see how this all pans out for him. Hopefully this will be just the big break he needs!
The past few years Kelly Rowland has really been stepping into her own. The beautiful brown-skinned songstress ignited the red carpet at this year’s 2012 Glamour Women of the Year Awards. The event, held in London, celebrated the accomplishments of various women in the entertainment industry.
While Kelly Rowland took home the Best TV Personality award, several other notable women of color were winners as well.
Inspiration Award - Eva Longoria
Entrepreneur – Jessica Alba
Best Film Actress – Volia Davis
Comedy Actress – Sofia Vergara
P. Sherrod & Co., in conjuction with Dress For Success.org and The Beehive Atlanta, will be having a purse purge event, Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 12noon to 5pm. The event will collect new and slightly used purses and donate them to Dress For Success organization. The purses will help underpriviliged women get styled properly in professional attire suited for the workforce.
PURGE and PROSPER… Receive 25% OFF all P. Sherrod & Co purses and wallets when you donate a gently used purse or wallet to charity!
**purchase of a P. Sherrod & Co. bag/wallet is not required**
A couple a weeks ago, the fashionably fabulous event we told you about here, better known as the 1st Annual Fashionable Atlanta Bloggers MeetUp, went down at the fabulous Envy Boutique with something that was like a Badda Boo Badda BANG! The event was spearheaded by the awesome Eboni of Fashionista Next Door , along with the help of five other lovely ladies; Charee of Charee Lenee, Jai of Southern Fashionality, Adrienne of Sadiddy Magazine, Prissy of Rush our Fashion, and Breck of Fashion Without Guilt who all donned shoes from Sole Society who was one of the event’s sponsors. To give you of idea of what the night was like, here’s a rundown….
There was a flood of fashion bloggers in the house so needless to say the aura was full of glamour, beauty, stunning styles and HAUTE shoes galore! Everyone in attendance was treated to delectable hors d’oeuvres, endless mimosas, and the oh-so delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes and cake pops made by The Cupcake Genie and 15% off purchases courtesy of the boutique’s owner Jilene. Each attendee also received a “Swag Bag” which were fuuullll of goodies. The bags included:
China Glaze Nail polish in Shocking Pink/BioCare Labs Lip Treatment/Danae’s Creations Body Icing Body Polish/Bambola Beauty Acai Anti Oxidant Cleanser/Annekas Butter Exfoliate and Butter/We Lover Colors Tights/Lamik Beauty Lipgloss/a coupon for a FREE pair of Sole Society shoes/and discount coupons for Steve Madden, Charming Charlie, We Love Colors, Bambola Beauty, and True You Cosmetics.
Oh but wait there was more…. a makeup demo by the Envy’s Pretty Party Makeup Artists, photoshoots, manicures by Tireon Rucker and giveaways all night. The giveaways included:
A $125 Steve Madden Gift Card/Custom Stationary by Olive Paperie/An Original Fashion Illustration by ShandArt /A Scarf & Three Necklaces from Charming Charlie/Two LLF Jewelry Co. Necklaces/Three Gift Certificates for a Full Face Makeover at Envy’s Pretty Party/Ten 20% Off Envy’s Pretty Party Coupons/and a year’s worth of FREE shoes from Sole Society.
Check out our interview with Eboni, founder of Fashion Atlanta bloggers meet-up as she shares with her reason for creating the event and pics below.
Needless to say, the event was definitely a fashionably fun one and if you were there I’m sure you’d agree! But if you missed and haven’t already done so, be sure to join the Fashionable Atlanta mailing list here to stay tuned to what else these ladies will have going on throughout the year and like their Facebook page here.
Photos courtesy of Fashionable Atlanta and Jai Marie
McDonald’s 365Black Awards recognizes African-American legends whose committment to the community is seen through their lives and life-works. This years reception took place during the Essence Music Festival weekend in New Orleans. The honorees included Mary J. Blige, Ruby Dee, Cathy Hughes, Benjamin Jealous, and Henry “Hank” Thomas.
“Our 365Black Awards honorees define true leadership in our community, from Ruby Dee’s trail blazing career as an actress to the civil rights crusades led by Hank Thomas; from the media empire created by Cathy Hughes to the leadership that Benjamin Jealous brings to the NAACP, our honorees inspire all Americans to give back in some unique way,” said Neil Golden, chief marketing officer, McDonald’s USA.
As an honoree, Mary J. Blige’s FFAWN Foundation received a $40,000 check for her organization’s committment and investment into the lives of young women.
For more information on the McDonald’s 365Black program and its past awardees, please visit www.mcdonalds.com/365black.
Presenting…. “Fashionable Atlanta”! New York, Paris and LA are fashion capitals and known for the hottest fashions, but Atlanta is no stepchild. Yes, Atlanta is known for being a melting pot of success. Whether it’s business, music, movies, tv or just our culture, Atlanta has earned its place, having a presence on TV, in magazines, radio and the big screen. With all this comes fashion and some of the best of the best are right here in your back yard. The bloggers have it all y’all! So, if fashion is your passion you do not want to miss this opportunity to hobnob with fashion enthusiasts alike. This fashionably fabulous event will be held at Atlanta’s very own “one stop glam shop” formally known as Envy Boutique. Here’s what founder, Eboni of the Fashionista Next Door had to say…
*Fashionable Atlanta* is a community of Atlanta based independent fashion and beauty bloggers and fashion professionals. When I founded *Fashionable Atlanta*, I was new to the city and eager to meet other *ATLiens* with my same passion for fashion! Since then, I have had the pleasure of enjoying Atlanta’s fabulous fashion scene with some of Atlanta’s most stylish ladies! I am so looking forward to meeting more of Atlanta’s fabulous blogger community at our first meet-up.
About the boutique
In addition to shopping, they have a full service salon and makeup bar! You can even host a “Pretty Party” at Envy which includes wardrobe styling, hair, makeup and a photo shoot! I just love their whole concept, and I’m thrilled that we are going to have our event there.
Date: July 23, 2011
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Location: Envy Boutique, 1143 Euclid Ave Ne, Atlanta, GA (Little 5 Points)
*The event will include:*
Shopping, Beauty Bar, Photo Suite, Raffles & Door Prizes, Cocktails and Hors D’eouvres
To register for the 1st Annual Fashionable Atlanta Blogger Meetup, click here to get your tickets via EventBrite. Tickets are available through July 15.
On May 22-25, Atlanta’s Marriot Marquis Hotel will host the 2011 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference and Expo. This annual event gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to network, strike new deals, learn of new innovations, and gain knowledge from several high-powered speakers. Several stand-out segments of the conference will be the following:
ELEVATOR PITCH COMPETITION:
Record and upload your best business pitch. The top 10 finalists will be invited to the 2011 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo where they will pitch the idea to judges and our audience for a chance to win $10,000!
SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS:
The Black Enterprise Small Business Awards were created to provide special recognition to African American entrepreneurs who embody the Black Enterprise entrepreneurial spirit. All entries must be received by March 15, 2011. Winners will be announced at a special awards luncheon May 23, 2011 at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference.
Black Enterprise welcomes young business talent for our best ever Teenpreneurs program (ages 13-17). We’re focused on enhancing your child’s business savvy and applying those techniques to craft a viable business plan. We guarantee an enriching, motivating experience that will help transform mini minds into major players. Space is limited so register now!
The conferences’ general registration fee is $495. If you own a business and would like to promote your services, there’s also vendor tables available.
For additional information, go to www.blackenterprise.com/ec
Monday night at the Atlanta Symphony Hall, AT&T’s 28 Days Speaker Series program kicked off. The series, which is in its third year and exclusively hosted by rapper/actor/activist Common, highlights African-American history makers and new innovators. In conjuction with Black History Month, AT&T’s idea is to highlight February as more than a reflection of the past, but as an unimaginable footprint to what the future holds beyond Black History Month. The first speaker from last night was Mario Armstrong. The fairly young and enthusiatic entreprenuer is a Digital Lifestyle Expert and owner of Mario Armstrong Media, LLC. His company creates content for traditional, mobile & online media outlets for syndication. He has the only technology based talk show on SiriusXM. He has appeared on C-Span, TV-One, CNBC, and various other news media outlets.
Although the program started later than expected, after hearing the things this man had to say I was grateful that I stayed. He spoke about following your passion and how to incorporate technology in that quest. One of the first things he mentioned was that he was appreciative that we [audience] showed up to this event. If you are in pursuit to becoming a “history maker” you have to at least “show up”. Therefore, he was all smiles and thankful that this audience showed up and was ready to listen, learn, and be inspired. As we sat and listened and became inspired by Armstrong, he went on to mention a few entreprenuers that inspire him such as: Dr. Jayfus Doswell, CEO, Juxtopia, two sisters who owns Casauri‘s (high-end laptop bags and accessories), Lonnie Johnson (inventor of the Super Soaker), Angela Benton - CEO, Black Web Media, and NT Etuk – CEO, Tabula Digita (revolutionized how we incorporate education in digitial video gaming). All of these individuals possess certain qualities. Here are few of them:
1. Change your mentality
2. Know your true passion
3. Believe in you
4. Visualize amazing outcomes
5. Do not bail out in hard times
If you collectively use all of these things, Armstrong believes you will have a greater chance at becoming a history maker. He also expressed the fact that you may hit rock bottom during the process. For instance, he showed us a snapshot of his Bank of America bank statement from 2008. On it were four to five separate accounts. Each one was either depleted or had less than $30 bucks in it. He showed us this because he wanted us to see how far him and his family had gone in pursuit of their dream. This example showed us that we all at some point will hit an obstacle. But if we have passion for what we are striving for, don’t give up. For his family, this financial set-back was only temporary. Even though his first “almost” secured $250,000 contract didn’t pan out, eventually other contracts came in.
Armstrong asked the audience who all were not able to pursue their passion due to lack of technology. Several people raised their hands. Armstrong picked this young lady name “Diamond”. She spoke on how she was passionate about becoming a writer and how her mom buys her bundles of notebooks from Family Dollar in support of her dreams. Diamond had been writing manually for so long that she acquired a stack of notebooks full of her writings. She was definitely in the right place at the right time. Armstrong went off stage, came back, and presented her with a brand new laptop, Beats by Dre headphones, and a digital video recorder. The moment was very special.
SMASH IT! (Show Movement And Start History-Making)
We all need to begin making history. Armstrong says, “A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” So it is up to us to stop procastinating and begin brainstorming and put ideas into action. It is imperative that we stay focused and surround ourselves with like-minded people. He spoke on ridding ourselves of “dream killers“. Indviduals who say no, I can’t, that’s impossible, stay in their comfort zone, don’t reach for new goals, don’t better themselves, or get jealous of your success. Get rid of those types now!
Listening to Mr. Armstrong definitely set a fire to my backside. In the editorial/blogging business, technology plays a major role. We can not function without it. So him speaking to us was worth the time. Thanks mom for the invite!
For more information on Mario Armstrong, follow him on Twitter @MarioArmstrong, Facebook, or visit his site at www.marioarmstrong.com.
The 6th annual Women of Power Summit, presented by Black Enterprise, will go underway February 23-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.
Per the BE website:
This inspirational, four-day executive leadership summit is designed especially for powerful women like you! Our executive leadership sessions provide expert advice on how to deal with the challenges women of color face both inside and outside the workplace. Network with industry leaders, learn career strategies, explore work-life balance, and gain a new sense of commitment to your professional and personal growth.
To register for this event, click HERE!
The book, which chronicles her journey, contains lyrics to some of our all-time favorite hip-hop rhymes as chapter titles….hip-hop heads will truly find this quite admirable to the culture. Females who aspire to be like Shanti one day should definitely pick this book up!
To purchase the book, visit http://www.thehiphopprofessional.com/
Below are a few more authors who took time out to chat with us about their titles:
Simply put, Surles says this book aims “to help you spend less than you earn and enjoy it.”
Although STACKS Magazine found many of the titles interesting, there were a few that stood out from the pack. Here are the ones we wanted to share more information about regarding the authors and their books with our readers:
To find out more about Mr. J.M. Benjamin and his books, visit http://www.anewqualitypublishing.com/
Trey Songz and Monica made their stop in Atlanta this weekend while on their Passion, Pain, Pleasure tour. Check out a few pics from their perfomances to a sold out crowd at the Fox Theater. Jermaine Dupri’s new artist, Dondria, was the show’s opening act.
Along with partner, Chris Laurita, president and CEO of Fetish/Signature Apparel Group, the new collection plans include skinny jeans, soft burnout T-shirts, sweatshirts and sequined party dresses. Also buttery soft leather jackets including a ruffle-back vest in beet red and steel gray.
“This is stuff I really have in my closet. The first two times I supported it, but I didn’t really want to wear it,” she giggles. “And this time around it feels good when I see other people in it. Or if my friends are like, ‘Let me get that jacket.’”
To validate the new line, your clothes should be worn by celebrities! And quite a few have already began wearing the “improved” Fetish line, Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Eva Longoria Parker (who even sent a thank you card). “That’s when you know your line has taken on a life of its own,” Eve says. (Source)