VIDEO: #BoosieSpeaks Press Conference; He Talks His Kids, New Album, Webbie & Jeezy Holding Him Down, & More
On Monday, Trill Entertainment/Atlantic Records held a post-prison press conference for rapper Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch. Hosted by Angela Yee (Power 105.1FM “The Breakfast Club”), the conference started with kind words from Bun B, Jeezy, Webbie, and Boosie’s mother, Connie Hatch. His team of attorney’s took the floor to speak on time served and any lingering legal matters. Afterwards, Lil Boosie sat in his King’s chair and discussed a few pertinent questions fans have waited to hear.
Boosie’s release from serving 52-months was immediately celebrating by driving to Baton Rouge to pick up his kids. He is the father of 7 kids. He said they all played in the hotel all night. Pressing forward with the sit-down interview, Boosie spoke on his time served. Some key takeaways were…
- His collaboration with C-Murder: “I got bigger business to take care of first. But, I want to help him. He’s a real dude.”
- He wrote 1,018 songs in prison.
- When asked if he had any conjugal visits during his five-year stint, Boosie said no. But added that he “visited” himself many times.
- He’s been in the studio every night since being released; will release a new album once contract is reconstructed with Trill Ent and Atlantic.
- “I got a hit for Justin Bieber.”
- Working with the courts on his traveling stipulations.
- He feels like he’s a better artist. He has more stories to tell. And he’s “a better person”.
- Jeezy and Webbie held him down while he was incarcerated.
- Webbie took Boosie’s son fishing while he was locked up. Boosie really appreciated that because he was never able to.
- He appreciated Plies shouting him out.
- “The rap game wide open for me to takeover. The music I’ve heard from in the past 3-4 days, it’s different from my music. Difference brings greatness.”
- “I got a lot of stuff I’ve never performed. I’m ready to perform.”
- “I went through a lot in prison. You’ll hear about that in the music.”
- He was on 23 hour and 45 minute lockdown for 20 months.
- He wrote a movie in prison. It’s called Boosie: The Movie.
Watch press conference below:
via press release…
The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) presented its annual “Untold Stories Awards” and Scholarship Luncheon yesterday (March 7) at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta
This year’s honorees included actress Katerina Graham, “The Vampire Diaries;” wellness/life coach to the stars – Gabrielle Union, Lindsay Lohan, Anne Hathaway – A. J. Johnson; actress Crystal Fox (OWN/Tyler Perry’s “The Have and the Have Nots;”); Bernard Bronner, film investor, founder of UPSCALE Magazine and CEO of Bronner Brothers Inc.; Kashira Alexander (executive producer, The Weather Channel); Jocelyn Dorsey (editorial director of WSB TV2); Deidre McDonald (artistic director, BronzeLens Film Festival) and Evelyn Mims (community relations director, WXIA-TV).
Egypt Sherrod from HGTV’s “Property Virgins” and 11Alive News anchor Karyn Greer co-hosted the event. Music was provided by DJ Salah Ananse.
A scholarship was presented to Temple University film student Gabriela Watson Aurazo. Additional attendees included Ebony Steele (Dish Nation/Rickey Smiley Morning Show), Traci Blackwell (VP Programming, The CW) , Kysha Cameron (CEO, Ryan Cameron Foundation), Sheila Bronner (Publisher, UPSCALE) and Adrene Ashford (owner, House of Adrene).
Special thanks to our sponsors: BET, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Publix, UPSCALE, Einstein Bros. Bagels, LAMIK Beauty, Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Spelman College.
Established in 1997, the Black Women Film Network is a 501©3 non-profit with the mission of increasing the numbers of women of all cultures in the film industry and related areas. The organization seeks to preserve the voice of Black women, and unheard part of Black History, through programs that empower and educate.
Photos: Chris Mitchell
Rapper YG hit the ATL on Tuesday (Mar. 4) to promote his upcoming project MY KRAZY LIFE. It was apparent that there was a full day planned out for the west coast emcee.
First, YG stopped through the West End Mall area to meet-and-greet the locals. The Athlete’s Foot sports store was packed with fans eager to snap a photo and obtain an autograph. Check out a few photos from the in-store:
Recently, the RIAA announced that YG’s single “My Ni$$a” sold a million copies, certifying its platinum-selling status. The single, which featured Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, originally appeared on a CTE compilation mixtape and soon after became a radio and club favorite. The song has a remix version as well and it features Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, and Nicki Minaj. Many people wonder, however, will YG be able to produce another platinum-selling single or a platinum album. We’ll have to wait and see. But, he did host a listening session later in the evening over at Patchwerk Studios.
YG’s listening session for MY KRAZY LIFE, brought out several artists and local industry cats. Jeezy, Don Cannon, Slick Pulla, DJ Aaries, A1 Super Group, Que, and many others showed up to support.
Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will also receive three tracks (“Who Do You Love” feat. Drake, “Left Right” feat. DJ Mustard, and “My Ni$$a” Remix).
MY KRAZY LIFE hits stores on March 18th!
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Photo Credits: STACKS Magazine & Desmick Perkins
As previously posted on February 11, the 4th Annual Legendary Awards went underway at the fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. This special event honored local and national individuals who has impacted their careers, industry, and the people around them. This year’s ceremony was hosted by comedian Rodney Perry and actress Kendra C. Johnson. Those honored were Joe Louis Reliford (World’s Youngest Pro Baseball Player), Jonathan Babineaux (ATL Falcons player), Sugar Shane Mosely (boxer), Cameo (music group), Elisabeth Omilami (actress/activist), Shanti Das (entrepreneur), Madeline Nelson (Sony Music VP). The Lifetime Achievement Award (and most special awardee for the night) was presented to Jim Kelly, NFL Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills Quarterback.
Due to this ocassion being titled the “Legendary Awards”, STACKS Magazine took to the meet-and-greet area to find out exactly what being “legendary” truly is. Our on-site media reporter, Bianca Hawkins, had the opportunity to learn first hand the definition of being “legendary” from Q. Parker (group 112), Sharlinda Parker (entrepreneur/reality star), Sabrina Rowe (entrepreneur), B Angie B (singer), Sonia Booker (wealth expert), Reigndrop Lopes (artist), Case (artist), and Karyn Greer (11 Alive News anchor and recipient of the Media Icon Award).
PHOTOS: @BobbiV @Dondria, @IamLaTavia @MarlonWayans Support Hair Product Line @ Bronner Bros. Hair Show
via press release…
Various celebrities and hair brands descended upon Atlanta this weekend to participate in the annual Mid-Winter Bronner Bros. Hair Show. Actor/comedian Marlon Wayans, R&B singer Bobby Valentino, So So Def’s Dondria and singer/”R&B Divas Atlanta” star Latavia Roberson all stopped by the Strength of Nature booth to get a glimpse of their newest product, the Beautiful Textures Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System.
For information on the Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System, visit www.beautifultextures.com.
Photo Credit: James Hogan, Joi Pearson
Special thanks to Saptosa Foster, of the 135th Street Agency!
On Thursday night (Feb. 20), Def Jam, Maybach Music Group, and Tree Sound Studios (in Atlanta) hosted a private listening session for Mastermind. As expected, Rick Ross was in the building to present the album, which is less than 11 days away from its official release date (March 4). The place was packed with industry veterans, DJs, media, and tastemakers all under one roof to listen to Mastermind in its entirety before it goes public.
Celebrities and socialites including Trae the Truth, Lil Wayne, Tracy T, T-Pain, Terri Vaughn, Traci Braxton and her hubby Gabe, Big Tigger, DJ Drama, R.L. from Next, Mr. Ruggs, Blue Davinci and many others were also there in support of Ross’s new project.
Mali Hunter, a very well-respected industry vet and official hostess for the evening, and her Tree Sounds family laid out the red carpet for all of the guests. A delicious southern meal was prepared for everyone, which included fried chicken, green beans, collards, mac-n-cheese, pulled pork/chicken, and much more. Bellaire Rose, Ciroc, and Hennessey flowed through out the evening as well. As always, everyone felt comforted and excited about the new music that was coming.
As for Mastermind, let’s just say…Rick Ross may surprise a few with this new album. The level of continuity, concept, production and lyricism has remained the same, yet it has upgraded possibly due to his maturity in the game and as a man. The album, as a whole, is one that will be well-liked by hip hop heads. It is well-thought out. Tracks aren’t obviously thrown together, as many rap albums we’ve heard in the last 10 years. Mastermind stays true to Ross’s ability to bring imagination and truth together and make us all concisely visualize (and sonically hear) every aspect of his album.
To start, we all were greeted by Rick Ross and given a brief acknowledgement of gratitude for being in attendance to listen to his project. He gave the city of Atlanta and its industry experts major props, which was only right given the fact that he recently purchased Evander Holyfield’s sprawling estate and is now a local resident.
Within seconds, a video montage of photos (vintage to more recent) began to transition alongside each track off the album. The photos chosen were spot-on in that they helped all of us put each song into perspective. There are 12-tracks on Mastermind, including two bonus tracks. The entire album is one for your CD player or iPod. It is definitely “riding” music that you can play non-stop without getting frustrated by wack tracks or corny interludes.
But, based on the tracklist and my listening ear, below are my thoughts on a few stand-outs:
Track 1: Intro
Track 2: Rich Is Gangasta
Track 3: Drug Dealers Dream – takes you back to the 1980s/90′s drug wars; lyrically making us aware of the luxuries (and pitfalls) of being in the game.
Track 4: Shots Fired
Track 5: Nobody – the song pays homage to the late Notorious B.I.G., which many says Ross personifies in his swag and effortlessly rap style. The production goes as far as to sample B.I.G’s original recording and words “You’re nobody until somebody kills you”. This was definitely one that many fans will gravitate to.
Track 6: The Devil Is A Lie feat. Jay Z
Track 7: Mafia Music III feat. Sizzla & Mavado – Ross’s Miami roots, I’m sure, paid a part in his decision to record this joint. Sizzla and Mavado both do their part for that Jamican/Caribbean authenticity. I loved it. But, many people aren’t fans of reggae music. So, this may only be on the tracklist for diversity purposes.
Track 8: War Ready feat. Jeezy – We all know Jeezy murked this track. #Facts
Track 9: What A Shame
Track 10: Supreme
Track 11: Blk & Wht – This will be one of those joints that the D-Boys will gravitate to, for sure.
Track 12: Dope Bitch Skit – My initial thought about the skit was that it would have been funnier – or more impactful – if it wasn’t so long. It took up too much time for no reason at all.
Track 13: In Vein feat. The Weeknd – Decent song for the ladies.
Track 14: Sanctified feat. Kanye West & Big Sean- Kanye West went IN on this track! The production is absolutely crazy. Big Sean added a little extra flavor to it as well.
Track 15: Walkin On Air feat. Meek Mill
Track 16: Thug Cry feat. Lil Wayne
Bonus Tracks: The room did not get to hear the bonus tracks. Bummer… :-(
Track 17: Blessing In Disguise feat. Scarface & Z-Ro
Track 18: Paradise Lost
Track 19: You Know I Got It (Reprise)
My concern with the album is its ability to produce radio singles. I didn’t hear any except “Devil Is A Lie”, which has hit radio already. The only other joint that has any “single” potential is the Kanye West joint, “Sanctified”. But that’s only because of Kanye’s crossover status and Big Sean’s commercial-friendly voice. However, who knows. We’ve seen wilder things happen in music.
The other issue with Mastermind is Ross’s lyrical content. Of course, it’s a great business move to shout out your Wing Stop favorites (lemon-pepper wings) and alcohol brand. But, we heard it way too many times in the same context. Maybe if Ross figured out another catchy way to plug his brands, then it won’t seem over-done.
Lastly, he’s built this persona around himself as a BOSS – acknowledging the drug game, the “rich ni**a lifestyle, etc. However, it’s his sixth album and the perfect time to start talking about other things – more meaningful topics. Ross is a veteran at this point. It’s time to mature up – not only through his ability to produce a solid album – but mature through discussion topics as well. Although, he does deserve credit for telling the kids to “get an education” at the end of track 11, “Blk & Wht”. I appreciate Ross for that.
Mastermind drops March 4.
History was made on Feb 9, 2014 as Full Blossom Magazine (FBM) produced the 1st exclusively Plus Size fashion show during New York Fashion Week. This event allowed women all over the world to see a fashion show, which glorified the body of the average woman. Full Blossom Magazine showcased new trends in plus size fashion from designers: Niq Nicole, Mad Couture’s Madilyn Wade, MH302 creator Marco Hall, and Juul Couture. Not only did this event show off beautiful curvy women, but the Face The Sweet Fashion Showcase also helped to promote the awareness and education of diabetes.
Founder and Executive Director of Divabetic® Max Szadek, along with Catherine Schuller of BEHIND IT Magazine and Model Maker Mentors hosted and educated the attendees about Divabectic. The motto for this non-profit organization is you get a nutritionist so you eat good, feel good and manage your diabetes. So why, not get a stylist, make-up artist or take care of your physical appearance so you look good too. “Don’t just be a Diabetic, be a Divabetic! A Diabetic with an attitude!”
Alongside the CEO of FBM, Mello Andrews, comedian/actor Michael Blackson was also in the building to show his support for cause.
Check out a few photos from the runway show:
Special thanks to Full Blossom Magazine for the invite. Also, a huge thanks to LaQuinta Munford, for covering the event on behalf of STACKS Magazine.
via press release…
Atlanta, GA (February 10, 2014) - Divas Unlimited Inc. presented the 4th Annual Legendary Awards created to honor the accomplishments of citizens who have left an impact within their professional field of practice. The celebration took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The Annual Legendary Awards was hosted by Rodney Perry, a Host of Bounce TV’s show Off The Chain and Kendra C. Johnson, an Actress on OWN Network hit show Love Thy Neighbor’s.
This year’s honorees were:
• Jim Kelly – NFL Hall of Famer, Buffalo Bills Quarterback - Lifetime Achievement Award
• Joe Louis Reliford – World’s Youngest Pro Baseball Player – History Maker Award
• Jonathan Babineaux – Atlanta Falcons NFL Player – Community Award
• Sugar Shane Mosley – American Professional Boxer – Trailblazer Award
• Karyn Greer – 11Alive News Anchor – Media Icon Award
• Cameo – American Soul-Influenced Funk Group – Legendary Award
• Elisabeth Omilami – Award-Winning Actress - Humanitarian Award
• Legendary Awards Ambassador Teddy Riley Highlight Honorees: Shanti Das – CEO of Press Reset Entertainment and Madeline Nelson – VP of A&R, Artist and Label Relations at Sony Music
Celebrity guests, honorees, executives, elected officials and others were in attendance for the red carpet Big Rich Atlanta Sharlinda Parker, VH1 Couple’s Therapy Kelsey Nykole, Own TV For Better or Worse Actor Brad James, Co-Star of Bravo’s Kandi Factory Don Vito, Dekalb Chairman Robert Pitts, Cumulus Vice-President of Operations Colby Bruell, Vice-President of Franco Industries Steve Franco and others.
Rhonda Wilkins, Chair and CEO of the Legendary Awards Foundation, Creator and Executive Producer of the Legendary Awards and John Wilkins CEO of Divas Unlimited Inc., presented the Legendary Awards to a deserving and achieved group of honorees for its fourth year celebration. The Legendary Awards Foundation Board Member Dora Din-Durant announced its first winter initiative with Side by Side Brain Injury Center.
Performers included Two-Time Grammy Award-Winning group members Rasa Don and Headliner of Arrested Development who emerged back on the scene with a breaking performance, Germany hit singer Wolfgang Hildebrandt who did a heart wrenching tribute to Nelson Mandela and others, Case, Q Parker of 112, and Jase of Soul 4 Real followed with a tribute to Cameo, B Angie B and the Legendary Awards Choir who raised the roof.
Presenters included R&B Divas Creator Nicci Gilbert, Have and Have Nots Actor Palmer Williams, Host of HGTV’s Property Virgins Egypt Sherod, Former Atlanta Falcons Player turned Pro Boxer Ray Edwards, Editor-in-Chief of Viva Magazine Katherine Phelps, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, WXIA Producer Evelyn Mims, Licensed Professional Card Trader Jim Pasco and 20-year veteran of V103 House Announcer Joyce Littel.
Presenting Sponsors included Divas Unlimited Inc., a full service marketing and event production company, The Creations Group doing social impact commercial investments in Downtown Atlanta including the M. Rich Center and 34 Peachtree and Anushka Healthcare, owner of multiple hospital rehabilitation centers.
Stay up-to-date with The Legendary Awards online at www.legendaryawards.com and on Twitter and Instagram (@legendaryawards).
Here are several photos from the red carpet:
To see additional red carpet photos, please click HERE!
Stay tuned for additional highlights from the 4th Annual Legendary Awards.
Joseline, Lil Scrappy, Shay Johnson, Big Tigger & Others Attend ‘Sleazy & Zino Bistro’ Private Grand Opening [PHOTOS]
On Wednesday (Feb. 5), Stevie J and Benzino hosted a private grand opening event for their new spot, Sleazy & Zino Bistro & Bar. The “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” stars brought out several of their cast mates, local celebrities, and industry insiders for an evening of food tastings, Ciroc, and entertainment. Of course, “entertainment” is more of an understatement considering that the LHHATL production crew were in the building catching more drama for this upcoming season’s premiere.
During the course of the evening, DJ A-One kept the party atmosphere hyped before and after the fellas hit the stage to perform. Some of you may not know, but Stevie J and Benzino have a band called The Magnificent 757′s. With help from their band mates, the 757′s rocked the crowd with a few selections. We can’t front…the band sounded pretty good. But, viewers can vouch for that when the show airs. Plus, we have video footage coming soon. So stay tuned…
The turnout was good. In the building we saw Big Tigger (V103FM radio personality), Towanda Braxton, celebrity hair stylist and TV personality, Derek J, rapper Tiffany Foxx, Johnnie Cabbell, singer Shamari Fears-Devoe, rapper Gloss Da Boss, comedian Pierre, and a host of others. Even the WeAreToonz boys, with the new dance craze “Nae Nae”, bust a few moves for the party-goers.
As the top-rated reality television show among African-Americans (per 2013′s Neilsen Sound Scan Data Report), the evening couldn’t end without a few “TV ready” incidents occurring. Out of fellow cast members, Lil Scrappy, Momma Dee, Shay Johnson, Kirk Frost, Joseline Hernandez, Karlie Redd, and of course, Benzino and Stevie J – let’s just say that season 3 will bring more scandals and altercations! From what we experienced at this event, fans of the show WILL NOT be disappointed when the new season airs in May 2014 on VH1.
Special shout out to The Garner Circle and Sleazy & Zino Bistro & Bar for an awesome event. To view the full photo gallery, click HERE!
On Thursday (Jan. 16), Janet Jackson, founder of Boss Chix & Jackson Events & Entertainment and Meme, owner of House of PR hosted a charity event in honor of those suffering or has died of AIDS.
The “Bossed Up In Red” Celebrity Charity Dinner was held at Suite Lounge (located in the heart of Atlanta). The purpose of the event was to raise money for AIDS awareness and treatment. Many celebrities and local business owners attended the event. Several included comedian Rodney Perry, Case (singer), Michael Keith (singer, group 112), Kelsey Nykole (“Couples Therapy”), Melinda Santiago (The Santiago Firm), Zee Mullen (Savvy Affa!rs), Nikki Nicole Dillard (Be100 radio & Kandi Koated Nights), and a host of others.
Here are a few photos from the event:
Donations collected at the event will be given to the AID Atlanta Foundation. For more information and updates on any upcoming events, follow Boss Cix, Janet Jackson on Twitter and Instagram @BossChixATL.
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On Tuesday night (Jan 13), “R&B Divas” very own KeKe Wyatt returned the love to all of her Atlanta supporters at her ‘Fan Appreciation Party’. The event took place at the stylish 200 Peachtree, located in the downtown area. Fans of the singer came out to support the new season of TV One’s hit reality show and see a special performance. In attendance were her cast mates, Angie Stone, Monifah, and Syleena Johnson. Other celebrities and industry notables in the building were Egypt Sherrod (radio personality/host), Derek J (“Fashion Queens”), Mimi Faust (“Love & Hip Hop ATL”), rapper Da Brat, Bobby Valentino, Dondria, Gary Wit Da Tea and Juicy (“Ricky Smiley Morning Show”), Kalenna Harper (“Love & Hip Hop ATL”), Amanda Cole (from Envogue), Kash Howard (stylist), Yung L.A., Demetria McKinney, and many others.
The venue was filled with, not only fans, but the show’s production crew. The party was actually being filmed as part of KeKe’s story line for next season. This is probably why her performance didn’t begin until a couple hours after the crowd arrived. However, this was cool for most considering there were several bar set-ups and DJ A-One (“Kandi Koated Nights”) on the turntables. As soon as the songbird hit the stage, though, we were all ready for an outstanding performance. And that’s what we received.
KeKe Wyatt is definitely anointed. The girl can sho’nuff SANGGGGG!!!! She started the show off with several new songs, which we expect to be included on her next album. After going into her Avant-assisted, “You & I”, she called up her background singers to do their thing. Although we were at a party, it felt like church. Several gospel songs were sung and everyone in the place were close to catching the Holy Ghost. The event was pulled off quite well. It’s hard to say when and where the drama took place. But, we guess we’ll have to wait and see when “R&B Divas” returns.
Here are more photos from the party:
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On January 11, creative minds who are working towards a career in fashion and entertainment filled up The Hookah Spot, in Columbia, South Carolina. The event was designed and hosted by celebrity stylist, Zoe Dupree. Attendees were given the opportunity to learn the proper ways to handle business in in the fashion industry. The Style School, also, taught ways to network and what to expect in the industry. STACKS Magazine’s South Carolina ambassador/contributor, Jeffery Young (@Kiid_Fro), was onsite to catch all the happenings.
Zoe Dupree twisted things up with a surprise photo shoot for participants who no nothing about a photograph studio. Other special guests in attendance were T. Shanell (celebrity stylist), Tyrike Britt (celebrity hair stylist), and Sergio Hudson (winner of Rihanna’s “Styled to Rock”).
Here are a few photos from the event:
Zoe Dupree will continue his Style School event next in Las Vegas and then Charlotte, NC.
To see the full gallery, CLICK HERE or visit us on Facebook/Stacks.Mag.
Photo Credit: Tamyia Allen (@Myia_Byia)
On Saturday, January 11, 2014 elegance united at the GA World Congress Center for the Second Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala. The event shines the spotlight on talented individuals working in the state of Georgia’s entertainment industry. The Black Tie event included a raging 20s theme, red carpet, and an awards ceremony. Many were honored for their outstanding work in film, television and the music industry. Guests were treated to live entertainment and complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and more.
What is the Georgia Entertainment Gala? Who’s benefiting from the proceeds? Well, according to their website…
The Georgia Entertainment Gala has garnered the support of a number of community leaders, brands, and organizations thus providing a unique opportunity for sponsors to take part in an unparalleled celebration. With an explosive year under our belt this highly anticipated event will continue to embrace and celebrate the Georgia entertainment industry of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Benefiting the Art program of Bethune Elementary School and Corporate Code Atlanta. Bethune Elementary is a Title-One school located in “Vine City,” a community in Atlanta’s down town area. It is a predominately African-American school, which encourages students to strive for academic excellence. The Art Program uses a Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) that enriches student’s learning by connecting art concepts to core subjects that incorporate history, aesthetics, art criticism and production. Corporate Code is a nonprofit program designed to assist displaced men reentering the work force by providing them with interview appropriate attire and career counseling. With the growing number of men in need of assistance in transitioning from unemployed to gainfully employment, Corporate Code provides the a much needed Code to a Second Chance!
The Georgia Entertainment Gala brought out industry executives, talent, and a host of other notables in film, television, and music. Celebrity guests included Ramona Debreaux (V-103), Carl Payne (“For Better or Worse”), Bryan Michael-Cox (producer), Demetria McKinney (“Meet The Browns”), Rashan Ali (Streetz 94.5), Ebony Steele (“Rickey Smiley Morning Show”), Jacob Lattimore (“Black Nativity”), Erica Mena (“Love & Hip Hop NY”), and many more.
Take a look at a few photos from the red carpet:
Sir Algernon, Manufactured Products, & Sacred Heart Collection Hits Runway @ 2014 Spring Collection Fashion Show [PHOTOS]
On December 7, Future Vision event center was the site for the 2014 Spring Collection Fashion Show. Four (4) innovative and diverse designers came together to put on a great show for fashion enthusiasts and industry insiders. One of the designers was 11-year old Imani Alsobrook, which we featured on our site earlier this month [READ HERE]. Imani’s group of models graced the runway in her one-of-a-kind designs from her Peachie Pi collection. The other three designers were much older, but debuted designs that effortlessly showed the transition from child to adult. Those three designers were Manufactured Products, Sir Algernon, and Sacred Heart Collection.
Manufactured Products is the brainchild of designer Damien Sheppard. He is a native of Ohio, but decided to bring his custom-made garments to the Atlanta area. According to the official press release, Manufactured Products is a fusion of casual and semi-formal wear with an urban flair that embodies the entire manufacturing process. The 2014 Spring Collection’s main focus are the custom jackets. The jackets contain various elements like zebra print, floral, and denim. Sleek pants are paired with each jacket for the complete look.
For more product information, visit www.manufacturedproducts.bigcartel.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram (Manufactured Products) and Twitter @ MANPRO001 .
Sir Algernon designs shows us how far concepts can be visually materialized. His high-end couture garments have been worn and seen on some of the most highlighted runways in the business. Last year, Algernon Johnson debuted Sir Algernon at the 2013 New York Fashion Week. The signature white and black custom designs are draped with splashes of color. This design concept is just one of the reasons many of your favorite celebrities call on him. Algernon has worked with Mary Mary (Gospel artists), Momma Dee (Love and Hip Hop Atlanta), Vonnie Lopez (Gospel Artist), and more. His love of the woman’s silhouette is evident in his long gowns and satin tops.
Follow this designer at Facebook (Sir Algernon) and on Twitter/Instagram @SirAlgernon .
Sacred Heart Collection has been seen on many celebrities and in magazine editorials (i.e. “Tiny” Harris (Singer/Actress), Meagan Good (Actress), Lauren London (Actress, “The Game”), British Vogue, etc). Brandi Russell‘s flirtatious women’s clothing line is just enough to turn heads without seeming too attention-deprived. During the 2013 New York Fashion Week, Brandi debuted three new designs: Anabelle, Claire, and Madysen. These designs were showcased at this event garnering rave reviews.
For more product information, visit www.SacredHeartCollection.com or on Facebook (Sacred Heart Collection) and/or Twitter/Instagram @SacredHeartCo.
Special thanks to Shoni Hymes, of ShoniGurlz PR for the invite!
Dirty Money’s Kalenna, Mimi Faust, Kirk Frost, R.L. & Others Give Back @ ‘Toy Drive For A Cause’ [PHOTOS]
Last night, Nancy’s Pizza (Buckhead-ATL) was the site for Saving Our Daughters (S.O.D.) annual Toy Drive For A Cause. This year, Dirty Money’s Kalenna Harper joined the organization as their official celebrity host. The songstress is one of several iconic artists who has supported S.O.D. in the past (i.e. T.I., Nas, Kelly Rowland, Gerald Levert). S.O.D. is a 501c-3 organization that offers various tools that help teen girls learn how to deal with abuse, hate crimes, school violence, bullying, and self-esteem issues.
Kalenna was joined by many of Atlanta’s taste-makers who all came out to support the toy drive and bring gifts for local children in need. Celebrities in the building were Mimi Faust (“Love & Hip Hop ATL”) and beau Nikko, Robert Lavelle “R.L.” Huggar (singer) and wife Lena, Sabrina Rowe, Sharlinda Rowe-Parker (“Big Rich Atlanta”), and many others.
“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” fans can expect to see more of Kalenna on this upcoming season, which should air sometime in March 2014.
To see additional photos from the event, go to our gallery HERE!
Special thanks to Jakeem Smith for the invite!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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