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April Sheris is the CEO of Upland Avenue Productions and Founder of the United App, a first of its kind app that closes the gap between aspiring authors and the publishing industry.  She identified a growing need with emerging authors that were seeking publishing opportunities and has pulled resources to make sure that authors can publish brilliantly and on their own terms.

United app is the ultimate resource for writers and it is growing daily with vetted industry professionals ready to work with an Author and their book.

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“After working in the publishing sector and heading a leading publishing company for several years, I ran across many aspiring authors looking for insight on ways to self-publish successfully, since getting picked up by a traditional publisher was a long-shot. The key areas that most of them yearned for, were editing, marketing and getting connected with the most beneficial trade shows and conferences. I used the connections that I have gained, personally and professionally, and channeled them into a single resource that would best aid in the production of more ‘retail ready’ books from self-published authors.” adds April Sheris.

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Thanks to the United App, Authors can now better manage a successful book release project form the palm of their hands. So what’s next for April Sheris and Upland Avenue Productions? “In the upcoming year, we are looking to incorporate a social platform for authors to interact on a local level and provide events that will bring more transparency between our users and tech team. Writing can be an isolated experience and self-publishing without a network is even more distancing. Having the social platform for authors at varying levels to meet a ‘writing BFF’ is extremely important to growth. Sometimes you may be the advisor and sometimes you may be the teacher. But either way, it will remain a supportive environment.”

To learn more visit: UplandAvenueProductions.com or follow @AprilSheris on Instagram.

 

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Proposing While Gay! How To & Where To Pop The Big Question!

The moment you decide you want to spend the rest of your life with someone is one of the most important days in your life. Picking and choosing the right husband or wife can in many cases make or break your life. When it comes to LGBT couples the stakes are no less higher. However, you are not alone in your endeavors as we have the perfect guide to how and where to pop the big question!

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The moment you decide you want to spend the rest of your life with someone is one of the most important days in your life. Picking and choosing the right husband or wife can in many cases make or break your life. When it comes to LGBT couples the stakes are no less higher. However, you are not alone in your endeavors as we have the perfect guide to how and where to pop the big question!

The Proposal

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The trick to a proposal is when to actually propose. First, be sure this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Weigh out the pros and cons of matrimony with them, and if they meet your needs perfectly. Go for it! Just understand that marriage is a constant job, requiring your time, love, attention, and commitment.

The Spots

Below are a few amazing spots in each corner of the country–New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles— where you can propose your eternal love on bended knee.

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a “daily dose of spring,” with lush gardens filled with beautiful flowers and beautiful scenery. The garden has numerous spots and settings that let you feel in tune with nature, as if the Earth itself is blessing your union.

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The Atlanta History Center’s The Swan House

Atlanta History Center’s Swan House has all the nostalgia and beauty of a scene from “Gone With The Wind.” The mansion and its regal decor met with Southern style and class is to die for. If you want your proposal to be “picture perfect,” few places can match this place.

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Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium is one of Chicago’s biggest attractions. Some of the aquatic wildlife housed there are so exotic, beautiful, and alien looking they might as well be from another world. Coincidentally another world is exactly the beautiful backdrop you might want for your own proposal. It’s very Atlantica from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid!”

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Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory is truly a gateway to the stars. It boasts some of the most amazing equipment that will allow you to view and learn about the observable universe. There are few ways and places than to pop the question better than here. Your love may very well become its own harmonic convergence as you align with the cosmos!

Love, and the pursuit thereof is never easy, but finding someone you want to spend your life with is worth celebrating! Congrats in advance!

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Moving In The Right Direction w/ The Right Hand Foundation (@righthandfdn)!

Anytime successful individuals feel compelled to give back to their communities I feel God smiling down on us. The Right Hand Foundation has supported shelters for women, children, and group homes all throughout Atlanta. With plans to build Right Hand “Havens” in communities throughout the country, Courtney Stewart is on the right track.  

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Anytime successful individuals feel compelled to give back to their communities I feel God smiling down on us. The Right Hand Foundation has supported shelters for women, children, and group homes all throughout Atlanta. With plans to build Right Hand “Havens” in communities throughout the country, Courtney Stewart is on the right track.

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Stewart cutting ribbon on Right Hand Foundation

 

So the other day I was invited to this event and I was told that it was DJ Khalid‘s nonprofit. As I’m putting the address in my GPS I realize I’m heading to College Park from the north side of Atlanta. I know what some of you are thinking … yes there was traffic but the house was in a good area. Down the street from million dollar homes and my favorite restaurant right now, The Real Milk & Honey.

Stewart & Bobby Valentino, Stewart & Family

Stewart & Bobby Valentino, Stewart & Family

Pulling up I got connected with the PR folk on site and they got me introduced to Courtney Stewart. Prior to meeting him I was sipping on some rosay and enjoying these delicious jerk tacos made by Chef Joe. Oh and let me “Slow Down” … it was nice to see Bobby Valentino there as well. Stewart is truly a god-send a very humble entrepreneur. The artist manager, record label executive, and humanitarian maximizes every opportunity for success from all angles and was also recognized on Billboard’s prestigious “40 under 40”.

Right Hand FND Home

Right Hand FND Home

 

Right now Stewart is moving one family in their newly renovated home and once they are stable continue to work with other families. Where him and his team will provide weekly educational sessions, life-skill activities and income-savings programs. The Right Hand Foundation partners offer workshops as well as mentors and personal coaches to provide hands on education for families. And as I told Courtney I definitely appreciate what he’s doing for our community. So many people say they want to give back but to do that and also take it a step further by insuring that theses families get hands-on attention is truly unbelievable.

 

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Right Hand FND Event

Follow the movement at RightHandFDN.org

 

 

 

Written By: Triston Devon @TheTristonDevon

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Slinging Into Success! DeAndre Lemans’ Slingshot Headshot is ATL’s New Hot Spot for Great Head Shots!

When it comes to the entertainment world there are a few things every actor, artist, and model should have–comp cards, a professional bio, and above all else a head shot! Having all of these just shows you’re serious about your craft–think of it as part of your resume. However, head shots–good ones at least–can be expensive and hard to come by for many in the industry.

Thankfully one company has realized, and is capitalizing off that need, SlingShots Headshots! Ran and owned by noted model, cinemaphotographer, and actor, DeAndre Lemans (Freefall), SlingShots, has become the one stop shop of Atlanta for all of your head shot needs!

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When it comes to the entertainment world there are a few things every actor, artist, and model should have–comp cards, a professional bio, and above all else a head shot! Having all of these just shows you’re serious about your craft–think of it as part of your resume. However, head shots–good ones at least–can be expensive and hard to come by for many in the industry.

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DeAndre Lemans

Thankfully one company has realized, and is capitalizing off that need, SlingShots Headshots! Ran and owned by noted model, cinemaphotographer, and actor, DeAndre Lemans (Freefall), SlingShots, has become the one stop shop of Atlanta for all of your head shot needs!

We came across SlingShots after a few noted Web Stars and producers like Tripp Ali, Lyrik London, Sherrod Willis, and Jaquay Wilkerson posted their own amazing head shots from the company. We were even more amused and surprised to learn the price of these professional photos was a mere thirty five dollars! In an interview with us DeAndre discussed his company’s origins in depth. “I myself, have been in the entertainment and fashion industries for a number of years, and I’ve always noticed that there was a need for head shots among the community…Atlanta is full of actors and quite a few of them just did not have the essentials they needed to move and be noticed in the industry. Head shots are definitely one of the basic tools they need, but many of them either can’t afford them or find a photographer that captures them correctly. That’s what we do at ‘SlingShots Headshots,’ provide quality and affordable photos for the public.”

We have to admit we initially thought the affordability and production had to be a fluke or have some Catch-22, but we are happy to admit we were wrong. Our very own, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning was invited to get his own complimentary head shots and the results were magnificent. See below:

The process was simple. We made an appointment with DeAndre via SlingShots’ Instagram page, @slingshots.atl, showed up, and followed his directions to a “T.” “I can make anyone look great each head shot is only thirty five dollars, and any additional edits are only five dollars a piece. You can pay me cash or Cash App me at ‘$DeAndreGresham.’ I figure even a starving artist can afford those prices [he laughs]. We also shoot on weekends to make it more convenient for everyone.” We definitely endorse DeAndre and his sprawling business as legit and a surefire investment in yourself. We live in an age of imagery, and how you present yourself is everything! Do it right and start here! Mr. Lemans wants everyone to know “when you come to ‘SlingShots’ you’re going to have a great experience, receive amazing customer service, and you’re going to want to tell a friend–so please do so!” 

**Check out his website for more information and booking, https://www.lemanscinema.com/slingshots!**

BOOK TODAY!

 

 

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