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NBC’s newest series, The Village, is undoubtedly turning out to be one of its greatest. Set in an eclectic apartment building in Brooklyn, it centers on a group of close knit neighbors whose lives, love, problems, and social issues all intertwine in heartwarming and heartbreaking ways making them a family of sorts. Heading this family as a patriarch is none other than Frankie Faison as “Ron Davis!” Ron is wise, funny, and of course the backbone of his makeshift dishing out love and wisdom where needed. HeyMikeyATL and Kontrol Magazine recently attended an NBC Luncheon filled with the other “Who’s Who” of Atlanta’s media community and got the opportunity for a sit down interview with Frankie himself!

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Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning and Frankie Faison

Frankie has been in the in the entertainment industry for over forty years, with dozens of roles, and is known best for his roles on The Wire (2002) and the Hannibal Lecter franchise. At the luncheon Frankie discussed the secret to his career’s longevity and how his own village greatly impacted his life. “…I’ve had really thoughtful and impactful people in my life since elementary school–my whole community actually. I grew up in an all-black community and the people in my life saw I was a character, a real class clown [he laughs], but instead of punishing me or writing me off as a bad kid; they put me in the theater…there I was able to grow and cultivate and become the character I am today [he laughs]. 

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THE VILLAGE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Frankie Faison as Ron Davis, Lorraine Toussaint as Patricia Davis — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

As “Ron Davis,” Frankie embodies so much strength and understanding on the show, and when combined with the talents of Lorraine Toussaint, portraying Ron’s wife, “Patricia Davis,” you have quite a powerful, earthy couple. Frankie went on to discuss why he chose to do The Village, what it is like working with Lorraine, and his similarities and dissimilarities to his character. “He [‘Ron’] is the head of this chosen family of people–that’s what friends are, the family you choose–and he is a wise, upstanding, strong guy and I can identify with that. He’s like the ‘mayor’ of the neighborhood…then he likes to give wisdom to others and I find myself dispensing wisdom to the youngins on the set [he laughs]…I loved the script for The Village, it was well-written and I loved the stories. I’m down for any project that I can connect to and grow from. He then went on to discuss Lorraine. “When I found out she was on board I was thrilled. We came up in the industry together and she’s a respected colleague. She was perfect for the role and I can see us being the parents and grandparents of this situation…”

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Frankie Faison is nothing short of amazing, encouraging rising and aspiring actors and entertainers to “Never give up. If this is what you want to do stay at it, believe in it, grow with it, and just don’t stop!” You can catch Frankie every Tuesday night, 10 PM EST!

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Grand & “Yizclusive!” Yisrael Wright Opens “The Yizclusive Experience” Mens’ Salon!

The landscape of Atlanta is changing by the day. There are new neighborhoods, parks, events, and of course new businesses. One upstanding man turned businessman and salon owner, Yisrael Wright, is standing above the rest with the opening of his brand new salon catering towards men, “The Yizclusive Experience!” Located in the Grant Park area in Atlanta’s new Beacon Shopping Plaza, the salon offers a variety of services for men including haircuts, manicures, pedicures, facials–THE WORKS! “Men like to take care of themselves and care about their appearances. I want a safe and comfortable place for them to meet, be taken care of, and above all else network. The barbershop is like the hub of the community, and my salon is going to be the literal plug, while you get to look and feel better about yourself.” Yisrael states. 

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The landscape of Atlanta is changing by the day. There are new neighborhoods, parks, events, and of course new businesses. One upstanding man turned businessman and salon owner, Yisrael Wright, is standing above the rest with the opening of his brand new salon catering towards men, “The Yizclusive Experience!” Located in the Grant Park area in Atlanta’s new Beacon Shopping Plaza, the salon offers a variety of services for men including haircuts, manicures, pedicures, facials–THE WORKS! “Men like to take care of themselves and care about their appearances. I want a safe and comfortable place for them to meet, be taken care of, and above all else network. The barbershop is like the hub of the community, and my salon is going to be the literal plug, while you get to look and feel better about yourself. Yisrael states.

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The Yizclusive Experience is truly “the beacon” of The Beacon, opening with a weekend of celebratory events. The first event was “When Men Meet,” an exclusive dinner for a few of the salon’s male patrons and supporters–“Menbers”–as The Yizclusive Experience refers to them. The group consisted of photographers, businessmen of various backgrounds, journalists, managers, and realtors. There the guests were served a three course meal and networked with one another, speaking on family, supporting Black businesses, and how they can help one another advance. “It’s important for men to gather together and uplift one another. There’s so much room for each of us to make it doing what we want to do…let’s show some strength.” The night ended with a powerful group photo of all the men together, standing in solidarity.

As aforementioned the salon is far from your typical barbershop, offering an array of services designed to enhance and care for the entire body, including massages. Besides a haircut, you can receive various facials. Our favorite is the 24 karat gold mask one, which can help renew skin, increase blood flow, and is chalked full of antioxidants and minerals. It diminishes the depletion of collagen and sagging skin, while encouraging the growth of new cells, and lessening the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. An even more amazing service provided involves dealing with Pseudofolliculitis barbae, a skin condition causing hair bumps and severe skin irritation brought on by curly hair that grows back into the skin causing inflammation. It is estimated that about sixty percent of African-American men deal with this issue, but The Yizclusive Experience’s facial steaming and treatments have been met with rave reviews and positive results. “My skin was really bad down there [under his neck] and tried using a beard to cover it, but I went to see Yiz [Yisrael] and he got me right. My beard looks amazing and it’s totally cleared up. I stay referring my friends…” Jason Carlton, a patron of the salon stated.

The actual opening day was a true community event as family, friends, and supporters from throughout Metro Atlanta attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. The event also included live music from Dj Zel, hosted by Dandre Lavell with food and desserts provided by Chef Mark Brown and Tracey Wright, respectively. Yisrael’s team was on site to offer services and assist with festivities. The entire was a welcomed and positive experience. Since then the salon has offered its traditional services along with a free oral screening for the community. “I’m really glad to see this place is here. We need more outreach to the community like this. I learned a lot of information…” one patron added. Opening a salon is quite the accomplishment for anyone, let alone for someone who is only thirty years old. Yisrael has vision and will, and we are sure that will carry him a long way. “This a dream come true and the manifestation of a vision. I want The Yizclusive Experience to be seen as a pillar in the community, a gathering of great and like minded people, and to just improve the life of any and everyone who comes to it…” You can book your own appointment by checking out The Yizclusive Experience’s official website, www.theyizclusiveexperience.com/.

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The Cast of BET’s “Boomerang” Celebrates Season 2 Premiere @ Paramount Studios!

Last night, BET Networks celebrated the season two premiere of its Lena Waithe and Halle Berry executive produced show “BOOMERANG.” Show cast members Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson, Lala Milan, Dime Davis, Leland B. Martin and RJ Walker were in attendance.

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Last night, BET Networks celebrated the season two premiere of its Lena Waithe and Halle Berry executive produced show “BOOMERANG.” Show cast members Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson, Lala Milan, Dime Davis, Leland B. Martin and RJ Walker were in attendance.

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Following the success of Lena Waithe’s BOOMERANG first season, the half-hour subversive, smart, serialized comedy that is fielded by romance, friendship, gender politics and more returns for season two. The original cast are back to deal with the ramifications of Simone and Bryson’s breakup and how it effects the group’s friendship.

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Throughout the season, each of our main characters: Simone (Tetona Jackson), Bryson (Tequan Richmond), Crystal (Brittany Inge), Ari (Leland Martin), Tia (Lala Milan) and David (RJ Walker) look inward to find out who they truly are while discovering that together, they’re growing apart. Guest stars for season two will include Jaleel WhiteJoey Bada$$, Walter Emmanuel Jones and Kim Wayans.

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Special guests in attendance included: Terrence JMartin LawrenceCameron Hamilton & Lauren SpeedLance GrossKellee Stewart and more.

“BOOMERANG” season 2 premiere Wednesday, March 11th at 10PM EST on BET.

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About Boomerang:

BOOMERANG is a half-hour subversive, smart, serialized comedy, fueled by romance, friendship, gender politics, love and, of course, sex. The story picks up roughly twenty-five years after the “Boomerang” movie and centers on Simone Graham (daughter of Marcus Graham and Angela Lewis) and Bryson Broyer (son of Jaqueline Broyer), who are marketing professionals trying to step out of their parents’ shadows. The series follows a group of childhood friends who are looking to make their own mark in the world…all while navigating their feelings for each other.

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“Sublime” Doughnuts & Legendary Music w/ Jac Ross!

Every now and then you run into an artist you know you will never forget. Indeed they are what we would describe as “a whole mood.” Jac Ross is definitely a rising star with the pipes to prove it.

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Every now and then you run into an artist you know you will never forget. Indeed they are what we would describe as “a whole mood.” Jac Ross is definitely a rising star with the pipes to prove it.

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His voice is easily on par with any of R&B and neo-soul’s greats like Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, and Musiq Soulchild. This is not a matter of opinion, in fact legendary producer, Rodney Jerkins, has declared he has a legendary voice with Jac becoming his brainchild of sorts. Recently, we attended a listening party at Atlanta’s very own “Sublime Doughnuts” to hear a few of his amazing tracks. Needless to say we were in for a treat with his vocals and his own signature doughnuts!

Jac gave us a little on his background, initially being a struggling artist from a small town in Florida. He recounted the trials and triumphs of his life including how his friend helped him meet Rodney Jerkins and how he fought with insurance companies over medical malpractice involving his daughter. “Man it’s only by God’s grace that I’m here and Although Jac is still a rising star, you can tell he has evolved, and his final transformation will be akin to the stuff dreams are made of.

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The event was intimate and reminiscent of old school listening parties back in the late nineties. At the tables, guests were left with black and white pins labeled, “It’s OK To Be Black.” Coincidentally, this is the title of one of his tracks as well. “I wrote it based on my daughter. I was looking at her one day and how beautiful she is and just thought ‘it’s okay to be Black.’ …we have to deal with so much and I want her–and our children–to know they are beautiful, amazing, and to keep their heads up.” Jac performed “It’s Ok To Be Black,” but it is his song, “Misunderstood” that is our favorite song. It is definitely a vibe. It could easily be added to our personal soundtrack!

Jac Ross is an artist who should be on everyone’s radar. You can listen to and stream his music on all musical platforms. Check out more pictures from the event below:

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