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Demetria McKinney released her long-awaited debut album “Officially Yours” on Friday, October 6th via eOne Music.

The highly anticipated album is available on all major music streaming services and in Best Buy stores. The album features the Billboard top 5 single singles “Easy,” and the stand out track “No No No,” and “Happy.”  Officially Yours was executive-produced by award-winning artist, producer and personality Kandi Burruss, Demetria McKinney and Roger Bobb.  McKinney is set to star in actor/director Mario Van Peebles’ TV series Superstition, premiering on the Syfy Network Friday, October 20th.

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In celebration of her new album, Demetria McKinney, held an exclusive album release celebration at REVEL in Midtown, Atlanta. Cast-members from BOUNCE’s “Saints & Sinners” and SyFy’s “Superstition” were in attendance to help celebrate their co-star. Watch the music videos for Demetria McKinney’s singles, Happy and Easy below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZuTPd5ei8

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[REVIEW] Fashion & Fashion Faux Pas! The Vanguard Fashion Show Has a Promising Start

COVID-19 has largely derailed social events in Atlanta, and the world at large. However, as learn to live with the virus, here and there events are making a comeback.

The first autumn event falls to Kiid Fro’s “Vanguard Fashion Show,” and it was an event definitely worth talking about!

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COVID-19 has largely derailed social events in Atlanta, and the world at large. However, as learn to live with the virus, here and there events are making a comeback.

The first autumn event falls to Kiid Fro’s “Vanguard Fashion Show,” and it was an event definitely worth talking about!

Grade: B-

The event took place Saturday night, October 17th, in a surprisingly stylish venue in Downtown Atlanta. There were a couple of socialites and notable members of the city’s Black LGBT community gathered to watch some of the latest fashion lines of the season. The show begin with a late start but was overlooked largely thanks to the venue’s tasty drinks–sangrias we believe–and great conversations with fellow Kontrol Magazine’s Lifestyle Editor, Byron Jamal, media personality, Imani Vanzap; a rising star and “auntie” of Atlanta’s Black LGBT community, “About Him’s” Brandon Karson Jordan, Outpour Media Productions LGBTQ owner, Antar Bush, and Carl Levonzell aka K $tarr, an actor, indie rapper, and hilarious radio personality.

When the show finally began, and in between intermissions, we were able to see some amazing pieces of fashion. Never before, have I been to show where I liked all of the lines, or even more so saw pieces that I can actually see everyday people wearing. All of the lines pulled off high fashion with their own touch of haughtiness with the functionality of “The Everyman” in mind. Nevertheless, the lines must be chastised for their lack of plus-sized male models. The diversity was blaringly lacking in that department. More brands are now embracing bigger men–Savage x Fenty, Target–and even New York Fashion Week had one plus sized male model. This is something we hope will be corrected in the future.

However, we must admit we loved Jae Amour’s “The Penthouse Collection” and Soomar’s lines the most. We are familiar with both their work and have seen nothing but growth in the right direction from these designers.

However, the event was marred, as aforementioned by tardiness, long intermissions between the presentation of the fashion lines, and sound issues which seemingly crippled what could have been a great opening performance–the Voice of Array has “The Range.”

We did like Kiid Fro’s handling of the media, he was respectful, hands on, and ensured any information needed was freely given or arranged–Atlanta take notes! Also he mirrored Issa Rae’s philosophy of “reaching across the table” to friends, family, and associates to get his event off the ground using them as performers, models, media, and staff.

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Zoe Effect Black Z-Pack Bag

As a finishing touch noted guests were given Z-Packs as gift bags! These cute little bags definitely follow the trend in high mens fashion of now having little bags to compliment trendy outfits.

For this to be Kiid Fro’s first event earns him some major cool points. His general love and the admiration and respect he garners from his community is somewhat heartwarming and enviable. We will be watching. Kudos.

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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.

When Men Meet

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/.

Check out more photos from the events below:

 

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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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Lena Waithe

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.

Catch additional photos from the Season 2 premiere party below:

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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