[PHOTOS/EVENT RECAP] Signal 23 TV’s “About Him Season 2: The Revolution” Premiere Party!

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It has been a wild ride as we counted down twenty-three long days to the season premiere of Signal 23 TV’s About Him Season 2: The Revolution!

Well now the show is out and Sunday night we were in the mix of one amazingly poppin’ premiere party! It all went down at Atlanta’s very own Suite Food Lounge.  Media sponsored by Rolling Out, The drinks were wonderful, the ambiance was positive and crazy cool, but the best part was meeting the amazing cast of this highly anticipated web series! Yep, our boy Gary Lavard is back as the face of About Him in a new role, with a set of new and familiar faces to tackle homophobia, isolation, and true love against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic of the eighties.

The Series


As you recall, the new season of the series on the network will not be a continuation of the first season. Gary Lavard is now “Dustin,” a gay college student hopelessly in love with campus hottie, “Armani” (Chris June). For Dustin it is love at first sight and he wants nothing more than to be with his dream boy, but is haunted by memories of homophobia and his own painful lessons in what it means to be Black and gay in this time period. Dustin is inquisitive and hopeful, but like so many gay men has filled his emptiness and pain with man after man. He prays Armani is the one. His prospects finally seem to be looking better when he finds himself in an African-American Studies class with Armani and the two reluctantly hit it off–with a little nudge from his best female friend (or friend-girl, as The Kidz like to say).

The budding couple’s pleasure is soon tainted by pain, however, when while trying to hook up they witness a hate crime so graphic and vile you will feel your heart wrenching. For Dustin love will always be “About Him,” but he may soon learn everything comes with a price and sometimes with a fight. Let The Revolution begin…

We have to say this is by far the best web series we have yet to see. It was worth the wait and anticipation. The story line’s timing is right on, especially in a renewed age of social activism. This series reminds us of darker times when being gay was deemed wrong on every level and systemic homophobia was rampant. Henderson Maddox has truly outdone himself with this piece of work. Be sure you subscribe to Signal 23 TV’s Vimeo  to catch the first two episodes now by clicking here! Happy viewing!

The Premiere Party

Our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning was on location to check out the premiere party and screening and the web stars were out in full effect. Gary Lavard, Valerie Payton, Sherrod Willis, Rion Deshon, Darius Lavale,  and Zahir Roberts along with newbies, Corey Thompson, Levi Erik, Danny Rowe, Jaquay Wilkerson, Thomas Mackey, and Toni Bernard were all there in full effect! Check out some of the pictures below!

Photo Credits: Henderson Maddox, Sr. of Madd Studios

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

[EVENT RECAP] K. Michelle (@kmichelle) Debuts Signature Jack Daniels’ (@JackDaniels_US) “Southern Peach” Drink!

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        Last night the true talent and beauty that is K.Michelle debuted her new drink for Jack Daniels.

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Cleverly titled Southern Peach, the drink marks the first time its’ history to feature an African American as the face for their upcoming flavor.  Never the one to be low-key, the R&B songstress decided to hold her event at the illustrious Opera Nightclub in downtown Atlanta. This being my first event for HeyMikeyATL, I couldn’t contain my excitement as I and Kontrol Magazine’s new brand coordinator Chanel Scales made our way to the venue.  The place was packed wall to wall with K.Michelle fans vying for a chance to get a peek at the petite star as well as to taste the drink of the hour.

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[EVENT RECAP] “Greenleaf” Season 2 Premiere Party!

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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 13: Actress Merle Dandridge attends "Greenleaf" Season 2 Premiere Party at W Atlanta Midtown on March 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Last night, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network celebrated the second season of the hit series “Greenleaf” with a screening and after-party in Atlanta.

Over 200 local influencers previewed the premiere episode at SCADShow and were then treated to a lively post-screening reception at the W Atlanta Midtown.
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ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 13: A general view of “Greenleaf” Season 2 Premiere Party at W Atlanta Midtown on March 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Attending from the cast were Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Merle Dandridge, Deborah Joy Winans, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, GregAlan Williams, Desiree Ross, Lovie Simone, T.C. Carson, Parnell Damone Marcano, Jason Dirden, Julian Brittano and “Greenleaf” executive producer Clement Virgo.

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Ice Cube Hosts Fist Fight Prescreening in ATL

Several members of Atlanta’s press had the pleasure of attending the pre-screening of comedic movie, Fist Fight, starring hip hop legend Ice Cube and Horrible Bosses star, Charlie Day. Ice Cube, along with other celebs including Ed Lover, Gary Owens, Karli Redd and ATL’s radio personalities, Ryan Cameron, Reec Swiney, and HeadKrack were all in attendance to watch Cube’s upcoming comedy.

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The film takes place on the last day of school, where eager graduating seniors are throwing classic pranks on the faculty. The mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep his head above water through while dealing with a dysfunctional administration, and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school.

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Though Cube and Day are the stars of the show, comedians Tracy Morgan and Jillian Bell are the best supporting actors, leaving the audience in hysteria with their snarky comments, inappropriate behavior and all around hilariously funny charm. Fist Fight is definitely one to see if you’re in need of a good laugh. The lesson many can take from this movie, is when life knocks you down, you must roll with the punches and get back up.

Fist Fight debuts worldwide today, February 17th. Check out the trailer below.

Little Women: Ms. Juicy Celebrates Royal Themed Birthday

This past weekend the little woman that packs a big punch known as Ms. Juicy aka “Ms. Juicy Baby” held her birthday celebration in a royal fashion.

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We’re all familiar with Ms. Juicy on the syndicated radio show Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Additionally, she has also made a name for herself on Little Women: Atlanta which airs on Wednesdays at 9 pm on Lifetime network.

The theme was Royal Purple and Gold and her entrance into her party was very Mariah Carey esq. and something made to be bragged about on her Juicy Talk radio show. It featured Juicy being carried out on a bed with topless men and a musical performance by Tarvoria.

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Brooklyn Sudano (@BrooklynSudano) & Gaius Charles (@GaiusCharles) Hosts Atlanta Press Dinner for NBC’s “TAKEN!” (@TakenNBC)

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In celebration of the series premiere of NBC’s TAKEN, cast members Brooklyn Sudano and Gaius Charles hosted a press dinner at W Atlanta – Midtown on Thursday, February 2nd.

Taken is an upcoming American television series based on the Taken trilogy. The series acts as a prequel to the first film. Clive Standen stars as a younger version of Bryan Mills, the character played by Liam Neeson in the trilogy.

bothSudano plays Asha, an attractive, well-educated young student from an upper middle class family who is furthering her education when she first meets Bryan (Standen).

One of the things that drives her [Asha], is that she’s a truth seeker,” said Sudano. “She’s an environmental lawyer by trade so she likes the details and wants to understand. Sometimes that can get you in trouble.

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Music Industry Veteran Shanti Das (@ShantiDas404) Teams Up with the American Heart Association!

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Music Industry Veteran Shanti Das teams up with the American Heart Association to Recruit Volunteer Ambassadors to Drive Healthy Living in Urban Communities! (Atlanta,GA, January 18, 2017) – Music industry mogul Shanti Das and the American Heart Association teamed up to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke in the urban communities. The campaign launched on Monday January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

 

Das, who is one of the newest national ambassadors for the American Heart Association’s EmPowered To Serve movement, is featured in Take Me Home, a short video docu-series produced by the Association in collaboration with MIRAR. The video, which also includes singer/actress  Demetria McKinney (House of Payne, Saints & Sinners, RHOA 7), chronicles Das’ life growing up in a food desert in Peyton Forest, a community of Atlanta, Georgia.

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“After learning about the social determinants of health, I decided to learn more about how that may have impacted the community where I grew up. In the process, I learned that I basically grew up in a food desert, which is a community without easy access to healthy food options. This is driving a lot of health issues in my community such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke,” says Das, CEO and founder of Press Reset Entertainment.  “In fact, I found that 2 million Georgians, including 500,000 children live in food deserts. There are more than 35 food deserts just in the perimeter of Metro-Atanta.”

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