[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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Susan Kelechi Watson of NBC’s This Is Us Hosts Private Press Dinner {Event Recap}

In celebration of the return of NBC’s THIS IS US, cast member Susan Kelechi Watson hosted a press dinner at STK in Atlanta this past Monday, January 9th.

Some of Atlanta’s most influential press were in attendance including, Jubilee Magazine, Ice Cream Convos, YBF, and of course HeyMikeyATL.

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Press were granted the opportunity to take photos, interview, and most importantly, wine and dine with Watson as she sat with each guest and gave a glimpse of what’s to come in the continued season.

Watson is quite the fan favorite on This Is Us but many would be surprised to know that she almost passed up on being Beth. Producers wanted to fly her out last minute to audition for the part but Watson was in a rut from a bad audition she had a few nights before and hadn’t read the script yet.

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“It was my birthday and I was on my way to get facials with my friend and I asked her if we should still go get facials and she said ‘No, go home and read the script,'” Watson recalled. “So I went home, read it and immediately fell in love and called my team and said I’ll be on that plane.”

Watson plays Beth Pierson, the devoted and level headed wife of one of the Big 3, Randall and though she’s been able to keep calm in the midst of the unexpected turbulence caused by her in laws, this upcoming season will show how the chaos takes its toll on her character and we can’t wait to see it!

Be sure to catch Susan Kelechi Watson on This Is Us every Tuesday night at 10/9c on NBC.

[VIDEO/EVENT RECAP] “The Haves and the Have Nots” Cast Dish on New Season at Atlanta Press Lunch!

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(l-r) Tyler Lepley, Renee Lawless, and Angela Robinson at the haves and the have nots atlanta press lunch

Lunch time! We LOVE Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots!

Like millions of viewers everywhere, every Tuesday night we find ourselves glued to the television ready to watch the latest antics of a cast that always delivers the drama! Thankfully we were invited to the Atlanta Press Lunch for the latest season where three cast members; Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington), Renee Lawless (Katheryn Cryer), and Tyler Lepley (Benny Young).

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As we mentioned the press conference began with lunch–and what a lunch! The spread was amazing with everything from fried chicken to decadent cheesecakes and miniature pies. Afterwards,  guests were greeted by welcome remarks from show producer and Tyler Perry Studios, vice president, Mark E. Swinton. Then guests were treated to an advanced screening of the first episode of the new season. Naturally, everyone was excited! As you may recall, the prior season ended with Katheryn Cryer shooting the District Attorney and demanding Veronica Harrington “get her off!” We won’t spoil the details of the episode here, but we will say fire and ice collide! The brutality, viciousness, and sheer outrage throughout this episode will knock you off your feet! Check out a preview of the season by clicking here.

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