[RECAP/VIDEO] #ATLLunchandLearn LGBT Elite Edition!

#ATLLunchandLearn LGBT Elite Edition recap

This past weekend Quente’Sential Branding and Urban Female Entertainment brought the city of Atlanta another inciteful panel with the LGBT Edition of #AtlLunchandLearn.

This Month’s Panelist included Vaughn Alvarez ( Celebrity Publicist), Juan & Gee Smalls ( Certified Relationship Coaches, Love Works, The Gentleman’s Foundation) and Rahim Brazil ( Actor/Musician).

Brandon Karson, Vaughn Alvarez, Rahim Brazil, Quentin Jackson, & Juan & Gee Smalls at #ATLLunchandLearn LGBT Elite Edition

(l-r) Brandon Karson, Vaughn Alvarez, Rahim Brazil, Quentin Jackson, & Juan & Gee Smalls

Hosted by 3-time guest host Keishaun Sallie (The Diamond Zone Group, Kutz By Kei) and Brandon Karson ( Actor/Model), guests had the opportunity to hear the panelists journey to success stories, but also got the opportunities to ask questions about their own individual journeys to greatness. Some of the topics that were discussed included Knowing when the time was right to start pursuing your dream, Views on Dating in Atlanta and Overcoming Fear in order to be GREAT. Overall, an amazing panel of people came together to share their stories and let people know that no matter what you go through in life, with passion and hard work you can truly achieve anything.Special thanks to our panelist, guests, and continued supporters.

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[Event Recap] ATL Celebs Attend “War for the Planet of the Apes” Presreening

Atlantic Station was the place to be last night where local celebrities came out to attend the pre-screening of “War for the Planet of the Apes” hosted at Regal Cinemas.

Stars such as NBA star, Dwight Howard, Married to Medicine’s Dr. Heavenly Kimes and fashion model, Eva Marcille took front row seats to watch the action packed third film of the Planet of the Apes trilogy. Hot 107.9 was in the building with DJ Traci Steele and radio personality Reec Swiney in the audience while Dish Nation’s very own, Headkrack, emceed the event.

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War For the Planet of the Apes  is the third installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot series. It follows the confrontation between the apes, led by Caesar, and the humans for control of Earth. The movie greatly depicts Caesar internal conflict for his desire to maintain peace and the instinct to defend his family from Colonel and the soldiers endless attacks. As the movie unfolds, the roles seem to reverse where the apes appear more human than the human themselves. Overall, the film is both classic and contemporary with the choice of weapons used in the film and takes the audience through an array of emotions that by the time it gets to the end, you’re guaranteed to have a swelling in your throat.

I really enjoyed the movie. I think this one is the best out of all three,” said an attendee. Skyy from Black Ink Crew had an emotional reaction to the film. “The movie is straight real but the ending, like my heart is hurting.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, get them now because War for the Planet of the Apes is a must see. The movie will be in theatres Friday, July 14th. In the meantime, check out the photos below from the event.

Photo credit: Ace Photos & Designs

[PHOTOS/RECAP] The Turn Up! ATL Stars Turn Out for “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” Premiere!

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Tiny and Zonnique at Growing Up Hip-Hop Atlanta screening

Last night, WE tv hosted a star-studded Atlanta premiere of its new series, “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta.”

Hundreds convened at Woodruff Arts Center to preview the much-buzzed-about ATL edition of the hit franchise, which stars Bow WowShaniah Mauldin (daughter of Jermaine Dupri), Reginae Carter (daughter of Lil Wayne and Toya Wright), Zonnique Pullins (daughter of T.I. & Tiny), Brandon Barnes (son of Debra Antney and brother to Waka Flocka) and Ayana Fite (daughter of DJ Hurricane).
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The cast was in attendance along with their famous parents Jermaine Dupri, Toya Wright, Tiny Harris, Debra Antney and DJ Hurricane. Additional VIPs included Da Brat, Waka Flocka Flame, Datari Turner (producer, “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta”); “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” stars Tammy Rivera, Tommie Lee, Karlie Redd, Bambi, Karen King, Melissa Scott and Erica Dixon; Kandi Burruss and daughter Riley (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”); Mama June and daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson (“From Not to Hot”); Trina Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”); Gocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”); Genise Shelton (“Married to Medicine”); Stevie Baggs, Jr (“Match Made In Heaven”), Shanell (Young Money artist), Princess (formerly of Crime Mob) and many more.

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[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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[VIDEO] LAZ ALONSO, AJ CALLOWAY, REGINA KING, YANDY SMITH & MORE CELEBRATE LAZ ALONSO BIRTHDAY w/ RÉMY MARTIN & CULTURE CREATORS IN NYC

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Actor Laz Alonso recieves a birthday cake at the Remy Martin & Culture Creators birthday celebration for Laz Alonso at Vandal on March 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Remy Martin)

When it comes to celebrating one celebrity’s birthday is definitely worth the hype–Happy Belated Birthday Laz Alonso!

On Saturday March 25th Hollywood star Laz Alonso celebrated his birthday with Rémy Martin and Culture Creators at Vandal NYC. Laz’s close celebrity friends and family enjoyed a private dinner and custom cocktails by Rémy Martin. Guests included Regina King, Josh Lucas, AJ Calloway, Yandy Smith. 

Check out some of the pictures from the event below:

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 25: Actors Laz Alonso (L) and Josh Lucas attend the Remy Martin & Culture Creators birthday celebration for Laz Alonso at Vandal on March 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Remy Martin)

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 25: (L-R) A. J. Calloway, Laz Alonso, Rae Holiday, and Yandy Smith-Harris attend the Remy Martin & Culture Creators birthday celebration for Laz Alonso at Vandal on March 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Remy Martin)

Laz is definitely one of Hollywood’s rising leading men. We are definitely looking forward to seeing more of Laz this year in two new films, If and Stranded. 2017 may very well be his year! Happy birthday again Laz!

Check out a video from his amazing party below! Remy Martin really knows how to party!

[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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