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OWN never ceases to amaze us with its amazing series and original content. The network continues to push the envelope with self-care and love, and we are not talking about “Super Soul Sunday!” Instead one of its reality series, a vitamin/television show, “Family or Fiance,” has stolen our hearts and attention!

 

The event took place at The Gathering Spot, and began with a light lunch of various salads, croissants, cookies, chips, and of course “Cocktails & Cupcakes.” There Atlanta’s biggest in brightest in media gathered to ask longstanding questions about “Family or Fiance, and sought relationship advice from Tracy McMillan. Tracy discussed, among many things, how the concept of the show came to be, how they come up with the challenges for the show, difficult moments for her to watch, and even what to wear on a first date!

The overall theme of her discussion with us all was that we all want love and we have to know what boundaries to set in place for them for the sake of our romantic relationships. She also relayed that “people ultimately want to be together, but relationships are all about compromise and communication.” We can definitely eat (bites cupcake) and drink to that (downs Plushberry Lemonade)!

Catch the season premiere of “Family or Fiance” this Saturday, January 11th. Check your local television listings for showtimes!

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“Power: The Final Episodes” Atlanta Q&A Screening featuring Rotimi & Shane Johnson!

“Dre’s” days FINALLY came to an end on “Power,” when he finally met his end thanks to his own pride and little fire from Two-Bit (Michael Ferguson) and Spanky (Omar Scroggins). Recently, Rotimi, the actor/rapper who portrays him came down to Atlanta to host a private screening of his final episode of the series attended by many of Atlanta’s influencers, media personalities, and reality stars!

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“Dre’s” days FINALLY came to an end on “Power,” when he finally met his end thanks to his own pride and little fire from Two-Bit (Michael Ferguson) and Spanky (Omar Scroggins). Recently, Rotimi, the actor/rapper who portrays him came down to Atlanta to host a private screening of his final episode of the series attended by many of Atlanta’s influencers, media personalities, and reality stars!

The screening also featured a Q&A moderated by radio personality, Headkrack, where Rotimi was joined by his cast mate, Shane Johnson. Shane, as you may already know, plays the corrupt FBI agent, Cooper Saxe determined to take down Ghost (Omari Hardwrick) by any means necessary–even explicitly illegal ones.

Check out a few of the photos from the event below:

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[Media Recap] American Idol’s Latoya London, The Real Black Santa & More Join Georgia Whirl Productions’ for the Inaugural “Miss Black America Atlanta Pageant”

On Thursday, December 19, Georgia Whirl Productions LLC, a proud member of SOMBA (the Sisterhood of Miss Black America) which produces the nationally televised Miss Black America Pageant, produced The Inaugural Miss Black America Atlanta Pageant; hosted by 11 Alive’s “Up Late” Host,  Aisha Howard.

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Miss Black America Atlanta Pageant

On Thursday, December 19, Georgia Whirl Productions LLC, a proud member of SOMBA (the Sisterhood of Miss Black America) which produces the nationally televised Miss Black America Pageant, produced The Inaugural Miss Black America Atlanta Pageant; hosted by 11 Alive’s “Up Late” Host,  Aisha Howard.

Miss Black America Atlanta Pageant

Georgia Whirl Productions LLC rolled out the red carpet at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center for a night truly fit for a queen. The show took place in the luxurious Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom where guests enjoyed a red carpet reception, a southern-themed 3 course buffet, and musical performances throughout the evening by: Latoya London (American Idol Season 3, Billboard-charting recording artist & Actress), Secrett (Viral Sensation with the hit song “Melanin”) , Teresa tha Songbird ( Poet and Performer), “The Real Black Santa”, an awe inspiring performance by Orchestra Noir; and more!

Miss Black America Atlanta Pageant

  Judged categories included: “Sister to Sister Interview,” “Projection,” and “Evening Gown” where contestants were escorted by dapper gentlemen from the 100 Black Men of Atlanta.

The Crowned Queens Court of the Night

Miss Black America Atlanta 2020: Kayla Jordan 

Miss Black America Atlanta Teen 2020: Mirecial Thurmond
Miss Black Positivity 2020: Ekeoma Nwakanma
Miss Black America Atlanta 2020 1st Runner Up: Jekarra Gaines
People’s Choice Queen: Mirecial Thurmond
 Best In Projection: Kayla Jordan
Miss Black America Atlanta Pageant

2019 has been a momentous year for the crowning and acknowledgment of black beauty. For the first time in history, black women have been crowned as Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, and Miss Universe!  This years’ show was centered around the platform “Beauty is Black.”   This event celebrated blackness in its many shades, as it should be celebrated–unapologetically.

The purpose of The Miss Black America Atlanta Pageant is to support, educate, and uplift its delegates through workshops, community service projects, educational courses in: etiquette, business, self care, physical and mental health awareness, and personal development. These endeavors culminate in a pageant production each year that celebrates the art, culture, and history of African American culture. The shining moment of this affair was the choosing, by way of areas of competition, of one delegate who will advance to the national Miss Black America Pageant representing the state of Georgia.

*Courtesy of The Resource Guild*

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[EVENT RECAP/PHOTOS] NICE! One Stop Taxes Hosts Red Carpet Screening of “Harriet!”

ONE STOP Taxes rolled out the red carpet at Midtown Art Cinema–kicking off the evening with a star studded red carpet experience. Some of the City of Atlanta’s most influential figures were in attendance for this affair. Next, guests enjoyed an advanced screening of “Harriet”, based on the life and times of the heroic, freedom fighting Harriet Tubman. The evening concluded with ONE STOP Taxes’  weekly series, “Rich Belief’s Roundtable” conversation, hosted by Cherina Rowand (COO of ONE STOP Taxes).

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ONE STOP Taxes rolled out the red carpet at Midtown Art Cinema–kicking off the evening with a star studded red carpet experience. Some of the City of Atlanta’s most influential figures were in attendance for this affair. Next, guests enjoyed an advanced screening of “Harriet”, based on the life and times of the heroic, freedom fighting Harriet Tubman. The evening concluded with ONE STOP Taxes‘  weekly series, “Rich Belief’s Roundtable” conversation, hosted by Cherina Rowand (COO of ONE STOP Taxes).


This week’s special guest influencers included Elizabeth Omilami (Actress/CEO of Hosea Feed the Hungry), and Denise Williams (Williams and Co Realty and Real Estate Broker). Notable Attendees for the evening included: Bill Duke (Actor/Producer/Director), Les Brown (Renowned Motivational Speaker/Author), Elizabeth Omilami (Actress/CEO of Hosea Feed the Hungry), Rushion McDonald (Brand Architect/Steve Harvey/Stephen A. Smith), Nina Grace (Star of “Ready to Love” on OWN), Algebra Blessett (Recording Artist) and many more. 

“I think we need to raise awareness for quality films, telling the stories of quality people of color.  As black business owners, we want to lead the charge and inspire other business owners to do the same in supporting these films” stated Mowbray Rowand (CEO of ONE STOP Taxes). 

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The film is beautifully filmed as it retells Harriet’s story firsthand with the acting skills of Cynthia Erivo. Harriet is born enslaved on a plantation in Maryland in 1822, where she alongside her mother, brothers, and only sister plead for their freedom from their master due to a clause left his father’s will. Their master refuses and is “cursed” by Harriet, coincidentally dying in his sleep that night. Her new, younger master blames her for his father’s death and inheriting the debt he left behind. He coldly decides to sell Harriet and her brothers to traders headed to the Deep South, a place where freedom or escaping is virtually impossible. Harriet, determined to be free, and have her own future children born free flees! Using nature and navigating her way to Philadelphia via The North Star she makes a new life for herself. However, Harriet is even more determined to liberate her family prompting a daring rescue attempt that transforms her from a simple runaway slave fueled by superstition to the legend we know and idolize.

This event was great! Check out a few photos from this awesome night below, and catch Harriet in theaters nationwide on Friday, November 1st! Happy viewing!

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