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The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Marlo Hampton hosts, alongside a few young woman from her charity, Glam It Up, Inc.!  The amazing event took place Atlanta’s Lenox Square Mall in the forever trendy store of MCM Worldwide. Guests in attendance included Nene Leakes, Porsha Williams, Tanya Smith,  Tammy Rivera, K Brunson, Nikko 2 Good, Gen Johnson, Tamela Le Mieux, Tiffany FOXX,and other industry friends and celebrities. The event was all the rave with amazing music, the Champagne pouring and the platters of elegant finger foods.

October, as the world knows, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or Pinktober, and MCM Worldwide at Lenox participated in spreading awareness with a section dedicated to all things and shades of pink, rose gold, and nudes to match as well as donating twenty percent of the nights proceeds to providing a Holiday party for the foster care girls services by Glam It Up, Inc. 

Speaking of GLAM, Marlo stepped out stylish as usual, a MCM signature print waist length leather jacket, with the biker gloves to match. They were laid over a see through peekaboo top and black leather jeans to match. Marlo came through with her inches, braided up into a low ponytail, almost hitting the floor– LITERALLY!! Everyone stepped out and stepped up, large MCM bags made their way out the door, ensuring the girls will have an enjoyable Christmas. It was a night to remember and HeyMikeyATL was definitely in the mix!

To donate to Glam It Up, Inc. please contact @glamitupinc, and check out a few pictures from the event below! Happy viewing! For business contact @drivenbylmg

 

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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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[EVENT RECAP/PHOTOS] LIT! BET (@bet) Hosts Red Carpet Premiere & Screening for Tyler Perry’s (@tylerperry) “Sistas” & “The Oval!”

When it comes to any event involving Tyler Perry the digs and stops are all out! Recently the entertainment mogul, in collaboration with BET, hosted a private screening and red carpet premiere for his two new series, “Sistas” and “The Oval” at Atlanta’s Southern Exchange event space. The event began with an hour of mixing and mingling of the city’s best and brightest in acting, filmmaking, producing, publicity, and media came out to show their support in flying colors with stars like Crystal R. Fox, Mike Merrill, Bresha Webb, Raven Goodwin, Andre King, and still others. Cast members from both series were also in attendance and DRESSED Oscar worthy!

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the oval and sistas bet atlanta premiere party

When it comes to any event involving Tyler Perry the digs and stops are all out! Recently the entertainment mogul, in collaboration with BET, hosted a private screening and red carpet premiere for his two new series, “Sistas” and “The Oval” at Atlanta’s Southern Exchange event space. The event began with an hour of mixing and mingling of the city’s best and brightest in acting, filmmaking, producing, publicity, and media came out to show their support in flying colors with stars like Crystal R. Fox, Mike Merrill, Bresha Webb, Raven Goodwin, Andre King, and still others. Cast members from both series were also in attendance and DRESSED Oscar worthy!

the oval and sistas bet atlanta premiere party

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 20: Tyler Perry attends the Oval and Sistas screenings at Southern Exchange on October 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for BET)

Before showing the screenings consecutively Mr. Perry himself thanked the guest in attendance and expressed his happiness to be working with BET. He felt theirs was a partnership that has been long overdue and even hinted there may be more series in the works. The first series to be shown was “Sistas.” The series is a modern day “Girlfriends” based on four very different Black women as they collectively endure the trials of relationships, careers, dating, and of course their own friendships. Naturally, the men in their lives play key roles; from cheating husbands and boyfriends, gay best friends, and to one who’s sexuality is left to be determined. This is the series we have been waiting for! “Girlfriends” with a millennial twist is right on time!

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The Cast of “Sistas”

“The Oval,” unlike “Sistas” is truly about disharmony. In this series, which seems to be a portmanteau of “Scandal” and “Tyler Perry’s The Haves & The Nots!” The series begins with a bang in the form of an unexpected domestic fight between the President and First Lady of The United States shortly before their Inauguration, meanwhile the White House butler’s family deals with not only rape accusations with his son and the First Daughter, but a cult trying to steal his granddaughter! Elsewhere, the Chief of Staff’s wife is embroiled in a torrid affair! Your heart will race, your jaw will drop as you are left reeling and waiting for the next twist and turn in this amazing series!

You can catch “Sistas” and “The Oval” on BET, airing Wednesday, October 23rd! Check out more pictures from the night’s events below!

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Nothing’s Black & White in “Black & Blue” (@BlackBlueMovie)! Naomie Harris (@NaomieHarris) SHINES!

Our nation is in turmoil. We live in a time where distrust in law enforcement is at an all time high thanks to police brutality, racism, and general apathy. The notion of “bad cops” and closing ranks when it comes to law enforcement has become so prevalent that it seems to be the norm. However, there are good police officers out there, they just have to be willing to take a stand. “Black & Blue,” starring Naomie Harris, tells the story of Alicia West, a rookie cop in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, a crime ridden area that never quite recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Alicia, having left to serve two tours in the army, returns wanting to keep her hometown safe. However, nothing is as she quite remembers including the friends she once knew and the officers she serves with. Viewed as an outsider she witnesses a crooked cop executing local gang members to cover up they were working for him. Alicia records it on body cam and a manhunt pursues as she must get the footage back to the precinct before a group of corrupt cops and gangster can take her down.

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Our nation is in turmoil. We live in a time where distrust in law enforcement is at an all time high thanks to police brutality, racism, and general apathy. The notion of “bad cops” and closing ranks when it comes to law enforcement has become so prevalent that it seems to be the norm. However, there are good police officers out there, they just have to be willing to take a stand. “Black & Blue,” starring Naomie Harris, tells the story of Alicia West, a rookie cop in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, a crime ridden area that never quite recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Alicia, having left to serve two tours in the army, returns wanting to keep her hometown safe. However, nothing is as she quite remembers including the friends she once knew and the officers she serves with. Viewed as an outsider she witnesses a crooked cop executing local gang members to cover up they were working for him. Alicia records it on body cam and a manhunt pursues as she must get the footage back to the precinct before a group of corrupt cops and gangster can take her down.

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This film was EVERYTHING! At first glance you would not think Naomie can be an action star, but she pulled it off in this thriller. The film and story are so powerful and relatable. As minorities in the country, many of us have either lost faith or questioned if the police are here to keep us safe or are power hungry and oppressive. Pairing her with Tyrese was also genius. In this film we find him portraying, “Milo ‘Mouse’ Jackson,”  a former ex-con with PTSD from horrible run-ins with the police. The two are quite the dynamic duo as they fight for justice, understanding, empathy, and truly for their lives.

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Naomie Harris & Tyrese in “Black & Blue” movie 2019

The screening for “Black & Blue” was hosted by media personality and host, Xilla Valentine, via his super popular #XillaMovieParty events. It all went down at Studio Movie Grill in Marietta, Ga where guests were treated to popcorn and drinks! Xilla is cool, funny, and definitely down to earth we look forward to meeting him again soon. You all just be sure to catch, “Black And Blue” in theaters everywhere, Friday October 25th! Happy viewing!

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