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Atlanta is always poppin’ Labor Day weekend–Dragon Con, Labor Day cookouts and vacations, and of course Black Gay Pride! The city was full of events, but few of them matched the fervor or were as outstanding as the Third Annual Queer Black Film Festival sponsored by Vision Church of Atlanta at The Georgian Terrace Hotel.

There, Black LGBT filmmakers, producers, actors, directors,  screenwriters, and showrunners from across the country gathered together to share their expertise, craft, and most of all their own amazing work.

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Third Annual Queer Black Film Festival by Rhavynn Drummer

 

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Hosted by local filmmaker, Courtney Walter and Onyx Keesha, the festivities began on Friday afternoon with a actors’ workshop hosted by Rhavynn Drummer. Later that evening a screening of Davien Harlis’s critically acclaimed film, Red Carpet, Hashtags, & Heartbreak was held with a Q & A with with Davien and other cast members from the film. The fun did not stop there, however, as on Saturday a panel was held, discussing the portrayal of Black gay characters in the media. The panelists were directors, filmmakers, producers, and actors; each with a different, refreshing perspective. Following the panel discussion, five different projects were screened; including Commute, Parallel The Documentary, and Eden’s Garden.

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Davien Harlis receiving reward for “Best Overall Film” for “Red Carpet, Hashtags, & Heartbreak”

Finally, and excitingly, the event ended at Piedmont Park where the winners from the weekend were given various awards for best screenwriting, overall work, and best story. Needless to say the Third Annual Queer Black Film Festival is a wonderful event. The hosts were amazing, the venue was outstanding, and getting to meet so many Black LGBT people in the film industry was empowering and impressive. The festival serves as a stark reminder that there really is a place in the world for everyone who desires to express themselves. We definitely cannot wait for next year’s festival and you can be sure we will be front line and center! Happy Pride everyone!

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“Eat, Drink & Be Charitable!” Deb Antney’s (@debrantney) Latest Event A Huge Success!

Downtown Atlanta,  Last night, Ms. Debra Antney (We Tv’s Executive Producer of Growing Up Hip Hop and Owner of the R.I.P Foundation, hosted “Eat, Drink & BE Charitable” a charity event.  The highlight of the night was the $10,000 donation from Hurt911 ATL to Ms. Deb’s foundation. The heartfelt gesture brought tears to her eyes.

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Downtown Atlanta,  Last night, Ms. Debra Antney (We Tv’s Executive Producer of Growing Up Hip Hop and Owner of the R.I.P Foundation, hosted “Eat, Drink & BE Charitable” a charity event.  The highlight of the night was the $10,000 donation from Hurt911 ATL to Ms. Deb’s foundation. The heartfelt gesture brought tears to her eyes.

Several notable faces Love And Hip Hop Stars Masika and Cisco stopped and showed support.  Masika having to deal with Internet Bullying all the time. Diamond Faces ATL was also in attendance and in the spirit of charity donated a free facial to a raffle winner. 11Alive, ATL’s, Francesca Amiker, was on the Red Carpet alongside other media such as Houston Style Magazine and Stream ATL.

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Fashion is always a must at any Atlanta event, there were definitely a lot of cute outfits but one stood out to me the most, a pretty in pink sequins dress, with silver and white tribal pattern, but it was a wrap dress that looked like a robe.  I just had to stop her. I found out Ms Shanita is the designer and curator of S. Denton Collection and this was one of her pieces. Her collection is unique, fun, sexy and she’s bringing back sequins!!! YC Entertainment, came through in support for Ms. Deb. Singer/Songwriter, Kody, made a donation as well as ended off the night with giving us a brief performance. Courvoisier handed out gift tee’s, while Atlanta’s DJ Baby Face closed the night out with a mixture of old school favorites and today’s Hip Hop.

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The night overall was in efforts to shine the light and spread awareness of Mental Health within our communities. As well as ending internet bullying by way of art and education based programs into schools. Courvoisier, Holiday Inn Express, Kontrol Magazine and Atlanta’s Signs sponsored the event.  Star Passion Foods Catering provided a delicious Creamy Garlic Chicken Alfredo, with broccoli, mushrooms and parmesan cheese and a DIY fresh fields salad, choice of strawberry, cucumber, blueberries and a raspberry vinaigrette or ranch dressing and a side of butter soft garlic bread. Courvoisier had a selection of “summer themed” cocktails and their entire staff were exceptionally attentive. The night was great, I personally had a lot of fun and I am very interested in lending a helping hand t the children at James H Brown Elementary.

Written By: Ebony Spratley

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VIDEO: Tori Kelly, Tasha Cobbs Leonard & The Hamiltones Perform at 33rd Stellar Gospel Music Awards

Central City Productions completed the taping of the 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena. The annual show hailed as an, “epic night in gospel music,” was hosted by Kirk Franklin. The telecast will premiere on TV One, Good Friday, March 30, at 9/8c . Additionally, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndicationMarch 31-May 6, 2018.

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Central City Productions completed the taping of the 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena. The annual show hailed as an, “epic night in gospel music,” was hosted by Kirk Franklin. The telecast will premiere on TV One, Good Friday, March 30, at 9/8c . Additionally, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndicationMarch 31-May 6, 2018.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 24: Tina Campbell and Erica Campbell of Mary Mary attend the 33rd annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on March 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tina Campbell; Erica Campbell; Mary Mary

This year’s spectacular show open featured Stellar Awards alum Erica Campbell reuniting with her sister Tina Campbell as the hit gospel duo Mary Mary for the first time in more than six years. The show also included an all-star tribute to the late, great Edwin Hawkins, with his sister Lynette Hawkins accepting the Edwin Hawkins Icon Award in his honor. Also, a stand out moment featured the multi-platinum award-winning Snoop Dogg performing material from his new gospel album, “Bible of Love.”

The night included performances by Snoop Dogg, Mary Mary, Kierra Sheard, Tori Kelly, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown, JJ Hairston, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Ricky Dillard, Todd Dulaney, Tasha Page Lockhart, KeKe Wyatt, Canton Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Koryn Hawthorne, Le’Andria Johnson and more. Special presenters included Donnie McClurkinMerle DandridgeDavid MannAnika Noni Rose and more.

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LIT! Bobby V’s (@BobbyV) Listening Party was “Electrik!”

When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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Bobby V had a lit listening party last night and thanks to Kontrol Magazine, our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning was in the building, with Web Star/actor, Chris June in tow. It all went down at W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta and we were there as Bobby sang a medley of the hits that made him famous and revealed his latest singles, Lil Bit, featuring Snoop Dogg, and Promise. The latter song is EVERYTHING! It is ballad he wrote for his daughter–yes, Bobby is “a daddy now” as he so humorously stated–and the lyrics, guitar, and chords are so catchy!

You can catch the official music video for Lil Bit below as well as listen to Promise:

However, one of the biggest surprises, and coolest moments, happened when he performed Blackberry Molasses with his former group members from Mista. Check out a snippet of it below:

We have to say we are glad Bobby V is back and giving us some much needed and authentic R&B. Check out the track list from Electrik below and you can purchase it everywhere this Friday, March 9th! Tell us what you think of the new singles and album overall in our comments section below! Happy Listening! Good job Bobby!

 

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