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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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[EVENT RECAP/PHOTOS] LEGO MOVIE 2 — Mini Room Experience!

Sometimes it really is good to feel like a kid again! That is exactly the experience we got when we attended The Lego Movie: The Second Part’s special event at Atlanta’s Lenox Mall, The Mini Room! 

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Sometimes it really is good to feel like a kid again! That is exactly the experience we got when we attended The Lego Movie: The Second Part’s special event at Atlanta’s Lenox Mall, The Mini Room!

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The Mini Room is a small room–kid-sized, to be exact–made like real lego pieces! A near kid-sized Emmett, from The Lego Movie, was even there! Check out a few photos from the awesome event, attended by our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning below!

 

We absolutely enjoyed ourselves at the event as you can see. We especially enjoyed the special backpacks/goodie bags we were given. It was filled with Lego Movie: The Second Part paraphernalia, including lego blocks and people featuring Lucy and Emmett from the movie. We have no doubt we are going to love this film when it comes out; and you will to. Be sure to catch it in theaters nationwide, Friday, February 8th!

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Cynthia Bailey Hosts Seagrams’ Escapes Peach Bellini Island Party!

Cynthia Bailey hosted an island-themed launch party on Thursday, October 25th at The Bailey Wine Bar in Grant Park for her new signature  flavor, “Peach Bellini,” under her new partnership with Seagrams Escapes!

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Cynthia Bailey hosted an island-themed launch party on Thursday, October 25th at The Bailey Wine Bar in Grant Park for her new signature  flavor, “Peach Bellini,” under her new partnership with Seagrams Escapes!

Cynthia was joined by her Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) co-stars Nene Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Porsha Williams, Shamea Morton, Eva Marcille,  Shamari De Voe,  Tanya Sam, Yovanna Logan and their significant others.  Also to round out the evening was the surprise return of Kenya Moore.  You can find Seagram’s Escapes, Peach Bellini on shelves in February 2019 at your local retailer.seagrams peach bellini

Events like these–and the surprises and drama–only have us even more stoked for the eleventh season of RHOA. As an Atlanta native and resident of The Peach State I was all too excited when Seagram’s announced the Peach Bellini flavor of their wine cooler collection. The beverage is sweet and refreshing; and smooth enough to actually serve as a chaser when you combine it with vodka! Happy drinking, and as always, DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

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RECAP: BET’s Hustle In Brooklyn Comes to Atlanta

Atlanta is a place known for its diverse heritage, hospitality, soul food, and trap music, truly embodying southern culture. Last night, BET Networks brought “the A” some Brooklyn flavor to familiarize the market with the network’s newest reality series, “Hustle In Brooklyn.”

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Atlanta is a place known for its diverse heritage, hospitality, soul food, and trap music, truly embodying southern culture. Last night, BET Networks brought “the A” some Brooklyn flavor to familiarize the market with the network’s newest reality series, “Hustle In Brooklyn.”

The BK vibe was recreated at the event as BET converted Atlanta hotspot Terminus 330 to a scene reminiscent of a Brooklyn neighborhood. The room was decorated with a brownstone stoop, a bodega with “Hustle In Brooklyn” magazines featuring the cast, street lights and signs, newspaper stands and New York City metro cards with the “Hustle In Brooklyn” logo. To complete the Brooklyn décor, specialty cocktails ‘Notorious’ and ‘Nutcrackers’ were served, and New York-based DJ Lindsey kept the party moving on the ones and twos.

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Speaking to the crowd, cast members SantosDarnell and Azia talked about their individual passions, what makes Brooklyn such a special place, and their excitement about the show. Azia, an aspiring rapper and singer, performed two of her original tracks, “Brooklyn Girl” and “3000,” that electrified the crowd.

Hustle In Brooklyn” airs Tuesdays at 10/9c pm on BET.

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Created and produced by Entertainment One and Creature Films, “Hustle In Brooklyn” follows a group of young and driven millennials, and tracks how their lives intersect in the pursuit of personal and professional success.  This 9-episode one-hour reality series is a coming of age aspirational story set in one of NYC’s most iconic boroughs.

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Continue the conversation on social media using the hashtag #HustleInBK!

Check out photos from the event below the boilerplate:
(Photo Credit: Sergio Martinez/WireImage)

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