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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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[PHOTOS] “Bury Me w/ My Clippers” Barber Battle Announces 2017 Winners!

Winners were crowned and given bragging rights after barbers from all across the South and East Coast gathered in Jacksonville, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Riverfront for the 2nd annual Bury Me With My Clippers Barber Battle and Trade Show presented by Barber Life™ and hosted by Chico Boom of West Palm Beac

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BURY ME WITH MY CLIPPERS

Winners were crowned and given bragging rights after barbers from all across the South and East Coast gathered in Jacksonville, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Riverfront for the 2nd annual Bury Me With My Clippers Barber Battle and Trade Show presented by Barber Life™ and hosted by Chico Boom of West Palm Beach, FL.

The event, originally scheduled for September 17, was postponed due to effects from Hurricane Irma, and was instead held on Sunday, November 17 with hundreds in attendance. “We had a lot of bumps in the road with this show, and overall, I feel it was a success…we impacted a lot of barbers and put on a great, well-organized show,” said one of the event organizers, Angel Raws of Raw Cuts Barbershops in Jacksonville, FL.

Educational classes were given at the start of the day to provide barbers and hair stylists a wealth of information on topics ranging from cutting techniques to financial literacy. Educators and speakers included high acclaimed barbers J-Roc da Barber of Picture Perfect Cuts (Houston, TX); Sipp the Surgeon of The Art of Barbering (Dallas, TX); J-Valentin of Kiss Colors (Baltimore, MD); Bonez da Goat of The Remix Barbershop (Palm Springs, FL); and Haley Humphrey of Capital Financial Strategies (Jacksonville, FL).

First place battle winners were presented with $500 cash and many other special prizes and gift packs. The barbers who gained top recognition are as follows:

Fastest Fade Presented by Booksy Biz:

1st Place—Jason Padridge, Olde World Barber Shoppe (Warner Robins, GA)

2nd Place—Ismael Santiago, A List Barber Studio (Salem, MA)

3rd Place—Kevin Battle, Olde World Barber Shoppe (Warner Robins, GA)

Best Combover Presented by Gulf South Salon Services:

1st Place—Adrian Lima, 6ixth Element Barbershop (Brandon, FL)

2nd Place—Fernando Corps, The Art of Shaving (Jacksonville, FL)

3rd Place—Soul Fly (Miami, FL)

Freestyle Battle Presented by Hat City:

1st Place—Rigoberto Perez, Next Level Barbershop (Winter Haven, FL)

2nd Place—Derrick Fraley, Chago’s Barbershop (St. Petersburg, FL)

3rd Place—Adrian Lima, 6ixth Element Barbershop (Brandon, FL)

Duplicate Battle Presented by VIP Barber Supply of Tampa Bay:

1st Place—Adrian Lima, 6ixth Element Barbershop (Brandon, FL)

2nd Place—Rigoberto Perez, Next Level Barbershop (Winter Haven, FL)

Free For All Battle Presented by B. Clark Customs:

1st Place—Khadijah Harris, Supreme Cuts (Jacksonville, FL)

2nd Place—Ismael Santiago, A List Barber Studio (Salem, MA)

3rd Place—Soul Fly (Miami, FL)

In addition to the aforementioned category sponsors, other vendors for #BMWMC2017 included Barber Life, Reign by Angel Raws, Hanzo Shears, Gentlemen Republic, Boss Barber Company, B3 Beard Grooming, Rolda, Barber Strong, and Kontrol Magazine (official media partner). The Barber Life brand took to their Instagram page following the event to thank all of the sponsors, judges, participants, and attendees for helping make the event a success.

Pictures and recaps can be seen by visiting @BarberLifeTheBrand on Instagram, or by searching the hashtags #BMWMC2017 or #BMWMC. For more information on future BMWMC events, email BMWMCEvents@gmail.com.

Check out a few pictures from the event below!

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[PHOTOS] “Beautifully Driven” Premiere Party Hosted by Africa Miranda & Kimberly Lachelle

Last night, luxury audio brand Harman Kardon, along with social influencers Africa Miranda and Kimberly Lachelle, hosted a launch party for the new web series “Beautifully Driven,” a four-episode showcase of women who have “found their lane.” 

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Last night, luxury audio brand Harman Kardon, along with social influencers Africa Miranda and Kimberly Lachelle, hosted a launch party for the new web series “Beautifully Driven,” a four-episode showcase of women who have “found their lane.” 

Guests packed Bravo Ocean Studios on a rainy evening to preview the premiere episode, browse new products in the Harman Kardon Suite, check out the latest Optima, Cadenza and Niro Touring vehicles from Kia Motors and enjoy soulful performances from talented singer-songwriters India Shawn and Chantae Cann.
 
Attendees included Caroline Fratacci (Sr. Digital Marketing Specialist, HARMAN), John Dominguez (Product Communications/Social Media Manager, Kia Motors America), Nadia Hernandez (Director of Multicultural Engagement, Zeno Group), Tomorrow Pictures producers Ellen Barnard and Frederick Taylor; singer-choreographer Victor Jackson, recording artist Delra Harris, stylist/tv personality LaKenya Morris and many more. Special thanks to Bravo Ocean Studios, DJ Poizon Ivy, and Talero Organic Tequilas.
 
Powered by Kia Motors, “Beautifully Driven” is co-created by Africa Miranda and Kimberly Lachelle and produced by Tomorrow Pictures. The series can be found on beautifullydriven.com.
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[PHOTOS] Check Out The “Suburbicon” (@SuburbiconMovie) Los Angeles Premiere!

There are a few movies still to come this year. Yep, do not count 2017 as over when it comes to the box office. You have yet to see Suburbicon!

 Directed by George Clooney, and starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac the film definitely takes a new twist on revenge!

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There are a few movies still to come this year. Yep, do not count 2017 as over when it comes to the box office. You have yet to see Suburbicon!

Directed by George Clooney, and starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac the film definitely takes a new twist on revenge!

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon!

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We are too psyched about this film! Anything with Matt Damon is a “must-see” event for us. Personally, we also love movies where we see gangsters getting what is coming to them from local heroes. Recently the cast attended the Los Angeles premiere for the film. Check out a few pictures below!

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