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Over this past weekend, The Gentlemen’s Foundation hosted their 6th Annual Gentlemen’s Ball (powered by UPS) at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. The 2017 theme “We Are Royalty” celebrated all people of color identifying as LGBTQIA.

Additionally, the black-tie gala ball and awards ceremony celebrated individuals within the LGBTQ community who have been committed to social change and enhancement of the quality of life. Guests and honorees for this year’s ball included Tarell McCraney (“Moonlight”), Tracee McDaniel (founder of “Juxtaposed Center for Transformation”), Amiyah Scott (“STAR” on FOX), Charles Stephens (Writer/Creator of The Counter Narrative Project), Darlene Hudson (“State of Black Gay America Summit and Southern Unity Movement”), Julian Walker(“BLACKBIRD,” “Being Mary Jane” on BET), Jack MizrahiMelissa Scott (VH1 “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”), Chief Joel Baker (City of Atlanta Fire & Rescue Department), Sharon Lettman-Hicks (Executive Director/CEO National Black Justice Coalition), CoriologyTyra BDerek J (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Miss Lawrence (Bravo’s “Fashion Queens”), Jussie Smollett (“EMPIRE” on FOX), Kelly PriceBevy Smith (“Radio Andy” on Sirius XM) and more.

Under the theme, “We Are Royalty,” this year’s fundraising gala and celebration was the signature event of The Gentlemen’s Ball Weekend, September 29th through October 1st, 2017. The three days of programming were filled with activities for guests and allies to recharge and reimagine their lives. Empowering experiences included: a health & wellness fair, workshops on love, relationships and financial planning, along with parties, mixers and socials before and after the ball. On Friday, September 29, ball attendees were invited to two free panel discussions with tastemakers in the business and entertainment industry’s. Special panelists included Ryan Anderson (“SunTrust Bank”), Vaughn Alvarez (“CR8 Agency,” Publicist), Gocha Hawkins (WE tv, “LA HAIR”), Melissa Scott (“Traxx Girls”), Lisa Cunningham and more.

On Sunday, October 1, following the ball, The Gentlemen’s Foundation hosted a “Royal Brunch,” that featured a special Q&A with current select Atlanta Mayoral candidates. In attendance were Mayoral candidates: Cathy WoolardCeasar MitchellKeisha Lance BottomsLaban KingMichael SterlingPeter Aman and John Eaves. All candidates addressed important issues impacting the city of Atlanta and it’s LGBTQIA citizens.

The Gentlemen’s Foundation was founded by Juan and Gee Smalls, an African American Atlanta based same-gender loving couple who also serve as certified relationship counselors, philanthropists, and life coaches. The foundation is a non-profit organization committing to broader social change and encouraging individual and collective empowerment as well as public service, leadership, philanthropy, and networking. Check out more photos from the event below.

To learn more about The Gentlemen’s Foundation visit: www.TheGentlemensFoundation.org.

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[PHOTOS] #AboutLastNight! #USFirst (@UsMovie) Exclusive Screenings in ATL, LA & NYC!

Last night, African-American tastemakers in Atlanta (including our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning), Los Angeles and New York were among the first to see Jordan Peele’s newest nightmare, US, as a part of the #USFirst screening program to give a first-look at the highly anticipated film. These screenings happened simultaneously, along with the SXSW premiere in Austin and ignited social media chatter throughout the night and was a trending topic on Twitter!

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Universal "US" First Screening - Atlanta

Last night, African-American tastemakers in Atlanta (including our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning), Los Angeles and New York were among the first to see Jordan Peele’s newest nightmare, US, as a part of the #USFirst screening program to give a first-look at the highly anticipated film. These screenings happened simultaneously, along with the SXSW premiere in Austin and ignited social media chatter throughout the night and was a trending topic on Twitter!

Universal "US" First Screening - Atlanta

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – MARCH 08: (L-R) Riley Burruss, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker attend Universal “US” First Screening – Atlanta at SCAD Show on March 08, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Universal)

Catch photos from the events below!

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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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