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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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“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.

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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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