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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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Kelly Rowland, Miguel, & More Turn Out for “Queen & Slim” (@QueenAndSlim) Special Screenings from Coast to Coast!

Queen & Slim filmmakers Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas took their first feature film coast-to-coast this week and the first stop was The Creative Collective’s CultureCon in Brooklyn where The Read’s Kid Fury and Crissle hosted a screening and post screening Q&A on Thursday, October 10th at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Rose Cinemas.

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Queen & Slim filmmakers Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas took their first feature film coast-to-coast this week and the first stop was The Creative Collective’s CultureCon in Brooklyn where The Read’s Kid Fury and Crissle hosted a screening and post screening Q&A on Thursday, October 10th at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Rose Cinemas.

Brooklyn, New York – October 10: CultureCon presented a special screening of QUEEN & SLIM, (L to R) writer Lena Waithe, Kid Fury, Melina Matsoukas and Crissle at BAM Rose Cinemas on October 10, 2019, in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by T.K. Atakora/ Universal)

On Friday, they took the film west to The Underground Museum, a cultural gem in Los Angeles for a star studded screening with Black Hollywood. The screening was hosted by Solange and ended with a Q&A with The Treatment’s Evis Mitchell.

Attendees included: Kelly Rowland (Singer), Lance Gross (Actor, Star), Michael Ealy (Actor, Being Mary Jane), Miguel & his Nazanin Mandi (Musician), Shiona Turini (Costume Designer, Queen & Slim), JoJo (Musician), Kendrick Sampson (Actor, Insecure),Keith Powers (The New Edition Story)  DeWanda Wise (Actress, She’s Gotta Have It), Estelle (Musician), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Gabrielle Dennis (Actress, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Luke Cage), Lil Rel Howery (Actor, Southside)), Logan Browning (Actress, Dear White People), Will Catlett (Actor, Black Lightning) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, (Actor, US) Y’lan Noel (insecure) and Angie Beyince (Influencer), Isis King (When They See Us).

Check out pictures from the event below!

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[EVENT RECAP] Marlo Hampton’s (@iheartMarlo) MCM x Glam It Up Private Shopping Event!

 The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Marlo Hampton hosts, alongside a few young woman from her charity, Glam It Up, Inc.!  The amazing event took place Atlanta’s Lenox Square Mall in the forever trendy store of MCM Worldwide. Guests in attendance included Nene Leakes, Porsha Williams, Tanya Smith,  Tammy Rivera, K Brunson, Nikko 2 Good, Gen Johnson, Tamela Le Mieux, Tiffany FOXX,and other industry friends and celebrities. The event was all the rave with amazing music, the Champagne pouring and the platters of elegant finger foods.

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Marlo Hampton hosts, alongside a few young woman from her charity, Glam It Up, Inc.!  The amazing event took place Atlanta’s Lenox Square Mall in the forever trendy store of MCM Worldwide. Guests in attendance included Nene Leakes, Porsha Williams, Tanya Smith,  Tammy Rivera, K Brunson, Nikko 2 Good, Gen Johnson, Tamela Le Mieux, Tiffany FOXX,and other industry friends and celebrities. The event was all the rave with amazing music, the Champagne pouring and the platters of elegant finger foods.

October, as the world knows, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or Pinktober, and MCM Worldwide at Lenox participated in spreading awareness with a section dedicated to all things and shades of pink, rose gold, and nudes to match as well as donating twenty percent of the nights proceeds to providing a Holiday party for the foster care girls services by Glam It Up, Inc. 

Speaking of GLAM, Marlo stepped out stylish as usual, a MCM signature print waist length leather jacket, with the biker gloves to match. They were laid over a see through peekaboo top and black leather jeans to match. Marlo came through with her inches, braided up into a low ponytail, almost hitting the floor– LITERALLY!! Everyone stepped out and stepped up, large MCM bags made their way out the door, ensuring the girls will have an enjoyable Christmas. It was a night to remember and HeyMikeyATL was definitely in the mix!

To donate to Glam It Up, Inc. please contact @glamitupinc, and check out a few pictures from the event below! Happy viewing! For business contact @drivenbylmg

 

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Hot Ticket! Yovanna Momplasir (@Yovanna_love) Celebrates Launch of ‘Momplaisir’

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Salon Moraee in Lindbergh, Atlanta’s flyest waited in anticipation for the debut collection from Yovanna Momplaisir.

Before the show, party-goers relaxed to the sounds of DJ Che Mack while sipping on any of the many different flavors of “Moskato,” a line of flavored moscatos, from the Moskato bar. Through the window everyone could feast their eyes on the models posing outside in their swimsuits. I was so busy soaking in the atmosphere  of gorgeous glittering Atlanta socialites that I hardly realized the show was starting.

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It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Salon Moraee in Lindbergh, a number of Atlanta’s flyest and finest citizens waited in anticipation for the debut collection from Yovanna Momplaisir.

Before the show, party-goers relaxed to the sounds of DJ Che Mack while sipping on any of the many different flavors of “Moskato,” a line of flavored moscatos, from the Moskato bar. Through the window everyone could feast their eyes on the models posing outside in their swimsuits. I was so busy soaking in the atmosphere  of gorgeous glittering Atlanta socialites that I hardly realized the show was starting.

Indeed what a show it was!  The red carpet was hosted by our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning. The first round of looks were the swimsuits we saw on the models earlier. Every model was pleasantly chic in their barely there swimsuits, which were accessorized with Momplaisir sunglasses. It was to everyone’s delight that the looks also featured hair pins that read “That Bitch”. This phrase, as we all know was made famous by Momplaisir on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The ready to wear portion of the show was the icing on the cake.

The collection was tailor made for a woman on the go who works hard, but plays even harder. Everything from beautiful jumpsuits and formal gowns to the more casual logo tees and jeans, all possessed a sophistication held only by experts in the world of fashion.The pink looks sprinkled throughout were easy and flawless, with a few of the looks being accentuated by her Momplaisir fedoras. (You can see footage from the fashion on our CEO’s, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning’s IG @HeyMikeyATL)

The climax of the show, of course, came at the end when Ms. Yovanna Momplaisir herself made her entrance during the finale. Her silver sequined blazer dress guaranteed she held all of the attention, and rightfully so. What better way to capitalize on such a classic moment in television history? I can see this collection being rocked by any and everyone. K. Daniel Talent produced an amazing event! Once everything was said and done, and I said my goodbyes, I left the party feeling like I had truly been a part of something special. Kudos to Yovanna and her team!

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Dominique Bedell

Dominique Bedell @artfreak88

 

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