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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.

Top winners of the night were JJ Hairston winning six awards; Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Travis Greene each winning four awards; and Anthony Brown winning two awards.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 24: Honoree Ben Tankard (L) and guest 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 *** Ben Tankard

Don Jackson bestowed special honors upon gospel greats who have made significant contributions to the genre. The incomparable Tamela Mann was the 2018 recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary Rev. Milton Biggham received The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees includes Kurt Carr, Ben Tankard, and Dr. Marabeth Gentry – President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.

The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on TV One on Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and air in broadcast syndication on 130 stations in more than 110 markets around the country March 31 – May 6, 2018.  For more information visit us at www.thestellarawards.com.

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Will Packer & Kevin Hart Attend Atlanta Screening of their New Film, “Night School!”

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'Night School' Red Carpet Screening With Kevin Hart And Will Packer At Regal Atlantic Station

Universal Films hosted a special screening of their highly anticipated new movie, NIGHT SCHOOL with Kevin Hart & Will Packer, on Monday, September 10th  at Atlanta’s premier theater complex Regal Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA, hosted by Frank Ski from FRANK SKI AND WANDA IN THE MORNING.

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Kevin Hart attends “Night School” Atlanta Red Carpet Screening at Regal Atlantic Station on September 10, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)

The screening was attended by Atlanta’s top influencers including:

·        Adela/Singer

·        Akbar V/Social Media Influencer

·        Angel McCoughtry/WNBA, Atlanta Dream

·        Big Tigger/ V103

·        Brie/Hustle Gang Artist

·        Cocoa Brown/Fox’s 911

·        DC Young Fly/MTV’s Wild n Out

·        De’area Taylor/YouTuber

·        Dr. Heavenly Kimes/Bravo’s Married to Medicine

·        Egypt Sherrod/HGTV Host

·        Gary With Da Tea/ The Rickey Smiley Morning Show

·        Joe Green/Hustle Gang Artist

·        Jonathan Nelson/Gospel Singer

·        Justin Hires/CBS’ MacGyver

·        Karlous Miller/MTV’s Wild n Out

·        Ken Walker/YouTuber

·        Keshia Knight Pulliam/Actress

·        Lionel “Propane” Nealy/Producer

·        Luke James/Fox’s STAR

·        Mike Merrill/BET’s The Bobby Brown Story

·        Quad Webb/TV One’s Sister Circle

·        Quincy Brown/Fox’s Star

·        Rashan Ali/TV One’s Sister Circle

·        Reece Odum/BounceTV’s Saints & Sinners

·        Shamea Morton/Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta

·        Sheree Whitfield/Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta

·        Syleena Johnson/TV One’s Sister Circle

·        Taurean Prince/Atlanta Hawks

·        Todd Tucker/Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta

·        Toya Bush-Harris/Bravo’s Married to Medicine

·        Trina Braxton/TV One’s Sister Circle

 

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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.

Written By: Ebony Spratley

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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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