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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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[EVENT RECAP] Rishawn Felton’s “Breaking The Cycle Empowerment Conference!”

Atlanta is an “eventful” city, and we mean that in the most sincerest terms. Indeed, there is an event for everything you can think of; business launches, re-branding, fashion shows, and even potato chip bag reveals (we are not joking). Seldom, however, at any of these events will you find food for your soul, medicine for your spirit, and genuine empowerment to fuel you through life. Thankfully, local Atlanta fashion stylist and philanthropist, Rishawn Felton, managed to give us just that with his panel discussion at the aptly named, “Breaking The Cycle Empowerment Conference!”

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Breaking The Cycle Empowerment Conference

Atlanta is an “eventful” city, and we mean that in the most sincerest terms. Indeed, there is an event for everything you can think of; business launches, re-branding, fashion shows, and even potato chip bag reveals (we are not joking). Seldom, however, at any of these events will you find food for your soul, medicine for your spirit, and genuine empowerment to fuel you through life. Thankfully, local Atlanta fashion stylist and philanthropist, Rishawn Felton, managed to give us just that with his panel discussion at the aptly named, “Breaking The Cycle Empowerment Conference!”

Rishawn Felton & Brandi Williams

The event took place at local Atlanta hot spot, The Buckhead Loft, where Rishawn, alongside the host and singer, Brandi Williams (Blaque), Dr. Shana Lewis (author/counselor), Tyler Burton (writer/journalist), Latonya Sampson McDonald (life coach/associate marriage family therapist), Byron Jamal (author and founder of PathFinder guide), Rodney Wash (television personality), Antwain Donte (motivational speaker/artistic director), and Christoper McKinley (motivational speaker/beauty enthusiast) tackled topics and issues surrounding spirituality, mental health, and racism. Noted attendees included Julian Lark (Celebrity stylist/Editor-in-chief of Kontrol Magazine), Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning (media personality/radio host), Maurice Ravennah (philanthropist/CEO of Phoenix International, Inc. & Griffin Global Bank), Lipstick (television personality), Tramel Harris (television personality), and Martel Star (Web Star and artist).

Breaking The Cycle Empowerment Conference

The panel each had their own feelings about each topic, but all came with hope and belief that their past experiences and various fields of expertise would be able to help someone. The progress of the event was straightforward and to the point allowing ten minute intervals for a break between each topic of discussion, giving the guests chances to mingle and network. Each topic was one that hit close to home for so many. Spirituality and mental health in particular were quite jarring as panelists and guests opened up about the importance of a relationship with God and that all paths of belief were a way to connecting to Him personally. As for mental health, many disclosed how they were delivered from suicidal ideation, and challenged the stigma of seeking therapy in the African-American community. Lastly, as it pertained to racism the panelists discussed how hundreds of years of systematic racism and current oppression can and do have an effect on the spirit and psyche.

Yes, the topics at hand were heavy; but they were all the more timely. In the age of social media, rates of depression and suicide are at an all time high, people place themselves on unrealistic and unhealthy timetables, and people are mistaking self-confidence with self-consciousness. This conference was needed. Rishawn plans to do this annually, but is willing to make them more frequent as the need arrives. All we have to say is kudos, my friend.

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[EVENT RECAP] Humbl Hustlr Entrepreneur Workshop and Community Clean Up

We planned the Humble Hustlr entrepreneurship workshop and community clean up with a goal to cultivate the next generation of leaders by providing knowledge and transformational skills needed in entrepreneurship, while cleaning the community and we did just that!

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We planned the Humbl Hustlr entrepreneurship workshop and community clean up with a goal to cultivate the next generation of leaders by providing knowledge and transformational skills needed in entrepreneurship, while cleaning the community and we did just that!

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On Saturday, July 13th 26 young black men ages 11-17 and 35 black men representing black owned businesses across various industries came together at the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to build on the ideas and concepts of entrepreneurship and learn what it means to make an impact in the community. In addition to the entrepreneurs who mentored the young men we had the support of countless black owned businesses pitch in to create an experience they will never forget.

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Photos by Carol Rose photography (L) young men of Start Up ATL (R) Entrprepnuers

The event consisted of a workshop where the mentors helped the young men create a mission statement, social media marketing and branding plans for their business or service. Kayla Hutchinson, Social Media Manager and Event Manager, oversaw execution of the workshop. At the end of the workshop each group came together to pitch their project and share the new ideas they will be implementing. In other words, they learned the true meaning of  “boss up or get bossed around” as the men of the Future CEO and S.Q.U.A.D. say.

Elite Mobile Parties shuttle services then took the young men for a fun ride to the Vine City Center where they were met by music from Praise 102.5, their mentors and Bishop Lewis, the Chairman for the Vine City Civic Association Center to learn about the historic importance of the area. Bishop educated and motivated them saying, “whatever it is you want, you can do” before sending them off to clean the area. Marquise McAlpin of The Build Up LLC led the team in execution of the clean up.

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Photo by Keno

Upon their return to the Vine City Center the young men were surprised to meet Atlanta City Councilman, Antonio Brown, be served ice cream from Bucks Ice Cream truck and a book bag full of goodies from our sponsors such as water bottles, note pads, gift cards, USB drives and hats.

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Photo by Keno of (L)Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown and (R)Founder and CEO of Humbl Hustlr Lorenzo Gordon

Just like the saying “it takes a village” that was truly the same mentality that made this event such a success. Individuals and organizations from all over Atlanta came together to make this happen. Everyone from volunteers to sponsors played a major role in impacting not only the young men of The Startup ATL but also the Vine City Community. Events like this remind us of not only our duty to serve our community, but also the amazing things that we can accomplish when we come together.

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Photo by Keno of Bishop Lewis; Chairman for the Vine City Civic Association Center

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[REVIEW/EVENT RECAP] OWN Gets It Right w/ New Series, “Ambitions,” Starring Robin Givens & Essence Atkins!

Just when we thought OWN had reached its pinnacle with dramatic series, Will Packer delivers a hot, new series in Ambitions!  The series centers on Stephanie Carlisle-Lancaster (Robin Givens), a brilliant attorney, and wife of Atlanta’s mayor, Evan Carlisle (Brian J. White). Stephanie is ambitious, and power hungry, determined to take over her father’s law firm, while being stuck in a loveless, troubled marriage for political clout. However, her world begins to shake with the return or her former lover, Titus Hughes (Kendrick Cross), who has just taken a case representing a large pharmaceutical company responsible for her sister’s death by overdosing. Titus’ wife, Amara (Essence Atkins), a U.S. Attorney, and Stephanie’s former best friend, is determined to save her marriage after an extramarital affair. Worlds collide, and love becomes toxic as The Carlisles, Hughes, and their respective friends and family go to war over power, property, and the very souls!

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Just when we thought OWN had reached its pinnacle with dramatic series, Will Packer delivers a hot, new series in Ambitions!  The series centers on Stephanie Carlisle-Lancaster (Robin Givens), a brilliant attorney, and wife of Atlanta’s mayor, Evan Carlisle (Brian J. White). Stephanie is ambitious, and power hungry, determined to take over her father’s law firm, while being stuck in a loveless, troubled marriage for political clout. However, her world begins to shake with the return or her former lover, Titus Hughes (Kendrick Cross), who has just taken a case representing a large pharmaceutical company responsible for her sister’s death by overdosing. Titus’ wife, Amara (Essence Atkins), a U.S. Attorney, and Stephanie’s former best friend, is determined to save her marriage after an extramarital affair. Worlds collide, and love becomes toxic as The Carlisles, Hughes, and their respective friends and family go to war over power, property, and the very souls!

Ambitions is so riveting and thrilling that we dared not blink an eye. Robin Givens is BACK in a starring role and the ageless beauty is as amazing as ever.! This cast is also chalked full of veteran Black actors and is even inclusive with a lesbian story line. We recently attended the premiere of the series hosted by OWN and it was equally amazing, as the cast, Will Power, and the YBFs (Young, Black, & Fabulous) of Atlanta came out in full force to show their support. Check out a few photos from the amazing event below:

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