LARENZ TATE AND ERICA ASH SET TO HOST 2018 BOUNCE TRUMPET AWARDS

26TH Annual Event Takes Place Sat. Jan. 20 in Atlanta;
World Premieres on Bounce Sun. Feb. 11 at 9:00p.m. ET

Erica Ash
Larenz Tate
Larenz Tate and Erica Ash will host the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, an exciting night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African-American achievements and contributions.

The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 and will world premiere nationwide on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Bounce, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, now exclusively owns, produces and telecasts the star-studded event, rebranded this year as the Bounce Trumpet Awards. Honorees, performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit www.trumpetawards.com for more information.

Tate is a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award-winner and currently stars on the hit series "Power" on STARZ. He has also appeared on the popular shows "Rescue Me," "Game of Silence" and "House of Lies." On the big screen, Tate most recently appeared in "Girls Trip," with previous roles in "Ray," "Menace II Society," "Love Jones," "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and more.

Ash is an NAACP Award-winning Broadway, film and television actress currently starring on the hit series "Survivor's Remorse" on STARZ, as well as playing Brigette Hart (ex-wife of Kevin Hart) on "The Real Husbands of Hollywood." She will star in the new legal drama series "In Contempt" and will appear in the new theatrical motion picture "Uncle Drew" from Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment.

The Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees over its 26-year history includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King, III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee. 

Bounce (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage, and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports, and more. Bounce has grown to be available in more than 99 million homes across the United States and 95% of all African-American (AA) television homes, including all the top AA television markets. Among the founders of Bounce are iconic American figures Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, III.

112 Has a New Album and a Week!

Twenty years ago, Diddy introduced a hot new R&B act with the vocal ability to dominate rhythm and blues while simultaneously complimenting hip hop. The group consisted of Quinnes 'Q' Parker, Michael Keith, Marvin “Slim” Scandrick and Daron Jones also known as 112. The group’s first single “Only You” featuring the late great Biggie Smalls was the perfect introduction to solidify the groups ascension into R&B royalty and they followed up with hit after hit for years to come. Now after eleven years with no studio album and six years of touring, 112 has a brand new album titled, “Q Mike Slim Daron”. The heavily anticipated album is being celebrated with a 112 Takeover week in the group’s hometown of Atlanta, GA.
112 community fest flyer 2112 Takeover Week kicks off with the below lineup: 
  • Monday, October 23rd press conference, 
  • Tuesday, the guys will be hosting a private listening session for music tastemakers and colleagues.
  • Thursday they'll host an exclusive Magic Master Class focused on music with the students at South Atlanta high school.  
  • Later on Thursday, 112 will celebrate the new project with a cover and album release party at Club Alibi. 
  • Friday, October 25th marks the official physical and digital album release, making the new album available worldwide. 
  • The takeover week culminates in a FREE city wide community fair and concert at South Atlanta High School that is open to the public. The fair will provide vendor booths, family friendly activities and food trucks, additional performances by local acts with a close-out performance by 112
  • The week ends on Sunday with a celebratory brunch and soul session later that night at Opium.
“It’s a blessing to be able to come back after almost twelve years to fans that are excited to hear new music. This new album is a more personal look into our lives and of course 112 started in southwest Atlanta so we thought what better way to kick this off than with the community that supported us,” Daron says. “We are looking forward to sharing this new album with home first and then of course connecting with fans across the country,” Slim explains.

“Q Mike Slim Daron” is the first release for the group after an eleven-year hiatus but all four members have had the opportunity to work on personal projects and endeavors over the past years. “I think that’s what makes this so special coming back after we’ve all done our own thing and had different levels of success but, we all realize that the true magic is with the four of us together,” Q says.

COMEDIAN, TV & RADIO PERSONALITY RICKEY SMILEY SET TO RELEASE DEBUT BOOK "STAND BY YOUR TRUTH: And Then Run for Your Life! "


New Memoir Available October 24, 2017 via Gallery Books
Every morning, over 4 million Americans listen to the hilarious Rickey Smiley on
"The Rickey Smiley Morning Show." But for the first time Rickey is ready to talk about the real truths beneath the rapid-fire jokes – and he’s standing by everything he says.

Visit a church, comedy club, college campus, or barber shop, and it’s not easy to find people who aren’t familiar with, or lifelong fans of, Rickey Smiley and his outrageous morning show radio crew. As the host of the huge nationally syndicated The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, which draws in at least 4 million listeners every day, he’s also the star of his hit TV show Rickey Smiley for Real – one of the only reality show series to address life as a single dad. Plushe has 8 chart-topping comedy albums.
 
But Rickey’s always had something more offer — and it’s more revealing than anything he’s done so far. STAND BY YOUR TRUTH: And Then Run for Your Life! (Gallery Books; Hardcover; October 24, 2017) is part memoir, part testimonial, and part life guide – mixing Rickey’s down-home humor with values learned from three generations of elders, the Baptist church, and some of the most celebrated mentors in entertainment (aka Steve Harvey).

Written as much for parents as it is for their young adults, STAND BY YOUR TRUTH offers tough-love conviction, both in turns funny and earnest, on straight talk such as:

  • How it’s impossible to come back from mistakes without self-forgiveness
  • Why “The Deadbeat Dad” is a myth
  • How to break out of that comfort zone — because you are not a chicken
  • The often untold ups and downs raising kids (and teenagers) as a single father
  • Proof success can only happen when opportunity meets long preparation
  • Ways speaking up for yourself is nothing to be ashamed of, so “Handle Your Business”
  • Why, now more than ever, our lives depend on what we stand for — and then sticking by it

In a time when we are craving world-wise humor as much as insight, STAND BY YOUR TRUTH by the one and only Rickey Smiley is here to deliver on both.

BOBBI KRISTINA PREMIERES #1 ON TV ONE'S NETWORK'S ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERE



The premiere of TV One's original film, Bobbi Kristina, premiered at #1  in the Sunday 7pm-9pm timeslot. The film now ranks as TV One's third most watched original movie premiere ever, across all key demos. The three airings of Bobbi Kristina on premiere night had a combined reach of 2.2 Million Unique Viewers. TV One will air an encore presentation of the highly anticipated film tonight, October 11 at 10 p.m. ET.

Beginning immediately after the passing of her mother, this poignant story delves into Bobbi Kristina's struggle to come to terms with Houston's sudden departure and the complexities of her own life. Starring breakout Joy Rovaris in the title role, Bobbi Kristina presents the first three-dimensional look at a story - and a life - that deserve better.  In 2012, Whitney Houston's tragic demise put her entire family in the worldwide media spotlight, with most of the glare falling on her grieving daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Krissi became one of the main characters in the story of Houston's death and its devastating aftermath as she struggled with her grief, her personal relationships, upholding her mother's legacy and her plans for the future. Bobbi Kristinaoffers a rare glimpse into the world of this young woman whose brief life and untimely end remain shrouded in mystery.


Opposite Rovaris, Bobbi Kristina stars Demetria McKinney who delivers an uncanny performance as she embodies the heart, flair and essence of the legendary Whitney Houston. The film also stars Nadji Jeter as Nick Gordon, Hassan Johnson as Bobby Brown, and Vivica A. Fox as Pat Houston. Le'Azionna Braden makes her screen debut as young Bobbi Kristina.

The film is directed by Ty Hodges, with screenplay by Rhonda Baraka.  Executive Producers Tracey Baker Simmons and Wanda Shelley, creators of the docu-series' "Being Bobby Brown" and "The Houstons," developed the underlying story.

Bobbi Kristina is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas (executive producer), Keith Neal and James Seppelfrick of Swirl Films. Casting was provided by Leah Daniels Butler. For TV One, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; Robyn Greene-Arrington is VP of Original Programming and Executive in Charge of Production, and D'Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production. 

LADIES, IS THERE POWER IN DATING MULTIPLE MEN?



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COMING TO THE STAGE: BABYGRANDE'S NEWEST SIGNEE DRAKO

DRAKO BODEGA
"Watch Me Do It" has remained a Top 5 track on the Coalition DJ chart playing heavily in the strip clubs of Atlanta for over a month.
Drako, the rising 24 year-old Atlanta artist, grew up in a household where drug and alcohol abuse permeated all aspects of his existence. From a young age, Drako was in-and-out of juvenile detention, as he became involved in drug dealing and robberies in order to support his siblings. In order to escape the hardships of life, music became Drako’s therapy, and he moved around his neighborhood rapping for any audience he could find. He was recruited to join a group called 138, and through his experiences with the group, he knew that he wanted to rap professionally. It wasn’t long before Drako went solo, capitalizing on his talent by dropping a mixtape every week. His persistence earned the attention of local radio and club DJs around Atlanta. However in order to maintain his musical output and support his family, Drako continued to hustle and commit robberies which led to a massive roadblock in his career. Drako was arrested and spent over a decade in and out of prison.
After his release from prison in 2015, Drako moved to West Atlanta and once again focused on music. Word spread fast and through a network of friends and fans Drako's music hit the radar of the 15 year-old seminal record label, Babygrande Records. Babygrande tracked Drako's recordings for almost a year, and as a final test of Drako’s skill the label invited him to share a SXSW stage with Ugly God, Peewee Longwayand others. No one in the Texas audience had ever heard of him or his music, but by the second song, Drako had The Mohawk venue TURNT UP!
Realizing Drako’s presence was undeniable, Babygrande signed him on the spot. In 2017, Drako and Babygrande plan to unleash multiple singles and videos, the first of which is the Yoksta (Future, Ralo, OJ Da Juiceman) produced banger "Watch Me Do It."
Take a listen to 'Watch Me Do It". 

LEGACY OF BILLIE HOLIDAY'S 'STRANGE FRUIT' ENDURES WITH IMPASSIONED COVER BY ANDRA DAY IN SUPPORT OF THE EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE

 
Two-time Grammy nominee Andra Day covers iconic song to join Google in support of the Equal Justice Initiative's "Lynching in America" initiative.

Andra Day, the award-winning singer, songwriter, and philanthropist, released today a recording and music video for Strange Fruit, the historic song originally recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939. The recording is available on the Lynching in America site (lynchinginamerica.eji.org/strange-fruit) and Andra Day's YouTube channel. Andra will also be performing Strange Fruit as part of her set at the Global Citizens Festival in NYC on September 23rd.
The goal of Lynching in America, which brings EJI's multi-year investigation into more than 4,000 reported racial terror lynchings that took place in the United States during the period between Reconstruction and World War II to life, is to spark a national conversation about the connection between America's painful history of racial violence and the forms of injustice that exist today, including racially-biased capital punishment, excessive sentencing, disproportionate sentencing of racial minorities, and police abuse of people of color.

As part of Google's focus on Inclusion, the company has given more than $2MM in grants to the Equal Justice Initiative. In addition, Google volunteers have been working with the organization to digitize the Lynching in America research and ensure that as many people as possible have access to the information and content. The Equal Justice Initiative firmly believes that until we face the truth of our past, we cannot heal the deep wounds of our present.

Bryan Stevenson, the Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative says, "In this collaboration between Andra Day, EJI, and Google, we use music to express a painful and difficult truth about our nation's history of racial inequality. Inspired music has the power to expose and confront injustice differently than research, data and words alone.  It can heal and uplift us, it's critical for human rights. Justice work needs a soundtrack that inspires the struggle, it's energizing that talented artists like Andra rise to the challenge."

Andra Day says, "Billie Holiday is one of the greatest inspirations for what I do now. She used her music as her platform and her voice to speak for people who were not able to speak for themselves. I am equally inspired by the work of Bryan Stevenson and EJI and I hope this song ignites new conversations about the connection between our past and present." In the same spirit of music as activism, Andra also performed Stand Up For Something, the title track off of the upcoming film, Marshall, about Thurgood Marshall, the first African American United States Supreme Court Justice.

Andra Day first premiered her cover of Strange Fruit with a live performance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on August 23rd (link to performance). The performance was preceded by a segment with Bryan Stevenson and Andra Day about the ideology of white supremacy and the timeliness of initiatives like Lynching in America (link to clip).   

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE & THE ATLANTA HAWKS PRESENT: THE 2017 HBCU POWER AWARDS

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE and THE ATLANTA HAWKS PRESENT: THE 2017 HBCU POWER AWARDS
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 @ 
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR CHAPEL

The HBCU Power Awards highlights the achievements and accomplishments of young alumni who attended HBCUs and are making innovative and leading-­edge achievement in business, sports,  philanthropy,  media, music,  technology, TV, film, politics, civil service and fashion. 


The HBCU Power Awards was created to herald the accomplishments of scholars who attended historically black colleges and universities and have succeeded against the odds. This special recognition will be given to a select few who exemplify the many who have overcome adversity in society in order to attain unique distinction.        

The goal of the HBCU Power Awards is to positively impact a creative synergy between HBCU alumni, students and faculty by strengthening and/or creating relationships among  them. The HBCU Power Awards will hopefully inspire many youth to bring their talents to an HBCU. It will also open the door to new and innovative fundraising at Morehouse College.

2017 HONOREES
 
 
 

The HBCU Power Awards
October 20, 2017
7:00pm - red carpet
8:00pm - program
Morehouse College - Martin Luther King, Jr Chapel
830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

HANDBAG LOVE? SAVE THE DATE: ENCHANTED PURSE EXCHANGE



The Enchanted Closet, Inc. is pleased to present the Enchanted Purse Exchange, a charity fundraiser created to continually support the operation of the GIRL$ Program. 

GIRL$ Program is a program defined as a Service-Learning Program designed to increase the self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency of middle and high school girls, residing in metropolitan Atlanta.

The Enchanted Purse Exchange will provide an opportunity for attendees to freshen up their handbag game by exchanging purses they no longer carry. All purses entered into the exchange are expected to meet a certain standard of quality and should be in good condition; free from excessive markings, with functioning straps and closures. Purses will be tagged based on the estimated fair market value level and attendees can make a selection to exchange from purses at the same level of the purse they submitted. Attendees wishing to exchange at levels higher than that of the purse they submitted will be required to complete a value level upgrade.

There will be also be an "auction" of enchanted purses donated by various artisans and designers, an opportunity to network, enjoy good food and a chance to win special door prizes. This is a great opportunity to snag a great purse, save money and support the empowerment, and social and professional enhancement of the girls in metropolitan Atlanta. Free 3 hour parking is available in the parking deck located next to the restaurant. Your parking ticket must be validated by the restaurant.
Our previous Enchanted Purse Exchange was immensely successful and attendees left with purses, smiles, and the satisfaction in knowing that they were helping to make a difference in girls' lives.

We hope that you will join us! Tickets are $25 (tax-deductible donation) and are available at https://enchantedpurseexchange2017.eventbrite.com


TMAC (Taco Mac)
573 Main Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30324

Saturday, September 23
2:00-5:00 pm

ATLANTA'S ENCHANTED CLOSET ON THE MOVE WITH WELLNESS PROGRAM



The Enchanted Closets' GIRL$ MOVE Wellness Empowerment Program will be kicking off its newest initiative during this back to school season by introducing young girls to healthy ways to eat and prepare food, maintain fitness with trap yoga and mindfulness

Who Can Join? Pre-teens and teenage girls (13 - 19)
What: Wellness Empowerment
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017; 10am - 1pm
Where: The Villages at Carver Family YMCA 1600 Pryor Rd, Atlanta, GA 30315
How Much: There is NO COST to participate but young girls must register in advance.