Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert

2017-09-22 23:16:56 nstyle

KELLY PRICE & FRIENDS USE THEIR TALENTS TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF HURRICANE DISASTERS

(ATLANTA, GA) – September 21, 2017 – Last night, Grammy® nominated Kelly Price and TriFectHer Entertainment packed the house for the Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert at City Winery ATL to help two selected families that have been impacted by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. This was a ticketed event in which all proceeds, including ticket sales, wine sales, a silent auction, and physical donations will be donated to recover the lives of the families. The winery was filled with love as performances by Gritz and Jelly Butter, Algebra Blessett, Major., Donell Jones, Pastor Troy, Big Freedia, Mia X, Raheem DeVaughn, Trina, Case, 112, Kelly Price, and Slick Rick and more. The event was hosted by Ed Lover and Eva Marcille.

To donate to support these families visit paypal via: look2live@look2live.org

Photo Credit: Michael Walker/UMeek Images

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RIHANNA’S 3RD ANNUAL DIAMOND BALL

2017-09-19 01:54:58 nstyle

RIHANNA’S 3RD ANNUAL DIAMOND BALL RAISES OVER $5 MILLION TO BENEFIT
THE CLARA LIONEL FOUNDATION

The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) and ofo Partner to Send 7,500 Girls to Secondary School In Malawi

New York, NY (September 15, 2017) – The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), founded by Robyn Rihanna Fenty, held its third annual Diamond Ball on Thursday night at Cipriani Wall Street. Hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle, the benefit raised over $5 million to support CLF’s global education, health and emergency response programs around the world. The evening featured high-energy performances by Grammy Award-winning recording artists Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris. The all-star guest list included Jay Z, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lil Kim, Trevor Noah, Future, Fabolous, Young Thug, Victor Cruz, Emily Ratajkowski and Cardi B among many others who danced throughout the evening.

“I am thrilled to bring the Diamond Ball to New York City and bring everyone closer to the mission, the partnerships, the programs and the people at the heart of it all,” said Rihanna at the 2017 Diamond Ball. “Together, we are funding groundbreaking and effective global education, health and emergency response programs. We are investing in the future and helping to improve the quality of life for young people and their families around the globe.”

The Clara Lionel Foundation announced a new partnership with the international nonprofit, The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), and the bike sharing platform, ofo, to fund scholarships to send 7,500 girls to secondary school in Malawi. Camfed invests in girls in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. This partnership will support students through school and help transition them into employment and lives as entrepreneurs and community leaders.

CLF recognized global education trailblazer, Angeline Murimirwa as the recipient of the 2017 Diamond Ball Award. Murimirwa is the Regional Executive Director for Camfed’s programs in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana and Malawi and co-founded the nonprofit’s 100,000 member alumnae association.

“I want to thank Rihanna and the Clara Lionel Foundation for recognizing and celebrating my work,” said Angeline Murimirwa. “I accept this award on behalf of 100,000 Camfed Alumnae members – young women who like me – without Camfed’s financial support would never have had the chance to go to school. They are my sisters and together we are educating the next generation.”

The evening was generously sponsored by Chopard, The Diamond Ball’s first-ever presenting partner, along with Live Nation, Ofo, The Stadler Family, Oilers Entertainment Group Services, Ltd., Critical Mass, Roc Nation, Human and Picture Motion, Universal Music Group, StubHub, Kendo Brands, Puma and Dior.

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About The Clara Lionel Foundation
The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. CLF supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education, health and emergency response programs around the world. With the voices of Rihanna and her fans, CLF also engages in global advocacy with the goal of improving the quality of life for young people everywhere. Current programs include the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants Program. For more information, visit www.claralionelfoundation.org and follow updates on Instagram and Twitter at @ClaraLionelFdn.

About Camfed
Camfed supports marginalized girls to go to school, succeed, and lead change
Camfed is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their education has transformative potential. Camfed not only supports girls and young women through school, but also on to new lives as entrepreneurs and community leaders. To complete the “virtuous cycle,” and create sustainable change, graduating students become Camfed Association (CAMA) alumnae, many of whom return to school to train and mentor new generations of students. Since 1993, Camfed’s innovative community-led education programs have supported more than 1.9 million children to go to school in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, and Tanzania at more than 5,400 partner schools, and improved the learning environment for nearly 4.5 million children.

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SMART, FUN, FAB GIRLS

2017-08-21 13:08:41 nstyle

KITA WILLIAMS & MONIQUE JACKSON HOST “SMART, FUN, FAB GIRLS” EVENT IN LOS ANGELES
WITH NIECY NASH, ELISE NEAL, SHANICE AND TORREI HART

(LOS ANGELES, CA) – August 21, 2017 – Over the weekend celebrity publicists and TV personalities, Monique Jackson and Kita Williams, introduced their “SMART, FUN, FAB GIRLS” mini-conference. These two smart and creative ladies are on a mission to help fill a void that’s been created by the facade and false images and lifestyle that reality TV and social media has created, especially for our young millennial women of color. Thus, they created a refreshing, new realm of thinking and blueprint for success for young women with their “SMART, FUN, FAB GIRLS” movement.

They brought together a panel of celebrity women before a packed house in downtown Los Angeles to kick-off it off including Niecy Nash, Elise Neal, Shanice and reality star & Kevin Hart’s ex-wife Torrei Hart. The panel of women shared their recipe to success, how to step in to your own light without a “like” button and understanding your power to win in life to an all female audience. They plan on bringing the “SMART, FUN, FAB GIRLS” mini-tour to a city near you. Check out @SmartFunFabGirls for more info.


Photo Credit: Jason Keepler

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Junior Chef Summer camp

2017-06-16 16:16:37 nstyle
Food Network’ Chef Tregaye partners with Saving Our Daughters for a Junior Chef Summer camp at the acclaimed Ron Clark Academy
 
The summer vacations have officially begun for the kids of Atlanta, Georgia, and today was the first day of, Food Networks’ Chef Tregaye’s Junior Chef Summer Camp for girls of the amazing Ron Clark Academy. The 15 young ladies (grades 5th-8th) were chosen under the Saving Our Daughters’ Cinderella program that deter bullying and promotes self-esteem with the arts.
The Junior Chef Summer camp was birth after Chef Tregaye invited selected Cinderellas onset for the taping of Food Network’s “The Kitchen which she was the guest chef host in April.
 
Today was the official launch for the Cinderella Chefs as they received a knife kit, The Culinary Artistry book and a thermometer to begin their cooking classes.
 
For their first day, the Cinderella Chefs made a citrus fruit salad with goat cheese and Pomegranate Gastrique after learning knife skills, dressing techniques and plating.
 
The camp for the Cinderellas will be for 4 weeks this summer as the girls are so excited to learn how to become chefs!! 
Let the cooking begin!
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The Surgeon’s Touch Holiday Soiree

2016-12-06 14:06:50 nstyle

Dr. Wright Jones hosted The Surgeon’s Touch Holiday Soiree launching his foundation Surgeon’s Touch Friday, Dec. 2nd at the historical Wimbish House in Midtown Atlanta where guest enjoyed cocktails sponsored by Pernod Ricard, dinner prepared by Phenomenal Foods and music provided by Gritz and Jelly Butter & DJ Roots Queen.

Amongst the guests in attendance were Genise Shelton from Married to Medicine, Ferarri Simmons of V-103 and Angel Love of BBWLA.

“Surgeon’s Touch is a nonprofit (501c3) organization created to address the alarming health care disparities seen within the field of reconstructive plastic surgery. Eligible low-income patients suffering from traumatic and congenital abnormalities will receive reconstructive surgery from competent plastic surgeons and necessary health care professionals. Each operation will be paid for with effective community service projects developed by patients and two additional sponsors. Through scientific research, the organization also strives to improve the quantity and quality of plastic surgery delivered to the under served. The goal is to ignite a spirit of giving and positivity in these often heavily burdened communities”.

Photo credit Robin Marshall of Itsrobinlorinow

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TASHA COBBS BENEFIT CONCERT

2016-11-16 04:09:30 nstyle

TASHA COBBS MINISTRIES RAISES MONEY FOR HAITIAN FAMILIES IN NEED
WITH FREE BENEFIT CONCERT AT ATLANTA’S SUITE FOOD LOUNGE

Free Concert Included Special Guest Artists Kirk Franklin, James Fortune, VaShawn Mitchell, Isaac Carree, Anthony Brown,
Jonathan McReynolds, Bishop William Murphy, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Jimi Cravity, Todd Galberth and DJ Dex

(ATLANTA, GA) – November 15, 2016 – Tasha Cobbs Ministries (TCM) hosted an uplifting evening of worship at Atlanta’s Suite Food Lounge benefiting families in need of medical supplies located in Haiti. Joining Tasha Cobbs for the night of worship included, special guest artists Kirk Franklin, James Fortune, VaShawn Mitchell, Isaac Carree, Anthony Brown, Jonathan McReynolds, Bishop William Murphy, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Jimi Cravity, Todd Galberth and DJ Dex.

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VIP’s in attendance included Catherine Brewton (“BMI”), Damita Chandler, Y’Anna Crawley (“BET Sunday Best”), Marlo Hampton (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), 1K Phew and more. Sirius XM’s DJ Dex kept the spirit moving before and after the concert using his unique musical style on the turntables. Atlanta’s inspiration station PRAISE 102.5fm was on site to show support to for great cause. 100% of all donations were donated to Project Medishare (http://projectmedishare.org).

For more information on Tasha Cobbs Ministries visit tashacobbs.com.

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2016 Triumph Award

2016-09-20 01:39:29 nstyle

(ATLANTA) – September 19, 2016 – Last night, Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network along with TV One presented the 2016 Triumph Awards at the Tabernacle Concert Hall in Atlanta. Hosted by actress and philanthropist Tichina Arnold, the Triumph Awards recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The show was taped in front of a live audience and will air Sunday, October 2 at 7PM and 9PM ET on TV One.
Attorney Benjamin Crump was presented the “Chairman’s Award for Historic and Transformative Service” by Clifton Powell (Saints and Sinners); Larenz Tate (House of Lies) presented the “Triumphant Man of the Year” award to Jermaine Dupri; The “Triumphant Woman of the Year” went to FedEx executive Gina F. Adams, who was introduced by legendary singer Dionne Warwick; actor and recording artist Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins was on hand to present the “President’s Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts” to Sean “Diddy” Combs (who was not in attendance); Tim Murphy of Mastercard accepted the honor of “Corporate Partner of the Year Award;” and the final award of the evening was the “Activism in the Arts Award” presented to Spike Lee by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Vietta Johnson, President of Spelman College Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell and actress Teyonah Parris.

Performers included gospel artist Jekalyn Carr, V. Bozeman, Nick Cannon, BJ the Chicago Kid, the James Brown Academy of Music Pupils, Joe, Eric Benet, Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, and Fantasia. Tichina Arnold, JB Smoove, Carl Payne, Erica Ash and Teyonah Parris also joined forces to perform a “Spike Lee Joint Medley,” a hilarious musical tribute.
Additional appearances by Marc Lamont Hill, Dondre Whitfield, Kandi Burruss, Terri J. Vaughn, Pooch Hall, Denise Boutte, Ebony Steele, Angel McCoughtry; the “Mothers of the Movement;” Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner), Lesley McSpadden (mother of Mike Brown) and Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin); and Georgia State House Representative Erica Thomas.


The 2016 Triumph Awards are produced by Bart Phillips of Sunseeker Entertainment. Eric Tomosunas and Keith Neal serve as Executive Producer for Swirl Films. Robyn Green Arrington is Executive in Charge of Production. Lamar Chase serves as Producer and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programing and Production for TV One.

For more information about The Triumph Awards visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #TriumphAwards and catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.

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Hustle Back to School

2016-08-02 21:56:44 nstyle

Rapper & actor, T.I.P., and the Hustle Gang family Hosted the first ever Hustle Back to School give away today, Tuesday August 2nd, at Citizen’s Trust Bank Cascade. This community affair featured Georgia voter registration, Citizen Trust Bank tellers available to open new accounts, free food, and school supply give aways.

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13th Annual McDonald's 365Black Awards

2016-07-05 20:43:47 nstyle

Toni Braxton, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Charles Tillman among Those Honored at 13th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards in New Orleans

Hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress/singer Amber Riley, the star-studded event included musical performances by the Braxton Sisters, Kelly Price, Eric Benet, Chrisette Michele, Anthony Hamilton and more.

NEW ORLEANS — (July 1, 2016) — A number of notable celebrities, community leaders and entertainers descended on the city of New Orleans once again to attend the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, held today at the New Orleans Theater in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. They were joined by spectators who converged to salute this year’s recipients of the distinguished awards, including Grammy Award-winning artist Toni Braxton; football cornerback Charles Tillman; award-winning actress Wendy Raquel Robinson; educator and historian Lonnie Bunch; and McDonald’s owner/operator Larry Triplett. Additionally, teen philanthropist Lauren Seroyer and teen social-entrepreneur Donovan Smith were recognized alongside this lineup with the third McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Youth Award, facilitated by Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Actress and singer Amber Riley and actor Lance Gross co-hosts the 13th Annual McDonald's 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Actress and singer Amber Riley and actor Lance Gross co-hosts the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.

McDonald’s 365Black Awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. The program launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. Held in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival™presented by Coca-Cola®, the event was hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress/singer Amber Riley.

The Braxton Sisters, left Traci, Tamar, Towanda and Trina attend the 13th Annual McDonald's 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.

The Braxton Sisters, left Traci, Tamar, Towanda and Trina attend the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.

 

 

Singing siblings and reality television co-stars The Braxton Sisters performed a show-stopping tribute to their sister, Lifetime Achievement honoree, Toni Braxton. Vocal powerhouse Kelly Price, along with recording artists Kenny Lattimore, V. Bozeman and Eric Benet joined the sisters in the esteemed accolade to Toni. Anthony Hamilton and the Hamiltones, Chrisette Michele, Ro James and Canton Jonesled the other crowd-moving performances at the awards.

 

Actresses Sheryl Lee RalphTa’Rhonda JonesErica Ash and Gabrielle Dennis, along with actors Cornelius Smith Jr., Ronreaco Lee and Jay Ellis, were among this year’s presenters. Other celebrities in attendance included recording artists Jordin SparksAvery Wilson and Guordan Banks, as well as music producer Sean Garrett and comedian/philanthropist Ricky Smith.

Actor, comedian and popular internet personality King Bach brought his large social media following along to the event, posting photos from the signature gold carpet prior to the ceremony.

 

“We salute this year’s honorees for all of their achievements and for positively contributing to their communities,” said William Rhodes, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director. “It is important to acknowledge people who are making a real difference. We at McDonald’s are proud to be able to honor this group with this form of recognition. We hope it inspires them and others to continue to make positive impact.”

 

Those who missed the live awards ceremony can share in the experience by watching the broadcast on BET® Networks and CENTRIC later this summer. Additionally, consumers can follow @365Black on Twitter for commentary on the awards and join the conversation using #365BlackAwards.

Photo Credit: Soul Brother

 

About McDonald’s

McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 27 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds. To learn more about the 365Black initiative, visit www.365Black.com and follow @365Black on Twitter.

 

About BET Networks: BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET operates in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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Lisa Nicole's "Fashion 4 A Cause"

2016-06-14 01:05:00 nstyle

Atlanta, GA -June, 2016 – On Saturday June 10, 2016, Fashion Designer, Business Women and Star of Bravo TV’sMarried to Medicine”, Lisa Nicole Cloud and her husband Dr. Darren Naugles hosted the 2016 “Fashion for a Cause”. This luxurious event was hosted by Dwight Eubanks, formerly seen on BRAVO’S Real Housewives of Atlanta & Married to Medicine and sponsored by Bentley of Atlanta. The guest experienced an elegant evening of luxury lifestyle, fashion and philanthropy. This exclusive fashion event raised over $10,000 for an upcoming medical mission to Haiti. The show featured exclusive pieces from the Lisa Nicole Diamond Collection, Lisa Nicole Signature Collection and offered a sneak preview of pieces from the Fall 2016 Lisa Nicole Collection. Guests included Karen King of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, VH1 Network’s Kelsey Nykole, The Game’s Tiffany Chambers, Barbershop 3 actor, Torion Sellers and many more. This was a red carpet affair and covered by Atlanta’s premiere media outlets including; Huffington Post, BE Magazine, Rolling Out, In Da House Media, Cocoa Fab, Africa TV1 and more.
1250aa1e-9457-432c-beb6-deada81c0a48“Fashion For A Cause” Fashion Show provided an evening of style, glamour, celebrity appearances, signature cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, special presentations, live entertainment and more. The medical mission trip to Haiti will support and provide deserving patients in a developing country an opportunity to experience upgraded medical attention in a fully operational healthcare facility through a collaborative partnership with MedShare. MedShare, an official partner of the medical mission trip, is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the environment and health care through efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to underserved healthcare facilities in developing countries. MedShare has a successful proven track record of assisting more than 95 countries and countless patients.
68c2c48b-6ed9-4465-ba67-fc5e4b28f9d3As part of this medical mission initiative Dr. Naugles continues to collect donated equipment from hospitals around the nation to improve the technology at 3 hospitals of Haiti, Bernard Mevs, Ofatma Hospital and the Maternity Hospital in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Upcoming events for Lisa Nicole Collection include multiple “Pop-Up” Shops at the Essence Music Festival & Fashion “Pop-Up” Shops during the Boule Conference for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC.

Check out the collection HERE

About Lisa Nicole Cloud
Lisa Nicole Cloud is a successful entrepreneur, author, business coach, motivator and now visionary and creator for the Lisa Nicole Collection. Lisa’s mission in life is to help people identify their God given talents so they can Do More, Be More, Achieve More and impact our community in a positive way. She is now expanding this philosophy into the world of fashion as she launches, “The Lisa Nicole Collection”, a chic, high fashion business couture clothing line for today’s successful business woman. The sleek designs of The Lisa Nicole Collection exude the Power, Class, and Sophistication of today’s professional woman. The Lisa Nicole Collection was designed for women who desire to BE, FEEL and LOOK successful.

For inquiries please contact PRTeam@epimediagroup.com. To continue to donate and support the haitian medicial mission trip, please visit: www.LNCfashionforacause.com.

 

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Gocha Illumination Foundation Lock-In

2016-05-01 23:01:55 nstyle

(ATLANTA) – May 1, 2016 – On Friday and Saturday, the Gocha Illumination Foundation (GIF) hosted an overnight Youth Lock-In at the Center of Hope-MLK for local teenage girls ages 13-17. Over 40 girls participated in the event which featured a welcome rally with GIF founder Gocha Hawkins, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, Kandi Burruss, DJ Fadelf, R&B group Glamour, Johnny McCray (Sam’s Club) and Anika Robertson (Design Essentials); mentoring sessions on Problem-Solving, Leadership and Self-Esteem; movies, games and tons of food! During the rally, McCray announced that GIF has won a Walmart Community Grant in the amount of $1000!


A number of experts donated their time to lead the mentoring sessions including Loronda Giddens, Anthony Knight, Diva Tyler, Dr. Jennifer Fowlkes-Callins, Dr. Whitney Lankford, Dr. Tosha Rogers and Fredricka Kinlow. Additionally, Gocha’s team of stylists provided press n’ curls, cuts and manicures for the girls throughout the night.

The Lock-In was made possible by the generous support from sponsors Gocha Salon, Sam’s Club (Store #6409, Tucker GA), V103, City of Atlanta Dept of Parks and Recreation, Papa John’s (Flat Shoals Crossing), Zaxby’s (425 Ponce de Leon), McDonald’s (526 Ponce de Leon), 135th Street Agency, Target (Edgewood), Kroger (725 Ponce de Leon), John Paul Mitchell Systems, Design Essentials and Allied Marketing.

Special thanks to Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Sergeant Robert Grady and Center of Hope MLK director Nigel Murphy.

The Gocha Illumination Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides charitable services to displaced teens who are victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. To learn more about GIF or to make a donation, visit www.gochailluminationfoundation.org (Tax ID # 46-329-5284).

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@GIFoundationInc (TW)

@GochaIlluminationFoundation (IG)

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Photos: Chris Mitchell

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Georgia Entertainment Gala 2016

2016-02-10 00:46:59 nstyle

Georgia Entertainment Gala Receives Special Recognition from State Governor Annual Industry Awards Ceremony Spotlights Georgia Talent in Music, Film, Television, & Technology

 

Industry tastemakers and professionals alike reunited for an evening of celebration and elegance at the Georgia World Congress Center (285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303) on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The ceremony opened with an official address from Governor Nathan Deal in which he expressed his appreciation of the work that the Georgia Entertainment Gala has done to provide a platform that showcases talented individuals within the state of Georgia. Mayor Kasim Reed was in attendance and agreed. “I applaud Autumn E. Bailey-Ford for her devotion to promoting excellence in the entertainment and film industries.” The audience was filled with laughs and applause as VH1’s Hit the Floor Valerie Oritz and Pooch Hall of BET’s The Game served as co-hosts and introduced the nine select categories. This year, winners of the 2016 Georgia Highlight Award included Actor Ronreaco Lee (BET’s Let’s Stay Together), Chief Creative Officer of Momentus Marketing Mil Cannon, Founder & CEO of Legendary Events Tony Conway, Jazz Vocalist & Songwriter Kathleen Bertrand, and Executive Director for the Georgia Game Developer Association Andrew Greenberg. Winners for the evening included Christine Pullara Newton for Outstanding Achievement Award; The Center for Puppetry Arts for Outstanding Contribution to the Georgia Entertainment Industry; Catherine Dyer for Georgia’s Best Actor Award; Maxie McClintock for the Georgia’s Rising Star Award; Brantly Jackson Watts for People to Watch in the Georgia Entertainment Industry; and Elizabeth Hunter for the Youth Artist Award. In addition, All of the Locals took home the Georgia’s Music Award while the film, “Bless Yer Heart”, won Georgia’s Best Independent Award.

Although this night is designed to bestow accolades, it was also developed to advance a philanthropic cause. Proceeds are dedicated to financially assisting two remarkable organizations. The Atlanta Children’s Shelter impacts the lives of homeless children by providing loving, quality child development  and support services to families who are striving to become self-sufficient. In a similar air of volunteerism, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue operates through a network of foster homes in Georgia to provide dog and cats loving families as an alternative to high-kill shelters. These non-profit beneficiaries have made a significant difference within Greater Metropolitan Atlanta and the gala is excited to be able to contribute to their endeavors. “My life’s mission is to empower those who are sparking change with their own personal gifts and talents” says Visionary & Founder Autumn Bailey. “I firmly believe that this is what the Georgia Entertainment Gala is doing.”

Attendees enjoyed stunning performances from The Voice Season 8 Contestant Brooke Adee, R&B Songstress Demetria McKinney, American Idol Season 3 Finalist Latoya London, and Paul Akister of the X Factor UK Series, who closed the show with the Ray Charles classic “Georgia On My Mind”. Immediately following the ceremony, an exclusive after party sponsored by the Atlanta Salsa Festival was held where guests enjoyed delectable eats, Latin music, and live performances from the festival’s choreographers.  Other sponsors for this memorable evening include but are not limited to Technology Association of Nathan Deal & City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Atlanta, Georgia Music Industry Association, UST Global, ATL Red Carpet, Salt Models of Atlanta, GOZA Tequila, Atlanta Film Festival, Black Women Film Network, FILM Atlanta, and GA Film, Georgia Music, Digital & Entertainment.

About Autumn Bailey

Through her own unique brand of storytelling, Autumn Bailey continues to remain a force to be reckoned with in the film industry. She founded her Atlanta-based company Autumn Bailey Entertainment in May 2005, which produces high quality documentaries, short films, feature films and reality television shows. She currently serves on various boards, to include one of the most sought after film festivals in the Southeast – the Peachtree Village International Film Festival. Today, she continues to produce events and films that captivate the hearts and minds of underserved audiences nationwide.

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Holiday House

2015-12-21 01:47:55 nstyle

ATLANTA, December 21, 2015 – The Atlanta Children’s Shelter (ACS) wrapped up another successful Holiday House event at the North Avenue Presbyterian Church on December 18th complete with free ‘shopping’, gift wrapping, a hospitality suite, and a holiday party sponsored by the Atlanta Dream.

Holiday House is an annual week-long event beginning more than 15 years ago allowing homeless parents to ‘shop’ free for gifts for their children. Parents are assigned personal shoppers to assist them with choosing the perfect gift selected from an assortment of items donated by corporations, community groups, private donors, and even children. This year’s decorations were provided by the Home Depot Foundation and Banana Republic (Gap Foundation). Volunteers from all over Georgia included employees from Assurant Financial, Atlanta Braves, BCD Travel, Bias Corporation, Carter’s, Catamount Constructors, Cox, Family Dollar, Florida Gulf Coast University, Herbalife, Georgia Power, Hilton Hotel, Locumtenens, Lowes Hotel, Mansfield Oil, Mercedes Benz, MTL Vacations, Pontoon Solutions, Starbucks, United Way, Voya and many more.

IMG_6183Among the volunteers were also Reality TV personalities including Amber Bryant, Shayzon Prince and Robin Dyke (Bravo TV Mother Funders), Gocha Hawkins (WEtv LA Hair), Dr. Heavenly (Bravo TV Married To Medicine), Okevia (WEtv Selling It In The Atl) and LaKenya Morris (WEtv Cutting It In The Atl). Hospitality was provided by BarTaco, Einstein Bagel’s, KPB Foods, Suzuki School, NAPC, Nikki Can Cook, Pork U (Grainger), and James Brown Ministries.

Holiday House 2016 couldn’t be made possible without generous sponsorships from KBP Foods, Morris, Manning, & Martin, Maureen Mercer, Carmax Foundation, SunTrust Bank, Suzuki School, Liz Miller, The Home Depot Foundation, Merrill Lynch, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Nancy Collie, Schulten, Ward, & Turner, LLP, and HD Supply.

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Winter Wishland Coat & Toy Drive

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Atlanta, Ga (pitchengine.com) – Yesterday afternoon FreeWishes (foundation of Billboard chart-topping artist Future) and Making Wishes Matter ( foundation of award-winning producer Mike WiLL Made-It) teamed up for the final event of Future’s third annual holiday campaign benefiting senior citizens and the youth of Atlanta. Future and Mike WiLL Made-It joined forces to host A Winter Wishland Coat & Toy Drive at the Bessie Branham Park for underprivileged children and families throughout the metro Atlanta area.

Over 300 kids and families were welcomed to the private location where they were provided a whimsical Wishland experience filled with food and drink vouchers, a special appearance from Santa Claus, live performances by Kandi Burruss’s girl group Glamour, pictures in the OMG booth, and a surprise visit by Future and Mike WiLL Made-It. The families were also gifted with brand new coats and toys that included bicycles, scooters, skateboards, iPads and more provided by FreeWishes, Making Wishes Matter and Black Celebrity Giving. Special guests of the evening included Future, Mike WiLL Made-It , Glamour, Flawless Gems and a live remote by Hot 107.9.

Both natives to Atlanta, Future and Mike WiLL Made-It have made charity a central mission of their work with their annual philanthropic efforts. Special thanks to this year’s partners, Radio One, Walmart, Black Celebrity Giving, Empowering Young Moguls, Inc., Ellenwood AllStars, BMI and The Vibe Ride.

For more information visit www.freebandz.com to join the conversation follow @future, @makingwishesmatterfoundation @freewishesfoundation,@mikewillmadeit with hashtag #WinterWishland #FreeWishes #MakingWishesMatter.
About The Mike WiLL Made It “Making Wishes Matter” Foundation
The Mike WiLL Made-It Making Wishes Matter Foundation is a nonprofit organization that strives to make an impact in our community by empowering the youth to discover their talents, assisting less fortunate families, and granting the wishes of individuals within our community.

About Future’s “FreeWishes” Foundation
FreeWishes is a nonprofit organization who is committed to being a beacon of light in the community by Making Dreams Come Alive and Wishes Come True.

Photo Credit:
Paras Griffin
Briana Crudup

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Stevie Baggs Jr Holiday Bowl

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Sunday December 13 CETA Foundation founders Lola Robinson and her son Stevie Baggs Jr. former NFL Player, Actor, Health & Wellness Ambassador for the City of Atlanta hosted its 3rd Annual Holiday Bowl for a Cause Charity Event to benefit families all over the metro Atlanta tri-county areas. The Holiday Bowl for A Cause was co-hosted by several of the CETA Foundations celebrity Supporters, Friends and Family as celebrity team captains. Check out the N’Style Atlanta interviews with Shayla Raye below…

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Vision Statement:

CETA Inc. envisions a world where all individuals have the health and wellness tools, resources, and support to maximize the quality of life.

Mission Statement:
CETA mobilizes people and resources to propel overall health and wellness. We provide
innovative programs and services that focus on the whole person and improve the quality of life.

In fulfilling its mission CETA Inc. will,
– Advocate for health and wellness awareness
– Support organizations and missions related to health and wellness
– Provide the most up to date research and resources regarding health and wellness
– Develop its program and service participants holistically
– Partner with organizations and corporations to expand the reach of health and wellness services

For more information, please visit www.cetafoundation.org

About Stevie Baggs Jr.
Stevie Baggs Jr. is a three-time All-American and a graduate of Bethune Cookman University. Many know him for his athletic career in the NFL and CFL. Recognized as the only athlete to play for 11 professional football teams, Baggs accounts how his experience prepared him for a purpose beyond the stadium with his soon-to-be released book, titled Greater Than the Game.

Since his 10 years in football, Baggs has empowered the youth and adults nationwide with motivational speaking, was honored as the City of Atlanta’s Health & Wellness Ambassador by Mayor Kasim Reed, and has recently celebrated the CETA Foundation’s 11th year of service to at risk communities. If you have never witnessed him on the ?eld or in your community, you may have spotted him on television shows like Tyler Perry’s, For Better or Worse (Season 3), or the USA network’s, Necessary Roughness. Next, be on the lookout for Baggs on the big screen in Focus with Will Smith, coming spring 2015.

For more information, please visit www.steviebaggsjr.com
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