N’Style Atlanta presented the first edition of “N’Style Atlanta Presents” at the sultry City Winery Atlanta featuring emerging artist Karis Love, Marenikae, Rick Star, and headliner Dondria Nicole, whom debuted her new EP “The Day Of The Don”.
Hosted by N’Style Atlanta Corespondents Skye Smith, Jett Blakk, and Latoya Heyward, guest were presented with a full dinner menu, bourbon tastings provided by J.R. Revelry Bourbon Whiskey and photo booth fun provided by Peek-A-Booth. The music for the evening was provided by DJ Roots Queen.
Karis Love & Skye Smith
Marenikae & Latoya Heyward
Jett Blakk & Dondria Nicole
Red carpet guest included So So Def founder and Super Producer Jermaine Dupri, who discovered Dondria Nicole aka Phatfffat on Myspace, veteran songwriter/producer Bryan Michael Cox, DJ Blak (Streetz 94.5 Atl), LaKenya Morris (Bravo TV), Terrance Terry (Celebrity Nail Stylist), Felipe G (Celebrity Stylist), Monei Sutton (World Star Hit Radio) and Dr. Ron (The Doctors).
I recently caught up with VH-1 star Yandy Smith Harris to discuss her recent book and the drama that inspired her to write this colorful guide on raising children with outside siblings. It’s no secret that reality stars Yandy and her husband Mendeecees Harris have had an interesting story line on the popular show Love and Hip Hop New York.
Samantha Wallace and Erika Deshazo has children with Mendeecees and the tension between the ladies is what led Yandy to write a book to help parents with similar situations and how to have those difficult conversations with their children. “For me, that challenge came when it was time to sit down with my 2-year-old son and explain that his siblings may not be present at his birthday party,” Yandy wrote in the author’s note of her book. Yandy had a lot to say in the interview about the struggles of raising kids while her husband serve out his sentence, having a blended family, and new Love and Hip Hop drama. Check out the interview as she share a glimpse of her life as a mother and business mogul.
Her new book “My Blended Families” can be found on Amazon.com.
Skye sits down with Songstress RAE about her career, touring with Janelle Monae, musical aspirations, and new EP, “Love Always”. Check out Rae’s interview HERE!
Rae, Photo Credit: Michael D Images
A fixture in Atlanta’s music community since the age of 15 , this gifted East Point singer / songwriter has shared the stage with some amazing musical legends such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, Outkast, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and many more.
During her early career, legendary music mogul L.A. Reid, immediately saw something special when he signed her to Def Jam Records after she and girl group members sang for him in an Atlanta hotel parking lot. They would then be placed in the hands of one of the industries hottest rappers, Young Jeezy and his CTE label.
From ATL to DUBAI, The White House to Pepsi commercials, Good Morning America to Saturday Night Live – RAE has gained priceless experience the last 5 years touring the world and appearing on TV as a background vocalist for Janelle Monae.
RAE has a ton of rare experience that she is so excited to share with the world through her solo journey. “Love Always”, her 2017 debut E.P. is the first project she will release as solo artist.
I had an opportunity to sit down with Mr. “Do It” himself, Mykko Montana to talk about his upcoming music, rebranding, and recovery from a fatal shooting that left him in a wheel chair for months. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing this creative soul for quite some time now, so it was really refreshing to catch up with him and discuss some of his upcoming projects. Mykko Montana is not new to the industry, dropping his hit single “Do It” in 2012 featuring K Camp that received over 6.3 million views on Youtube. He discussed overcoming some of his most difficult moments in the music industry and severing ties with his management company. Through it all, Mykko has remained steadfast and his passion for music and faith in God has allowed him to make a major comeback. Check out the exclusive interview and watch him share his unprecedented story, HERE!
Latoya Heyward caught up with one of Love and Hip Hop‘s newest cast members Sierra Gates, Celebrity Hair Stylist and Entrepreneur. Sierra talked about becoming a young mother, homelessness, opening her downtown Atlanta salon, and The Glam Shop.Check out Sierra’s interview Part 1 HERE!
Sierra talks about joining the cast of Love and Hip Hop, her husband, and betrayal in Part 2 of her interview. Check it out HERE!
Latoya Heyward interviews writer-director Tiffany Roberts about her debut stage-play Angels In Training The Musicalstarring DeEtta West (Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and Tyler Perry’s Meeet the Browns).
Angels in Training the musical is a story that surrounds a young woman who prayed for death as a release from her domestic violence relationship. The audience will be taken on a 90-minute transformative journey through the joy and pain of what giving up looks like to the redemption of an individual who has given up on life. Check out Latoya’s interview with Tiffany Roberts HERE!
N’Style Atlanta Contributor Latoya Heyward interviews Musiq Soulchild before after the proclamation of Musiq Soulchild Day to talk about the Atlanta installment of the NuSoul Revival Tour with platinum-selling R&B and soul singer-songwriter, Lyfe Jennings; beloved Grammy Nominated “First Couple of Soul”, Kindred the Family Soul and; Multi-Award Winning Artist, Avery*Sunshine.
Also appearing on the tour, in select cities, are Grammy Award-Winning singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele, Grammy Nominated singer-songwriter and record producer Dwele, and Grammy Nominated group, The Foreign Exchange.
Latoya Heyward had an opportunity to sit down with Amina Buddafly from VH-1 Loveand Hip Hop to discuss her new book “The Other Women.” In the book and interview, she revealed the night before her wedding she had a threesome with her soon to be husband and another women, her feelings about her husband Peter Gunz, and how she has discovered a new confidence in herself. Amina feels every woman has a story to tell and she’s elated to finally be able to tell hers. After watching how she was depicted on love and hip hop, she was glad that she could finally give her side of the story. Amina is looking forward to raising her two children with Peter, and embarking on a new future. Peter was at her book signing giving his full support. We wish them the best of luck!
Amina Buddafly who was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany started out with a singing group consisting of her and her two sisters. Amina and the group signed their first record deal at the age of 15. The group moved to New York in 2002 and has released music on labels such as Island Def Jam and J Records under the name “Black Buddafly” for the past 12 years. Amina, the former lead singer of the group, went indie and solo in 2010 and has now grown an enormous following being on VH1’s hit TV show “Love and Hip Hop”. Today, Amina is an artist, author, mother and entrepreneur blazing new trails for her career.
The African Americans On The Move Bookclub (AAMBC) hosted it’s first installment of the Literary Talk Series at Open for Business with guests speaker Sheree Whitfield, Gocha & Dj Fadlef. Check out interviews with Gocha and DJ Fadel HERE!
About AAMBC Literary Awards
AAMBC which stands for African Americans on the Move Book Club was created in February 2008 by Tamika Newhouse. What started as an online book club grew into a national phenomenon. The sole purpose was to expose the unknown writer and to give them the opportunity to win accolades. A tradition still highly expressed to this very date, AAMBC still caters to the unknown writer. They have single handedly worked with well over six hundred writers’ new, seasoned, and considered celebrity status. From first time writers to nationally known they have consistently set the tone to support and promote black writers.
To understand the importance of AAMBC’s presence in the book industry is to understand the value of supporting our black writers. The awards will serve as the premiere event the industry will talk about year after year. It will be blended with new writers to celebritwriters as well as musicians, celebrity actors, and more.
ABOUT GOCHA HAWKINS
Gocha Hawkins (pronounced “go-shay”) is an award-winning hairstylist and owner of Gocha Salon, an Atlanta-based salon specializing in precision cuts, color, extensions and make up applications. A native of Detroit, MI, Gocha has over 20 years of experience in the beauty business with 19 of those years spent as a salon owner. She received her cosmetology training at John M. Patterson State Technical College (now Trenholm State) in Montgomery, AL. She’s worked with celebrities such as Serena Williams, Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, Christina Milian, Kandi Burruss, Vivica Fox, Drake, Ja Rule, Pitbull, Mike Epps, Lil’ Jon, The Game, R. Kelly, T.I., Kelly Rowland and many more. Her work has been featured in Sophisticate’s Black Hair, Style Q, Smooth Magazine and on the covers of Hot Atlanta, Salon Profiles, Salon Sense and Black Passions.
Additionally, Gocha has over 10 years of experience in image consulting for the NBA. She has worked for the Orlando Magic cheerleaders, the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks dancers as a key hairstylist. She has also earned credits for work done on the sets of H&M and McDonalds commercials, a short film (Fit Arcade Gone Wild) and TV shows such as “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “La La’s Full Court Life” (VH1) and “Kandi’s Wedding” (Bravo). In 2013, she launched Wrecklez (pronounced “reckless”), a line of styling products designed for at-home hair maintenance. Gocha can currently be seen on the hit WE tv series “L.A. Hair,” which premiered its fifth season on January 5, 2017.
Gocha’s Blueprint to Business 101 is a handy advice guide for aspiring entrepreneurs and young professionals looking for straightforward tips on networking and relationships, leadership skills, teamwork, money management and more. The book features various personal anecdotes from Gocha to make for a relatable, real-world advice tool.
“I am approached by so many people on a daily basis who don’t have a clue about common business practices,” she says. “Things like how to start a business, how to dress for an interview and customer service skills are topics I find myself discussing often. The need for information was greater than I imagined. So, it only made sense to write a book with quick tips to enlighten people from all career paths.”
IMPACT Magazine Hosted The Women Of Impact Dinner Featuring Karen Civil To Celebrate Its 10 Year Anniversary
This past Sunday I had the pleasure of attending Impact Magazine 10 year Anniversary Honorary Dinner of which 50 most influential women was honored. Karen Civil, the self-made impress and branding guru behind some of today’s hottest artists and brands graced the cover of the magazine and was the featured lady of the evening. I had the pleasure of interviewing some of the honorees such as Yandy Smith, Toya Wright, Egypt Sherrod, Marlo Hampton, Kachelle Kelly and Robin Dyke to name a few.
The evening was filled with great food and guest performances. I can’t tell you how amazing it felt to be amongst a room full of African American women who are truly making an IMPACT in their respected industries. If you had an opportunity to watch the Golden Globes a few weeks ago, you will see that our exposure has expanded. It’s evident that no longer will we allow our circumstances to dictate the life we live. In the words of Toya Wright, “Turn the bad into the good.” Click below to get a recap of an amazing night, with some amazing people.
Attendees and honorees included Yandy Smith, Ming Lee, Rasheeda Frost, Toya Wright, Deb Antney, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Dr. Myla Bennett, Tiffany Foxx, Quad Lunceford, Princess Lofters, Egypt Sherrod, Avery Sunshine, Tammy Rivera and more. Sponsors included Sweet Shots Cupcakes, Got Cakes by Rashida, Ishy’s Sweet Treats and Bomade Vodka. Other sponsors included title sponsor, Alton Hooks, Opulence Financial, Jaido Studios, Que: Cut Queen of Atlanta, Made Beautiful, The Executive Life, The Curvy Fashionista, Aromaology, Flat Out Of Heels, Lisa Nicole Collection, Drea Nicole Photography, Jaylon Aaron Hair Collection, Eye Candy Creations, LLC, Ms. Prity Spa Luxuries and Moni B. Cosmetics.
(ATLANTA) – November 8, 2016 – Last night, FOX previewed the new series “STAR” for an exclusive group of Atlanta influencers during the popular ATL Live on the Park showcase from industry vets Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols. Over 300 VIPs gathered at Park Tavern for a sneak peek of the show co-created by Lee Daniels. Cast members Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady, Amiyah Scott and Jasmine Burke were on hand to welcome guests following an introduction by FOX 5 anchor Alyse Eady. Attendees watched the premiere episode and then proceeded downstairs to enjoy live performances by Julie Dexter, Dondria, Rayven Justice and Sandy Redd with host Ed Lover.
Additional guests included Johnta Austin (supervising music producer of “STAR”), Bryan Michael Cox, Trina Braxton, Demetria McKinney, Jacob Latimore, Lisa Nicole Cloud & Dr. Darren Naugles (“Married to Medicine”), Latocha Scott (formerly of Xscape), Gocha Hawkins (“L.A. Hair”), singer Meelah Williams, Lisa Wu (“Hollywood Divas”); the cast of “Saints & Sinners” Vanessa Bell Calloway, Christian Keys, Clifton Powell, Dawn Halfkenny, JD Williams and Keith Robinson; singer Vina Mills, Angel Love (“Basketball Wives”), actor Brad James, Diallo Thompson (Barbershop 3), Lil’ Zane and Mishon Ratliffe (actor/singer).
Don’t miss a special preview of “STAR” airing Wednesday, December 14 on FOX after the fall finale EMPIRE at 8PM ET/PT.
“Like” STAR on Facebook at facebook.com/STARonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @STAR and join the discussion by using #Star. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @STARonFOX.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Featuring a soundtrack of original music and stunning music performances, STAR is an emotionally powerful drama that follows three talented young singers — desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom — as they navigate the cut-throat music business. The series stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah (“Bessie,” “Bringing Down The House”) as CARLOTTA and Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt (“24: Live Another Day,” “Law & Order”) as JAHIL, and newcomers Jude Demorest as STAR, Ryan Destiny as ALEXANDRA, Brittany O’Grady as SIMONE and Amiyah Scott as COTTON. The series also will feature guest stars Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Hunger Games”), supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell (EMPIRE) and Grammy Award-nominated musician and actor Tyrese Gibson (“2 Fast 2 Furious”).
STAR is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Lee Daniels Entertainment. Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy are the creators and executive producers of the series. Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown also serve as executive producers. Chuck Pratt is an executive producer and serves as showrunner of the series.
Friday October 7th I attended the advance media screening of Focus Features film, Loving starring Ruth Nega and Joel Edgerton.
Loving is about an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, whom were arrested in Virgina in 1958 because they were married. They were sentenced by Judge Leon Bazile to a one year suspended jail sentence; on the provision that they leave “Caroline County and the state of Virginia at once and do not return together or at the same time to said county and state for a period of twenty-five years”
In 1963 Mildred courageously wrote the United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy asking for help with their case so that the Lovings could return to Virginia together. Though he could not help them himself he referred her to ACLU attorney Bernard Cohen; whom later joined Philip Hirschkop, a civil rights lawyer to present their case to the Supreme court.
This breath taking film was written and Directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special). His ability to capture the intensity of their love and the importance of this civil rights case is beautifully done. Every moment of this movie will have you at the edge of your seat anxiously awaiting the outcome. The chemistry between Ruth and Joel is perfect. Ruth and Joel spent time in the town of Central Point where Richard and Mildred lived and are now buried visiting their graves, location of their home, and meeting with family members to capture the spirit of the couple. The majority of the film was filmed on location in Central Point where the events originally happened bringing authenticity to each scene.
As a product of a bi-racial family I can tell you this love story pulls at every heart string. The Lovings are an inspiration to couples everywhere and this monumental case in history deserves to be told over and over again!
– Carmen Simmons, Creative Director N’Style Atlanta
What better way to bring in the fall then honoring someone who has excelled in the industry of fashion and music. Last night Kontrol Magazine hosted their annual Women of Style Dinner at Suite Lounge celebrating legendary Chilli from TLC.
The dinner included industry notables such as comedian Chris Tucker, former member of Destiny Child Latavia Roberson, TV Personality Traci Steele, SWV member Leanne “Lelee” Lyons and Kameelah Williams from the group 702. The night concluded with a presentation to Chilli for not only her contribution to fashion, but her diligent work in the community; immediately followed by a two course meal and drinks sponsored by Effen Vodka. Check out highlights from the event.
N'Style Atlanta is a web-based lifestyle and entertainment program featuring Atlanta's A-Listers and entertainers, new artist, business, and hot spots hosted by Jett Blakk, Skye Brooks, and Shayla Raye.
N'Style Atlanta is produced by Carmen Simmons of Girl Six Media.