Nicole Richardson “Nikki Rich” TV Personality Will Be Walking the Runway for HiTechModa During New York Fashion Week!!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - September 6 & 7, 2019-  The fashion industry and runway shows are ready for a much-needed makeover and hiTechMODA Season 2 is poised to give them a major overhaul.  With the touchpoints of diversity, sustainability and technology all combined into a platform that spans a groundbreaking two day, four show extravaganza ready the woman-centric organization is out to change the outdated dynamic of New York Fashion Week from exclusive to inclusive.  “We need to make these NYFW events relevant and entertaining, with an authentic edge that communicates and inspires across many disciplines,”  says Pamela Privette, Producer. “Fashion has proven to spark a paradigm shift inciting social change while working in tandem to communicate and move the needle from a much deeper level.” Says Catherine Schuller, Curator and Creative Director.   hiTechMODA believes in meaningful messages that move the participants on stage and in the audience to “get woke” and seek a new method of consumerism and manufacturing/production. Their ambitious undertaking with its underlying message of “Unity in Opportunity” will be the first sustainable fashion event taking place at the new National Geographic Encounter venue at 226 West 44th Street in the Theatre District steps off of Shubert Alley.   Each show is a different theme with opening night “conscious cocktails” at 6 pm on Friday September 6, 2019 with 7 pm as High and Haute Couture.  Russ Ronat will be featured doing live painting of extinct wildlife and vendors and sponsors mixing and mingling at the cocktail hour.  Then Saturday at 12 noon for Couture Kids, 4 pm is the ReGen Runway™ featuring sustainable brands and Saturday at 7 pm as the Premiere MOMENTUM show.  It’s a diverse and inclusive platform that embraces the ‘new woke’ thinking that will eradicate mindless consumerism and antiquated, toxic apparel production.  Fast fashion is over in the hiTechMODA camp being replaced by a more conscientious, artistic appreciation for craftsmanship in apparel creation and then consumption.  

 

Special guests on the red carpet and runway include:  Nikki Rich, television and radio personality whose celebrity interviews feature the likes of Tyler Perry, Snoop Dogg, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Chris Rock, Jermaine Jackson, Conan O’Brien to name a few.  She has become a media influencer with millions of followers on her The Nikki Rich Show.  Nikki is very excited to be gracing the runway during NYFW with hiTechMODA and JTL Designs segment during the ReGen Runway segment on Saturday Setember 7th at 4 pm.   JTL Designs is out of Philadelphia and making her debut on the catwalk and is thrilled to include Nikki Rich in her fashion. Julia Turner Lowe, designer of JTL says,  “Nikki represents the modern woman who loves fashion and isn’t afraid to stand out boldly in color and style with my power pieces that layer and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.”  Realizing a void in the market, this size diversity designer is making a statement with these versatile shape friendly, layering pieces that epitomize elegance, sophistication and no fuss, dramatic dressing.  Nikki is Oprah Winfrey’s Network Ambassador, media and press for Oprah’s Life You Want tour and #1 Amazon Best selling published author and speaker. 

2019 Black Music Honors Taking Place In Atlanta On Thursday, September 5th @ 

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre!!

Chicago based television production company Central City Productions announces the 2019 Black Music Honors television taping set to take place on Thursday, September 5th at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA. During this star-studded two-hour television special, Central City Productions (CCP) will honor artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music. 

The 2019 honorees for this year’s Black Music Honors include Xscape who will receive the Urban Music Icon Award for the platinum selling quartet group's 25 years in the industry. Yolanda Adams will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award. Culturally- conscience eclectic group, Arrested Development and chart-topping crooner, FreddieJackson, whose career has spanned over 33 years, will also be honored. 

“The vision behind the Black Music Honors is to recognize the trailblazers in African American music who have paved the way for the artists of today. Many of these artists have never received their much-deserved recognition,” stated Founder and Executive Producer, Don Jackson. 

 

Television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett return as co-hosts of the show, which is set to air in broadcast syndication Sept. 14 – October 20, 2019. State Farm returns as the show’s title sponsor.

The epic event will be held at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show taping at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at: blackmusichonors.com and ticketmaster.com

 

For more information on Black Music Honors, please visit 

www.blackmusichonors.com and connect on social media 

@blackmusichonors #BMH2019 and #BlackMusicMatters.

Brandy to be Honored With the BMI President’s Award at the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

BMI will honor multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy with the BMI President’s Award at its 2019 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Thursday, August 29. The private event, held at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President Creative (Atlanta), Catherine Brewton.

“As a singer/songwriter, actress and humanitarian, Brandy is a triple threat in every sense of the word,” said Brewton. “Her timeless hits about love and heartbreak were anthems to many coming of age during the 90s and secured her place in R&B history.” Brewton added, “We are so excited to honor Brandy with the BMI President’s Award and look forward to celebrating a night of great music.”

The BMI President’s Award is presented to an individual songwriter, composer or producer who has made exemplary contributions to the art of music and songwriting and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry. As the 2019 honoree, Brandy joins previous recipients Curtis Mayfield, Ludacris, Toni Braxton and Will.i.am in sharing this distinction.

Throughout the evening, BMI will also salute the songwriters, producers, music publishers and administrators of the past year’s 35 most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs in the United States from BMI’s repertoire of more than 14 million musical works. The BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter, Producer and Publisher of the Year will also be named during the ceremony.

In addition, BMI’s Social Star will return for its eighth year. As a part of the R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, Social Star will honor the songwriter with the most engaged social media audience. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite contestant across BMI’s Instagram and Twitter accounts. The songwriter with the most Instagram likes that include their specialized Social Star hashtag will claim the prize. Previous winners have included Mac Miller, Machine Gun Kelly, Zendaya, SoMo, Joey Bada$$, Kash Doll and Derez De’Shon. Details on how to vote for your favorite social star will be announced soon. To join the conversation, use hashtag #BMISocialStar.

Brandy Norwood first caught the world’s attention at age 15 with her enduring single “I Wanna Be Down” from her multi-platinum selling debut, Brandy in 1994. Two additional singles from that album, “Best Friend” and “Brokenhearted,” also topped the charts, paving the way for her to become one of the best-selling female artists in American music history according to the RIAA. Throughout Brandy’s career, she’s sold more than 40 million albums and recorded six albums including the five-time platinum-selling Never Say Never (1998) featuring the smash duet, “The Boy is Mine,” with Monica, which to this day is Atlantic Records’ longest-running number-one song. Brandy has also earned many accolades including a GRAMMY Award, an AMA, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and three BMI Awards. In 2018, Brandy became the first 90s artist to score 1.5 billion streams across all digital platforms.

As an actress, Brandy starred in the sitcom, Moesha, and made history with Disney’s adaptation of Cinderella as its first African-American princess, starring alongside her idol Whitney Houston. In recent years, Brandy made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago, was a judge on America’s Got Talent, co-starred in BET’s comedy The Game and was a series regular on FOX’s Star. Beyond the stage and screen, Brandy is a humanitarian and supports her family’s organization, The Norwood Kids Foundation, and she’s also a huge supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, RAINN and countless other charitable organizations. Currently, Brandy is working on a new album that is slated to be released later this year.

Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and R&B Singer Tank To Host 2019 Bounce Trumpet Awards

Tip T.I. Harris, Robert Townsend, MC Lyte, JD McCrary,

Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Dapper Dan & Tim King This Year’s Honorees

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27th Annual Event Takes Place Sat. Jan. 19 in Atlanta,

World Premieres on Bounce Sun. Feb. 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET

 

 

ATLANTA (Jan. 16, 2019) – NAACP Image ® Award-winning Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and GRAMMY® Award-nominated R&B singer Tank will host the 2019 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. 19, 2019 and will world premiere nationwide on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Bounce, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, exclusively owns, produces and telecasts the star-studded event. Visit www.trumpetawards.com for more information.

 

GRAMMY® Award Platinum recording artist Ashanti, GRAMMY® Award-winner India.Arie, rappers Da BratLil’ Mama and YoYoKeyshia Cole and more are scheduled to perform.

 

Honorees for the 2019 Bounce Trumpet Awards:

  • The inaugural Xernona Clayton Award will be presented to GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper, actor, entrepreneur and activist Tip T.I. Harris by Trumpet Awards founder and civil rights leader Ms. Clayton herself. Harris will be recognized for his extensive charitable work and numerous contributions to economic development and job creation within his hometown of Atlanta.

 

  • The Living Legend/Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to actor, comedian, film director and writer Robert Townsend. With a multi-faceted career spanning over 40 years, Townsend is best known for Hollywood Shuffle, The Five Heartbeats, The Parent ‘Hood, Meteor Man and more. In addition to his professional work, Townsend is also an active humanitarian, working with the UNCF, NAACP and numerous organizations on a variety of projects. 

 

  • The Rising Star Award Sponsored by McDonald’s will be presented to singer, dancer and actor JD McCrary. Presently appearing in The Paynes on the Oprah Winfrey Network, he will be starring as the voice of Young Simba in the live-action remake of The Lion King. 2018 Rising Star honoree Rhyon Brown will present this award.

 

  • The Trailblazer Award will be presented to GRAMMY ® Award-nominated rapper MC Lyte. Long considered as one of hip-hops pioneer feminists, she paved the way for future female artists and has collaborated with Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri, Sean Combs and Janet Jackson, among many others.

 

  • The Music Excellence Award will be presented to four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning record producer, rapper and songwriter Rodney Jerkins aka Darkchild. In a career spanning nearly 25 years, he has produced and written hits for Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Cher among many others.

 

  • The Vanguard Award will be presented to fashion designer and haberdasher Dapper Dan (Daniel Day). Owner of the influential store, Dapper Dan's Boutique, Day is most associated with introducing high fashion to the hip hop world, with clients including Jay-Z, LL Cool J and Salt-N-Pepa.

 

  • The Education Excellence Award will be presented to educator Tim King, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a nonprofit organization which provides high-quality and comprehensive college-preparatory educational experience for young men resulting in graduates succeeding in college.

 

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 109 million homes across the United States and 97% of all African-American (AA) television homes, including all the top AA television markets. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP)

BET Announces Official Nominees For The 2018 Soul Train Awards

NEW YORK (October 25, 2018) –  Earlier this week BET Networks announced the nominees for the 2018 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories. The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. Filming on November 17th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET presents: 2018 Soul Train Awards will air on BET and BET HER on November 25th, 2018 at 8PM ET.

2018 breakout star, H.E.R. leads the nominees for this year’s awards, followed closely by last year’s top winner, Bruno Mars & Cardi B both with six nominations each.  H.E.R.’s nominations include ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Album/Mixtape of the Year,’ ‘Best Collaboration Performance,’ Video of the Year,’ and two nods in the ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriters Award’ category for “Best Part” & “Focus.” Bruno’s nominations include ’Best R&B/Soul Male,’ and he shares nominations with Cardi B for  ‘Song of the Year, ’Best Dance Performance, ’Best Collaboration Performance,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriters Award’ ’Video of the Year,’ for “Finesse.”  Additionally, Cardi garnered a nomination for Rhythm & Bars Award (Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year).

Other nominees include SZA who garnered 5 nods, Ella MaiDaniel Caesar, and each garnered 4 nods for this year’s awards.

 

For complete list of nominees, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain , the official site for BET Presents: 2018 Soul Train Awards.

Unrivaled Media Group Partnered with Local Non-Profit Diamond Girlz Forever to Raise Awareness on The Seriousness of Domestic Violence

{Diamond Girlz Forever and Unrivaled Media Group} presented (Cupcakes & Courage), Candid Conversations About Domestic Violence. The purpose of the event was to educate young ladies of the warning signs and the seriousness of Domestic Violence. Cupcakes and Courage was held at KupCakerie, a growing black owned business in East Point, GA, Saturday October 13, 2018. 

Courageous local guest speakers shared their testimonies and stories of survival with young ladies ages 11-17 years old while enjoying delicious cupcakes. The event was held in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There were also give aways and interactive activities for those who attended.

Diamond Girlz Forever is a 501c3 Non-profit mentoring program for girls ages 11-19 whose overall purpose is to empower, equip, and encourage young girls to serve and lead in their communities. Through partnership and community involvement, we welcome at-risk girls into the organization and provide opportunities for them to excel and thrive as a part of something bigger, as well as aiding them in moving forward towards success.

For additional information about Diamond Girlz Forever, contact Robin Charles-Living at unrivaledpr@gmail.com

Multi-platinum Artist New Cupid & Walmart Announce Their 
Walmart Shuffle Challenge!

 Walmart & Walmart Radio DJs along with New Cupid are issuing an International VIRAL Dance Challenge to uplift Walmart shoppers. Help Spread The News!

With all of the chaotic headlines in the news it’s a great time to bring a little levity and joy back into our lives! New Cupid and Walmart intend to do just that by starting their Walmart Shuffle Challenge to uplift their shoppers! 

The Challenge is simple! Video yourself in your neighborhood Walmart’s across the US and Abroad doing this New Version of the Cupid Shuffle with a Twist and you might just see Walmart or Cupid repost it! Dance directions: right X 4, left X 4, rollback X 4, walk and turn 4 counts. JOIN IN!

 

When asked about partnering with Walmart Cupid says: “I’m incredibly happy to partner with such an amazing company for such a worthy cause! There’s no better feeling than to bring a smile to others faces with music and dance. We can all use a little more joy nowadays and I’m happy I’m able to do that with Walmart’s Shuffle Challenge.”

 

To set up an interview with Cupid please email: Elvira@elviegpr.com

Cupid’s website: www.newcupidonline.com

 

 

Take a look at the "Walmart Shuffle" Video below:

Janet Jackson Honored With Icon Award at 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

Janet Jackson was honored with the BMI Icon Award at The BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta last Thursday night (Aug. 30). The ceremony took place at The Woodruff Arts Center's Symphony Hall, where they celebrated the best songwriters, producers and music publishers in R&B and hip-hop of the past year. 

 

Janet Jackson’s tribute was kicked off with a Ciara-introduced dance performance by 411 Dance Group, a group of 50 kids from the various states in the South, choreographed by Sean Bankhead who has worked on routines with Jackson throughout the years.

 

The night also featured notable tribute performances by H.E.R, Normani, Justine Skye, and Jussie Smollet. Teyana Taylor closed out the performances with a steamy rendition of Jackson's hit song "I Get Lonely" before a surprise appearance from Missy Elliott who made a surprise appearance and spoke on her relationship with the singer.

 

Jackson joins a famed group of previous BMI Icon Award recipients, including Snoop Dogg, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, James Brown, and many others.

 

 

Leland Wayne, professionally known as Metro Boomin, took home the award for producer of the year for the third time in a row, in addition to winning the award for songwriter of the year for his work on Big Sean's "Bounce Back," Post Malone's "Congratulations" and  Future's "Mask Off" and others.

Actress and Director Regina King Spoke on Diversity in TV & Film

at Toyota Presents The Black Women’s Expo in Atlanta

Featuring, Ginuwine, Cynthia Bailey and Miss Mulatto Amongst Other Celebs

Actress Regina King delivered a keynote address on the importance of Black representation behind the scenes in Hollywood during “Diversity in the TV/Film Industry” at the Black Women’s Expo (BWe) Atlanta that was held August 10-12 at the Georgia International Convention Center.

    King was among several celebrities that participated in the amazing weekend events. Cynthia Bailey introduced a new signature line of handbags – CB VIOR. Marketing guru Rushion McDonald, who formerly negotiated movie and book deals for Steve Harvey, conducted his “Money Making Conversation” during the expo as well. AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition presented “Rise Above: An Intimate Conversation on Sex and Loving Self” featuring OWN Network’s “Greenleaf” star Lamman Rucker (Jacob Greenleaf) and Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington) of “The Haves and the Have Nots. OWN also presented “Clips and Conversations” live on the BWe mainstage showcasing the brand new series “Mind Your Business with Mahisha.” “Ask the Doctors: An Intimate Health & Wellness Conversation” featured “Married to Medicine” co-stars Dr. Heavenly and Dr. Contessa. And, Atlanta’s own rapper Miss Mulatto will talk with youth at the BWe Teen.

 

Presented by Toyota, the Black Women’s Expo, themed #SHEMATTERS, is the nation’s longest running exposition of its kind for Black women, produced by Black women. BWe is just as important today as it was when it began. Created as a platform for Black women to engage around key political, economic and social issues; educate themselves, empower each other, and celebrate their collective strength, BWe continues to offer seminars, workshops, and entertainment for today’s Black woman.

    

The highly-anticipated Black Women’s Expo kicked off its 24th year in Chicago and its three city tour in April and premieres in Dallas, TX, at the Dallas Market Hall, August 25-26.

Actress and Director Regina King to Speak on Diversity in TV & Film 

at Toyota Presents The Black Women’s Expo in Atlanta

Kim Fields, Ginuwine, Cynthia Bailey and Miss Mulatto Among Other Scheduled Celebs

ATLANTA  (August 2, 2018) – Regina King has spent decades wowing audiences with her award-winning character portrayals on the big screen. But for the past few years, the stellar actress has been calling the shots behind the camera, directing many popular TV programs and Hollywood films.

 

           Among other accolades, the Emmy Award, NAACP Image Award, and BET Award-winning actress will deliver a keynote address on the importance of Black representation behind the scenes in Hollywood during “Diversity in the TV/Film Industry” at the Black Women’s Expo (BWE) Atlanta on Saturday, August 11, at 4:00PM on the Main Stage.  BWe Atlanta will be held August 10-12 at the Georgia International Convention Center.

 

            King is among several celebrities confirmed to participate. Actress Kim Fields will conduct a meet and greet to showcase her new Blessed Life Gourmet Coffee Blend/Russell’s Gourmet Coffee on Saturday. On Sunday, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey will introduce a new signature line of handbags – CB VIOR. Marketing guru Rushion McDonald, who formerly negotiated movie and book deals for Steve Harvey, will conduct his “Money Making Conversation” on Saturday at 1:00 PM. AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition present “Rise Above: An Intimate Conversation on Sex and Loving Self” featuring OWN Network’s “Greenleaf” star Lamman Rucker (Jacob Greenleaf) and Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington) of “The Haves and the Have Nots on Saturday at 3:00 PM. OWN also will present on Saturday “Clips and Conversations” live on the BWe mainstage showcasing the brand new series “Mind Your Business with Mahisha.” “Ask the Doctors: An Intimate Health & Wellness Conversation” will feature “Married to Medicine” co-stars Dr. Heavenly and Dr. Contessa. And, Atlanta’s own rapper Miss Mulatto will talk with youth at the BWe Teen Summit starting at 12:30 PM on Friday. The Teen Summit is only on Friday from 10:30AM-1: 30 PM.

            National R&B legendary group 112 is performing on Saturday. Singer and songwriter Ginuwine will perform Sunday from the main stage at 4:30 PM. Amos Greer and Bridgette Hurt will headline the BWe Gospel Explosion on Sunday. Also on the main stage are daily Runway Fashion Shows and Hair Demonstrations.

            Presented by Toyota, the Black Women’s Expo themed #SHEMATTERS, is the nation’s longest running exposition of its kind for Black women, produced by Black women. BWe is just as important today as it was when it began. Created as a platform for Black women to engage around key political, economic and social issues; educate themselves, empower each other, and celebrate their collective strength, BWe continues to offer seminars, workshops, and entertainment for today’s Black woman. 

            BWe will not disappoint attendees who will be able to shop in the exhibitor’s marketplace; see great national and local entertainment on the main stage; participate in thought-provoking, empowering and informational forums addressing relevant community issues; and engage with celebrities, lecturers, leaders and other notables.  For major brands and small business vendors, BWe is an opportunity to engage with more than 15,000 strong, savvy and significant African-American women in Atlanta. The highly-anticipated Black Women’s Expo kicked off its 24th year in Chicago and its three-city tour in April and premieres in Dallas, TX, at the Dallas Market Hall, August 25-26.

 

            Although the focus is on women, BWe is for men, teens, and children, too. The BWe Pavilions include Beauty Pavilion – Brand new and returning beauty and skin care vendors, product demonstrations, and sampling. Natural Hair Pavilion – Where the leading corporate and small business natural hair care companies showcase their products and participate in the Natural Hair Show on the BWe Main Stage. Literary Café – Check out popular authors, engage in book readings and special presentations. Health & Wellness Pavilion – Health screenings and nutritional information will be available from industry experts. Kidz Korner – Fun activities all weekend long for children to enjoy such as face painting, sketch artists, inflatables, Double Dutch, kiddie manicures, dance corner, arts & crafts, exercise and more. Teen Summit – Forums address issues faced by today’s African American youth. Spa Pavilion – Soothing and invigorating space for a much-needed break. 

     New tour title sponsor Toyota (providing free massages with live DJ) joins long-time corporate sponsors United Airlines (official airline partner), PNC Bank, Cigna (health mobile unit; free health screenings), African Ancestry (live DNA reveal on the main stage with Ginuwine), American Kidney Fund, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. (free book bags at the BWe Teen Summit), CB VIOR, Kim Fields Signature Blends/Russell’s Gourmet Coffee, and the National Council of Negro Women. Media partners are: Atlanta Tribune Magazine, Atlanta Daily World, and Radio One (MAJIC 107.5, Praise 102.5, Classix 102.9 and Hot 107.9).  Tickets are $15 for adults and are available for half-price at participating Walgreens.  For exhibitor and sponsorship information, call 312-454-6100. Visit http://theblackwomensexpo.com/ for event details.

Teen Mom Turned Media Mogul Robin Charles-Living Releases New Book “You Can Be A Success Too.”

(Atlanta, GA. July 23, 2018)-Unrivaled Magazine founder Robin Charles-Living launches new book, called You Can Be A Success Too. This astounding new book features 10 captivating chapters designed to help the readers unlock the success that is already inside of them. Robin Charles-Living is no stranger to overcoming adversity having overcome abuse and becoming a mother at only fifteen years old.

You Can Be A Success Too is a motivational success guide that engages the readers with real-life examples and personal testimonies. Some of the topics covered in the book include: Overcoming Adversity, How To Stay Motivated, Finding Your Purpose, Fundamentals of Goal Setting, and many other helpful topics. By the end of reading You Can Be A Success Too, the readers will have a clear understanding of what it takes to become successful and how to get it done.

The book is now available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles online. https://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Success-Too-Motivational/dp/1719258155

Press and Bookings Contact info:
Robin Charles-Living
Unrivaled Media Group: unrivaledpr@gmail.com

 

ESSENCE FESTIVAL 2018 Recap!!

The 2018 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola® attracted more than 510,0000 attendees to New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend, marking one of the largest gatherings in the event’s 24-year history.  For the first time ever, all three nights of the ESSENCE Festival concert series at the Louisiana Superdome sold out.  The extraordinary turnout underscores ESSENCE’s engagement of Black women around community, culture and content – which was brought to life in innovative ways at the annual celebration.

 

Many of the biggest names in the entertainment industry including Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Miguel and others performed at the event’s nighttime. More than 100 influencers, leaders, creators and celebrities participated in the Festival’s daytime experience – rebranded as ‘Conference & Expos’ with programming across eight tracks spanning Beauty & Style to Business & Entrepreneurship. Powerhouse speakers included Lena Waithe, Lester Holt and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell as well as favorites Rev. Al Sharpton, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Iyanla Vanzant, among many others.

 

Check out some of the highlights captured by our cameras below!

Host: Robin L.

Filmed/Edited  By: Jena Green

The 2018 Kimmie Awards Weekend Presented by Sheen Magazine.

By: Taylor Chanel

This past weekend on April 26th through April 29th, Greenville, South Carolina’s Sheen Magazine hosted their annual Kimmie Awards Weekend.  On Friday, they kicked everything off with a press conference and opening reception that morning, and later followed up with their Annual Chapman Foundation Fashion Show with a blue carpet preceding. This was Sheen Magazine’s 9th Annual fashion show where they also revealed their encompassing theme entitled “Dream in Color”.

 

The next day, the highly anticipated empowerment sessions began early that morning with Celebrity Fashion Stylist, Teaira Blount, Celebrity Hair Stylist Cynthia Meadows, Actor/Entrepreneur Medina Islam, Entrepreneur Twiler Portis, and “VH1’s Black Ink Crew” cast member Ceasar hosting each of their own panel discussions. Around lunch time, it was time for the Cover Girls/Beauty Ambassador Honoree Tea with “Greenleaf” star Deborah Joy Winans, Founder & CEO of Camille Rose Naturals Janell Stephens, Television Personality Quad Webb-Lunceford, Celebrity Makeup Artist & Beauty Entrepreneur AJ Crimson, Hair Stylist Razor Chic, and Dherbs CEO A.D. Dolphin were all honored.

 

Finally, the most talked about event of the entire weekend took place with the fancy Black Tie Gala held at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis.

 

Unrivaled Magazine Entertainment reporter/correspondent Taylor Chanel got to work the red carpet all night long as celebrities, honorees, and even influencers walked and were interviewed. She got to chat with the preshow performer Jewel Ellis, one of the honorees from “Power” Rotimi, singer Jaz, AJ Crimson, Singer/songwriter Keith Stewart, “WAGS Atlanta” cast member Kesha Denise, and “Greenleaf” stars Deborah Joy Winans and Merle Dandridge.

 

Check out the full coverage below!

The Kimmie Awards Weekend ended with an Inspirational Brunch on that following Sunday.  

Gabrielle Union & Will Packer Host Breaking In Atlanta Screening

Last week, Breaking In producer, Will Packer, and star, Gabrielle Union, held a special advanced screening of the film at the Regal Atlantic Station in Atlanta. 

 

Atlanta radio personality Frank Ski (V103) greeted the crowd and introduced producer, Will Packer, who was greeted by the crowd with excitement. After saying a few words, Will introduced Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, who expressed words of gratitude. Frank, Will and Mayor Bottoms were then joined by the film’s star, Gabrielle Union.

 

“I am so grateful to be kicking off the Breaking In screening, premiere and press tour in Atlanta, which is my second home and has always been so supportive in everything I’ve ever been a part of in the city. I am just incredibly proud and humbled in what we can accomplish when we come together and support each other and uplift each other,” said Union.

 Breaking In opens in theaters on Friday, May 11 – Mother’s Day weekend. 

 

(Photos by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Universal Studios)

Hip Hop Legends & Execs Celebrate Roxanne Shanté During Atlanta Screening of Netflix Film Roxanne Roxanne

Last week, music industry execs and MC’s came out to support Hip Hop legend Roxanne Shanté. I am OTHER and Netflix partnered for a private screening of the film Roxanne Roxanne in Atlanta, GA. Both the screening and after party were held at The Gathering Spot. Following the screening, a panel discussion and audience Q&A moderated by Chaka Zulu was held to discuss Roxanne’s life story and her contributions to the Hip Hop community. Roxanne Shanté was joined on stage by leading actress Chanté Adams, Producer MiMi Valdes, Award-Winning Executive Kawan “KP” Prather, and a few others who came up to the stage to pay homage.

 

After the panel discussion, the guests were invited to an exclusive after party held on the other side of The Gathering Spot. The crowd mixed and mingled while enjoying cocktails and classic Hip Hop including “Roxanne’s Revenge.”

OWN Presents a private press dinner hosted by Pastor John Gray and Wife Aventer Gray for “Book of John Gray” Season 2.

Pastor John Gray and Wife Aventer Gray hosted a private press dinner at Simon’s Restaurant in Atlanta, GA on March 22, 2018. Guest gathered in an intimate setting for a first look at  “The Book of John Gray” Season 2. The 90 second sizzle reel gave a birds eye view of the Grays sharing their day to day life experiences and giving spiritual guidance to those that are looking to build their faith. 

 

VIP guests and press mixed and mingled while enjoying the delicious spread provided by OWN. Once the meal was completed, the attendees were privileged to a very transparent glimpse into the lives of the Grays.  Majority of the questions answered were directed toward faith, family, and community engagement goals.


 

The Book of John Gray moves to its regular night on OWN – Saturdays, 10/9c

TV One Kicks off New Season of Unsung with Legendary R&B Group Silk!

TV One’s Unsung kicked off the highly anticipated season premiere featuring famed 90’s R&B group Silk who sold over 5 million records. You may remember them from hits like “Freak Me” and Meeting In My Bedroom.” Although they had much success, the group endured quite a bit of turmoil at some point due to changes in management and creative differences. However, Silk is here to let us know that they are here to stay and have not lost a step. The group is still comprised of all five original members!

 

Some of Silk’s closest friends, family members, and fans came out to their watch party and showed tremendous support. QParker of 112, Kyle of Jagged Edge, and many others from the music business were also in attendance. Silk will also be celebrating their 25th  Anniversary March 28th in Atlanta, GA, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Joining Silk will be Raheem DeVaughn, 112, K-Ci of Jodeci, Public Announcement, and many other surprise guests!

 

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Comedian and Actor Michael Blackson to Host “The BET Social Awards”

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Executive Produced by Mike Epps “THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS” Will Premiere Live Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 10 P.M./7 P.M. ET/PT

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BET Networks announced the nominees and host of “THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS.”Comedian and actor Michael Blackson will host this first-of-its-kind awards show that celebrates the very best (and worst) in social media over the past year. Executive produced by Mike Epps, the social media extravaganza will be filmed LIVE on Sunday, February 11 at 10 PM ET/ 7PM PT in Atlanta. From favorite celebrity follows, to the biggest memes, hashtags and trends of the year, this one-hour event will cover all of the most memorable and talked about social media moments that flooded 2017 timelines.

Blackson also known as “The African King of Comedy” has been entertaining audiences all across the country and around the globe for more than a decade. From his gut-busting stand-up comedy on BET’s Comic View to the scene-stealing performance in the Ice Cube film Next Friday, Blackson continues to bring the LOLs to fans on his social platforms with his one-of-a-kind comedy sketches and humor.

Cardi B, OffSet, Jess Hilarious, Lil Uzi Vert, Duckie Thot, Tami Roman, Tyrese, Salt Bae, the ‘roll safe’ meme are just a few of the nominees up for an award. Who will trend to the top? The power is in the viewer’s hands!  

Da Real BB Judy Gives Back To Her Supporters With A Free Knowledge Tour

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Jesseca Dupart aka Da Real BB Judy (CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products) is the ultimate business woman. She took her life savings and decided to invest in herself in 2013. By 2014 Kaleidoscope Hair Salon was open, and she had created her own line of hair care products. The rest is history! Jesseca has taken branding and marketing to a whole new level. The Kaleidoscope brand is associated with colors, fun, and amazing products. 

 

Now days you can find Jesseca running up on your favorite celebrities with the infamous Miracle Drops. She is trying to save edges worldwide! Jesseca is not only an amazing business woman, but also loves giving back. Just this past Christmas she donated apoximately 600 bikes to local kids in New Orleans, and then launched The You Better Get This Free Knowledge tour. Most recently, Jesseca handed over the keys of her salon warehouse to her best friend Supa.

 

We were on the scene for the first stop of You Better Get This Free Knowledge tour in Atlanta, GA this past Sunday. Take a look at what Jesseca had to say about the movement!

 

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Larenz Tate (“Power”) and Erica Ash (“Survivor’s Remorse”)

To Host 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards

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26th Annual Event Takes Place Sat. Jan. 20 in Atlanta,

World Premieres on Bounce Sun. Feb. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET

ATLANTA -- 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

BET Presents A Toast to the Mane Event with Keyshia Ka'oir

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Later this month Rapper Gucci Mane and his finance Keyshia Ka’oir will be tying the knot! Everyone remembers their extravagant court side proposal at the Atlanta Hawks game right? Well we know the wedding itself is definitely going to be over the top! They also have a new reality show called, The Mane Event that will premiere Tuesday, October 17th, the same day as the actual wedding! BET Networks held a private “Toast to the Mane Event” affair last week in Atlanta. Unrivaled Magazine was invited out to see the trailer of the new reality show and chat with Keyshia. She looked so beautiful and happy! We can’t wait to tune in! Congrats to The Whopsters!

Big Freedia Bounces Back!

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Big Freedia led a mini second-line parade into an invitation only screening for the first episode of "Big Freedia Bounces Back," which is the sixth season of her reality television series and airs on Fuse TV. It all went down at The Ace Hotel in New Orleans, Tuesday, Sept 12. The show was formerly known as "Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce," but now has been renamed to reflect the renowned rapper's recent troubles with the law and addiction.

 

The room with filled with the star's professional entourage, family and friends. We had a chance to chat with Big Freedia, her dancers, and friend Mariah Lynn of LHHNY. Check out what they had to say!

Patti Labelle Named BMI Icon At The 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs during the 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall in Atlanta on August 31st. Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Patti LaBelle took home the night’s highest honor as BMI Icon in recognition of her distinguished career, spanning more than 50 years.

 

Hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton with Lifestyle Specialist Kenny Burns as co-host, the evening included stellar performances by some of the hottest talent on the music scene. The night kicked off with Atlanta’s own Big Boi from OutKast performing a medley of two of their biggest hits, “B.O.B.” and “GhettoMusick.” Hip-hop brother duo Ayo and Teo went on to give a dynamic performance of their Billboard Hot 100 hit song “Rolex,” before Keke Palmer and BMI’s Wardell Malloy named Detroit-based rapper Kash Doll BMI’s Social Star, voted on by fans across BMI’s Instagram and Twitter accounts. Jacquees serenaded the audience with his Billboard R&B charting single, “B.E.D.” while Rick Ross kept the energy flowing with a medley of his biggest hits including “Hustlin,’” “Trap, Trap, Trap” and “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).”

 

The second half of the evening featured an array of outstanding tribute performances honoring Patti LaBelle beginning with BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music honoree, BeBe Winans singing his beautiful version of Ms. LaBelle’s number one single duet with Michael McDonald, “On My Own.”  Next up, Avery Sunshine gave a moving rendition of “Love, Need and Want You.” The tributes continued with Gospel vocalist Kierra Sheard’s powerful performance of “When You’ve Been Blessed,” followed by Tasha Cobbs-Leonard singing the classic hit, “You Are My Friend.” Sheard joined Cobbs-Leonard to finish the song, and together they brought the crowd to their feet. Closing out the night, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ledisi gave an energetic performance of the massive classic hit, “Lady Marmalade” before calling Ms. LaBelle to the stage where she gave an impromptu performance of “Over the Rainbow” and thanked those who paid tribute to her throughout the evening. 

 

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Patti LaBelle to Be Honored at 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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It was announced that Patti LaBelle will be named the BMI Icon at the 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, recognizing her “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” 

 

The event, scheduled for Aug. 31 at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall in Atlanta, honors BMI songwriters, producers, publishers, and administrators of the past year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs. BMI’s R&B/hip-hop songwriter, producer, and publisher of the year are also named during the ceremony. Previous recipients of the BMI Icon Award include Nile Rodgers, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, James Brown, Al Green, and Snoop Dogg.

 

Labelle hits “If Only You Knew” (1984), “New Attitude” (1984), and “On My Own” (1986), a duet with Michael McDonald, are among BMI’s repertoire of more than 12 million musical works.

Hip Hop Legend Mia X Blazes The Kitchen and The Main Stage During Essence Festival 2017.

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Fans gathered around as Hip Hop Legend Mia X prepared her delicious Creole Stuffed Tomato during the Essence Eats segment. They also got to taste a sample and learned some well kept secretes of this amazing recipe. She also talked about what inspired her to start cooking and the state of hip hop today. 

 

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Kandi Burruss Tells Entrepreneurs How To Grow Their Brands During Essence Festival Path To Power Session!!

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This past weekend over 400,000 people invaded the city of New Orleans for Essence Festival 2017! Essence Festival is always filled with tons of fun that includes empowerment sessions, amazing concerts, and much much more! There is always so much to do and see, oh and not to mention the amazing foods that New Orleans has to offer!

 

During the festival, Kandi Burruss was one of the guest speakers for the Path To Power Sessions. She covered topics such as entrepreneurship and branding. One topic she touched on specifically was entrepreneurs feeling the need to compete with others in similar industries. They should instead, collaborate in order to catapult their brands to the next level. Take a look at what else Kandi had to say!

ATLANTA VIP’s CELEBRATE SEASON 4 PREMIERE OF TV ONE’S “RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL”

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Last night Atlanta VIP’s gathered at Atlantic Station Regal Cinemas to celebrate the season four premiere of the hit TV One docu-series “Rickey Smiley For Real.” The live-watch party was hosted by Rickey Smiley and the cast of “Rickey Smiley For Real.” Following the packed to capacity screening, Rickey Smiley conducted a brief Q&A with attending members of the press.

 

Those in attendance were: Da Brat, Headkrack, Juicy, Gary with the Tea, Porsha Williams, Cornbread, Ed Lover, Willie Moore Jr., Meelah, Tommie Lee, Reese Odum, Mike Merrill, Melissa “DJ M” Scott, Gocha Hawkins, 1K Phew, Reec, Diallo Thompson and more. 

 

TV One’s “Rickey Smiley For Real” airs Tuesday’s at 8/7c 

 

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CYNTHIA BAILEY COMES TO THE CITY OF OPELOUSAS FOR THE LOUISIANA MODEL SEARCH!!

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This past weekend tons of contestants traveled to Opelousas, LA for the first ever Louisiana Model Search. The contestants were given the opportunity to strut their stuff for a panel of local celebrity judges in hopes of winning some amazing prizes.  The panel of judges included Joe Sam from TV 15 KLAF, Simone Foeman of Images and Modeling, Carla “Serenity” Baker (Author & Fashion Expert), and Darian Ellis of America’s Next Top Model.

 

All of the contestants were also given the opportunity to have a meet and greet with Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey. Cynthia whom was invited as a special celebrity guest shared some advice on how to make it in the industry with the crowd. She was also given a key to the city by Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum. Out of almost 500 contestants, one grand prize winner Brianna Hunt, won an all expense paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia. She will then be given the opportunity to compete in Cynthia Bailey’s Model Expo in June. This amazing event was produced by Louisiana native Carlton Morton of Real Housewives of Atlanta & The Bailey Agency. He hopes that this will inspire everyone to follow their dreams even if they are from a small town. 

 

Unrivaled Magazine was able to chat with Cynthia about her experience with The Louisiana Model Search and upcoming projects. We also tried to get her to give us the exclusive 411 on the upcoming season of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Check out the video below and see what she had to say.

JOSELINE HERNANDEZ BIRTHDAY BASH BRINGS OUT THE CITY OF ATLANTA!!

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This past weekend "The “Puerto Rican Princess”, Joseline Hernandez celebrated her birthday bash at one of Atlanta’s most popular nightclubs Gold Room, Saturday, April 22nd. The day party was hosted by Shannon and Shannade Clermont also known as "Clermont Twins" and Grammy-award winning record producer Stevie J, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta crew members and cameras were there to capture her surprise performance and the exclusive video release. 

The red carpet was rolled out for all of Joseline's VIP guests that were in attendance such as VH1’s Love & Hip Hop ATLANTA cast member- Melissa, Stevie J’s sons Dorian and Stevie Jr. alongside his nephews Vega Sills and Vee Johnson. Actors, Johnell X Young who plays “Ray Love” in the new Tupac movie, All Eyes on Me and Stefon Washington plays the role of “Puff Daddy” and music artist Kore Stacks to name a few. This party was definitely one to remember and were on the scene Bringing You The Unrivaled Access!

THE BEAUTIFUL BUSINESS WOMEN NETWORKING SOIREE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

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Last week, women from the entire southern region gathered in Lafayette, Louisiana to network and show support for one another. Some attendees came from as far as Texas and Arkansas. During the event, women owned businesses were spotlighted and celebrated. The room was filled with positive energy as each woman shared the ups and downs about being a female business owner.  The ladies also shared helpful advice, and many connections were made. This is what being a Beautiful Business Woman is all about. Having a beautiful soul from the inside out that allows you to clap when your sisters win, and not having any hate or jealousy in your heart is greatly applauded in this network .

 

The Beautiful Business Women Network was founded by Robin Charles-Living to provide a platform for female entrepreneurs to empower each other in business and beyond. The mission is to connect and create opportunities for women in business that will foster personal and professional growth.  The ladies of Beautiful Business Women Network will by taking part in many empowerment events such as this one, and charity events to help make a difference in the community.

 

 

To learn more about The Beautiful Business Women Network you can follow the network’s social media outlets or send and email to bbwomennetwork@gmail.com

 

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DEON COLE AND NICOLE ARI PARKER

CO-HOST THE 25th ANNUAL TRUMPET AWARDS

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Bounce TV premiered the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards this past Sunday, the prestigious annual event celebrated  African-American achievements and contributions
 
 Black-ish, Angie Tribeca and two-time EMMY® nominated actor Deon Cole and Rosewood, The Real Husbands of Hollywood and seven-time NAACP Image Award nominated actress Nicole Ari Parker hosted the black-tie ceremony, that took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month.
 
Honorees at this year’s ceremony included television host and Daytime EMMY®-nominee Wendy Williams who was presented with the Trumpet Award for Entertainment, former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo, who was recognized with the Humanitarian Trumpet, and the iconic R&B group New Edition received the Lifetime Achievement Trumpet Award. GRAMMY®-winning soul singer Peabo Bryson was given the Legend Trumpet and fashion blogger Gabi Gregg accepted the Trailblazer Trumpet Award.
 
The 25th Annual Trumpet Awards will also included special performances by Erica Campbell, Kenny Lattimore, Tamela Mann, Shirley Caesar, Keke Wyatt, Jekalyn Carr Silk, Jagged Edge, and much more!

In a very special tribute, civil rights icon and founder of the Trumpet Awards Xernona Clayton was presented with the distinguished “Golden Trumpet Award” in recognition of her unparalleled leadership, affecting change, and steadfast work in building the legacy of the awards.  

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The 25th Annual Trumpet Awards!

DEON COLE AND NICOLE ARI PARKER TO CO-HOST

THE 25th ANNUAL TRUMPET AWARDS

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HONOREES INCLUDE: WENDY WILLIAMS AND NEW EDITION

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SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY: KENNY LATTIMORE, ERICA CAMPBELL, 

TAMELA MANN, KEKE WYATT & MORE

 

ATLANTA (Jan. 12, 2017) – Bounce will present the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, on Sunday, January 29 at 9:00pm ET.

 

Bounce recently acquired all assets of The Trumpet Awards and now owns, produces and exclusively world premieres the star-studded event.

 

Black-ish, Angie Tribeca and two-time EMMY® nominated actor Deon Cole and Rosewood, The Real Husbands of Hollywood and seven-time NAACP Image Award nominated actress Nicole Ari Parker will host the black-tie ceremony, to be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

 

Honorees at this year’s ceremony include television host and Daytime EMMY®-nominee Wendy Williams who will be presented with the Trumpet Award for Entertainment,former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo will be recognized with the Humanitarian Trumpet and the iconic R&B group New Edition receiving the Lifetime Achievement Trumpet Award. GRAMMY®-winning soul singer Peabo Bryson will be given the Legend Trumpet and fashion blogger Gabi Gregg will accept the Trailblazer Trumpet Award.

 

The 25th Annual Trumpet Awards will also include special performances by Erica Campbell, Kenny Lattimore, Tamela Mann, Shirley Caesar, Bobby Valentino, Keke Wyatt and Jekalyn Carr.

 

In a very special tribute, civil rights icon and founder of the Trumpet Awards Xernona Clayton will be presented with the distinguished “Golden Trumpet Award” in recognition of her unparalleled leadership, affecting change, and steadfast work in building the legacy of the awards.  

 

 “We have come so far since we started in 1993 and I am extremely obliged to those individuals who saw the vision and who have worked with us for 25 years. Bounce is the ideal custodian to continue to enhance the level of excellence that is our standard going forward. I am thrilled to have my beloved Trumpet Awards become part of Bounce who will continue to celebrate the achievements of those who had an impact on our community for many more years to come,” says Mrs. Clayton. 

 

WORLD PREMIERES ON BOUNCE SUN. JAN. 29 AT 9:00PM ET 

Celebrity Couples At The 2016 ESPYs!!

The 2016 ESPYs were blazing with many of our favorite athletes gracing the red carpet along with their significant others. Many of us don't get to see these sports stars all glammed up on a regular bases, but we must say they cleaned up very well last night! 

Celebrity couples included the newlyweds Russell Wilson and Ciara who made their first red carpet appearance since getting married earlier this month. Other celebrity couples included: Stephan and Ayesha Curry, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant, Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert, along with Dahntay and Valeisha Jones. Take a look for yourself to check out how these celebrity couples stepped out together in style for The ESPYs! 

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Teyana Taylor Wows Everyone During The Lil Kim Tribute at Last Night's VH1 Hip Hop Honors!!

Teyana Taylor totally slayed the Lil Kim tribute last night at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors. She had Kim down pack from head to toe. Taylor not only dressed the part, she also brought the energy and moves of Lil Kim alive. Most importantly, she even sounded like her! During her Lil Kim tribute, Taylor performed hits like "No Time”, "Crush On You”,  and more. Taylor was also joined by Dej Loaf, French Montana, Lil Mama, and others for the medley of hits. 

After the performances, Diddy surprised Kim with a tribute of his own. She was surprised with a birthday cake while the crowd sang happy birthday. In addition to her music, Kim’s style was also celebrated. Models including Jessica White and Winnie Harlow hit the stage in a runway style segment wearing some of Kim’s most memorable looks. Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, and Missy Elliott were also honored at the event.

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My Black Is Beautiful Celebrates 10 Successful Years at Essence Festival!!

My Black Is Beautiful is an African-American community-building platform, and recently celebrated 10 successful years of initiating and sustaining a broad dialogue around black beauty at Essence Festival in New Orleans. As the Official Sponsor of the Beauty and Style Expo within Essence Festival, MBIB galvanized thousands of African-American women and encouraged them to continue to fuel conversations around beauty and pride.

 

Festival-goers who stopped by the MBIB both were offered interactive,educational and engaging experiences that inspired them to be #BeautyEmpowered, while connecting them with P&G products with benefits for their hair and skin. A few celebrities such as: KeKe Wyatt, LeToya Luckett, Claudia Jordan, Christian Keyes, Jordin Sparks, Kenny Lattimore, and Amber Riley also stopped by to join in on the celebration! We look forward to the continued growth of this movement!

 

Congratulations My Black Is Beautiful! 

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