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JP Agency and Kore Stacks presents spreading ambition food drive just in time for the thanksgiving holidays. The event was held at Cheese Caked Bakery in Atlanta, Ga. Food catered by celebrity chef maurice and music was provided by Pretty Tammi. You can donate to the Atlanta Children Shelter here. View the photos below!

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 I had a great time attending the private luncheon event yesterday with Monique Greenwood for the most anticipated docu-series “Checked Inn” at the historical Wimbush House located in the heart of midtown Atlanta hosted by OWN Networks .The quaint ballroom welcomed guest to the aroma of the delectable buffet spread serviced by celebrity Chef Shawn also featured as the lead chef on the upcoming show. While enjoying lunch guests interacted with Checked Inn’s stars Monique Greenwood and Chef Shawn which later led to a brief yet transparent discussion about the show and her journey to success. The audience was captivated by her courage to leave Essence Magazine as Editor -in -Chief to pursue her dream of becoming the owner and chief operator of her own chain of bed and breakfast. 

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Swain Basketball Academy Accepting Registrations

The Swain Basketball Academy is now accepting registrations to develop your student athletes Individual development and training through group training, team training, basketball camps and shooting gun workouts. They are committed to small one on one development as well. What makes the Swain Basketball Academy stand out as a staple Atlanta training facility? I would have to say it’s the passion and drive of it’s founder Robert Swain.

In case you are not familiar with Robert Swain’s principles. Players are welcome to all different skill levels who have a desire to learn, train, and compete in basketball. Courtcred.com describes Robert Swain by saying the following:

A three-time National AAU champ with the Atlanta Celtics, Swain averaged 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists during his senior year at Tri-Cities High School. Regarded as a Top 50 recruit, Swain committed to UConn and rounded out a recruiting class that included McDonald’s All-Americans Taliek Brown and Scott Hazelton, Caron Butler and Johnnie Selvie. The following year with the additions of Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor, UConn won the Big East Championship and made it to the Elite Eight. However, minutes were scarce for Swain in Storrs and he transferred to the College of Charleston. He played two season for the Cougars before graduating and then finally playing professionally in Europe.

During his time back home from overseas Swain would hold free training sessions for the kids in the community. These sessions would fill up with about 70 to 80 kids. But it wasn’t until Swain hit rock bottom that he realized his ability to motivate and help others get better as a real gift from above. Swain got himself into some legal issues and had to serve two years in the federal penitentary. Having felt like he lost it all, it was basketball and his relationships developed through the game that kept him sane. His former head coach Jim Calhoun was the recipient of many collect calls and answered them every time. To keep himself occupied, Swain began to train prisoners and came up with the business plan for “Swain Basketball Academy” during a stint in solitary confinement. The company’s current slogan, “Own Your Moment,” came from behind those walls.

Today, The Swain Basketball Academy offers two different locations where your child can be properly developed.

Register Today $35.00 fee

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Robert Wright has worked in the cigar industry for over 30 plus years. He’s worked for such companies as Swisher Int’l, Inter Continental Cigar Co., Camacho and Davidoff, just to name a few. They are highly respected in the industry and known for producing top of the line products. The incomparable Robert Wright owner and creator of the Pure Soul Cigars shared with us his history. He explained numerous visits to various farms, and cigar factories in Honduras, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Through his many experiences and wisdom purasoul was born.

Mr Wrights many many talents and passions is music. He’s been playing saxophones for over 40 years. The  blend of jazz and a good cigar is magical.  With a multitude of different flavors one just has to pick one and enjoy! Listen to our exclusive interview !

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Have You Heard The New Formula?

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Oprah, the queen of giving hosted the 10 year celebration of the Ron Clark Academy. The Ron Clark Academy was designed to show how to bring passion, creativity, and rigor into the classroom. The prestigious school has students of all ability levels from the gifted to those who struggled with failing grades or behavior issues. Their mission is to show educators that all children have gifts and talents and when they are put in the hands of educated teachers, that’s when the magic happens. This weekend, Oprah donated a whopping five million dollars to their $ 15 million capital campaign to build the Ryan Marshall Performing Arts Center! Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed also authorized the city’s donation of $20,000 towards the Ryan Marshall Performing Arts Center. The students did a wonderful job with their stage performance of Hamilton etc.. Here are some highlighted moments of this weekend’s event at Ron Clark. Special thanks to the sponsors BB&T, COMCAST, THE COCACOLA COMPANY, GEORGIA POWER, WALMART, CHICK-FIL-A FOUNDATION, NEWELL, PREMIERE, READING PLUS, UBS, BOXLIGHT MIMIO, DENNIS DEAN

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Derek Blanks exclusive 40th Birthday Bash and Company launch will welcomed over 300 celebrities and influencers on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017. Attendees were include celebrities such as, Grammy-award winning singer Fantasia and platinum-selling singer Vivian Green and more.  
  
Model Tocarra & Celebrity Host Vena E. will hosted the Casino Royale themed event at one of Atlanta’s most elite nightclubs “The Havana Club”. The Havana club is a 15,000 square-ft. venue with the appeal of an exclusive ultra lounge and high-energy nightclub. Havana club features three separate environments that each includes plush VIP seating, which makes it the perfect ambiance for this themed event. 
 
 
About Derek
World-renowned celebrity photographer Derek Blanks has photographed some of the world’s most admired celebrities, which includes such luminaries as Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae and Steve Harvey, just to name a few. Derek Blank’s amazing talent has set him apart from the competition for many years.

 

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My homegirl Jerrika hosted a pop up Masquerade party at Philipp Plein. The aspiring model looked fabulous in her Philipp Plein fur jacket. Definitely look out for more of Jerrika walking the runway. She is also launching her swimwear line called “Karlae Swimwear” so we are definitely excited for her in her new business ventures. Take a look at some of the fun we had at her pop up shop ! This event was powered by event planners extraordinaire “Eyelashvizion” (Shantey and Mimi) 

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