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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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PHOTOS | Kandi Talks #RHOA Season 10 and #Xscape

Kandi hosted a RHOA Season 10 | Xscape Just Kicking It watch party at her restaurant O.L.G – Old Lady Gang. She received questions from the audience and gave more insight as to what was going on after each segment. 

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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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(ATLANTA) – October 23, 2017 – On Friday, as numerous colleges kicked off their Homecoming festivities, black excellence was front and center at the inaugural HBCU Power Awards presented by Morehouse College. Guests gathered at Martin Luther King Jr International Chapel in Atlanta to celebrate eight individuals who have made significant achievements in their respective fields: actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who received the HBCU “
Icon Award;” Coltrane Curtis (founder, Team Epiphany); Kyle Hagler (president, Next Management); Nzinga Shaw (Chief Diversity Officer, Atlanta Hawks); Keinon Johnson (VP, Urban Promotions, Interscope Records); Phylicia Fant (SVP, Publicity, Warner Bros Records); 
Beverly Anderson (EVP, Cards & Retail Services, Wells Fargo); and Rob Rumley (Chair, Atlanta Housing Authority).
 
 
Co-founded and executive produced by Morehouse alums Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins (c/o ’96), Jash’d Kambui Belcher (c/o ’99; movie producer, A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night starring Meagan Good and Omari Hardwick) and Roderick Hardamon (c/o ’98), the HBCU Power Awards was full of exceptional moments: an opening “Swag Surfin'” performance by the Morehouse Glee Club and Horns section; host Deon Cole keeping the audience laughing; the crowd singing along to “Focus” during R&B singer H.E.R‘s performance; an impromptu stroll in the aisles from an Omega Psi Phi frat; the music by DJ Trauma; Coltrane Curtis’ emotional tribute to his late father; and Jada Pinkett Smith’s moving words on the dynamics of power and the responsibility we all have to manage it wisely.
 
Smith’s recognition comes on the 30th anniversary of the seminal series “A Different World,” where she played the feisty “Lena.” The first of its kind on national television, “A Different World” ushered in an era of HBCU pride and shaped a positive perception of black college life that inspired many to join its ranks.
 
Special guests included producer Will Packer, supermodel Jessica White, actor Michael Jai White, style expert Tai Beauchamp, Atlanta Hawks Foundation EVP David Lee, Morehouse College President Harold L. Martin, creative consultant and entrepreneur Taiye Samuel, radio/tv personality Gary “With The Tea” Hayes, actor Mike Merrill, singer Dondria Nicole, rapper Silento, author Zane and many more.
 
Many thanks to sponsors Morehouse College, the Atlanta HawksRadio One, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Experience Grands Rapids, the Lowman Group/ dba the Athletes FootAmway Hotel Collections, and Hush Beauty Bar & Loung
 
    

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Yahya McClain 30 years in the entertainment industry

Yahya McClain former two time world champion, professional boxer has hung up his boxing gloves and replaced them with a directors chair and movie equipment to better spearhead his career in the world of film and television. The latest work is Yahya’s new documentary titled Casualties of W.A.R. and the women’s regime. A subject currently close to his heart is the injustice of the family law system.

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Reese Haines, Khalimah Gaston, Saidah Wade -Photo Credit Nappy JC

Love’s Last Episode is one of the hottest stage plays of 2017. Written by Faizah Imanhi and directed and produced by her as well. This thesbian playwrite got the idea to write her own play while working as a stand in on one of Tyler Perry’s tv productions. Talk about taking a job to heart. She has poured her life savings into putting on this production. Love’s Last Episode is entertainment at it’s finest, a story about a celebrity real estate broker dealing with male issues that aren’t usually addressed in today’s society. ” Watch the ups and downs of a man struggling to find love, while overcoming a deep dark secret from his past. You will laugh. You will cry. You may leave mentally changed forever, allowing your heart to experience the true definition of empathy.

The production not only speaks to men. It also speaks to the women who love them.

For one day only there will be two opportunities to experience this stage play of the year. Sunday September 10th Two shows 3pm & 7:30pm at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Community Center in Decatur, GA. Come and take your mind off Hurricane Irma for two hours you won’t regret.

Tickets are currently on sale at https://fivo-entertainment–productions.ticketleap.com/loves-last-episode-stageplay-labor-day-weekend-2017-atlanta/  for $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Grab a date and come out!

 

 

Tiffany Simmons Author/Attorney

Tiffany Simmons is not only an accomplished attorney, besides winning cases she has been busy publishing her 4th novel “The Plug’s Lawyer.” A book based loosely on life as a girl who grew up in Michigan and was familiar with the streets. Yes Simmons book is actually a Trap Book! Was attorney Tiffany Simmons trapping back in the day?

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