(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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Super star TPain closed the night with singing his hits for a very anxious audience. #MalibuNights Presented by Hollywood “IT” Girl Miss Diddy and Grammy Award winning writer/artist Eric Bellinger was nothing short of amazing last night.
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*(L to R): Toyota Multicultural Brand Director, Mia Phillips, with the Toyota Green Initiative coalition members, Mali Hunter, Stic of Dead Prez, Rob Veggies, and Yoli Ouiya at the “Green Eats and Dope Beats” dinner in Atlanta at TreeSound Studios. The dinner is part of Toyota’s African-American sustainability program, Toyota Green Initiative, which celebrates the sustainable movement in African-American communities across the country.* 
 
With the renowned studio, guests were also treated to a private performance by Stic of Dead Prez. This event was sponsored by Toyota
 
Stic of Dead Prez 
 
Casual dinner conversation was threaded with information about sustainable living/sponsored by the Toyota Green Initiative’s brand ambassadors who sat amongst the 60+ invited guests. Shout out to Mali Hunter for always looking out for team Freddyo and for always putting on the best events where it’s always informative and enjoyable.  Take a look at some pics courtesy of Briana Crudup
 

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Kicking off the release of the first-ever collaborative Hustle Gang album ‘We Want Smoke’, Tip “T.I.” Harris along with his Hustle Gang family, hosted a day long experience including a press day, private dinner and album release event and pop up show at The Gathering Spot. Starting off the day, Hustle Gang met up with top media outlets to discuss the upcoming project, what each artist brings to the table, future music and more. Following the press junket, Tip hosted a meet and eat private dinner with Hustle Gang and the head radio programmers and music executives at Gio’s Chicken in Midtown Atlanta.
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Art Meso International Art & Fashion Exhibition 2017

Art Meso is an unique ensemble of high fashion runway productions and revolutionary human art exhibitions from fashion designers and artists from across the U.S.A., France, Spain, Argentina and Italy.  This years designers are Dwight Eubanks Men’s CollectionAlex Vinash and Ela Fidalgo to name a few. This year’s star-studded fashion exhibition benefitted Make-A-Wish Georgia and we were happy to have a Make-A-Wish teenager on hand to make a small presentation during one of the fashion shows. We had the pleasure of capturing this epic event powered by Carlos Scott, VP, Marketing & Corporate Partnerships N-Vision Marketing Inc.

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[Photos] 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards Green Carpet

Hip hop’s finest headed down to Miami Beach for the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, and nope, they did not come to play on the green carpet. Sparkling gowns glistened just as bright as iced out accessories. #Blacklove was on full display as some of our favorite reality TV couples cuffed their way down the carpet. From adorable cameos to risqué ensembles, check out the style at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards.

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