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Lorraine Smith, Jasmine Guy, Mali Hunter, Lee England, Ed Lover, Terri J Vaughn, Angie Stone, Shanti Das, and Kwanza Hall

It’s no secret Chef Mali Hunter has the most infamous #FamousDinners at the legendary Tree Sound Recording Studios. Typically these dinners are private invites for artists who have invested their time & recording energy to perfecting their crafts in one of Tree Sound private studio rooms. The dinners serve as congratulatory salutations to celebrate the artists hard work & let the media and taste makers of Atlanta experience the finished product.

Mali Hunter and Lee England

Mali Hunter and Lee England

Quincy Jones wanted to make sure his artist Lee England Jr was presented to the world in the best light possible. So its not a surprise that he would tap Mali Hunter on the shoulder to set up an amazing dinner with some pretty amazing people in Atlanta! Lee England Jr not only introduced us to his incredible Soul Orchestra but he brought along a friend, the infamous Ashanti the mad violinist. What an incredible evening!

Kwanza Hall, Mali Hunter and Paul Diaz

Kwanza Hall, Mali Hunter and Paul Diaz

To top things off Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall showed up (along with his wife Natalie Hall) and made a special announcement. Not only did he present Mali Hunter, Groove Chambers and Paul Diaz and the Tree Sound Recording Studios with a proclamation from the city of Atlanta because of all their philanthropic efforts but Monday July 18th was declared National Tree Sound Recording Studio Day!

Angel McCoughtry in one of her cool poses

Angel McCoughtry in one of her cool poses

Courvoisier cocktails permeated throughout the room. Coronas flowed galore for the beer lovers and of course you can’t eat Mali’s #Famousdinners without topping off your dishes with tastely “Cholula Hot Sauce.” You never know who you are going to see at Chef Mali’s Famous Dinners so it’s best to just be prepared. You may be able to network with people you would never have met anywhere else and the relationships you form at Tree Sound studios could be 100% life changing.

Special thanks to Terri J Vaughn, Angie Stone, Jasmine Guy, Shanti Das, Kwanza Hall, Loraine Smith, Jonell PR, Ed Lover, Paras Griffin, Romello, Daniel Watson the Tree Sound staff and a host of others that always support #ChefMali

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NBA New Laws!

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We just got word that NBA said that they will relocate the league’s 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte North Carolina because of their newly found law. Apparently this law does not represent nor support the minorities and the NBA is not happy about it.

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The law that has everyone so riled up is regarding the LGBT community. Following threats that were given towards the annual showcase event in North Carolina revoked the city’s protections for its LGBT community. Again, we don’t have the full story yet but we believe that the law had something to do with bathrooms.

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The story is still developing but we all know that when it is developed it will be one for the books. The LGBT is one of the communities that are helping educate the public on sexuality and identity. We learn something new everyday and one major thing that we are learning is how to accommodate everyone without making anyone feel different or an outcast.

 

I hope whatever law that pushed NBA over the edge gets handled because as a nation we need to make strides toward becoming better humans of the earth.

Drake vs. Tory Lanez & Tyga, Again!

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On the opening night of the Summer Sixteen Tour, Drake took another shot at Toronto singer, Tory Lanez and fellow Young Money labelmate, Tyga. He was on the second verse of Summer Sixteen when he changed the lyrics to, “All you boys doing fake ‘Controlla’ wanna be me a little.” Burn!

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Ray Rice To Donate 2016 NFL Salary

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Ray Rice hasn’t played on an NFL field since his time with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. In an infamous video, Rice struck his now-wife and knocked her unconscious in an elevator. The scandal broke national headlines and resulted in Rice being discharged from the NFL in 2014. In a new interview, he told USA TODAY that he will donate his entire 2016 NFL salary if he is drafted by a team.

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A.J. Bohannon, a Black Lives Matter activist who once watched his cousin mistakenly get gunned down by police in 2012, had gathered more than 1,000 other activists to march through the streets of Wichita, Kansas on Sunday afternoon. But that plan changed when he received a call from Wichita’s new police chief just days before the scheduled event. The new idea was to hold an event where police and protesters could effectively come together to ease the tensions that have risen in the wake of recent police shootings in America.

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Michael Jackson Tell-All Book!

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Just when you think the media is finally going to let the King of Pop rest in peace, another story makes headlines. Conrad Murray, the previous physician of Michael Jackson, just announced that he wrote a book about secrets between himself and the star and it is MESSY!

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Travis Denard Wright - Photo Credit Florida Dept of law enforcement predator list
Ceasar & his daughter & his tattoo artist (sex offender) known as Trap Photo Credit @holyshit407

Ceasar & his daughter & his tattoo artist (sex offender) known as Trap Photo Credit @holyshit407

At least now we understand another reason why Ceasar Emanuel of vh1 Black Ink Crew baby-mama doesn’t want her daughter hanging out with her baby daddy (besides the fact that he allegedly still owes back child support). First we thought Ceasar baby-mama didn’t want his daughter around his fiance’ Dutchess Lattimore. However, we received a tip from one of Ceasar’s employees that he has no problem having his daughter around known drug abusers and recently spotted Ceasar at Disney World in Orlando, Florida riding rides in the park and having father daughter day with his friend, and convicted sex offender Travis Denard Wright aka @Holyshit407 on IG. Wow! Really?

Wright lists himself as a tattoo artist of Black Ink in NYC and Pretty in Ink in Charlotte  on his Instagram page as well as the tattoo shop he owns in Orlando, Fl. Ceasar’s friend goes by the street name “Trap” real name Travis Denard Wright.

Travis Denard Wright - Photo Credit Florida Dept of law enforcement predator list

Travis Denard Wright – Photo Credit Florida Dept of law enforcement predator list website

What do you think? Is it cool for Ceasar to have his daughter in the company of his convicted sex offender employees under the circumstances? Or does the fact that he is right there present with her and Travis daughter at Disney World  too make it cool? Where was Dutchess?  Probably working at her own shop “Pretty in Ink” Charlotte or maybe somewhere bickering with Donna & Skye at Black Ink in NYC.

Ceasar of Black ink & his daughter - Photo credit of @Ceasarblackink IG

Ceasar of Black ink & his daughter – Photo credit of @Ceasarblackink IG

Would you be upset if you were Ceasar’s babymama and saw this picture on instagram? Sound off in the comments… Ceasar you might have some splaining to do (in my Lucy Ricardo voice)…

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Let’s Put Our Monies Into Black Owned Businesses!

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There are bigger and bigger changes being made each day in our society for the better even if that is not what is publicized. In Houston, it was just reported that Paul Wall called together a lot of rappers in H town to invest their monies in a black owned bank. These are the types of things that we need to be teaching our children so that the seed of our people may start to flourish again.

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Johnny Dang has been very active in getting people in the black community to become more aware of the richness in the black culture. He has been an alleyway in the community and has had full support behind this collective move as well.

 

Salute to all the black brothers who are supporting these kinds of things and promoting them trying to get everyone on the same page. Slowly but shortly better days will come but we must first all make conscious efforts to be honest and supportive of one another.

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Tearing each other down has gone on for too many generations and I don’t see a better time than now to call for a serious change!