The industry was thick as last night’s ATL Live on the Park monthly music showcase witnessed history in the making. Band mates Teddy Riley, Lenny Harold, Dave Hollister, Chauncey Black, and Tony Tyler re-united to perform some of their biggest hits from the 1990’s New Jack Swing era including “Before I Let You Go”, “No Diggity” and “Don’t Leave Me”. Before Blackstreet’s high-energy performance, Teddy Riley honored the crowd by performing some of his biggest hits he created for platinum-selling artists including Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time”, Guy’s “Let’s Chill”, Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative” and more.

Credited for the creation of the New Jack Swing era, Teddy Riley received the Icon Award from Devyne Stephens and his foundation Devyne Intervention, for his commitment to the entertainment community.

 

Ceasar Mitchell, President of Atlanta’s City Council also presented Riley with a proclamation from Atlanta for his contributions to the city and the music industry.

 

Guests also enjoyed sneak performances by American actor, singer, comedian and television personality Wayne Brady. The Georgia native returned to his home state to perform new music from his untitled album scheduled for release February 2013.

ASCAP and Devyne Stephen’s newest label, UM3G also presented performances by new artists Mishon, Amber Bullock, Brittnee Camelle, Saint Nick and Marques Anthony.

Lifestyle specialist, Kenny Burns pumped the crowd as DJ Trauma and the Teddy White Band kept the crowd on their feet. Last night’s performances proved why ATL Live on the Park is considered the city’s most anticipated music showcase.

Notables in attendance included Mayor Kasim Reed, LaTocha Scott (formerly of Xscape), Super producer Jazze Phae, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta reality stars, Stevie J and Joseline, Lisa Borders, women’s basketball team Atlanta Dream, comedian Rodney Perry, RHOA Peter Thomas, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Angel McCoughtry, Bobby V, “R&B Divas” Nicci Gilbert and Monifah and more.

Next month’s edition of ATL Live on the Park will take place in September 2012. Additional information coming soon. READ MORE

Busy night in NYC last night! First, Tri Star Pictures hosted a red carpet screening of the upcoming ‘SPARKLE’ film at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in Soho. The cast was on hand: Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Derek Luke, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and executive producer Debra Martin Chase.

A slew of celebrities hit the carpet as well: Russell Simmons, Gabby Sidibe, Olympic medalist Cullen Jones, Steven Baldwin, Valerie Simpson, June Ambrose, Rutina Wesley, S. Epatha Merkerson, Q Parker, Adrienne Bailon, and pop/R&B newcomer Austin Brown.  Attendees such as Angela Simmons, BET music execKelly G and Sister 2 Sister’s Jamie Foster Brown were on hand to check out the emerging artist. For more on Austin Brown, visit www.austinbrown.com.

And speaking of Austin Brown, the “Backpack Kids” singer (who’s the son of Rebbie Jackson and managed byJermaine Dupri) took the stage at Santos Party House after the ‘SPARKLE’ premiere to perform his single “Menage a Trois” at the BET Music Matters Showcase. READ MORE

Chad Johnson’s Wife Evelyn Lozada Files For Divorce

The six-week-old marriage between football player Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and reality TV star Evelyn Lozada is heading to divorce court. READ MORE

Bobby Brown Voluntarily Enters Rehab

Today we found out shocking news Bobby Brown has entered rehab. Sources said to be “extremely close” to the former New Edition singer tell TMZ that Brown chose to get treatment for alcoholism because he “realized he couldn’t do it on his own.” READ MORE

I recently got the opportunity to photograph/attend one of the biggest celebrity kids fashion shows in Atlanta. Lil Scrappy, Erica, Mamma Dee and daughter Emani looked like the picture perfect family as they stopped to pose for the camera.

Rapper Lil’ Scrappy, his “Mamma Dee”, his rumored fiancee Erica Dixon, and their daughter Emani,7, were in attendance at the 2012 Runway Red: Safari Wonderland celebrity kids fashion show this past Saturday( August 11th) held at the Zoo.

 

The annual Runway RED fashion extravaganza benefits Show Me the Way Foundation’s efforts on HIV/AIDs research and awareness.

 

Proceeds from the show fund the SHE and HOLLA Back programs of the Show Me the Way Foundation, which educate youth infected or affected with HIV/AIDs on the disease and the importance of abstinence.

 

See all the photos, below…

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I know its been a while since we had any new info for you about the Real Housewives of Atlanta but get this. There is a new addition to the cast of the Show as reported by Straightfromthea.

 

The producers interviewed a few young ladies like,Nicole Porche,  but producers decided that her being an actress wasn’t a good look, Keisha Knight Pulliam, but she denied it but taped a few scenes. Several Atlanta “wives” were approached but none seemed to have that “it” factor the producers were seeking.

 

That is… until producers met Porsha Williams Stewart.

 

 

Porsha’ Dyanne Williams-Stewart, the granddaughter of Civil Rights Leader Hosea Williams, has officially joined the cast of the popular reality show and has been taping for over a month now.

 

For the record, the newest housewife just so happens to be married, which is a rare trait for a new Atlanta housewife, and her husband is Kordell Stewart, a Louisiana native who performed in the NFL for 11 seasons.
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Beyoncé is providing proof of her charitable works in response to recent accusations by entertainment legend Harry Belafonte.
In an interview with “The Hollywood Reporter,” the 85-year-old singer and activist said Beyoncé and rap mogul husband Jay-Z had “turned their back on social responsibility.” READ MORE

New information regarding Aaliyah’s upcoming posthumous album continues to surface this week. The latest detail comes from Missy Elliott’s longtime manager Mona Scott-Young, who says via press release that Elliott and fellow Aaliyah collaborator Timabaland won’t be participating in the new project. READ MORE