This past weekend the Frank Ski Kids Foundation hosted the Local Legends Luncheon at Frank Ski’s Restaurant & Lounge. The Local Legend Luncheon Scholarship Program rewards and spotlights deserving senior young ladies and her high school and also gives her a lasting memory as she dines with local legends like Xernona Clayton, Monica Pearson,Â Keisha Knight-Pulliam, Pearl Cleage and Valerie Jackson. Check out exclusive photos inside.
The ladies who are apart of the luncheon are exceptional students who are selected for a celebrity lunch by the Frank Ski Kids Foundation to recognize the top outstanding high school students. Â The lunch honored Pearl Cleage and Valerie Jackson. Read More »
Actress and budding philanthropist, Keshia Knight Pulliam, has been actively involved on the campaign trail over the past few months to encourage voter registration, and to show her support for President Barack Obama‘s re-election. She also took time to speak on a Planned Parenthood panel. Read More »
Ludacris brought out all if his celebrity friends for his 7th Annual ‘Ludaday Weekend.’ On Sunday, the LudaDay Celebrity Basketball Game was held at the Morehouse College Forbes Arena.
The crowd was even more packed that previous years. During Ludaday Weekend, Ludacris highlighted local charities that support the city of Atlanta including; Frank Ski Kids Foundation, Inc., Keshia Knight Pulliamâ€™s Kamp Kizzy, Antoine â€œBig Boiâ€ Pattonâ€™s Big Kidz Foundation, Josh Powellâ€™s 21 Reasons Foundation, Get Schooled.org, Do Something, Ryan Cameron Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta.
Ticket sales raised nearly $30,000 and benefited The Ludacris Foundation.
During the game Ludacris was honored with a proclamation from the City of Atlanta. September 2, in Atlanta is now Officially ‘Luda Day.’ Highlight included comedian Kevin Hart singing Monica’s, ‘Just One of Them Days’.
Also, there was a surprise appearance from Floyd Mayweather, who was on Team Luda. He played the entire game with no break and of course, Kevin Hart had jokes about that. Celebrity sightings included: Toya Wright and daughter Reginae Carter, Monica and her two sons, Akon, Keri Hilson, Tika Sumpter,Â Keke Palmer, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Fab, Letoya Luckett,Â Larenz Tate, Mase, Â Lance Gross,Â â€œLove & Hip Hop ATLâ€ couple Rasheeda and hubby Kurt, Momma Dee, Sammie, Diamon, TV Personality Big Tigger, Lil Chuckie and more. The final score was 103 (Team Hart) to 100 (Team Luda). Of course Kevin Hart didnâ€™t cut Ludacris any slack with his team winning.
The worst thing in the world is not being able to ask people to do stuff for me. I.E. Janel … Last night I had the opportunity to attend one of ATL’s most underrated eventsÂ as a former Reality Show football wife packed out Nancy’s Pizza in Buckhead, Ga with some major celebrities.Â While people say how Pilar Sanders is the Prettiest of NFL Wives, Chanita Foster is Beating her hands down in the saving the world category!
Chanita Foster host Â a Fundraiser for the Kids of Swaziland, Africa with the support of her Friends.
Last night “Beyond the Game” Non-Profit Foundation brought many people out to Nancy’s Pizza in Buckhead, GAÂ celebrities and Neyo and Monyetta Shaw (his fiance’).
Guest includedÂ Waka Flacka, Keisha Knight-Pulliam, NFL Players Charles Grant, Takeo Spikes (San Diego), Demario Pressley (Bears) Mohammed Massoquoi, Leigh Torrence, and George Foster (Colts), WNBA New York Liberty star Kara Braxton, a roster of NBA Players wives, Lena Daniels fiance of singer RL, Comedian Griff, Singer Corey Simms, and Don Juan manager to RHOA Kandi were among the many guests that made their way to support Chanita and George Foster’s endeavors to uplift and support the kids of Swaziland, Africa.
The 2011 Soul Train Music Awards on Centric TV were truly spectacular this year. Â I had the privilege to work behind the scenes for two days, and it was amazing to see and understand how a production, such as this, is put together. Â Since I worked behind the scenes, I felt that it was only right for me to bring you the goins-ons.
The Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta was the location for this yearâ€™s Soul Train Music Awards.Â The show kicked off with The Original 7even , which consists of Morris Day and the Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.Â If you were an 80s baby, you were able to sing along to their hits such as: â€œJungle Love,â€â€œThe Bird,â€ and â€œC-O-O-L.â€ Whatâ€™s that spell? They still have the moves, so please don’t sleep on these cool kings. Â As usual, they looked fonky-fresh and dressed-to-impress with their tailor-made suits on.Â If anyone needs to know the definition of â€˜swag,â€™ please feel free to look up these gentlemen, The Original 7even.Â
Cedric The Entertainer, this yearâ€™s host, came out to the traditional Soul Train line.Â He pop locked and gave us some impressive moves.Â After the music cut, he made us laugh by stating, â€œAfter all that dancing, Iâ€™m tired.â€
Miss Keri Baby, the radiant, Keri Hilson, presented the award for Best New Artist which went to the oh-so-handsome, Miguel.
Soon after, Just Blaze and Amber Rose introduced Common and Marsha Ambrosius to the stage as they performed a duet together.
Radio personality, Tom Joyner, gave a fabulous introduction for the Soul Train Legendâ€™s Award, which went to,Â Gladys Knight.Â Many may not know this, but Ms. Knight was the first person to ever perform on Soul Train.Â The audience was entertained with Kenny Lattimore, Dave Hollister, and Sunny Jackson as her honorary â€˜Pips.â€™ Other stars to honor the legend with their voice were:Â Tamar Braxton, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, Mary Mary, and Natalie Cole.
Ms. Knight gave her acceptance speech and, with the crowds delight, she performed a duet with BeBe Winans.Â It was amazing to see the two perform together.Â The camera got a shot of Terri Vaughnâ€™s face and her expression was priceless. Â I know what you mean, Ms. Vaughn.Â I, too, saw the beauty in this performance by this king and queen.
Here is video of our Ticket winners… Everyone knows that Soul Train is not complete if you donâ€™t have the scramble board.Â Morris Day and the Time and Necole Bitchie did the honors of unscrambling the letters to spell, â€˜The Time,â€™ while Wolf BlitzerÂ and the human beat box,Â Doug E.Fresh, provided a beat-box as the CNN reporter unscrambled the letters to spell out the first video to appear on Soul Train, â€œRock With You.â€Â Russ Parr and Kel Mitchell were also a part of a scramble-board skit.
I adore Cee Lo Green and his individuality.Â Thatâ€™s why it comes as no surprise that he stepped on stage with no shoes on and an all-white outfit with fringe hanging down on the sleeves, as he performed, â€œFool For You,â€ featuring MelanieFiona.Â Cee Lo also took home the award for Best Male R&B Artist, presented by Keith Sweat and Melissa DeSousa.Â He and Goodie Mob, yes, these kings are still together, walked on stage to accept the award, and he was very humbled to have received the award in his hometown of Atlanta.
I love it when the stars show up to accept an award that they have won.Â Jill Scott, reppinâ€™ the 215, was there to accept her award for Best Female R&B/Soul Artist presented by Michael Baisden and B. Smith. I love Jill with an afro, however, Ms. Scott rawked a sleek, low-cut hairstyle, very nicely.
Lance Gross, Demetria McKinney, and my Soror, Keshia Knight Pulliam, looked fabulous as they introduced fly boys, Lloyd and Miguel as they did a double performance.
The Braxtonâ€™s blessed us with their presence as they introduced Mindless Behavior. These â€˜tweens gave us a spectacular, energized performance, not to mention, theyâ€™re such cutie mctudies.
Itâ€™s hard to believe that we were just watching Heavy D perform at the BET Hip Hop Awards in October.Â Now, at the Soul Train Music Awards, weâ€™re paying our respects due to his untimely death.Â The Heavy D Tribute had all the heavy hitters of hip-hop:Â Doug E. Fresh, Goodie Mob, Naughty by Nature, Daddy-O from Stetsasonic, Whodini, BigDaddy Kane, and Kurtis Blow. The love for Dwight Arrington Myers will forever be strong and never forgotten because we got nothinâ€™, but love for you, Heavy.
Atlantaâ€™s own, NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey graced us with their beauty as they introduced performer, Anthony Hamilton.Â Basketball wives, Shaunie Oâ€™Neal and Tami Roman introduced Robin Thicke as he performed his new single, â€œLove After War.â€
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis escorted the beautiful, Valerie Simpson, as she presented the Ashford andSimpson Songwriter of the Year Award to the talented, Marsha Ambrosius for â€œFar Away.â€Â Marsha stated that she is from Liverpool, England and moved to Atlanta, and for her to receive this award in Atlanta, you could tell that this young queen was humbled and honored to accept the award. Not only because itâ€™s Soul Train, but because it was presented to her by a woman of such grace and beauty, Ms. Valerie Simpson.Â I know how you feel, Marsha. It all seems like a dream to have listened to such great music as a child, and here comes the time in your life when the person you’ve listened to as a child, presents you with the Songwriter of the Year Award. It all seems so surreal. Well, I havenâ€™t won an award, but you know what I mean. I felt your joy and humility. You earned it, Marsha, because you are an awesome songwriter.
With the show coming to an end, Malcolm Jamal Warner presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Earth, Wind & Fire. These legends have given us over 40 decades of great music.Â Many rappers and groups sample their music because it was and continues to be that dope. They gave us sounds that cannot be duplicated or even imitated.Â Â The kings of Earth, Wind & Fire sat in the audience as Zap Mama, Miguel, Musiq Soulchild, Bootsy Collins, Lalah Hathaway, Boney James, Eric Benet, Robin Thicke, Joe, Stokley from Mint Condition, and Cee Lo performedÂ a few of the groups’ greatest hits.
Other award winners were: Chris Brown for Album of the Year; Mary Mary taking home the Best GospelPerformance Award; Raphael Saadiq winning the Centric Award; and Best Soul Site Award, Necole Bitchie, who almost made me get in waterworks-mode with her red-carpet speech. Yes, it was that deep.Â You deserve it, Necole! If there was an award for best shoes, Ms. Bitchie wuda won that thang! I seent’chu, Boo! Read More »
Q Parker celebrated his birthday at the infamous Diddy restaurant Justin’s. Might I add Q looked quite debonaire and suave as he walked through the door to show out on the red carpet. Tonight was full of love and good music. Q was definitely on a mission, he invited all the great R&B band group members out to take on a one in a lifetime experience.
We had the pleasure of witnessing the guest of honor Marsha Ambrosius as she serenade Q on stage. Everyone leaped to their feet as this performance took place. It was a beautiful moment to see the different type of artist make musical nirvana. Also there in attendance was International R&B Legend “RL”. Q specially requested that he come on stage to add his own rendition to the Hit song of 112 “Cupid”. It was beautiful to say the least. My favorite part was when RL and Q serenaded Q’s beautiful wife Sharlinda Parker
Other Atlanta greats in the room were the likes of Jazze Phae, Keishia Knight Pulliam, entire group of Jagged Edge, Mike from 112, Rashan Ali, Devyne Stevens and many more…
Please check out the pics from the show stopping performances that words serve no justice to: Read More »