The Weekend Show

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What are you doing this weekend?
Journalist Phil Brazille has exclusively produced “The Weekend Show Atlanta,” which is now on its 2nd season! The shows goal is to give young entrepreneurs and professionals a platform and voice to speak on topics and issues not only within Atlanta, but worldwide. Phil describes the show as “a labor of love for upcoming artist.” The show touches topics ranging from fashion,  reality TV, down to man weaves! You name it they’ll talk about it. Last month I received an invite to the show and I kindly accepted. Cast members Phil Brazile, and  Shiovan Williams, welcomed me with open arms as their guest co-host as I filled in for Michael Majesty. The show was extremely enjoyable, full of laughter, and knowledge. Phil stated that his overall goal for this show “is to create a foot print in the Atlanta media scene one show at a time.” You can tune in each and every Saturday and join the fun on Comcast’s People TV at 10AM. What are you doing this weekend?

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Written by- Rashad Sherman

Get Ready for the 2nd Annual Georgia Peach Fashion Week

 

peach fashion weekApril 5,2015 – ATLANTA, GA – The 2nd annual Georgia Peach Fashion Week: Building Fashion Forward, the most anticipated and elite fashion event in the Southeast, is less than 3 days away with a host of media, celebrities, buyers, and fashionistas set to attend.  Georgia Peach Fashion Week will be held at the esteemed Infinite Energy Center at the Forum (Gwinnett Center), 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Duluth, GA 30096 from April 6th-9th.  See below for full updated schedule.

April 5th: Opening Reception at Boogalou Restaurant & Lounge, 239 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308 from 7pm-10pm.

April 6th: Youth Day Community Event benefiting Twin of a Kind Foundation from 10am-5pmsponsored by Walmart Store #1314 and SkinnyPop Popcorn featuring a Pretty Girl Retreat, Man Cave, and Mommy/Daddy & Me Walk-off hosted by Tony “T-Rep” Button. Performances by Dai Time, Prissy Hoody, and Bamzy Baby with guest speakers Robin Dyke (Bravo’s Mother Funders), Mrs. Georgia – Nova Kopp, Twany Harris, Officer D. Phillips of Lawrenceville Police Department, and Kimmani Kouture. Red carpet hosted by Olivia Lynch, Ms. Georgia, and Joe Dyke and media partner Wild Child Magazine. Designers include Kimanni Kouture, Neriah Hairen Collection, B&B Threads, Hill Knight, and Geek Junky. Vendors include Chick-fil-A Sugarloaf Corporate Center, Atlanta Technical Institute, Candice Hines Scarves, Wade Walker Park YMCA Stone Mountain, A Lady Name Pearl, LLC, HOTT Theatre for Children, Kimanni Kouture, Jump with Jahkiyla Foundation, B&B Threads, SkinnyPop Popcorn, Twin of a Kind Foundation, SugarSpice, Allstate Insurance: Quincy Hudson in Flowery Branch, GA, Je’Quita Johnson the author, and more.

April 7th: La’Curve Couture, fashion show for the curvy women, presented by Nelson PR Productions from 6pm-11pm hosted by actor, dancer, and choreographer Darrin Henson (Soul Food, Stomp the Yard) and Tunisha Brown (EIC of Impact Magazine, Cocktails & Conversations).  Performances by Stan Jay and R&B sensation Mardy Price.  Designers include So Anxious Clothing, Rieces Pieces, Kami Shade, and Drip Swimwear.  Vendors include Loudé Cosmetics, WEN by Chaz Dean, Natural Goddess/Natural Adonis, Twin of a Kind, KGX, SkinnyPop, and more.

April 8th: Runway fashion show benefitting the Alma G. Davis Foundation from 6pm-11pmhosted by Ramona Rizzo (VH1’s Mob Wives) and Patricia Thompson (WE Tv’s Cutting it in the ATL) with guest speaker socialite and philanthropist Bo Talley and performances by Ms. Proper and Robin S.  Designers include Yoro Creations, NP the Clothing, G3 Concepts, Karlie Redd, Perfect Panache, Dana Lynn Couture, and Alexander Pezo.  Vendors include Lash Brat, Belles & Beaux, WEN by Chaz Dean, Natural Goddess/Natural Adonis, KGX, SkinnyPop, Twin of a Kind, Karlie Redd, and more.

April 9th: Closing night runway fashion show event from 6pm-11pm hosted by Towanda Braxton (Braxton Family Values) with special guest models Evelyn “Ms. E” Braxton (Braxton Family Values, Tamar & Vince) and Bo Talley.  Performances by Kalliope Ray and Grammy-nominated artist Anthony David.  Designers include Allure Kids Kouture, Featured RAW Designers, and Norahs Khan Designs. Vendors include Karins Uniq Kreations & Gifts, Dejah Group, LLC, Belles & Beaux, Karlie Redd, WEN by Chaz Dean, Natural Goddess/Natural Adonis, KGX, SkinnyPop, Twin of a Kind, and more.

April 9th: After Party to immediately follow at Bar Chix, 3547 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth, GA 30096

GPFW would like to give a special thanks to their sponsors; WEN Hair & Body Care by Chaz Dean, Natural Hair Goddess/ Natural Adonis, Walmart, Selfie Cookies,  SkinnyPop Popcorn, BAi, Makeup by Neece, Crown Brush, Aesthetica, Paul Mitchell the school Atlanta, and Dr. Kelvin Hamner M.D. of Phoenix Medial Office at College Park.

For more information, group rates, schedule updates, designer listing, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.georgiapeachfashionweek.com

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Ardre Orie Host The Beautiful Mile in Atlanta

On Saturday, March 26th, at the Historic Old 4th Ward Park, the Atlanta community gathered to redefine beauty during the inaugural 2k walk – The Beautiful Mile. Attendees shopped with over 30 vendors, enjoyed musical and dance performances, engaged in a panel discussion featuring top thought leaders, applauded local leadership and proudly strolled in unison to display their definition of beauty.

The Beautiful Mile was the first-ever walk benefiting and empowering women to define their own standards of beauty beyond images portrayed in mass media. Attendees were encouraged to find their inner beauty through self-esteem building, higher education, financial acumen and building meaningful connections.

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Ardre Orie, Founder and Spokeswoman, has the goal of taking the walk nationally. “I wanted to start in Atlanta, the place where I grew so much in my career and with my family. Our next stop is Chicago,” stated Orie, “I want women to confidently display the best version of themselves without fear, shame or doubt – that is what The Beautiful Mile is all about.

Continue the conversation on social media with @TheBeautifulMile @IamArdreOrie and #TheBeautifulMile

Ambassadors: Porsha Ferguson. Navia Robinson. Tyanna Jones. Roshawnna Novellus. A. Lekay.

Awardees: Jasmine Crowe. Chanita Foster. Hannah Cassiere. Natalie Hall. Alecia Reese. Tyanna Jones. Kysha Cameron. Tami Reed. Gwynnis Mosby.

Media Contact: Jamillah Rahmaad, PR@JamillahRahmaad.com

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William Hollis- From Homeless Man to Motivational Speaker

william 21) Tell us a little bit about your background and where you are from?

I grew up in Pontiac, Michigan. My mother was a heroin addict and my father was a member of the bloods . I grew up with ever odd against me, including poverty, family addiction, crime in my family, and a learning disability that left me unable to read until I was 16. Football saved my life and is where I put all my energy into. I played for five division two colleges amid arena football with the determination to play in the NFL. At the beginning of my senior year of college my daughter was born. I had to leave college due to my child’s maternal grandmother getting into a car accident upon leaving the hospital. My child’s mother had to take custody of her siblings and care for my newborn daughter.
2) What effect did your  mother being on drugs have on your social, and personal childhood life?

She fought hard. She was a kid when she had us. She also struggled with past demons, and  the biggest effect was basically never being able to really be a kid. My whole life was dedicated to getting my queen out of Pontiac, Michigan, and showing her the finer things in life, just making her happy and making her smile. I literally felt like I was chasing a clock to save her life. I sacrificed a lot of things to just fight to save her. My life was dedicated to her. I remember sending refund checks to her in college that was supposed to be used for rent. She would call me while I was  in college before games and tell me it’s cold in the house because there was no heat. She would call and tell me she was hungry and these things hurt me a lot, but I had no choice but to continue to play and fight for our life through the game of football.

3) How important was football to your life as an adult? How did it help save your life ?

Football gave me a chance to learn what being a man was all about. It gave me an opportunity to escape the poverty and crime of Pontiac, Michigan. It taught me how to be a man and how to persevere through anything life throws at you. Most importantly it gave me a family and a brotherhood that was everything to me, and it gave me a purpose.

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4) What is the biggest lesson you have learned throughout your life, and each trying situation ?

I’ve learned to work for my purpose and not the money. I realized that God leaves your gifts at the bottom of the stairs and its up to you to walk up those stairs and show the world that gift. It’s also up to you  to appreciate life everyday, because it’s people out here that’s not making it They are dying before they are even men or women, so cherish the people you have on this earth that loves you.
5) What steps did you take to go from being a homeless man, to a paid motivational speaker?

All I did was volunteer and after that I realized that as I spoke, it would start to heal my soul. Eventually I would get asked how much I charged then I was doing like four assembly’s a day. Two weeks later, I was in Saint Joseph hospital speaking to oncology nurses, then to businesses. It was basically God, he turned my pain into my biggest blessing. the feeling I got from seeing people smile and believe was absolutely beautiful I just walked into my season that God had delivered for me.
6) What do you enjoy most about being a speaker, and sharing your story with others?

I love making people believe. I love how I can feel the heart beats in the room. A lot of times in this day and age, people bring speakers in front of people and the people can’t relate. For instance, if you have a kid that grew up in a city like Detroit and you bring a speaker in from Beverly Hills, California, that speaker can’t say anything to those kids from Detroit, but when they tell me I can’t read, my mothers struggling on drugs, or my father is gone, I can relate. When they see me, they see themselves. I enjoy saving the people that are dying inside, because it was a time in my life I was doing the same.

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7) What advice can you give to other young men who have been through, or going through a similar situation as yourself?

To never stop fighting and to never stop believing in the impossible. To know that  coming from where we are from we are going to have to be extraordinary  in everything we do because they don’t expect us to be nothing more then criminals. I tell kids all the time, don’t look down look to the sky, because your dreams live there. They have to live inside their heads just like men do in the penitentiary. It’s sad to say, but some projects are no different other then the fact that they can go outside. Find something you love to do and put your heart and souls into it. Fight for it because your life depend on it.

8) What upcoming projects/ events are you working on now? 

I’m working on my book and also a tour in Atlanta, Georgia with a few big brother programs. I am also working on a new program that I created called”What Does My Mother Mean to Me,” where I speak to the mothers and children at the same time.  I’ll be teaching them the importance of a mother and having them tell me what does there mother mean to them. I’m also speaking at a network marketing party with all the donations going to the Bethany children’s home and a local youth football team called the Reading Raptors, which I am the teams motivational speaker.

Michael Majesty and Status Publicity Host 2nd Beauty and The Boss Event

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On Sunday February 21st, 2016, Michael Majesty and Status Publicity hosted their 2nd installment into the Beauty and The Boss workshop series at Kapture located in Atlanta, Ga .We were first introduced to the Beauty and The Boss workshop event in October of last year, which featured some of the biggest names in the Atlanta business, fashion, and entertainment industry. The 2nd edition was even bigger and featured more top industry professionals including: Boss Chix, Porsha Ferguson, A’lana Banks, Sarah Lowe, Slim Barbiie, Jocynthia Mason, Queen of Abs, Priyanka Banks, La’ Princess The Hair Slayerr, and Robin Dyke.

The event was also moderated by Chere Hemphill

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The Beauty and The Boss Workshop provides an opportunity for aspiring and current entrepreneurs alike to come out in a professional environment and gain valuable knowledge from seasoned veterans in their industry. Upon first entering the event venue, guests were greeted with a warm welcome from the Status Publicity team. The atmosphere was calm, and everyone in high spirits with one agenda in mind, learning more of what it takes to be a BOSS in your particular field of work. Entrepreneurship is hard, but listening to the seasoned panel of professionals made it look all too easy.
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Along with the guest speakers, this event also featured a mini fashion presentation by plus size clothing designers, Fluff Couture, great food, delicious desserts by local Atlanta business owner Minisins, and good networking. Overall the Beauty and The Boss workshop event was a huge success, and left guest feeling empowered and inspired to continue on their journey in their business, and life in general.
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Special Thanks Goes To:
The Ultimate Retreat , French Kiss Vodka, Venice Extensions NYC, DJ Swaye, Elite Famed Ent, Minisins, Siege Magazine, VEU Magazine, Match Lash,  Beautiful Textures, The Evolution of She, Private Pleasurez,  B.A.U.S.E University, Kon’Ceited Doll, Doll House Fantasy, Ms. Gynesis, Jus4lovephotos , Seabrook Photos, Moments by Farrah, Let’s Talk,  and more.
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Be sure to follow @michaelmajesty @statuspublicity on all social media site and be on the lookout for the next installment of the Beauty and The Boss workshop event series.
Next stops Alabama & Florida
Contact majestysinfo@gmail.com to get involved as a  vendor or sponsor
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“Woman What Are You Worth?”

Written by Alesia Watley

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We have approached that time of year where love is in the air.  It’s cold outside, so we are cuddling with our “boo thangs,” and posting pictures of that feeling that he gives you, but what about those of us that don’t get that February 14th love? Instead you get that 13th or 15th phone call. Let me stop you there and pull the focus back.  As women, we look for how much a man values us through posting our status on social media, the gifts, the dinners, or even meeting his family. Reality check is needed girlfriend! Numero Uno (that’s some Spanish I learned,)  a man shouldn’t show his love for you 1 day when there is 365 days in a year. Number two you would rather a man open his heart and his mind to you than just his wallet as if you can be bought. Finally, number 3 as a woman you wear a crown that should never be tilted for anyone or anything. If a man finds you worth pursuing and worth his time, you will not have to pursue, chase, beg, or bribe him to see your worth. Ladies you are the prize and should make that man work for your glory. Make him respect your temple, because  you only get one, and most of all, respect yourself and hold yourself to a higher standard. If he is the right man for you he will strap up his boots and rise to your standards. Moral of the stories ladies, when you learn what your true worth is you will stop giving discounts!!!

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Leonardo Cavalli

imageLeonardo Cavalli aka King, is a twenty-eight-year old well respected author, from New York, New York. He has been a traveling motivational speaker since the age of thirteen. Cavalli is also a singer, model, actor, and director who has dedicated his life to helping people find true love that last a lifetime.

King Cavalli started his career as an author of a chart topping memoir, 24 and divorced, under the name King Cavalli. Throughout the book he speaks on red flags he should have avoided, and lessons he learned that he uses to counsel other courting and married couples during marriage seminars. He has decided to create music and videos to help tell the true story of the book. Along with joining an elite group of musicians with literary ambition, he has decided to release a companion album with theatrical style videos to tell the story through music. The album, Forever’s Not Forever, was produced by well known producer PARKER. Cavalli’s music has been described as being a beautiful blend  between Adele’s heart breaking ballots, and Drake’s transparent hiphop lyrics. He has dedicated his life to helping others find love and stay in love through music, motivational seminars, and counseling. Cavalli is currently in the studio completing his album “Wounded” due to release April 2016.

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For inquiries and interview request contact: Que@QuenteSentialBranding.com

All About Dhylles Davis-Author, Life Coach, and Motivational Speaker

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1) Tell us about your background and upbringing:

My name is Dhylles Davis, Motivational Lifestyle Guru, Speaker, Author and Online TV Personality. Coaching and speaking found me when I was 16 years old living in Belize Central America where I attended high school. I was always sought out as a leader in my class to teach dances, inspire and motivate my peers and was encouraged to recite Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” in a poetry contest which I won first place. The feeling I received was so euphoric and infectious. I never felt anything like that before and I did not realize at that time that I was creating my destiny in become a guru, and speaker and that I was chosen to empower, mentor and teach.

2) How did you get started in the life coaching and motivational speaking, and event planning field? My career started when I decided to stop holding myself back and no longer allowed fear of walking and living in my purpose as a coach and speaker. It truly started for me after a near death experience that woke me up to live fearless and I made the decision to attend Coach Training Alliance where I received my life coaching certification and took a leap of faith in reaching out to various organizations who were gracious enough to allow me the opportunity to speak at their events.

3) What is your favorite part about being a life coach? My favorite part about being a life coach is helping my clients create their life maps that enables them to create opportunities and possibilities for themselves by practicing tips and suggestions I offer especially when it comes to sharing my life experiences with them allowing them to realize they are not alone which gives them a better outlook and approach on their lives moving forward.

4)Tell us about your book and what can people expect when reading it? My book is titled “Your Life Your Purpose No Explanations!” I wrote it back in 2013 when I was going through bouts of depression and it was my form of therapy that I felt in my spirit I needed to share with the world. The book talks about knowing your worth and how important you are and not being afraid to find and use your voice. Knowing that each and everyone of us in this world is born an accomplishment and destined for greatness and each day that we are able to wake up each morning is an amazing gift. My book is featured and can be purchased on amazon.com/kindle

5) What is your Sip and Chat movement all about? The Sip & Chat Movement is a concept I came up with when I decided to incorporate my passions of event planning, hosting, speaking, coaching and empowering into one explosive and amazing and unforgettable empowerment event series that is taking place all over the NYC Tristate area, and other states to follow. TSCM are events and forums where my guests sip responsibly and chat respectively in a judgement-free and safe environment where they are able to speak and express themselves freely on topics or issues they may be experiencing as I coach, inspire, motivate and empower them to live and not exist.

6) What upcoming projects and events do you have? I am actually working on my second book at the moment as well as working on expanding The Sip and Chat movement to Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Boston and other states to follow. I am also the online TV personality host of a YouTube show called The Sip and Chat Movement Hour Online Show (youtube.com/dhylles) which is a piggy back off of TSCM. I am also working with various motivational empowerment clients and always available to coach, mentor and inspire more clients to help them self-discovery and purpose.

 

Ardre Orie Hosts Meet the Director Event

imageOn Saturday January 23rd, Ardre Orie hosted a private event, Meet the Director, for Atlanta’s female empowerment influencers at Urbane Elements Boutique. Author, Film Director, and Self Worth Advocate-Ardre Orie lead an intimate conversation with attendees about self esteem, the influence media has on defining beauty, and how to effectively celebrate one another. The conversation focused on subject mater surrounding Orie’s recently released documentary, “I AM: Consciously Beautiful”. Attendees included V.Taybron, Alicia Fitch, Queen Aftan Williams, Koereyelle Dubose, Lakia Brandenburg, Lillie Mae, Lady C. Causieestko, Ashley Starling, and Diamond Alexus.

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Meet the Director was the first series of forthcoming event activations leading to the inaugural one day event, The Beautiful Mile. The Beautiful Mile is the first ever one mile beauty walk that promises to raise awareness regarding the harmful effects of societal imposed beauty standards.

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Marriage and Media

Written by Alesia Watley

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Often you will hear the baby boomer generation say phrases such as “Don’t ask don’t tell”, “If you seek you shall find”, or even “As long as he is taking care of home I can’t worry about the rest”. Do you see how the dynamics of relationships have changed over the course of time? I have wondered that if social media was present or even prevalent in that era , would the women of yester years feel the way that women today feel? I do frequent my timeline on the ever popular Instagram and I have noticed that it’s all about the” show bae and I doing this,  and show him buying me that”, only to be short lived or deleted because there is another female or the ever popular acronym “THOT” #Thathoeoverthere , that shares the same stories and similar pictures as you do with the same guy.

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Let me ask you this. Would there be the battle of affection if certain aspects of one’s relationship didn’t make it to a social platform for others to judge and make a mockery out of? Have we learned nothing from our daily doses of reality show television that, the more you reveal the less you conceal? With my own 4 eyes, (two natural eyes and a pair of glasses that is,) I have seen social media ravage through marriages like Hurricane Katrina mixed with a Tsunami; I’m talking natural disaster of epic proportions. Discretion I have learned over the years is the key; the less they know the less of a platform of “accurate” information they can feed off of. Marriage is sacred, symbolic, and most of all where I come from , it’s supposed to last as long as the both of your natural lives.  It really gets messy with the creation of “Side Chicks,” and yes you know what I’m talking about. A side chick is the woman that has tailor made herself to be your husbands answer to all of his so-called woes and what he feels he is lacking at home. Ladies and gentleman I took a poll of answers from a group of men and women and they explained that the credentials of a side chick are as follows:
Occupation: Bartender, Beautician, Trap Queen, Booster, Stripper, Waitress
Hair: Usually varies in colored sequence, 20”-30”
NAILS: Stiletto or Coffin shaped and usually includes a few rhinestones and a junk nail
Items she is never seen without: Louis Vuitton Doctor Bag or Gucci Tote, Mac matte lipstick or balm, Food stamp card, Victoria Secret Pink jogging suit, a selfie a day that she uploads on Instagram that usually includes her lips protruded to resemble a duck, in her phone your husband’s name is probably saved under “Zaddy”, “Him”, or My little Secret”. I’m just as amused as you are remember the descriptions come from a group of our peers. Let’s ask ourselves this,  “Are we really mad at the side chicks and social media, or are we mad at ourselves that we allow these entities to have a leg up on our inner most thoughts and most personal moments with our love ones?

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Food for Thought: Pandora’s Box never opens itself. When we create a stimulus that attracts another person’s attention, the settlement of that desire is to explore it. When we begin to protect our inner most relationships and thoughts , we can began to worry less about an outside force wreaking havoc on what we worked hard to build.

This has been Psych in Heels dishing real life and real facts for real people!!!!!