Actor Dennis L.A. White Announces His 1st Annual “Serve A Vet” Thanksgiving Lunch

Actor Dennis L.A. White announces his partnership with Georgia Veterans Empowerment Organization (V.E.O). White having a father whom served in the military along with his recent role in the new film,” Thank You For Your Service” (In Theaters Now) has purposed to help support displaced veterans through the “Serve A Vet” initiative. White is well-known for his roles in the Notorious Biopic, Dennis The Menace (Animated), Secrets (BET) and many more.

The Serve A Vet Annual Thanksgiving Lunch is a full course lunch prepared by White and some of his Celebrity partners. White has partnered with Kroger Grocery as a sponsor of “Serve A Vet” to assist in providing the food and drinks. The purpose is to serve those that has served us!

The Veterans Empowerment Organization provides unconditional immediate supportive housing and specialized social services to underserved veterans. VEO founder, Frantz Fortune expressed his sincere gratitude in a recent meeting with Dennis White and his team. “We just want the veterans to know we are here to help and we are delighted that Dennis has chosen to use his platform to get the word out”, says Fortune.

Join Dennis L.A. White and his celebrity friends as they put on their aprons and dive in the kitchen to serve Atlanta’s displaced veterans on November 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. Meet and Greet as White teams up with the VEO (Veterans Empowerment Organization) to serve Atlanta’s displaced veterans for this Thanksgiving Holiday at the Atlanta VEO Campus 373 W. Lake Ave. NW Atlanta, GA 30318. Donate your time, toiletries, clothing, and monetary donations. For more information on the VEO go to<>

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Jada Pinkett Smith & More Honored at 2017 HBCU Power Awards

On  October 20th, 2017  Morehouse College presented the HBCU Power Awards in Atlanta, Ga during its homecoming weekend. Hundreds of 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, 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).

Produced by Morehouse alums Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins (c/o ’96), Jash’d Kambui Belcher (c/o ’99) 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; co-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.

Special guests included producer Will Packer, supermodel Jessica White, actor Michael Jai White, style expert Tai Beauchamp, Atlanta Hawks Foundation EVP David Lee, creative consultant and entrepreneur Taiye Samuel, radio/tv personality Gary “With The Tea” Hayes, singer Dondria Nicole, rapper Silento, author Zane and many more.

Photography provided by Marcus Ingram of MIE Images

Hill Harper, Mayor Kasim Reed & More Attend Dr. Jackie Walters’ “50 Shades of Pink” Fundraiser

On Saturday October 14th, the 50 Shades of Pink Foundation, founded by award-winning OBGYN and tv personality Dr. Jackie Walters, presented its 5th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Atlanta, Ga.  Atlanta City Hall was immaculately transformed into a pink wonderland of chic decor and “Great Gatsby” glamour, as over 200 guests – dressed in 1920s flapper-style attire – filled the Atrium to celebrate the breast cancer survivors and supporters featured on the runway.
The event began with a heartfelt poem by Hank Stewart followed by welcome remarks from Atlanta Municipal Court Judge and honorary event chair Terrinee Gundy and 50 Shades of Pink Foundation executive director Gary Andrews. Andrews then introduced the evening’s host — actor/author/philanthropist Hill Harper, who shared his story of being diagnosed with cancer several years ago.
The fashion show opener was a lively tap dance routine by Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies, after which, dozens of beautiful models strutted the runway in designs by Linda Bezuidenhout and Bramer Leon Couture. The sight of the models – many of whom were recent cancer “warriors” – was inspiring and illustrated the foundation’s mission of catering to the emotional well-being of breast cancer patients and their families.
After the fashion presentation, Hill Harper and Dr. Jackie led an auction to find individual donors to sponsor the 50 Shades of Pink’s signature Gift Basket Program, which provides women with critical items needed to look good and feel good during treatment. The auction resulted in funding for over 100 women to receive baskets.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed closed the program with a surprise check for $20,000 to the foundation to further their efforts to bring comfort and care to breast cancer survivors. Special guests in attendance were Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, “Married to Medicine” stars Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Mariah Huq, Curtis Berry and many more.
Sponsors of the 50 Shades of Pink Fundraiser were Ford Motor Company, The Cochran Firm, Coca-Cola, Jack Daniels, All N One Security Services and JMW Entertainment. 
Special thanks to event executive producer Eboni Cummings,S.T.E.P.S. Events and the City of Atlanta.
For more information on the 50 Shades of Pink Foundation, visit

Jidenna, Too Short, Migos and More Headline the One MusicFest in Atlanta, GA

Written by Abner Jackson III

The eighth annual One Musicfest took place at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA on September 9th 2017. This year’s Musicfest was headlined by a host of platinum selling artists including  Ro James, Too $hort, and  Jidenna, who  performed in the earlier part of day.  Jidenna performed his hits “Classic Man” and “Bambi”.  Music artist Pastor Troy, 8ball & MJG, Damien Marley and Migos also performed in the middle of the show.


Pastor Troy put on a show for his hometown crowd and 8ball & MJG performed a lot of hits that made them one of the best rap duos in the rap game.  Migos represented for Atlanta with hits such as “T-Shirt”, “Bad and Boujee”, “Slippery”, “Fight Night” , “Versace” and more.  Migos brought out Jacquees to perform B.E.D. and the crowd went crazy for his brief appearance.

Yasiin Bey known to most people as Mos Def had his farewell concert.  Bey definitely put on a great show for the crowd with this being his final performance of his musical career. After many great performances by different artists, Jill Scott closed out the One Musicfest.  Scott not only put on a great performance, but makes it a priority to talk to and interact with her fans. The One Musicfest is definitely something to look forward to for next year, and something that all music fans would enjoy.

VEU Magazine Hosts New Issue Release Party Networking Event

On September 21st, 2017, VEU Magazine hosted our September/October 2017 New Issue Release Party and Networking Event in Atlanta, Ga. The event, which celebrated our “Good Music Edition” was hosted by Transitional speaker and entrepreneur Truly Inspired Martin, and  featured a panel discussion, performances, and great networking opportunities for all individuals that attended. Special guest included: Recording artists Kelsey Nykole, Casme’ Barnes,Rashida Zakiya, Music Engineer Dvante Black, Songwriter and Producer James Worthy, and poet Tiffany Feliciano. We also featured a performance by husband and wife duo Dave and Kimmie

Special thank you to our vendors Baby Feet clothing and Ginnas Accessories and More along with our photographer Michael Shelton.

Poet- Tiffany Feliciano

Music artist Kelsey Nykole

Music artist Rashida Zakiya
VEU Creator Adrena Martin-Tolbert (left) Entrepreneur Love Scarlett

Event Host- Truly Inspired Martin

Celebrating Successes of Nurturing and Empowering Youth Motherless Daughters Foundation Set to Host Fifth-Annual Gala

The Motherless DaughtersFoundation will host its Fifth-Annual Gala — what may be the organization’s largest and most exciting fundraising gala to date — September 16, 2017. The semi-formal affair will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center at 2000 Convention Center Concourse in College Park.
Doors open at 5 p.m.

MDF will recognize Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott, the founder of Blues Babe Foundation, a North Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on cultivating academic and artistic success in youth coming from the most underserved communities of North Philadelphia and Camden.

The complete list of honorees includes:
Jill Scott, singer/songwriter and founder of Blues Babe Foundation, a North Philadelphia-based nonprofit that provides a free summer camp for youth, among other services

Taffi Dollar, co-pastor, World Changers Church International; author and motivational speaker

Hank Stewart, Emmy Award-winning poet and founder, Hank Stewart Foundation

Gary Davis, founder and executive director, Next Level Boys Academy

Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, an Emmy Award-nominated executive producer, speaker and television personality, will deliver the keynote address.

Emcees for the evening will be WAGA-TV Weekend Anchor Deidra Dukes and Shaunya Chavis-Rucker, broadcast personality, and division chief for the Fulton County Office of Broadcast, Cable and Film.

“We are both humbled and excited to recognize honorees who are exemplars in supporting and empowering our youth — from one spectrum of the globe to another,” says Rassalyn Willis, founder and executive director, the Motherless Daughters Foundation. “There’s no question empowering today’s youth through opportunities, access, mentoring, skills development, education and more helps to ensure their future success.”

The event that serves as the nonprofit’s major fundraiser will kick off with a walk down the red carpet and include a seated dinner, entertainment, and silent auction of exciting items such as travel, cultural and dining experiences, autographed memorabilia and unique treasures.

The Motherless Daughters Foundation provides a mentoring program for girls ages nine to 15 living without support of a positive mother figure in their lives. Through Motherless Daughters, girls are paired with relatable mothers; they also have an opportunity to participate in summer camps plus year-round educational and enrichment experiences. Girls receive scholarships and donations of clothing and school supplies and more.

Atlanta First Lady and affordable housing developer Sarah-Elizabeth Reed serves as brand ambassador for Motherless Daughters, and Xernona Clayton, CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc., is honorary mother for Motherless Daughters, which was founded by president/executive director Rassalyn Willis. A community activist, Willis is owner of Xclusive Hair Studio and Spa in historic College Park.

Individual gala tickets are $75. Money raised will go toward providing scholarships, career development programs, school supplies and clothing, computer purchases, housing for homeless individuals participating in the programs and transportation to personal enrichment events. For more information, go to or call (404) 669-9800.

Sponsors include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Southwest Airlines, Georgia Power and Upscale magazine.

McDonald’s 11th Annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Visits Atlanta with Tye Tribbett, Donald Lawrence, Bishop Paul S. Morton, and More

ATLANTA, GA (August 30, 2017) – McDonald’s 11th annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is set to stop through Atlanta for a free night of inspiring music, comedic relief and giving. Some of gospel music’s most celebrated artists have teamed up with McDonald’s to deliver messages of hope and joy during this 15-city concert series. Gospel superstar and multi-award winner Tye Tribbett is joined on this year’s tour by returning music director and songwriter Donald Lawrence, legendary pastor and singer Bishop Paul S. Morton, gospel crooner Brian Courtney Wilson, songbird Anita Wilson, singing sensation Jekalyn Carr, as well as renowned quartet voice Paul Porter. Christian comedienne Small Fire will again bring the laughter while radio personality and gospel artist Lonnie Hunter resumes hosting duties. The concert will take place at House of Hope Atlanta on Sept. 14. Doors open promptly at 6:00 p.m., and the concert kicks off at 7:00 p.m.

McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is one of the ways the brand is raising the bar and extending directly into the communities it serves and operates in. In addition to providing inspirational performances, the tour also emphasizes the importance of serving and giving back to the community through its support of local Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC)® Chapters. Throughout the concert, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about RMHC and the important role it plays in keeping families close to their sick child while also providing the care and resources they need, here in their local community – and worldwide. Attendees will also be encouraged to support Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities by donating to help local families served by the Charity.

Since 2012, the tour has helped raise more than $510,500 for local RMHC Chapters. It costs $80 per night for families to stay at Ronald McDonald Houses. Factoring in love donations since 2012, ICGT has supplied about 6,300 free nights for families or a little over 17 years’ worth of free nights.

Gospel music artist Donald Lawrence

“I am extremely proud of the many ways we give back to our communities by providing scholarships, donating time and money to local school districts, hiring minority youth and much more,” said Mark Mines, McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour and its support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is just another way we continue to positively support the African-American community 365 days a year.”
The nationwide tour kicked off May 10 and runs through October 21, making stops in Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Greensboro, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Raleigh, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. This year, the tour’s theme is Unstoppable. Concertgoers will be encouraged to embrace the power of what can happen when they are determined to press forward despite their circumstances. The hope is that everyone leaves with a sense of empowerment.

Gospel music artist Tye Tribbett

McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the brand’s 365Black platform, an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage, and achievements of African-Americans year-round. Dr Pepper® also returns as a tour sponsor, showing its appreciation and commitment to the African-American community.

Visit to learn more about the 11th annual tour and McDonald’s 365Black initiative. Follow @365Black on Twitter for tour updates and join the conversation using #365BlackGospel.

Quente’Sential Branding Host #ATLLunchandLearn LGBT Elite Edition

This past weekend Quente’Sential Branding and Urban Female Entertainment brought the city of Atlanta another inciteful panel with the LGBT Edition of #AtlLunchandLearn. This Month’s Panelist included Vaughn Alvarez ( Celebrity Publicist), Juan & Gee Smalls ( Certified Relationship Coaches, Love Works, The Gentleman’s Foundation) and Rahim Brazil ( Actor/Musician). Hosted by 3-time guest host Keishaun Sallie (The Diamond Zone Group, Kutz By Kei) and Brandon Karson ( Actor/Model), guests had the opportunity to hear the panelists journey to success stories, but also got the opportunities to ask questions about their own individual journeys to greatness. Some of the topics that were discussed included Knowing when the time was right to start pursuing your dream, Views on Dating in Atlanta and Overcoming Fear in order to be GREAT.

Overall, an amazing panel of people came together to share their stories and let people know that no matter what you go through in life, with passion and hard work you can truly achieve anything.Special thanks to our panelist, guests, and continued supporters.

Watch “#Atllunchandlearn LGBT Elite Edition” on YouTube

Motherless Daughters Foundation’s Have a Ball At Atlanta’s City Hall

On Friday July 28th, the Motherless Daughters  Foundation hosted its Have a Ball at City Hall fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Atlanta City Hall Atrium in Atlanta, GA. The event was  presented by the City of Atlanta and the Motherless Daughters Foundation, Inc.

The Have a Ball event featured live entertainment, a silent auction, cocktails and a taste of Atlanta’s favorite food. Twenty (20) participating restaurants, caterers and chefs provided food samples throughout the evening. Some of the participants included Chef Kymmis, Nancy’s Pizza, Jason’s Deli and Off the Hook Fish and Chips.

Among others, special guests that attended the event included Atlanta First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, Motherless Daughters brand ambassador; WAGA-TV Weekend Anchor Deidra Dukes and Myrna White of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The Motherless Daughters Foundation provides a mentoring program for girls ages nine to 15 living without support of a positive mother figure in their lives. Through Motherless Daughters, girls are paired with relatable mothers, and also have an opportunity to participate in summer camps plus year-round educational and enrichment experiences. Girls receive scholarships and donations of clothing, school supplies and more.



Atlanta, Georgia –  CEI HAIR SCHOOL presents Christmas in July will be held on Saturday July 29th, 2017 at Impact Center (2323 Sylvan Road East Point Georgia 30344). The red-carpet extravaganza will begin at 6pm and the main event will commence promptly at 7pm.
In honor of the 2017 graduates, CEI Hair School is uplifting 7 deserving families with the gift of Christmas in July. The “back to school” season is a difficult time for many parents and their children. With your help, CEI Hair School will release the tremendous financial burdens placed on these families.
This celebration is hosted by Alana Banks (Bravo TV) and Michael Majesty (Beauty and the Boss). Get ready! Over 200 attendees will bring school supplies for the children. 7 beautiful Christmas Trees will be on display (one for each family) and 7 emerging fashion designers will display their creative collections for this chartable cause.
In addition to this, the institution will award 7 strong community leaders with scholarships presented in their name for their philanthropic contributions. Hence, the audience will witness underprivileged individuals receiving full scholarships, in the area of cosmetology and barbering, on that night!
“Who says you can’t have Christmas in July”, says Deedria Chauntee (Owner of CEI Hair Schools, LLC), Even Santa Clause will be clearing his busy schedule to be in attendance; Ms. Chauntee believes in making the impossible possible. The school’s mission is founded off this principle. Furthermore, every CEI Board certified graduate always walks across the stage debt free. The students cherish this blessing and in return, alumni remain active with the institution.
All charitable contributions are welcomed.  We encourage you to join us as a designer, sponsor, vendor, donor, media, and/or patron.  Register or purchase tickets today to be apart of this empowering event via: