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    You’re Invited: Buzzfeed Presents ‘Leading Ladies’ Panel

    August 17th, 2017

    Calling all New York boss bishes.

    Join The Fab Empire creator Joi-Marie McKenzie at “Leading Ladies,” a networking event and panel being held at Buzzfeed (111 E. 18th Street) on Thursday, Aug. 24.

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    Along with meeting tons of cool ladies, Joi-Marie will lead a panel discussing “adulting” — from personal finances, to shattering stigmas to finding work-life balance and pursuing your passions past your 9-5.

    RSVP here!

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    Recap: Red Carpet Premiere of ‘True and The Rainbow Kingdom’ Brings Out Pharrell, Kelly Rowland and more!

    August 11th, 2017

    Get ready for the next Netflix movie to watch with your little one.

    “True and the Rainbow Kingdom” is coming to Netflix on Aug. 11 and the stars are excited. Executive Producer Pharrell Williams hosted a red carpet premiere for the film in Los Angeles’ Pacific Theaters at The Grove.

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    “True and the Rainbow Kingdom” centers on an 8-year-old girl named True as she solves problems in Rainbow City.

    Celebs and their kids enjoyed organic snacks as they watched the film. They also got to play on a giant inflatable rainbow.

    Along with Pharrell, we spotted Kelly Rowland, Christina Milian, Tyga, and even Ally Hilfiger.

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    Recap: Bevy Smith hosts ‘Women Who Pay It 4ward’ Awards

    August 10th, 2017

    Last Sunday, New York City insiders were invited to  MADE and BMW of North America’s “Women Who Pay It 4ward” awards, which honored four amazing women committed to bettering communities.

    The invite-only event was held in STK in Midtown Manhattan and was hosted by Bevy Smith.

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    The honorees included co-chair of the Women’s March Carmen Perez, Agent of Change founder Rachel Goldstein, refugee activist Fatima Rahmati and actress Yvonne Kopacz Wright.

    We also spotted actress Sharon Leal in the audience along with fashion blogger Claire Sulmers.

    Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails as well as passed brunch bites, while learning more about these amazing women.

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    You’re Invited: The Bougie Brunch – August NYC Edition

    July 31st, 2017

    You’re invited to attend the second “Bougie Brunch: NYC Edition” at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine (485 10th Avenue at 37th Street) on August 19 at 12 p.m. It’ll be an amazing event to network with amazing women!

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    Your ticket will give you access to a full brunch buffet and bottomless beverage menu, on-site employment recruitment hosted by Google and Etsy along with a professional headshot station.

    Guests will also go home with giftbags, thanks to sponsors such as Miss Jessie’s, Papi Wines, Money Tequila, Pin Up Cosmetics and Shop ML Couture, just to name a few.

    Author Joi-Marie McKenzie, and the creator of The Fab Empire, will also be giving away a copy of her memoir, The Engagement Game, to one lucky attendee.

    RSVP NOW!

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    ‘Growing Up Hip Hop ATL’ Recap: Reginae proves there’s still some growing up to do

    June 30th, 2017

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve been spending my Thursday nights watching We TV’s “Growing Up Hip Hop ATL.”

    And it’s come to this. I have to sound off…especially after we found out exactly what happened when Reginae Carter — you know, Lil Wayne‘s eldest daughter — and Brandon BarnesDeb Antney‘s godson — came head to head.

    At Reginae’s 18th birthday party, well the pre-dinner, the teen asked for an apology for the way Brandon spoke to her. And yes, Brandon was completely out of line after telling Reginae that he could “save her father’s career.” To play devil’s advocate though, he did spill that shade after Reginae asked him who he was…and y’all know how that is.

    Unfortunately, with the parents’ names being thrown around, Reginae not only called her cousins, but also asked her mother, Toya, to come talk some sense into Brandon. And Toya broke it all the way down. She told B, “You can’t save him baby,” talking about her ex-husband, Wayne. “He’s already saved.” But I guess this really is “Growing Up Hip Hop,” because Reginae needs to grow up. Who asks their moms to fight their battles? But anyway…

    Across town, Bow Wow and Funk Master Flex got into a Twitter beef. Yes,  a beef on Twitter because somehow we’re still doing those in 2017. Words like “mumble rapper” were thrown around by Flex. But thankfully Bow turned to his older brother, Snoop Dogg, for help. And the big Snoop talked some sense into Bow and the TV streets (because man, Snoop inspired me!)

    When Bow spoke about retiring from rapping, Snoop replied: “How you gon’ retire before me? That don’t even sound right. Man knock it off.” Snoop ended his speech by just encouraging Bow to produce good music. Point. blank and the period.

    The episode ended with Brandon’s showcase…and you know what? It was a bit of a mess. Thanks to the club not having the best sound, a lot of the artists didn’t sound good. Thankfully, that didn’t translate on TV so I enjoyed the performances. But when it comes to Brandon and his talent development business, well, he may need to focus on that and focus less on battling with rapper’s daughters.

    Tune into the next episode of “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” when it returns next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The bLink Marketing Network and Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta. The opinions and text are all mine.

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    Recap: Culture Creators Celebrates Russell Simmons, Charlamagne, Angela Rye During BET Awards Weekend

    June 25th, 2017

    BET has taken over Los Angeles and those in touch with the culture celebrated their own at the second annual Culture Creators brunch.

    The afternoon honored cultural leaders, hosted by a friend of The Fab Joi Pitts, the SVP of Marketing and Brand Partnerships at Atlantic Records.

    This year’s honorees included radio and TV personalities, deejays, along with actors and industry executives. Charlamagne Tha God, DJ D Nice, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Angela Rye, Kevin Liles  and Tiffany Haddish just to name a few.

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    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 24: Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

    Yesterday more than 200 industry elites attended the brunch, which also honored Russell Simmons with the Culture Creators Icon Award.

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    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 24: Tiffany Haddish speaks at Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 24: Music Mogul Russell Simmons speaks at the Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

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    Recap: John Singleton Brings ‘Snowfall’ to Atlanta

    June 25th, 2017

    FX Networks hosted an advance screening of the highly anticipated new drama series “Snowfall” in Atlanta.

    After the screening, Yung Joc of Streetz 94.5 moderated a Q&A with co-creators John Singleton and Dave Andron along with cast members Damson IdrisCarter HudsonIsaiah John and Angela Lewis.

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    Attendees included Jovita Moore (WSB-TV), Judge Terrinee Gundy (Municipal Court of Atlanta), Marlo Hampton (Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Mary HoneyB Morrison (NY Times Best-Selling Author), Reece Odum (Bounce TV’s “Saints & Sinners”) and Reg Rob (actor).

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    “Snowfall”  premieres Wednesday, July 5 at 10/9c on FX.

    Photo Credit: James Pray for FX Networks

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    Recap: New York Socialites Celebrate Sun at JBL Poolside Casino Party

    June 25th, 2017

    It’s rooftop weather in New York City, and some lucky socialites got their fill last week at the JBL Poolside Casino party, held on the rooftop of Life Time Sky (605 West 42nd at 11th Avenue) in midtown Manhattan.

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    DJ Wonder and New York’s own Jus-Ske kept the music flowing as VIPs, influencers, tastemakers and music enthusiasts enjoyed the luxe rooftop, offering scenic views of the NYC skyline.

    We spotted tons of celebrities, including host Shanina Shaik, Angela Simmons, Sue Tsai and former Bravolebrity Arzo Anwar.

    We sipped on light cocktails thanks to Tequila Avión & Martell and snacked on small bites — that looked too healthy for my palette (I like foods that will clog my arteries! Don’t judge.).

    The fun part of the evening, aside from getting to take home a JBL speaker, was playing casino with faux casino chips at blackjack, poker and roulette tables. I won a pretty penny before pinching myself and realizing it was fake. Womp!

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    Still, the best part of the evening was getting to take home a water-friendly JBL speaker.

    I went home and tested it out immediately and was pleasantly surprised at the upgrade from the JBL 2 to the JBL 3. (Yes, I had the 2 and the difference is amazing!) Not only does the JBL 3 offer bass that I just didn’t have, but the sound quality is definitely improved. Kudos for making a good product great!
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    Recap: Cassius Launches in Atlanta, Bringing Out Reality Stars

    June 16th, 2017

    Earlier this week,  CASSIUS — your new digital hotspot — launched by throwing a fete at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta.

    The party brought out Atlanta’s socialites, including reality stars Karlie Redd, Mimi Faust, Ariane DavisDerek J and Miss Lawrence. We also spotted “Cutting It in the ATL” star Maja Sly; model Africa Miranda and Janee Bolden.

    They mingled with Cassius’ editorial team, who announced what the new site is all about.

     

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    After a cocktail hour with music provided by DJ Geronimo and Bryan Michael Cox, iOne Digital president Detavio Samuels welcomed the guests, followed by a video presentation and remarks from Kierna Mayo, SVP of Content and Brands.

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    Congrats CassiusLife.com!!!!

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    Recap: 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Was Fun…But Is It Worth the Money?

    June 5th, 2017

    Despite the weather forecast saying that it would rain on Saturday, it turned out to be the perfect sunny day for the 10th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park.

    The unofficial kick-off to summer in New York City, brought out celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Nicole Kidman, and of course host Neil Patrick Harris.

    Still, for most of the guests who could only afford to shell out $150 for general admission tickets, it was a field divided by The Haves and The Have Nots.

    Let’s start with The Haves  — because that’s more fun.

    Those guests paid $500 to recieve a bottle of champagne, a “gourmet lunch box” and actual seats to take in the polo match that no one would be watching.

    On the other end — The Have Nots — guests simply just got access to a park. For $150, that’s all you got. Not even a free glass of ($23) champagne.

    It seems a bit ridiculous, to me at least, to shell out that much money for a chance for you and your friends to dress up and sit on grass.

    Clarification: It seems a bit ridiculous to shell out that much money for a chance for you and your friends to dress up, sit down on grass, bring your own food, bring your own blankets and chairs, sneak in your own liquor and listen to Alicia Keys belt out three hit songs.

    And although I had a really great time taking tons of photos against the striking green grass and blue skies, the entire afternoon felt a bit empty.

    Would any of that money go to students who were interested in learning how to play polo? Would any of that money go to scholarships, or to help the homeless, or any greater cause? Or would I just get bomb Instagram photos?

    Listen: If you want an amazing afternoon to stunt, attend the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. But perhaps I want it to be so much more.

    Update: The website says the event offers “support” to Key’s charity Keep a Child Alive and the Friends of Liberty State Park.

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