Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Georgia continued the celebration of African American culture with a distinguished panel discussion that included some of America’s most unique, stylish and community conscious talent on Friday evening.
The Conversation Café joined local media and an excited audience in listening to spirited and thoughtful dialoged from Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Taye Diggs, Chef G. Garvin and Illustrator Shane Evans as they all provided personal insight into their rich family backgrounds and how their worlds have been shaped by various experiences, both professional and personal and the like.
We were presented with a trailer from Jurnee’s latest project Underground which is centered on a planned escape of slaves from a Georgia plantation in conjunction with the aid of an abolitionist couple. Series writers definitely infused an interesting twist that the American TV audience has not been quiet accustomed to. There are other noteworthy actors also, Aldis Hodge, Myketi Williamson, Christopher Meloni and John Legend is an executive producer. The series will air on WGN beginning in March 2016.
Taye and Shane’s lifelong friendship has brought about collaboration on a children’s book worth noting. “Chocolate Me” authored by Diggs and illustrated by Evans gives insight into the world of a brown boy who embarks upon the lessons of self-esteem and self-awareness. The book can be purchased from any major book outlet.
Chef Garvin candidly gave words of encouragement to inquiring listeners and also made known his many adventures behind the scenes as a producer. Look for an upcoming project featuring newly married Keshia Knight Pulliam. Garvin’s cooking genius topped off the night with light refreshments that left the audience’s palate enthused and singing appreciation and praise.
Checkout other scenes from the event below:
A new poster for the upcoming comedy “Meet the Blacks” with Mike Epps and Bresha Webb opens nationwide April 29th. The film is a spoof of the popular 2013 science fiction horror franchise of films,“The Purge”.
This comedy-thriller from Hidden Empire Film Group is written, produced and directed by former pro basketball player turned filmmaker Deon Taylor and features original music written, produced and performed by RZA.
“Meet the Blacks” features George Lopez, Mike Tyson, Zulay Henao, Gary Owens, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, Perez Hilton, Charlie Murphy, Lil Duval, DeRay Davis, Lavelle Crawford and comedy legend Paul Mooney, a diverse comedy team that delivers in a big way.
Full trailer below:
This past weekend the Georgia World Congress Center was running over with stylist from everywhere you can imagine. What was the draw . . . none other than the 68th Annual Bronner Bros. Mid-Winter International Beauty Show. James Bronner, Senior Vice President, Trade Show Operations was on the mark when he stated that the beauty convention was “returning to its roots”. The three day event (Feb. 21-23) was all about hair, fashion, product, classes, live demonstrations, celebrity appearances and the list goes on. No matter where you were and what you attended during this event you were not disappointed.
Classrooms were overflowing with stylist eager to learn from the leaders in the industry. The Conversation Cafe had the opportunity to experience the awesome teachings of Kim Kimble (WeTV -LA Hair/Kimble Beauty) and Derek Blanks (Celebrity photographer) during their Monday afternoon class. You could not have asked for a better team of teachers and to add to their magnificent teaching styles they both have the personality, passion and love for their craft to match.
Outside of the classroom other opportunities were available inside the exhibit hall to learn and explore with a number of live demonstrations and Q & A sessions with industry leaders from Derek J (BravoTV Fashion Queens), Kim Kimble and Shekinah Jo (Celebrity Hairstylist & Reality Star). Other celebrities and Radio/TV personalities attending the show included former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Michael Vick who was promoting his new brush/mirror combo by Wave Masterz and Kenya Moore (BravoTV’s Real Housewives of ATL), LaTavia Roberson, DWoods, Comedians Cocoa Brown and Rickey Smiley and Brooklyn and Benji Tankard (BravoTV-Thicker Than Water) to name a few all of them were there to support this industry that keeps them glamorous.
After speaking with several stylist attending the show the consensus was clear that this years’ Bronner Bros. Mid-Winter International Beauty Show was certainly one to attend and the information,experience and enlightenment will be transferred throughout this nation because so many lives and professional aspirations were transformed during this past weekend.
Check all the photos below: