The Collective Renaissance Guild (CRG) in partnership with Ford Motor Company and Perennial Entertainment and Sports celebrated the 2010 Winter Ball: Phoenix Rising in honor of Grammy award-winning artist Toni Braxton and global humanitarian Martin Luther King III on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the Delta Heritage Museum.
CRG presented their Phoenix Award to Toni Braxton for her hard work and community service with Autism Speaks and the American Heart Association. Martin Luther King III was honored for his global humanitarian efforts and work as President of the King Center. Both honorees were also recognized for their resilience and ability to thrive in challenging times.
Guests enjoyed artistic performances by Buenos Aires Tango Academy of Atlanta, complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Belvedere Intense, music by super producer Bryan-Michael Cox and DJ E-Class and a keynote address from Chaka Zulu, CEO of DTP Records.
Others spotted at the swanky danky annual event included “housewives” of Atlanta, Sheree’ Whitfield and Cynthia Bailey (joined by her hubby Peter Thomas), Mayor Kasim Reed, Ryan Glover, producer DrummaBoy, Andrea Kelly (Celebrity Choreographer & ex-wife of R-uh), Dionne Farris (Singer / Songwriter) and more.
Photos from CRG’s Winter Ball extravaganza + video of Toni Braxton’s acceptance speech below: Continue Reading…
Clifford “T.I.” Harris is featured on the latest edition of BET’s Food For Thought, where he was grilled by Stephen A. Smith, Angie Martinez, Harry Allen and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
The interviews were conducted prior to Tip’s recent battles with the law, but he still manages to give you a bit of insight during the interview as to why he feels the prison system just isn’t for him.
“To be candid with you, I learned, man, prison ain’t for gangsters, prison is for losers,” he told Smith. “Gangsters find ways to avoid prison. Gangsters find ways to exit the game and legitimize their businesses and learn how to turn their strengths into enterprises.”
“If you look around in a prison, at least myself, I saw thieves, I saw burglars, I saw crackheads, I saw, you know, the same people that I would walk around on the street, and you would never associate with these people out of respect for yourself,” he added. “Ok, so if you’re on the street and you’re looking at these people and you are above their standards, how do you and them end up in the same place, one bed next to each other? I got to be better than that.”
In case you missed it, check out BET’s Food For Thought: Conversations with T.I. below: Continue Reading…
Yesterday the halls of Atlanta’s City Hall was ablaze with fashionable celebs as Mayor Kasim Reed kicked off ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ in Atlanta with a press conference.
Politics and fashion collided as DTP/CEO Chaka Zulu, Singer/Songwriter Jonelle Monae, designer Mychael Knight, Saks Fifth Ave PR manager Michele New and many more joined Mayor Reed for the special announcement.
More photos + video of the press conference: Continue Reading…
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was spotted backstage at Chastain Park Friday evening along with Atlanta’s director of cultural affairs Camille Love, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, and Chris Tucker.
The park was host to the Frankie Beverly & Maze concert, an annual event of sorts that draws thousands. Babyface performed many of his romantic hits including, “Every Time I Close My Eyes,””When Can I See You” and “Whip Appeal… and his brother Kevon Edmond’s group After 7 also hit the stage.
Photos via AJC
A group of Kasim Reed friends and supporters joined forces to host a celebration in honor of our new mayor. Reed, elected 59th Mayor of Atlanta after a crucial run-off, was joined by the “who’s who” of Atlanta including, spotted in the crowd were Ludacris, Attorney Phaedra Parks, Grand Hustle’s Jason Geter, DJ Toomp, and even Reed’s former opponent Lisa Borders.
Kasim Reed & Lisa Borders
Reed w/ Ludacris. I’m sure there was a bottle on Conjure somewhere nearby.
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Atlanta’s 59th Mayor, Kasim Reed, has been officially inaugurated into office but he began his day early this morning at an Interfaith Inaugural Prayer Service at Ben Hill United Methodist Church.
Reed grew up in the church along with his mother and three brothers and his voice broke as he spoke about growing up in his southside church home. The first time he spoke in public, he said, was in Ben Hill United Methodist Church. Four minutes away from the home where he was raised.
In his speech, Reed spoke of his desire to create a better Atlanta and how community involvement is key:
“If our children cannot rise to the highest levels of this city, what have we become? We’ve got to look in the mirror Atlanta. I am going to work today and focus on making sure that mothers and fathers have a job to make sure they can look their children in the eyes.”
Video of Reed’s Speech below: Continue Reading…
City of Atlanta Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood said she will officially seek a recount after losing the race to former Senator Kasim Reed by less than a 1% margin. According to the AJC, Mark Henderson with the Fulton County Elections Office confirmed that all but about 700 provisional ballots had been counted. The ballots can’t be tabulated until Thursday, which is the deadline for those voters to provide verification they were eligible.
According to the official tally, Reed led by 750 votes, so even if all of the provisional ballots go to Norwood, it still may not change the outcome but Mary’s not going down without a fight:
“I think a recount, when you’re this close is appropriate, absolutely appropriate,” Norwood said at a Wednesday morning press conference at her headquarters.
“We came within a razor thin margin of not being able to say we’re the front runner today.”
Under state law, a candidate who loses by less than 1 percent of the votes cast has the right to request a recount. Reed, however, has already claimed victory in the race and is going about the business of setting up plans for his first term as mayor.