Diplo And Nas To Perform At Rolling Stone Live: Houston During Big Game Weekend 2017 With DJ Sets By DJ Cassidy

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On Saturday, February 4, Rolling Stone, who is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will host one of the hottest, most exclusive events during the biggest weekend in sports – Rolling Stone Live: Houston, with special performances by Grammy-nominated producer, DJ, Mad Decent label head and member of both Major Lazer and Jack Ü – Diplo; one of the greatest hip-hop acts of all time, Nas; and, DJ sets by the world-renowned DJ Cassidy. For the third year, Rolling Stone is partnering with Talent Resources Sports, a full-service sports marketing and experiential events agency, to produce its highly anticipated event. This year's event is presented by Mercedes-Benz. Rolling Stone Live: Houston, will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH), one of the most unique venues in Houston. The museum is known for its exquisite design, as one of the 10 largest art museums in the United States. Rolling Stone will take over the museum for their dynamic event, with some of the top names in entertainment and sports expected to attend.

"I have been an avid Rolling Stone reader for as long I can remember, and I'm excited to head to Houston to headline Rolling Stone Live and kick off their 50th Anniversary year-long celebration with this party," said Diplo.

"We are delighted to have one of today's biggest names in music, Diplo, along with hip-hop icon Nas and the esteemed DJ Cassidy perform at our sixth annual event," said Gus Wenner, Head of Digital, Wenner Media. "We're also thrilled to have Mercedes-Benz as a partner to enhance the overall experience for our guests."

Mercedes-Benz will be onsite showcasing some of their sportiest vehicles including a C63 S Coupe and the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT C, one of which attendees will be able to create their own designs for utilizing a 3D Projection Mapping system. The brand will also provide transportation to the party for a number of VIP guests to ensure they arrive in style.

"Rolling Stone is the ideal partner for Mercedes-Benz as we're both celebrating momentous anniversaries this year," said Drew Slaven, Vice President of Marketing for Mercedes-Benz. "For 50 years, they've been producing the best music and entertainment content, and we've been thrilling customers with our best in class Mercedes-AMG engines and sports cars. What better place to celebrate than at the best party in Houston?"

Talent Resources Sports is teaming up with Rolling Stone for the third year on its Big Game Weekend event. "We are proud to say this event has exceeded our expectations for success each year. Alongside top talent and sponsors, Rolling Stone Live: Houston is sure to be one of the biggest yet," said David Spencer, Founder Talent, Resources Sports.

New York City African-American Business Leaders Partner with Google, Facebook, AT&T and 20th Century Fox to Inspire 25,000 Students with Tickets to Hidden Figures

Hidden FiguresNew York City African-American business leaders, in partnership with 20th Century Fox, Google, Facebook, Infor and ATT have launched an initiative to offer free admission to the critically-acclaimed feature, Hidden Figures, for over 25,000 students in New York.

New York schools are the first to benefit from the project. Like the 2015 project to screen Oscar-winner Selma - which reached 300,000 students across the country - the expectation is that other cities will join this important program as it rolls out in theaters nationwide.

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

The screening program will educate students about the many contributions made by African-Americans to science, technology, engineering, and math, and inspire more students to enter those fields. Charles Phillips, Chairman and CEO of Infor, William M. Lewis, Jr. Co-Chairman of Investment Banking at Lazard, and Ken Chenault, Chairman and CEO of American Express, lead the group of African-American business executives driving the opportunity. 

"On behalf of the African-American business community members involved today, I would like to thank the great organizations that have joined this effort," said Ken Chenault. "Hidden Figures spotlights our unsung communities' long lineage of shaping our nation. It serves as a wonderful opportunity to inspire the next generation to carry that torch forward."

"I'm deeply moved that my work is being used to educate and inspire students in this way. Programs like this are vital to sharpening our collective memories and enlightening young people about their history and exciting them about their future," said Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller nonfiction book Hidden Figures, on which the film is based.

The New York Public School System has already signed up for 10,000 tickets. They have been joined by the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), Eagle Academy for Young Men, De La Salle Academy, Harlem School of the Arts, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Harlem Children's Zone, Harlem Village Academy and the East Harlem Tutorial Program. NY Public Library will assist with ticket distribution. Dovetailing with this initiative, Google has announced

YOU ARE INVITED: Gocha Hawkins Book Launch & Watch Party, Thursday 1/12 @7:30PM

Tensions Are Running High at Sweetie Pie's

Has Chloe Come Undone?
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Tensions boil over at TJ's Sweetie Pie's as Chloe confronts Chef Clark. Meanwhile, Miss Robbie moves ahead with her restaurant concept, Hamburger Heaven, and Tim shows off his new business venture to a skeptical Charles.

Tune in for an all new episode of Welcome to Sweetie Pie's on Saturday at 9/8c.

Wu-Tang Clan Founder RZA Gives Back For The Holidays Through Contemporary Menswear Line, 36 Chambers


Wu-Tang Clan's founder RZA and creative Mustafa Shaikh are pleased to announce the 36 Chambers menswear limited-edition launch of the Quilted Denim Motorcycle Jacket. There are a total of 36 jackets made: 24 in black and 12 in white. 100% of the profits of the all white jacket will go to The Children’s Literacy Society. 36 Chambers, is a contemporary menswear line that fuses elements of hip-hop, Chinese culture and high fashion to carve its own niche within menswear. Find the jacket here for purchase @ www.36chambers.com. The jacket retails for $300.00.
RZA says of the philanthropy aspect of 36 Chambers, "When starting this line it was very important for us to build a charitable aspect into our company starting with the first season. With it being the holiday season we hope to encourage others to get involved by giving to a great cause, while at the same time purchasing a great jacket to wear.”
RZA chose The Children’s Literacy Society as the first charity to give back to because as a father, and through his sister’s work, he sees the importance of educating and caring for children who are less fortunate. The Children’s Literacy Society, founded by RZA’s sister Sophia Diggs, provides funds and resources for afterschool programs in public schools - programs includes reading, writing, music and nutrition. The program creates initiatives that advocate for children’s issues and community-based organizations that assist children in need.
“When my sister left my company to work for New York Human Resources, she came across so many adults with low level literacy skills. These people occupy our homeless shelters, prisons and are in the lowest income bracket. Children's Literacy Society aims to bring awareness to this problem as well as offer some solutions by engaging children at a young age to discover the beauty and importance of reading and writing,” RZA explains.
“36 Chambers is inspired by the Wu philosophy: kung fu, mathematics, and Eastern philosophy and art," said RZA. "Using that as a foundation, we've blended together the rugged feel of streetwear with the quality craftsmanship of high fashion to create apparel with a classic look."
Renowned Chinese calligrapher, Mak Ming Chan, penned a poem for the collection, which details the story of the Golden Dragon. Written in Chinese calligraphy, the poem is featured on the back of the jacket. The jacket also has impressive embroidery of the 36 Chambers logo placed on the sleeves of the jacket.
“We put a lot of attention into the execution of every piece of the line to ensure that each limited piece told a story,” said Mustafa Shaikh. “Everything from the embroidery work to the liner to even the hang tag, were meticulously crafted in order to tell a cohesive narrative.”
Items from the collection include limited edition varsity jackets, suit jackets, shirts, bags, and accessories. A women’s varsity jacket will also soon be made available for purchase.
The full collection is available for purchase through 36chambers.com.
The following 36 Chambers retail pop-up events are happening in December: December 17th in NYC @ Extra Butter (125 Orchard St.) and in San Francisco @ True (1415 Haight St.)



Brooklyn-based ER physician and founder of KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative) shares his passion for working to end homicide among African-American youth
Payback is a killer. The number 1 cause of death among African-American men 15 to 34 is homicide. Dr. Rob Gore, an emergency medicine physician who grew up in the Brooklyn, NY, community where he works, saw that if he could treat his patients' trauma, he could perhaps quell their impulse to seek retribution. Eight years ago, he founded KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative), which works to empower youth and transform health care in marginalized populations.

Says Dr. Gore: "Given the state of emergency we are in with regards to human life and well being, it is important that we all become activists and change agents instead of assuming the problems affecting marginalized groups are going to fix themselves."

The TED Residency program is an incubator for breakthrough ideas. It is free and open to all via a semi-annual competitive application. Those chosen as TED Residents spend four months at TED headquarters in New York City, working on their idea. Selection criteria include the strength of their idea, their character, and their ability to bring a fresh perspective and positive contribution to the diverse TED community.

Check out Dr. Gore's TED Talk here.


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Smoke DZA and Pete Rock release "Milestone," featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, Styles P, and Jadakiss in support of the December 2nd release of Don't Smoke Rock.

“The duo met up years ago and began discussing recording together as a team. Smoke DZA remembers, "[Pete Rock] was driving through my block and he saw me and we was just chopping it up, just on some regular shit. Funk Flex was working on this mixtape and he sent me this beat that PR did, and I was like, ‘Yo, I need a verse on this. Pete Rock made the beat!?' and that started the working relationship. From there we did a cut on my album Dreams Don’t Achieve, called "Achieve." From there, PR was like, ‘Yo we just need to do a whole joint.’ You know, here we are.”

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Pete Continues, “I’m all for working with the younger generation. Smoke is a younger cat with an old soul, he made me realize that with the beats he picked. [Beats] I thought would go over his head, instead, he would get into some of that soulful stuff. I make beats. Whether you're young or of age or whatever. As long as you’re dope, you got me.”

Support Your Local Charity on Thursday, November 17th - Georgia Gives Day

In honor of Georgia Gives Day’s 2016 Like-A-Thon on Facebook, please pledge a monetary amount towards the Enchanted Closet’s mission of supporting our programs.  

How do you do this? All you have to do is make a pledge (of any amount you want; you don't even need to tell us), post a wonderful comment on your Facebook page about the Enchanted Closet, and then donate to the organization based on the amount of Likes your post gets. 

By including the hashtag #LikeGaGives in your post, the Enchanted Closet will also be entered into a drawing for an extra $250 donation. The winner will be announced on Georgia Gives Day, November 17, 2016.


Tasha Cobbs Ministries (TCM) hosted an uplifting evening of worship at Atlanta’s Suite Food Lounge benefiting families in need of medical supplies located in Haiti. Joining Tasha Cobbs for the night of worship included, special guest artists Kirk FranklinJames FortuneVaShawn MitchellIsaac CarreeAnthony BrownJonathan McReynoldsBishop William MurphyBishop Paul S. MortonJimi CravityTodd Galberth and DJ Dex.

VIP’s in attendance included Catherine Brewton (“BMI”), Damita ChandlerY’Anna Crawley (“BET Sunday Best”), Marlo Hampton(“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), 1K Phew and more. Sirius XM’s DJ Dex kept the spirit moving before and after the concert using his unique musical style on the turntables. Atlanta’s inspiration station PRAISE 102.5fm was on site to show support to for great cause. 100% of all donations were donated to Project Medishare.


The Woodruff Arts Center’s seventh Free Family Festival, takes place on November 27 from 1 – 4 PM as part of the CREATE ATL Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center initiative. This holiday-themed festival will feature family-oriented programming led by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art. Families will enjoy exclusive performances of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music and Atlanta Ballet Youth Ensemble dances from The Nutcracker, learn about multicultural holiday traditions through art-making and storytelling and even meet Santa’s reindeer!

A Christmas Carol is a can’t-miss event and although the family festival is a free event, please note that tickets are required for the stage play and will sell out before November 27! Register for free online at woodruffcreateATL.org. For those wishing to perform their own holiday favorites, actors of all ages and skill levels can participate in the Reindeer Games: Improv Games workshop where they will create spontaneous holiday scenes with family members. The Rich Theatre will also feature a one-time rendition of Atlanta favorite Courtenay Collins’ family-friendly version of her popular holiday cabaret show, Courtenay’s Cabaret: Family Holiday Vacation.

The holidays are a perfect time to experience the music and talent of the Grammy® Award-winning Atlanta Symphony OrchestraA Family Holiday Special is the quintessential holiday sing-along with Christmas classics for the whole family. Rumor has it that Santa will even make an appearance! Please note that this is a popular, ticketed event; pre-register for the Festival for free and get your tickets online at woodruffcreateATL.org. Outside Symphony Hall, families can enjoy Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet as they perform a mini-concert of holiday favorites in the Galleria. Future music-makers can also design, create and play their own instruments in the Instrument Making: Sleigh Bells workshop.

CREATE ATL activities do not include admission to the High Museum of Art, but with purchase of the new, lower-cost admission, families can explore both the whole museum and participate in several free activities! Bilingual Story Time is an event where engaging storytellers will bring favorite stories to life in English and Spanish at the High. The Get a Move On Art Making Workshop will allow artists of all ages to interact with High Museum teaching artists and create their own masterpieces. Families can also explore the High’s exhibits on their own with a Get a Move On Gallery Guide (best for ages 5+) and with a guide as a part of the Docent-Guided Family Tour. Tiovivo, the large-scale interactive installation built for kids of all ages, is free and open to the public on Sifly Piazza – be sure to stop by for its last day on November 27!

To register for the Free Family Festival, visit woodruffcreateATL.org.