A Financial Minute: Raine Growth Parnters


Every now and again, I veer off the normal path of entertainment news to simply say what I want. This is my blog afterall.

I have a good friend who God has led to be a shepherd to the lost and a leader to the masses and as a sharp business woman, she's been gifted with leading entrepreneurs to duplicating thier businesses, promoting work-life balance and increasing thier wealth. Her name is Dora L. Raine and her business is Raine Growth Partners

If you are thinking about duplicating your business locally or statewide, before franchising; you have come to the right company!
At Raine Growth Partners, we work directly with self-employed professionals and sole proprietor businesses, to optimize staff and departmental performance, so that your business model can be duplicated, by launching additional locations, to guarantee growth and profit. While balancing family and home. 
Many people dream of being able to set up a business and put it on autopilot so that they can focus on things they enjoy, but few actually accomplish it. While it may seem difficult to implement, your business model can actually be set up to run on an automated basis! 
RGP clients go through an affordable step-by-step process to develop their internal departmental operating model affording them the time to focus on growth and profit as their team carries out the owner's vision. Unlike other companies we do not give you 40 plus pages to fill out. We work directly with you giving you the individual attention you require. As a business model system developers, we have the experience, resources, and infrastructure to guide you through building your internal business model and system, every step of the way by adding value to your business, which will in turn, when implemented, produces growth and profit. 
Take a listen to Dora giveaway 7 free steps to duplicating your business:

Chrisette Michelle Teams With Beautiful Textures Hair Care Line


This weekend, songstress and natural hair maven Chrisette Michelle teamed up with Beautiful Textures at the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta for a 2-day experience in natural hair care and beauty. 

The hair show put on full display an array of products, hair demos and had plenty of giveaways. Celebrity hair stylist Felecia Leatherwood and master stylist Pam Hogan were on hand to teach and demonstrate the new Texture Manageability System along with Dream Kids products. 

In between all of the teaching and demos, Chrisette Michelle greeted fans and even sang her hit single A Couple of Forevers



New Beyonce Courtesy Of Super Producer Boots! [AUDIO]

Boots,the man who played a big part in all the success on Beyonce's last album has just put out a mix-tape of his own. The mix-tape is entitled 'WinterSpringSummerFall', and features King Bey on a song called 'Dreams'.

Boots shared the song on his Facebook with this message below.

So this is the last song on my mixtape. My friend and I recorded it recently and while we were trying to figure out what to do with it, we had an idea.

A while back I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to help others, or give back in some way, I would seize it.

A friend recently told me about a non-profit organization called “Day One” here in NYC. In their words, “Day One is the only organization in New York City solely devoted to the issue of teen dating violence.”

I feel that protecting women from these horrible and unthinkable acts should take precedence in our society. I feel passionate about this because if more women knew that safe places existed from the turmoil they experience, it could possibly prevent these situations from occurring or reoccurring.

Every cent made from this song will go directly to This is a link to dayoneny.org

It’s hard to put into words how thankful I am for everything and everyone who helped get this together. I’ve experienced a lot in my life. Good and bad. But through it all, I’m certain every one of those things had to happen to get me right where I am today. I feel very fortunate for that. Thanks for all of your love and support.

Have a listen! Courtesy of Brittany Sky, HOT 107.9

COMING TO LIFETIME: A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT

A Day Late and A Dollar Short Movie Pictures

Award winning actress Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames headline the Lifetime Original Movie “A Day Late and a Dollar Short.” Based on The New York Times bestseller by Terry McMillan, “A Day Late and A Dollar Short” is the uplifting story of a mother who tries to help her dysfunctional family through life’s ups and downs. The film also stars Mekhi Phifer, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose and Tichina Arnold.

In "A Day Late and a Dollar Short," when irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world, from her relationship with her husband to the lives of her four children and grandchildren. While on this quest, she must contend with sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and drug addiction – and that is only one child. Additionally, her jailbird son needs to learn how to be a better father, her granddaughter is in bigger trouble than her daughter is willing to admit and Viola’s estranged husband needs saving from his scheming younger girlfriend. It’s the kind of meddling that the Price family hasn't experienced from Viola in decades, and she won’t have an easy time bending her loved ones to her will.

Produced by Ostar Productions, the film is executive produced by Stephen Tolkin, Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Leonardis, Jeffrey Hayes and Bill Haber. Tolkin also serves as director. Shernold Edwards wrote the script based on McMillan’s book.

Air-dates for A Day Late and a Dollar Short are:

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8pm
Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10pm
Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 12am
Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 2am.

Dave Chappelle is Back and Looking Fit!

PHOTO: Dave Chappell in 2006 and in 2014.

It's no joke -- comedian Dave Chappelle has been hitting the gym hard.
Earlier this week, the funnyman was spotted in Los Angeles and showing off his guns. Most people think of the "Chappelle Show" star as a lanky jokester, but not anymore.
After leaving his critically acclaimed show in 2005, Chappelle, 40, stayed out of the spotlight. Last year, he co-headlined the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, sponsored by Funny or Die, and is coming to NYC this summer to perform at Radio City Music Hall.
Also last year, Prince used Chappelle's impersonation from his show on the cover of his new album, "Breakfast Can Wait."

Real or Rumor: Seems like Dave has missed the stage is likely to team up with Chris Rock to do a show or two. Also, we may see him mixing it up with Jay-Z and talk show host Arsenio. We'll just have to wait and see. 

Make Dancing Pants With GIRL$ Get Up and Dance STEM Program

Do you want to see how you can use technology to create dancing pants like the ones you see in music videos? 

Atlanta's next GIRL$ Program: GET UP AND DANCE STEM Program will provide just the opportunity. 


If you're a girl (or know one or two) between the ages of 12 - 19, join us at Georgia Institute of Technology on Saturday, April 19, 10:30 am-1:30 pm.

This program is part of Enchanted Closet's GIRL$ SERVICE-LEARNING PROGRAM and STEM Initiative which exposes girls to opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics in a creative and fun way to aid their self awareness, self esteem, and self sufficiency.

All GIRL$ Programs are FREE and lunch and snacks are provided but you MUST sign up first. Click here to get signed up. 

Real or Rumor: Diva Smackdown Pits Aretha vs Patti


DIDN'T HAPPEN...
Sorry guys, as much as we love a good cat-fight, these two divas are too classy to let it all hang out like that. We'll leave that up the the wanna be divas. 

Baby Bump Alert! Terri J. Vaughn Expecting Baby #3

Karon, Terri and the baby bump
Congratulations to Terri J. Vaughn and hubby Karon Riley who's expecting baby number 3 in October (also Terri's birth month 10/16). 

Terry already has two boys and the sex of the new bun in the oven is unknown. 

Terri's most famous for her forever known sassy Lavita Alizea Jenkins character on the Steve Harvey Show. She also has an amazing body of work that consists of acting and directing. Terri's most recent works this year is Hamlet and Hutch which she's also listed as a producer and is now available on video. Hamlet & Hutch also stars the legendary Burt Reynolds. 

Again, congratulations Terri and Karon! 

Sean Combs Reclaims 'Puff Daddy' Name







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Sean Combs – who has put out records under the names Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Diddy and who has appeared in movies using his own name and a few Diddy-like variations thereof – has decided to come full circle and resume using the Puff Daddy name. The moniker change-up will accompany a new album, reportedly named MMM, according to Radio.com. It will be the rapper's first album since 2010's Last Train to Paris, but does not currently have a release date.
Combs included the new old name in a one-minute trailer (incidentally, posted to Vimeo by the "Diddy" account) for his latest single, "Big Homie," which features guest appearances by Rick Ross and French Montana. The clip shows the rappers in various states of suspension until a gunshot triggers close-ups of stacks of cash and jewelry and wide shots of the group hanging out at a car wash. The video will come out on Monday, March 31st.
Combs began his music career in the early Nineties alternating between the name Puffy and his own name for remixes on releases by Father M.C., Jodeci and Mary J. Blige. He executive produced the Notorious B.I.G.'s debut Ready to Die as Sean "Puffy" Combs and, in 1997, put out his first full-length, No Way Out, under the Puff Daddy name which graced two albums total. His 2001 album The Saga Continues. . . was his first as P. Diddy and his 2006 LP Press Play was his first as Diddy.

Coachella 2014: Outkast's Audience More Idle Than Wild

Outkast ; photo: AP
Outkast's appearance this Friday at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was perhaps the most hyped Coachella reunion show since the Pixies played the Southern California desert festival in 2004. But you wouldn't have known that from Friday's shockingly apathetic audience, composed of mostly unappreciative, casual fans who probably only wanted to hear "Hey Ya!"
Big Boi & Janelle Monae; photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
It should have been an exciting evening — this was the duo's first show in eight years (since 2006's "Idlewild" era), and it was a celebration of Outkast's 20 years in the business. And the night certainly started off strong with "B.O.B." It was a hits-packed set (other highlights included "Gasoline Dreams," "ATLiens," "Rosa Parks," "Aquemini," "GhettoMusick," "Roses," and "The Way You Move"); the chemistry and camaraderie between Andre 3000 and Big Boi was a thrill to behold; and their rapping was on point. But as the crowd's energy quickly, inexplicably faded, so did Outkast's, and the show began to lag.
Many times throughout the 90-minute concert, the duo seemed to seek validation, some sort of confirmation that spectators were actually enjoying themselves. "Are y'all alive?" Andre 3000 queried, more than once. "We just want to know one thing — are you having a good time?" Big Boi asked. These shoutouts were always met with a lukewarm response. When Big Boi's protégé Janelle Monae made a surprise appearance to sing her hit "Tightrope," she even mildly chided the audience, saying, "This is my favorite group in the whole world, and what we are witnessing is history!" — as if she were disappointed that the audience didn't share in her excitement.
Outkast's set was streamed online, and it appeared that many people watching at home were more excited about this reunion than actual Coachella attendees were. Twitter was soon teeming with outraged posts from fans watching the audience's lackluster response on the livestream.



The Coachella audience perked up a bit when another young surprise guest, rapper Future, joined Outkast on "Same Damn Time" and then performed two of his own tracks, "Ain't No Way Around It" and "Benz Friends." But perhaps giving so much stage time to Future wasn't the greatest idea. Soon Coachella's 1 a.m. curfew was looming, and Outkast ended up mashing up two of their most iconic songs, "Ms. Jackson" and "So Fresh, So Clean," rather than playing them in full. "Hey Ya!" also felt rushed, and truly, there was not nearly enough shaking-like-a-Polaroid-picture taking place on the field. Andre even ended up performing some of the song with his back turned to the audience.
The show ended rather abruptly and anti-climactically, when Outkast attempted to bring out Killer Mike for "The Whole World" but the show was cut short due to the Indio area's sound curfew. "Thank you all coming out; I know it's kind of weird, 20 years later and s---. That's it. They said we can't do no more," Andre said with a shrug. "We'll see y'all next weekend," said Big Boi. 
(Clip below contains profanity)

Coachella 2014: Solange Brings Bey to the Stage for Big SIster Backup!

photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

...and speaking of Beyonce (please, you're always talking about Beyonce!), Solange featuring Beyonce!

This year at Coachella, Bey kept it in the family — dashing out during her little sister Solange's Gobi Tent show to bust some adorable synchronized-sibling moves on Solange's hit "Losing You," as the crowd went predictably ballistic.

Fake Drake on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Drake was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the two discussed the feedback he's been receiving since he has made the announcement that he's hosting the ESPY's. They also decided to have some fun and take it a step further! 

The Jimmy Kimmel crew dressed Drake in a beard wig, glasses, and put a wig on him and sent him out. They sent him out into the streets to tape a segment called "Lie Witness News" for a "I Witness News" special. He went up and down Hollywood Blvd. asking people what they thought about Drake all while being in disguise! 



 Check it out, it's pretty funny!

5 Facts About Kandi Burruss’s Lavish Wedding

By: Ivy Jacobson for TheKnot.com
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss never does anything halfway, so when she and longtime boyfriend Todd Tucker got married on April 4, their wedding was a seriously glamorous affair - complete with a $20,000 wedding dress!
"The whole thing was like a fairy tale!" Kandi told In Touch. "This is one of the best days of my life. And to have just had the wedding of my dreams, it's all been so beautiful. Now it's time to party!"

Here are the five most important things you need to know from the reality star's lavish wedding:


1. The wedding took place in Atlanta (where else?) at the Le Fais Do-Do event space with 300 guests present.

2. Kandi's wedding dress was a $20,000 custom-made Reco Chapple gown with a 12-foot train of feathers. To make an even bigger splash, Kandi emerged from a wall made of ostrich feathers before she walked down the aisle!
3. Kandi may not be the most punctual bride ever, since the ceremony was held five hours after it was supposed to, pushing dinner to midnight, according to E! We hope she had hors d' oeuvres for her guests!
4. Kandi had a star-studded bridal party that included rapper T.I.'s wife, Tameka Harris, Fantasia Barrino, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Rasheeda Frost, and RHOA's Phaedra Parks and Joyce Dallas - and they all wore white!
5. When dinner was eventually served, it was worth the wait, since shrimp, steak, stuffed crab and cupcakes were on the menu. 

PHARRELL WILLIAMS JOINS OPRAH WINFREY ON "OPRAH PRIME" THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 13 AT 9PM ET/PT ON OWN

Oprah Winfrey with Pharrell Williams
Photo Credit: Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns



Oprah meets up with Mr Happy himself, Pharrell Williams, one of the most innovative and sought-after artists in music today. On the heels of his chart topping #1 hit "Happy," which also received an Oscar nomination for "Despicable Me 2," Oprah and Pharrell discuss his critically acclaimed album "G I R L," his rise to fame and how his creative vision has propelled him to music super-stardom. They also discuss his recent marriage to Helen Williams and fatherhood.

***Oprah & Pharrell Dance to Happy***


***First Look***
Tune in to "Oprah Prime" Sunday, April 13 at 9PM ET/PT on OWN

ATLANTA - Free Movie Screenings (FIRST COME FIRST SERVE)

You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of Disney Nature’s new film, BEARS.Details are below.

BEARS
Monday, April 14 at 7:00PM
AMC Parkway Pointe
3101 Cobb Pkwy SE #201, Atlanta, GA 30339
Download free passes at

http://bit.ly/BEARSATL

Seating is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE and is not guaranteed. Please arrive up to 60 minutes prior to showtime to increase your chance of seating. 
 
Sony Pictures is hosting a free pre-screening of the upcoming film "Heaven Is For Real" produced by T.D. Jakes. Details are below.

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
Thursday, April 10, 7:00 P.M.
AMC Mansell Crossing
Download free passes at 
http://bit.ly/HIFRATL.

*2 passes per user. User must create a login name to redeem passes.*
Seating is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE and is not guaranteed. Please arrive up to 60 minutes prior to showtime to increase your chance of seating. Theater will begin seating roughly 30 minutes prior to showtime.