Kandi Gifts 10 Single Mothers At her Kandi Cares Baby's First Baby Shower Event

Over the weekend, Kandi Burruss' foundation Kandi Cares presented "A Baby's First Baby Shower" event for 10 single expecting mothers or mothers with children less than 3 months old. She partnered on the event with Cakes by Tatyana, Black Celeb Giving, The Mark Venue and Express Smile Atlanta. The ladies were treated with bottles, diapers, wipes, high chairs and $500.00 cash on behalf of her Kandi Cares.  In attendance at the event included: Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker, Chanita Foster - Director of Kandi Cares, Jasmine Crowe - Black Celeb Giving, Kaela Tucker, DonJuan Clark (General Manager of Kandi Koated Entertainment), Joyce Jones (Kandi's Mother), DJ Yung Kendro, Tammi Pha and more.  
The ladies enjoyed fun games and food, and also shared a very emotional moment with Kandi who shared that it takes more than finances to be a good parent. Each lady expressed what a blessing it was to receive the gifts they received for their children. Kandi, in turn shared her reasons for founding the Kandi Care's foundation, and her experience as a single parent.  stating, "It wasn't easy..." not even for her.   
Photo Credit: Adrian Thomas

Tis the Season for Giving....Enchanted Fairy Style!

Rosalyn Fairley, Brittany Wesner, Bonita Johnson, Brittany's mom

Enchanted Closet knows blessing come from everywhere and just out of nowhere! So its always a welcome surprise when the phone rings or an email pops up in the in-box offering a donation. So when Brittany Wesner called upon The Enchanted Closet, they were eager to receive her. 

Brittany is currently a student at Kennesaw State University in Georgia but she has also been modeling for London-based couture designer Pia Michi for over two years. The designer had been in Atlanta featuring their designs and at the end of their trip, they entrusted their model, Brittany Wesner with selecting a charitable organization to receive their dresses, fixtures, and other showroom items. She ultimately concluded that the Enchanted Closet was the best fit.

The Atlanta-based charity has experienced some challenging times this year, but enchanted fairies like Brittany really help to brighten them.
"I chose the Enchanted Closet because I know how much work and money goes into preparing for prom. Plus, I had trouble getting a prom dress when I was in high school, so I had to take on more hours at my job to afford my prom dress. I was encouraged by Enchanted Closet's message of giving physically, mentally, and emotionally to outfit to young girls." says Brittany.

Bonita Johnson, CEO of the Enchanted Closet offered her sentiments by simply saying, "The Enchanted Closet is blessed to have the amazing support of  Brittany and Pia Michi. Many metro Atlanta girls will be made happy through their generosity. We are so grateful for the continual encouragement, support, and recognition we receive from individuals and businesses throughout the world."

To lend your support to the Enchanted Closet, please send your sentiments and offer letters to info@enchangtedcloset.org or call 404-221-3498. Please also give today here!

'Daddy's Home' Movie Premier in Atlanta Gets a Thumbs Up

Last night, super producer Jermaine Dupri and 135th St Agency hosted a viewing of the uber-funny Daddy's Home film featuring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. 
Jermaine came with both of his daughters Jalynn and Shaniah  to enjoy a laugh-out-loud movie that will surely be a Christmas Day slam dunk at the box office. 
Daddy's Home follows a low-key, under-the-radar Smooth Jazz radio exec (Ferrell) as he works tirelessly to gain the affection of his two step kids.  
Insert the super hot and rugged absent step dad (Wahlberg) who comes to totally upset the rated-G style family with his kiniving ways to steal his family back. 
Hilarity ensues as we see the dads duel to win the affection of their kids. 
Daddy's Home is must see for the holidays. There is a PG (Parental Guidance) rating on this movie for some strong language and a few scenes not particularly made for adolescent viewing. 

See the trailer. DADDY'S HOME opens nationwide on December 25!
In addition to Jermaine Dupri, a few other well known personalities came out to enjoy the film.  See the below images! 
left: Jagged Edge member Wingo and wife Summer pose with Singer R.L and Lena; 
right: Jermaine Dupri
Packed house!
left: HLN host Melissa Knowles
 WE tv star Beautii J
 Gospel artist Micah Stampley and family
Jermaine Dupri welcomes the audience
left: JD and his crew loved the film!; right: A young guest is proud of his winnings 

Photo credit: James Pray 

WE tv 'Growing Up Hip Hop' NYC Premiere with Romeo, Lil Kim, Angela Simmons, Raven Symone and more!

WE TV hosted a viewing of thier newest show 'Growing Up Hip Hop' in New York City. 

GROWING UP HIP HOP premieres Thursday, January 7th at 10pm ET/PT and follows Angela Simmons, Romeo Miller, Damon "Boogie" Dash, Kristinia DeBarge, TJ Mizell and Egypt Criss, the children of hip hop legends. With their love and work lives intertwined, each member of this this tight-knit group is facing a surprising challenge that will test their loyalties within the group and even relationships with their own mothers and fathers. 
Attendees of the event included: Angela Simmons, James Wright, Sandra "Pepa" Denton, Marquise Jackson, Romeo, Master P, Diggy Simmons, Cheryl "Salt" James, TJ Mizell, Raven Symone, Damon "Boogie" Dash, Taye Diggs, Egypt Criss and more.

Romeo Miller
Lil Kim
Angela Simmons
Raven Symone
Photo Credit: Getty Images for WE tv



The Alliance Theatre will be hosting the Atlanta premiere of Disgraced, a provocative  play on culture and identity by Ayad Akhtar.  Disgraced was included in The New York Times Best of 2014 list for theater and was described as “potent…terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity… superb.”  The Alliance’s production will be directed by Artistic Director, Susan V. Booth
Disgraced tells the story of Amir Kapoor, a successful lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his Muslim roots.  When Amir and his wife Emily host a dinner party, friendly conversation quickly explodes into something far deeper and more dangerous.  Disgraced examines an American identity far more complicated than any melting pot. 
“At its core, this is a play about how we identify ourselves in our heart of hearts,” said Director Susan V. Booth. “Within each of us are unspoken truths that we abide by – principles that guide our actions.  What constructs do we build to protect ourselves, and what is our true identity when everything else is stripped away?  In Ayad’s brilliant play, he shows us characters grappling with questions that are not easily answered, and the audience is ultimately left to choose what we believe.” 

Leading the diverse cast of characters in the role Amir Kapoor is Jaspal Binning (Requiem for a Lost Girl).  The cast also includes Courtney Patterson (Alliance: The Geller Girls) as Amir’s beautiful, idealist (and Caucasian) artist wife, Emily; Tinashe Kajese (Alliance: Blues for an Alabama Sky) as Amir’s African-American co-worker, Jory; Andrew Benator (Alliance: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) as Jory’s husband and Jewish arts curator, Isaac; and Ali Sohaili (Sex of the Baby) as Amir’s nephew, Abe. 
Regular performances of Disgraced are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., January 27 – February 14, 2016.  There will be no 2:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 30.  Opening Night is Wednesday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $20 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404.733.5000.  Tickets are also available online at www.alliancetheatre.org/disgraced.  
The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street.    
Disgraced is part of the Coca-Cola Series on the Alliance Stage.  Disgraced is also supported by The Home Depot Foundation.