Houston Carnival Marked with Violence

Picture-3 The annual Houston Caribbean Carnival has grown into one of the nations most attended multicultural festivals during the summer.  The event traditionally takes place during the fourth of July weekend. This year’s festivities was marked with tragedy as revelers attending the annual Jouvert (Paint,Mud,and Water) fete, was abruptly interrupted by gunfire, which left party goers scrambling for cover. Four men are injured, two women were trampled in the meele trying to leave the scene, the shooter is still at large. Many Caribbean festivals are safe, especially in the Southern states, such as Atlanta and Miami. However, this year’s surrounding events did not have  adequate security, which created the opportunity for this tragic turn of events. There’s no real idea of what went wrong last night, how someone was allowed to bring a gun inside of a venue that held 5,000 people trying to party on the Fourth of July. There are reports of their being outside security and off-duty police officers but none of the 30 or so that were hired were inside the venue when the shooting took place.

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Wednesday night was TRANSFORMERS night! While the cast hit the carpet at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York, influencers in Los Angeles, Atlanta and the Big Apple attended private screenings. Power 105, The Urban Daily and Global Grind hosted NY’s screening; V-103, 92-9 the Game and the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream partnered in Atlanta; and REVOLT TV held down L.A.

Shamea Morton & V-103's Big Tigger pose with the Atlanta Dream Cheerleaders
Shamea Morton & V-103’s Big Tigger pose with the Atlanta Dream Cheerleaders

Attendees included Erica Mena (VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop NY”), Dr. Heavenly Kimes and Dr. Simone Whitfield (Bravo’s “Married to Medicine”), Kiyah Wright (OWN’s “Love in the City”), Hisham Tawfiq (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Shay ‘Buckey’ Johnson (VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”), Big Tigger (V-103), Ryan Cameron (V-103), Q Parker (112), R.L. (Next), Sharon Carpenter (REVOLT), Amrit Singh (REVOLT), Jerry Barrow (The Urban Daily), Shamea Morton (The Atlanta Dream) and Karyn Greer (anchor, WXIA 11Alive).

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Karyn Greer helps spread some cheer at ATL Premiere

Go See Think Like a Man Too Today!!!

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DON’T WALK ..RUN… to your nearest theater to watch Think Like A Man Too!

Don’t wait for a friend or family member to tell you about the movie, GO SEE IT FOR YOURSELF! 

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This is a funny, and insightful movie. It celebrates friendship, love, relationships, and the dynamics of the mother-in-law and daughter relationship. The film is not only  funny from the start , but also right down to the end. Is there going to be a Think Like A Man #3?

The Atalanta 'Think Like a Man Too' premiere

Kevin Hart shared the importance of supporting a black films. Although the original Think Like  a Man, broke box office records, the second installment will  only be distributed in 2100 theaters in America.

“Black Films are always put in a box, but we have to stop putting ourself in a box first!”-Kevin Hart 

Readers and subscribers.. Go Support this film.. Let’s see it make into international movie theaters.  I can tell you that the film was funny, Kevin Hart had jokes, etc

 

GO SEE IT —-> TODAY! (The first weekend counts the most!) 

Real Men Cook Celebrates Diversity in the Kitchen

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Normally on Fathers Day, your dad often wait in bed for breakfast, however, several men dedicate their time to cook for the annual Real Men Cook festival. More than 100 participants took part in the friendly competition at the Georgia World Congress Center that benefited Atlanta charities.

The dads rolled out the red carpet, and created a variety of delights. The menus ranged from fried mac and cheese, pulled pork, pasta, rice, plantains, and much more. It was a great family affair, that celebrates men who celebrates the diversity in the kitchen.

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Celebrities like David Banner, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Roger Bob, Consul General of the Bahamas, and many more where in attendance. Families from around the metro Atlanta area supported the fathers,sons, and nephews, cooking up their dishes.

 

 

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Caribbean Americans Celebrated in Atlanta

 

Puerto Rican native Tina Hart, left, and Dr. Karen Godette from Guyana runs the Oncology department at prestigious Emory University Hospital in Midtown Atlanta
Puerto Rican native Tina Hart, left, and Dr. Karen Godette from Guyana runs the Oncology department at prestigious Emory University Hospital in Midtown Atlanta

The 2014 Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Networking Series, was hosted at Caribbean-owned Stir It Up Restaurant in Midtown Atlanta, on May 22, 2014. The event, hosted by the Caribbean Media Network , is an annual recognition of Caribbean Americans in metro Atlanta. The event was sponsored by Grace Foods , Modern Dental, and the USVI Department of Tourism. 

The event was attended by  Atlanta’s tastemakers, media hotshots, and Atlanta corporate industry professionals.The night’s festivities was co-hosted by none other than television and film producer Roger Bobb  and Dr. Heavenly Kimes of Bravo TV’s hit reality show “Married to Medicine”.  Dr. Kimes graciously hosted the event on short notice, for cast mate Lisa Nicole Cloud, who was out of town on business. 

Roger Bobb and Dr Heavenly at Caribbean American Movers and Shakers Atlanta
Roger Bobb and Dr Heavenly at Caribbean American Movers and Shakers Atlanta

Bobb and Kimes recognized those from the Caribbean and parts of Latin America who have made indelible marks on the Capital of the New South.

Consul General Bahamas: Randy Rolle
Consul General Bahamas: Randy Rolle

In attendance was the President of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Sylma- Bramble Brown, President of Taste of Atlanta Dale De Sena, Southern Division President of Home Depot Ann Marie Campbell, President of Panton Capital Holdings Dr. David Panton, Atlanta City Council Man CT Martin, VP of the U.S.V.I. Legislature Samuel Sanesand other distinguished guests. 

Producer Princess Banton of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Producer Princess Banton of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Atlanta Daily Journal reports: Media maven Princess Dalton-Lofters summed up the sentiments and prestige of the Caribbean Amercicans honorees on hand — a woman who achieved great success in the male-dominated industry by creating and producing the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

“I’m a little overwhelmed. I was born in Jamaica and raised in Canada and now living in the U.S. The one thing that I do wanna say is that it is definitely … being born in Jamaica, being West Indian, has made me who I am,” she said. “I was raised with a certain set of values and mores and was built to make it in this industry. Growing up in Jamaica and then Canada and my parents being West Indian, they instilled in me to be who I wanted to be and to do what I wanted to do. And those who know me understand that I do not take ‘no’ for an answer, or that ‘can’t’ is something that I never embraced. I always embraced dreaming big and going after your goals.

“And I got a lot of ‘no’s’ along the way, and it took that drive in me that I attribute to be me being Jamaican and West Indian to make it in this industry. And for someone like me who has made it, I just encourage young women to follow their dreams (and) never, never, never take ‘no’ for an answer and to always go after what you want,” Dalton-Lofters continued. “Because, believe me, if you can dream it, it will happen.”

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Apollo Nida pleads GUILTY of all Charges

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It seems that Apollo Nida is going back to jail, for a possible 30 years. Apollo Nida pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud.

This is a shocker, Phadera Parks admitted that her husband was incident until proven guilty. It seems that it may have been the opposite.

An official statement Justice.gov: Apollo E. Nida has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit mail, wire and bank fraud in a complex scheme spanning over four years, harming over 50 victims, and causing over $2.3 million in losses.

 

“This defendant participated in a sweeping fraud scheme that exploited many segments of the financial system, including phony claims submitted to federal and state agencies, loans secured by vehicles, and even basic identity theft associated with stolen checks,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The extensive nature of the fraud is unfortunate and breathtaking. Prosecutions like this case help to highlight the vulnerabilities in the financial system, so that we can prevent future schemes and protect our citizens and government agencies from theft like this.”

 

“Nida and his conspirators were conniving and creative in their scheme to steal victims’ identities and defraud them. The United States Secret Service will continue to adapt its investigative methodologies to arrest criminals who use their technological savvy to violate unsuspecting victims such as those in this case,” said Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.

 

“Many everyday citizens, legitimate businesses and taxpayers have been victimized by this complicated and long running fraudulent scheme. After an intensive investigation with the cooperation of federal, state and local law enforcement, we are very pleased to at long last see this criminal brought to justice,” said John D. Sours, Administrator, Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection.

 

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: Beginning in August 2009, Nida, 35, of Atlanta, Ga., and others conspired to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud. The conspirators obtained stolen checks by stealing them or buying them from other criminal associates. The stolen checks involved in the scheme included United States Treasury Checks, as well as checks stolen from the pension fund of Delta Airlines. Additionally, the conspirators obtained funds by filing fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and making fraudulent claims against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and at least eleven states, all in the names of victims whose identities had been stolen.

 

Many of these checks were mailed to a large network of mailboxes rented by the conspirators at UPS Stores in the Northern District of Georgia and throughout the nation, for eventual forwarding to the conspirators. The conspirators also obtained fraudulent auto loans secured by vehicles that they had no ownership interest in whatsoever. To convince banks to issue these loans, Nida and his conspirators created fake documents and websites appearing to belong to legitimate auto dealerships.

 

Once the conspirators obtained the stolen checks, they laundered them through numerous victim financial institutions. Often, the conspirators laundered the checks by opening bank accounts in the names of the payees listed on the face of the checks. This involved impersonating each payee and stealing his or her identity. The conspirators prepared for these impersonations by researching their victims using databases like LexisNexis and Equifax, to which they obtained access through fake collection agencies they had opened as part of the scheme. Sometimes, the conspirators negotiated checks by laundering them in bulk through accounts which appeared to belong to legitimate businesses, such as one in the name “Signature Tax Collections.”

 

The illegal conduct ended only when agents of the U.S. Secret Service confronted Nida and seized his laptop computer, pursuant to a search warrant, on September 13, 2013.

 

Assistant United States Attorney Alana R. Black is prosecuting the case.

 

This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection.

 

Jada Pinkett Smith CNN Documentary on Child Trafficking


 


Atlanta Georgia: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith joins the list of celebrities such as Jasmine Guy, who are advocates against child trafficking.  Jada is currently shooting a documentary for CNN, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her post on facebook about her first day shooting has created much social media buzz. She attended Well Spring , where she met three dynamic woman. This encounter opened Jada’s  eyes on persecution.

Her encounter with one young lady who’s gateway to trafficking was a stripping. Atlanta , Georgia is infamous for it’s strip club culture, often glorified in hip-hop music videos. The young lady shared that she wanted to be an independent woman, much like the girls in the music videos and songs.

“That’s the messaging that could get a young girl caught up in a situation that she can’t get out of”-Jada Pinkett Smith  

The sex trafficking industry is a 12 billion dollar industry. The average age of a girl sold into the sex trade industry is 12 years old.

“When we were coming up, stripping was the bottom” – Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada shared that she missed the messaging that young women were perceived independent and bold, by stripping for a living. In her  generation, stripping was not glorified and often look at as the bottom, often associated with drugs and other dysfunctional behavior.

Madd Factor: This is a major problem in the travel and sports industries, throughout the world. I commend all those who are supporting the efforts of Well spring and bringing to the forefront this social issue.

Tiny Reveals New Reality Project with Dwight Eubanks

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On Monday, April 14, 2014, a plethora of media & press outlets gathered at the W Hotel in Buckhead, GA for the official Announcement of the NEW TV Series “The Real Hair Stylists of Atlanta” with Executive Producers Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Shante Traynham (Creator), Mimi Carpenter and hosted by Atlanta’s own Dwight Eubanks.

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During the press conference, each Executive Producer was asked a series of questions relating to the overall TV series franchise (Which is expanding to New York, Los Angeles, and Miami), cast members (Which includes Nicki Minaj’s Wig Master Terrence Davidson and Razor Chick Jazmine Collins) and how this show will be different from the other hair shows already airing.

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The show is currently in a severe bidding war with several TV Networks and a final network announcement with all official cast members will be released shortly.

 

Rolling Out Hosts Female Success Factor

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Munson Steed, Michele Thornton, Stacii Jae Johnson, Christina Steed, Saptosa Foster and Aniesia Williams

On Saturday, March 29, 2014, rolling out presented its spring Female Success Factor seminar. This year’s theme, Social and Digital Mastermind Series, highlighted the journeys of the panelists whose careers span from cable TV sales and PR to journalism and Hollywood. This season’s panelists included Michele Thornton, VP of Ad Sales for Centric TV; Saptosa Foster, managing partner of 135th Street Agency, an experiential marketing and strategic communications with offices in New York and Atlanta; Stacii Jae Johnson, a political and entertainment leader, entrepreneur and the newest recruit to Atlanta’s V-103 FM’s lineup of radio personalities; and Aniesia Williams, brand executive and CEO of GOTO Ladies, a marketing, strategic brand management and event activation agency.

As part of National Women’s History Month, this event was designed to connect women of varying backgrounds and provide a platform for women to engage, innovate, be inspired, cultivate ideas, brainstorm and a build a community of influence with other professional women.

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Bungi Garlin Invades Atlanta

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On March 27, Trends Concept in junction with DJ Kash (V103 Atlanta), held a ground breaking one on one discussion with Soul Train Award winner Bunji Garlin, at Thrive Lounge, downtown Atlanta. Garlin whose real name is Antonio Alvarez was accompanied with his wife Fay-Ann Lyons, both have been breaking music records in the Soca genre over the past decade.

The event was attended by over 200 invited guests from the Atlanta metro area. Garlin also performed a melody of his latest hits, after his Q&A segment, where he discussed a variety of topics, such as the future of Soca in the mainstream music industry. He commented on his recent success with his hit song “Differentology”, which was the first Soca song to win a Soul Train Award in 2013. Garlin also shared the importance of Caribbean community  purchasing his genres music. To date,I-Tunes, do not see the importance of hosting the Soca genre in its catalog, due to limited sales in the past.

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Bungi Garlin and CMN Associate Tameka Winchester
The atmosphere was welcoming and inviting, as guests enjoyed drinks, while mingling with friends and colleagues. Bunji Garlin and his wife, toke pictures with his fans and various media outlets. The couple was engaging to their Atlanta hosts, and also mentioned that they have never been to a sit down interview Soca event such as this one. The guests laughed as Bungi and Fay-Ann shared their personal commentary on past Trinidad Carnival Soca Monarch competitions, and their journey throughout their careers.
“I was surprise to see chairs, I thought someone was getting married- Joked Fay-Ann Lyons” 
The Atlanta Caribbean American community was excited to have Bunji and his wife in town for this special event. He will be back in town Memorial Day weekend, during the Atlanta Carnival, hosted at Underground Atlanta on May 24, 2014. The 10th Annual Jouvert will take place on May 23, 2014 at the Atrium, where Garlin and his wife Fay-ann, will be alongside reggae artist Beenie Man, hosted by Krushmore Entertainment.

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Wife leaves groom behind to go on Honeymoon

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What would you do? 

A groom flying from Atlanta to Costa Rica forced his Delta Air Lines flight to divert to the Cayman Islands after he got into a “drunken argument” with his new wife en route to their honeymoon, Reuters reports.

The incident was bad enough that the flight’s crew opted to divert and make an emergency landing on Grand Cayman Island on Sunday.

The man was escorted from the flight and taken into custody by Cayman Islands police, but the bride remained on the aircraft and ultimately continued on with her trip to the Costa Rican capital of San Jose.

Royal Cayman Islands Chief Inspector Raymond Christian would not identify the couple’s identity to Reuters, but did acknowledge that the man who was taken into custody is a U.S. citizen.

Reuters says the man was being held Monday in the Cayman Islands on a charge of drunk and disorderly conduct. Christian indicated he could face additional charges.

Delta spokeswoman Lindsay McDuff confirmed the incident to Reuters, saying the crew operating Delta Flight 901 decided to divert to Grand Cayman because of a “disruptive customer.”

“The flight landed without incident and the customer was met by local authorities,” McDuff adds to Reuters.

Atlanta Middle School Principal Resigns Amid Drug Sex Scandal

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A middle school principal in Atlanta, Ga., has resigned after allegations surfaced that he had sex with a teacher inside of the school building, dated a student’s parent, and never punished a custodian who sold marijuana to students.

The Atlanta Constitution Reports: An Atlanta middle school principal had an in-school affair with a teacher and failed to look into rumors that a custodian was selling marijuana to sixth graders, according to the results of an internal school system investigation.

Kelvin Griffin, who resigned as principal of Young Middle School in west Atlanta on Friday, said Thursday the allegations are false.

“I never had an inappropriate relationship with a teacher and I never condoned anybody selling drugs to my students in my school, and I was never aware that was taking place,” he said in a phone interview.

The Feb. 21 investigative report, obtained by The AtlantaJournal-Constitution through an open records request, concludes that Griffin violated policies prohibiting romantic relationships with subordinates, and that he didn’t maintain a drug-free school environment.

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The report also found that Griffin had an inappropriate romantic relationship with a parent who was volunteering at the school, and that he allowed a non-certified teacher to administer a teacher effectiveness survey to students.

Griffin and the teacher locked themselves in her office and didn’t answer the door when an assistant principal knocked, according to the report. Security video footage showed the teacher checking to make sure the hallway was clear before waving Griffin to come out.

The custodian was arrested last year for possession of marijuana on campus after a school resource officer saw paraphernalia in the custodian’s car, the report said.

Griffin said he’s talking with attorneys to find out what his options are.

“All of it is rumors and innuendos, all of it,” he said. “Disgruntled employees started rumors that got out of hand.”

The report said Griffin told investigators he acknowledged he should have looked into rumors that the custodian was selling drugs.

Marlon Wayans Visits Atlanta in Style

Marlon Wayans poses at ATL Press ReceptionVarious celebrities and hair brands descended upon Atlanta this weekend to participate in the annual Mid-Winter Bronner Bros. Hair Show. Actor/comedian Marlon Wayans, R&B singer Bobby ValentinoSo So Def’s Dondria and singer/”R&B Divas Atlanta” star Latavia Roberson all stopped by the Strength of Nature booth to get a glimpse of their newest product, the Beautiful Textures Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System.

In town promoting his upcoming horror spoof A Haunted House 2Marlon spent the day at the Bronner Hair Show yesterday participating in an autograph-signing, doing interviews at the UPSCALE booth and touring the exhibit hall floor. The writer/producer ended his day at Twelve Atlantic Station at a press reception where over 80 journalists grilled the funnyman on the Oscars, his family legacy and what viewers can expect from A Haunted House 2 (in theaters April 18).

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Marlon Wayans ended his Atlanta press tour yesterday with a visit to Clark-Atlanta University.  The A Haunted House 2 star attended a Meet & Greet and autograph-signing that drew a crowd of over 400 students. The event was hosted by student Ta’Kaiya Jackson, who gave away screening tickets, screened the movie trailer, and led the audience in a Wayans trivia game.

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Upon his arrival, the students went into a social media frenzy. Marlon opened his remarks by letting the students know how honored he was to be in the room, and followed up with a joke about being denied acceptance into the university.  Student comedian Terrance White surprised Marlon with a brief stand-up routine, which was followed by an hour of autographs. Before leaving campus, Marlon conducted interviews with campus media outlets WSTU, WCLK, CAU-TV and the CAU Panther.

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