Grace Kennedy and Western Union Give Back to Atlanta

Western Union
Western Union
Sean Mason will Western Union presented a check for $10,000.00 to the Integrity Children’s Fund, 501 C3 organization based in Atlanta, which provides opportunities to disadvantage youth in Jamaica.

Atlanta, Ga: On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, over 300 guests packed the Porter Standford Performing Arts III and Community Center.  In attendance, was the Who’s Who of  the Atlanta, including representatives Invest Atlanta/Department of International Affairs, DeKalb County City Council, and Caribbean-American leaders living in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. The purpose of this special event was the annual Grace Kennedy and Western Union Town Hall Meeting, the topic of discussion was Caribbean Diaspora-#Borderless Possibilities.

The annual event was previously hosted in South Florida, New York, and Canada. However, this year the event moved to Atlanta, Ga, due to the rapidly growing Caribbean-American population. The Atlanta Metropolitan area has over 200,000 Caribbean-Americans including native Caribbean people and their descendants.

The event was hosted by local ABC (WSBTV) news personality Mrs. Wendy Corona. Grace Kennedy and Western Union also focused it’s attention on giving back to the Diaspora, with its scholarship program. After reviving it’s popular Jamaican Birthright program in 2015, Grace Kennedy announced that applications for the 2016 period are still open in the month of June.  The aim of the program is to expose second and third generation Jamaican university students to a diversified Jamaican experience through music, social activities and professional tutelage through internships at Grace Kennedy.

Atlanta residents can take advantage of a special Western Union rate of only $5.00 when they send money to Jamaica. The Town Hall Meetings will continue in the UK during June 6-11, 2016.

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Jermaine Dupri and Celebs Screening Daddy’s Home

Jermaine Dupri Daddys Home Screening Atlanta

Jermaine Dupri Daddy Home

Music mogul Jermaine Dupri along with daughters Shaniah and Jalynn hosted an Atlanta screening of the upcoming comedy DADDY’S HOME at Regal Atlantic Station. Outfitted in “ugly Christmas sweaters,” JD and his lovely girls welcomed the attendees, which included Jagged Edge singer Wingo, singer RL (Next), gospel singer Micah Stampley, DJ Fadelf, Beautii J (“Cutting It: In the ATL”), Melissa Knowles (HLN),  Jonica “Blu” Booth (“Bad Girls Club”), Bo Talley, Shay Johnson (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”) and more.

The movie is a comedy featuring actors Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. back They play  rival father figures in the new comedy “Daddy’s Home.”

The duo last appeared together as mismatched New York City detectives in 2010’s “The Other Guys.” In their latest film, Ferrell is a radio executive who competes for the affection of his stepchildren when their biological father, a muscled motorcyclist played by Wahlberg, returns.

DADDY’S HOME opens Christmas Day. Watch the trailer

The event photos was produced through the 135th Street Agency .



Burglar Alarm Goes Off Multiple Times at Church’s Chicken Due To Rats


In a shocking and disgusting news report, rats have been reported at a local Church’s Chicken, which is just unbelievable . The rats set the alarm system off 17 times as they enjoyed the juicy fired chicken and mash potatoes.

Channel 2 Action News reported that, in a span of just 30 days, DeKalb County police officers responded to 17 alarm calls at the Church’s at Candler Road and Glenwood Avenue. The 17th time around, an enterprising officer looked through the drive-thru window and spotted rats running around inside. Continue reading “Burglar Alarm Goes Off Multiple Times at Church’s Chicken Due To Rats”

85 year old Jewelry Thief Doris Payne Strikes Again


In a similar plot of a James Bond movie, an international jewelry thief is police custody in Atlanta, GA.Police believe 85-year-old Doris Payne has been stealing high end jewelry for more than 50 years. She has  been stealing high-end jewelry for more than 50 years.   Her crimes have been traced to Greece, Britain, France, Switzerland, Monte Carlo, and the United States.

July 11, Payne took a $33,000 diamond engagement ring from David Yurman jewelers at South Park Mall, reported by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Atlanta police say they caught her this time after she slipped a pair of earrings costing $690 into her pocket at the Christian Dior store inside Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. A loss prevention specialist reported that he observed her on surveillance video, according to a police report.

“I think these officers just thought it was a run of the mill shoplifting. They took the woman into custody and short time there after they get notice that another jurisdiction had a warrant for her and she was an international thief,” said Sgt. Warren Pickard, with the Atlanta Police Department.

“She put them in her pocket and politely walked out of the store,” Pickard said.

Doris Payne is known internationally for stealing high-end jewelry around the world. She was even featured in a 2013 documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne .”

“According to my research, when she was 20 year old, she started committing crimes,” Pickard said.

Police say she has made a lifelong career out of stealing, mugshots of her arrests date back to the 1960’s.

Atlanta police say she is also wanted for crimes out of North Carolina.

Her attorney said Ms. Payne is in good spirits, but having some health issues.

 Source WSBTV Atlanta


TI Celebrates B-Day With Carnival Theme Controversy


Rapper “Clifford “Tip” Harris, Jr., aka T.I.”, celebrated his 35th birthday on Friday September 25, 2015, with family and friends with a Carnival-themed party at his Scales 925 Restaurant.

T.I.’s event planners Music Business Politics  released an invitation on multiple social media platforms, to his  birthday party with a Caribbean Carnival theme. His team used an image belonging to Trinidadian Photographer Laura Ferreira, but failed to credit her. Laura’s watermark was also removed. Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation

Laura is a well-known and respected photographer/artist in Trinidad & Tobago and internationally. Her photos can be seen in numerous publications, billboards and advertisements..

Yellow rose #photography #portrait #selfportrait

A photo posted by Laura Ferreira (@lauraferreirastudios) on

Laura noticed and requested that if he chose to use the image, he must credit both her and the designer Anya or take it down ASAP.

T.I. Responded…


A statement from Laura via her Facebook…

“T.I. is using one of my images for his birthday invitation, on his Instagram account (it’s now on his Facebook page, too). Would love to have a credit for myself as well as the costume designer, Anya Ayoung-Chee. Seriously, whoever designed this knew they didn’t have the right to use it. Removing my name from the image doesn’t magically make it right. I would have been thrilled to let it out to such a huge audience, if I were contacted in the first place.”

This is Lauras original image 


Can T.I. be held liable for this invitation? 

Drake Gets 12 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

Rapper Drake attends an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Rapper Drake attends an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

It’s been ten years since the first BET Hip-Hop Awards launched in Atlanta, Georgia. The event has been a fixture in the urban music scene in Atlanta.  Snoop Dogg will once again host the award show while for the second year in a row Drake got the most nominations.

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New Music Tuesday:Prince, Future and Drake

New Music Tuesday 


Rapper Future has released a NSFW track with rapper Drake. The Atlanta rapper and Haitian decedent, has teamed up with Drake on his new single “Where you at”. He recently performed in the Caribbean (USVI), and in his home town of Atlanta.

The new track is fast-paced, with a hollow jingling that is reminiscent of a bottle nearing empty, when you’re slurping the last few drops up. Is that just me? Future kills yet another hook. -Hot New Hip-hop




Madd News Prince sues bloggers

Prince’s new song “Baltimore” features Eryn Allen Kane. Prince released the new music video for the song on YouTube Tuesday (video below).

The video describes the death of Freddie Gray in the custody of Baltimore police, shows the media attention to the case and highlights the peaceful demonstrations that followed. It also features several moments from Prince’s “Rally 4 Peace” event in Baltimore in May. Prince calls the song a tribute to all of the people of Baltimore. According to NPG Records Inc., Prince played all the instruments in the recording.

Jimmy Carter Say Jesus Would Approve Gay Marriage

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Former President and Nobel Peace recipient goes o record in support of gay marriage, he thinks Jesus Christ would be OK with gay marriage.

The Georgia native, who still teaches Sunday school classes monthly in south Georgia, made the revelation during an interview with The Huffington Post Tuesday to promote his latest book, “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.”

From the Huffington Post:

HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill asked Carter on Tuesday whether he believes Jesus would approve of gay marriage, and Carter said he does.

“I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in scripture. … I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” he said.

Carter had previously said he believes it’s “very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies” but that he drew a line by requiring that churches must marry people.

NeNe Leakes Leaves RHOA



After nearly eight drama-filled years on Bravo’s hit Real Housewives of Atlanta, fast-talking fan favorite NeNe Leakes is calling it quits, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Leakes, 48 – arguably the network’s biggest star, who’s been with the show since its inception – will not be returning for season 8. She says there comes a time when enough is enough.

“This was definitely a hard decision for me,” Leakes tells PEOPLE. “Me and my husband [Gregg Leakes] have been going back and forth on it for weeks now. But my contract is up and I just think this is the right time. This is my opportunity to spread my wings and do different things.”

The announcement comes with the news that Leakes will soon be focusing on totally new projects.

Rick Ross Has Georgia On His Mind


Rapper Rick Ross was arrested twice in one month the Atlanta metro area. A Fayette County judge denied bond for the 39-year-old ex-corrections officer today.

Ross’ bodyguard, Nadrian James, was also arrested and denied bond.

Ross and his bodyguard were arrested early Wednesday and charged with kidnapping and pistol whipping Jonathan Zamudio, a gardener, who maintains the grounds of the infamous mansion formerly owned by ex-boxer Evander Holyfield.

Zamudio reportedly suffered 2 chipped teeth in the beating that took place on Ross’ property.

What could Rick Ross be so mad about? 

It must be the flowers on the many acres.


Was Judge Baxter in APS Trial to Harsh? (Sentencing Moved to April 17)

On their eighth day of deliberations, the jurors convicted 11 of the 12 defendants of racketeering, a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison. Many of the defendants — a mixture of Atlanta public school teachers, testing coordinators and administrators — were also convicted of other charges, such as making false statements, that could add years to their sentences.

Photo Courtesy of AJC
Photo Courtesy of AJC

Judge Jerry W. Baxter of Fulton County Superior Court ordered most of the educators jailed immediately, and they were led from the courtroom in handcuffs. Judge Baxter, who presided over a trial that began with opening statements more than six months ago.

One female attorney struggled to contain her emotions as she begged the judge to reconsider sending her client to jail.

She reminded the judge that none of the defendants have criminal records. But the judge was not moved. “They have made their bed and they will have to lay in it,” he groused.

Judge Baxter continuously interrupted the lawyers and admonished them for wasting his precious time.

Sentencing was scheduled for April 8, 2015 , and have been moved to Friday April 17, 2015. This adds an additional 9 days to the defendants sentencing process.

Video by WSBTV Atlanta 

The Alvin Ailey Experience



The 2015 Alvin Ailey North American Tour, rolled into Atlanta Georgia Valentines weekend. Artistic Director Robert Battle brought the excitement and creativity of modern dance to life . This year’s production hosted over 1,000 guests nightly, and was a sensational, eye popping kaleidoscope of creativity.  The music transcends the global influences of the choreographers and dancers. Each production number ended with a standing ovation by the viewing audience, whom were delighted by every  masterpiece including the appropriate costumes and musical selection.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by the dancer, choreographer and visionary Alvin Ailey. Mr. Ailey established a multi-racial repertory company dedicated to presenting works by a variety of choreographers from the past and present. In 2008, after fifty years of performing around the globe, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world,” one that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage

This is a must-see show, which doesn’t disappoint at any given time.  The following dates are the 2015 remaining tour dates. See You There!


February 24-25
Chapel Hill, NC
Memorial Hall / University of North Carolina

February 27-28
Brookville, NY
Tilles Center for Performing Arts

March 3-4
Cincinnati, OH
Aronoff Center for the Arts / Procter & Gamble Hall

March 19-22
Detroit, MI
Detroit Opera House
March 24
Hartford, CT
The Bushnell
March 26-29
Boston, MA
Citi Wang Theatre
April 10-11
Mesa, AZ
Mesa Arts Center

April 12
Tucson, AZ
Centennial Hall

April 15-19
Los Angeles, CA
Music Center
April 21-26 
Berkeley, CA
Zellerbach HallMay 2-3
Baltimore, MD
Lyric Opera HouseMay 8-10
Newark, NJ

HBO Jay Z and Beyonce On the Run Special


Beyonce  and Jay Z is headed t0 Atlanta July 15, 2014, with tickets still on sale.  However,  HBO is expanding its partnership with Beyonce and Jay Z.

The duo is teaming with the premium cable network to bring a concert special for their current worldwide On the Run Tour.

Filming for the “On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z” special will be done during the Sept. 12 and 13 dates at Paris’ Stade de France and will feature Beyonce and Jay Z performing more than 40 songs from their catalogue.

“This is a major musical event that belongs on HBO,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. “It’s going to be a night to remember.”

The On the Run Tour, which features 19 dates in the U.S. and two in Paris, marks the couple’s first time touring together on the same bill. It began June 26 in Miami.

The news comes as Beyonce is currently appearing in Beyonce: X10, a 10-episode series of four-minute segments debuting before new episodes of True Blood. She previously appeared in her feature documentary Life Is But a Dream, which aired in February 2013.

Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” premiered on HBO in August 2013.


Black Church Inc Film Exposes Black Churches


Atlanta, Georgia is the focal point of this hard hitting documentary about the black churches in America. The tag line “Prophets for Profit” speaks volumes on the controversial subject matter, often discussed throughout the nation.

June 12, 2014 – Moguldom Studios, known for their revolutionary style of documentaries called “docutainment,” is set to release Black Church, Inc., an eye-opening expose about controversial issues clouding the church including “love offerings” (cash payments given to ministers), financial abuse and the deification of the mega-church pastor, all while asking… “is prayer-for-profit moral?” The documentary will be release on June 30, 2014 and will be available for purchase on DVD, as well as digital download through online retailers includingiTunesGoogle and

Moguldom Studios is leading the way in producing non-theatrical films through digital networks by keeping at the pulse of trending topics that are relevant in today’s ever-evolving world. In Black Church, Inc., the hour-long feature investigates and examines the sensationalism of the black church and its present day relationship with serving the community. Dr. Anthony Pinn, Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, discusses what he feels is a flaw in the “prosperity gospel,” or the idea that the Bible condones acquiring wealth. The shocking statistics, and heart-wrenching stories are sure to raise questions that will have lasting changes in our churches from the inside out.


Viewers will learn about how the days of working class preachers, who didn’t expect financial gain in exchange for spiritual guidance, are gone. A new breed of pastors has emerged: the mega-pastor – one who aims to sell their religious brand and get rich off the gospel.

“The purpose of our films is to provoke thought…to spark debate. Here at Moguldom, we accept the challenge of initiating difficult conversations. Black Church, Inc. is another example of presenting a question that many people within our community have been wondering,” says Brett Dismuke, President of Moguldom Entertainment.

Black Church, Inc. will be released on June 30, 2014, with the DVD and digital download available for purchase on, Google Play, iTunes and

Production credits include Todd L. Williams as director, producer and writer, as well as Jamarlin MartinMarve FrazierBarion L. Grant as executive producers, and Gloria Camacho as executive in charge.

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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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Carol’s Daughter Files For Bankruptcy


Carol’s Daughter Stores LLC, a national black hair,body and skincare brand, has filed for bankruptcy.The company has not gone out of business, and plans to restructure in the next few years. Once endorsed by the likes of Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett and Mary J. Blige, Carol’s Daughter has already closed down most of its stores and laid off more than 50% of their staff. 

Black news reports: Two stores – one in Brooklyn and another in Harlem – will remain open, and the products will be continue to be sold in over 2,000 nationwide retail locations including Target and the Home Shopping Network. The web site at will also continue to sell products.


But according to court papers filed by their CFO, most of Carol’s Daughter stores have been unprofitable since the year 2010. But despite it’s debts of up to $10 million, the company is determined to pursue a new strategy of solely focusing on growing the brand through retail outlets and online.

Carol’s Daughter started as a home business in 1993 by Lisa Price, an African American entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York. She reportedly starting out by making her products by hand in her kitchen, and selling them at local flea markets. In later years, she was able to convince major investors to get involved. One feature on Oprah, and the company took off almost overnight.

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.