Controversial New Series Hits The Web

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Six millennials experience the struggles of life and love in NYC.

Already reaching over 20,000 channel views, the new web series, Tough Love, has tons of people talking after publishing three nearly half-hour episodes. Not only are viewers captivated by the storyline, but they’re also enthralled by the music, the dynamic shots of New York City, and the extremely relatable characters.
In just a month after the release of it’s first episode,Tough Love has reached over 1,700 subscribers on it’s Youtube channel, over 7,000 followers on it’s official Instagram account, over 8,000 followers on it’s Instagram fan page, over 1,000 likes on Facebook, and hundreds of comments and shares from viewers who are ready to see more.

Tough Love airs every other Tuesday on Youtube at 9:30 pm EST. The next episode is December 22nd, 2015. #ToughLoveTuesdays. Click here to access Episodes 1-3.

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You can find out more about the show on our website: http://toughloveseries.com

Instagram: @thetoughloveseries

Twitter: @toughloveonline

 

Books Ink Literary Services 2015 Authors Showcase

 

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2900669_origPANEL DISCUSSION I – 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

MONICA CROFT  – MODERATOR 

Participants:

Lois Beh – Leslie Best – Brian Burns – Chirskira Caillouet – Karen Ford – Tony Lindsay

 Felicia Madlock – Arnetta Randall – Bonnie Taylor-Williams – Brenda Tucker-Jeffries

MINI-WORKSHOPS I – 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

 So You Want to Publish a Book: 101 – Dr. Constance D. Shabazz

Memoir Writing – Tony Lindsay

Rules of the Road for Story and Character Development 

Felicia Madlock & Karen Ford

 PANEL DISCUSSION II – 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

MONICA CROFT – MODERATOR

Participants: 

LaToya Nicole Benson – Dr. Debra Majeed – Kyle Marshall – Ni’Cola Mitchell

 Walter M. Perkins -Jamal Rasheed – Evan Roberts – Talayah Stovall

Ted Williams – Naleighna Kai

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MINI-WORKSHOPS II – 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Rules of the Road for Non-Fiction and Research Writing – Dr. Debra Majeed &

Walter M. Perkins

Building Your Book Platform –  Ted Williams, Ni’Cola Mitchell, LaToya Nicole Benson

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Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing: Two Paths to Becoming a Best Selling Author

Naleighna Kai & Talayah Stovall 

PANEL DISCUSSION III – 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

MONICA CROFT – MODERATOR 

Participants:

 Michael Applegate – Demetrice Cross – Anita “A. D.” Davis – Dorian Mendez-Vaz

N.J. McDaniel – Kirstin Smith – Kevin Whitaker – Yvonne Williams   

NEW SESSION ADDED

SPECIAL WORKSHOP – 4:15 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. 

Macro Literary All-Stars bare it all and give authors and readers the ins and outs of publishing. Learn how this author support group of ten authors landed on the national bestseller’s list within two weeks of releasing their novels, and also gained book deals with major publishing houses.
 

NALEIGHNA KAI, SUSAN PETERS, J.L. WOODSON, & VALARIE PRINCE 

FEATURED AUTHORS

Michael Applegate – The Prescription for Impeccable Customer Service (Business)

Lois Beh – The Father of Chicago:  DuSable (History/African American)

LaToya Nicole Benson– Ordinary Women: Extraordinary Purpose (Inspirational)

Leslie Best – The Afro-Latino: A Historical Journey (Non-Fiction/History)

Brian Burns – Mastering the Art of Interviewing: A Guide for Success Interviewing (Self-Help)

Chirskira Caillouet – Honey Licorice (Poetry)

Demetrice Cross – Delivered From Darkness (Autobiography)

Anita “A.D. ” Davis – After All Is Said and Done (Fiction)

Karen Ford – Thoughts of a Fried Chicken Watermelon Woman (Non-Fiction)

Naleighna Kai – Rich Woman’s Fetish (Fiction/ Romance)

Tony Lindsay – Almost Grown (Teen/Young Adult)
 

N.J. McDaniel – The Promise (Romance)

Felicia Madlock – Selfish Raine (Children’s Stories)

Dr. Debra Majeed – Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands (Non-Fiction/Religion/Sociology/Women’s Thought)

Kyle Marshall – The SuCCCCess Journey (Christian Living/Professional Development)

Dorian Mendez-Vaz – Sometimes in December (Inspirational Love Story)

Ni’Cola Mitchell – Pum Pum (Contemporary Fiction)

Walter M. Perkins – Write Right Right Now (Non-Fiction/How To)

Susan D. PetersSweet Liberia: Lessons from the Coal Pot

Valarie PrinceThe Virus: When Love Turns Deadly 

Arnetta Randall – Stereotypically Me (African American Literature)

Jamal Rasheed – It’s Mandatory to Identify and Kick Slave Habits (Sociology/Religion)

Evan Roberts – How to Become Influential and Highly Successful (Young Adult/Self-Help)

Kirstin Smith– Lotus (Women’s Contemporary Fiction) 

Talayah Stovall – Light Bulb Moments: 75 Lessons for Everyday Living (Non-Fiction/Self-Help)

Bonnie Taylor-Williams – With These Hands: A Country Girl Came to Town (Non-Fiction/Biography)

Brenda Tucker-Jeffries – Mother of the Bride – So Your Daughter is Getting Married (Wedding Planning)

Kevin Whitaker – The Party Girl (Urban Fiction)

Ted Williams – The Way Out: Christianity, Politics and the Future of African Americans (Sociology)

Yvonne Williams – “Before I Lay Me Down to Sleep” (Urban Romance)

J. L. Woodson – NAACP Image Award Nominee

Meeting with the ladies of SMM Book Club

Meet the ladies of Sistah Mind in Motion Book Club (SMM)

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Sistah Minds In Motions (SMM) is a group of women with diverse backgrounds located in the surrounding areas of the greater Atlanta area. SMM stemmed from a vision of desiring to bond resilient African-American women in cultivating friendships, encountering new and unique
experiences, social gatherings, networking, taking part in community events and the overall encouragement of each member. They are women that are married, single, employed, in school, educators, working moms,
stay-at-home moms, and women from all walks of life. We chose to come together to share wisdom, advice, opportunities and discuss the ripples of day to day issues in life.

SMM was established in November 2009 by Bobbi Ramey. Their first official book club meeting took place on January 16, 2010. Bobbi Ramey is an avid inspirational reader. The idea was to bring together a diverse group of women who enjoy reading and to bond spiritually. She asked her family and friends if they would be interested  in joining and the rest is history!  SMM was born!

As black women, time and time again we have exclusive  desires and concerns that are not recognized by those who cannot relate to our cultural issues. They speak openly and honestly to each other about all aspects of life. They continue to respect our differences give our
support, uplift, and celebrate one another.

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On Saturday October 3rd, I met with the ladies to discuss Pum Pum my 10th title. We cried, laughed, and debated for hours my characters, and why I chose to write about Iyana and Phe Phe. We celebrated the club members birthdays who were born in the month of October, and even I love meeting with these beautiful ladies and just wanted to share my experience with you.

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For more information contact Bobbi Ramey at: info@sistahmindsinmotionsbc.com

The Third Annual Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival 2015

The third annual Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival wrapped up an epic 3-day weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. More than 90,000 people took over the streets eager to catch headlining performances by legendary musicians Stevie Wonder and Duran Duran, Billboard chart-toppers Imagine Dragons and Hozier, hip-hop heavyweights Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg, dance music artists Major Lazer, Kygo, Porter Robinson and many more who hit the four outdoor stages throughout the one-of-a-kind weekend.

The best in music, art, culinary and learning came together to kick-off the fall festival season with each component owning more than 18 square blocks of Downtown, the largest land-space the festival has owned in its three years. Spotted during the weekend were young Hollywood favorites Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Osment, Emmanuelle Chriqui and first time speakers at the speakers at the Learning Series Kat Graham and Rosario Dawson who were seen roaming the festival grounds.

Day One – Friday, September 25:

  • The opening night was led by non-other than R&B star Stevie Wonder, who serenated the crowd at the main Downtown Stage performing his top hits including, “Isn’t She Lovely,” and “Superstition”
  • The interactive art installation welcomed murals painted by international street artists  D*face and also featured Banksy’s New York delivery truck, which made its Las Vegas debut at the festival
  • Food Network’s own pastry chef, Duff Goldman participated in the culinary demonstrations offering festivalgoers tip and tricks to his craft
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy joined electronic house DJ, Discovery Project, on the Troubadour Stage, the debut tent at this year’s festival

Day Two – Saturday, September 26:

  • The city’s own hometown heroes, Imagine Dragons, wrapped an electrifying performance in front of thousands of screaming fans
  • Actor and Director, Justin Baldoni surprised a young girl on stage named Claire Wineland, who is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, by gifting 15 minutes of his speaking time to allow her to deliver an inspirational speech. It has been Claire’s dream to be a public speaker.
  • Noted French chef, Hubert Keller offered a full culinary demonstration of his ultimate Fleur hamburger

 

Day Three – Sunday, September 27:

  • The Killers reunited with Brandon Flowers on the main stage
  • Emerging new artist, Halsey jumped off stage in the middle of her performance to give one lucky fan her first kiss
  • Vampire Diaries actress, Kat Graham performed her new album at The Downtown Container Park
  • Actress Rosario Dawson spoke on stage in front of a crowded room about life challenges and obstacles at the Learning Series
  • Weezer collaborated with fellow Life is Beautiful performers Best Coast during their set
  • Kendrick Lamar closed out the 3-day festival with crowds chanted his name

 

Day 1 Assets:

–          Video footage available here: http://we.tl/GVoLBHd09p

–          2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival Day One  – Part 1 / Photo Credit: FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

–          2015 Life is Beautiful Festival Day One – Part 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

Day 2 Assets:

–          Video footage available here: http://we.tl/3x3ZhQA5sr

–          Life is Beautiful Day 2 / Photo Credit: Erik Kabik for Life is Beautiful

–          2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival Day Two  – Part 1 / Photo Credit: FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

–          2015 Life is Beautiful Festival Day Two – Part 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

Day 3 Assets:

–          Video footage available here: http://we.tl/8KeyR0unir

–          Life is Beautiful Day 3 / Photo Credit: Erik Kabik for Life is Beautiful

–          2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival Day Three – Part 1 / Photo Credit: FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

–          2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival Day Three – Part 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

LAS VEGAS, NV - September 27: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** pictured at at Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, NV on September 27, 2015. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch

LAS VEGAS, NV – September 27: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** pictured at at Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, NV on September 27, 2015. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch

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Kendrick Lamar, Kravitz

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FOX Continues 10 City “Rosewood” Screening Tour in Miami (Media Recap)

FOX continues the 10-City “Rosewood” Screening Tour in Miami. Press and influencers were privy to never before seen footage of FOX’s star-studded line-up of new dramas, new mysteries, and new thrills this Fall on FOX. Alongside “EMPIRE”, one of the most popular primetime series in the network’s history, FOX will introduce Miami-based investigative series,  “ROSEWOOD” starring Morris Chestnut, “SCREAM QUEENS” with Keke Palmer and futuristic crime drama, “MINORITY REPORT” featuring Meagan Good.
FOX SEASON PREMIERE DATES
Monday, September 21st
8:00PM – “MINORITY REPORT”
Tuesday, September 22nd
8:00PM – “SCREAM QUEENS”
Wednesday, September 23rd
8:00PM – “ROSEWOOD”
9:00PM – “EMPIRE”
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Guests Can’t Wait to Share About FOX’s Newest Show “Rosewood” Premiering September 23rd!

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Attendees at the FOX “Rosewood” Screening Tour

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Guest Enjoyed Complimentary Food by the Bite and Beverages at the FOX “Rosewood” Screening Tour

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Phil Buchanan (Former NFL Athlete), Leon Fragee (Celebrity Stylist)& guest

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Complimentary “Rosewood” Swag Bags

Arts Hearts Fashion Opening Day at Grand Central Station Presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Association with FTL Moda (Media Recap)

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Opening day for prestigious bi-coastal fashion platform Art Hearts Fashion commenced last night with a 5 designer showcase hosted at Vanderbilt Hall presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation in association with FTL Moda. Art Hearts Fashion Founder and Designer Erik Rosete opened the show with his Mister Triple X “Vortex” collection. This season Mister Triple X debuted a flirtatious metallic pallet featuring rich body-con dresses, shorts and the designer’s signature bunny ears. Zachary/Nathaniel was next to the runway presenting an inspired collection of dark hues, plunging necklines and leather features. Expert draping made for flattering silhouettes in the designs, expertly pair with sheer and leather. Tarek Sinno’s rich color scheme of blues, reds and golds accentuated the feminine form with fanciful ornate detailing and unexpected structured features. Striking lines and intricate jeweling elicited excitement from guests and media. Designer Gregorio Sanchez enlivened the runway with bright pops of color and fine hand embroidery. This cohesive collection full of bold patterned skirts and romantic tops expressed a natural vibrant energy and movement. Cary Santiago closed the evening with a jaw dropping collection full of high drama. The cinematic designs are impeccably crafted demonstrating Santiago’s ingenious artistry.

Official Makeup Sponsor The Organic Face™ and Official Hair Care Sponsor Marrakesh worked with designers bringing their visions to life on the runway.

As a voice for artistic and cutting edge designers, Art Hearts Fashion is paving the way toward the future of Fashion Week. Art Hearts Fashion’s philanthropic drive stretches from coast to coast, putting the spotlight on how fashion can promote constructive ideals and influence the progressive evolution of the fashion industry. Each season, AHF works with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Make-A-Wish. Participating designers can be seen on every major Hollywood celebrity including: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Niki Minaj, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Miley Cirus, Carrie Underwood, and countless more. The platform is unequivocally intertwined with the causes and organizations it supports.

Special thanks to Art Hearts Fashion sponsors and supporters including: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, VOSS Events, Savvy Traveler, and Monster Energy.

Art Hearts Fashion is produced by Erik Rosete and ParkerWhitaker Productions

Day 2 of Art Hearts Fashion Continues Tonight at The Refectory at The High Line Hotel

The upcoming Art Hearts Fashion LA will be held in Los Angeles October 5-10th 2015. For press access please email Erin@Parkerwhitaker.com

Photos of event:

Photo Credit Bob Cox

Mister Triple X

Zachary NathanielTarek Sinno

Gregorio Sanchez

Cary Santiago

Photo Credit Troy Tackett

BTS Photos: Photo Credit: Aremis Studios 

Photo Credit Paulina Bandremer

Designer Mister Triple X

Designer Zachary Nathaniel

Designer Gregorio Sanchez

Designer Cary Santiago

[Media Recap] Virgoland Presents Reneard Confessions of A Virgo Album Release Party 9.8.15

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Audi Atlanta was filled with beautiful cars, beautiful music and beautiful people for singer/songwriter Reneard’s “Confessions of A Virgo” album release party.  The evening was hosted by Rashan Ali (Multimedia Personality/Philanthropist) and the “Ode to R&B” musical soundtrack was provided by Jay Tek (Program Director – Streetz 94.5).  Guest were treated to delightful hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Marlo (Cravings Express) and complimentary cocktails courtesy of Hennessy. Later that evening, the man of the hour Reneard took the stage for a soulful live performance with a full band as he performed select records from “Confessions of A Virgo” including the single “Yea Yeah” with special guest rap duo TK N Cash. In between songs Reneard had an intimate Q and A with host Rashan Ali where he spoke on his influences, features on the album, and how his Dad always pushed him to work hard for what he wanted in life. A heartfelt moment took place on stage when Reneard surprised his Dad with a commemorative “Confessions of A Virgo” plaque as a token of his appreciation.  Reneard was then surprised by a commemorative plague of his own by Greg Smith (SESAC Writer/Publisher Relations). The evening concluded with guest, friends and family purchasing copies of “Confessions of A Virgo” and taking pictures with Reneard. “Confessions of A Virgo” is available now on: iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

Special Thanks

Audi Atlanta

Hennessy

SESAC

Cravings Express

Salt and Pepper Productions

:: Courtesy of The Resource Guild ::

Note: Please send all press coverage to: press@theresourceguild.com

Photo Credit: Shawn Bell

Join The Conversation

IG & Twitter @IamReneard | #ConfessionsOfAVirgo

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Singer/Songwriter Reneard Releases Debut Album “Confessions of A Virgo”

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​Reneard and his Wife Latoya Green (Red Dress) Taking a Picture with Fans at Reneard’s “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta

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​Crowd Shot: Reneard Performing “Yea Yeah” Live with Rap Duo TK n Cash during his “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta

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​Reneard and Masud Wiggins (General Manager Audi Atlanta) at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta

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Collaborative Partners: Catering Sponsor Chef Marlo (Cravings Express), Host for the Evening Rashan Ali (Multimedia Personality/ Philanthropist), and Cocktail Sponsor Michael “Hezo” Gonzalez (Moet Hennessy) at Reneard’s “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta

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​Reneard Presenting a Commemorative “Confessions of A Virgo” Plaque to his Father Bobby Green with Host for the Evening Rashan Ali (Multimedia Personality/Philanthropist) at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta

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​Reneard Being Presented a Commemorative “Confessions of A Virgo” Plaque by Greg Smith (SESAC) at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta

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​Reneard Using his Falsetto for a High Note During his Live Performance at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta

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​Reneard Using his Falsetto for a High Note During his Live Performance at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta

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​Rashan Ali (Multimedia Personality/ Philanthropist) Host Reneard’s “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta

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​Reneard with Rap Duo TK N Cash at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta

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​ Singer/Songwriter Reneard at his “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta