Living Atlanta Style | Red Carpet Alert: Paint Atlanta Orange – Dionne Warwick hosts National Kidney Fund Gala
March 26, 2015
Living Atlanta Style — We’re issuing a red carpet alert as Dionne Warwick, Doug E. Fresh, and celebrities join dignitaries, business leaders, and healthcare providers to enjoy an evening in Atlanta – “Painting Atlanta Orange,” a gala on Friday, March 27th. The event benefits the National Kidney Foundation serving Georgia.
The Gala, with entertainment, live auction, and dancing takes place at 270 Peachtree Street from 7PM to 10pm. DryerBuzz.com will be on hand for the buzz behind the buzz. Stay tuned to our streams and listen for recap on #DryerBuzzonWAOK.
The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.
Living Atlanta Style | Ethics on the Stage with Pearl Cleage: Blues for an Alabama Sky March 31st | Actors Readings and Dialogue
March 25, 2015
#LivingAtlantaStyle stage by stage, can’t miss Ethics on the Stage. Chance to hear actors readings from Pearl Cleage’s new “Blues for an Alabama Sky, ” and Pearl herself. #HairSheBuzz opportunity to interact with one of the greatest living African American Playwrights.
Tuesday, 7pm at the Center for Ethics. http://ethics.emory.edu/pillars/ethics_and_arts/stage.html
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Living Atlanta Style | QuickBuzz: Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story part of Alliance Theatre 2015/16 Season
March 24, 2015
Living Atlanta Style — Alliance Theatre announced its 2015/16 Season for Alliance Stage, Hertz Stage, Theatre for Youth and Families, and Theatre for the Very Young series. Known for breaking world premieres, Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, is on the list to debut January 2016 and run through February 14, 2016 — written and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown The Musical) with music by BeBe Winans.
From the creator of Motown the Musical and an icon of contemporary gospel music comes a heart-warming and hilarious journey towards self-discovery. Detroit natives BeBe and CeCe Winans, youngest siblings of the Winans family dynasty, experience the ultimate in culture shocks when invited to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise The Lord network television show. The teenaged Winans become not only television celebrities, but also the “adopted children” of the Bakkers, integrating TV evangelism in Pinewood, North Carolina. As BeBe and CeCe encounter fame, fortune and even a young Whitney Houston, BeBe must learn to balance his desire for success with his true calling. An amazing gospel music story starring a new generation of Winans as the young BeBe and CeCe!
Other season highlights include regional premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Disgraced, a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and 12th Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition winner, Start Down.
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PS: Don’t Miss Blues for an Alabama Sky April 15, 2015 to May 10, 2015
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March 23, 2015
Atlanta Film Festival once again takes over Atlanta top venues for its 39th year buzzing with the city with amazing films and conference schedule. Get the buzz behind the buzz with #DryerBuzzonWAOK Yalanda P Lattimore. Full interview at http://DryerBuzz.com
View the Films List: http://atlantafilmfestival.com/films
View the Schedule: http://atlantafilmfestival.com/schedule
View the Creative Conference: http://atlantafilmfestival.com/conference
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March 5, 2015
Living Atlanta Style – ‘Nique Week,’ the Atlanta Hawks’ tribute to franchise icon Dominique Wilkins, culminates with ‘Dominique Wilkins Night’ on Friday, March 6, when the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. Before that, Nique was honored with a statue unveiling at a luncheon on the floor at Philips Arena. Watch
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Hair She Buzz | Black Women Film Network (BWFN) 2015 Scholarship Winners Announced | Untold Stories” Awards Luncheon and Summit March 5-7th
March 3, 2015
Hair She Buzz — Atlanta’s already buzzing about 2015 Black Women Film Network (BWFN), Untold Stories Luncheon, and Summit (March 5-7th) which brings together women and supporters who help women enter, protect and preserve a strong presence in film and television industries.
The 2015 Scholarship Winners receive their scholarships at the The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) “Untold Stories” Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 6 at 11:30 am as part of the Black Women Film Summit.
Congratulations are in order for:
- Dominique Boyd, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Dominique has a 3.66 GPA and is a screenwriter/director with a unique voice.
- Tawanna Easley, Atlanta Technical College. Tawanna has a 3.81 GPA and has passed the Apple Certification exam. She is an editor and is working on a documentary about her eight year-old nephew who is training to be a fourth generation cowboy.
- Erica Lamberson, Spelman College. Erica has a 3.97 GPA and is a Computer Science major with a Studio Art minor. She is interested in mobile app design. Her screenwriting professor says “her writing sings.”
“These are extraordinary women who are going to go on to make an impact on the industry,” said Deidre McDonald, BWFN scholarship committee. Fellow committee member Donna Lowry said, “Our scholarship recipients, like Jaunice Sills from REVOLT TV, have gone on to become key influencers in entertainment today.”
The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) Summit runs from Thursday – Saturday, March 5th-7th. While buzzing the summit, look forward to getting upclose and networking with Will Packer, Lamman Rucker, Logan Browning, Robi Reed, Shante Bacon, Tia Powell, and Tomika Depriest.
Plus enjoy panels with Denise Hendricks Traci Blackwell (VP, Current Programming, CW Network), Connie Orlando (SVP Specials, Music & News, BET Networks), Robi Reed (VP Talent & Casting, BET Networks); Jasmin Goodman Angela Northington (SVP Content Acquisitions, Urban Movie Channel), Alonzo Llorens (Attorney, Gorden & Rees), Bernard Coleman (Attorney, The Coleman Law Firm); Nneka Onurah (Director, The Same Difference), Judi Blair (Actress, Magic Mike XXL), Emcee N.I.C.E (Creator, Da Jammies), Gabrielle Fulton (Director, Ir/Reconcibale).
In between meeting whom you need to get to next level in film and television, enjoy luncheons, book festival and screenings. Look for DryerBuzz.com to bring you the buzz behind the buzz — but be in the place for yourself if film and television is your dream.
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February 26, 2015
Living Atlanta Style – EntrepreNewHer Movement has been created for Small Business Women to Collaborate, Create and Connect! You Show Up with Your Vision, We Provide the Platform to Share Stories of Success & Strategies for Taking Your Business to the Next Level!
Join EntrepreNewHer February 28th for an intimate discussion over a delicious breakfast about sisterhood and business!
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February 22, 2015
Living Atlanta Style — We let out hair down again this season at the Bronner Beauty Beauty show, live broadcasing with News & Talk #1380WAOK and Derrick Boazman. The theme was #beblownaway and we were. Plus we got some behind the scenes buzz with Ashley Powell @Ash.the.MUA serving as make up artists for BB models. Another great time Living Atlanta Style.
We also made the buzz in coverage from RayCornelius.com buzzing in photos.
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January 31, 2015
Living Atlanta Style — 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase Recap
DryerBuzz.com had the pleasure of getting up close and personal with the 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands Showcase. The Honda Battle of the Bands, or HBOB for short, has brought the ultimate HBCU band experience to the Atlanta, Georgia area since 2003. This year was perhaps one of the best HBOB’s to date: all 8 participating bands contained over 200 members and the mass band consisted of over 2,000 collegiate musicians.
The event began with the mass band performing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and the “Star-Spangled Banner. The rich tones and textures of the mass band accompanied singer and actress Demetria McKinney as she led the group with a stellar performance. Mr. Lawrence Jackson, retired Director of Bands at Southern University, led the band through their opening number and Mr. Lindsey B. Sargeant, arranger for the Florida A&M University Marching Band, arranged the musical selections for the mass band.
The battle began with two HBOB newcomers. First, The Talladega College Marching Tornadoes Band from Talladega, Alabama took the field. Many in the HBCU band community considered Talladega as the “new kids on the block”. At the end of their show, Talladega left a message for all the critics: “Get on my level”. Next up was the Howard University Showtime Marching Band from Washington D.C. The Showtime Marching Band dedicated their drill to the Divine 9 Greek organizations by spelling their greek letters on the field, many of which were founded at Howard University. They also gave a shoutout to Tau Beta Sigma Band Sorority and Kappa
Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, which were well received by members of those organizations. The crowd fell in love with their famous “Circle Drill” as the band performed Friend of Distinction’s “Going In Circles”.
The next two bands were crowd favorites from previous years. The North Carolina A&T Marching Aggies Band proved why the Atlanta crowd loved them so much. The Aggies put on a fired-themed show featuring their “Cold Steel” percussion section and “Golden Delight” dance team. Their show and dance routine raised the bar for excitement and engaged the crowd from beginning to end. Following the Aggies, the Marching Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman took the field for the 10th time in Honda Battle of the Bands history, the only band to have been
invited and performed for 10 different HBOBs. The Marching Wildcats highlighted their accomplishment by spelling “10th” on the field as they drilled to Cameo’s “Single Life”. The Marching Wildcats showcased their superior musicianship when they performed Troop’s “All I Do” and ended with their legendary “BCU” formation and “Let’s Go Wildcats” school song.
Doug E. Fresh performed at the half-way point, bringing some of his classic hits to the Georgia Dome. V-103’s own Ryan Cameron, the host for the HBOB, led the crowd through the annual “Old School/New School” music battle, which kept everyone on their feet. Meanwhile, the next four bands were in the tunnels gearing up for their performances. Following Ryan Cameron ad Doug E. Fresh can be a tough task for anyone, but the next 4 bands proved to be worthy of such task.
The Tennessee State University Aristocrats of Bands took the field in the 5th spot. The AOB demonstrated their drilling expertise by creating a 747 jet on the field and spelling their staple formation of the school’s initials “TSU”. One of the highlights of the AOB’s performance was their concert selection. Many bands have performed Floetry’s “Say Yes”, but nobody performed it like the AOB. Next up was the Alabama State University Marching Hornets Band. The band completed a precise kaleidoscope drill and remained in the eye-catching formation as the Stingettes took the field. After the band spelled “ATL”, they ended their show with the infamous “Honey Bees” dance routine, a crowd favorite.
The final two bands were my personal favorites and, ironically, are rival schools. The Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band took the field and opened with a powerful rendition of “Georgia On My Mind”, featuring former JSU Tiger and grammy-nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn. Arguably, the Boom proved to be the most powerful-sounding band of the night. I could literally feel the air pressure from their horns in my chest. They closed out their show with a “sideline blowdown” featuring Mississippi native and award-winning rapper Big K.R.I.T. “I’m humbled and honored to even be here performing with the Boom.
They’re from the ‘sip’. Feels good to support my home”, K.R.I.T. said as we spoke on the sideline. The final band of the night was the Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band. The Human Jukebox hit the field with a precise drill to the tune of Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Joy and Pain”. Their power and showmanship were top-notch, spelling their Human Jukebox logo on the field and performing the late Nate Dogg’s “Nobody Does It Better”. They ended their show on an exciting note, highlighting one of their bands members for a dance feature and hitting the home side with brass power as they performed Migos’ “No Messin’ Wit”.
Pros: The bands. There wasn’t one show where the crowd questioned why a particular band was selected. All of the bands were good; some better than others. The musicianship displayed by those collegiate musicians was beyond exceptional.
Cons: The structure of the event. As a former Marching Wildcat, HBCU alumnus, and bandhead myself, the HBOB gives the outside world only a glimpse of the true culture. It would be nice to see the Honda executives add a “stand battle” portion or even make it a two-day event: stand battle on Friday and field shows on Saturday. In order to make this more of a battle, we should let the crowd see the true nature of a “Battle of the Bands”. Winners: The audience. Arguably one of the best HBOBs to date. The featured performing artist was perfect for the setting. The bands really brought their A-game.
– Dex Bailey
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January 30, 2015
Living Atlanta Style one #redcarpet at a time, we buzzed an invitation only screening of what We TV buzzed as a “Bachelor-esque” show titled “Match Made in Heaven” staring Shawn Bullard. Evening included posts show Q&A with Bullard, moderated by radio and reality personality, Claudia Jordan. Are you ready to watch Shawn find his match?
PhotoBuzz – Match Made in Heaven
Get ready to tweet — #MatchMadeinHeaven premieres Wed, February 4 at 8pm ET/PT on WE tv.
ABOUT ‘MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN’ - Meet Shawn Bullard, a real estate magnate and former college athlete looking for true love. And who better to help him find The One than the man upstairs – or someone with a close connection? Enter Pastor Ken Johnson (spiritual advisor to the Indianapolis Colts) who guides Shawn and observes the authenticity and godliness of 24 women living under one roof hoping to find a love connection with Shawn. Not only does the pastor weigh in on Shawn’s choices, but when his very outspoken mother moves in, she too has a say on who could potentially be her daughter-in-law. While some ladies are sane and sweet, others are downright devilish leading to plenty of drama and bad behavior. After a series of dates, romantic rendezvous, harsh eliminations, and solicited (and unsolicited) advice from the Pastor and his mother, find out if Shawn finally meets his match. “Match Made in Heaven” premieres on WE tv,Wednesday, February 4 at 8pm ET/PT http://youtu.be/uWSX31XdL3k.
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