TRINA BRAXTON’S BAR CHIX

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

I visited Bar Chix recently for the first time a couple of weeks ago on Friday for karaoke night and when I tell you it was a good time. It was everything. Located outside of Atlanta in Duluth, GA it was an experience that I will not soon forget. Let me tell you don’t get discouraged by the location, you will be glad that you went when you arrive.

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Trina Braxton just recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of Bar Chix. So I have to say HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO BAR CHIX! The moment you walk in there is a warm atmosphere that draws you in, from the staff, the décor, and the music, it will be hard for you not to have a good time there. If you go on Wednesday and Fridays then you are in for an added treat with karaoke. If you are lucky you will get a chance to see Trina rock the mic singing her favorite songs. Signature drinks and small plates complete the Bar Chix experience. I will definitely be back.

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The staff is amazing and you can tell that they love their jobs and it definitely comes across. Shout out to Mackenzie for accommodating our large party when we needed to move a couple of times due to the increase of our group. This is a great place to have a gathering or to go for happy hour after work. Shout out also to my new favorite server Porsha who was very patient and kind with us.

I am excited to see what else is in store for Trina Braxton and Bar Chix. She also has a bourbon line coming out and that bourbon was unlike any kind I had ever tasted, it went down so smooth and had no burn.

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Follow Trina and Bar Chix on social media for further information and updates.

Instagram: @barchix
Facebook: Bar Chix

Twitter: @TrinaBraxton
Instagram: @trinabraxton1
Facebook: Trina E. Braxton

SPOTLIGHT TUESDAY-TIERRA JAMES HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDITION!!

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

From the first day, I met Tierra James we automatically clicked. Her witty sense of humor and kindness matched mine. We made the same sarcastic comments at the same time, it was if we were thinking the same things as we watched people. It all became clear when we discovered that our birthdays were two days a apart. Scorpio’s united!

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Tierra is so multi-talented, she is a beast at creating. When you talk about grabbing some materials and making crafts, she takes it to the next level. She turns fabric and felt into earrings and has even made phone cases. Tierra doesn’t just make typical earrings either, these are those that turn heads and make people question where she got them from.

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During the day Tierra works full-time for a non-profit, and also serves as Blacc ATL’s creative liaison and correspondent. We are grateful to have Tierra a part of the team and cannot wait to see where her creativity takes her in the future.

To view her designs and to purchase visit http://www.shredsbytierra.com and follow her on social media for updates.

Instagram: @shredfantasy

Check out her correspondent skills below:

4TH ANNUAL MOTHERLESS DAUGHTER FOUNDATION GALA

BY: TIERRA JAMES

This past weekend we had the privilege of attending a magical fundraising gala for the Motherless Daughters Organization here in Atlanta. The gala was held at the Georgia International Convention Center. The décor was fit for the princesses that these girls are and they walked the red carpet with such grace. The gala served as the major fundraiser to raise money to continue the work with these girls. This gala also included a silent auction that included items donated by T.I. and a guitar signed by BB King and Prince among other things.

We also witnessed the emotional speeches from two of the organization’s graduating seniors, and an awards ceremony honoring key players who are making a huge impact in today’s society. Honorees included: former NFL Player-Demario Presley, Queen the Natural Hair Care Empire-Taliah Waajid, Senator Donzella James-State of Georgia, and Myrna White-Director of the Office of Public Affairs for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The keynote speaker for the night was Xermona Clayton, CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation and an honorary mother for the girls. Ms. Clayton gave an empowering speech teaching women 5 ways how to DE-Mask themselves in order to be successful in life.

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ABOUT MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS:

Founded by Rassalyn Willis, motherless Daughters is an organization that is committed to embracing and encouraging the growth and development of young girls entering their adolescent years without the support of their natural birth mother due to unforeseen circumstances. Through enrichment programs and focusing on self-awareness, social development, and community development, their hope is to provide an environment that will build character, promote confidence, release charm and cultivate the beauty that each Motherless Daughter beholds. These young ladies ages nine to 15 participate in a variety of educational workshops and are also paired with relatable mentors.

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MISSION: Motherless Daughters is a mentoring program that offers year-round support so that girls can become empowered to embrace every aspect of adolescent life and ultimately succeed in spite of challenging circumstances.

To sponsor an event, offer educational experience, have questions, want to donate, enroll a motherless daughter or volunteer please visit http://www.motherlessdaughtersfoundation.org

Also follow them on social media for updates:
Facebook/Instagram: @motherlessdaughtersfoundation

SPOTLIGHT TUESDAY- K. DAVIS

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

I had the chance to come into contact with K. Davis during BET Hip Hop Awards weekend here in Atlanta. She goes by the hashtag “Best Voice You Never Heard”, now at first I thought she was just being cocky but then she sang and I was like, “Okay, you can for real sing and an amazing singer at that”.

K. Davis is a Cleveland, OH native and officially went public with her artistry in the fall of 2015 but she has been singing and writing since she was a child. She blew her family away at a young age with “Weak” by SWV and from there she continued to sing and perfect her craft until she was ready to go public. Her training is unorthodox. She hears music differently and she follows that. It’s something similar to having perfect pitch. It’s like, either you have it or you don’t. She was born with a gift of singing and writing and she goes with it, and quite well. She is exploring various ways of bringing it out further. She has this feeling deep down inside that tells her that she has only been taping into a small part of what’s possible with her talent. Until then she is looking forward to what’s to come. She also has a gift to play the piano by ear. She is what some would call a musical prodigy, and I am excited to see what is to come from K. Davis.

 

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Being in this industry gives you the freedom, the freedom to create, which is what excites K. Davis about the industry. When creative people are given the liberty and freedom to be creative, the possibilities are endless and what you get as a result is an amazing treasure that everyone can enjoy. Besides writing and performing she also has a musical clothing line coming out.

K. Davis is currently working with Grammy Award-Winning producer Edwin Tony Nicholas and has completed 2 singles and is currently wrapping up her very first album “The Awakening” all to be released together at her concert in her hometown Cleveland, OH in January 2017. Details of the concert and the release will be posted on KDavisLive.com on November 1. She will also be posting her new DOPE clothing line “High Notes” to her website as well very soon.

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Nothing but greatness will continue to come from this amazingly multi-talented woman. Atlanta has nothing but love for K. Davis and will continue to follow her rise to the top. Follow her on her social media for updates.

Website: http://www.KDavisLive.com
Facebook: K.Davis Music
Youtube: K Davis Music
Instagram/Twitter: @KDavis_Music
SoundCloud: KDavis Music

ROCK YOUR VOTE 2016!

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

As election day fast approaches it is important to educate yourself on everything that will be on the ballot. Yes, we need to focus on who will be the next president but we also need to focus on Congress, Senate, and your local government. The President cannot make any decisions or put anything into law without a vote from the Congress or Senate. Things cannot change in your community without your local government.

The current U.S. Senate has 54 Republicans and 45 Democrats (Including one independent). There are 34 seats up in 2016, of which 24 are held by Republicans. Democrats need to gain 4 to 5 seats to take control. All 435 House seats are also up for election this year. In order for the Democrats to take the chamber back, they will need to gain 5 seats in this 2016 election.


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It is important for you to educate yourself and get out there and vote. A lot of people complained that President Obama wasn’t doing enough, however, without the support of the Senate or Congress the President cannot do anything. So laws that will make things better can be vetoed. As in the case with Obama, they vetoed a lot of things just because of a personal hate for the man even though they were good ideas. They do not have the country’s best interest at heart. The President also chooses the Supreme Court Justice, which the position is very vulnerable right now after the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia this past February.

Who you elect for your local government affects the community you live in. The local government you vote for such as the mayor that selects the police chief and the local judges are responsible for making sure that justice is served. So you can’t blame the President for why things aren’t getting done, blame yourself if you are not voting or voting effectively.

Early voting starts as early as Oct. 17. So in preparation for the election, you can obtain a sample ballot for your county, state online before you head to the polls. Don’t let the shenanigans of this Presidential fight get you distracted or discouraged about voting. Make sure you do your own research and get out there and vote. Also, don’t waste your vote on someone who will never be President. Yes, they may be a write in and you think they are good but they will never win the majority and you will have wasted your vote.

Link to find the sample ballot for your city, state:
https://g.co/kgs/qaLh03

YOU WILL BE MISSED TOMMY FORD! R.I.P.

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Actor Tommy Mykhal Ford died Wednesday at the age of 52. He was best known for his role as Tommy, Martin’s best friend on the TV show Martin.

“At 4:50 pm surrounded by family and close friends he transitioned from this life to life eternal.” His publicist tweeted.

For the past couple of weeks, he had been documenting his recovery from a knee replacement surgery on social media. According to his wife Gina, he had been hospitalized over the weekend when complications developed from his surgery and was placed on life support. Tommy suffered a ruptured aneurysm in his abdominal area.

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Tommy was also a motivational speaker and a children’s book author. He had also been focusing on building a career behind the camera. He had directed and produced several webisodes, been filming Reverse the Lynch Curse, a documentary about breaking curses of distrust and envy, and finished The Last Time, a film on domestic violence. Tommy was also involved in several theatre productions.

Gone too soon. We will miss the laughs and the big talent that he was. Here’s how some of his celebrity friends paid tribute:

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SPOTLIGHT TUESDAY-TYESHA HILLSMAN

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

I had the pleasure of meeting the multi-talented Tyesha Hillsman on the set of a short film about a week ago. Her tenacity and passion for her craft is inspiring. Tyesha makes sure she utilizes her talents and maximizes every opportunity she is given. She has just come off of a great weekend where she graced the stage at the Black Women’s Expo and attended the A3C Hip Hop Festival here in Atlanta.

Ty as she likes to be called began in the industry three years ago and focuses her attention on writing, acting, production work, and spoken word. She is truly a woman of many talents and while a lot of people have things that excite them about the entertainment industry Ty doesn’t. For her the excitement comes from her desire to do the Lord’s will and for her to use her God-given talents to help empower and inspire people. Now that is not something you normally come across with a 24-year-old but she isn’t your normal 24-year-old, after one conversation you can clearly tell that she is wise beyond her years and she posses a wealth of knowledge.

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When I tell you that Ty is always on the go and always hustling to perfect her craft, she attends writer’s workshops in the Atlanta area, spends any free time in the studio, was a part of a production crew at Purdue University, completed a collection of spoken word pieces, and has acted in several plays in her younger years. Ty is currently a production assistant for Bridge Builder Productions which is where our paths crossed as I was a part of the crew on one of their projects.

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Coming up for Ty is more studio time, making videos for her spoken word pieces and networking so she can continue to build a platform for her work.

You can follow her on social media for videos and more about the projects she has brewing:
Twitter/Instagram: @spokenword_ty
Facebook: Tyesha Hillsman
LinkedIn: Tyesha Hillsman
YouTube: TyeshaHillsman (Spoken Word TY)