WGN AMERICA HOSTED ADVANCED SCREENING of #Underground on #PassionateSpot


Los Angeles, February 10, 2016 – WGN America hosted an advanced screening of the first episode to their original series Underground premiering Wednesday, March 9 at 10pm. The screening was held in the “windy city” at Chicago’s landmark, the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Following the screening, Aisha Harris of Xfinity.com moderated a Q&A panel with Underground stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge. As a surprise audience visit, Smollett-Bell’s brother Jussie Smollett attended the well received event in support of his sister.

From creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, and executive producer and Academy Award-winner John Legend, the 10-episode, hour-long program follows a group of courageous men and women who use their ingenuity, power and perseverance to attempt the greatest escape in history and break free, despite the dire consequences that awaited them on the other side.


In WGN America’s “Underground,” a courageous blacksmith Noah (Aldis Hodge) covertly organizes a small group of his fellow slaves and pieces together a daring plan of escape across hundreds of miles to freedom.  The odds of success are razor-thin for those who make it off the plantation, while the risks, dangers and obstacles multiply each step of the way.


“Underground” features an acclaimed cast, including Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“True Blood,” “Friday Night Lights”), Aldis Hodge (“Straight Outta Compton”), Christopher Meloni (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”), Alano Miller (“Jane The Virgin”), ‎Jessica de Gouw (“Arrow,” “Dracula”), Marc Blucas (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), ‎Adina Porter (“The 100”), Mykelti Williamson (“Justified,” “24”), ‎Amirah Vann (“Girls,” “And So It Goes”), Johnny Ray Gill (“Rectify”), Chris Chalk (“Gotham”), Reed Diamond (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Theodus Crane (“The Walking Dead”), Renwick Scott (“Treme”) and Jussie Smollett (“Empire”).


“Underground” is created by Misha Green (“Sons Of Anarchy,” “Heroes”) and Joe Pokaski (“Daredevil,” “Heroes,”) who executive produce alongside Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”) of Weed Road Pictures; and Joby Harold (“King Arthur,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) and Tory Tunnell (“King Arthur,” “Holy Rollers”) of Safehouse Pictures.  Visionary artist and producer John Legend, an Academy Award, Golden Globe® and multi-Grammy Award winner, and his Get Lifted partnersMike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius executive produce.  Additionally, Get Lifted oversees all elements of the show’s music.  Anthony Hemingway (“The Wire,” “Treme”) directs and serves as executive producer for the first four episodes.


The “Underground” full-length trailer can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nOEUogI7pQ.



MC Lyte, Jazmine Sullivan, Christina Milian And More Attend the ESSENCE 7th Annual Black Women in Music Celebration #PassionateSpot

MC Lyte, Jazmine Sullivan, Christina Milian And More Attend the ESSENCE 7th Annual Black Women in Music Celebration Powered by African Pride During the 58th Annual GRAMMY® Weekend
Last evening, MC Lyte, Christina Milian, Vanessa Williams and more celebrated the 2016 GRAMMY®-nominated Black women in music with performances by vocal powerhouses Andra Day, Jazmine Sullivan and more. Tahira Joy (Co-Creator of The Cut Life) reported live from the red carpet sharing hair and style tips from the celebrity guests. Attendees enjoyed an interactive”Be the DJ” area where guests were able to mix and record their own song with assistance from DJ Rashida and were privy to a special unveiling of new products added to the African Pride Shea Miracle Collection now available at Walgreens.
The Shea Miracle collection now features four new products:
Co Wash Conditioner:
Use this creamy cleanser to cleanse curls without drying out your hair’s natural oils. This unique formula is sulfate-free and nourishes hair while prepping for easy detangling.
Curl Definer Jelly:
For incredibly defined curls, try this lightweight jelly that helps slick frizzy hair into smooth and defined curls.
Silky Curls Moisturizer: 
Use this hydrating moisturizer on severely dry hair in need of moisture. It is petroleum and mineral free, perfect for sensitive scalps.
Twist & Loc Smoothie:
This defining smoothie is perfect for maintaining and styling locs, two-strand twists and other natural styles.
Visit your local Walgreens to try the new Shea Miracle collection and receive one free product when you purchase two beginning February 28th until April 2nd. For more information on African Pride Shea Miracle or to find a  Walgreens retailer near you, visit www.African-Pride.com.
Continue to the Conversation:
Twitter/ IG: @MyAfricanPride & @EssenceMag
#HaveYourShea & #BlackWomenInMusic
Photo Credit:
Steve Baffo
*Courtesy of The Garner Circle PR*
Charlene Dance (Global Marketing Director of Strength of Nature)
MC Lyte
Corinne Bailey Rae (R&B Recording Artist)

V. Bozeman (FOX’s “Empire” & R&B Recording Artist)
Christina Milian (E!’s “Christina Milian Turned Up” & R&B Recording Artist)
Tahira Joy (African Pride Red Carpet Correspondent &
Co-Creator of The Cut Life)
African Pride Shea Miracle “Be the DJ” area where guests were able to
mix and record their own song.
African Pride Shea Miracle “Be the DJ” area where guests were able to
mix and record their own song.
African Pride Shea Miracle Collection now Available at Walgreens.
Attendees enjoy performances by Jazmine Sullivan, Andra Day and more.
African Pride x ESSENCE Black Women in Music



The cast of “The Next :15” celebrate the premiere of their new show at Suite Food Lounge in Atlanta. (l-r: Benzino, Claudia Jordan, Karamo Brown, Laura Govan and Jennifer Williams)
Download photos here: http://bit.ly/1SiWgGI

(ATLANTA) – February 11, 2016 – Last night, TV OneHip Hop Weekly, Hot 107.9 and Jack Daniel’s hosted a viewing party in Atlanta for the new docu-series “The Next :15.” Over 400 local VIPs packed Suite Food Lounge to get a glimpse of attending cast members Claudia Jordan, Karamo Brown, Laura Govan, Benzino, and Jennifer Williams before the live broadcast.
DJ Bomshell Boogie kept the energy high while Jack Daniels cocktails flowed throughout the crowd. Prior to the broadcast, Hot 107.9 personality, DJ Traci Steele, welcomed the guests. Then, TV One SVP of Marketing, Lori Hall, plugged the network’s new “Represent” re-branding, followed by remarks from “The Next :15” creator Carlos King.
Additional attendees included Trina Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”), Ed Lover (“The Ed Lover Radio Show”), Demetria McKinney (singer/actress), Palmer Williams (“Love Thy Neighbor”), Gocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”), Ebony Steele (“Coffee With America”), Charmin Lee (actress), Brandi Williams (R&B group Blaque), Jamal Woolard (Notorious), Althea Heart (“Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars”), DJ Fadelf (author, Single Man, Married Man), Derek J (“Fashion Queens”), Momma Dee (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”), Ashley “Minnie” Ross (“Little Women: Atlanta”), Pastor Troy (rapper) and many more.
“The Next :15” airs Wednesdays at 9PM/ET on TV One.
For more information about TV One’s original programming, visit www.tvone.tv.  Join the conversation on TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #TheNext15.
Photo Credit: Marcus Ingram/TV One

l-r: Jennifer Williams, Karamo Brown, Carlos King, Claudia Jordan, Benzino and Lori Hall
left: Claudia Jordan; right: Jennifer Williams
left: Carlos King; right: Benzino
left: Karamo Brown; right: Laura Govan
A packed viewing party!
left: Trina Braxton; right: Momma Dee
left: Gocha Hawkins; right: Ebony Steele
left: Brandi Williams; right: Jamal Woolard
DJ Bomshell Boogie
left: Palmer Willams; right: Drea Kelly
left: A’lana Banks; right: Beautii J
left: Johnica “Blu” Booth; right: Bobby V
Carlos King, Claudia Jordan and Benzino
left: Pastor Troy; right: Althea Heart
left: Charmin Lee; right: Chrishena Stanley
left: Demetria McKinney; right: Dave Mays
Guests enjoying the live broadcast!
left: Nyla Vamp; right: Reese Odum
left: DJ Fadelf; right: Renae Barber
left: Robin Dyke; right: DJ Traci Steele
Jennifer Williams, Karamo Brown, Claudia Jordan and Benzino
Red carpet action!
Jack Daniels ladies!
The cast of “The Next :15” gives remarks prior to the show premiere
The show begins and the cast is all in!
Reacting to the episode.
Benzino and Althea Heart interview in the Hip Hop Weekly Lounge

WGN America Hosted “UNDERGROUND” Panel & Party with the Blackhouse Foundation at Sundance #PassionateSpot

WGN America, in partnership with the Blackhouse Foundation during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, hosted a panel session with the cast and producer team of the upcoming series UNDERGROUND.
Stars including Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Alano Miller, Jessica De Gouw, director Anthony Hemingway, and creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, as well as producers John Legend, Mike Jackson and Akiva Goldsman.
Check out the photos and mark your calendars for the premier of “Underground”


Lifetime Drops ‘Toni Braxton: The Movie’ Event Trailer #PassionateSpot

Gavin Houston and Lex Scott Davis star in Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart


UPDATE: 1/11/16: Lifetime has dropped a full trailer for its next Original Movie, “Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart” (it looks like the title has been changed to “Toni Braxton: The Movie”) starring newcomer Lex Scott Davis (“The Exes”), which will premiere on Saturday, January 23 at 8pm ET/PT. Check it out below, followed by all the previous updates on the film, including a bunch of stills:


#FromtheBottomUp premiere and social held in #Atlanta on the #PassionateSpot

About the Show

From The Bottom Up

From The Bottom Up is a six-episode docu-series following the journey of five women striving to change their lives, rebuild their families and live their dreams after falling from grace.


Last night in Atlanta was amazing as some of the city’s elite came out to support the ladies of From the Bottom Up. What I appreciated most about the ladies and the concept of the show is facing their past head on. Of course TV is for entertainment purposes but not many programs that feature African American women have positive programming. These ladies made their mistakes, they also did their time, and now they are allowing America to learn through them. I had the pleasure of working with cast mate Kimberly Smedley and will also have a guest featured spot on the show, and the experience itself was humbling. It took a lot for these ladies to even produce the content from late hours, allowing themselves to be vulnerable, and being candidly honest to a camera where millions will judge them.

I for one can not wait to see the show and support these ladies. And you all should too. Tune into Centric TV, Saturday January 16 at 10p EST

Myleik Teele, CEO of CurlBox, Will Serve As The Keynote Speaker At the “Ladies of Business” Conference in Atlanta, GA #PassionateSpot

Myleik Teele, CEO of CurlBox, Will Serve As The Keynote Speaker At the “Ladies of Business” Conference in Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA (pitchengine.com) November 2015 – Myleik Teele, CEO of CurlBox, has been confirmed to serve as the keynote speaker for the inaugural “Ladies of Business” Conference taking place at the Le Fais Do Do in Atlanta, Georgia from Friday, February 5 to Sunday, February 7, 2016. Teele will be amongst many other women entrepreneurs for the weekend such as: Ming Lee (Founder of SnobLife), Toya Wright (Founder of Garb Boutique), Jasmine Lawrence (Founder of EDEN Body Works), Claire Sulmers (Founder of Fashion Bomb Daily), and Miss Diddy (Brand Strategist). This three day conference, hosted by Ladies Who Brunch Atlanta, is for current and aspiring entrepreneurial women to connect, gather and knowledge share transparent and entrepreneurial experiences and practices. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.ladieswhobrunchatl.com/
More than a brunch, this three day conference will be loaded with entrepreneur workshops, mixers, intimate dinners, a workout session powered by Black Girls Run! and will be concluded with the signature intimate brunch from top mogul female entrepreneurs who will share their stories and secrets for success. This conference is to provide millennial women with the necessary tools and strategies needed for business, personal and professional life.
The star studded panel will include a line up of women who have not only achieved vast notoriety but have amassed true success in the world of business. Throughout the conference there will be various entrepreneur workshops that will include: Nicole Davis (Director of MOZE Print & Desgin), Brittany Benson (The Branding Bar),Cari Rene (Founder of fashion blog LAYLLAH), and Nicole Garner Scott (CEO of The Garner Circle PR) and many more to be announced.
Ladies Who Brunch: Atlanta have been traveling nationally creating events that provide an outlet for women to empower each other and establish relationships as well as friendships that carry on throughout their entrepreneurial endeavors. Past speakers include: Kandi Burruss (Grammy Award Winning Artist/Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta), Karen Civil (Entertainment & Lifestyle Blogger), Emily B. (Celebrity Wardrobe Stylist), Cynthia Bailey (Supermodel/The Bailey Agency) Latasha Wright (The Wright Look Studios), Necole Kane (Entertainment & Lifestyle Blogger) and many more.
As seen in Essence, Kontrol Magazine, Rolling Out, The YBF, Necole Bitchie and more – “Ladies Of Business” Conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from Friday, February 5, 2016 to Sunday, February 7, 2016. To purchase tickets, view schedule of events or for more information about the Ladies Who Business Conference, please visit http://www.ladieswhobrunchatl.com/ and to follow the conversation follow @ladieswhobrunchatl and hashtag #LadiesWhoBusinessCon16 #LadiesWhoBrunchATL #MoreThanABrunch. To apply for media credentials, please contact the agency on record – The Garner Circle PR.
About Ladies Who Brunch: Atlanta
Founded by Bianca Rush and Dayira “Dayybella” Jones, Ladies Who Brunch is a global women empowerment movement for current and aspiring entrepreneurial women to connect, gather and knowledge share over a brunch in a metropolitan city. Based in Atlanta, Georgia the purpose of Ladies Who Brunch: Atlanta is to provide an outlet where women can empower each other and establish relationships (and friendships) that can carry on throughout their entrepreneurial endeavors.
To Apply For Media Credentials and Schedule Interviews
> Media Contact:
The Garner Circle PR
Kiara Jones
Nicole Garner Scott
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