Largest To Date Atlanta Apparel Market Showcases Spring 2017 Introductions, Resort and Montreal Collections

Atlanta Apparel Mart, a leader in social occasion wear,  is presenting its largest overall tradeshow to date with a trendsetting international collection of women’s and children’s apparel, accessories and shoe lines showcasing new introductions for Spring/Summer 2017 at the October Atlanta Apparel Market (showrooms October 6-10, 2016, temporaries October 6-9, 2016). The Market offers the most tradeshow booths ever – 14 percent larger than the October 2015 Market and 44 percent larger than October 2014.

Atlanta Apparel’s consistent tradeshow growth is fueled by new and expanded collections across all categories including Premiere® Contemporary, Now! Young Contemporary, Ready! Ready-To-Wear, JFA: Jewelry and Fashion Accessories, Impulse: Cash & Carry, Premiere® Luxe, and a largest-to-date Shoe Studio with a record number of exhibitors including Chinese Laundry, MIA Shoes, Hush Puppies, Naughty Monkey/ Not Rated, Consolidated Shoe Co. and more.

The Québec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation, in collaboration with the Québec Trade Office in Atlanta, once again organizes the Montréal Collections Fashion Show on Friday, October 7 at 6:15 p.m. The celebration of Atlanta Apparel’s international reach showcases top designers from Quebec with entertainment by celebrated Québécois dance group DM Nation.

For additional information, please visit the site of AmericasMart Atlanta.    Industry only events.

 

 

24th Annual Trumpet Awards Red Carpet Arrivals, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, Jan. 23rd

Xernona Clayton Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet Foundation and Executive Producer of the Foundation's Trumpet Awards
Xernona Clayton Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet Foundation and Executive Producer of the Foundation’s Trumpet Awards

The Trumpet Awards is a breath of fresh air — literally speaking.  The temperature topped at 34 degrees, in Atlanta, on the day the awards ceremony was taped.  But never the less, being among accomplished professionals in various fields was invigorating.

The Trumpet Awards was created to celebrate and honor African American achievers and those who support the African American experience. The Awards honor accomplishments in diverse fields including law, medicine, business, politics, the Arts, civil rights, sports, entrepreneurship and entertainment.

Ne-Yo 24th Trumpet Award Honoree
Ne-Yo 24th Trumpet Award Honoree

2016 honorees include Will Packer, producer; Ne-Yo, Actor/Grammy Award winner;  George Wallace, Actor/Comedian; Alicia Boler-Davis, Senior Vice President of General Motors; Alexis M. Herman, 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton; Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, Chancellor of Wayne County Community College and Princess Basmah Bint Saud. Also being honored are 18 African American Women of the U.S. Congress.

George Wallace 24th Annual Trumpet Award Honoree
George Wallace 24th Annual Trumpet Award Honoree
Empire's Bryshere Gray Presenter at the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards
Empire’s Bryshere Gray Presenter at the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards

I’m covering red carpet arrivals.  Although Alexis M. Herman looked stunning in peacock blue, black took center stage. Also popular were lace creations in nude, sheer illusion details, navy blue silhouettes and fur.   Yes, there was fur.

Celebrities, honorees and guests as always were gracious.

It was great to see Terrance “T. C.” Carson.  I still watch episodes of Living Single.

Recording artist Tweet looked fantastic as well. When asked, she announced the release of a new album in February.

Bryshere Gray from Empire smiled and said “it’s cold.”

The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards taping was held on January 23, 2016 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta Ga.

Aside from inspiring testimonials is outstanding entertainment.

Actor Terrence J and Actress Nia Long Host Trumpet Awards 2016 Photo Credit: Frontpage Photography
Actor Terrence J and Actress Nia Long Host Trumpet Awards 2016
Photo Credit: Frontpage Photography
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Trumpet Award Honoree Alicia Boler-Davis and Husband

Those scheduled to perform are Ne-Yo, Kelly Price, Raheem Devaughn, Joe, Salt N Pepa, Spinderella, Deitrick Hadden, Mc Lyte, and comedian Jonathan Slocumb.

Demetria McKinney The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Demetria McKinney The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Presenters include Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Bryshere Gray, Monique, Ed Gordon, and Christian Keyes.

Actress Nia Long, “The Best Man” and ABC sitcom “Uncle Buck” and Actor Terrence J,  “Think Like A Man Too” and “The Perfect Match” will serve as host.

The Annual Trumpet Awards will air on Bounce TV Friday, January 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm.

Xerona Clayton is Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and Executive Producer of the Foundation’s Trumpet Awards.

Alexis Herman 24th Annual Trumpet Award Honoree
Alexis Herman 24th Annual Trumpet Award Honoree

Principle sponsors are American Family Insurance and Cadillac.  Carnival Inc sponsored the Red Carpet Event.

Recording Artist Kelly Price
Recording Artist Kelly Price
Xernona Clayton with Trumpet Award Honorees Photo Credit: Frontpage Photograpjy
Xernona Clayton with Trumpet Award Honorees
Photo Credit: Frontpage Photograpy
Salt N Pepa
Salt N Pepa

Danny Astoria Public Relations

Former Fashion Fair Model
Former Fashion Fair Model

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(left) Jonathan Slocumb
(left) Jonathan Slocumb
Xernona Clayton- Terrence J-Nia Long Photo Credit Frontpage Photography
Xernona Clayton- Terrence J-Nia Long
Photo Credit Frontpage Photography

Will Packer and Ne-Yo To Be Honored at the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards

2016 Trumpet Award Honoree Ne-Yo
2016 Trumpet Award Honoree Ne-Yo

The Trumpet Awards Foundation announced the names of the 24th Annual Trumpet Award Honorees.  Topping the list are producer Will Packer and Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo.

Other honorees include:  George Wallace, Actor/Comedian; Alicia Boler-Davis, Senior Vice President of General Motors; Alexis M. Herman, 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton; Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, Chancellor of Wayne County Community College and Princess Basmah Bint Saud. Also being honored are 18 African American Women of the U.S. Congress.

Actress Nia Long, “The Best Man” and ABC sitcom “Uncle Buck” and Actor Terrence J,  “Think Like A Man Too” and “The Perfect Match” will serve as host.

Founded by Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards was created to celebrate and honor African American achievers and those who support the African American experience.  The Awards honor accomplishments in diverse fields including law, medicine, business, politics, the Arts, civil rights, sports, entrepreneurship and entertainment.

The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards replete with motivational stories, entertainment and red carpet arrivals  will air on Bounce TV Friday, January 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm.

Principle sponsors are American Family Insurance and Cadillac.  Photo Courtesy of the United Negro College Fund

36th Annual Taping of UNCF Evening of Stars® to Air on BET April 26, 2015 (Sunday) 10P/9C

The 36th Annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Evening of Stars®  was a celebration of accomplishments, an evening of generosity and  great entertainment.

Anthony Anderson (Blackish) and Kem on the Red Carpet at the 2015 UNCF Evening of Stars
(left) Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) and Kem on the Red Carpet at the 2015 UNCF Evening of Stars

I almost lost my voice at the event. The awarding of scholarships was akin to a roll call at the Essence Music Festival.  Instead of cheering for your hometown the audience applauded their alma mater.

This year’s show highlighted 20 students and presented more than one-half million dollars to those attending historically Black colleges and universities.

Moreover,  Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist/Actress/Author Toni Braxton and her son Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis presented a $10,000  scholarship to Terence Brice an autistic young man to further his education.

Getting caught up in the moment, Big Sean donated $25,000 to UNCF while  Actor/Comedian Anthony Anderson and Recording Artist Ronnie DeVoe of Bell Biv  DeVoe  joined forces to payoff  the  $11,867 balance of a graduate’s student loan.

During the show, Anderson awarded a total of $25,000 in scholarships to two students attending HBCUs. Those students are Shanise Nycole Dantzler of North Carolina A&T University and Edwin Alexander Simpson of Claflin University. Anderson also provided financial support to scholarship runners–‐up Katrinan Rosemond of North Carolina A&T University and Cierra T. Graham of  Bennett College for Women.

Rapper/Actor Ludacris from "Fast and Furious 7"
Rapper/Actor Ludacris from “Fast and Furious 7”

An Evening of Stars also included special taped appearances by Kevin Hart who awarded four students $25,000 each , Chris Paul NBA Player from the Los Angeles Clippers awarded a student a $10,000 scholarship, Pharrell Williams awaded a student a $50,000 scholarship and Usher through the UNCF/Usher Raymond IV New Look Scholarship awarded $100,000 to a student.   The $100,00 will be distributed over a period of 4 years.

As it so happens, celebrities totaled an estimated $300,000 in contributions to UNCF scholarships.

Aside from the spirit of giving was great entertainment. A defining moment of the evening was the performance by Estelle and Jussie Smollett (Empire) of “Conqueror.” Other great performances include Yolanda Adams, Big Sean, Toni Braxton, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Mickey Guyton, Kem, K. Michelle and not to be outdone Morris Day and the Time who choreographed their poses for photographers.  It took me a minute to catch on.

Yolanda Adams
Yolanda Adams

Presenters include Ludacris (“Fast and Furious 7”), Tri Byers (Empire), Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Grace Gealey (Empire), Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids) and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.  Keshia Knight Pulliam(Tyler Perry’s House of Payne) made a guest appearance and comedian Jonathan Slocumb was on hand to warm up the crowd.

UNCF/ Target’s Rising Stars are Frank Adams, Clark Atlanta University; Donnie Pulliam, Morehouse College; Tatiana Holder, Benedict College; JaJuan Sanders, Oakland University;  and Dennis Richmond, Claflin University.

Daria Jordan from Spelman College, is the recipient of the UNCF/Buick Achievers Scholarship.  The scholarship funded her entire college career.

Other scholarships recipients are Ayannah Woods, Keven Hart Foundation Scholarship; Amber McGill, Bennett College; Alexus Mitchell, Usher’s New Look Foundation Scholarship; Isis Tarrats, Walton Family Foundation Scholarship; Tracy Prather; Terence Brice; Shanira Garvin, Kevin Hart Foundation Scholarship; Sarah John, Howard University; Nathan Gordon, Miles College, Sean Anderson Foundation Scholarship; Krystal Watson, Wiley College, and Evan Smith, Kevin Hart Foundation Scholarship.

(left) Trai Byers and Grace Gealey from "Empire"
(left) Trai Byers and Grace Gealey from “Empire”

Student performers include the Atlanta University Center Orchestra, Dillard University, Miles College and Talladega College.

Target is UNCF An Evening of Stars® scholarship and official sponsor.  Other national sponsors include McDonald’s, Wells Fargo, and Buick.  The City of Atlanta, iHeartMedia and BET Networks serve as the city and media partners, respectively. The Walton Family Foundation is a philanthropic partner.

The program was taped at the Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta GA on April 12th. UNCF An Evening of Stars®, hosted by Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), will air nationally Sunday April 26, 2015 10pm Eastern/9pm Central on the BET Network.  #great show  #please give #uncf

Clark Atlanta University Men-of-the-Year
Clark Atlanta University’s Men-of-the-Year

 

 

 

UNCF Announces its Star Studded Lineup for the 36th Annual Evening of Stars

United Negro  College Fund (UNCF) announces its star studded lineup for its 36th annual UNCF An Evening of Stars.  Scheduled to perform are Big Sean, Toni Braxton and Babyface, Mickey Guyton, K. Michelle, Yolanda Adams, Estelle featuring Jussie Smallett and Morris Day and the Time.

The program will also include special taped appearances by Kevin Hart, Chris Paul, Pharrellll Williams and Usher.

Presenters include Ludacris (“Fast and Furious 7”), Tri Byers, Jermaine Dupri, Grace Gealey, Dania Ramirez and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Anthony Anderson (“Blackish”) will host.

UNCF is an organization that supports the education of African Americans by providing young adults who strive to get ahead with scholarships, internships and mentorships.

An Evening of Stars is a fundraising endeavor that supports the work of UNCF.  It is also a celebration of achievement where celebrities show their support and dreams come true. Over its 36-year history, UNCF An Evening of Stars has raised more than $200 million that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate.  At this year’s event, five students will each be awarded a $25,000 scholarship.

Target is UNCF An Evening of Stars scholarship and official sponsor.  Other national sponsors include McDonald’s, Wells Fargo, and Buick.  The City of Atlanta, iHeartMedia and BET Networks serve as the city and media partners, respectively. The Walton Family Foundation is a philanthropic partner.

UNCF An Evening of Stars will air nationally Sunday, April 26, 2015 10P/9C on the BET Network. The program will be taped in Atlanta on April 12, 2015.  For ticket information, visit www.uncf.org.

FIVE “RISING STAR” STUDENTS TO RECEIVE $25,000 SCHOLARSHIPS FROM TARGET AT UNCF AN EVENING OF STARS®

UNCF An Evening of Stars® Will Air Nationally Sunday, April 26, 2015 10p/9c on the BET Network

Five students from UNCF Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will each be surprised with a $25,000 scholarship from Target as a part of the UNCF/Target Rising Stars Scholarship Program during the show’s annual taping on April 12, 2015. 

Target serves as the Rising Stars scholarship sponsor, investing $250,000 in this initiative since last year to support students going to college.  Target is also an official sponsor of UNCF An Evening of Stars®.

“Target is a long-time partner of UNCF because of our belief that all kids deserve a quality education regardless of race, socioeconomic status or circumstance,” said Laysha L. Ward, executive vice president and chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target. “As we work to strengthen diversity in the global workforce, we want to prepare rising stars who are already leaders in their schools to become leaders in their communities. We are inspired by the work these talented students are doing and want to support them on their path to success.

The UNCF/Target Rising Stars scholarship is a $25,000 award for current sophomores at UNCF HBCUs and is awarded across the scholar’s junior and senior years. The applicants must excel as leaders in the classroom and make a difference in their campus and local communities. “We could not do the important work we do without the help of long-standing partners like Target,” said UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax. “I applaud the new class of UNCF/Target Rising Stars for the work they are doing to positively impact their schools and communities. They inspire us all to invest in better futures for young people across the country.”  In addition to Target as an Official Sponsor of UNCF An Evening of Stars®, this year’s show is also made possible by national sponsors McDonald’s and Wells Fargo. Buick is a major sponsor. The City of Atlanta, iHeartMedia and BET Networks serve as the city and media partners, respectively. The Walton Family Foundation is a philanthropic partner.  UNCF An Evening of Stars will also air in syndication of April 25 and 26 (check local listings for dates and times).  For additional information, go to uncf.org.

 Toni Thompson

Photo dated 2014 courtesy of Ben Rose Photography