[EVENT RECAP:] 16th Annual American Black Flm Festival

(Miami FL)-Day four of the 16th annual American Black Film Festival, was one filled with reward, recognition, and of course, “Raising Izzie.” The supercharged day began with a rewarding panel which featured some of Black Hollywood’s most noted female tastemakers who participated in a verbal walk thru of their journey navigating the film industry in “Beyond the Barriers & Biases – Black Women in Hollywood Panel.” The panel was moderated by African American Cinema Scholar Michele Prettyman Beverly and featured Twinkie Byrd, casting director and producer, Elizabeth Hunter, writer, Angi Bones, SVP of Development (BobbCat Films) and actors Malinda Williams and Tracey Heggins.

Up next, ABFF Sponsor, HBO, hosted a panel entitled “HBO Presents…” featuring some of the cable networks hottest black talent who are making waves this season on series such as “Veep,” “True Blood,” and many others. Actors Sufe Bradshaw, Adina Porter, Michael K. Williams, Nelsan Ellis, JB Smoove and Essence magazine’s Cori Murray were on hand to give perspective to attendee’s on the importance of diversity in the industry and how it strengthens the HBO experience.

“The Winners Circle,” this year’s award presentation, opened out the top of the evening with a star studded red carpet event. “The Undershepherd,” an ABFF Official Selection, was the evenings big winner taking home awards for Outstanding Director (Russ Parr), Actor (Malinda Williams) and Narrative Feature. The film, written and directed by Russ Parr, stars Isaiah Washington, Malinda Williams and Louis Gossett Jr. Acceptance speeches at “The Winners Circle,” didn’t leave a dry eye in the audience as recipients shared their personal struggles and triumphs and illustrated how perseverance has been the backdrop to their success stories.

The evening continued with the closing night film, gmc Network’s “Raising Izzie.” The film, which was directed by Roger Bobb, stars Vanessa Williams and Rockmond Dunbar, and is a visual result of last years ABFF/gmc Networks screenwriting competition. Bobb, Williams, Dunbar and the rest of the cast were in attendance.

Armani Worrell, Press Assistant at the American Black Film Festival interviews singer/actress Letoya Luckett on her upcoming film “Note to Self.”

Emore’J Couture announced as a “Special Invited Guest” at Stomp the Runway!



It may not be October – domestic violence awareness month, but on Friday, June 15, Rashad Corey Productions will roll out the purple carpet for the first annual Stomp The Runway at TRUST – 249 Arch St – from 6 to 10 p.m. to benefit Women Against Abuse, Inc.

Inspired by the death of friend and local published model, Vanessa “Ms. Banks” Watson, RCP and friends have joined forces to increase awareness about the dangers of domestic abuse, promote and support life-saving services provided by WAA with fashion and style.

STR promises a stylish evening of advocacy and world-class entertainment, as it will feature top designers in a cosmopolitan runway show headlined by Autumnlin Kietponglert, local award-winning designer; a glam bar sponsored by Philly Minx, Darci by DiCaprio, Spa East, Kia Sterling and Rodney Jon; signature cocktails, exquisite hors d’oeuvres, silent auctions, live entertainment by Philly’s own, DJ Hollywood and more.

In attendance will be members of Philly’s A-list including, but not limited to city and state government representatives, entertainment personalities, prominent members of the media, fashion gurus and more.

General admission is $40. The first 100 people to purchase tickets will receive a premium gift bag sponsored by Spa East.

What are you waiting for? An evening of scintillating excitement awaits you!




Ms. Maryland US 2011-2012 sits down with In Transition with Libra Johnson.

Ms. Maryland US 2011-2012 Tiffany Parker, recently sit down with Libra Johnson host of  In Transition with Libra Johnson for an open conversation on pageants, finding passion and purpose and other life transitions. Later in the show Tiffany was joined by Desiree Frederic CEO of FEW (Fashion Empowering Women) a non-profit organization that mobilizes the creative industries of fashion, music and film by creating opportunities for its members to support the missions of social service organizations that empower girls and women. Tiffany recently teamed up with the FEW Organization to help promote their advocacy campaign “Do Good, Look Good,” 2012 national campaign.

Complex Magazine announces RAtheMC as a “New Artist to Watch For.”

Complex Magazine announced their “10 New D.M.V. Rappers to Watch Out For,” list yesterday (6/6/12,) with RAtheMC being the only female to make the list. Compiled by Complex Magazine contributor  Juilan R. Kimble, he stated “the area needed it”  (via twitter to W.Public Relations CEO, Armani Worrell.) RAtheMC humbly responded to the news via her twitter stating, “Thanks for the luv y’all. I’ve been grinding for a long time. Being acknowledged just gives me reason to keep pushin. #loVe.” Congratulations to RAtheMC and all the other honorees, it was well deserved!

See the Full list here (via Complex.com) http://www.complex.com/music/2012/06/10-new-dmv-rappers-to-watch-out-for/


[EVENT RECAP:] NFL Player Usama Young’s Stay Focused Weekend: Kickoff Reception!

July 9, 2013

[EVENT RECAP:] NFL Player Usama Young’s Stay Focused Weekend: Kickoff Reception!

Friday, June 21, NFL player Usama Young of the Oakland Raiders, hosted a private Welcome Reception to kickoff his 5TH Annual Stay Focused Charity Weekend 2013 at The Gaylord National Harbor Resort.  The Usama Young Stay Focus Weekend serves as a vehicle for building athletic skills and fostering positive academic and social skills through sports. Joining Usama in welcoming his NFL Friends to the Nation’s Capital were SVEDKA Vodka as the hosting bar sponsor, along with Future Generation Clothing and MCMXXI1920 Bowties as the official players “swagg bag” sponsors. READ MORE