Monique Greenwood means business. The Howard graduate and former Essence Magazine Editor-In-Chief is now what she calls the “Chief Enjoyment Officer” of Akwaaba Mansion Bed & Breakfast. After building her brand, and garnering one hell of a reputation, she’s now taking on another project-reality TV. On Tuesday, November 21st at 10 PM, “Checked Inn,” OWN’s newest reality series hits our television screens, and it’s definitely a breath of fresh air. I had the pleasure of meeting the woman behind it all, and she was kind enough to share some thoughts about her upcoming show, and more.
Black women create a LOT of content. From Youtube videos, to films, blogs, etc. We have a lot to say. Yet, when it comes to getting backed for personal projects, we’re often overlooked and undervalued. It seems that major brands just aren’t willing to put up the big bucks when Black women are sharing authentic content. That’s why attending the #BeautifullyDriven event last night, here in ATL was so refreshing. It restored my hope that larger companies are beginning to see what an asset Black women are when it comes to story telling and creating content that sparks people’s interest.
A few years ago, I moved to Atlanta, GA. At the time, I was stuck in Washington, D.C., unsure of my next move, and tired of the same old same. Rent was too damn high, and the money wasn’t coming in fast enough. Like many young, Black people with a dollar and a dream, I viewed Atlanta as the Mecca-a place I could go to fulfill my dreams. And for me, it turned out that was true.That was back in 2013.
I am so excited to be covering Cocktails with Claire Sulmers & Miss Diddy this weekend, here in Atlanta! These girls are doing big things, and they have been for awhile now. Sulmers, who is a Harvard graduate, and is fluent in French, has an AMAZING resume. You can read it here. Miss Diddy is equally impressive, a self made woman, who happens to be the ONLY woman party promoter in Hollywood. She is also a Hennessy (my favorite drink) Key Account Manager.
And while these ladies live two different lives on two different coasts, they both have one very important thing in common–fashion. They are INCREDIBLY fashionable.
Last night, I had the pleasure of schmoozing and hanging out with the big wigs over at WETV, along with the new cast of “Match Made in Heaven.” It was pretty cool. And I have to say, thanks to Sherri Sheppard, I have a new perspective on what this show has to offer.
Last night in ATL,TV One, Hip Hop Weekly and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey partnered to bring the city’s movers and shakers out for an awesome screening party. TV One’s rebranding efforts are responsible for a bunch of new shows on the network, one of them being a show called “Here We Go Again.” Starring Wendy Raquel Robinson, Letoya Luckett, and newcomers Kyndall Ferguson and Andra Fuller, “Here We Go Again” promises to bring a new and exciting energy to Black television.
(ATLANTA) –On Tuesday, WEtv hosted a red carpet premiere for their upcoming show “Growing Up Hip Hop,” an unscripted series that follows the lives of the children of music legends Rev. Run, Master P, Damon Dash, James DeBarge, Jam Master Jay, Sandy “Pepa” Denton and Treach.
Cast members include Angela Simmons, Romeo Miller, Boogie Dash, Kristinia DeBarge, TJ Mizell and Egypt Criss were on hand to enjoy the festivities with over 500 local influencers at SCADShow, where the screening and Q&A moderated by multimedia personality Ebony Steele – took place. Afterward, guests joined the cast at Whiskey Park for a lively after-party featuring music by DJ Mars and Mizell, which I THOROUGHLY enjoyed, by the way. (Open bar). Click below for more details!
(ATLANTA) – January 2, 2016 – Last night, Lifetime and V103hosted a viewing party at Suite Food Lounge for the premiere of the new unscripted series “The Rap Game.” Executive producer Jermaine Dupri was on hand to celebrate the show’s debut with over 200 local VIPs, including Da Brat, Bryan Michael Cox, Johnta Austin, Greg Street, D. Woods, Jacob Latimore, Michael Mauldin, Bryan Barber, John John Da Don, Vedo, Cyrene Tankard, Final Draft, 2-Crucial, Nue Era, Phresh Ali and many more. Atlanta-based “The Rap Game” cast member Miss Mulatto along with her parents Shayne and Misti Pitts were also in attendance to enjoy the festivities, as veteran DJ Jelly kept the energy high on the turntables.
Can I just say how much I love Tweet? Probably best known for her sultry, “I can love me better than anybody ever could” anthem “Oops”, Tweet blessed us with her very first album back in 2002. If you ask me, Southern Hummingbird is STILL the sh*t, but that’s Tweet’s style-classic. In an interview with the good people over at Atlanta’s V103 today, the songstress says that she’s grown up a lot over the years, and has really matured. Talking about her walk with Christ, and her newfound liberation, Tweet says that she was finally able to produce a beautiful record-Charlene.
As many of you know, the last WE TV reality show that snatched my wig was “Cutting It in the ATL”. Those girls really had me going from beginning to end. And now, it looks like WE TV has another group of successful Atlanta businesswomen that they’re about to introduce. I was invited to the advanced screening of WE TV’s “Selling It: In the ATL” last night, and it was a blast! Click below for the tea.