Comcast welcomes two more Multicultural channels to their roster, ‘Afro’ and ‘Cleo TV’ with a celebration at the Newseum in D.C.

Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes

On Thursday, March 14, Comcast celebrated the new media additions to their cable systems, Afrotainment’s ‘Afro’ channel and TV One’s ‘Cleo TV’. The event held in Washington D.C.’s Newseum was hosted by Comcast, represented by Keisha Boyd, Executive Director of Multicultural Products and featured Urban One founder Cathy Hughes, Urban One President and CEO, Alfred Liggins III, Michelle Rice(General Manager of Cleo TV), Yves Bollanger(CEO/founder of Afrotainment channels) and talents from both channels.

Comcast’s David Cohen, Afro Channel CEO and founder Yves Bollanger, Urban One founder Cathy Hughes, General Manager of Cleo TV Michelle Rice, Keisha Boyd, Comcast Executive Director Multicultural Products and guest.
Urban One President and CEO, Alfred Liggins III
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Comcast made a commitment to include ten multicultural channels as part of their 2011 acquisition of NBCUniversal. Those channels include Revolt, El Rey, with Afro and Cleo TV rounding out their fulfillment. Michelle Rice was the lead to bringing Cleo TV to fruition. Her goal was to create a channel that fully engages Black women 24/7. “Cleo will offer content that defies negative and cultural stereotypes.” Yves Bollanger shared the goal of his ‘Afro’ channel. “We are excited to showcase all shades of the Black culture…:”

Here are some of the offerings available on the ‘Afro’ and ‘Cleo TV’:

‘Cleo TV’ http://www.mycleotv.com:

Sister Circle, a live mulitplatform talk show featuring Rashan Ali, Trina Braxton, Syleena Johnson

Tough Love, NYC millenials navigating love in the city.

Lens of Culture with Tai Beauchamp

Just Eats with Chef JJ with host JJ Johnson

New Soul Kitchen with Jernard Wells

Cleo Speaks with April Reign

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The Lowdown, a late night show with James Yon

POINT OF VIEW-A talk show for women hosted by Erika Washington, Kaya Chihombori, Sandy Laborde, Candice Cruz and Sisaundra.

KAYA CHIHOMBORI @KAYA_DAILYH

SANDY LABORDE @SANDYLABORDE

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CANDICE CRUZ @CANDICE.TALKS

Style Check-featuring Katrina Lee and CL Freeman

KATRINA LEE @STYLESBYKATRINA

CL FREEMAN @CLTHEBRAND

 Information below provided by PR for Cleo TV and Afrotainment.

For more information on CLEO TV, visit CLEO TV’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.mycleo.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on CLEO TV’s TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtag #CLEOTV.

About Afrotainment
Afrotainment, a Florida-based company edits, operates and distributes eight networks from its state-of-the-art film and television studios in Orlando and Queens, New York. Afrotainment channels are available in the US and Canada via cable, satellite, fiber-optic and OTT platforms. Visit www.afrotainment.us for more information.

Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, KeKe Wyatt and more to perform at the 2018 Gospel Stellar Awards in Vegas

Article by Jovanna Reyes www.jovannareyes.com Instagram@jovannareyesphotography
Photos supplied by JL Media PR for the Gospel Stellar Awards 2018

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This year’s 2018 Gospel Stellar Awards, www.TheStellarAwards.com, produced by Don Jackson, will be hosted by Kirk Franklin at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The show, tickets are available to the public, will air on TV ONE, Friday, March 30th at 9PM ET/8PM CT. Snoop Dogg will perform gospel songs from his new album “Bible of Love”with Tye Tribbett and after six years, sisters Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell will reunite to perform as Mary Mary.  Tasha Page Lockhart Cece Winans Keke Wyatt and more talented artists will grace the stage once again. One of the many highlights of the evening will be the Red Carpet coverage by Internet sensation and comedian, Karlton Humes, aka NotKarltonBanks.

Honoree Tamela Mann is this year’s recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the genre of gospel. Mrs. Mann was formerly with Kirk Franklin and the Family before having a successful career in acting. Mrs. Mann can be seen in many Tyler Perry productions and presently stars in “Mann and Wife” with her husband, David Mann. TamelaMann_purple_dress_8x10_preview

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For more information visit www.StellarAwards.com. Follow the Stellar Awards @thestellars and #stellarawards to stay updated on the three day event.

 

 

 

Marvel’s Black Panther NYFW Fashion Exhibit ‘Welcome to Wakanda’

Photos and Article by Jovanna Reyes www.jovannareyes.com

Marvel’s Black Panther ‘Welcome to Wakanda’ Fashion Exhibit was filled with all the top actors of the long awaited movie, inclusive of Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Letitia Wright.  Ruth E. Carter, the movie’s costume designer was also present with a gorgeous crown of blonde curls and Director Ryan Coogler with his lovely wife, Zinzi Evans(wearing Temperley) took time out to mingle with supporters and admirers alike. Demetria McKinney and cast members of the TV show ‘Power’, also graced the red carpet.

The exhibit featured designers interpretations of attire for the people in Wakanda. The garments varied from original African print to black beaded fabrics.  Chromat opted for a Nigerian superhero tribute while Laquan Smith preferred to think of Wakandia women in black beaded pantsuits.  It was an elegant version of ‘The Matrix’ traditional garb.  Cushnie Et Ochs created a gold dress to represent the armor worn by the warrior women in the movie while Sophie Theallet gathered the natural resources of Africa and created wearable art.

Maxwell, Tamron Hall, Susan L. Taylor and Michael Eric Dyson honor the legendary Cicely Tyson, Tarana Burke and Rev. Barber II

Photos/Videos and article by: Jovanna Reyes www.jovannareyes.com

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The Grammys 2018 week ended with a celebration for acclaimed activist and actress, Cicely Tyson and to help raise funds for the National Cares Mentoring Movement.  Created by Editor Emeritus of Essence Magazine, Susan L. Taylor, soon after the Katrina storm in 2006, the Cares Movement recruits and trains Black adults to mentor children in need and in crisis.  The national organization has grown exponentially in just a few years.  Visit www.caresmentoring.org for more information on how to volunteer and donate.

The audience was treated to the gracefulness of beautiful ballerinas from Ms. Tyson’s namesake school, the Cicely Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts located in East Orange, N.J.  The gala was hosted by Tamron Hall(journalist) and Michael Eric Dyson(Professor and author) with singer Maxwell serenading the audience.

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The gala also honored Tarana Burke(creator of #MeToo movement) and Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, whose speeches were moving and inspired the crowd to extend themselves beyond their comfort zone to make a difference and help those in need.

Many celebrities graced the red carpet and supported the Cares Gala with their presence and donations.  Monifah(singer/R&B Divas), Roland Martin(journalist), Judge Mablean, Sunny Hostin(The View), Jussie Smollett(Empire), Debra Lee(BET) and many more.

Please visit http://www.caresmentoring.org or their social media @cares_mentoring.

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Vintage@Intermezzo, Jacob Javits, NYC

Article/Video/Photos by Jovanna Reyes  www.jovannareyes.com

January 7th-9th, UBM Fashion introduced a second season of Vintage@Intermezzo at Jacob Javits, NYC.  Les Femmes Vintage NYC, Another Man’s Treasure and Muneca Mullins Studio were just a few of the many vintage apparel exhibitors to share their designs and curated treasures.  If vintage accessories and handbags are your vice, Bella Bag of Atlanta, GA, featured an extensive selection of “pre-loved” luxury vintage items to choose from.  Their 13-point inspection guarantees authenticity and the best quality.

Check out our video interviews with several featured vintage vendors answering the question, “Why Vintage?”.  Vintage@Intermezzo is open to the public with ticket purchase and free to exhibitors and retailers.

 

 

Curvysta Haul: Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney

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ARTICLE BY JOVANNA REYES/PHOTOS BY LAUREN BROWN

I’ve never been the one to be front and center.  For me there is safety being behind the lens, staying backstage.  I can control what happens there.  This time I threw caution to the wind and jumped in front of the camera.  Why now?  After all these years, I’ve had the intention of doing an editorial but couldn’t find the right time or a collection that worked for me or my casual style.  I finally found one.  The Tracee Ellis Ross collection for JCPenney.  She announced it on Instagram and as soon as I peeped the garments, I knew this was it.  JOYFUL. DELIGHTFUL. INSPIRED.  Tracee’s style theme.  amconyc8pm_4

 

Ms. Ross’ collection wins points not only for design but for the price point as well. The haul total was less than $400.00 for eight items. My first intention was to purchase it online but decided at the last minute to check it out at the brick and mortar.  It was a nice surprise to see the visual presentation.  Her choices of textiles and colors were perfect for mixing and matching.  You could wear the duster with the wide leg pant or the duster with the print maxi.  My mind was running with all the possible combinations.  The Rejoice sweater dresses in Aura Orange/Grey and the Kindness print maxi, Groovy Geo were only $34.  The Bliss Duster Coat and Trouser were $59 and $44 respectively.

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TRACEE ELLIS ROSS FOR JCPENNEY/STYLE: KINDNESS IN GROOVY GEO $34.00 IN SIZE 3X, EARRINGS: ALDO IN STORE ONLY

 

 

 

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TRACEE ELLIS ROSS FOR JCPENNEY/STYLE: REJOICE IN AURA ORANGE $34.00 IN SIZE 2X3X, PURSE: VINTAGE COACH, BOOTS: BOOT BARN

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TROUSERS: TRACEE ELLIS ROSS FOR JCPENNEY/STYLE: HEAVEN PANT, BLACK SIZE 20w $59.00

Tracee’s Heaven Pant is the perfect trouser for an evening event. I purchased a size 20W and it fit perfectly. I paired it with a Brooks Brothers vest and men’s tuxedo shirt with an ascot. The platforms are TUK Shoes Creepers. The last look is my ode to the 90’s. I wore a similar dress with my denim jacket for years on end. It was my staple look. Don’t forget to stop by your local beauty store for cheap and trendy accessories. The red leather bracelets were only a dollar!

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Real Housewife of Potomac, Gizelle Bryant’s EveryHue Beauty Pop Up in D.C.

_DSC97621This week at The Showroom in Washington D.C.,  the Real Housewives of Potomac celebrated Gizelle Bryant’s EveryHue Beauty product launch.  Gizelle created twelve hues of tinted moisturizer with a foundation brush and blending sponge.  She was inspired after having a difficult time finding foundation to match her complexion.  The dream of EveryHue Beauty became possible with the addition of three partners, makeup artist Karlene Damallie, Erika Lilles and Sophia Rabkin.

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“I could never really find one foundation or tinted moisturizer that matched my skin tone that didn’t read orange or yellow or red so I had to mix things, which becomes expensive so I really wanted to create something in which you didn’t have to do that anymore,” she explains. “So it really required us spending a lot of time in the lab working on the formulations. EveryHue really blends into your skin and matches your skin tone perfectly.” As told to People.com/Colleen Kratofil @ckcolleen

Ms. Bryant has an increased interest in her brand since the launch of Fenty Beauty by Rihanna.  She has two major stores interested in purchasing EveryHue Beauty.  On Fox5DC Good Day DC, Gizelle stated “Rihanna’s makeup line helped to bring light to the need of women of color.  We’ve been ignored and she helped bring attention to it.”

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The pop up shop was buzzing with interested potential customers and those wanting their moment in the spotlight.  The Bravo series was still in full production at the event, so every housewife made an appearance.  Charrisse Jackson Jordan was accompanied by her adorable daughter and BJ Coleman, PR to the stars.  Ashley Darby, wearing an emerald green lace jumpsuit, was escorted by her husband, Michael Darby. Monique Samuels(loved her loose waves and body-con dress), Karen Huger and Robyn Dixon (with an ode to the 70’s with a short, flipped hair style a la Farrah Fawcett and sailor pant) also gave their support and looked amazing.  Best dressed Curvysta award goes to….drum roll…Mrs. Karen Huger.  From head to toe it was obvious that Mrs. Huger took time and energy to get it right!

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CIRCLE OF SISTERS NYC 2017-PHOTO RECAP

WBLS’s Annual Circle of Sisters Expo was held at the Jacob Javits Convention in NYC.  This year top celebrities graced the stage on panels, on the Mainstage and seminars.  Vivica Fox, Evelyn Lozada, Stephen Bishop and Rotimi started the morning with Talk TEA with Celebs.  Remy Ma, Papoose, JJ Hairston and his wife Trina discussed relationships on the Finding and Staying in Love moderated by Dr. Faith Brown.  On the mainstage Estelle, Melanie Fiona and Sevyn Streeter performed their top selections.

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