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Comcast, United Healthcare and Majic 107.5 celebrate with 112 on new album Q Mike Slim Daron

(Atlanta, GA) Twenty years ago, Diddy introduced a hot new R&B act with the vocal ability to dominate rhythm and blues while simultaneously complimenting hip hop. The group consisted of Quinnes Parker, Michael Keith, Marvin "Slim" Scandrick and Daron Jones also known as 112. The group's first single "Only You" featuring the late great Biggie Smalls was the perfect introduction to solidify the groups ascension into R&B royalty and they followed up with hit after hit for years to come. Now after six successful years of touring, 112 has a brand new album titled, "Q Mike Slim Daron".  The heavily anticipated album is being celebrated with a 112 Takeover week in the group's hometown of Atlanta, GA. 112 Takeover week kicks off Monday, October 23rd with a press conference at South Atlanta high school where all four members will be honored with the Phoenix award at their alma mater in a room of invited media and school and city officials. On Tuesday, October 24thComcast will host a consumer meet and greet at the Battery Park store located at 945 Battery Avenue, Atlanta GA 30339, from 12 noon to 3 PM.  Later that evening, the group will host a private listening session for music tastemakers and colleagues to hear the new project.
On the morning of Thursday, October 26th, 112 will host an exclusive Magic Master Class presented by Majic 107.5/97.5 focused on music with the students at South Atlanta high school.  Thursday evening will serve as a fan celebration of the new project with a cover and album release party sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Film and Entertainment, Rolling Out magazine and Urban One's Majic 107.6/97.5 at Club Alibi. Tiphanie Watson, Special Projects Manager for the Mayor's office of Film and Entertainment believes the week is a great opportunity to support a group that undoubtedly contributed to the legacy of the new Atlanta. 
"We are proud of the legacy 112 has built and continues to carry through their music, showmanship and commitment to their community.  They make Atlanta proud and we're happy to celebrate their accomplishments with the city and offer support with this new project," Watson says.  Derek Harper, Program Director for Urban One echoes Watson's sentiment with his stations Majic 107.5/97.5 sponsoring the entire week of festivities.
Friday, October 27th marks the official physical and digital album release, making the new album available worldwide.  The takeover week culminates in a citywide community fair and concert on Saturday, October 28th, which is free and open to the public. Besides vendor booths, family friendly activities and food trucks, there will be a free concert with popular local acts with a close-out performance by 112.  United Health Care is a major partner for the CommunityFest. 
The week ends on Sunday, October 29th with a celebratory brunch and soul session later that night at Opium. 

"It's a blessing to be able to come back after almost twelve years to fans that are excited to hear new music.  This new album is a more personal look into our lives and of course 112 started in southwest Atlanta so we thought what better way to kick this off than with the community that supported us," Daron Jones says.  
"We are looking forward to sharing this new album with home first and then of course connecting with fans across the country," Marvin 'Slim' Scandrick explains. "Q Mike Slim Daron" is the first release for the group after an eleven-year hiatus but all four members have had the opportunity to work on personal projects and endeavors over the past years. 
"I think that's what makes this so special coming back after we've all done our own thing and had different levels of success but, we all realize that the true magic is with the four of us together," Q Parker says.  Michael Keith closes with "We listened to our fans, This is by far our best body of work musically".  For more information on events during the 112 Takeover visit TheOfficial112.com.  For media credentials or VIP access, contact, Christal with Enchanted Branding & Public Relations email:christal@enchantedpr.net, or 678-499-0297.


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112 Celebrates 20-year Anniversary with New Album and a Takeover Week Ending with a Festival

(Atlanta, GA) Twenty years ago, Diddy introduced a hot new R&B act with the vocal ability to dominate rhythm and blues while simultaneously complimenting hip hop. The group consisted of Quinnes Parker, Michael Keith, Marvin "Slim" Scandrick and Daron Jones also known as 112. The group's first single "Only You" featuring the late great Biggie Smalls was the perfect introduction to solidify the groups ascension into R&B royalty and they followed up with hit after hit for years to come. Now after six years of touring, 112 has a brand new album titled, "Q Mike Slim Daron".  The heavily anticipated album is being celebrated with a 112 Takeover week in the group's hometown of Atlanta, GA.
112 Takeover week kicks off Monday, October 23rd with a press conference at South Atlanta high school where all four members will be honored with the Phoenix award at their alma mater in a room of invited media and school and city officials. Tuesday, October 24th has the guys hosting a private listening session for music tastemakers and colleagues to hear the new project. On Thursday morning, 112 will host an exclusive Magic Master Class focused on music with the students at South Atlanta high school. That evening will serve as a fan celebration of the new project with a cover and album release party sponsored by the City of Atlanta's office of film and entertainment and rolling out magazine at Club Alibi. Friday, October 25th marks the official physical and digital album release, making the new album available worldwide.  The takeover week culminates in a city wide community fair and concert which is free and open to the public. Besides vendor booths, family friendly activities and food trucks, there will be free concert with popular local acts with a close-out performance by 112.  United Health Care is a major partner for the community fest. The week ends on Sunday with a celebratory brunch and soul session later that night at Opium.

"It's a blessing to be able to come back after almost twelve years to fans that are excited to hear new music.  This new album is a more personal look into our lives and of course 112 started in southwest Atlanta so we thought what better way to kick this off than with the community that supported us," Daron says.  "We are looking forward to sharing this new album with home first and then of course connecting with fans across the country," Slim explains.
"Q Mike Slim Daron" is the first release for the group after an eleven-year hiatus but all four members have had the opportunity to work on personal projects and endeavors over the past years. "I think that's what makes this so special coming back after we've all done our own thing and had different levels of success but, we all realize that the true magic is with the four of us together," Q says.  
For more information on events during the 112 Takeover visit.  For media credentials or VIP access, contact, Christal with Enchanted Branding & Public Relations email: christal@enchantedpr.net, or 678-499-0297


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An Afromerge Exclusive Event w/ MARENIKAE

   

An Afromerge Exclusive Event w/ MARENIKAE

Nigerian born singer/songwriter MARENIKAE hosted a listening session for her upcoming EP Ajebutter. Introducing a new genre of music coined "afromerge" MARENIKAE's sound seeks to fuse her native African culture with her current American home. Atlanta music industry tastemakers were invited to a cultural experience complete with African dance, music and an authentic Nigerian meal complete with a signature alcoholic beverage. Guests were treated to an advance version of the EP and asked to give feedback on favorite song and potential follow-up single. Upon leaving guests were given gift bags with African soap, incense and sweet treats along with background information on each item.  Aside from media and several music executives, MARENIKAE welcomed Wondaland artist Roman GianArthur and Bando Jonez. 
MARENIKAE released the debut single "Remember", an Afromerge feminine anthem in August 2017. You can hear 'Remember" by visiting www.marenikae.live


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NEW LUXURY KIDS SUNGLASS LINE KIDRAQ IS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT CHILD SUPERMODEL
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Christal@enchantedpr.netFor Immediate ReleaseAugust 11, 2017NEW LUXURY KIDS SUNGLASS LINE KIDRAQ IS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT CHILD SUPERMODEL

(Atlanta, GA) Celebrity Eyewear Designer and Principal Creative Officer of Eyecandy Creations Tiffany Williams knows how to look your best in the sun. In addition to creating lines for two of Hollywood's most fashionable faces, Cynthia Bailey and Eva Marcille, and providing luxury eyewear for A-listers on movie sets across the country, Williams has partnered with Raquel Smith (Beyonce's stylist) for a joint venture called Kidraq.Co-creator Raquel Smith describes Kidraq as, "A luxury brand specializing in children's eyewear featuring brightly colored Italian acetate frames shaped to complement and accentuate a child's face." The Kidraq signature series is 
slated to hit the market Summer 2017. In honor of August being children's eye health and safety month, Kidraq is hosting a child model call to find the official faces for the brand. Smith has worked with Beyonce for years, her journey beginning as an intern with the family-owned "House of Dereon" 
years ago. Smith quickly moved up from intern to Beyonce's assistant stylist under then principal stylist Ty Hunter to eventually become Beyonce's personal stylist. Raquel was intricately involved in each of Beyoncé's world tours. She also styled Beyoncé's red carpet appearances, video shoots, special performances, and personal wardrobe. In recent years 
Smith has begun to grow her own personal brand, which started with going back to school to study jewelry design.Raquel says that her bold captivating signature pieces reflect the influence that her father had on her life. "After launching 2 successful eyewear collections, we felt it was time to do something different. We realized Kids deserved to be fabulous too, and we could not have chosen a better collaboration than with one of the most sought after celebrity stylist!" Williams explains.KidRaq will host a casting call for child models in Atlanta on Saturday, August 12th from 10am - 2-pm at 3235 Satellite Blvd, Bldg 300, Duluth, GA 30096. Parents are encouraged to bring little ones out early for the opportunity to be one of the new faces of Kidraq


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DON CANNON, LIL DURK, BIG BOI CELEBRATE "CRAFT SYNDICATE BY DUTCHMASTERS" PRODUCER KOJI THE BANDIT

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Christal@enchantedpr.netFor Immediate ReleaseJuly 20, 2017
DON CANNON, LIL DURK, BIG BOI CELEBRATE "CRAFT SYNDICATE BY DUTCHMASTERS" PRODUCER KOJI THE BANDIT AT STANKONIA

WHAT: The hip-hop elite, celebrities, and top influencers recently joined Don Cannon and Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters to celebrate the culmination of his project with who he calls a stand-out music producer with a unique captivating sound. Craft Syndicate is a social platform for creatives to engage and learn; the key driving force being a mentor ship program. Dutch Masters identifies today's masters in music, film, fashion and art, pairs them with an aspiring creative, and funds an collaboration.On Monday, July 24th the legendary Stankonia Studios, birthplace for Organized Noize, the Dungeon Family, Outkast and Ceelo Greene was the perfect backdrop for Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters. Hosted by Love and Hip Hop star Yung Joc, the event highlighted performances by Lil Nuke, Spotlight, Ra Ra, Joe Gifted, Big Bank Black, Pee Wee the Long-Way, and Money Man before welcoming award-winning producer Don Cannon to the stage to introduce Koji the Bandit who was awarded the opportunity to be mentored by Don Cannon. Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters judges DJ Mars, KP Prather, and OG Parker were unanimously impressed with Koji the Bandit citing his unique use of samples and instrumentation as progressively refreshing. The highlight of the evening was the performance of the Koji the Bandit and Don Cannon collaborative track titled, "No Fear" featuring trap artist Lil Durk. Guests enjoyed vegan cuisine sponsored by Da Vegan Guru and hospitality provided by the Dutch Master models."I was immediately excited about working with Craft Syndicate. It's about mentoring the younger generation and leaving a legacy. This is exactly the type of work I want to be doing," Don Cannon shared with a packed house before introducing Koji the Bandit."When I saw Craft Syndicate post on Cannon's page I immediately sent over some tracks. I'd always wanted to work with Don Cannon and then when I learned Lil Durk was going to be the featured artist, I was tripping. I'm beyond thankful to Craft Syndicate for creating this platform; it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.""I wasn't sure what to expect from the collaboration but after I heard it, it was hot. I immediately wrote my verses, recorded it and sent it back to Cannon," Lil Durk explained."Thank you to all of the artists, producers, DJs and Dutch Masters fans who came out to show their support for Craft Syndicate and Koji The Bandit," said Sarah Krysalka, the marketing director for Dutch Masters. "I am grateful to have partners like Don Cannon, KP, DJ Mars and OG Parker who share the same vision as Dutch Masters, to share your craft and invest yourself in the masters of tomorrow. And a big thank you to Big Boi for welcoming us at Stankonia Studios, to Organized Noize and Big Gipp for their support, to Yung Joc who kept the energy going all night, to Lil Durk who killed the debut of 'No Fear' and to Big X, Funky and the rest of the Coalition DJs, Zoom Marketing Partners, Steed Media and Atmosphere Proximity who made the night happen."ATTENDEES: Big Boi (Outkast), Big Gipp (Goodie Mobb), Cory Mo, Organized Noize, actors Jamal "Gravy" Woodard and Stephon Washington (All Eyez on Me), Jason Reddick (Associate Director, ASCAP) 
LOCATION: Stankonia Studios, Atlanta, GALink to Free Images - photo credit Steed Media 
https://wetransfer.com/downloads/f55d09435e6bd690d45ae53525a1f11d20170728001240/b881f4bb49a2285deff66119004ef43b20170728001240/a6e62aFor more information on craft syndicate visit: www.craft-syndicate.co


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For Immediate Release July 20, 2017

CRAFT SYNDICATE POWERED BY DUTCH MASTERS PRESENTS "THE NEXT GREAT PRODUCER" WHAT: (Atlanta, GA) Craft Syndicate a program fueled and funded by Dutch Masters, collaborated with Atlanta legend Don Cannon to find the next great producer. Craft Syndicate powered by Dutch Masters winner Koji The Bandit will celebrate his mentorship and launch his collab track with Lil Durk alongside a cast of celebs, industry icons, and media in the home of Atlanta royalty Outkast and Organized Noize at Stankonia Studios.On July 24, producer Koji The Bandit will make his grand entrance into the world of high-powered producing as Lil Durk performs the track he and Don Cannon co-produced, "No Fear."  The event also presents an opportunity for Koji The Bandit to connect Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters' iconic judges that helped select him: DJ Mars, KP Prather, and OG Parker.  KOJI THE BANDIT has been crafting sounds for local artists as well as regional artists throughout the South, including No Suh Foster, Lil Nardy, RaRa and Eugenius.  The Craft Syndicate powered by Dutch Masters event will be hosted by Rapper and "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" star Yung Joc along with a special toast from producing legends, Organized Noize. The night will consist of Atlanta's top celebs and influencers, a celebrity Step and Repeat, passed hors d'eouvres and spirits, amazing performances by the Coalition DJ's, charting MC's Money Man, Joe Gifted, Peewee Longway, Lil Nuke and the debut and performance of the collab piece from Koji The Bandit and Don Cannon "No Fear" featuring Lil Durk.
 WHY:    To celebrate Craft Syndicate winner Koji The Bandit's collaboration with Don Cannon and Lil Durk  WHO:   Available for interviews upon request: ·       


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CRAFT SYNDICATE POWERED BY DUTCH MASTERS PRESENTS "THE NEXT GREAT PRODUCER"

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Christal Jordan Enchanted Branding & Public Relations Christal@enchantedpr.net
For Immediate Release July 20, 2017

CRAFT SYNDICATE POWERED BY DUTCH MASTERS PRESENTS "THE NEXT GREAT PRODUCER" WHAT: (Atlanta, GA) Craft Syndicate a program fueled and funded by Dutch Masters, collaborated with Atlanta legend Don Cannon to find the next great producer. Craft Syndicate powered by Dutch Masters winner Koji The Bandit will celebrate his mentorship and launch his collab track with Lil Durk alongside a cast of celebs, industry icons, and media in the home of Atlanta royalty Outkast and Organized Noize at Stankonia Studios.On July 24, producer Koji The Bandit will make his grand entrance into the world of high-powered producing as Lil Durk performs the track he and Don Cannon co-produced, "No Fear."  The event also presents an opportunity for Koji The Bandit to connect Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters' iconic judges that helped select him: DJ Mars, KP Prather, and OG Parker.  KOJI THE BANDIT has been crafting sounds for local artists as well as regional artists throughout the South, including No Suh Foster, Lil Nardy, RaRa and Eugenius.  The Craft Syndicate powered by Dutch Masters event will be hosted by Rapper and "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" star Yung Joc along with a special toast from producing legends, Organized Noize. The night will consist of Atlanta's top celebs and influencers, a celebrity Step and Repeat, passed hors d'eouvres and spirits, amazing performances by the Coalition DJ's, charting MC's Money Man, Joe Gifted, Peewee Longway, Lil Nuke and the debut and performance of the collab piece from Koji The Bandit and Don Cannon "No Fear" featuring Lil Durk.
 WHY:    To celebrate Craft Syndicate winner Koji The Bandit's collaboration with Don Cannon and Lil Durk  WHO:   Available for interviews upon request: ·       


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COCOA BROWN AND BLUE KIMBLE SET TO HOST THE 2017 AAMBC AWARDS DURING BLACK WRITERS WEEKEND

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Christal@enchantedpr.netFor Immediate ReleaseJune 6, 2017

Cocoa Brown and Blue Kimble set to host the 2017 AAMBC AWARDS during Black Writers Weekend
Comedienne and black Hollywood's new "IT" guy host literary awards honoring Nikki Giovanni in Atlanta

(Atlanta, GA) The 2017 Black Writers Weekend will host a number of premiere events celebrating the literary accomplishments of various authors, poets and writers including the Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement award being given to famed poet Nikki Giovanni.  The weekend culminates with a formal awards ceremony on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the EpiRiverside Center located at 135 Riverside Pkwy, Austell, GA 30168.  Comedienne Cocoa Brown and black Hollywood's new "it" guy Blue Kimble were tapped to co-host the award ceremony. "We wanted hosts that were guaranteed to keep the audience entertained and we know that both Cocoa and Blue have great comedic timing but we also know they are vocal about appreciating the strides in the literary community and appeal to a broad audience. We are excited to welcome both CocoaBown and Blue Kimble to the AAMBC family. I know they are going to make this an evening to remember," says founder Tamika Newhouse.Born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Blue Kimble is a rising star, making a name for himself as a talented actor and director. He is one of the stars of TV One's new TV series "Media".  A few of his other TV credits include "Wife & Mann", "Being Mary Jane", "Devious Maids" just to name a few. Kimble's stellar contagious smile and good looks have earned him the "rated next" label of new stars to watch out for. Cocoa Brown is a face most urban audiences came to know after a six season stint on Tyler Perry's #1 rated "For Better or Worse".  Over the last few years her audience has expanded due to a starring role in the hugely successful and critically acclaimed "American Crime Story: People v. OJ Simpson", which aired on the FX Network; a recurring role on TV Land's "Soul Man" with Cedric "The Entertainer" and girlfriend Neicy Nash. Brown has amassed an extensive body of work, including co-starring in last summer's blockbuster "Ted 2", alongside Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlburg, working alongside Samuel L. Jackson in "Lakeview Terrace" and her starring role in "Tyler Perry's Single Mom's Club."The entire Black Writer's weekend is filled with panels, workshops book signings and of course the formal awards gala positioned as the highlight of the weekend.  "We have panels on breaking into screenwriting for TV & film, a relationship panel especially for women, a sci-fi writer's workshop for high school students and author sightings and our celebratory book bash.  This weekend was designed specifically for readers and writers of all genres, genders and ages," Newhouse says.  "We wanted this to be a true celebration of literary achievement in every area imaginable." The annual AAMBC Literary Awards was launched in 2009 in San Antonio, Texas by the founder. Smaller ceremonies were then hosted in the years following in Chicago as well as in Baltimore in adjacent to various literary events. In 2015 the first inaugural red carpet ceremony took place in Atlanta, GA marking the beginning of the black writer's weekend. "To understand the importance of AAMBC's presence in the book industry is to understand the value of supporting our black writers. The awards serve as the premiere event the industry talks about and artist strive to be," Newhouse explains.  The AAMBC awards is scheduled for Saturday, June 10th with a red carpet reception starting at 5:30 PM and the awards beginning promptly at 8pm.  The EpiRiverside Center located at 135, Riverside Pkwy, Austell, GA 30168 will host the awards.For a complete listing of the workshops, panels and discussions scheduled for the AAMBC awards visit www.aambcaawards.com.  For VIP credentials please email: kass@enchantedpr.net, for media credentials please email: christal@enchantedpr.net.  


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ODELL BECKHAM AND EZEKIEL ELLIOTT'S FATHERS PARTNER WITH NON-PROFIT FOR FATHER'S DAY

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June 5, 2017

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   ODELL BECKHAM AND EZEKIEL ELLIOTT'S FATHERS PARTNER WITH NON-PROFIT FOR FATHER'S DAY 

  I'M A FATHER F1RST BRINGS THE FATHERS OF ODELL BECKHAM JR (NY GIANTS) AND EZEKIEL "ZEKE" ELLIOTT (DALLAS COWBOYS) TO ATLANTA FOR A POWERFUL FATHER'S DAY MESSAGE

(Atlanta, GA) The fathers of arguably the two most influential players currently in the NFL have partnered with "I'M A FATHER F1RST" to appear in Atlanta, GA for Father's Day for the 1st annual, "A Day in the Park" during Father's Day weekend. Odell Beckham Sr. and Stacy Elliott managed to raise two of football's biggest names. The NFL Dads will be speaking to a group of father's at the 1st annual Day in the Park during Father's Day weekend Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Raising sons that have achieved a level of excellence in their career that millions aspire to reach and never do is an accomplishment in itself but both Beckham and Elliott agree their biggest accomplishment was in being a father to their sons and offering the leadership needed as their sons grew and developed. Football fans know Ezekiel Elliot was a first round draft pick, signing with the Dallas Cowboys and has continued to be a fan favorite for his numbers on the field along with his fashion and lifestyle choices. Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most talked about figures in both sports and pop culture and is rumored to have recently signed the biggest shoe deal in NFL history.Odell Beckham Sr. and Stacy Elliott both doubled as father and coach while the players were young navigating their high school and college careers and making sure they exploited every opportunity to keep their sons on the path to achieving super stardom.

Beckham Sr. and Elliott both had different parenting styles but their sons ended up achieving the American dream through hard work and consistency.  I'm a Father  F1rst is proud to welcome both fathers to their first annual "I'm a Father 1st Field Day and celebration".  "We're excited to have the father's of these two powerhouses coming together to empower other young fathers. Growing up most young boys have aspirations of playing ball on that professional level but we all know it takes a lot to get a young man to that place of excellence. Both of these players were blessed to have their father's actively in their lives and they both believe strongly in the power of fatherhood," says Keith A. Lewis, Jr. founder of I'm a Father F1rst.

Lewis started the movement to emphasize the importance of fatherhood, especially in the black community. "It's always powerful when men come together to uplift and encourage each other. We want to be a resource for young fathers and fathers who may not feel they have support.  Our communities will see a change when our men step up in leadership and the most leadership role most men will experience is fatherhood," Lewis says.

For more information or to interview Odell Beckham Sr. or Stacy Elliott and Keith A. Lewis Jr., please contact Christal at 678-499-0297.

Learn more about I'm a Father F1rst here: is www.imafatherf1rst.com and social media is @imafatherf1rst @i'mafatherf1rst on FB @imafatherf1rst on twitter


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2017 AAMBC AWARDS WILL HONOR ACCLAIMED POET NIKKI GIOVANNI

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2017 AAMBC AWARDS WILL HONOR ACCLAIMED POET NIKKI GIOVANNI

    BLUE KIMBLE AND COMEDIAN ACTOR COCOA BROWN WILL CO-HOST AWARD SHOW HIGHLIGHTING AFRICAN       AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENTS IN LITERATURE

(Atlanta, GA) The ninth annual AAMBC Literary Awards will be held in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, June 10, 2017.  The featured highlight is the Maya Angelou Lifetime achievement award being presented to acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni.  AAMBC creator Tamika Newhouse says it is a dream to honor Giovanni and to bring her to the show's home of Atlanta, GA.  "Honoring Nikki Giovanni is a dream come true for me.  It's great to honor legends while we have them here with us. This means a lot to AAMBC and to the African American literary community," Newhouse says. 
After previous successful years, Newhouse extended the award show to include a full weekend, entitled the Black Writer's Weekend.   The entire weekend is filled with panels, workshops and a private movie screening with the formal awards gala positioned as the highlight of the weekend.  "We have panels on breaking into screenwriting for TV & film, a relationship panel especially for women, a sci-fi writer's workshop for high school students and author sightings and our celebratory book bash.  This weekend was designed specifically for readers and writers of all genres, genders and ages," Newhouse says.  "We wanted this to be a true celebration of literary achievement in every area imaginable."
In addition to honoring Giovanni and urban success story Teri Woods, Newhouse  selected black Hollywood's newest "it" guy Blue Kimble and the hilarious actor/comedienne Cocoa Brown to co-host the show.  "We knew the energy Cocoa and Blue will bring to the show will keep the audience engaged and laughing throughout," Newhouse says.  Inspirational duo Will and Alexis are slated to perform as the featured entertainment for the AAMBC awards along with several other surprise celebrity presenters and appearances.  
The annual AAMBC Literary Awards was launched in 2009 in San Antonio, Texas by the founder. Smaller ceremonies were then hosted in the years following in Chicago as well as in Baltimore in adjacent to various literary events. In 2015 the first inaugural red carpet ceremony took place in Atlanta, GA marking the beginning of the black writer's weekend.
"To understand the importance of AAMBC's presence in the book industry is to understand the value of supporting our black writers. The awards serve as the premiere event the industry talks about and artist strive to be," Newhouse explains. 
For a complete listing of the workshops, panels and discussions scheduled for the AAMBC awards visit www.aambcaawards.com                                                              #


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