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Black Gay Pride returns to Atlanta

Black Gay Pride returns to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Black Gay Pride, the country's leading LGBTQ annual pride celebration, is gearing up for their annual celebration during the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend.

The festival, which runs Aug. 28 through Sept. 1, will feature special guest performances from Faith Evans, Tamar Braxton and Sevyn Streeter. The Georgian Terrace and Loews Hotel in Downtown Atlanta are the official host hotels for pride weekend.

This year, the festival will honor Grammy Award-winning songstress Faith Evans. Evans will receive the 2014 Humanitarian Award and will perform live on the main stage.

The five-day holiday weekend will also feature the third annual Pure Heat Community Festival, which takes place on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Piedmont Park. The cultural event will highlight market and food vendors, live performances, entertainment, educational forums, prizes and giveaways, all of which bring together the spirit of community, pride and vision.

Broadway in Atlanta raises $18K for Bert’s Big Adventure

Broadway in Atlanta raises $18K for Bert’s Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta kicked off its 2014/2015 series in Atlanta this past Tuesday with the city’s debut of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, featuring a special check presentation prior to the start of the show. The donation from the presenters of the first-class touring musicals was given to Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

The contribution was a result of previous ticket sales for the Atlanta debut of the series’ musical The Little Mermaid, which ran at the Fox Theatre until July 13. For every ticket sold during pre-season, $5 was donated to benefit the Atlanta-based nonprofit organization.

Black Women Film Festival returns June 13-15

Black Women Film Festival returns June 13-15

ATLANTA -- The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) will present its 10th Annual Black Women Film Festival June 13-15, 2014 in Atlanta.

The three-day event – sponsored by BET Networks, Spelman College, Atlanta Technical College, 11Alive, Moguldom Studios and Madame Noire – kicks off Friday, June 13 at noon at Spelman College (Sci Center NASA Auditorium) with seven films by or about African-American women, including the controversial 72% (directed by Janice Garcia and Jeremy Batchelor), a documentary that explores the single mother phenomenon in the black community.

ASCAP heats up ATL Live On the Park with a Ladies Night edition

ASCAP heats up ATL Live On the Park with a Ladies Night edition

ATLANTA -- The ladies of Atlanta put on their best heels, stepped out, and knocked ATL Live out of Piedmont Park. ASCAP hosted a special “Ladies Night” edition of the popular music series that boasted a few of their best female performers including incredible vocalist Mylah, the rising R&B sensation from Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Demetria McKinney, and Grammy Award-winning songwriter, Crystal Nicole. Kenny Burns returned to host the show alongside DJ Trauma and the house band, Quinn and Jukebox.

Brian Grant recognized in Turnarounds & Workouts’ People to Watch 2014

Brian Grant recognized in Turnarounds & Workouts’ People to Watch 2014

ATLANTA -- Brian Grant, CTP, Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie Inc., has been recognized by Turnarounds & Workouts, a monthly news source for people tracking distressed businesses. He was chosen as one of ten People to Watch 2014: Business Professionals Making Their Mark. This announcement was made by Van Conway, President and CEO of Conway MacKenzie.

Grant provides restructuring and business assistance to troubled companies and their creditors on financial, operational, and strategic issues. “Over the past several years, Brian Grant has proven himself as a dedicated and capable advisor,” said Conway. “He has a unique enthusiasm for helping his clients through difficult situations and this award is a testament to the hard work that he has put in during the course of his career.”