Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Bronze Film Festival- Atlanta

Photographer Kimberly Roseberry of She Driven Photography represented Creatiffchatter at this year's Bronze Film Festival in Atlanta. Check out her review below:

The Bronze Lens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is a non-profit organization founded in 2009, that is dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. In fact, the mission of the Bronze Lens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is two fold: to promote Atlanta as the new film mecca for people of color; and to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers.

Over the course of 4 days in mid-November, during the Soul Train Awards weekend, film lovers, actors, and film makers gathered in the culture-and-heritage-rich Atlanta at the Marriott Marquis to share a creative platform of education, entertainment and empowerment discussions relating to film, television, and the production of both.

Check out The Bronze Lens Film Festival's website for more information:

 Filmmaker, Ava Duvernay
 Lynn Whitfield
 Salli Richardson Whitfield and Omari Hardwick
Producer, Will Packer

Photos by Carolyn Grady of Rhythmic Images and Kim Roseberry of SHEdriven Photography

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2010 Soul Train Awards Recap

My girl Stephanie Abdullah rocked out at this year's Soul Train Awards Weekend in Atlanta. While there, she served as a creative correspondent for Check out her lively recap of this year's events. correspondent, Stephanie Abdullah

Let’s give it up to BET and Centric for bringing back our favorite award show-The Soul Train Awards! This year’s show features talent you can’t get enough of and others whom you’d like to see more of. Atlanta hosted the show for the second consecutive year, yet this time at the Cobb Energy Center. You take YOUR pick, but the man of the hour for me was El DeBarge! Can we say “come back” of the century??? You gotta tune in for the Soul Train pre-show because El and Faith open with the hot mid-tempo song, Lay With You from El’s forthcoming Second Chance project (in-stores & online, November 30th). His vocals haven’t changed one bit and the man has got to be about 50, when I say FINE as he EVER was-man I was Mrs. James DeBarge back then, but El, right now is what’s up. And how bout, he gave me a “Hey Girl!” I’m still fanning myself. Congrats to you Mr. Eldra DeBarge and Welcome back to where you’ve always belonged-in my Welcome Back Kotter voice-“well the names have all changed since you ran around, but the dreams that remain can’t be turned around. Who’da thought they lead ya-back here where we need you!” I’m just putting it out there, but can we get a DeBarge reunion tour jumping off? I’m just saying!

Sister 2 Sister Soul Train Awards Pre-Party

Correspondent Stephanie Abdullah recaps Sister 2 Sister Magazine's Soul Train Pre-Party in Atlanta. Check out her review of the event.

Sister 2 Sister Founder, Jamie Foster Brown and Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed
The award show wasn’t the only party in town. Some of yall may remember back in the day when Def Jam used to throw those Pre Soul Train parties??? Can we say OFF the chain! Well, Jamie Foster Brown and Sister 2 Sister have grabbed the torch on this and hosted a 22nd Anniversary party the night before the awards. Er’body was in the building! And Jamie was stunning! I mean daggone fabulously stunning! I was bumping into the homies all over the place too: Sheri Riley, April Love, Kita Williams, Ronda Penrice (author of African American History for Dummies. Pick up a copy today), Barry Florence, Kim Cooper and even my boy Darius McCrary.

Stephanie and actor Darius McCrary
Darius told me he has an album coming out and it’s tight. He told me our mutual friend Bobby Brown came through the studio and blessed him with some background vocals! Go Bobby! Darius showed me mad love and he’s looking sooooo grown man these days too. Last I heard he’s doing the Young and the Restless thing…so you soap opera buffs, check him out on there. Chef G. Garvin, my church brother was in the building and was nicer than he’s ever been to me. He’s talking about possibly being back in ATL full time. LA will miss him. Oh! And my girl Stacii J-hadn’t seen her in forever. She’s working for the ATL Mayor [Kasim Reed] and personally introduced us. Thanks Stacii!