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Tastemaker Magazine Volume I No. 3

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EDITORIAL FOUNDER AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR EDITOR- IN- CHIEF

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bout four months ago, I told you we would work at getting better and, with our third issue under our belt, I think we’ve made progress! As a reward (to you and to us), we’ve dedicated this issue to soaring greater heights, seeing places you’ve never seen, and exploring a new part of yourself! There’s no place on earth that you can’t go, there’s nothing off limit to you and this issue is dedicated to those who sincerely believe that. I’m writing this letter to you while sitting in Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport preparing to flight to Houston to visit one of my best friends. Traveling is always an exciting experience; in no other way can you see people from all different places, dressed in so many different ways! It’s fun to guess where someone is from as they walk down the concourse in snow boots. Imagine their shock as they get outside to the blazing 80-degree Atlanta weather!

As a child, my mother would always take me to the library to check out different books and I soon learned that if there was any place I wanted to go, I could always jet set there through my imagination. During a time where many of us have to cut back on the niceties in life to stay afloat, we’ve had to let go of things like traveling (I’m one of those people!). I’d challenge you, however, to do what you can to see a new place before the year ends. Whether that’s a new part of town, a city an hour away, or a state you’ve never been to. We hope you’re inspired by the places we’ve been and the best items to help you get there in style!

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CONTENTS October/November 2011

BEAUTY

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Faux Eye Lashes

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Bridal Hair Styles

The fuel economy of a compacT car wiThouT all ThaT compacT car-ness.

FASHION 27

Fashion Find Under $100

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Jet-Setting Swimwear

36 Travel Essentials

FEATURES 38 Roger Bobb Opens Up 44 Atlanta’s New Actor’s Lounge 46 Mercedes Benz Star Lounge 50 Chocolate Cougar: Finding New Love in Atlanta

COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY

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Stylist, Deena Poythress, for Tastemaker Magazine. Cover: Fine blue stripe shirt The Men’s Store at Bloomingdales $79.50 Skinny tie (pocket square) Bo Clothing Alcott $89 boclothing.com Tan Sports Jacket (Rogers Own) October/November 2011

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Who says great gas mileage means being cramped ? The new 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist technology does innovative things like recycle the energy usually lost during braking. The result is a spacious luxury sedan that offers 36 mpg hwy.* Efficiency that lets you stretch your legs. That’s your kind of luxury. Discover it at buick.com.

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Tastemakermag.com Fabulous, Modern, Chic!

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Re-discover Scottsdale

ARTS & CULTURE

From beauty, social happenings, and a healthy dose of celebrity updates, we keep you tastefully in the know with one simple click.

53 10 Suggested Books For Travel 54 Troy Davis : The Dichotomy of 58

Justice

One Hundred Days for Rwanda

ATLANTA LIVING 62

Travel: Mixing Business with Pleasure

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Vacation Like Royalty

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Upgrade Your Postcards

68 Travel and Go Mad for Maryland 74 “RAVE” Review

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3 Editor’s Note 8 Director Memo 16 Contributors

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Editor’s Note

on the cruise ship there was some fancy dinner we would be partaking in with the Captain. My aunt sewed me my first couture dress, (Ha) and despite being on a ship equipped with a swimming pool and other exciting amenities, I couldn’t wait to unpack my dress and dine with the elite. My other fondest memory was of my grandmother and my trip to Niagara Falls; putting on that blue rain coat and watching this enormous waterfall douse water on a boat full of astonished tourists was the most exciting experience I could have been apart of. These childhood experiences undoubtedly helped shape my views and allowed me to experience, first hand, cultures outside of my own. Travel became more of a necesstiy, as doing so brought me a sense of peace. My junior year of college, I embarked on a weeklong adventure with friends to Jamaica. It is this trip that will be forever, like so many of my other trips, etched in my brain; not only because the adventure was so fun, but because I lost my grandmother the day I returned from my trip. Selfishly, I’ve always thought that my grandmother waited until I returned from my trip before passing on, as to not ruin my experience, because she believed in creating amazing memories. Since, I’ve remained steadfast on creating and cherishing memories with my friends and families. It’s those memories that sometimes help you get through the toughest times in your life. I hope you enjoy our travel issue; it’s so close to my heart because travel is apart of who I rowing up, I can remember the am. Do you have jet-setter memories that you’ll best days of my life being spent with my never forget? If you’re not big on travel, I would grandmother in Cincinnati, OH during summer break. What excited me the most urge you to start close to home with a staycation and eventually, expand your horizons—perhaps about my yearly visit, were the vacations we would take. At nine years old, I was one at one of our suggested destinations. Write me or tweet me your fondest travel memories or just of the most well traveled kids among my memories that you’ve cherished over the years, I’d peers, and arguably the only kid that had been to Disney World and Disney Land— love to hear about it! T.Gatlin,Founder twice. I remember one year being told we @theatlgo2girl were going on a cruise to the Bahamas, and email me: editor@tastemakermag.com

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Rooftop 866 | August 12, 2011

IES TASTEMAKER SER Issue Release Party

Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine celebrated the release of our second issue on Friday August 12, 2011 on the rooftop of the beautiful Renaissance hotel; formerly Hotel Palomar. The event was well attended by over 300 professionals, bloggers, friends, in and around the Atlanta area who are fans and supporters of our new digital lifestyle magazine. The night waas cranked up with cocktails featuring our signature drink “The Influencer”, tastefully prepared by the mixologiest of Rooftop 866. Guest noshed on hors d’oeuvres provided courtesy of Renaissance hotel while others enjoyed a special frozen alcohol infused Boozy Pop, similar to a push pop, by the pit fires. Guest enjoyed the Cabanans and flocked to reserve their space as they caught up with old friends and undoubtly made new ones. The acoustic sounds of music streaming throught the venues speakers, kept the atmosphere relaxed and exciting. Guest enjoyed smiling for the cameras, as photographers from Leon Millette Photography, NRX Studios, Carl Semion Photography and Photos by Chanda Scott were taken of guests making them feel like true celebrities. To keep guests entertained and knowledgeable about Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine, Hewlett Packard representatives were on site, with their tablets for guest to subscribe to the magazine as well as tweet, facebook, foursquare and view the magazine if this was their first encounter. One guest walked away with a new smart phone courtesy of Hewlet t Packard, just for subscribing to our magazine. How awesome is that?

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Some of our favorite vendors that we must thank is Candy Cake Company for providing chocolate and vanilla cake pop truffles for all of our guests to enjoy. If you showed up after the first hour, you likely didn’t get an opportunity to try them. Litterally, they are too awesome to just eat one! Lucky + Lovely is a design company that we are just smitten with here in Atlanta. They not only specialize in making anything associated with the world wide web and paper goods look lux, owner Melanie Carter has a way of adorning any woman in the most equisite accessories from Stella & Dot. Our Editorial Director, Tiffini Gatlin, wore a chantilly gold leaf cuff bracelet that was too live for, not to meniton the bib pearl necklace that made a statement of its own. Stylist, Marlissa Darling of Nikki Darling and Co., generously donated her time to pick the perfect white linen embroidered jumpsuit for Tiffini to wear, in an effort to make her stand out among the crowd. Her decisions did just that, as Tiffini received compliments about her attire all night. While outside venues are spectacular, we thought about how to cool our guests down when they felt a little hot. We called on our friends at Coca-Cola, and they generously contributed thirteen cases of guava-strawberry vitamin water for everyone to enjoy. If you haven’t had an opportunity to try this new flavor, you definitely should–It’s best when cold. During the event, the ladies of Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine took advantage of thanking everybody who came out to support the magazine and helped to contribute to the success of the launch.

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Parting is such sweet sorrow! The last group of attendees didn’t leave until aftere 2am so we concluded that, this must have been a swanky good time! The celebration was a great success, thanks again to all the sponsors, contributors, photographers and friends who continue to support us! We’ll see you at the next Shindig!-ATM

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Contributors Erin Kasari Lifestyle Contributor @vlalife www.vivalalife.com Erin Kasari is an Atlanta-Based Lifestyle writer covering travel, food, and anything else that makes for a fun and well-lived life. Nekessa Smith Beauty Contributor @officialnekessa www.nekesasnaturalradiance.com

Jemimah “Mimi” Scarlet Beauty Contributor @glossymimi www.lipglossandbinky.com Mimi, a Washington D.C. native, exited the rat race of Corporate America in pursuit of fashion, travel, beauty, and the written word. Mimi lives in Atlanta with her husband and children.

Nekessa Smith is a multi-talented natural hair care professional and owner of Natural Radiance. She currently studies film at Spelman College and lives in Atlanta with her husband and children.

Erika Ward Interior & Life Design Contributor @erikaatblulabel www.blulabelbungalow.com

Dave D. White Jr. Feature Contributor @Mr2Pens

Erika Ward is an Atlanta based interior designer who is inspired by fashion and believes that we should look to our wardrobe for inspiration in styling our

Dave D. White Jr. is a graduate of Morehouse College, from Mobile, AL. When he’s not writing, he participates in Mixed Martial Arts

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and volunteers in the community.

Andrea Janise Lifestyle Editor @atlfoodwriter www.foodsessions.com Kelli Flournoy Fashion Contributor @kelliflournoypr Kelli Flournoy has held the title of fashion stylist, publicist and most recently President of Belle&Grace. The self-proclaimed renaissance woman enjoys reading, shopping and mentoring young girls. October/November 2011

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Andrea Janise is a food and lifestyle journalist living in Atlanta. A graduate of Spelman College, this self-proclaimed “foodie” has written for numerous publications and loves dining out and traveling around the world.

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Pass The Event: Photography: Atlanta Tastemakers supported the 19th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares charitable fashion show on August 29th. The beneficiaries of the night were the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Atlanta Affiliate, and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF). The Tastemakers: Jason Wu, Marjorie Harvey, Rashan Ali, Real Housewives Atlanta Cast, and more The Venue: The event took place amongst the 32nd floor of the prominent retail housing space of 12th and Midtow. Photography By: Carl Semien

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BEAUTY

DOING THINGS MY WAY... Entrepreneures who are defying the odds and taking charge of their careers.

With 130 dollars, she started her online company in 2010; she started documenting her natural hair journey, reviewing products and creating natural hair meet-ups for her online following. After a natural hair meet-up she hosted in Atlanta, attended by over 200 women from different states and the Caribbean islands, Tarin decided to host Atlanta’s first Fro Fashion Week in February 2011. This season’s Fro Fashion week was graced with sponsors like Status Vodka, Kinky Kurly Hair Products, Jessie’s Curls Hair Products and Tone Nicole Make-up. Actress/Comedian Kim Coles was the featured guest of Fro Fashion Week. Coles said “I went natural because I wanted to see my own hair.” For twenty years, Coles said she wore her hair in braids, and Hotel Melia in midtown AtAward is the highest award really wanted to embrace her natulanta dazzled as representatives given to an Atlanta citizen ral texture. She also expressed how from the city of Atlanta such as working in the community. she loved coming to Atlanta beMichelle O’Neil (Congressman After graduating from West cause natural hair is so accepted, John Lewis), and Mary Ann Georgia University in 2009 and worn so beautifully; whereas Russell proclaimed September with a degree in Public Rela- in Los Angeles, it is not as popular 19th through the 25th Fro Fash- tions, Tarin Boone said she yet. According to Tarin Boone, ion Week in Atlanta. Founder/ fell into a small depression the lack of popularity won’t be CEO Tarin Boone smiled with when she couldn’t find emlong. She plans to take Fro Fashtears of joy as she was presented ployment. After 6 months of ion Week on the road next year to with the Phoenix Award by Jus- research, Boone decided to different cities, and spread the love tin Tanner of Intergovernmen- combine her passion, along of natural hair care. In addition tal Affairs & External Relations, with her educational backto planning for next year’s event, from the office of Mayor Kasim ground to start Naturally Me Boone has also started a website Reed. Tanner expressed that the Media. retailing hair products, Visit Phoenix www.NHDeals.com. October/November 2011

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Beauty/ EYES

Stephens Tips: Mel B The Atlanta

2. Use a higher quality lash, like Stephens of course, that’s flexible and easier to bend and work with.

Kim Kardashian

3. Use less adhesive. If you are applying dark eye shadow you use black adhesive, if you are using light eye shadow or a natural look you use clear adhesive.

Stephen Moleski Lashes You’ll Love ‘Faux’ Real

The NYC

It’s time to bat those eyes ladies! Celebrity make-up artist Stephen Moleski is giving stars like Kim Kardashian, Mel B and Kim Zolciak a new red carpet must have with his custom faux eyelash line, Smoke and Mirrors Beauty. Stars, however aren’t the only ones going gaga over the 100 percent human hair strip lashes. Stephen recently paid a visit to Atlanta, and beauty aficionados didn’t waste any time coming out to meet him and pick up a pair of lashes, all while receiving some of Stephens best tips and tricks for the perfect application. Stephen had the pleasure of glaming up Kris Humphries’ family for he and Kim Kardashian’s wedding. Stephen tells us that Kim’s make-up artist used a combination of individual and Vegas strip lashes from the Smoke and Mirror collection.

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1. Put Lashes on when you don’t have make up on and when time is on your side... not when you are in a hurry (makes for a bad eyelash application)

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4. Don’t go for anything too dramatic of a lash when first starting out, go with something more natural. Once you are use to the application and the blending of eyelashes you can move to something more dramatic. It’s all about blending.

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Destination

The hair guide for the Jet-Setting Bride-to-Be

Bride

More brides are choosing to have an island as the backdrop for their special day. Everything screams beauty from the clear blue beaches to the tropic and lush trees, in all the right places.A Destination Wedding performed on an island like Jamaica, St. Lucia,or Cayman, brings on the full anticipation of sand in your toes, fun in the sun and tropical breezes. Before the bride confirms all the wedding arrangements, completes her guest list, and starts the countdown to her wedding day, she thinks about her wedding day hairstyle and the time it would take to maintain her look through the honeymoon. Although it is her day, she can’t help but take time to think about her bridesmaids hair to have those picture perfect memories on such a special day.It would be quite tragic to travel miles from home  to get married and return with the “bad hair day” story. When considering destination wedding hair, think about humidity . Not only will you likely worry about your hair frizzing, but the activities you and your party plan to endulge in. In some cases, depending on where you travel the voltage system dosen’t comply with your mostly commonly used tools to beat the heat; like your Chi or FHI flat irons. This was a lesson I learned from a personal experience when I traveled to Curacao and Bonaire with a press.Your day to day hair regime should not be practiced when on vacation; that’s the last thing you want to worry about when you are soaking up some sun during the fall/winter months. With the right hair consultation along with the right accessories you are sure to be fabulous throughout the duration of your vacation. There are several protective styles to chose from whether your hair is natural or relaxed.Protective styles are styles designed to give your hair a rest while still remaining fabulous. Protective styles intel hair extensions or hair weave to add fullness, length and most of all a 8 week temporary low to no maintenance hairstyle.Cornrows are the popular go-to hairstyle for traveling , however with the different techniques offered by a professional braider, cornrows have evolved. Venus cornrows are a urban polished look that is flattering to nearly all facial structures. This style can be maintained by applying a light oil like coconut oil to the hair with a silk scarf at night. You don’t have to worry about getting your hair wet because it will stay in place. There is also versatility if you wanted to pin it up or to the side for a evening look. Consult your beautician for a style that works best for you. By: -Nekessa Smith

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“Hair Essentials”

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1. Silk Scarf, bonnet, or pillowcase 2. A hydrating sheen 3.Hair Pins, bob pins and cute accessories

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FASHION

FASHION/ JET-SETTING MOMS Tube Scarf $$17.95; H&M

Everything

UNDER $100

You don’t have to loose your jet-setting mommy mind on finding fabulous yet comfy clothes while on the go! We’ve found just the right look for you! zip slouch shoulder bag $56.00; Topshop

Kourtney Kardashian

Faux Leather Pant $66; TopShop

Trench $21.99; Target

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Zara Riding Boot; $89.90

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COUTURE

Vintage Tweed Jacket; Ted Baker Wool Slacks; Vero Cuoio Suede Boots; Club Monoco Henley; Movado Watch; Aviator Ray Ban Sunglasses; Ted Baker Pocket Square

Swimwear

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Cool down your hottest destinations this fall/winter

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Patristi RockArt “JetSetter”, $575; Contact Kimberly Clark for custom orders 323.299.9859 photo credit: Cazzie Burns

Patristi RockArt brings Haute Couture Lifestyle Swimwear to your hottest destination, empowering self love to women of ALL shapes and sizes. You’ll fall in love with the ‘RockArt” that captivates each hand crafted design, meant to be worn as a show stopping work of art that will surely turn heads! Sizes range from 2-20.

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Patristi RockArt “X-Stacy”, $450; Contact Kimberly Clark for custom orders 323.299.9859

Bananna Republic Sweater; Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses; Club Monaco Wool pant; Gucci shoes; Ralph Lauren socks; stylists bracelet

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“Maroccan Gold”, $375; Contact Kimberly Clark for custom orders 323.299.9859

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“Blue Lagoon”, $ Call for Price; Contact Kimberly Clark for custom orders 323.299.9859

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Patristi RockArt “Brownstone (Suede)”, $575; Contact Kimberly Clark for custom orders 323.299.9859

Patristi RockArt “White Sands”, $ Call for Price; Contact Kimberly Clark for custom orders 323.299.9859 October/November 2011

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TRIED AND TRUE TRAVEL ESSENTIALS With new developments in security over the years, travel has become an experience all it’s own, that separate from the part of the trip where you actually relax and decompress. Ignoring TSA’s rules can delay your trip before it begins and neglecting to bring everyday luxuries for the ride can shift your attitude before you even reach your destination. Whether by plane, train or automobile these essential travel pieces take the guesswork out of abiding by the rules and are sure to keep you comfy while in transit. —KELLI FLOURNOY This croc-print calfskin leather iPad case is the perfect accessory for today’s hottest allin-one gadget. The tech-savvy traveler will appreciate the convenient foldback function and the surdy, yet fashionable, clasp closure in brushed gold. < $570; iPad Case; Smythson

The ballat flat has become the ultimate travel acessory. Easy enough to slip off when going through airport security, easy on the feet when running late for a flight yet the perfect blend of fashion and function. $540; Lanvin; Bluefly October/November 2011

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An absolute must! Not only ideal for maintaining mystery while in transit, but also for protect your eyes from sun while sightseeing. Try an oversize pair like these Tom Ford’s to ensure proper coverage. $370; “Sonja”; Saks Fifth Avenue

Stay organized by packing your make-up and jewelry in this cute three-compartment bag featuring a cool cork exterior and pink piping to keep it fun and flirty. $20; Target Bring a familiar scent on your travels to warm up an unfamilar place like this tin candle in Crisp White. Tin cap protects and preserves the fragrance. $11; “Votivo”; Bloomingdales

No need to sacrifice luxury while traveling. This lavish set includes two-ply cashmere blanket and eye mask neatly tucked in a cashmere bag, perfect for staying comfy and chic while on-the-go. $300; Saks Fifth Avenue >

Designed to encourage documentation of the entire journey from the seemingly mundane to the most magnificent detail. This eccentric journal is compact and complet with reference table and metro symbols. $17; Travel Journal; Anthropologie >

Travel is no excuse to neglect proper skincare. This pack includes cleanser, moisturizer, relief gel, and lip cream...everything you need to keep your skin healthy and gorg! $46; Pevonia; Dermstore >

This lightweight cashmere scarf plays double duty as a great method to ward off neck chills while on the plane or can be used as a wrap while dining at restaurants. ^ $195; “Chan Luu”; Les Pommettes The weekender is meant to be compact and expected to be chic. Weekend or week long, you won’t disappoint with this medium sized tote in sumptious brown leather. $893, “Bric’s”; Forzieri

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ROGER

BOBB A Renaissance Man doing things his way! By Tiffini Gatlin Photographs by Chanda Scott

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t’s a warm and rainy morning in Atlanta, and traffic on Lenox Road is bumper to bumper but that doesn’t stop producer Roger Bobb from being on time for his 9am shoot at Truffles. He came in immediately ready to start the morning, looking over his clothing selections for the shoot and then asking which way to go to put on his clothes. His quiet demeanor and tall stature may intimidate you at first, but any man over 6 feet who can find the humor in wearing a skinny tie despite how ridiculously silly it looks, shows how confident he is in himself and or how trusting he is of our designer! Despite the fact that he’s worked side by side with Tyler Perry, Forbes magazine’s wealthiest man in entertainment, for the past 7 years, he doesn’t have the “I’ve made it complex” that allegedly follows Hollywood actors and actresses. Our first clue to this fact was him walking around the restaurant in his ribbed socks with no shoes on, and even stepping outside at one point during our shoot to capture a shot in a light drizzle—with no shoes. “Can we get some coffee in this cup before we take this shot please?” he asked, while obviously slipping into producer mode briefly.

>> HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

What most don’t know is Bobb’s story before he became Perry’s right hand man back in 2004. Born in London and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bobb was working as a mergers and acquistions paralegal with aspirations of attending law school. “I always liked film and television but wasn’t with the whole starving artist lifestyle; plus I always thought movies were something white people made in this place called Hollywood, far, far away.” Bobb credits Spike Lee for him getting into film saying,“To hear about this young brother in my neighborhood not even a mile from where I lived doing this great film She’s Gotta Have It, really demystified the whole film making process for me and made me feel I can be involved.” “I remember having a talk with myself one day saying ‘you only live this life one time. October/November 2011

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You might as well do the things you’re passionate about; at least try.’” Therefore, Bobb quit his lucrative job and pursued film and television, landing himself a spot in the Director’s Guild of America’s prestigious Assistant Director Trainee program. It was this program that offered him the opportunity to work with legendary directors such as Woody Allen, Mike Nicholas and James Mangold. Bobb was also the youngest African American First AD member of the Director’s Guild of America. You could say Bobb paid his dues by working within the New York independent film community as an assistant director and quickly rose to producer. “The key is you have to have a passion for it because it’s not all glitz and glamour. October/November 2011

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There are a lot easier ways to make money; this is an industry in which you really have to have a passion for it to succeed.”

>>LEAVING TYLER PERRY STUDIOS “I’d been doing [producing] this a long time before meeting Tyler; certainly working with him has elevated me as a producer, director and financially, but there are things I want to do for myself,” says Bobb. In fact, Bobb is the only two time winner of the Best Film Award at the American Black Film Festival for The Rift, starring Antonio Vargas and Preaching To The Choir, starring Patti LaBelle. “My mentor Reuben Cannon, introduced me to Tyler when he was looking to hire a team of African Americans.” I was actually working in New York for Damon Dash and Jay-Z’s film production company, Roc-A-Fella Films when I received the call to come to Atlanta. I thought I was coming to do one movie.” On the contrary; 11 films opening at number one or number two, 222 episodes of House of Payne, 140 episodes of Meet the Browns, over $500 million dollars and five NAACP Image Awards later, Bobb is ready to give back and nurture other filmmakers. “Nothing makes me happier than when I see people who have come up with me, achieve success and seeing interns out shooting a film,” Bobb reflects while nibbling on an enormous Southwestern Salad from Truffles. “I applaud Tyler for creating a lot of opportunites behind the camera for African Americans. One thing about Tyler; he knew what my desires were and he doesn’t block peoples blessings. Nobody ever grows up and wants to be Joe Biden. You want to be President Obama; at this point in my life I’m ready to be Obama.”

>>BOBBCAT FILMS

Bobb may not want to take on the issues of the world like President Obama, but he’s certainly ready to influence the entertainment world with film and television that brings us back to 1995 with films like Friday. “I’m working on a film called The Layover, a younger, urban, funnier version of The Hangover. It’s going to be hilarious,” he laughs. He’s also working with the stars of Meet The Browns, David and Tamela Mann, on a non-scripted cooking/lifestyle show, which shows the couple traveling the world to some of their favorite destinations and then displays the duo in the kitchen cooking up yummy concoctions inspired from their travels. “I’ve never seen two people more in love and they really personify what a happy and healthy marriage is,” Bobb said October/November 2011

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Bobb’s third project, coming in November, brings back memories of hanging out on the Promenade at Clark Atlanta University during Homecoming week. He’ll be producing a documentary for ESPN on HBCU Marching Bands. The five part series entitled, The Battle, will showcase what it’s like to be in a HBCU marching band. Since Bobb attended Brooklyn College and the School of Visual Arts, he did not have the HBCU experience, although not discussed, I’m sure his findings of what really goes on behind those snare drums was eye opening, to say the least. Bobb promises to bring back the blues in our left thight that yearns to be the funk in your right with the use of soundtracks. “A lot of films don’t utilize the soundtracks as much. I want to do films that use the soundtrack, like Love Jones, Boomerang, Waiting to Exhale—for some reason that synergy isn’t there anymore, so I’m going to try to bring that back.” Bobb is grateful for his international upbringing, which gives him what he calls a “global view”. Both of his parents are from South America and he’s spent a lot of time in both London and South America. “I don’t have a view that is specific to any one neighborhood, state, city or county. Because of that, I enjoy different music, food and other people’s perspectives.” Bobb offered a different perspective on negative conversation surrounding Tyler Perry’s famous character Madea. “It’s unfortunate that people have that view. Tyler and Madea dominate black media but that’s not Tyler’s fault. He, as a film maker has the right to make whatever he wants,” says Bobb. “Tyler Perry Studios is the first major African American film and television studio in the history of this country that employs hundreds of people which allows them to support their families and keep their houses—so its a bigger picture than Madea. As long as there is an audience to support Madea, Madea will support them. If you don’t like it, you are free to support another film.”

>>WHAT A MAN WANTS So what else could a man who comes from a family with two parents, who’ve been married over 40 years, successful siblings, a flourishing career, a beautiful daughter and no insecurities want? “I hope to have multiple projects on television, be able to produce several films a year and shepherd other filmmakers.” Okay, okay Roger...we get it! But what the ladies really want to know is, are you single, and what does your ideal woman look like? “I’m not married,” says Bobb, after a faint chuckle. “My ideal woman is beautiful– to me; she’s God fearing, she’s secure, she’s independent, she has her own money, she doesn’t curse a lot, she doesn’t drink too much and she’s somebody who loves her life and herself and likes to experience things and know there is a world out there outside of Atlanta or wherever she is, that is worthy of exploring.” Wow...does Bobb have a “Man’s list”? And who knew that there were men out there who appreciate an independent woman? “I want a woman who doesn’t need a man, but a woman who wants a man. I want a woman who is okay being by herself,” says Bobb. “I’m 44; I’ve never been married. I’ve never even really thought about marriage, but it’s something that if it happens, it would be great and if it doesn’t happen–that’s fine too,” Bobb says assuredly. I have successful marriages all around me–my parents, my siblings... and marriage is a fantastic and beautiful thing. At this point in my life, I think I would want a woman who has that same type of ideology about marriage,” Bobb says in a ‘matter of fact’ tone. “It really comes down to I haven’t found that right person. I’m not getting a divorce. Divorce is not an option!”-T T October/November 2011

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“It’s a place to come relax, and learn the truth from people in the business”Terri Vaughn

THE GREEN ROOM

ACTRESS TERRI VAUGHN AND ATTORNEY SHANNON NASH OPEN THE FIRST ACTOR’S CAFE AND LOUNGE IN ATLANTA By Meagan Ford | Photography By Walter Kennard

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ntrepreneurs and visionaries Terri J. Vaughn and Shannon Nash knew from the early start of their friendship they would work together to add something special to the performance community. Terri said “I told Shannon, ‘I want you to be the James Lassiter to my Will Smith.” That is an exceptional example of friendship and partnership,and many years later the two women are proud owners of the Green Room,

Lounge; Atlanta’s premier performance, lounge, and coffee spot for actors. Women of like minds often talk of collaborating, but Terri and Shannon’s story is an authentic effective relationship. Terri’s acting career began over seventeen years ago in California where she worked at gaining critical acclaim in numerous television and film roles including The Steve Harvey Show and “Don’t Be A Menace.

In her days working in LA, a beloved spot was the Lucy Florence cultural arts boutique and entertainment venue in historic Leimert Park. After working over a decade, Terri easily transitioned with her family to Atlanta, while maintaining her passion for acting and entertainment. An acting veteran, many of her peers and friends worked in the city, exploding with Blacks in the industry. Terri has performed on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, formed a production company that recently wrapped filming

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of A Cross To Bear, and is working on several more projects. Of the idea to start the Green Room, the mother of two remembers, “I was teaching classes at TreeSound studios, and my students wanted books that weren’t available in the city, as easily they would LA.” The idea to supply the demand immediately formed. Terri said, “I initially wanted to open a bookstore, like a Samuel French, so I reached out to the owners and they gave me encouragement and knowledge about opening something similar in Atlanta.” Shannon suggested it would be more profitable to add a bar, lounge, and performance area, and then the two settled on a location. Shannon’s impressive background in professional consulting, tax law, and business management is a huge asset in the partnership behind the business. She credits working with Debbie Allen, whom she calls the “mother of everything” influential in her continued involvement in entertainment. Behind the scenes of working as an entrepreneur in the current difficult economy, Shannon admits to early hesitancy and considerations of market risks. Selling food and beverages means often dealing with other businesses and being at the mercy of suppliers and consumers. “When starting a business, always work with someone educated and focused on the bottom line, so you’re prepared to succeed,” said Shannon. With a food menu prepared by Chef Jason Ellis of Hell’s Kitchen, and pastries by Gimmie Some Suga Bakery Bar, the Green Room caters to a variety of party sizes for private events. Shannon’s beautiful family, featured on the cover of Black Enterprise in 2009, were a large consideration in her plenary stages as well as future growth. “My kids love coming here,” she said. “We currently offer kids classes on Saturday,

and plan to provide a range of Master classes for all ages.” A mother to a child with autism, Shannon is passionate about inclusive expression. Lounge plans include acting workshops for children with special needs, parent classes that offer education on guiding children’s careers in entertainment which will be taught by successful parents of child-actors, technical workshops for design and production interests, and feature performances. “It’s a place to come relax, and learn the truth from people in the business,” stated Terri, supplying the reason for the non-pretentious vibe. As busy mothers with a committed work ethic and passionate about community involvement and service, their partnership works well. “Often Terri just says ‘yes’ to everything, and I have to remind her that no. You can’t do everything, you have to slow down” says Shannon. The desire to genuinely create an intimate community that fosters development is evident in the focus on making actors comfortable. From the class offerings to the book selections, it shows that actors are conceptually in mind. Additional business partners Roger Bobb, movie producer and company owner and retired NBA player Adonal Foyle lend support as well as a host of celebrity friends near and far. Shannon added that it’s everyday people in the local community that often thank her for opening the spot, showing love toward the buzz in Buckhead. An inviting space that appeals to family, celebrity, scholar and novice alike, all are interested in acting. Thespians can get honest conversation and advice from those who shape the industry on any given day. As a bookstore and actor’s haven, The Green Room Lounge is set to be a staple in the city for years to come.-T October/November 2011

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WESLEY CADLE DESIGN INSPIRATION

FASHION INSPIRED

Vitesse Exchange Boutique in Castelberry

Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week is one of the largest fashion events of the year, and doesn’t disappoint! More than just new couture collections briskly passing by over-obsessed style mavens, it’s about ambience. Interior designer Wesley Cadle just happen to be the man capable for the task. We caught up with Cadle days after his hectic, yet succesful week to get the details on how he made celebrities like Beyonce’, Kirstie Alley, Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum as well as fashion aficionado’s from all over the world relaxed and rejuvenated in the Mercedes Benz Star Lounge.

Q. Was the MercedesStar Lounge inspired A. Absoultely. This is not my first fashion week. I did

by fashion?

A. Yes! It was inspired by fashion and the

intent was to create the feel of a wonderful apartment in Paris or New York. We used illustrations from Gladys Perint Palmer on the wall.

a swim week in Miami and we took the inspiration of the Art Deco of South Beach and we followed it up with patterns that had a slant on Art Deco but were very coastal as well as updated and contemporary. We had designers clamoring about the patterns and wanted to contact those textile designers to design for their bathing suits.

Q.Have you ever pulled design inspiration Q. In what ways do you think interior design and fashion intersect?

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A. They go hand in hand, for as long as fashion Q.What pieces and textiles did you include in

your design, and how long did it take to put and interiors have been around. If you have a the Lounge together? piece of furniture, you can tell it comes from a specific time period. Same way that you can look A. We used lilacs, celadon, aquas, and purples at a garment and know it comes from the same throughout the room. We used Belgian glazed period. linen, crystal, glass and metallics; and furnished it with silver and gold to give a little Q. Can you share a memorable compliment bling— not blatantly brassy, yet sophisticated. given about the design of the Star Lounge? We used fabrics from Designers Guild out of London. They were designed by designer ChrisA. It was great to walk around seeing people tian Lacroix from his Arles Collection, which enjoying the lounge. Some comments I received were: ‘This is the best star Lounge in 10 seasons.’ is inspired from the French City of Arles. All ‘I could live here...this is my apartment, can’t we the silk velvet has a tactile feel. I was given the project 3weeks before the event. It’s not really a just move it to my house?’ ‘I don’t ever want to room; it’s a tent inside of Lincoln center deleave this space; I wish this were my bedroom.’ signed to look like a room. It took 24 hours to put the room together. -T www.wesleycadle.com October/November 2011

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CURVALICOUS

Tiffany Bank stars in the TLC reality show Big Sexy and talks about bearing her curves It’s not easy trying to strut your stuff on the fashion forward streets of New York—especially as a plus size model. Tiffany Bank, however, is bearing it all on TLC’s newest reality TV show Big Sexy, proving that big can mean sexy and healthy. She’s always been told that she should be in the spotlight, and felt this show may be her opportunity to have a platform. “I spend a lot of time making things happen—I push myself. When I went in for the casting of Big Sexy I was just me and I think I was one of the first girls chosen for the show,” she said. October/November 2011

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TIffany said that as a child, she didn’t have a role model to look up to and is using her new found fame to reach out to girls who are curvier than most. “I thought it was a gift from God to be placed in a position where I can be for someone else what I wished someone had been for me when I was 15-16 years old. I think ultimately, nothing would make me happier than to be the voice of a 15 year old who was never told they were beautiful, or who never got positive reinforcement.” We’ve seen Tiffany

showing off her booty jeans and her Vajazzle to the world, but she says she doesn’t regret anything she has done. “My mom may be embarrassed by a few things I’ve done or said on the show, but I don’t regret anything I’ve said or done. I told myself I wasn’t going to second guess my decisions; that’s why they chose me. If people don’t like what they see, they can change the channel.” You likely won’t turn the channel. The ladies in this reality series chronicle their struggles, and many women are feeling their pain and their triumphs. The show, which premiered August 30th, debuted on the heels of Fashion Week. Tiffany says she’s not interested in being a size 6, yet she’s interested in being healthy and fit. “There is a pressure; your body is your image or brand, but I am only interested in what makes me happy. I’m fortunate to live in New York near Central Park and I love to walk and jog a lot.” Tiffany notes that she loves sweets and she won’t neglect what she likes; it’s all about moderation. “Growing up in my family, we always had something sweet after dinner. So,

I love cakes and cookies; but I also love dancing once a week, swimming and other activities that help me stay within my ideal goals.” Being curvy doesn’t mean you have to forgo your sense of fashion, and Tiffany says although curvy women don’t have the same advantages as smaller women she gets creative. “I love designers such as Carmen Marc Valvo, Monif C. and I appreciate retailers like Ashley Stewart, Lane Bryant and Faith 21, which isForever 21’s plus size line. Curvy girls should be creative in their search for garments,” says Banks. Go into Vintage shops like Dress where my co-star Leslie works. One skinny girl’s dress is another plus-sized woman’s top.” Banks says she embraces her inner and outer beauty. “I give myself a facial at least once a week. After making a cup of coffee I use the warm grinds under my eyes to exfoliate, I found that it makes my face and eyes pop.” Banks is gearing up for her dream job. “I would love to be on the red carpet interviewing for the Emmy’s or E! News.” With Tiffany’s positive attitude, she’ll be the one to watch—representing for the curvy girls! Follow her on twitter

@tiffanybank.

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themselves. Why the name Chocolate Cougar? “A Chocolate Cougar is a passionate, sexy, single affluent professional, and because chocolate comes in so many different flavors, you don’t know what you’ll get until you take a ‘bite’”. Sharian explains there are many different online dating services, but what makes Chocolate Cougar different are the offline events such as Speed Dating, Mixers and more which provide an opportunity to socialize and meet face to face in a safe environment. “We’re interested in real people making real connections, and we have a lot of women asking are they going to find a husband. We don’t know if you’ll find a husband, but we do know you’ll establish friendships and perhaps a relationship that’s right for you,” says Sharian. What you may also find different is Chocolate Cougar’s commitment to Philanthropy. Chocolate Cougar isn’t just an online dating service; but you could call it “Dating with a Cause!” Chocolate Cougar boasts that with each membership, the company will donate $1 to a 501(c)3 organization. ���Currently, we are giving full free membership until December 1, 2011; at that time membership will start at $15.99 with $1 from each membership going to Hosea Feed The Hungry or the Atlanta Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation,” says Sharian. Atlanta hopefuls can remain engaged with other “Cougars” through their forums, blogs and various chat rooms, or dial in to Ask Chocolate Cougars Thursday from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm for steamy relationship talk, that will answer answer all your burning relationship questions on finding love! Get your profile started today at www.chocolatecougar.com; Join the conversation at www.blogtalkradio.com/askchocolatecougar and follow them on twitter @chocolatecugar

Chocolate Cougars Take Atlanta With the ratio of men to women being somewhere around 1:10, the pickins aren’t necessarily slim, but the quality is definitely in question. Atlanta has been known for some time to be the city to find professional and successful eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, but some women and men aren’t hitting the jackpot. With the hike in reality match making shows, like Millionaire Matchmaker, The Bachelor and even Tough Love Miami, people aren’t so hesitant to wear their heart on their sleeves—what October/November 2011

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could they lose? Sharian Battle of Atlanta says she found that while participating in social mixers to meet eligible bachelors, many people were mis-representing themselves. She was inspired to take things into her own hands. On September 19, 2011, Sharian launched Chocolate Cougar, an online dating site targeted to women and men between the ages of 35-50 years who want to meet and explore the pleasures of dating professional men 5, 10, or more years younger

Halle Berry has confessed to checking out online dating chat room and dating websites in an interview with Contact Music Magazine in 2006.

Jennifer Anniston has reportdly hired a professional online matchmaker, Kelleher International, and paid six figures to find love.

Actress Essence Atkins, found love on match.com and married her beau, Jaime Mendez, September 2009 and will welcome their first child later this year.

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+Jet-Setting Books | Troy Davis |Philanthropy

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Around Atlanta 2. Pat and Gina Neely , hosts of the Food Network series, Down Home with the Neelys host hold a book signing The Neely’s Celebration Cookbook November 13, 2011; 2:00 pm Atlanta History Center. The couple will open their first barbecue restaurant in NYC.

1. Ain’’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertianment October 8-March 4, 2011Enter Tastemaker for a discount on tickets.

Jet-Setting Books Author Mike Mose gives 10 of his best book rcommendations for the savy traveler

1. Black Boy by Richard Wright 2. Native Son by Richard Wright 3. Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 4. The Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody 5. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare 6. Othello- William Shakespeare 7. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

3. Look out for David and Tamela Mann’s new lifestyle/cooking show that takes us to some of the best destinatins in the world and then cooks up some delicious entrees based on their favorite travels! Bobbcat Films is starting out on the right foot! This show is sure to fill us with positive vibes in November!

5. Creflo Dollar, pastor of the megachurch World Changers has started a film company, CAD Productions. The Christian film company is expected to produce at least three films per year. Currently, one film is in the making, “Breaking 4. How many people can say they News”, the f ilm focuses on a were honored with a plane for well known pastor stuck in a their birthday? Reverend Dr. Jo- media scandal after his seph E. Lowery was on the brink daughter’s lesbian friend falsely of his 90th birthday by Delta accuses him of infidelity. Airlines. Go ahead Dean of the Wow don’t we have enough Civil Right’s Movement. That’s pastor scandals? major!

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8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 9. Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class by Lawrence Otis Graham 10. The 50th Law of Power by Robert Green & 50 Cent

note to self: Readers are Leaders

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art & Culture|Troy Davis

troy Davis:

The Dichotomy of Justice BY DAVE WHITE October/November 2011

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he day reeked eerily of Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” As many arrived to Jackson, GA, visitors were met with trucks of local and national media outlets, as well as law enforcement from what seemed like every orifice in Georgia. The occasion was the execution of Troy Davis, a man who many believed to be falsely convicted of killing Officer Mark McPhail in Savannah, GA in 1989. People on both sides of the issue were energized, hoping that God would allow his will be done. The Davis family hoping that Troy Davis’ life would be spared by a flawed justice system and the McPhail family hoping that justice would be carried out by a perfect justice system. Similar to demonstrations of the past, the participants used the local church, Towaliga County Line Baptist Church, as the staging ground and rally point. As speakers, ranging from theologians to rappers energized the crowd, protests had already commenced on the corner of Hwy 36 and Short Rd. October/November 2011

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art & Culture As news of the first arrest began to travel to the church just 1500 feet away, four busloads of college students from the Atlanta University Center were being primed for a peaceful protest. All of the ingredients required for a successful revolution were in place: injustice, church, students, and police. The perceived injustice in Troy Davis’ case? Seven of nine witnesses recanted their sworn testimony, coupled with the lack of physical evidence. Historically, the Black church has served as the command center of its respective communities, offering spiritual, financial, emotional, and political support to parishioners and visitors. People descended upon any of the designated areas surrounding the prison entrance. The students, the lifeblood of any movement, came via buses from as far as Savannah and Atlanta. Law enforcement consisted of multi-jurisdictional forces. As waves of police from all around arrived, they began to assemble as one, reminiscent of a phalanx. With the main ingredients in place, the pot began to simmer. A lack of solid leadership, a ticking clock, rain, mosquitoes, nightfall, and misinformation all served as antagonists. As the 7 o’clock death line approached, protesters led by Amnesty International, took part in various syncopated chants. Prayer seemed to be the only unifying element present. As some protesters became restless, they decided to march upon the jail. After several arrests were made, people began to focus more on the clock inching closer to the line of death. 6:59 p.m. was designated as a time for silence, yet people began cheering; many demonstrators had received word that the Supreme Court had issued a stay of execution. Others received word of a reprieve. Although unsure why, there was surely some sort of delay. Some said until 8:30 p.m. Others said a week. With a temporary victory in place, many protesters began to leave. As the miasmic nightfall enveloped what was left of the crowd, more law enforcement clad in riot gear lined the entrance to the jail with “less-lethal” weapons in hand. Mosquitoes and rain droplets quickly became tertiary issues. Many protestors felt that their safety was at risk, yet others were prepared to endure.

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At 10:04 p.m., 3 hours beyond the death line, more news emerged… It was good news to a few, but horrible news to the masses. Despair engulfed the protesters; even veteran reporters seemed blindsided by the news as tears flowed down the otherwise stoic faces. The devil within Georgia had triumphed. The Supreme Court of the United States had failed to uncover sufficient cause to issue a stay of execution. The will of the people had not been done. Apparently, Georgia’s will supersede that of the people. Soon the world was informed that the execution, that few hope for and many feared, would be carried out within minutes. Troy Anthony Davis left this world at 11:08 p.m. At 11:08 p.m., there was a power surge, one that resulted in powerlessness similar to the aftermath of the electric chair. At 11:08 p.m., Troy Anthony Davis became a hero, a martyr, and an ancestor; the embodiment of defiance, perseverance, and faith. America will never forget Troy Anthony Davis; his name will never dissipate into the miasma that was that September night. Troy’s name will be heard during libations, church services, and political debates and in music for years to come. We know Troy Davis will exist forever because although Georgia law failed, the laws of physics are not as fickle, and tell us energy can neither be created nor destroyed; yet it can be transformed from one form to another or transferred from one place to another. The energy transfer from that solemn night will create an unparalleled movement; one that will be etched in the history books of tomorrow. The outcomes of September 21, 2011 are already beginning to unravel. T

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art & Culture|Philanthropy SPOTLIGHT

Author and Philanthropist Linda Cox

Going The Extra Mile

Atlantan Linda Cox dedicates her life to helping others

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inda Cox could very well be enjoying the country club life with her husband, but instead finds purpose in giving back in a way some would call extreme. Within ten minutes of meeting Linda, you’d feel as if you’d known her your entire life. When she speaks, her words are filled with conviction and passion; you can’t help but hang onto her every word, being careful not to miss any of her detailed and charismatic expressions. I had never heard of Linda or her plight, but after being introduced to her life’s mission, I immediately I wanted to know more. October/November 2011

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In 1981, Linda, her husband and their three children moved to Kenya. There, her family met Rwandan refugees Simon and Kedress Nziramakenga. Their friendship grew and although Linda and her family moved, they all kept in touch. When the genocide devastated Rwanda, Linda did what any great friend would do– went to Rwanda to visit her friends and check their conditions. After seeing their devastation first hand, and hearing the concerns from her friends Simon and Kedress, she knew she had to help . Linda, admired her friend Simon’s dream of

holistic restoration. Linda pressed her friends for any information they could share with her about their childhood. “I’d known Simon and Kedress for three decades and the things they were telling me I had never heard before,” Linda said. Linda stated she was so moved by their take of their encounters as children, that she knew writing “They Had To Run”, in order to ensure their story never died was necessary. The book is also one of Linda’s means for raising money to help rebuild Rwanda, and to build their first and only pediatric hospital. Linda is careful and repetitive in saying this is not a one man show, and that she is not the only person supporting the Rwanda rebuild efforts. “This is a community effort made up of friends, family and those who love and support Rwanda,” she said. Linda’s efforts certainly have not gone unnoticed, and her philanthropic efforts seemed to have rubbed off on her children. Linda’s daughter and sonin-law are co-founders of One Hundred Days, a

501(c)3 non-profit organization designed to support the Rwanda rebuild. Linda’s son-in-law Scott is an Emory doctor with experience in treating people from in several countries; more specifically in sub-Saharan African cultures. As if that weren’t enough, Linda made the conservative effort to share with me the Million Kid Movement. This campaign is designed to inspire children to convince their friends to give one dollar to help with the build in Rwanda. No stone is left unturned! Recently, for Fashion’s Night Out in Atlanta, supporters and volunteers of the Rwandan relief set up a pop shop in Atlantic Station, which featured beautiful hand made jewelry, handbags and bowls. We salute Linda Cox, all the supporters, volunteers, family and friends who have decided to go the extra mile and give selflessly. For more information on how you can support their efforts visit www.onehundreddays.org

Handmade Artisian Jewlery

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ATLANTA LIVING

TRAVEL| FOOD| ENTERTAINMENT TWEET or EMAIL LIFESTYLE EDITOR ANDREA JANISE @ATLFOODWRITER OR ajanise@tastemakermag.com October/November 2011

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Best Practices for Business Travel

Travel/ Business Do you consider yourself a jetsetter?: Yes What percentage of your job requires travel?: 60% What is the most rewarding thing about having a job that requires that much travel? Experiencing a new city keeps things interesting and fresh. New York is fast-paced, buzzing with energy both day and night. San Francisco, on the other hand, is laid back, health conscientious, and extremely passionate about sustainability. Regarding international travel, I recently spent time in Bangalore, India –an emerging area swarming with Westerns negotiating and entering into collaborative deals with India. Truly, the entire world is has an investment in this evolving country.The culture changes from city to city and sometimes business is done differently across borders but you come to learn that the intent of each party is really the same. With such a busy travel schedule, how do you maintain a sense of normalcy? If you have hobbies/activities that engage in while at the home front, why not take those same activities on the road during your travels? Don’t let travel keep you from doing those things that keep you balanced. It may require a little research, but maintain your sense of normalcy by finding a fun workout class or attend a midweek church service to keep you sane. If you’re NYC, go see a show. Traveling to San Francisco? A trip to Napa is well in reach. In Chicago—the Magnificent Mile awaits!

Deloitte’s Keshia Nesby is a business woman on the go. As a Senior Manager for the Enterprise Risk Management Division, her heavy travel schedule was a key motivating factor that led her to the discovery of the perfect recipe for work/life balance. This confessed foodie shares with Tastemaker Magazine her main ingredients for success and ideas for maintaining a sense of normalcy while on the road. October/November 2011

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Best Advice to Stay Organized… Pack light, travel smart. Declutter your mind at the beginning and end of your day. Then, prioritize your to-do list. First things first. Typically when you’re traveling, you have a smaller timeframe to complete the work. Press hard during the week first half of the week so you’re not stressed during the latter half and scrambling to tie loose ends.

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VACATION LIKE REGGAE ROYALTY MARLEY RESORT & SPA

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Luxury awaits you We often dream about vacationing like a celebrity or visiting an exotic destination. Why party like a rock star, when you can vacation like Reggae royalty? Now you can do just that! Thanks to Reggae music’s reigning royal family you can now vacation just like our favorite reggae superstar, Bob Marley. Located on pristine white sandy Cable Beach in Nassau, Bahamas, the Marley Resort & Spa was once the Marley family’s private vacation home. Bob and Rita Marley discovered the property, which held a former Governor’s mansion, in 1976 after the assassination attempt on Bob’s life at a political rally/concert in Jamaica. They purchased the property in 1982 and the family spent summers and holidays there until 2004. During renovations, Mrs. Marley decided that the family retreat should be a home away from home for all to enjoy; thus, the Marley Resort & Spa was born. The resort officially welcomed its first guests on July 4th, 2008. It is home to 16 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites that celebrate a beautiful Caribbean theme blended with exquisite African prints, Moroccan rugs and rich mahogany furniture; each suite is named after one of Marley’s popular songs. Favorites include the Kinky Reggae, Jammin’, Lively up Yourself, Mellow Mood and the Positive Vibrations suites. October/November 2011

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photo credit: Peter Wesley Brown, courtesy of Andria Mitsakos Public Relations

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Natural Mystic Spa

The resort is also home to two royal suites, The Legend and Royal Rita suites. The Royal Rita suite was designed by Mrs. Marley herself and features a signature royal chaise lounge, exotic African prints and unique mahogany furniture. The Legend suite was designed with the King in mind with a private balcony, a separate living room and the signature Marley bed. Celebrate your love in the “One Love” suite. It is the honeymoon suite with an in-room Jacuzzi for two and dual rainfall showers. Nature’s oasis awaits you in the ‘Natural Mystic Spa’, which was designed with the complete wellness of guests in mind. The spa blends Afro-Caribbean and Asian techniques, ensuring a unique spa experience guaranteed to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. The spa also features herbal baths, an exclusive October/November 2011

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mani/pedi loft with breathtaking ocean views and a one of a kind massage room with in room rainfall showers and body jets. Lively up your taste buds with authentic Caribbean cuisine at the resorts exclusive ‘Simmer Down’ restaurant. Bob Marley’s favorite dish, spice jerk fish with sweet potato polenta, is re-created for guests by the family’s own private chef, Mama Lur (Ms. Lurline Pile) who is now the restaurants signature chef. Once you have finished dinner, enjoy your favorite cocktail at the ‘Stir It Up Bar,’ while a live band plays renditions of Marley’s greatest hits. The resort also houses an exclusive music gallery (museum) that features a behind the scenes history of Marley’s life and fabulous career. Complete a truly unique vacation by exploring the deep blue sea with a scuba diving adventure, or swim with dolphins. Paradise awaits in only one place…The Marley Resort & Spa! Experience the Bahamas exactly like the Marley Family. Reserve your own one love vacation today by visiting www.marleyresort.com for current specials and travel packages.—

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Sending post cards are so dated! The next time you are traveling from sea to shining sea, send a travel note on personalized, chic stationery! Gone are the days of cheesy stationery with dull prints, daisies, and long eared puppies; these papers give your notes from near and far the flair you need!

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Effie’s Paper, a New York based company, gives you the biggest, brightest patterns that are sure to make your travel notes to friends and loved ones stand out! For the sexy trips to Miami, New York, or Milan, the “Heels” print roars with its cheetah printed canvas and killer stiletto heels in the margins of the stationery.

If you are traveling to more quaint places like The Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, or even the quiet shores of Tahiti, Perideau Designs offers you the cutest, cleanest designs for those words you want to eagerly share with friends and family back home.

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MADLY LIVING

Washington, D.C. is the nation’s capital, but Maryland is quietly becoming a popular destination among today’s jet set. Travelers love the National Harbor for its trendy boutiques, art galleries and fabulous restaurants, like Ketchup by Ashton Kutcher and eclectic hotels like Aloft. D.C., Maryland and Virginia residents have made the National Harbor a must visit weekend destination with its free jazz concerts in the summer and holiday family events like Cirque du Soleil and Gaylord National’s “ICE.” If you are planning on visiting the area soon, but want to avoid the traditional hotel scene, we have the perfect alternative for you. “Private Stay by Madly Living” is the first bed and breakfast established in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Owners Candice Camille and Mariby Corpening opened this fabulous retreat in 2007 in the historic Tantallon North neighborhood of Fort Washington, Maryland. Designed with the concept of enjoying life passionately, Madly Living elevates the bed & breakfast experience to unsurpassed levels of luxury. Leave all your troubles behind and retreat to one of Madly Living’s four luxury themed suites each with their own private spa style baths. Travelers looking for harmony, balance and inner peace will love the Zen Fusion suite. This suite perfectly blends calming colors, and feng shui with afro-centric accents. The Quiet Earth suite soothes the soul while surrounding guests with distinctive artwork. Our favorite suite, the Boudoir suite(aka the Queen’s Room) is a celebration of the beauty of African American women through poetry and photographs. The Madly Living signature suite is the largest of the four suites with its own private lounge area. The suite’s old Hollywood glamour style bath is complete with a whirlpool tub and unique, intricate hardwood accents. All suites October/November 2011

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feature heavenly beds smothered in goose down pillows that will make you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud. Calming music plays throughout the retreat, courtesy of the Bose music system. A fabulous collection of books and magazines documenting all aspects of African American culture and history awaits guests in the spacious Great Room. After dinner at the National Harbor, relax on the verandah with a glass of Madly Living signature house wine before retiring for the evening. All guests receive complimentary breakfast, featuring Mariby’s famous buttermilk biscuits, in the elegant formal dining room. Not just your average bed & breakfast, Madly Living is also available for small corporate retreats, networking events, baby/bridal showers, girlfriend getaways and small intimate weddings. Spa and massage services are also available upon request. Their famous Sunday Brunch is sold out months in advance; be sure to make your reservation early. A soulfully unique retreat with impeccable concierge level service, Madly Living is madly affordable with guest rates ranging from $159-$259 per night. Join the mailing list and be among the first guests to receive the specials of the month. To reserve your very own “Private Stay by Madly Living,” please visit: www. madlyliving.com or call 301-292-9008.

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Scottsdale Arizona

-Photography & Words by Erin Kasari

When looking for an escape from the cold temperatures and grey skies of winter, it’s typically lush, tropical, ocean-front destinations like Hawaii, Fiji and the Bahamas that are at the top of the list for most travelers. Not this one. Listening to the ebb and flow of the ocean’s current against sandy beaches is no doubt relaxing, but there’s a beautiful, exotic oasis in the Arizona desert that keeps me coming back to bask in the dry, sauna-like heat and take in the scenery of the sun-drenched landscape of the desert southwest. Intercontinental’s Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale has been a requisite vacation October/November 2011

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destination for my husband and I since our first stay there two years ago. We were initially lured in by the resort’s Spanish style architecture, which is inspired by the country’s southern-most region of Andalusia. But, it’s the resort’s small European village ambiance, multiple pools and Moroccan-styled spa which makes us look forward to returning year after year. It only takes a few steps through the grand arched thresholds into the cobblestoned Corjito Plaza to feel as if you’ve been transported to another country. The Montelucia’s 293 rooms are spread out among a village of 16 two-story and ranch-styled villas, which are only accessible by golf cart, on foot or by bicycles available at the resort. Our favorite villa is number 16. Situated at the back of the resort, the rooms of this villa look out upon a private green-space, are frequently visited by rabbits and quails, and features spectacular sunset views of Camelback mountain. It’s a short walk from the guest rooms along flowering-cactus lined pathways to the resort’s two main pools, Kasbah and Oasis. The Kasbah pool is the impressive centerpiece of the resort. With its dramatic fountain walls, one of which is lit up with fire at night, it is the pool where daytime lounging transitions effortlessly into evening revelry. The Oasis is a smaller, more intimate pool which serene environment is enhanced by the sounds of the steady streams of water flowing from its fountains and soft new age music playing in the background. Many of our vacation hours have been spent lounging by the Oasis pool, staring up at the palm trees that surround it. For the ultimate relaxation experience I recommend a visit to the Joya Spa. Its dramatic two-story entrance accented October/November 2011

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with bronzed, die-cut lanterns and a spiraling staircase, is like walking into a Moroccan palace, and sets the tone for the rest of the spa experience. From the intention-setting and purification rituals that take place upon entering into the spa, to indulging in one of the unique body treatments, to settling in on a full-sized bed in one of the relaxation lounges, and enjoying the view from the spa’s private rooftop pool; the time spent at Joya is time well-spent. Whether we can travel for a weekend or an extended stay, with its transformative resort environment and world-class amenities, the Montelucia Resort will always be a part of our vacation plans. Pictures: 1. Montelucia Villa 2. View of the resorts impressice cernterpiece Kasbah pool 3. Sunset view of Camelback mountain 4. Green Space given to each room 5. View from the the Montelucia Villa 6. Fountain at Main Pool Entrance

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Food Festivals Throughout the U.S.

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Exploring new cities through their local cusine -By Andrea Janise

ne of the best ways to learn about a city is through the eyes of its local cuisine. With food being the main item on the itinerary, what better way is there to travel? Whether it’s sampling spicy Latin bites in Miami, sipping regional wines in Napa Valley, or indulging in the savory comfort food of the South, attending food festivals gives you the opportunity to sample everything there is to offer all in one place. October/November 2011

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Tasting dishes prepared by local restaurants, viewing cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, exploring wine and craft beer pairings, and attending artesian seminars are just some of the many things to indulge in at these gatherings. So, in preparation of treating your taste buds to delectable cuisine throughout U.S., be sure to plan your next getaway around one of these can’t-miss food festivals. Enjoy!

Los Angeles, California - Los Angeles Food & Wine, October 13-16, 2011 Head to sunny Los Angeles, California for the four day, star-studded food festival—Los Angeles Food & Wine—where over 100 celebrity chefs turn the “City of Angels” into a virtual foodie heaven. Hosted by the world renowned Wolfgang Puck, this LA event is bringing together the nation’s favorite celebrity chefs (think Marcus Samuelsson, Masaharu Morimoto, Tyler Florence, Michael Chiarello) with Hollywood’s favorite entertainers, for an unforgettable culinary event. Guests can take part in red carpet events, book signings, cooking demonstrations and tastings in between events like Champagne and Caviar, and the Bubbles and Beats after party. Plus, there is the Brew B’Que on Santa Monica Pier hosted by Guy Fieri, where lucky guests can eat delicious barbecue while sampling more than 100 local and regional beers.Visit www.lafw.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Atlanta, Georgia – Taste of Atlanta, October 22-23, 2011 Immerse yourself in local southern cuisine at the 10th annual Taste of Atlanta this October where Atlanta restaurants take over Midtown streets to showcase their culinary expertise. This two-day event highlights the city’s top restaurants and culinary talent, including Atlanta’s own Chef Kevin Rathbun and Chef Ford Fry, as well as Food Network personality Aaron Sanchez. Booths are lined up along Tech Square representing over 80 Atlanta restaurants where local culinary duets like creamy shrimp and grits, and fried chicken and waffles are sure to find their way into the venue. Guests can buy tickets that allow you to taste offerings from local restaurants, as well as wine and craft beer tastings. There are also informative cooking demonstrations, and beverage and food seminars conducted by Atlanta’s local epicureans. Come celebrate a decade of Atlanta food! For more information, visit www.tasteofatlanta.com.

Napa Valley, California – Flavor! Napa Valley, November 17- 20, 2011 When you are in Napa Valley, wine tasting is simply a must! From November 17 – 20, foodies will flock to Flavor! Napa Valley, a 4-day food festival highlighting the region’s celebrated vineyards and handcrafted wines that pair beautifully with its fresh, local cuisine. Cooking demonstrations, seminars, celebrity chef dinners and the opportunity to rub elbows with the nation’s best culinary talent are also major highpoints of this stellar event. Visit www.flavornapavalley.com to October/November 2011

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Miami, Florida - South Beach Food & Wine Festival, February 23-26, 2012 Your favorite Food Network personalities are descending upon Miami for one of the nation’s most revered food festivals, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, taking place February 23-26, 2011. Bring out your bathing suit and hit the beach during the 11th annual south Florida event boasting foodie fun for the whole family. Join Rachel Ray for the Amstel Light Burger Bash, Andrew Zimmerman for Food Trucks on the Beach, an Interactive Dinner hosted by the Neely’s’, and BBQ and Blues hosted by Chef Michael Symon. Festival patrons can also take part in the grand tasting tents featuring delicious bites from local restaurants, culinary demonstrations and wine seminars. So book your ticket for one of the largest and most star-studded festivals in the U.S. For more information, visit www.sobefestcom.

Augusta, Georgia Nestled along the beautiful Savannah River, Augusta, GA embodies true southern charm

Photography and words by Andrea Janise Charleston, South Carolina - Charleston Wine + Food Festival®, March 1-4, 2012 Low Country cuisine is on the menu at the annual BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival held on March 1-4, 2012, where guests will be wined and dined in historic downtown Charleston with fare prepared by some of the South’s top culinary talent. Charleston she-crab soup, BBQ, fresh seafood and other costal delicacies will be plated up throughout this 4-day event. Basking in Charleston’s beautiful weather, festival goers can sample food and wine under the tasting tents, listen to culinary seminars conducted by local experts, attend special chef dinners, and view celebrity chef cooking demonstrations. Named as one of the top 5 food and wine festivals in the U.S. by Forbes Traveler, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival is definitely a can’t-miss affair. For more information, visit www.charlestonwineandfood.com. October/November 2011

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Let’s face it, we could all use a little more rest and relaxation. Start by planning your next weekend getaway to one of the most laid-back cities in the South, Augusta, Georgia. Just a short drive from the bustling Atlanta metropolis and most notable for hosting the Masters Golf Tournament each year, this historic city offers plenty to do and see while providing the ideal backdrop to a restful vacation.

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Where to stay

Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center 2 10th Street Augusta, Georgia 30901 www.marriott.com Location, location, location. The Augusta Marriott and Convention Center is perfectly situated along the scenic Savannah River and steps away from the heart of downtown Augusta. Beautifully decorated with stately elegance and chic southern charm, the Augusta Marriott gives you everything you want with style and convenience. Rooms with views overlook the Savannah River and Riverwalk, where guests can stroll along landscaped pathways, take boat tours, and listen to live jazz on Sunday afternoons. The 300+ room hotel also gives patrons access to the full-service business center, outdoor pool, fitness center, restaurant, bar, and private covered parking during your

What to eat

The Bees Knees Tapas Lounge 211 10th Street Augusta, GA 30901 www.beeskneestapas.com

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The Bees Knees is one of Augusta’s most hip and revered restaurants. Serving tapas (small plates) of expertly crafted global cuisine is what has been keeping locals and out-of-towners consistently coming back for more thanks to their delectable fare. Serving creatively prepared dishes like the Avocado Chop-Chop, a baked avocado filled with crab meat and topped with melted cheese and Japanese aioli; the Smoked Gouda Nachos prepared with homemade tortilla chips topped with smoky gouda cheese, all natural chicken, black beans, tomatoes, sriracha sour cream and fresh cilantro; and the savory Pan Seared Scallops served with tempura asparagus, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and a spicy aioli sauce. With friendly staff, tasty specialty drinks and a laid-back atmosphere, The Bees Knees, is definitely one not to miss.

Visit the Augusta Museum of History and see the James Brown exhibit highlighting the soul crooner’s long standing career (www.augustamuseum.org); dust off the clubs and take some swings at one of Augusta’s famous golf courses like the Mount Vintage Golf Club which boasts a 27-hole championship course with beautiful rolling hills and sparkling streams (www.mountvintage.com); take a walk along the scenic Riverwalk overlooking the serene Savannah River, where you can listen to the soothing sounds of live jazz on Sunday evenings; satisfy your sweet tooth at the Cake Factory Bakery with moist strawberry and velvety caramel cupcakes (www.cakefactorybakery.com); tour the city by boat along the August Canal with Petersburg Boat Tours (www.augustacanal.com); or take a Trolley Tour and visit the childhood home of former president Woodrow Wilson and explore Augusta’s historic downtown area. Historic, peaceful, naturally beautiful and charming, Augusta is one of those delightful places where you can truly relax and unwind.

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ATLANTA FOOD RAVE

East Andrews Entertainment Complex

The 2011 Atlanta Food Rave truly lived up to its name, as bass- thumping music and eccentric fare became the theme throughout the East Andrews Entertainment Complex on Friday, September 23rd. Waves of hip Atlanta foodies closely mingled among tasty bites, cocktails, customized ice sculptures, and a secluded upstairs dessert bar. Five of Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular chefs served up samples of their own creations to the masses with items including: tender lamb chops, seasoned scallops and grits, raw oysters, and unconventional renditions like mac & cheese spring rolls. The dessert bar featured favorites like cocktail cupcakes, cake pops from the Candy Cake Co., Red Queen Tarts and High Road Craft Artisanal Ice Cream. Guests weaved throughout the crowds, tactically making their way to each table to taste the offerings from their favorite chef, making it a memorable evening for those who appreciate the novelty in culinary arts. www.atlantafoodrave.com Reviewed by Lifestyle Editor, Andrea Janise October/November 2011

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Pass The Event: You couldn’t help but throw it in the bag at the Launch of Kate Spade Westward Collection. Denim Divas Emily Current and Merritt Elliott is expanding fabulosity by pairing Haute handbags with sexy jeans. The Tastemakers: Fashion Aficionado’s from around Atlanta were out in full force to mix, mingle, nosh and photograph with not only Emily & Merritt but with Kate Spade’s creative director Deborah Lloyd, Kate Spade’s Public Relations Director, Johanna Saum, Bloomingdales GM and a host of other trendsetters.

The Venue: There’s not other place a gal would want to be than Bloomingdals, and since all of Kate Spades other fab finds are housed there...the space was perfect! Photography: Chanda Scott

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Pass The Event: Renowned Atlanta artists and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta pediatric patients joined together to create original works of art as they welcomed the inaugural fundraising event: “Jazz and Art from the Heart” on September 24, 2011. As guests were greeted with a signature “heartini cocktail” they enjoyed live musical performances by Callaghan, Jason Salzman Band and Gwen Hughes while sampling gourmet appetizers and libations. The Venue: Guest strolled through the Bill Lowe Gallery and set their sights on silent auction items that will fund equipment and programs at the Sibley Heart Center including Camp Braveheart, Childhood cancer and blood disorders research endowment, The Friends Research Fund, the Big Apple Clown Care Unit, among other important areas. Photography: Chanda Scott

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Pass The Event: The 2nd Annual One Music Fest shut down Park Tavern in Midtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 27th, 2011. 12 hours of nonstop musical acts keept guest on the edge of their lawn chairs.

Tastemakers: Anoop, Anthony David, Algebra, The Pharcyde, Chrisette Michelle, Bryan Michael Cox, A Tribe Called Quest and more. Venue: The beautiful green space of Park Tavern. Photography: Chanda Scott

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PASS The Event: Photography: Atlanta Kicked off Fashion’s Night Out with a night dedicated to fashion Trendsetters Bethann Hardison and the late Willi Smith. The Tastemakers: Tyson Beckford, Kenny Lattimore, Judy Mauldin, Cynthia Bailey, Tameka Raymond, Roger Bobb, Trina and Towanda Braxton and more. The Venue: HGTV’s Design Wars star Michael Habachy transformed a vacanct space in Atlantic Station

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