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FENUXE 2.23.2012 Welcome to our annual Glamour and Beauty issue. It is with great pride we release this year's installment. Within these pages we have certainly captured the beauty within our community.
Our community has a notorious reputation for being materialistic and shallow. However, upon spending time with a gay person anyone would discover the opposite. Our community is caring, passionate, and, above all, diverse. Within our motley community we have many different opinions regarding beauty and what makes us beautiful.
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To specifically demonstrate this we have put together a fantastic photo spread starting on page 38 in which our community's diversity is captured through photos of five local gay stylists. Each stylist has an individual look and direction, and through their separate talents they cater to the beauty of our entire community.
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Beauty Maker Georgia native Merrell Hollis
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It probably never occurred to Merrell Hollis when he was a boy watching his mother and aunt paint their faces that he’d grow up to be a celebrity makeup artist. The transformation from the women who woke up in the mornings to the ones who walked out the door for work fascinated him. Although his interest in the art form began early in life, it wasn’t until his late teens when Merrell would stumble into the industry that would later earn him a place in the glamorous world of models, celebrities, fashion and television. When he was 17, Merrell borrowed his mother’s car and drove two hours from his hometown of Columbus to Atlanta in the hopes of seeing his favorite boy band 112, who was shooting a music video. “I pretended to be the makeup artist so I could sneak on set,” said Merrell, who had purchased a cheap makeup kit at a nearby drug store. “The key makeup artist found out there was a kid on set pretending to be the makeup artist, and he pretty much took me under his wing. I ended up working that whole day for free.” Merrell discovered his passion for beauty that day, and over the next few years, he worked with many musical artists in Atlanta, including Monica and Faith Evans.
Merrell really made a name for himself during a gig in Miami while working with extras on the set of a 50 Cent video. “One of the extra girls I did her makeup really, really well,” he said. “50 noticed it, and then the director noticed that I could really do makeup.”
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“In Atlanta in the ’90s it was really booming with music videos and commercials,” he said. “I was working a lot.”
After that, the director started booking Merrell for a lot of videos and made him the key makeup artist. It was only a few years later when he hit the glass ceiling in Atlanta, and Merrell moved to New York in September 2003. Since then he has worked with numerous stars, including Naomi Campbell, Diane Von Furstenberg and Kim Cattrall. His artistry has appeared in music videos for Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Sean Combs and Usher, and his work has been in Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Details and People, just to name a few.
“With celebrities you kind of lose your creative niche because you have to do what they want,” he said. “It’s not a bad thing but you lose your creative edge. When you work with models you get to do what you want. You get to have a little more creative freedom.”
Although he’s worked with countless A-star personalities, Merrell admits he prefers models.
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Matthew Prescott first encountered dance as a young child watching his sister in her tap and jazz classes. His first moments of awe came from watching such classics as “Singing in the Rain” and “West Side Story,” which he said showcased men dancing brilliantly. Now the 30-year-old travels the country as part of the American tour of “Billy Elliot: The Musical,” which follows a young boy whose life is forever changed after he trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes. Based in Miami Beach, Florida, Matthew serves as the resident choreographer for “Billy Elliot,” which comes to the Fox Theatre this March. Fenuxe talked with Matthew about the show and his passion for dance. Fenuxe: What drew you to the dance industry? Matthew: It is really a calling that comes from a passion and unyielding desire to be a dancer at all costs. Once I realized what my relationship was to dance there was never a question of me being a dancer. It was simply what I was assembled to be. Fenuxe: What do you consider beautiful about dance? Matthew: The pure physicality of dance and dancers’ bodies have to be one of the most beautiful happenings in our world. Being able to use our physical being to portray ideas and emotions is a unique and beautiful gift. Being able to connect to people all over the world in a moment on a stage using my body is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. We all come to the exact same moment, and nothing else matters. It is a beautiful and rare occurrence. Fenuxe: How did you get involved with “Billy Elliot,” and what do you do for the show? Matthew: I had auditioned for the role of the older Billy three times unsuccessfully before being offered the position of resident choreographer. I am responsible for maintaining care of Billy’s training and continued technical advancement as well as the majority of his choreography in the show. Myself along with the other creative residents work as a team to maintain the creative intent and integrity of the show. Fenuxe: What elements of “Billy Elliot” do you think appeal to gay audiences?
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Matthew: The underlying message of the show is that everybody is different and that is what makes the world so special. There is a process to understanding who we really are as well as the process that our families and communities all have to go through. Being gay, we all can relate to the period of time that it took to understand and accept our sexuality. The journey of understanding is an important lesson for Billy and us all to learn.
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If you've ever set foot in one of Atlanta's gay hot spots you've surely spotted Calisto Harvalias. The tall, dark and gorgeous Greek has become a staple in many gay circles and usually shows up with an entourage of beautifully sculpted men scantily clad in ancient Nordic combat attire. But that's just part of a normal work day for Calisto. During daylight hours, he works as a stylist for Richie Arpino Salon in Buckhead. “Sexy starts with your hair,” Calisto says. Before he was making others look like models, Calisto was walking the runway and posing for photographers himself. He had a successful run as an international model for such fashion powerhouses like Prada and Dolce & Gabanna, and he has graced the pages of GQ and Details. Calisto even snagged the title of Mr. Congeniality for Mister USA 2008. He has been in a number of TV shows, including “Wife Swap” and “Housewives of Atlanta” and most currently will be in the upcoming Hollywood movie “What to Expect” with Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz. And what about all those barely dressed hunks we mentioned earlier? Well, they come as complements of Calisto's other work endeavor as the nation's first LGBT brand specialist for premium drinks giant Diageo. These hot men help support Atlanta's diverse community while providing a variety of flavored ROKK Vodkas during their nights on the town. In addition to ROKK, Calisto and his team provide tastings of Smirnoff, Ketel One, Jose Cuervo and Tanqueray at many local watering holes and special non-profit events.
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Meet Cayenne Cuntessa and Lemmie Lickett. These fearless entertainers offer an intoxicating combination of humor, sexuality and glam all wrapped up in a deliciously campy and wickedly raunchy package known as The Yes Girls. The two make no excuses for their quest for fame in a ten-episode web series at www. yesgirlscomedy.com titled “10 Steps to Becoming a Cultural Icon,” with the ninth episode premiering February 29. A live show at The Village Theatre is planned for April featuring sketches, song parodies, dance numbers, never-before-seen video and good old-fashioned T and A. In the meantime, get to know Cayenne and Lemmie a bit better. How would you describe the Yes Girls? LL: We’re like Kit Kats and caviar. CC: Clearly I'm the caviar. LL: Clearly. CC: If Shirley Temple and Marilyn Monroe went on a bender... What does “glamour” mean to each of you? CC: If I had to describe it to some idiot on the street, it’s an air of sophistication and style. Basically, if you don’t know, you don’t got it. What does glamour mean to you, Lemmie? LL: Well, I know I don’t have it. What does “beauty” mean to each of you? CC: Glamour is a lifestyle. Beauty involves physical attributes. For instance, you are beauty. I am glamour. LL: So beauty is DNA and glamour is a choice? CC: I was BORN glamorous. It’s not a choice, Lemmie!
Why do you want to appeal to the gays? LL: First of all, just because we tend to swim in the man pool doesn’t mean we’ve never taken a dip in the lesbo end. CC: Just because we’re women doesn’t mean we’re not drag queens. LL: Rainbow is my favorite color. CC: The gays are the trend setters. They don’t just like everything. LL: I mean, Tina Fey said Kathy Lee said once you’re in with the queens you have an audience for life ... or something. CC: The gay community isn’t afraid to laugh. They’re not afraid to be sexual. And they’re willing to take a risk. LL: And paint rainbow penises on their faces to show how much they love us. CC: Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. LL: Don’t be afraid to plant the seed … in so many ways.
What’s the craziest thing you have done? CC: Some people might say that dressing up in costume and filming your life is a little crazy. LL: Worked for all those housewives of wherever. CC: Or getting on stage and taking off your clothes. LL: Worked for Anna Nicole. So, I guess the craziest thing we’ve ever done is be true to ourselves. CC: Gross. But in fairness, exposing yourself and all of your flaws and putting it out there for all the world to see and judge and react to feels pretty crazy.
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Craig T. Nelson, Keisha Knight-Pulliam and Charles Barkley,” said George, who unknowingly served the actress from “40 Year Old Virgin” and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” “I had the opportunity to wait on Elizabeth Banks. I really had no clue who she was until my boss told me. When I worked at the Vinings location, I waited on two celebrities I had always dreamed of meeting—Billy Dee Williams and Jennifer Holliday.” With so many celebs popping in to munch on fried chicken you never know who may be sitting across from you while dining at South City Kitchen. Just be sure to ask for George.
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Local music man uses his talents to help others Barry Brandon is a man of many talents. For the past two years, he has been busy combining his passions for singing, recording, performing, touring, fundraising and event promotion. Those skills will be showcased during his next philanthropic effort as his nonprofit medical organization Hold Me In Your Heart hosts “Art for the Heart” on Thursday, March 8, at Aurum Lounge. This fundraising affair will benefit an adorable 6-year-old girl named Beatrice who has been diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare, aggressive and almost always terminal form of brain cancer. “Art for the Heart,” a donation-atthe-door event, will feature art up for bid at a silent auction with the funds being donated directly to Beatrice and her family. As a precursor to Barry founding Hold Me In Your Heart after surviving his own health obstacles, he filmed a documentary surrounding his eighth open-heart surgery. “The Tin Man Project” is nearly complete
and will be submitted to festivals beginning this fall. The film is being produced by B’Shert Films and can be followed at www.TheTinManProject.com. When Barry is wearing his social hat, he finds his Bedlam Presents parties are going strong. Bedlam Presents offers “Fairy Dreams, Scheming Queens and Magic Beans” on Friday, February 24, along with an untitled party on Friday, March 9 (celebrating the birthdays of Knyckolas Davis and Jean Kelley), both at My Sister’s Room in East Atlanta. Several Bedlam events are planned for April, May and June as the company celebrates its two-year anniversary. And after headlining “Dazzle,” an artist showcase at The Drunken Unicorn alongside powerhouse Atlanta-based pop acts such as Brie, Re’Rene’ and Jean Kelley, music is in full effect for Barry in 2012. Writing and recording a full-length record to be released this year, arranging a tour across the United States for the second consecutive year and continuing to perform his one-man show, “In My Own Words,” Barry isn’t stopping anytime soon.
The Story Behind the Cover: Upon the launch of Fenuxe in 2010 an anonymous effort was established through Facebook named "I want Barry Brandon on the cover of Fenuxe Magazine." We agreed, but only once both their Facebook page and Fenuxe's Facebook page reached 1,000 "likes". Within a year their fan page reached 1,000 "likes" and ours soared passed 7,000. At that point all parties involved decided to execute this request, but only when it would be most applicable to Barry's charitable foundation. Congrats to everyone involved in this successful initiative!
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“My best friend and songwriter, JL Rodriguez, is working on music right now for my record,” he said. “It’s going to have elements of theater, pop, dance and electronic. You know, a little of this and a little of that with a splash of ’80s. Think Adele meets Bernadette Peters meets Robyn.” Barry will also headline the Gay Pride Expo in Atlanta on April 21 and 22 at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart.
To keep up with Barry, visit www.Facebook.com/ BarryBrandon. To learn more about Beatrice, visit www.sweetbeafund.com.
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Regardless of the effort involved, we all make a personal statement with our hair. Whether we shave it, style it or ignore it, our hairstyle says a lot about us, and that undeniable truth couldn’t be possible without stylists and barbers. Their careers revolve around making people feel and look their best. So, we asked them how it feels to help others achieve their outer beauty.
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“Working with someone on customizing their hair is really an intimate journey together. So many times, they lay their souls bare, revealing their insecurities and basically asking you to help get an attractive message out to the world. Watching their faces light up when they love what we've done together is the most amazing, gratifying feeling. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to help lift them up and share in those moments.”
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“Having style and confidence can make just about anyone beautiful. I feel like a great hair cut or the right color can help accentuate a person’s beauty. There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing a customer walk out of my salon ecstatic about the way they look! I think it makes me feel almost as good as they feel.”
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“A lot of people in my opinion think you are born with beauty, but to me, being glamorous and feeling good about yourself is being well-groomed and sporting a tailored, precise cut. Gay guys get a bad rap for being obsessed with their hair, but I think that's unfair. Gay guys just know that attention to detail is ultimately what makes you look good and feel good. And nothing is more rewarding than helping someone discover their inner Adonis.”
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“I was a lead singer in a band since I was 15, and now I’m a rock star hairstylist! I love the reaction from an audience after performing on stage, and it’s the same immediate reaction you get after cutting someone’s hair—making them feel great and energized. I guess you have to still have the passion, which I still have for the industry after all these years. It’s in your blood, and the rewards can be very satisfying.”
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CALENDAR : 2/23 - 3/7 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 AEN Networking and Election 2012 Details: Rush Center 6:30PM HRC Pre-Dinner Reception: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta 7PM Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey: Gwinnet Center 7:30PM Kelly Clarkson Concert: Fox Theatre 7:30PM “The Drowsy Chaperone”: OnStage Atlanta 8PM “The Wrath of Con” (Opens): Dad’s Garage Theatre 8PM Stand-up Comedy: Relapse Theatre 8:30PM
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 In Theaters “Wanderlust”: Citywide Mash Attacks with Robin Skouteris and DJ Pat Scott: Eagle 10PM Bedlam Presents “Fairy Dreams, Scheming Queens and Magic Bean”: My Sister’s Room 10PM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 NFFLA “Play ‘N Greet” Orientation: Boulevard Crossing Park 12-2PM
“The Wizard of Oz” (Opens): Alliance Theatre’s Children’s Theatre 3:30, 7PM Miss Gutterball Pageant: Jungle 6:30PM “Art for the Heart”: Aurum Lounge 7PM Manshaft (LumberJack Edition): Cockpit 8PM Haydn & Wagner with Leila Josefowicz: Atlanta Symphony Hall 8PM Hotlanta Softball League’s Beer Bust: My Sister’s Room 8-10:30PM Astronaut University Improv Show: Relapse Theatre10:30PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Sunday Service: New Covenant Church of Atlanta 11AM UniverSoul Circus: Turner Field 12:30, 3:30, 6:30PM “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls” (Closes): Alliance Theatre 2:30, 7:30PM East Side Pride Doggie Day at the Park: Milam Dog Park, Clarkston 3-5PM “Avenue Q”: Horizon Theatre 5PM “Ruth and the Green Book” (Closes): Center for Puppetry Arts 5PM
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29 Comedy Improv Shows: Relapse Theatre 8-10:30PM Miss Gay Cobb County: LeBuzz 10PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 1 For the Kid in All of Us Dines Out: Radial Café 5-10PM Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Night: Woof’s 6-9PM Radiohead Concert: Philips Arena 7:30PM Diana Ross Concert: Fox Theatre 8PM Andre Watts in “Piano Concerto”: Atlanta Sympony Hall 8PM
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SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Charity Yard Sale: First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta 8-3PM Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival: Atlantic Station 12PM One Sordid Night Benefit for Jerusalem House: Jungle 6-10PM Atlanta Blues Festival: Atlanta Civic Center 7PM Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis: Atlanta Symphony Hall 8PM Atlanta Opera’s “Golden Ticket” (Opening): Cobb Energy Centre 8PM Live Piano by Daniel Thomas Guilaro: Fifth Ivory 8PM Studio 54 with DJ Ed Bailey: Jungle 10PM
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CALENDAR : 2/23 - 3/7 SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Worship Service: Saint Mark UMC 9, 11:15AM Church Without Walls Service: Gentle Spirit Christian Church 10:30AM “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (Closes): Strand Theatre, Marietta 2PM
MONDAY, MARCH 5 Madonna Tickets on Sale: Philips Arena 10AM Front Runners: 905 Juniper Street 7:30PM Aretha Franklin Concert: Fox Theatre 8PM
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Dear Mary, A few years ago I started hooking up with guys who society would deem as unattractive. I'm not talking about average guys; I mean “ugly” guys. There's just something about a guy with a jacked up face that turns me on. My friends know about my guilty pleasure, and they pick on me a lot. The joking has never bothered me until now. I've been sleeping with a guy of way-below-average looks for a few weeks now and I’ve grown to really like him. I think I'd like to date him but I can't risk my friends leaking the truth about my “guilty pleasure” to him. What should I do?
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I am just completely shocked by this. I had no idea there were ugly gay men. I want to know where you find these guys—chain buffet-style restaurants with wagon wheel décor? Stores where you can buy ground beef and elastic-waste band pants a mere two aisles away from each other? NASCAR races? No one is truly ugly. (Amended: No one living outside a swamp is truly ugly). Particularly since you didn’t mention anything about him being fat, I assume he has a rockin’ body and maybe some unconventional facial aesthetics. I’m sure with sufficient plucking, trimming, whitening, tanning and moisturizing he could pass for an average joe, right? No? How about a hat? How about a brown paper bag and no shirt, could he pull that look off? Brown paper bag, no shirt, olive oil, spray tan, black light? Still ugly? Jeez. I realize that even if you can fix his appearance you might not want to, since it’s kind of your thing. I think the real lesson here is about friendship. If your friends are as close as you think they are, they’ll be respectful and handle the situation appropriately, because the best part of being close friends is having just as much dirt on them as they have on you. Love,
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Blake’s – Rated R Drag Show – 11PM Burkhart’s – Humpday Karaoke – 11:30PM Gilbert’s – Trivioke – 10PM Heretic – HUMP Dress Code Night – 10PM Joe’s on Juniper – Crazy Bitch Bingo – 8PM Las Margaritas – Trivia – 7:30PM LeBuzz – Theme Nights – 9PM Mary’s – The Honey Pot – 9PM Model T – Karaoke with Pat & Tina – 10PM My Sister’s Room – Karaoke – 8PM Sister Louisa’s Church – Church Organ Karaoke – 10PM Woofs – Trivia – 8PM
Blake’s – Texas Hold’em Poker – 7PM Blake’s – The Shawnna Factor – 11PM Burkhart’s – Twisted Thursdays – 11:30PM Cowtippers – Movie Night – 8PM Gilbert’s – Wine Tasting – 6:30-9:30PM Heretic – 3 Legged Cowboy Line Dance Lessons – 8PM Joe’s on Juniper – Trivia – 8PM Las Margaritas – Crazy Bitch Bingo – 7:30PM LeBuzz – Ladies Night – 11PM Mary’s – Balls Out Thursdays Theme Night – 9PM My Sister’s Room – Xplosion – 10PM Tripps – Karaoke with Darlene & Bobby – 9PM Woofs – Country Music – 7PM
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EAGLE, ATLANTA, 10PM
Internationally renowned mash-up Producter Robin Skouteris and Atlanta’s DJ Pat Scott offer pop, dance and house classics in the ultimate mash-up battle.
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MANSHAFT: LUMBERJACK EDITION COCKPIT, ATLANTA, 8PM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
MISS GUTTERBALL PAGEANT
Pull out your flannels, union suits, skull caps and tight jeans for a night of furry chests and faces. DJ Whiskuh spins from 8 to 10:30PM, and DJ Diable Rojo takes over from 10:30 to close, with vintage men’s films and more.
JUNGLE, ATLANTA, 6:30-9:30PM
B’Yonda Cloud will give up her crown to a new Miss Gutterball. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29
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Sequins and glitter abound when a new queen of the queens is crowned.
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Wear your favorite PJs as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence collect donated pajamas and books for children. Sizes 8-17 are particularly needed.
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Special guest actress Ann Walker of “Sordid Lives” emcees this benefit for Jerusalem House, with a drag show, hunk auction, live auction, silent auction and raffle. Come dressed as your favorite “Sordid Lives” character. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
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Hello all of my glamorous and beautiful poodles. Me writing about glamour and beauty may not seem an obvious choice, especially given the way I look. Don’t get me wrong, Mary Edith believes she is a very beautiful and glamorous woman, saggy boobs and all. But the MEP character challenges conventional thinking about what beauty and glamour are. I think beauty is what emanates from within. It is a clear reflection of how we feel about ourselves. I think glamour is everything we put on our naked bodies to show and tell people who we are. The clothes, jewels, cologne, shoes, hairstyle, lip gloss, tattoos, etc. are all “drag” as RuPaul would put it. It makes me wonder how many of us have seen someone we’re really attracted to from across the room only to meet them and loose the attraction because of their “lack” of beauty or insecurities? Conversely, how many times have we gotten to know a friend whom we initially didn’t think of “that” way but after getting to know them fell head over heels? I’ve experienced both as I’m guessing you may have also. It is said “beauty is in the eye of the beholder!” But I think we sometimes get lost trying to be something we’re not. I’d like to believe when we feel secure being our most authentic self is when our beauty shows most. Personally, I don’t care what color you are, what size you are, what your income is, if you’re smooth or hairy, if you’re bald or with a full head of hair, if you’re masculine, effeminate or in-between. What I do care about is you! Our community is made up of 58 : FEBRUARY 23, 2012
so many wonderful and diverse definitions of beauty. Our challenge lies in continuing to expand our own deﬁnition and making sure to let our young ones know we see their beauty! Don’t forget on Saturday, March 3, actress Ann Walker “Lavonda Dupree” from the movie and LOGO TV series “Sordid Lives” will be emceeing “One Sordid Night,” a benefit for Jerusalem House at the Jungle Night Club from 6 to 10 p.m. Purchase your tickets at www.onesordidnight. eventbrite.com. Tickets are also available at Brushstrokes. Several of Atlanta’s most talented entertainers will be performing including Gunza Blazin, Erica Lee, Monica Mitchells & Regina Cartier, moi and others. I hope you’ll come out to support Jerusalem House. Love and lashes,
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