OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’ Cast Celebrity Panel Featured at 9th Annual Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival This Weekend!


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If you are interested in entering the world of Christian entertainment or are just a fan of Christian entertainment, this is the weekend to be in the A! Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival [KCFF] is an unique festival that provides a forum for independent filmmakers to screen films to the community that promote and inspire Christian teaching and values. #KCFF2016 will feature over 30 films, educational workshops from top film industry leaders, red carpet screenings & after parties, a Gospel Brunch & Awards Ceremony and celebrity panels featuring cast members from PureFlix’s “I’m Not Ashamed” and OWN’s “Greenleaf! The 9th Annual Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival will be held from Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9 at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead hotel. The OWN’s Greenleaf Celebrity Panel will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. And if you missed my interview with Deborah Joy Winans, Charity on OWN’s Greenleaf, check it out HERE!

For more information about buying day passes and the schedule, please go to kingdomwood.com!

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Atlanta Multimillionaire Business Woman Mary Parker to Award Scholarships to Inner-City Youth on Saturday!

Soap Opera Star Victoria Rowell to Host the Scholarship Gala...

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Award-winning entrepreneur, Mary Parker, Founder of ALL N ONE Security Services, will award ten scholarships on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta through her Mary Parker Foundation.

“Providing young people a chance at education and a future in their career is what really excites me,” says Parker. “This investment into our community will have long lasting impact.”

Parker started the scholarship program in 2011 awarding two students $2,500 each. In five years, the scholarship program has grown tremendously. To date, more than $100,000 has been awarded to more than 24 students, representing 17 colleges and universities throughout the U.S.  “If you are a business owner, and you have something to give, you should be mentoring and giving back. The more I give, the more I get in return,” says Parker.

victoria rowellTen students will receive awards on June 4, 2016, at 6:30pm at a star-studded gala hosted by soap opera star and award winning actress Victoria Rowell. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street. The Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund will receive the Organizational Partner Award.  “This is a very proud moment and helps validate all the effort and the importance of the work we do,” says Tim Mahone, Chairman, Mahone Fund. “It is my hope that we use this opportunity to create educational pathways for our youth and improve the health and wellness of our community.”

Parker, author of The Chick in Chargeis extremely transparent about her humble beginnings. “My parents were sharecroppers,” she recalls. “We lived in a shack in rural Mississippi. It’s those small beginnings that help me appreciate everything I have now.”

The pioneer runs a multi-million-dollar security firm with multiple offices in the United States and Africa.  Parker, and her team of nearly 300 employees, have secured major events such as the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game, PGA Tours, Trumpet Awards and the commencement speech given by President Barack Obama at Morehouse College.

To learn more about the Mary Parker Foundation visit: www.MaryParkerFoundation.com and or to buy a copy of The Chick in Charge, visit www.TheChickInCharge.com.

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Original Dreamgirl Sheryl Lee Ralph Featured at Delta Sigma Theta International Film Festival in Atlanta This Saturday!

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festival resizeThe Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated will host The  Delta Sigma Theta International Film Festival, “Housed In Strength & Dignity” on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Actress and singer Soror Sheryl Lee Ralph, a member of the sorority, is the 2016 Ambassador and judge for the festival.

Ralph, who currently has a reoccurring role CBS’ hit drama “Criminal Minds,” has found new success with her production company, Island Girl Productions, writing, directing and producing her award-winning film short “Secrets“, which will be showcased at Delta Sigma Theta International Film Festival.

“The Delta Sigma Theta International Film Festival was created to support Delta’s global initiatives and to promote cross-cultural awareness within the Atlanta community.  Another very special component of the event is to give filmmakers interested in cross-cultural stories a forum to exhibit their best work. The evening promises to be enlightening, engaging, and enjoyable,” stated Andrea L. Morgan, chair of the chapter’s International Awareness and Involvement Committee.
Buy tickets for The Delta Sigma Theta International Film Festival at: atlantaalumnaedst.org.


Me and Sheryl Lee Ralph, my soror and fellow Jamerican, at For Sisters Only in 2011.

Me and Sheryl Lee Ralph, my soror and fellow Jamerican, at For Sisters Only in 2011.

If you miss Ralph at the film festival, you can see Ralph, who is the founding director of the DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed) Foundation 501(C) 3, deliver the commencement address at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania on May 7.

Also, for one night only, the original Dreamgirls including Ralph, Loretta Devine & Jennifer Holliday are reuniting for a Broadway Under the Stars special event on Sunday, July 10 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, according to broadwayworld.com.

Ralph, who is the author of Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl, is also the creator of the critically acclaimed Divas Simply Singing!, an evening of song and entertainment that after 25 years is the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country.

Follow Sheryl Lee Ralph on social media at: @TheSherylRalph (TW) and @Diva3482 (IG).
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