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The 2021 Black Media Honors to Celebrate African American and Minority Trailblazers in Media in Atlanta on Saturday Augu...
07/09/2021

The 2021 Black Media Honors to Celebrate African American and Minority Trailblazers in Media in Atlanta on Saturday August 21 - Sunday August 22

Atlanta-based media company Empower Media Group (EMG) announced the 2021 Black Media Honors™️ – the annual awards show that honors broadcasting, public relations, media, mass communication and journalism icons who have influenced and made significant contributions to the media industry. Hosted by Actress Brely Evans and Pastor Anthony Murray, the awards weekend is set to begin Saturday, August 21, through Sunday, August 22, in Atlanta. The official awards weekend is taking place at Twelve Midtown Conference Center.
This year’s honorees for the 2021 Black Media Honors™️ include Karen Civil (Live Civil), Pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant (New Birth Missionary Church), Kimberly Chapman (Sheen Magazine Editor-at-Large), Jeff Johnson (BET, Rickey Smiley Morning Show, NAACP), Randy Fling (Rolling Out), Dr. Rashad Richey (Political Analyst for CBS46, MSNBC, PeachtreeTV, V-103, Rolling Out), Michelle Rice (General Manager Urban One & TV One), Morgan Debaun (Blavity), Nadia C. Fischer (Publicist and activist) and The Georgia Entertainment Caucus. There will also be dynamic performances by Stellar Award-Winning Gospel Singer Y'anna Crawley, Tasha Page-Lockhart (Sunday's Best) and Ignatious Carmouche (The Voice Season 13).
“The vision of the Black Media Honors is to recognize the trailblazers in African American Media and other American minorities who have paved the way for the broadcasting, public relations, media, mass communication, journalism professionals of today. Many of these creators have never received their much-deserved recognition,” said Stephanie Davis, Founder of Black Media Honors™️ and CEO of Empower Media Group.

Some of this year’s sponsors include Prima Atlanta, Bomade Vodka, Billboard Buzzing, B Taylor and Associates, The Collective Shine, Sheen Magazine and more. Confirmed Media Partners are Fox5, AspireTV, Sheen Magazine, TV One and a host of celebrity photographers and bloggers.

Atlanta Hawks Name Nate McMillan Head CoachThe Atlanta Hawks today announced the hiring of Nate McMillan as the franchis...
07/08/2021

Atlanta Hawks Name Nate McMillan Head Coach

The Atlanta Hawks today announced the hiring of Nate McMillan as the franchise’s 14th full-time head coach. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“The incredible job Nate did after taking over this season made this an easy decision,” said Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Travis Schlenk. “We were able to see how gifted a tactician, motivator and leader he is first-hand and the high level of respect and trust he earned from our players made securing him as our head coach our top priority.”

“I would like to thank Tony, Jami and Travis for putting their faith in me and giving me the opportunity to serve as head coach. I am truly blessed to be able to lead this special group into the future,” McMillan said. “I believe what we accomplished this season is just the beginning of what we can achieve if we stay connected and committed to each other.”

Named Atlanta’s interim head coach on March 1, 2021, McMillan, 56, led the Hawks to a 27-11 (.711) record over the remainder of the regular season, winning his first eight contests. Including postseason games, the Hawks recorded a 37-19 mark (.661) under McMillan’s guidance.

After leading the club to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, McMillan and the Hawks topped the fourth-seeded New York Knicks in the First Round, 4-1 and took out the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the Conference Semifinals, 4-3. The Hawks reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in Atlanta history, before falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games.

McMillan became the third coach in the last 40 years to lead his team to the Conference Finals after taking over in-season (Pat Riley twice, ’82 Lakers and ’06 Heat; Tyronn Lue, ’16 Cavaliers).

The NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for March after leading Atlanta to a 9-4 mark, McMillan became the 20th winningest coach in NBA history on Apr. 4, 2021 (673, surpassing Mike D’Antoni) when Atlanta defeated Golden State. After the 9-4 March, Atlanta went 11-6 in April and 7-1 in May. The 27-11 mark after March 1 equaled the best record in the East.

Including his time as head coach with Seattle (2000-05), Portland (2005-12), Indiana (2016-20) and the Hawks, McMillan has led his teams to a 688-599 (.535) mark in 1,287 regular season games. He also has 71 games of postseason head coaching experience.

McMillan, born Aug. 3, 1964, has a vast basketball background as a player and a coach. After playing collegiately at North Carolina State, McMillan was drafted by Seattle (30th overall) in the 1986 NBA Draft. He played his entire 12-year career with the Sonics and had his number (10) retired. He is second in franchise history in assists and steals and ranks in the top 10 in eight other categories. He was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive team twice (1994 and ’95) and led the league in steals in the 1994-95 season with 2.96 per game. In his 12 seasons with the Sonics, they reached the playoffs 11 times.

After his playing days, McMillan was a Seattle assistant coach for two years and became the interim coach in 2000. He remained the Sonics’ coach until 2005 and then became Portland’s head coach until March 2012. In 2008-09, he led the Trail Blazers to a 54-28 record, the sixth-best record in franchise history and helped the Trail Blazers reach the playoffs in three of his six seasons. McMillan also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team where he won gold medals in the 2006 FIBA World Championships, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.

McMillan was also inducted into the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 after playing at Chowan College before transferring to North Carolina State. McMillan and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Jamelle and Brittany.

Picture from Hawks Twitter

Atlanta Hawks Name Nate McMillan Head Coach

The Atlanta Hawks today announced the hiring of Nate McMillan as the franchise’s 14th full-time head coach. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“The incredible job Nate did after taking over this season made this an easy decision,” said Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Travis Schlenk. “We were able to see how gifted a tactician, motivator and leader he is first-hand and the high level of respect and trust he earned from our players made securing him as our head coach our top priority.”

“I would like to thank Tony, Jami and Travis for putting their faith in me and giving me the opportunity to serve as head coach. I am truly blessed to be able to lead this special group into the future,” McMillan said. “I believe what we accomplished this season is just the beginning of what we can achieve if we stay connected and committed to each other.”

Named Atlanta’s interim head coach on March 1, 2021, McMillan, 56, led the Hawks to a 27-11 (.711) record over the remainder of the regular season, winning his first eight contests. Including postseason games, the Hawks recorded a 37-19 mark (.661) under McMillan’s guidance.

After leading the club to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, McMillan and the Hawks topped the fourth-seeded New York Knicks in the First Round, 4-1 and took out the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the Conference Semifinals, 4-3. The Hawks reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in Atlanta history, before falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games.

McMillan became the third coach in the last 40 years to lead his team to the Conference Finals after taking over in-season (Pat Riley twice, ’82 Lakers and ’06 Heat; Tyronn Lue, ’16 Cavaliers).

The NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for March after leading Atlanta to a 9-4 mark, McMillan became the 20th winningest coach in NBA history on Apr. 4, 2021 (673, surpassing Mike D’Antoni) when Atlanta defeated Golden State. After the 9-4 March, Atlanta went 11-6 in April and 7-1 in May. The 27-11 mark after March 1 equaled the best record in the East.

Including his time as head coach with Seattle (2000-05), Portland (2005-12), Indiana (2016-20) and the Hawks, McMillan has led his teams to a 688-599 (.535) mark in 1,287 regular season games. He also has 71 games of postseason head coaching experience.

McMillan, born Aug. 3, 1964, has a vast basketball background as a player and a coach. After playing collegiately at North Carolina State, McMillan was drafted by Seattle (30th overall) in the 1986 NBA Draft. He played his entire 12-year career with the Sonics and had his number (10) retired. He is second in franchise history in assists and steals and ranks in the top 10 in eight other categories. He was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive team twice (1994 and ’95) and led the league in steals in the 1994-95 season with 2.96 per game. In his 12 seasons with the Sonics, they reached the playoffs 11 times.

After his playing days, McMillan was a Seattle assistant coach for two years and became the interim coach in 2000. He remained the Sonics’ coach until 2005 and then became Portland’s head coach until March 2012. In 2008-09, he led the Trail Blazers to a 54-28 record, the sixth-best record in franchise history and helped the Trail Blazers reach the playoffs in three of his six seasons. McMillan also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team where he won gold medals in the 2006 FIBA World Championships, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.

McMillan was also inducted into the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 after playing at Chowan College before transferring to North Carolina State. McMillan and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Jamelle and Brittany.

Picture from Hawks Twitter

07/08/2021
Margaritaville Resort Times Square Is Now Open In The Heart Of New York CityMargaritaville Resort Times Square, the newe...
07/07/2021

Margaritaville Resort Times Square Is Now Open In The Heart Of New York City

Margaritaville Resort Times Square, the newest addition to the Margaritaville Lodging portfolio is now open to the public. The 32-story hotel will transport guests to an island oasis in the middle of Manhattan and features 234 guestrooms, five restaurants and bars, a year-round outdoor heated pool and a street-level Margaritaville retail store.

"We cannot wait to welcome local New Yorkers and the city's global travelers to Margaritaville Resort Times Square," said Kori Yoran, General Manager. "The resort brings paradise to the island of Manhattan and offers something for everyone from families to happy hour with friends."

The property's numerous restaurants and bars will have guests channeling Margaritaville's authentic "no worries" vibe. The two-story Margaritaville Restaurant features New York's largest Tiki Bar and a 32-foot replica of the landmark Statue of Liberty playfully holding a margarita in place of her torch. The margarita glass itself is a custom-made LED screen that shows an original work featuring iconic Jimmy Buffett songs paired with iconic Manhattan visuals and a touch of the tropics. Home to Times Square's only year-round outdoor heated pool, LandShark Bar & Grill brings the beach to Manhattan with a menu of poolside eats and drinks. License to Chill Bar greets guests upon arrival to the seventh-floor lobby with indoor-outdoor seating and cozy fire pits on the terrace with a unique digital view of Times Square. The lobby also features Joe's Merchant Coffee & Provisions for a quick bite or coffee on the go. Sitting atop the 31st and 32nd floor, 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar offers jaw-dropping, 360-degree views and a sophisticated, playful menu of light bites and craft cocktails.

With architecture by Stonehill Taylor and interior design by The McBride Company, the newly built property combines the vibrance of New York City with the iconic Margaritaville state of mind. Margaritaville and The McBride Company developed custom artwork for the property inspired by the city's incredible art collections with a Margaritaville touch. Pieces include the "Dripping 5 o'Clock," a nod to Salvador Dali's famous clock painting and a Roy Lichtenstein-inspired print titled "Darling...This Looks Just Like Margaritaville" that pays homage to Lichtenstein's famous work Masterpiece, Margaritaville, and the nearby Jones Beach. Additional design touches include green, coral and soft blue hues inspired by urban seasides, crisp white signature Margaritaville bed linens and soundproof windows to provide a true retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

"The opening of Margaritaville Resort Times Square is an incredible moment for the hundreds of team members involved in this property and for the city of New York after such a challenging year," says Sharif El-Gamal, Chairman and CEO of Soho Properties and Owner and Developer of Margaritaville Resort Times Square. "This resort will provide an unparalleled getaway never before experienced in Manhattan and we are thrilled to be welcoming guests today and for years to come."

Located at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 40th Street, Margaritaville Resort Times Square is blocks away from the bright lights of the bustling entertainment district and New York's most notable attractions, shopping and museums. Regular live music and entertainment throughout the property will keep the energy high year-round. Flexible event spaces offer the perfect landscape to entertain groups from a happy hour for 20 to a blowout bash for 1,000 guests. The ground level Margaritaville retail store is a one-stop-shop for beach-inspired apparel, gifts and more, including items exclusive to New York. Guests can ship purchases directly to their homes from an in-store tablet.

To celebrate the opening, the resort is offering the SummerzCool package, a limited-time offer encouraging guests to linger a little longer and save. Guests who stay three nights will save up to 15%, five-night stays will save up to 18% and seven-night or more stays will save up to 20%. Guests booking this offer will enjoy a complimentary 1:00pm checkout so they can sleep past noon in the city that never sleeps.

Margaritaville Resort Times Square was developed by Margaritaville Hospitality Group, Soho Properties, Inc and Flintlock Constructions Services LLC, along with IMCMV Holdings, Inc. for the property's food, beverage and retail concepts. For more information or to book a stay, please visit margaritavilleresorttimessquare.com. Follow @MargaritavilleTimesSquare on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and happenings.

Pictures from Margaritaville Resort Times Square Website

JaKarra is from Burbank, California and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She likes reading, traveling,  hiking and dancing. Y...
07/05/2021

JaKarra is from Burbank, California and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She likes reading, traveling, hiking and dancing. You can follow her on Instagram @geminiqueenjoi_.

Shout Out Sunday. Interview With Bruno Mars Trumpet Player/Recording Artist/Composer Jimmy King.-What is your musical ba...
07/04/2021

Shout Out Sunday. Interview With Bruno Mars Trumpet Player/Recording Artist/Composer Jimmy King.

-What is your musical background?

My mother was very intentional of making sure music was a part of our lives. Growing up in the church my mom would make sure my brother, sister and I were a part of the church choir. It was there I found my love for music and singing. Although music was a big part of my life I never thought of it as a profession. This would all change when I came to Morehouse College and met four other brothers. We would form a group called Jaspects and that’s when the dream began. We ended up recording four albums, completing several self-made tours and making a name for
ourselves in the city of Atlanta. Through Jaspects I was able to link with PJ Morton. I ended up recording and touring with PJ for several years until he linked up with Maroon 5. I was then afforded the opportunity to be with Angie Stone for eight months until my
friend received the phone call for us to go on tour with Bruno Mars in 2011. Since then, I have been on countless stages, awards shows, Super Bowl twice, music videos and recorded on a few songs. 2015 I decided to pursue a solo career. My first EP is comprised of three instrumental tracks that I had been working on for a few years. Once the seed of starting a solo career was planted I started to hone in and find my voice. This led to the release of my
debut album A Dreamer’s Tale on December 18, 2020.

-What is the most challenging part of making a song?

The process is never the same for me. Sometimes for me an idea can flow and inspiration is there, but there are times where it is difficult to expand on the idea. There are songs that I started years ago that I am just coming back around to finish for this very reason. Sometimes I can over think it or become so redundant that it begins to sound like other songs. Among the many things I have learned being around two great song writers in PJ and Bruno is that you never rush the art, just let it come to you.

-How would you describe your musical style?

I would describe myself as collection of the musical experience. My music has roots in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Rock and Alternative elements. My style is directly connected to my taste and love for music.

-Artist you would like to do a song with?

I would love to do a song with a few artists, Coldplay, Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada and Robert Glasper.

-Any upcoming projects coming up that you would like to share with readers?

My project ‘A Dreamer’s Tale’ is out now on all streaming platforms.

-What is one food you could not live without?

This one is a hard one. It is definitely between pizza and tacos, but if I had to choose I would have to go with tacos. I mean who doesn’t love tacos!

-What three places would you love to travel to?

I have been blessed to travel the world a few times being with Bruno. However there are some places we haven’t been that are on my list to see. I want to go to West Africa (any country on the region), Greece and Egypt. I am a lover of history and all of these
places have contributed to the history of humanity.

-What album had the biggest impact on you as a teenager?

There were two, Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band Carnegie Hall Concert Album and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony ‘Art of War’.

-What is one thing you were afraid to do, but felt amazing after you accomplished it?

Starting the pursuit of my solo career and completing this album. Every solo show I do I am just amazed that I dared to take the first step and bet on myself.

-Is there something you have dreamed of doing for a long time, if so why haven’t you?

I am so blessed that I am living my dream. This was something that began when I was 18 and felt the feeling of truly performing on stage. It was then when I knew I wanted to do music for my life. I didn’t know it would bring me to this moment then, but so glad I
trusted myself and took a leap of faith.

-How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media?

On Instagram and Twitter @itsjimmyking. On Facebook @jimmykingfanpage, looking forward to having you all follow my journey!

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