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Guess How Much Nene And Gregg Spent On Their Second Wedding??

June 26th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Let’s just get into it: $1.8 million. That’s how much Nene and Gregg (or Andy Cohen and Bravo TV) spent on the spectacle that was The Leakes’ second walk down the aisle this past weekend. Curious where all that money went? Well according to Life & Style, Gregg presented Nene with a 10-carat diamond band to go along with her 15.2-carat engagement ring so that’s a hefty chunk of the budget right there. Factor in all 400 of the couples’s guests, which included everyone from Fantasia Barrino and Vivica A. Fox to reality TV stars like “Hollywood Exes'” Andrea  Kelly and a couple ladies from the “Real Housewives” franchise,s and the fact that Nene sparred no expense on the lavish Old Hollywood themed event and there you have it — a nearly $2 million affair.

Nene told Life & Style before the wedding:

“I feel amazing. Both of us want this, so it will definitely work this time. I know exactly what I’m getting myself into.

“I came up with the idea of having an Old Hollywood theme because I thought it would be completely fabulous and everyone would be able to have fun with it “I just did it my way!”

Factoring into the exorbitant wedding cost was a $20,000 Pnina Tornai dress Nene changed into for the reception and the white Gabriella Arango gowns her nine bridesmaids wore. Guests were also served southern comfort food like  homemade biscuits, mac ’n’ cheese, shrimp and grits, and fried chicken, and for the wedding cake, Nene ordered up a 10-tier cake filled with vanilla cream.

On a more sentimental note, Nene shared with Life & Style that her sons Brentt Leakes and Bryson Bryant were the ones who walked her down the aisle, and for her that was one of the most special parts of the day.

“That was so emotional for me. And Gregg telling me I was beautiful — that was really special. I had a lot of teary moments.”


And Atlanta Continues To Get Shine: Style’s ‘Big Rich Atlanta’ Is Coming To A TV Near You

December 6th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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From EurWeb

Atlanta-based pastor Sabrina McKenzie is about to enforce the stereotypes of the lavish lifestyle of preachers as she is scheduled to star in a new reality show, “Big Rich Atlanta.”

As controversial as it sounds, the God-fearing shepherd is coming up from a background of secular dancing. She was a huge success, touring with Bobby Brown and TLC.


Closed for Business: Diddy Shuts Down His Famed Atlanta Restaurant, “Justin’s”

June 13th, 2012 - By Alissa Henry
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"Justin's Restaurant"

After 14 years in the restaurant business, Diddy is moving on to other endeavors. The mogul has closed his once wildly successful Buckhead restaurant “Justin’s” that specialized in Southern and Caribbean food.

The AJC reports:

“There was speculation that Justin’s was shut down for renovations and would reopen. Not. Once known for “Martini Mondays” and celebrity-filled weekend nights, Justin’s fell off in recent years and was unable to relocate its early magic.

Combs’ first Justin’s restaurant, in New York, closed after 10 years in 2007.

Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group (BBWEG), founded by Combs, said in a statement that Justin’s was closed in order to pursue “other business ventures in music, television, fashion, fragrance and spirits.” It added that is is “actively exploring business opportunities in Atlanta” and promises “to have a strong presence in the region.”

Diddy isn’t the only entertainer to have his restaurant close in recent years. Usher, Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri’s restaurants have all reached the same fate.

In fact, Gladys Knight’s and Ron Winan’s chicken and waffle joints make them the only entertainers left thriving in Atlanta’s restaurant industry.

This isn’t the first time this restaurant has made headlines. In 2009, the restaurant reportedly owed the IRS $8,000 dollars in back taxes. And last summer, Tony Austin (former A&R man for Def Jam and President of Russell Simmons Music Group) sued Diddy for “failing to maintain a safe environment” after Austin was shot multiple times in the restaurant’s parking lot in 2010. Sheesh!

No one likes to see a black-owned business fail, but we’re pretty sure Diddy isn’t hurting for money. Last year, Forbes magazine estimated his net worth at $500 million dollars, making him the richest figure in hip hop.

Have you ever visited Justin’s in Atlanta? Why do you think these entertainer-owned restaurants don’t survive in that city? 

Alissa Henry is a freelance writer living in Columbus, OH follow her on Twitter @AlissaInPink 

Shots Fired, Literally, Over a Hairdo at Derek J’s Salon

March 16th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: Project Q Atlanta

We know black women don’t play when it comes to their hair, but apparently stylists don’t play when someone questions their designs either. Derek J, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” favorite hair dresser and a judge on Oxygen’s “Hair Battle Spectacular” learned that lesson the hard way yesterday when a stylist across town pulled a gun out on him in his shop.

What had happened was (sorry, just feels appropriate here), Keyshia Cole’s sister Neffe (yes, I know) had gotten her hair done by a stylist across town and didn’t like the style so she came to Derek J to see if he could fix it. Derek told her he couldn’t help her at the moment and asked her to reach out to the stylist to see what all he had done to her hair so he could try to fix it.  Neffe left, presumably to follow up with the original stylist, but a few hours later, the hairdresser barged into Derek’s Atlanta salon and started firing shots. Derek J told Chanel 2 news he is not happy:

“I’m upset because my floor is messed up now. [Neffe’s hair was] messed up to the point we didn’t know what to do. So I was just like, reach out to the stylist and say, ‘Hey, what did you use, what did you do?’ and it turned from a professional conversation to more of an argument, but we thought it was done.

“We knew it wasn’t a good thing when he came but we thought it was going to be a quick exchange with words and then he was going to be gone. So, nobody really knew he would pull out a gun.”

Lisa McCall, the owner of the salon, said she asked the unnamed stylist to leave when he started walking around the shop waving the gun. Before shooting holes in the floor, she says he put the gun in her face.

“Before turning away, he waved the gun in my face and said, ‘You don’t think I will?’ And I backed up,” she said.

Considering Derek J knows who the stylist is, he shouldn’t get far from police. I don’t know why he thought pulling a gun out in broad daylight and shooting over a hairstyle was that serious anyway. Check out the clip of this ratchet news report below.

Body of Stacey English Found

January 25th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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A Fulton County Medical Examiner in Buckhead has confirmed that a body found Monday evening is that of missing woman Stacey English, 36.

The ME finished the initial phase of an autopsy on the body Tuesday night, but didn’t confirm that the remains belonged to English until this morning. According Stacey’s family, their daughter received updated dental X-rays two days before she went missing and there was a delay obtaining the new records. The initial autopsy has not revealed her cause of death, and the medical examiner said more tests are needed.

Stacey’s body was discovered in an advanced stage of decomposition and was wedged under a tree only about a mile from the spot where police found her car abandoned still running Dec. 27.

When police notified Stacey’s family that a body was found on Monday, her aunt,  Bernice English Hurks, said finding her niece’s body would be a relief in some ways. “The best thing that we could do right now is to find her regardless of what circumstances are, what conditions are, the best thing to do is to find her.”

At least the family doesn’t have to wait in worry any longer, but hopefully police will be able to give the family more answers surrounding her sad death soon.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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