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New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby takes us back to the household of Rev. Curtis and Charlotte Black in her latest title A House Divided (Grand Central Publishing; $24.99). In the book, which releases May 7, the Black family prepares for the coming of a new grandbaby—a baby from their unwed son. But instead of all joy and excitement, the baby's arrival means drama for the grandmothers. And to make matters worse, the reverend is struggling with a deep secret and the anonymous person who is threatening to expose him. Once again, Roby delves into the life of the “so-called” righteous and chaste and explores the dirty deeds that go on behind closed doors.
Behind the Scenes at Fantasia’s Upscale Photo Shoot
Fiesty and fun, Fantasia lit up the room during her cover photo shoot in Atlanta with celebrity photographer Derek Blanks for Upscale’s May issue. Check out this exclusive behind the scenes footage.
Video by: Eric Blanks Media
Don’t miss the Derby Brunch Hatwalk®, an annual charity affair taking place on Saturday, May 11 at beautiful Villa Christina in Atlanta, Georgia. Guests may choose a seated brunch or hors d’oeuvres in the garden. The ladies brunch also includes a welcome cocktail, Shopping Marketplace, live jazz music, Hatwalk Goodie Bag, and souvenir photo. The event culminates with the Hatwalk Competition, where ladies parade their gorgeous hats to compete for special prizes.
On April 5th, Upscale hosted a private screening of the premier episode of Bravo TV’s new series starring Kandi Burruss, The Kandi Factory. The star-studded night was also an exclusive celebration of Upscale’s April Style Issue.
Andrew H. Walker BET Photographer
After collaborating with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Rick Ross, R&B newbie and Houston native Miss Mykie has landed her biggest gig to date, as the new co-host of BET’s 106&Park. The Howard University alum and AKA (she penned the unofficial, underground theme song for the sorority “Imma AKA”) dishes on her jitters about her new gig, lame pick-up lines and what’s really important in the upcoming election. –J.H.
The actress dishes on working on the Starz hit series Boss
These days a lot of people enjoy pretending to be a boss, but Sanaa Lathan actually gets paid to play the role. Her new gig as “Mona Fredricks” on the Kelsey Grammer-helmed Starz series, Boss, is one of her most powerful to date. We caught up with Lathan to get her take on her character and why she loves working on the second season of the critically-acclaimed series, which premiered on Starz on Aug. 17. —J.H.
Institutions of Excellence Award
Christina Bronner, show assistant for Bronner Bros., Sheila Bronner, Editor-in-Chief, Upscale magazine, Dr. Cheryl D. Dozier, President of Savannah State University, Sheri Scott, SSU Consultant Presidential Special Events.
Upscale is committed to excellence, and prides itself as being the magazine that successful people read. This week, our Editor-in-Chief, Sheila Bronner, arrived at Savannah State University to present the 122-year old university with the “Institutions of Excellence Award” for the Top Historically Black College/University in the country. As the oldest public HBCU in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the historic city of Savannah, SSU has served this community with distinction while meeting the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. SSU was selected as one of the top HBCUs based on the university’s graduation rates, enrollment, academic performance, school history and commitment to student academic achievement. The $5,000 award was presented to SSU based the upscale's readers poll. Yes, your vote made them the WINNER. Congratulation SSU!
My oldest brother, Nathaniel, had a DNA analysis from AfricanAncestry.com and discovered our mother’s roots were from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and our father’s roots were from the Balanta tribe in Guinea-Bissau. A Bronner brothers tradition is that the brothers take a week-long trip together once a year. The choice of the trip rotates among the brothers, and this year was my year to choose the destination and the activities. I wanted to go home. When I say home, I really mean HOME.
As we celebrate Bronner Brothers’ 65th year in business all year long, I want to thank everybody who helped our February Atlanta Hair Show break all records. I also want to congratulate our new 2012 barber battle champion of the world, David “dl” Hiland from Nashville, Tenn. David won $20,000 cash by healing the blind, fighting Goliath and defeating the devil with the help of Jesus, while giving everyone, including Jesus, a haircut (all part of his elaborately themed presentation).
Florida offers almost everything you can imagine from shopping to fine dining. Couple that with warm weather and you have the perfect vacation getaway. The Sunshine State represents variety, and focusing on other indulgences—like year-round adventure with a generous portion of relaxation on the side —can lead to a treasure trove of less-explored recreational opportunities.