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Singer Ray Lavender stars in new Tyler Perry play

Singer Ray Lavender stars in new Tyler Perry play

ATLANTA-- Atlanta resident, Ray Lavendar has been on the move and his hustle is about to get a kick start in the right direction.

While on tour with Tyler Perry’s new play “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned,” Ray chatted on the phone in between play rehearsal and tending to his busy schedule. Ray Lavendar plays, Victor; the good guy; who is engaged to the lead’s sister. Linking with Tyler Perry has been a long time coming and once his schedule freed up working on Tyler’s latest stage play became a reality for Ray. With a simple phone call from Tyler Perry’s office, Ray has taken his career in a new direction. The play will be out for five months and Ray is thankful for over 100 play dates. Ray loves being under the leadership of Tyler Perry and he appreciates his words of encouragement. Tyler told Ray, “You were chosen for a reason. You have to do something!”

Kelley Williams-Bolar set to film self-titled biopic

Kelley Williams-Bolar set to film self-titled biopic

ATLANTA -- The Kelley Williams-Bolar story became a topic of discussions amongst mothers who understood her desires of providing proper education for her daughters, celebrities such as Sean “Diddy” Combs who acknowledge the passion parents have to make a better life for their children and news outlet worldwide who understood the actions of this Ohio mother.

Kelley Williams-Bolar, known for being sent to jail on felony charges for sending her children to a school outside of her district, spoke with me about her story being portrayed on the big screen in a biopic. Gaining the attention of credible film producers, this mother’s story is comparable to well reviewed films such as Antoine Fischer.

Gov. Deal names leader to Office of Child Advocate

Gov. Deal names leader to Office of Child Advocate

ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed an attorney as director of the state Office of the Child Advocate.

Ashley Willcott will begin her new job on Feb. 1.

Willcott has worked as a lawyer in various juvenile courts since 1992. In addition to running her own private practice, she is a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Department of Family and Children Services in Dawson and Rockdale counties. Willcott has also worked as Juvenile Court Judge Pro Tem in DeKalb and Fulton counties.

She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and English from Newcomb College at Tulane University and a law degree from Emory University.

The Office of the Child Advocate "will work proactively and steadily to improve the way our state helps families in need," according to its website.

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Chairman, District 1, John H. Eaves received the Grady Champion Award during the 2nd Annual “Honoring Healthcare Champions Awards.”

Chairman Eaves was one of eight community leaders, medical professionals and non-profit executives honored by the Hospital Authority for their leadership in efforts to support Grady Hospital and build healthier communities.

The awards dinner followed the 2013 Health Summit, which brought governmental leaders and healthcare professionals together to discuss healthcare issues affecting Fulton and Dekalb counties.

The Healthcare Champions were honored for research, advocacy, donations and inspired leadership.  Standing with Chairman Eaves (center) were Pete Correll (left), Chairman of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and Thomas Dortch, Chairman of the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority Board of Trustees.

Motivational speaker S. Renee sits down with ReinChild

Motivational speaker S. Renee sits down with ReinChild

ATLANTA-- Motivational speaker S. Renee is practicing what she preach and coaching others that have suffered from bullying.

Being a victim of bullying, this motivational speaker is raising her voice and giving to others what she lacked growing up. Standing behind her truth, no matter who is sitting at the table has helped this young black entrepreneur become a main fixture in corporate America.

Her message is geared to help young women that are lost in the translation of what is acceptable in today's society, in a recently released title, There Is More Inside. S. Renee wants women to know that she has conquered goals that may have been inconceivable to the next person.

Being a 5'3, she was told she was too short, too dark and her nose was too big to become a professional model. Consistency led her to working with Iman, Joan Rivers and Susan Lucci.

LHHATL Karlie Redd chats with ReinChild

LHHATL Karlie Redd chats with ReinChild

ATLANTA -- LHHATL's Karlie Redd is set to go beyond the small screen, broadcast her love story and become a polished beauty industry entrepreneur.  While taping the new season, Karlie Redd dished out what she has in store for her acting career and next season on LHHATL.

Friends, patrons mourn death of Atlanta chef Ria Pell

Friends, patrons mourn death of Atlanta chef Ria Pell

ATLANTA -- On the surface, Ria's was a diner-- maybe, just a diner. But a diner that impassioned its patrons.

"The brisket. If that was my last day on earth, that's what I'd eat," said J. Christopher Arrison, a patron.

"My favorite was the french toast," said Kimberlynn Oliver, who works in a nearby salon. "Once I had my first dish, I was hooked."

The diner owed its flavor to its namesake. Chef Ria Pell lent a larger-than-life personality to Ria's Bluebird Café -- and to an entire neighborhood. Her restaurant set the stage for this community's resurgence.

"I think it's amazing she took this street, which is not the most inviting place, it's gray and industrial, and she made a place where everybody likes to go and feels at home," Arrison said.

"This was like an anchor in the community. And all this sprung up all around it," said Thomas Pearson, a patron.