Open Letter:So long Luvbugs

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Hi Luvbugs,

I have not written you in awhile. I have been contemplating shutting the site down for some time now. It is not that I do not love you but it is the simple fact that I have transformed over the years. The things I used to love covering I do not anymore. I can care less  about who wore what on the red carpet. I care more about why they are able to walk the carpet. For example, I would like to know what hardships they have faced and how they overcame them. I prefer to share this type of information with the world. Many of you know that my calling is teaching and I ran from it for so long. However, I surrendered and embraced that teaching does not only happen in the classroom. It happens in the streets, on social media platforms, in the library, on the phone, in a Starbucks, etc. You get the point so I am going back to the basics. I am going back to teaching. Teaching is my ministry.

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Over the last few months, I have met wonderful people in my travels and during my interactions while giving & attending socially conscious events. I just yearn for more in life instead of watching others live their lives while I write about it without inspiration.

So on this date, I choose to live. I choose to listen to God.

“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.” Jiddu Krishnamurti

So this is not a goodbye for long. CourtneyLives.com will be launching soon.




 

I will be sharing stories of life and travel. So stay tuned.

Please visit www.iBlogontheside.com and www.CourtneyLTeague.com

I love you with all of my heart.

XOXO,

Courtney

 

 

 

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Atlanta Meet & Greet: Here We Go Again

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TV OneHip Hop Weekly and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey celebrated the premiere of the new scripted series “Here We Go Again” at Boogalou Restaurant & Lounge. Show stars LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Kyndall Ferguson were on hand to walk the carpet, greet fans and thank attendees for their ongoing support.

 

Lori Hall (TV One)

TV One SVP of Marketing, Lori Hall, opened the program with an introduction of the network’s re-branding and new “Represent” slogan. Then Hall previewed a clip from the premiere episode, followed by remarks from the cast in which they shared their excitement and pride in the show. DJ Bomshell Boogie took over from there and turned the event into a full-blown bash.

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Additional attendees included Trina Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”), Syleena Johnson (“R&B Divas Atlanta”), Dr. Heavenly (“Married to Medicine”), Drea Kelly (“Hollywood Exes”), Cocoa Brown (“For Better or Worse”), D. Woods (Blackbird), Charmin Lee (“Being Mary Jane”), Beautii J (“Cutting It: In the ATL”), Kwanza Hall (Atlanta City Council), Gwen Boyd Moss (“Selling It: In the ATL”), Okevia Wilson (“Selling It: In the ATL”), Derek J (celebrity stylist), Bando Jonez and many more.

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“Here We Go Again” premieres TONIGHT at 8PM ET/PT followed by an all-new season of “Born Again Virgin” at 8:30PM ET/PT.

 

For more information about TV One’s original programming, visit www.tvone.tv.  Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using hashtag #HereWeGoAgain.

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Travel Life: What’s in Your Travel Bag?

It’s one thing to travel, but it’s quite another to travel in style. Flying overnight can be super hectic so there is no need to stress over packed items. I have traveled to Cali many times just for dinner and headed back to Atlanta in less than 36 hours. So you have 99 things to worry about and packing shouldn’t be one of them.
Interior designer Taniya Nayak is giving you a look inside her carry-on and sharing the essentials that keep her fly while flying. From having fully charged gadgets to stocking a makeup bag with the basics, her advice will change the way you jet-set. D

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(Photos Inside) ‘Ride Along 2’ Private Screening In ATL With Sherri Shepherd, Tika Sumpter, Will Packer

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Last night I had the chance to attend the Atlanta VIP screening of Ride Along 2 starring none other that Ice Cube and funny man Kevin Hart. <more>

If you are looking for comic relief, you better go see this movie this weekend.

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The Atlanta VIP viewing was very star studded with local and national celebrities such as:
Mayor Kasim Reed
Councilman Kwanza Hall
Porsha Williams (Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta and DISH Nation)
Shamea Morton (Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta)
Mama Joyce & Aunt Bertha (Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta)
Demetria McKinney (Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta)
Roger Bobb(Producer)
Stevie J (VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta)
Egypt Sherrod (HGTV’s Flipping Virgins)
Monyetta Shaw (VH1’s Hollywood Exes)
Rock City a.k.a. R. City (Music Duo)
Polow Da Don (Music Producer)
Iman Benson (ABC’s Uncle Buck)
Rodney Perry (Comedian)
Rickey Smiley (The Rickey Smiley Morning Show/DISH Nation & TV One’s Rickey Smiley For Real)
Gary With Da Tea (The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and DISH Nation)
Headkrack (The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and DISH Nation)
Wanda Smith (V-103’s The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith)

**Did you know that they shot a few scenes in Atlanta and the Bahamas?
Photos: Paras Griffin

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Glam University Presents #GirlPowerSleepover for Entrepreneurs

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This past weekend I was able to learn from major female goalgetters from various walks and experiences of life. The epic Sabrina Peterson, founder of Glam University finally had the chance to see the fruits of her planning as women with entrepreneurial hunger filled the W Hotel in Atlanta to attend the third Girl Power Sleepover. <more>

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The hungry entrepreneurs attended various classes such as her Flip classes and Business A-Z, followed by engaging sessions including a Branding 101 class hosted by the humble media maven Karen Civil, Rolling Out CEO Munson Steed, and Michelle Alexander of General Motors. The sessions didn’t stop there either. There was a breakout session with Zane, movie producer and New York Times best-selling author.

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As well as a class on “Taking Your Product from the Kitchen to Mainstream Stores,” by CURLS CEO Mahisha Dellinger.

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Sophia Amoruso, founder of popular fashion retailer Nasty Gal and New York Times best-selling author of #GirlBoss was the special guest and keynote speaker. She shared the challenges she faced when launching Nasty Gal,  which started as an eBay store and   currently a multimillion dollar clothing company. The rainy weather did not stop fire that burned inside the ladies.

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Girl Power Sleepover sponsors: Lint, Joyful Joylas Event, Miller Coors, Design Essentials, Curls, Queen Virgin Remy, Rollingout, Upscale Magazine, Get Focused and Skinned.

If you missed it keep your eyes open for the next event. Follow Sabrina now!

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