The History of Black History!❤️⚫️💚

Hello all Gods Children!

I Know it’s been a while since my last post, but hey! I’m a real life working Women and Single Mother. So sometimes real life gets in the way😩

As we come to the end of BLACK HISTORY MONTH❤️….I want to take you back to the beginning!  A lot of us have celebrated BLACK HISTORY MONTH ⚫️ for most of our lives,without knowing or being taught the origin of BLACK HISTORY MONTH💚!  For example: Who created BLACK HISTORY MONTH❤️?  When did it begin? Why is BLACK HISTORY MONTH⚫️ celebrated in February? Is BLACK HISTORY MONTH💚 only celebrated on the United States?

Well my Kings and Queens 👨🏾❤️👸🏾⚫️👧🏽💚👦🏿 …..Knowledge is is Power✊🏾 and I recently read an an article  in Wikipedia that enlightened me on the HISTORY of BLACK HISTORY❤️

Negro History Week (1926)
The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”[1] This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.[1]

From the event’s initial phase, primary emphasis was placed on encouraging the coordinated teaching of the history of American blacks in the nation’s public schools. The first Negro History Week was met with a lukewarm response, gaining the cooperation of the Departments of Education of the states of North Carolina, Delaware, and West Virginia as well as the city school administrations of Baltimore and Washington, D.C..[4] Despite this far from universal acceptance, the event was regarded by Woodson as “one of the most fortunate steps ever taken by the Association,” and plans for a repeat of the event on an annual basis continued apace.

The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.

In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.

To learn more about the HISTORY❤️ of BLACK HISTORY⚫️ and the other Countries who also celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH💚 Click HERE

VH1 Christina Johnson’s Amazing Me, Amazing Life Overnight Retreat

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I am super excited and so grateful to announce that atlantago2rose will be a media guest and teamblingzz.com will be a sponsor of such a Positive Girl Power Event!!! Christina Johnson of the VH1 Hit TV Series “Atlanta Exes”  will introduce BFLY Coaching with her Amazing Me, Amazing Life Overnight Retreat “Getaway”. This retreat will be an exclusive live event and will give women a chance to be person to person with Christina and other TV Personalities. This “getaway” is perfect for young ladies looking to learn life’s secrets to have an amazing life. This is an event that you don’t want to miss!!   RSVP now at www.christinasjohnson.com

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Meet me in Trap! Benzino’s Crab Trap that is (Restaurant Review)

Hello Dolls, Divas, and Foodies!

I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening of Benzino’s Crab Shack in Marietta, GA (Northern Suburb of Atlanta).  To those of you who aren’t familiar with Benzino (real name Raymond Scott) He is a Rapper, Co-Founder of the Source and Hip Hop Weekly Magazines, and former Cast Member of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.

I had been hearing the buzz about Benzino’s Crap Trap opening in the Metro Atlanta area, and my first thoughts were, “Okay Benzino’s from Boston, but does that mean that he really knows about Crabs?”  So I was very excited to be able to attend and get an inside view of the restaurant  on the day of Grand Opening! So here goes….

The Restaurant is located at 2856 Delk Rd. Marietta, GA 30067. Which is in Cobb County and  just about 15 minutes north of Atlanta. The restaurant set up is much different then what I expected (much smaller).  In my opinion the restaurant is mostly set up for Customer’s to come in, order their Crabs, and leave. Although there are tables for sit down dining, it just wasn’t enough to accommodate the huge crowd that showed up for the Grand Opening.

Benzino's Crab Trap

Benzino’s Crab Trap

Grand Opening Crowd at Benzino's Crab Shack

Grand Opening Crowd at Benzino’s Crab Shack

Lets talk about the Grand Opening.  Okay, so if you know about Benzino, you know he’s going to do it BIG.  The grand opening included Benzino’s Chrome Painted Maserati parked in front of the resteraunt, Red Carpet, Local Hip Hop and R&B Radio Station V103, a Dancing “Mr. Crabington” Crab Mascot, a number of Reality Stars, and Hip Hop Industry Socialites that included: Benzino’s Significant Other Althea (of course) Jazze Fe, Honey Boo Boo, Mama June, Sugar Bear (and the entire family- now we gots to get the ☕️ on that one?!?), Sarah Oliver from the Bad Girls Club, Suga Shane, Bobby Valentino, and host of Benzino’s and Althea’s Family Members and Friends.  Not to mention a Slew of Customers!

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Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear being interviewed for Hip Hop Weekly

Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear being interviewed for Hip Hop Weekly

Benzino's Chrome Maserati

Benzino’s Chrome Maserati

Benzino's Chrome Maserati

Benzino’s Chrome Maserati

Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear

Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear

Suga Shane

Suga Shane

Benzino's Dancing Crab!

Benzino’s Dancing Crab!

Kay Harris (Entertainment   Publicist)

Kay Harris (Entertainment Publicist)

Sarah Oliver from the Bad Girls Club

Sarah Oliver from the Bad Girls Club

Althea with her Friends and Family enjoying Crab Legs

Althea with her Friends and Family enjoying Crab Legs…BTW check out Benzino’s Business Partner Dave Mays running the register!

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is really laid back…I mean flip flops and jeans laid back!  But, I think that is the atmosphere that Benzino intended to create. The Tv’s were turned up loud, playing New and Classic Hip Hop Videos.  Now, I absolutely loved the Vibe!!!  But the jury is still out on whether or not I would invite my middle aged East Cobb White Soccer Mom Friends to a sit down dinner here or not.

The Service: The staff was very helpful and friendly and seemed to work very well under pressure.  Funny thing; is that all of the staff members were either Benzino’s Friends or Relatives.  Even Dave Mays who is the Creator of the Source, Co-founder of Hip Hop Weekly, and Business Partner of Benzino, was spotted working the register! Leaves me to wonder, who’s going to run this restaurant on a day to day basis?  I also had the opportunity to go back to the kitchen and see how things were running behind the scenes.  I was both shocked and impressed to see that Benzino and his Dad were both in the kitchen working very hard!  Benzino even took the time to answer questions for me and other Media and take photos. He also offered us a Complementary bag of his Crabs!  I have to say that Benzino’s down to earth, humble, and nice attitude gave me a new found respect for him!  Totally not what you would expect from the Owner, who just so happens to be one of the biggest influences in Hip Hop!  Hats off to You Benzino! While in the kitchen, I also had the opportunity of meeting Benzino’s Significant Other Althea Heart.  She seemed a little less patient than her hubby, but I chopped that up to her being a pregnant women in a hot and busy kitchen. But other than that she was very sweet.

Althea coming to show some support to her hubby in the kitchen

Althea coming to show some support to her hubby in the kitchen

Althea's Uncle Helping out in the kitchen (Family Affair)

Althea’s Uncle Helping out in the kitchen          (Family Affair)

All of the Staff were Family or Friends ???

All of the Staff were Family or Friends (???)

The Menu: The Menu is simple and to the point! You have a choice of 1lb of Snow Crab Legs for $17.99 (Very reasonable for the Cobb County Area) or Zino’s Crab-Tastic Combo for $19.99 (comes with Steamed Crab Legs, Corn on the Cobb, (2) Hush Puppies and Cole Slaw.)  You get your choice of Zino’s Special Sauce for the Crabs: Spicy, Mild, or Lemon Garlic.  There’s also an array of other sides and desserts to choose from such as French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Island Way Gourmet Fruit Sorbet, and Cake. Drinks consist of Zino’s Heavenade, Ice Tea, Bottled Water, and Soda. All reasonably priced in my opinion. Just a side note: The Menu gives Patrons a little background about  how a 10 yr old Benzino and his Father (known as Shnopps) sold Crabs and Corn out of the back of a van in Boston. I thought that was nice.

Benzino's Crab Trap Menu

Benzino’s Crab Trap Menu

Okay….Okay! I know what your thinking!  Enough about all of that other stuff!  How were the Crabs!!!  So Benzino made good on his promise and sent me home with a Bag of Crabs and Corn on the Cob, that I shared with my daughter. The Crabs were very fresh tasting and covered in the Spicy Zino’s Special Sauce.  I don’t know what Benzino put in that Sauce!?! But he definitely has a WINNER!  The Sauce had a sweet and sour, spicy, Barbecue, zing type flavor!  I am a self proclaimed Greedy Girl and I have eaten in many places and several countries and I have never tasted Crab Legs like that!  The corn was good also, nice and sweet, no complaints….So Remember earlier when I said that I might not invite my White Soccer Mom Friends to a sit down dinner at Benzino’s….well I would definitely advise them to order take out.  Listen Metro ATLiens and Visitors, Benzino’s Crab Trap is a must try!  The Crabs are Delicious!!  I will definitely be going back to try the other flavors, sides, and desserts! 

Photo Credit: iambenzino Instagram

Pot of Crabs and Zino’s Special Sauce                  (Photo Credit: iambenzino Instagram)

Bag of Snow Crab Legs with Zino's Special Spicy Sauce

Bag of Snow Crab Legs with Zino’s Special Spicy Sauce

Benzino corn

Sweet Corn on the Cobb

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31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life! (Day 1 Declaration)

Hey Dolls and Divas!

My great Friend Tarrah, who I consider a Sister recently advised me about a book that she read called ” I Declare” by Joel Osteen.  Since I trust Tarrah with my whole heart and Soul, I decided to purchase the book and read it for myself.  Wow!  I am so very glad that I did!  I would advise everyone to go out and get this book!  I am already on Day 7 but every Soul Search Sunday I will share with you a Declaration…starting with Day 1…..Starting today!

So this book has an introduction before the Day 1 Declaration, which had some very powerful and important points here are just a few of my Favorites:

I will declare, “I’m blessed.  I’m strong. I’m healthy. This will be a great year.”  When you do that, you are blessing your future.

You give life to your faith by what you say. All through the day we should go around saying, “I have the favor of God.  I can do all things through Christ. I am blessed. I’m strong.  I’m healthy.” When you do that you just blessed your life.

Instead of speaking Negativity in and over your life, when you wake up in the morning say out loud ” This is going to be a great day. I’m Excited about my future. Something good is about to happen to me.”

Even when things don’t look to be going your way, speak Victory in your life! ” I know when one door closes God will open up another door.  What was meant for my harm, God will use to my advantage. I’m not only coming out, I will come out better off than I was before.  I’m blessed. I’m healthy, I’m strong. I’m valuable. I’m talented. I have a bright future.”

Sick in your body? Speak good health over your life! “I am getting better and better, every day in every way. I’m improving. My health is coming back.”

Speak who You are in God!  Every morning say ” Good morning you beautiful thing.  (or) Good morning you handsome thing.  Good morning, you blessed prosperous, successful, strong, talented, creative, confident, secure, disciplined, focused, highly favored child of the Most God” Get it in the inside!  Speak faith over your future!

A few scriptures that the book referenced were: Joel 3:10….Proverbs 6:2….Proverbs 18:21(the power of life and death are in the tongue)

Day 1 Declaration

Day 1 Declaration

declaration

I Declare

BET Awards 2015 Red Carpet Review (Who’s Hot or Nah?)

Hey Dolls and Divas!

So what did you think about the Fashion on the Red Carpet at the 2015 BET Awards?  Well here are a few of my Favorite, Not So Favorite, and I’m Not Sure.

Brandy Norwood:  I absolutely love this look!  Definitely a Favorite!! This black and Grey Dress is very Modern, Stylish, Classy, and Sexy at the same time (showing just enough leg) and that Pop of pink with the shoes takes it from 100 to 1,000!

Brandy Norwood (Rocked it!)

Brandy Norwood (Rocked it!)

La La Anthony: She is another one of my BET Red Carpet Favorites!! I think that this Dress is Super Simple .  However the print, the color, and the fit makes this dress a beautiful choice for La La.  And those shoes; just the right pop of Color!  I’m in love!

La La Anthony (Simply yet Sexy (love it!)

La La Anthony (Simply yet Sexy (love it!)

Naturi Naughton: Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!  Tribal Print is definitely in right now!  This Tribal Print Dress is Fashion Forward yet Simple and Elegant.  It’s a Favorite for me!!

Naturi Naughton (So Tribal! Love it!)

Naturi Naughton (So Tribal! Love it!)

Karrueche Tran:  I feel that Karrueche is a Natural Beauty.  However, this  look actually took away from her Beauty!  The Grey Hair and that Jogger Looking Outfit and Bra is just not working!  Now I can see this same look on Rihanna (no shade)  Katy Perry, or even Lady GaGa but on Karrueche it’s definitely a Not So Favorite!!

Karrueche Tran (Nah!)

Karrueche Tran (Nah!)

Bobby Valentino:  Folks on Instagram described Bobby V’s Ensemble best!  Very Power Ranger!  Reminds me of some 1970’s Funk Band type Costume!  This is a Not So Favorite for me! Nah Bobby Nah!

BET awards Bobby V 2 BET Award Bobby Valentino

Nicki Minaj: Hmmmm?  IDK about this one?  I do love the silhouette and I kind of like the Big Zipper Thingy.  However, I do not like the Morticia Addams look of it all.  It’s also a little cheap looking.  This is an I’m Not Sure look for me.

Nicki Minaj (mmm???)

Nicki Minaj (mmm???)

Janelle Monae’: This is just a side note.  I absolutely LOVE Janelle Monae’s hair!

Janelle Mone's hair was errthang  (English: everything)

Janelle Mone’s hair was errthang
(English: everything)

Get Beyonce’s Sizzling Summer Look

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Mother Queen T! (Tina Knowles-Lawson) #SexyForever

Hey Dolls and Divas!!!

The  Beautiful 61 year old mother of Superstar Beyonce’ Knowles will be gracing the cover of Ebony Magazine July 2015 edition!  Where she will discuss The Unadulterated Truth about Beyonce’ & Solange, Their Real Family Dynamic, Surviving a Painful Divorce, Falling in Love Again and Having Great Sex at 61!  Yaaaas!  Hunty I wouldn’t mind looking like this at any age!Check out what Alex Rees over at Cosmopolitan Magazine had to say  cosmopolitan.com

Tina Knowles-Lawson #SexyForever #EbonyMagazine

Tina Knowles-Lawson #SexyForever #EbonyMagazine