🚨💥🚨 New Social Media Alert 🚨 💥🚨

Hello Dolls and Divas!

(follow me at atlantago2rose on Periscope and Meerkat)

As if we don’t have enough sites and apps to keep us socially connected,  Ben Rubin created a new Live Stream App called Meerkat  and Twitter has launched a Brand New Social Site called Periscope.

I just (today) joined both Periscope and Meerkat and I have yet to stream live.  However, I plan on doing so, in the near future. I will definitely follow up with the pro’s and con’s of them both.  I’d love to hear what you think as well!!

The The Huffington Post reported the following:   Twitter unveiled Periscope, a new app that lets people live-stream from their phones to anyone who wants to watch.  The app, which Twitter reportedly acquired for around $100 million earlier this year, was immediately put to use Thursday afternoon, following the collapse of a building in New York City’s East Village, as bystanders streamed live videos of first responders on the scene. At one point, one stream showed more than 600 people tuning in to watch.

You can watch Periscope videos through the app on your iPhone or on your desktop browser. (There isn’t an Android app yet, but it’s in development.) * atlantago2rose note: I believe the app has been updated now for Android users*  People viewing the broadcast can instantly send comments, and you can tap the screen — the way you would when you “like” a photo on Instagram — to send a heart to the person broadcasting. These hearts float up on the right side of the broadcast.

Periscope’s launch comes shortly after Meerkat, an app that also streams live video, exploded in popularity this month.  After Meerkat gained 120,000 users in just two weeks, Twitter revoked the app’s access to its social graph. The move blocked people from bringing their followers and people they were following on Twitter into Meerkat, thereby limiting the app’s ability to grow. Nevertheless, Meerkat announced Thursday that it had raised $14 million in venture capital funding. *atlantago2rose note: This may have have changed because I was able to connect my twitter with Meerkat on the App.*

When you compare both apps, it’s clear that Periscope is much more refined and intuitive than Meerkat. This is likely due to the amount of development time that went into each: Twitter says developers worked on Periscope for a year, whereas Meerkat founder Ben Rubin has said he built Meerkat in only eight weeks.

Unlike Meerkat, Periscope records the live streams, allowing you to watch older videos. This is an especially important feature, given that more people will be able to watch a replay than drop whatever they’re doing to view a live video.  But video archiving may be coming to Meerkat, too. Rubin recently said his company is working to add that feature.

Services that stream live video are nothing new. As The New York Times notes, other companies have tried to succeed in this space before. So the big question is whether this moment will be different, and if Twitter’s global brand can drive mass adoption and give Periscope staying power, beyond the tech and media press.

Apart from the backing of Twitter, Periscope does have some things going for it that older services didn’t: More people have smartphones than ever before — 1.3 billion smartphones were shipped last year, according to IDC, a technology research firm — and wireless networks continue to become faster and more reliable.

Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior adviser to President Obama, recently wrote that live-streaming video services like Meerkat and Persicope will have the ability to change the next presidential election. The services, he wrote on Medium, “could do to television what blogs did to newspapers by removing many of the financial and structural advantages of legacy media institutions.”

Web Design / Blog  Author: Rose M. Bracy (contact@teamblingzz.com) (rosem.bracy@yahoo.com)

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

Hello Dolls and Divas!

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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Amazing me Amazing Life!

Blog Author and Web Designer: Rose M. Bracy  

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

Web Design / Blog  Author: Rose M. Bracy (contact@teamblingzz.com) (rosem.bracy@yahoo.com)

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

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I Declare

4th of July Events in the Atlanta Area!

Hey Dolls and Divas!!

It’s that time of year again!  The 4th of July!  Time for Fun, Food, Family, and reflection of Freedom!  Are you in the Metro Atlanta Area and looking for something to do this 4th of July Weekend?  Well Your atlantago2rose has got you Covered!

I have to start off with an Event that is being hosted by my Very Own Church Family Linked Up Church!   Linked UP Church is hosting a FREE night of family fun. Night of Freedom will kick-off Independence Day weekend and will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the Mable House Amphitheatre located at 5239 Floyd Road Mableton, Georgia, 30126. Gates will open at 6 p.m. The evening will consist of fellowship, food and fireworks. A full concession stand will be open, however attendees can bring their own food, coolers and blankets. No grills or chairs will be allowed in the venue. A fireworks display will light up the sky immediately following the concert. This is a free event and it open to the public.

Special performance by: Tye Tribbett

Special performance by: Tye Tribbett

There are Several other Fun Events happening in the Metro Atlanta Area.  Anywhere from  Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park …….

Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park

Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park

To  a Celebration of Brew at the Georgia Aquarium……

Red White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

Red White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

To a Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square….. 

Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square

Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square

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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)

Product Alert!!!!

Hey Dolls and Divas!!

As a teen, I never really experienced acne issues with exception of a few pimples during “That Time of Month”  However,  during my pregnancy and after I had my daughter I experienced Horrible Acne.  After trying everything under the sun (including prescription Meds) I found this product at Walmart for $21.00 GREAT DEAL for all that you get!!  Anti – Acne Cleansing Wash, Corrective Toner, Maximum Repair Strength Lotion,  and Retinol Complex Repair!!  Worked excellent for my Acne!  I’ve since switched to another regiment because, I no longer have major acne issues. However, I still purchase Acne free for my daughter and I often use the Retinol Complex because Retinol is a great Anti-Aging ingredient! 

All Sounds Great?!?  Well I have even Greater News!!! The Local Five Below on  Hwy 92 in Woodstock, GA In the Super Target Shopping Center has Acne Free for ONLY $5.00!!!!  That’s a $16.00 Savings!!!! Not sure if the other Five Below stores in your area has them in stock but its well worth the call to check….Oh and I was a little leery about the Acne Free being so cheap. Therefore, I checked the expiration date and NO it’s NOT EXPIRED!

……SEE:  acne2

Free Give Away Winner!!!!

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Winner!!!

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Natural Hair ** Products that really work!

Hello Dolls and Divas! 

I like to call myself an Unnatural / Natural Hair type of Girl.  Cause under this Blonde Straight Weave…..

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…….is this Natural Tight Curly Hair that I’m always threatening to cut off!

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Okay, so I actually purchased the Optimum Amla Legend 10-N-1 Silky Blow Out Elixir / Heat Defense (long name IKR) as a heat defense for my Hair Weave.  Well, this product should be renamed and re-packaged because it actually “Sucks” as a blow out Elixir and Heat Defense!  But determined not to waist my money; I decided to do a Rose’s Re-mix and try it on my natural hair.  I sprayed my freshly washed and conditioned hair with S Curl No Drip Curl Activator & Moisturizer.  Yes I said it!  S Curl! Curl Juice!  “just let your soul glow” Old School!  But it works much better than most of the New Natural Hair Products on the Market!  I then sprayed  squirts of the Optimum  Amla into my hands and rubbed it onto my hair from root to tip! This combo made my hair sooo soft and  manageable!!!!  This is truly a must have!

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Optimum Amla Legend Silky Blow out Elixir

Optimum Amla Legend Silky Blow out Elixer

Optimum Amla Legend Silky Blow out Elixir

Happy Fathers Day

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My Dad’s 70th and last Birthday on earth RIP

Although my Dad has been called away to his new home in Heaven….I thank God for the time that He allowed me to have my father here on earth! My Dad was a no nonsense type of guy! But he would give U the shirt off his back and request nothing in return! Dave Bracy Sr. Was the best father that a Girl could ever have! In the words of my Mom Ella “Dave could do no wrong” in my eyes! Miss U tremendously Dad /Paw-Paw! U R always in my Heart❤️