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Third annual PSAFE event unifies creative community, glorifies black business

By Jannah Bolds

Sounds of music, laughter and network filled the air of a tucked-away, graffiti-covered corner of downtown Atlanta, as the Private Society Arts & Fashion Expose (P.S.A.F.E) kicked off its third annual event this weekend.

PSAFE was organized by four pals, Derek Hardge Jr., Patrick Russell, Corey Smith, and Jawaan Washington, all with congruent visions of bringing support and unity to their community.

Local artists, jewelers, fashion enthusiasts, musicians, and chefs packed their display tables with handmade creations. Just about anything under the umbrella of creativity, could be found at PSAFE.

Two of my most memorable encounters at PSAFE came from a seemingly-introverted hula hoop dancer and an overly-passionate nail boutique technician. Why did these two stick out to me? Both ladies caught my eye because, although their personalities were on opposite ends of the spectrum, they both had the exact same reasons for attending – personal growth.

Not only was PSAFE3 their first expo, but it was their first time talking to someone like me, a journalist interested in what made them special / standout.

(After all, this is The Bold Opinion, right?)

So sure, that itself was personally something special for me. I like to be social and when I get the opportunity to integrate that with my brand, I like to leave unique lasting impression.

Hula hooping Samone, despite her quiet nature, was dressed in a loud tribal two-piece with bright blue, feline-esk  face paint, yellow clip-on cat ears, and a lime green streaked bob to top it all off. Not really having much to say wasn’t a bother, her vibe said it all when she grabbed her hoops and hit the stage!

Samone gets into her groove when the music turns on.

Jazmine, owner of ‘My J Nailz’, embodied the characteristics of a “strong black woman”; neatly bunted dreadlocks, square bifocals, primped, enthusiastically passionate, and ‘bout her business. She educated me on what sets her apart from the other nail shops, because I genuinely had no idea of the difference. She emphasized that she ran a nail boutique with plans to mobilize! Creating personal, friendly, and therapeutic rapport with her clients is very important to keep that unique factor about herself.

These two women stood out the most to me, but that doesn’t even describe a quarter of the amount of talent that was in the building. Comedians, chefs, painters, dancers, designers, you name it! For a complete visual of PSAFE3, visit them at www.PSAFE-atl.com

The crowd at PSAFE3 was very supportive of everyone, I was happy to see everyone being open and lending support to businesses they had no familiarity with. I had the chance to confirm that with two middle-aged sisters, Dennice and Natalie Williams, who were both there to support a friend of the family.

“We love the arts, like theatre, museums, etc., so  this is a little outside the box for us. We are enjoying ourselves, because it’s something different,” said Dennice. “It’s a good celebration of us without violence and negativity. It’s good to see our people come together

Steez Fiends Apparel hosts clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.

The vibe was definitely on! Conversations were flowing, handshakes were common, business cards were exchanged, and photographs were snapping for a strong four hours! This was the whole idea, of course!

“Our goals are to continue to grow into a household named event, deliver quality production, and provide our vendors, participants, and guests with three hours of nonstop entertainment and fun,” said Washington.

If happiness had a sound, I believe this is what it sounded like.

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Image credits: Jannah Bolds, psafe-atl.com, EazyImages, CKenneyVisuals

Who Is French? Exclusive Interview Available NOW!

That’s the answer in pursuit as Jannah B and The Bold Opinion get to know this budding, Atlanta lyricist with tons of talent. French gives us a peek into the life of an up-and-coming artist in the Hip Hop capital, all while maintaining an ambitious lifestyle and chasing the dream!

See the exclusive video interview NOW!!!

Did You Know that French was on the Bold Opinion Show last September? If you missed that show, click HERE to check it out!

Follow us and French on social media –> @TheBoldOpinion & @WhoIsFrench 

Video Credit : CKenneyVisuals & GFTDchad

The Bold Opinion Show 12.24.16

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Happy Saturday!

We’ve got one more week to go here in the Orange Room! We are nearing the end of the year, and trying to end with positive vibes! Again, we are one week away from the last day that the Bold Opinion Show will be broadcasting from Orange Room Studios.

Yeah, you read right…there will be no more Orange Room starting January 1 2017.  That doesn’t mean a damn thing though! Jannah B and Kenny Kicks are still going to find ways to reach all of you! We thank you all for following us this entire duration. Stay with us, because one monkey don’t stop no show!

Jannah B, Kenny Kicks, and Chuck C as The Bold Opinion crew bring you a very chill Saturday show.

Today we will be discussing Family Holiday traditions, sports, and enjoying the holiday season with your significant other!  Enjoy some cool music and positive vibes.

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The Bold Opinion Show 12.31.16 FINAL SHOW

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Well well, we meet again on this final DAY of 2016! We are at the end of the year, and trying to end with positive vibes! This is the last time that the Bold Opinion Show will be broadcasting from Orange Room Studios.

Yeah, you read right…there will be no more Orange Room starting January 1 2017.  That doesn’t mean a damn thing though! Jannah B and Kenny Kicks are still going to find ways to reach all of you! We thank you all for following us this entire duration. Stay with us, because one monkey don’t stop no show!

Jannah B and Kenny Kicks as The Bold Opinion crew bring you an awesome New Year’s Eve show; The Finale.

Today we will be discussing how to prevent thieves, the 2016 celeb death curse, and we’re taking you to blowjob school!  Enjoy some cool music and positive vibes.

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The Bold Opinion Show 12.29.16

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**DISCLAIMER: Thursday night shows are contain EXPLICIT content. Listener discretion is advised.**

Well well, we meet again on this final Thursday of 2016! We are nearing the end of the year, and trying to end with positive vibes! This is the last Thursday that the Bold Opinion Show will be broadcasting from Orange Room Studios.

Yeah, you read right…there will be no more Orange Room starting January 1 2017.  That doesn’t mean a damn thing though! Jannah B and Kenny Kicks are still going to find ways to reach all of you! We thank you all for following us this entire duration. Stay with us, because one monkey don’t stop no show!

Jannah B and Kenny Kicks as The Bold Opinion crew bring you an awesome Friday Eve show. We have a return guest on the mic with us, Mikey OhNo!

Tonight we will be discussing how to prevent thieves, the 2016 celeb death curse, and we’re taking you to blowjob school!  Enjoy some cool music and positive vibes.

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The Bold Opinion Show 12.3.16

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Happy December 3rd! This is the first Saturday show of the final month of 2016 and we are kicking it off with positive vibes!

Jannah B, Kenny Kicks, and Chuck C, as The Bold Opinion crew discuss the Gatlinburg, Tennessee wildfires, show announcements, the Lousiana road-rage shooting and an exclusive interview with, first-time author, Jalisa Smith!

Today’s show featured TWO special guests: Jalisa Smith, and  ChuckC’s family down from D.C., Marc Dre!

Looking for Jalisa’s Interview?: 35:10 – 1:22:44

Interested in purchasing this children’s book? You can find her book on Amazon.com, CreateSpace, and Barnes&Noble.com

 

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The Bold Opinion Show 12.1.16

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**DISCLAIMER: Thursday night shows are contain EXPLICIT content. Listener discretion is advised.**

Woah woah, Happy December! This is the first show of the final month of 2016 and we are kicking it off with positive vibes!

Jannah B and Kenny Kicks as The Bold Opinion crew discuss the Gatlinburg, Tennessee wildfires, new music coming out soon, show announcements, and an exclusive interview with a Vegan, Yoga Goddess! We got so caught up in the interview with her that we totally lost track of time! Today’s show featured a special guest by the name of Stephanie Sunshine (aka Vegan By Nature).

Looking for Stephanie’s Interview?: 1:02:00 – End

Interested in leading a healthier lifestyle? Check out her website to get tips, tricks, and inspiration. Veganism isn’t all about just eating salads all day, it’s waaay more than that. You are encouraged to check it out.

YOU are all YOU have in this world! Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

Website: www.VeganByNature.com 

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Ga Southern Eagles: The offensive struggle is real

The message is in the title, ladies and gentlemen.

I have made a point to keep an eye on my Eagles, since I left campus in 2013. I try to keep an unbiased perspective on the team’s performance, so I will say this…Since the Eagles moved into the Sun Belt Conference, they have really struggled to keep that strong, southern momentum that made them great years ago. So what happened? Could it have been Monken’s move to GA Tech? Losing key players, like McKinnon and Wilcox ,to the NFL? Could be a number of factors, to be honest.

BUT let me tell you what I see, and have always seen since my football editor days. I see a football program who has failed to fix their weaknesses behind the ball. The main weakness is at the lead position, quarterback!

Don’t get me wrong, the quarterbacks themselves aren’t the problem, maybe, but offense definitely needs to migrate to a more passing offense. It’s always been a “Georgia Southern Characteristic” to have a strong rushing offense. That’s all fine and dandy, but without having a well balanced offense, the Eagles and their football program, unfortunately, won’t get too far.

Game ending stats weren’t of my surprise. It was actually a dead giveaway to why the Eagles took home the “L” and should have sent a CLEAR message to the entire football program. Take a look and tell me what you see.


The Eagles have always used the option run and scouted talented runners, but what they need is to develop a much stronger passing game. How else will they dominate their division and tackle more challenging schools? (no pun intended)

Thoughts?

The Bold Opinion Show 11.5.16

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Welcome to another beautiful Saturday in The Orange Room! This is the first Saturday show of November.

Jannah B and Kenny Kicks are your hosts for today’s show! Our topics ranged from Beyonce vs the CMAs, a Georgia Militia formed and prepared for election backlash, NBA and NFL retirees, and dating someone of the opposing political party. Notice anything new this show? 😉

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The Rebirth of Black Entertainment Television 

This is not the greatest ever told comeback story about how the network BET is now moving to be a loveabke station again, no, not its not. This is about the positive image of the black human race while not watering down the true black experience. 

Shows like the Cosby Show, A Different World, Fresh Prince, The Hughley’s, and My Wife and Kids all showed positive family values. The shows mentioned plus many more did not depict a negative view on everyday black life. We don’t all live like drug dealers and ball players. Those shows taught core values while providing a key source of entertainment without forcing religion, sex, and violence on its viewers. 

Our generation needs shows like Black-ish, Luke Cage, Insecure, and Atlanta because it not only shows loveable and memorable black characters but it depicts us how “we” see us. Not like animals, criminals, or ignorant, but a fun and goofy family with both parents like in Black-ish (ABC). Or a positive black male role model like in Luke Cage (Netflix). Or black women understanding their worth and fighting for equality in the work environment like in Insecure (HBO). 

The season finale of Atlanta (FX) aired today and yet another episode had me hysterically laughing all while hearing hidden messages often times presented in a question that, “we” around the world have yet to get an answer to. It takes comedy to be so daring to ask those questions. 

The entertainment within these shows provides viewers with a more accurate insight on what black people go through. And it’s about time because I believe America has begun to assume that all black people live like rap songs. We need our image to be redefined by who our current image is effecting, by us. 

News stations like Fox or CNN always seem to make black people look as criminal as possible. It’s important that the black image, black culture, and black mindset is not altered by what certain gatekeepers allow the world to see. 

                                                                   -Mizell