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Lifestyle blogger Tami Reed attended the star-studded grand opening of Tyler Perry's Studios in Atlanta on Saturday night.

Tami writes: "It was a star-studded affair, omg! I have never been to anything like this in the South and everyone that was in attendance showed up and showed out! The carpet was amazing with fresh red roses scattered throughout the facility and on the backdrop, so pretty!"

"The celebrities looked amazing dressed to the nines and talked to ALL the media on the carpet. You felt like you were very special, at least that is how I felt. The energy was exhilarating and it made you feel good inside and out. Please check out some of my snaps I got on the carpet but a full recap will be posted tomorrow. I just made it to Chicago this morning, so I’m a bit warn out from having a long night and then had to get up at the crack of dawn to travel. Enjoy the pics and check back tomorrow. Love you guys and thanks to Tyler Perry and his staff for inviting me out, I had an amazing time."

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Tami posed with media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
 

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Unlicensed therapist Iyanla Vanzant took a photo with Tami Reed on the red carpet.
 

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California Rep. Maxine Waters, 81, was also there. She was dressed to the nines.
 

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Tami and talk show host Gayle King.
 

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Tami and R&B singer Anita Baker
 

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Tami and singer/actress Jill Scott
 

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Tami and actor Michael Ealy.
 

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Tami and daytime talk show host Tamron Hall.
 

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Tami and comedian Tiffany Haddish.

See more photos from the gala on Talkingwithtami.com!

Le Biboquet

Lifestyle blogger Tami Reed, of TalkingwithTami.com, wrote a review of our fine dining experience at Le Bilboquet Parisian Bistro at The Shops Buckhead in Atlanta.

Earlier this month, I invited Tami to lunch to sample the French cuisine at the celebrity hotspot. You never know who you will see at Le Bilboquet. We spotted R&B singer/songwriter Musiq Soulchild and his girlfriend on our way out the door.

Read Tami's review after the break!

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A Journey from 1997 to 2017's "Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Documentary."

By Isoul H. Harris

 

S eptember 29, 1997. Bill Clinton was President of the United States. Microsoft released Internet Explorer 4. And it was the night that I lied my way into the super-exclusive, grand opening party of Sean “Puffy” Combs’s first restaurant, Justin’s.

I was not in the “industry.” I was a graduate student at NYU. But, a friend in Los Angeles knew my ambitions.

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Omar Slim White

Friend of the blog Omar “slim” White has a solution to the mass murder of young black men by police officers. Mr. White is a Vegan/Health Guru, Philosopher, Human Behavior Expert, and Celebrity Club Promoter based in Atlanta.

Click the link below to read Slim's guest post.

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Last week, a Michigan man came forward to claim a $337 million Powerball jackpot. The man said his entire family was retiring from their jobs. And therein lies the problem when hard working people suddenly strike it rich and quit their jobs for what they believe will be a life of leisure.

There's a saying that goes: "Idle hands are the devil's workshop." That old adage explains why so many wealthy people volunteer to work for free.

Instant millionaires find out all too quickly that money does not bring happiness or hope -- and without hope life is meaningless.

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The staff over at the HipHopblog.com wrote an interesting post questioning whether rap mogul Jay Z, his wife Beyonce and singer Rihanna all boycotted the 2010 BET Awards because they knew in advance that Chris Brown, would be performing a MJ Tribute on the show.

That's a lot of star power to piss off just so BET could score ratings with Brown's staged PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE act.

Not only did BET's brass allow CB to perform his dance tribute, but they also set aside about two minutes and 25 seconds of valuable air time to give him the chance to publicly flog himself.

By doing this, BET allowed their now stellar awards show to be used as a self-serving propaganda vehicle for Brown, who was not allowed to perform last year because Jay Z and Beyonce were in attendance.

In the year and a half since the now infamous beating incident, Brown has not shown one iota of remorse for what he did to Rihanna.

All of this makes me wonder what will BET do next year to win Jay Z and Beyonce back?

Longtime reader Danny Blaq is our guest blogger today. Danny, aka DBlaq, is an industry professional for over 12 years who has worked with many of today’s artists. He is also an entrepreneur with many business ventures under his hat including an online radio station (e411 Radio), graphic design, digital media services and a modeling agency.

DBlaq responded to my post on Democrat mandated prison time for Americans who refuse to buy health insurance if ObamaCare passes.

Dblaq writes:

I don’t agree with that policy either, I don’t think people should be forced to buy anything in a free country. Also, whats annoys the crap out of me when people keep saying “Not on my tax dollar”. You don’t own that tax dollar. They spend that money however they want, regardless how you feel about it, once it's out of your check, paid or garnished. It belongs to the government. So stop saying that.

There are other options [than] mandating the insurance. For one: regulate insurance companies just like they do Georgia Power or any other monopolized company. Also, if they would just revamp the welfare system. How many of us know people on welfare get food stamps, only to sell them for 50%? Or if you are on welfare you shouldn’t be allowed to have any kids. People say that you can’t tell people what they need to do, Well I think they can when they want FREE Sh*t.

So there are a bunch of alternatives [than] to force people to buy insurance. Health care in Europe is not free. They pay more taxes over there plus they complain that their wait times are anywhere from 4 weeks - 6 months. WTF? Japan has a good healthcare system but it would never work in the US because of the type of people we are. Alot of things wouldn’t work for us because of our culture, so we can’t look at other countries.

I like what Obama stood for in his campaign, but that doesn’t mean I will agree with everything he does and I think that is a problem with us black people. We will take anything Obama says as gold because he is black. He [has] good points of views and he has bad ones. That is a bad one. Of course the lawmakers ain’t worrying about it because they already get the best healthcare there is!

*Edited for clarity

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