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World-renowned celebrity photographer Derek Blanks’ exclusive 40th birthday bash welcomed over 300 celebrities and influencers on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, to The Havana Club located in Atlanta’s Buckhead community. Model Tocarra Martin and Vena E. hosted the Casino Royale-themed event. Blanks wore a cranberry tuxedo jacket with a satin shawl lapel and vest with an oversized velour dark-colored…

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Martell recognized and honored  “emerging icons” in the African American community for their leadership and achievement, during the Martell Iconic Blueprints event. Guests enjoyed complimentary Martell VS cocktails, while Rob Hill Sr., hosted and moderated an inspiring and open conversation with Derek Blanks, discussing their journey of defying and exceeding expectations. View more photos from the Martell Iconic…

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Michelle Williams celebrated her long-awaited album Journey To Freedom with many of Atlanta‘s media, tastemakers, and celebrity friends at her official listening party. Held at the popular downtown establishment, Suite Food Lounge, guests dined and drank while Streetz 94.5’s Bria Janelle held a one-on-one with Williams, sharing her process, motivations and inspirations as she created…

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Faith Evans recently shot the video for her single, “I Deserve It,” at Suite Lounge in Atlanta. The song features Missy Elliot and Sharaya J. The video was directed by Derek Blanks and produced by Lisa Cunningham. The video begins with Faith, Missy, and Sharaya J walking into the club, a play on the club scene in Coming to America club…

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Happy 45th Birthday NeNe Leakes! Linnethia Monique Johnson, aka NeNe Leakes, is one of the original housewives of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and Coach Roz on “Glee” and brief principal cast member on the now-cancelled NBC series, “The New Normal.” She was said to have brokered a deal for $1,000,000 for the sixth season of “The Real Housewives of…

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Happy 46th birthday Mo’Nique! The Academy Award-winning actress (2009’s Precious), comedian and talk show host has 8-year-old twin boys named Jonathan and David. Interesting fact: She worked as a telephone operator while launching her stand-up act. Mo’Nique was most recently in the news for her dramatic 82-pound weight loss. Check out pics of Mo’Nique in the…

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  Lil Mama photo shoot  After wowing audiences with her portrayal of Left Eye in VH1’s TLC biopic, Lil Mama is starring in a sexy new photo shoot. The rapper/actress was recently photographed by photographer Derek Blanks who brought her doll-like features to life. Often noted for donning green hair and loud lipstick, the 24-year-old…

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Model-turned-photographer Corey Reese offers advice to aspiring photographers. You started off modeling, why the transition from in front to behind the camera? Wow, crazy back story growing up I was never interested in modeling or photography. I received a full scholarship to play football at the college level and my lifelong goal was to play…

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  Kandi Burruss is having an amazing year! With the Real Housewives of Atlanta still going strong, the GRAMMY award-winning songwriter unleashes a new reality series with Bravo. The Kandi Factory gives talented hopefuls a chance to develop their skills, while competing for the opportunity to create their own music video. While Kandi’s friends, family, and associates all…

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    Chrisette Michele releases the official music video to “A Couple of Forevers,” which is the debut single from Michele’s upcoming album, Better.  The music video was directed by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks who is best known for his celebrity alter-ego photo shoots.  Blanks has worked with everyone from Nicki Minaj, Usher, the Knowles…

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Chrisette Michele is back on the scene with a new look and a new project. The Grammy Award-winning artist recently shot her new video with famed celebrity photographer Derek Blanks, unveiling her new style which she calls “Rich Hipster”. During her summer travels to London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam, retracing the footsteps of her favorite…

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“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” fans may not agree with Erica Dixon’s relationship with her fiancé, Lil Scrappy, or her friendship with controversial co-star K. Michelle. But there’s one thing that everyone can agree on: Dixon is one beautiful woman. And, the “LAHHA” recently put her genetic treasures to work in front the lens for…

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Super Photographer Derek Blanks has added yet another title to his constantly growing resume as he debut’s his first directed music video! Teaming up with America’s Next Top Model front runner Dominique Reighard for her world premiere single “On Top of The World” Filmed on location in Atlanta. The visuals for the bass heavy pop…

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Brandy’s full alter ego shoot with photographer Derek Blanks has just been released, and it is phenomenal! Derek is famous for his amazing celebrity alter ego shoots done over the years, but this is the first time he has shot one as a high fashion pictorial that actually tells a story.  Here’s his explanation of the concept: The…

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