Category Archives: Contests

Miss USA Pageant: More Than Just A Crown

Written by. Chalise Macklin

And the winner is….Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber. Barber was crowned the new Miss USA Sunday night in Las Vegas. 52 contestants battled it out for the coveted crown and title. But Barber slayed the competition with her stage presence and strong interview skills. She made history as the first military member to ever snag the crown.

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This year’s pageant seemed on the mend after the pageant endured a bit of controversy last year. Former pageant owner, Donald Trump, made some controversial comments about immigrants that lead to NBC and Univision cutting ties with the businessman and the organization. Following the Trump debacle, the organization experienced another hiccup during the Miss Universe Pageant when host, Steve Harvey, mistakenly announced the wrong winner.

The show made some changes to add a fresh feel and connect with the viewers. It was aired on its new home Fox, the organization added a new contestant, Miss 52 USA, and the fans at home served as the sixth judge. The unofficial theme of the night was “Confidently Beautiful” which all the ladies embodied. And showed the world the pageant is more than a competition.

group pic            Perhaps the most recognizable change to the pageant was the background story of the contestants. It was not only a way for the viewers and judges to get to know the contestants better, it also allowed little girls, teens, and young ladies to see how relatable the women are. The contestants are more than just beautiful women with killer figures. The women are entrepreneurs, athletes, philanthropists, and highly successful and educated women. Some of the ladies’ personal stories really resonated with issues many young girls face today such as: body shaming, anorexia, depression, and defying the odds. Young girls sometimes experience low self-esteem and have a difficult time navigating through their teen years. Those women personal stories can provide inspiration and empower all while wearing high heels.

Barber will start her preparation for the Miss Universe pageant. She said she plans to use her time as the reigning Miss USA to support veteran’s causes and tackle the issue of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among military members.

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How A Positive Attitude Can Lead To Second Chance

By: Chalise Macklin

A positive attitude can be contagious and can change the outcome of almost any situation. Adopting a positive attitude leads to happiness and success, and has the potential to change your entire life. 

Chasing Destiny, Episode 101 (Photo: BET)
Chasing Destiny, Episode 101 (Photo: BET)

Skye Issac, a contestant on Chasing Destiny, is a great example of how staying positive can be beneficial. On last night’s episode of the girl-group singing competition, Skye was facing elimination. The show’s hosts, Kelly Rowland and Frank Gatson, decided to send her home – but her show of gratitude and well wishes caused the duo to change their mind and keep her around as a potential group member. Continue reading How A Positive Attitude Can Lead To Second Chance

The Only Breakout We Want This Summer!

By: Lauren Sims
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If you’re looking for anawesome time with friends, family, or co-workers while also challenging your mind and your instincts, then Breakout Atlanta or Ultimate Escape Games Inc. is a place worth visiting. Many people are flocking to experience the fun challenge of escape games both physically and technologically.

The escape game is a challenge that locks its players in a room and in order to get out of the room the players must find the clues that lead to the key that unlocks the door. Of course you aren’t locked in a room against your will, you’re allowed out at will, but it’s way more fun to stay the whole time. There are also game master’s that help you along the way, but here’s the catch, you’re only given three clues!The rooms are themed according to all types of thrilling and high-stakes situations like kidnappings, being stranded on a deserted island, and museum heists. If your local town doesn’t have a location for you to visit and take part in the fun, you can download numerous apps that are just as challenging, if not more challenging than the actual experience.
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America’s Next Top Model Reboot

Written by. Chalise Macklin

If you were a viewer sad to see American Idol go, another one of your beloved reality shows that go the axe is being recreated. The show that brought you Eva the Diva (Eva Marcille), YaYa Dacosta, Toccaro Jones, and first male winner Keith Carlos is headed back to the small screen.  Although America’s Next Top Model is considered the most successful fashion show in TV history, it was booted last October from the CW (formally UPN) lineup after 22 cycles. The trailblazing show will now air on VH1.

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Insiders indicate the show is set to premiere with a new look, including a brand new logo. Chris McCarthy, General Manager of VH1, said they are working to “reinvent the franchise for a new generation.” The show’s location is moving from Los Angeles where the majority of the previous seasons where filmed to New York, the fashion capitol of the U.S.A. The location is not the only change. Tyra Banks has signed on as an executive producer of the show, but is not expected to return as the host. She released a statement to VH1 that said, “After creating an incredible, global brand. I am beyond excited to have the show reborn, I will continue as executive producer, but must turn my attention to new business endeavors, so I want to find a new host.”

Ken Mok originally developed the show is returning as an executive producer as well. It is unclear if well-known judges such as J Alexander or Andre Leon Talley will return. A new host or the panel of judges has not been announced. There will be 14 contestants on the new season. Also, there is no word yet if this season will be co-ed like the final three seasons nor has a premiere date been set.

Sound off: Are you willing to watch the revamp show without Tyra Banks? Who do you think will make a great host and judges?

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Shades Of Blue

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SHADES OF BLUE, starring Jennifer Lopez. The show premiers on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 10 PM EST.In a steamy new drama, the iconic Jennifer Lopez stars as sexy New York detective (and single mother) Harlee Santos, who fell in with a tight-knit group of dirty cops, taking bribes and protection money that she uses to provide the best life for her honest and talented daughter. When she’s trapped by the FBI, however, and forced to inform on her own “brothers,” she’ll have to walk the fine line between love, loyalty, honor and betrayal, and try to keep it together for her daughter’s future.

 

Answer the question below for your chance to win  advance screening of the show in Atlanta on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. 

Who was on the Cover of the last KG issue?

 

 

Time To Throw a “Pitch” Fit! Free Movie Passes to “Pitch Perfect 2!”

Goodbye Glee and welcome back Pitch Perfect! Yes the odd ladies of Pitch Perfect  are back in an amazing sequel and ready to bring us the high notes! From the last film The Barden Bellas tasted victory at last, leading their school to winning three consecutive championships. Now it is senior year and the girls are caught up in a scandal that only a World Championship can fix. Can they do it? You can find out with your own FREE movie passes! How you ask? See below!

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It’s simple. All you have to do is answer the following questions correctly and we will send you passes to the next advanced screening for the film! Good luck!

1. Which cast member personally worked with Kandi Buruss in the past?

2. Which Montel Jordan song is covered in Pitch Perfect 2?

Provide the answers in the comments section below along with your name and e-mail! Voila! Instant free movie passes. Have fun!