The Premiere of Atlanta's Cinébash

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Saturday, June 23rd from 7 PM - 12 AM, an innovative blend of music, the arts, food and dance, will makes its premiere début celebrating cinema arts and the work of graphic designer Saul Bass. Deceased now 22 years, Saul Bass is forever remembered for his motion picture title sequences, including Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Psycho, as well as his promo movie posters for films like Exodus, West Side Story and The Shining. Guests and lovers of the arts alike will gather this year at Cinébash to experience a well-rounded demonstration of Bass' artistry while networking among people in the industry hopefully to leave with a deeper appreciation for this type of craft. DJ Santiago Páramo will set the atmosphere musically along with an assortment of foods from several local restaurants including Taste of Atlanta. Alon's Bakery & Market, 1KEPT, City Barbeque, DAS BBQ, and FLIP Burger.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit Cinébash 2018

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#AJFF2017 Film Review | Aida's Secrets

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Aida's Secrets is yet another stunningly  captivating film and documentary showcased at this year's Atlanta Jewish Film Festival! The story involves two estranged brothers Izak and Shepsel, who were never told about one another, both born during the post-war era in separate displaced persons camps. Separated from their Polish mother Aida and 65 years later, the brothers find themselves reunited, in hopes of putting the missing pieces back together concerning their uncertain heritage. While visually-impaired Shephsel ends up in Canada and his brother Izak, is shipped away to Israel for adoption, an investigation spearheaded by Izak's family, successfully, brings the two together to rejoin their mother Aida. This documentary is a story of redemption, hope, and particulary, Aida's Secrets is a film about how unconditional love prevails in spite of decades of unresolved questions. 

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Filmmakers Alon and Shaul Schwarz, capture the beauty of this family's story and teach us the importance of courageously confronting circumstances experienced with those closest to us in order to redeem lost, yet highly valuable time.  For more information about #AJFF2017, please visit www.ajff.org.

Recap from Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016

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Monday evening, August 29th, the very classy Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016 was hosted inside the decorated corridors of Atlanta's Phipps Plaza. Celebrating its 24th Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares, the crowd gradually began to fill up the venue dressed in their best; fitting for the occasion. Last year, Jeffrey Fashion Cares (JFC) raised 700K for the benefit of the Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan G. Komen. The timeless tagline for JFC, "Where fashion and fundraising unite," is more than just a saying, but has historically proven to work with this event! The financial support that comes in for this cause, makes it possible to render necessary services to fellow Atlantans affected by either of these illnesses and toward for the purpose of research.

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Prior to the date of the event, the press release provided us with a glimpse of the items that would be featured for the silent and LIVE auctions that night. Although we had insight, there is nothing like seeing the items in living color! The auctions included gifts such as a small Marc Jacobs handbag ($950 Value), a Roger Vivier Clutch ($1,150 Value), Original Art Work from Carre D'Artistes Atlanta ($385 Value), 18K recycled rose gold Monique Péan Earrings, a Vogue Dream Trip for two to NY Fashion Week and much more! And in addition to these auction items, prior to the show kicking off, guests had the opportunity to sow monetarily into these two charities being represented. These guests include not only fans of the event, but also celebrities, individuals whose lives have been both directly or indirectly affected by these diseases, and also, professionals who work with these patients on a daily basis.

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One of these professionals that we met who works with breast cancer patients was Crystal Champion. Crystal, a doctor of physical therapy and certified lymphedema therapist, works with women who are recovering from chronic swelling as a result of breast cancer surgery. When asked why tonight was such an important cause for both the community and these patients, she shares, "...a lot of women have access to health care, but there are a lot of out-the- pocket expenses and things than aren't covered by insurance. So it's so important that we raise money not only to find a cure, but to also help for other medical expenses that are not covered."  Crystal also goes on to tell us just how prominent this issue with breast cancer is all around the nation and that her job is to help these women with getting back to the quality of life. In fact, both Susan G. Komen and the Atlanta AIDS Fund work tirelessly throughout the year to collaborate with notable organizations such as JFC so that further fundraising can happen to care for the countless people that are in need. 

This, being my second year covering JFC, I am repeatedly amazed and touched by the amount of genuine support that turns up at the event. And of course, the fashion runway show closing out the evening just gets better and better! This year, with fall fashion just around the corner, we got the opportunity to view some very stunning ensembles including vibrant velours, fringed styles, furs, capes, knickers and more. Designers showcased on the runway were:

Lanvin

Celine

Christian Dior

Givenchy

Gucci

Valentino

Dries van Noten

Saint Laurent Paris

Balenciaga

Christian Louboutin

and

    Manolo Blahnik

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Be sure to check out these great  images of the event captured by Lindsay Abarca Photography. And save the date for Jeffrey's 25th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for 8/28/17.

For more information, please visit www.jeffreyfashioncares.com.

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Alliance Française's Africa Belle Soirée Tonight!

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Tonight May 22, 2016, Alliance Française hosts their annual Africa Belle Soirée at Colony Square in Atlanta. The 6th Annual Africa Belle event will be the finale event to a week long celebration where the francophone, francophile and general admirers of the African diaspora have attended dialogues, women's entrepreneurial activities and more. This year's theme Héroïnes d'Afriques (Female African Heroes) focuses on strong women in the diaspora who have amazing stories to share and extremely influential to their generation in both business and day-to-day affaires. The soirée this year will allow local contemporary African vendors to sell at the event, have great western/central-African dishes served to its guests, music, dancing and end with a highly anticipated runway show. This event is a must-see and will be held at the Alliance Française d'Atlanta's office located at Colony Square in Atlanta, Georgia. 

For more information about Africa Belle, please visit www.afatl.com.

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