Hip Hop was the “flava” as the music industry descended on the ATL for a star-studded weekend that brought out Atlanta’s Hip Hop ambassadors and celebrity elite to welcome the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards to the city.
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am a true 80’s aficionado (of sorts). BUT, I actually grew up during the Hip Hop era, so my knowledge of the genre is actually slightly above average. And, even though my kids believe I was born during the Civil War (LOL) I’m still pretty “versed” on the Hip Hop culture. Get it…versed? 😐 (crickets…) Ok, moving on…
Since this was my first ever awards related experience, and one of such magnitude, I was super excited to jump right in! Now, let me tell ya, there were literally 100’s of events around town to usher in the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. But, with so many events happening all over Atlanta, where does a girl begin? Honestly, I could not decide. Luckily a few fabulous ladies saved me from myself with well timed invites to attend several of the hottest spots that the weekend had to offer.
First up was the 5th Annual BBQ Kickoff party hosted by NYC-based marketing/PR firm the 135th Street Agency, where over 400 VIP’s packed Piedmont Park’s Magnolia Hall to commence the weekend celebrations. Co-hosted by Fonzworth Bentley and Kelly G (BET’s EVP, Music Programming), the event featured an all-star line-up of celebrity guest, including French Montana, Da Brat, Ray J, DeVyne Stephens, Dondria, Lil Duval, Verse Simmonds, Jovita Moore (WSB TV anchor), Kwanza Hall (Atlanta City Council), Faune Watkins, D.Woods, Shanti Das, Derek J and comedian Shawty.
Tasty BBQ (courtesy of the Ambiance Network Catering) was on the menu along with delicious treats by Tasty Cakes ATL, and the most decadent cupcakes this side of a shot glass (LOL), Cocktail Cupcakes by the fabulous Brittany Wyatt. It was good to see Brittany again…Now, I know a thing or two about cupcakes, so trust me when I tell you that if you haven’t had a Cocktail Cupcake, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Thanks Tami for the invite!!! We had such a great time blowing up Twitter @ #BETHHA all night!!! LOL
Also, thanks to Saptosa Foster of 135th Street Agency for hosting such a fabulous event!
So, by the end of the night, after all that mixing and mingling with all those Hip Hop celebs, I had amassed a pretty extensive vocabulary of Hip Hop terminology that I was eager to put to the test at the next event. And, I figured that every time I used a Hip Hop related term during any of the weekend celebrations, that a rapper would get his bling. (a lil It’s a Wonderful Life…but with a “Twist-a”… Ok. I’m done) 😛
Next up…the BET Art of Gifting! Let’s go!!!
**Photos courtesy of 135th Street Agency