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2017 Atlanta Chocolate Social

All White Party! 

Black Pearls Literary Excellence Awards 



Celebrating Our Living Legends and Leaders!

Black Pearls Magazine will celebrate our 10th anniversary as an online and printed magazine in July, 2017 with an all white party and award show.  You are invited to our annual Legends and Leaders award show. The Black Pearls Excellence Awards will take place Thursday night, July 27 at 7:00-11:30pm. Readers, authors, bookstore owners, influencers and book clubs will take part in an intimate evening of fellowship, dance and recognition. 

The Chocolate Social is the place to be for aspiring writers, entrepreneurs and readers who want to connect with the publishing industry insiders!  This 4-hours will create an impact in your lives long after the event is over. Gather your girlfriends, family and publishing team and meet us on the dance floor after a lovely, 3-course plated meal.


Read the frequently asked questions below and check out vending opportunities. The Legends and Leaders hardback magazine will be sold on site for $30.00 per book. After the event, they will be $35.00

 

ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT UNTIL 2018

If you have any questions, email Ella Curry at: elladcurry@edc-creations.com or call (301) 892-6573 and leave a message. 

 

 


 

Chocolate Social Event Details 


Thursday Night, July 27, 2017 at 7:00-11:30pm

Black Pearls Magazine Awards Show
Atlantis Room, Lower Level

HYATT Atlanta Midtown Hotel
125 10th Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30309
 

The doors open and seating will begin at 6:30 pm. The doors close at 7:30 pm to begin dinner.  

Menu:  Chicken and Steak combo plate with steamed veggies, potatoes and salad. Tea. Rolls. New York style cheesecake. Vegan option available.  

Attire:  All White Semi-formal.  A cocktail dress or dressy suit.  For men, semi-formal attire typically means a suit. Less formal than black-tie. No jeans and no sneakers. 


ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT UNTIL 2018

 


 

BLACK EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

To have your awards shipped to you after the Chocolate Social the fee is $20.00

Pay the shipping fee here:  https://www.paypal.me/edc1creations/20 

Email Ella Curry your address immediately after paying. Email address:  edc_dg@yahoo.com 

 

If you cannot attend the event to pick up your award, but would like your award, a swag bag of featured books and a copy of the printed, 82-PAGE keepsake book shipped to you on Monday, August 17, 2017, the fee is $50.00.

Pay here for complete package AND your award shipping cost: https://www.paypal.me/edc1creations/50 

Because the keepsake book is printed in full color and it's 82-pages long, we can not give them to anyone who's not attending the Chocolate Social. If you would like to order one of the keepsake books and pay the shipping fee to mail out your award, the fee for the package is $50.00. We will provide tracking on every Priority Mail package.  

 

 

 


 

HOW TO ORDER KEEPSAKE BOOK ONLY


Order your copy of the official Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book from the Excellence Awards. 
The keepsake book is 82 full color pages. You receive one of the swag bag books too! 

Pay here for Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book and ONE featured book:  https://www.paypal.me/edc1creations/35 

Take a sneak peek at the Black Pearls Magazine souvenir bookhttp://bit.ly/2t3fhpL 

Important Note: After paying the $35.00 for the full color magazine and shipping, email Ella Curry at: edc_dg@yahoo.com  with your mailing address and full name.

Printed keepsake magazines will be mailed out on Monday, August 17, 2017 via priority mail. Check your address twice before emailing to Ella. Deadline to order keepsake book: Monday, July 31, 2017. We will provide tracking on every Priority Mail package.

 

 

 


 

2017 Black Pearls LEGENDS & LEADERS Awards

J.D. Mason, Lifetime Achievement Award

Tee C. Royal, Lifetime Achievement Award - RAWSISTAZ Founder

Ama Kuma, Children's Author of the Year

Kim Knight, Business Owner of the Year - Between The Lines Bookstore

Sheryl Lister Victoria Christopher Murray
Zuri Day ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Sharon C. Cooper Rochelle Alers
Té Russ Sadeqa Johnson
Naleighna Kai Michelle Lindo-Rice
Suzette D. Harrison Pamela Samuels Young
Author T. Styles Rhonda McKnight
Janice L. Dennie  Ama Kuma

We can not gurantee that all of the authors will be attending this event, 
but they have been notified that you elected them as your Legend and Leader award winners. 



2017 Black Pearls Excellence Award Winners

1. Alicia Garza & Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter Activists
2. Angela Hunt, Chocolate Beauties Bookclub
3. Aprille Franks-Hunt, Coach, Speak & Serve Lounge
4. Blessings, Business, Collaborations Facebook Community
5. Bobbi Ramey, Sistah Minds In Motion Book Club (SMM)
6. BookTini Book Club, All Chapters
7. Chandra Sparks Splond, Magic City Momma Blog
8. Classandra Green, Mocha Girls Read, Illinois
9. Debra Mitchell, Black Women with Opinions and Attitudes
10. Debra Owsley, Simply Said Reading Accessories
11. Dee Fogarty, Founder of I Love Books and I Cannot Lie
12. Destined Readers Book Club, Georgia
13. Diane Rembert, Diamond's Literary World
14. DivaLit Book Club, Atlanta, Georgia
33. Michelle Chavis, Victorious Ladies Reading Book Club
34. Monika Scales-Mitchell, 556 Book Chicks
35. Orsayor L. Simmons, Founder Book Referees
36. Priscilla C. Johnson, Cilla Maniacs
37. R.A.R.E. (Reading And Rapping Experience) Book Club
38. Read Reading Between Wine, South Carolina
39. Renee Spivey, All the Buzz Reviews
40. Robilyn Heath, A Distinctive Touch Concierge
41. S.T.A.R.S - Sophisticated, Talented, Ambitious, Reading Sistas
42. Sharon Blount, BRAB Reading Warriors Retreat
43. Stacy Johnson-Leonard, Community Leader
44. Tamela Todd, Brown Girls Read
45. ‎Tamika Sims, Self-Assured Woman Movement 

 


15. Divas Leaving No Pages Unturned Book Club
16. Divas Read Retreat - DRR
17. Don't Read Me, Read A Book - All Chapters
18. EyeCU Reading & Social Network All Chapters
19. Glory Edim, Well-Read Black Girl Community
20. Glory Girl's Book Club, Baltimore, MD
21. Karen Michele Bowman, S.O.U.L Book Club, NC
22. Karyn Smith-Davis, Girl Fridayz Book Club
23. Kesha Redmon, Sankofa Literary Society
24. Keys & No Lock Facebook Book Club
25. Kiera J. Northington, Sankofa Literary Society
26. Kim Knight, Between The Lines Bookstore
27. Kisha Green, Literary Jewel Blog
28. La Detra White, Founder at Noble Insight, Inc.
29. Lanika Griffin-Craig, Noble Mindz Book Club, Georgia
30. Letrise Carter, Sistah's Place Blog
31. Lisa Borders Muhammad, Diva's Literary World
32. Lutisha Bass, Books and Booze Book Club

46. Tanishia Pearson-Jones, Characters Book Club
47. Tiffany Tyler, Reading in Black & White Blog
48. U.S. G.I.R.L.S. Reading Group, Florida
49. Vivienne Diane Neal, One World Singles Blog
50. Wanda Fields, Real Divas Read and More

51. The Author's Lounge Radio Show
52. JB Williams, Literary Community Ambassador
53. Shannan Harper, Literary Community Ambassador
54. Melesia Tillman, Lines That Bind Bookclub President
55. Suzetta M. Perkins, Sistahs Book Club
56. Mary Farmer, Sister Circle Book Club
57. Shelva Hogan-Echols, BookMarks Book Club, President
58. Circle of Sisters Book Club of Columbus
59. Joyce Dickerson, Literary Activist
60. Trudy Estelle, Literary Community Ambassador




 

 



2017 Chocolate Social Souvenir Magazine



Check out
the digital magazine
 
http://bit.ly/2t3fhpL 

 


 

HOW TO ORDER KEEPSAKE BOOK ONLY

Order your copy of the official Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book from the Excellence Awards. 

Pay here for Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book and ONE featured book:  https://www.paypal.me/edc1creations/35 

Take a sneak peek at the Black Pearls Magazine souvenir bookhttp://bit.ly/2t3fhpL 

Important Note: After paying the $35.00 for the full color magazine and shipping, email Ella Curry at: edc_dg@yahoo.com  with your mailing address and full name.

Printed keepsake magazines will be mailed out on Monday, August 17, 2017 via priority mail. Check your address twice before emailing to Ella. Deadline to order keepsake book: Monday, July 31, 2017

 

 

 


 

Please Support the Chocolate Social Vendors


FEATURED AUTHORS & THEIR BOOKS 

Black (Black Series Volume 1&2) by Joan Vassar 
Nandi's Unexpected Gift by Ama Kuma (Children)
 Earth’s Quiet Chaos by Tomeekha Pitre
Black Cotton by Tomeekha Pitre (Art book)
 He Calls Her Blue by Sheryl Grace
 She Touched My Soul by Naleighna Kai 
 Rich Woman’s Fetish by Naleighna Kai
Path to Peace by Angie Ransome-Jones (Non-fiction)

Visit the bookstore to download books: http://astore.amazon.com/edcmagazine-20 

 

 

 

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions  
 

 

 

Why was the Chocolate Social created?
Black Pearls Magazine was first published in August, 2007, we wanted to find a way to celebrate the creation of the Sankofa Literary Society united book club community. In July, 2009, the founder, Ella D. Curry asked all of the members to meet her at National Bookclub Conference and the Essence Music Festival to celebrate the new editions to the EDC Creations Media Group family. As a way to celebrate the love of black books, we decided to meet in an Atlanta hotel room the night before the NBCC.  From that point, Ella decided to bring bookclubs and literary supporters together annually to show appreciation for their work in the community. If authors are seeking ways to connect with readers...this is the place to be!

Photos from the very first Chocolate Social in Atlanta held on July 30, 2009 can be found here.
Log into Facebook and click on the link!  We had so much fun that night. Ella Curry, EDC Creations and her author friends gave away 200 gift bags filled with books for review and hosted 2 events of live readings and poetry.
  

Why is this called the Chocolate Social?
It is a networking event for African American and people of the African Diaspora to unite once a year to celebrate us! This interactive business event was designed to introduce social media friends and authors in a safe environment with hopes of creating lasting relationships.

The EDC Creation family and our authors pay homage to literary legends, icons and the people who support the authors all year long.  The event prides itself on creating an evening where people can speak their truths and know that they are loved. It has been carefully designed to showcase a selection of Speakers and Exhibitors from the EDC Creations family.

This annual dinner and awards show is a great way to kick off the weekend!  If you would like to be a sponsor/vendor, please read the material below to select your package.  You can also forward all event inquiries to Ella D. Curry at:  edc_dg@yahoo.com

How do you select the featured authors?
This event is primarily about the readers. Giving praise to the literary community is our focus. The 5 featured speakers are EDC Creations clients, selected by Ella D. Curry. There will be 12 featured authors at the event seated with the bookclubs. They are also featured in the printed magazine. All speakers and presenters are selected from EDC Creations clients. This event was created to connect our clients with our social media readers and supporters, so there is more focus on the readers versus author promotion. Visiting authors can purchase ads in the magazine or space on our promotional backdrop to reach even more readers.

We invite all publishers and authors to attend this event and to donate books for the swag/gift bags. The readers need to hear your voice, they need for YOU to express how much their support means to you. 

 

How are the award winners selected and why is winning important?
EDC Creations posts an online ballot to the public so that the public can nominate the people in the literary community doing the most important job of all…buying books and promoting writers of color. After the ballot has been completed, the people with the most nominations are added to the official polls. The top 30 people from this poll will receive a physical award on Thursday Night, July 27 at 8:30pm at the  HYATT Midtown Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.  The BPM awards are important to the community because it pays tribute to the people who are working hard in the areas of community service, humanitarianism and entrepreneurship.  They deserve to be seen.

 

Do I have to attend the awards program in person to receive my trophy?
We would love to have all of the award winners attend the event. No, you do not have to attend the event to pick up the trophy. The winners can have someone else receive their awards at the live event in July, 2017.  Ella has all of the awards shipped directly to Atlanta for the live event, if they aren’t picked up at the awards show, we ship them back to Washington, DC.  Because she has already paid to have the awards shipped 2 times, she can't pay to ship them to each, individual winner, again.

If you cannot attend the event to pick up your award, but would like your award, swag bag of featured books and a copy of the printed, 82-PAGE keepsake book shipped to you on Monday, August 17, 2017, the fee is $50.00. 

Pay here for complete package: https://www.paypal.me/edc1creations/50  

Email Ella Curry your address immediately after paying. Email address: edc_dg@yahoo.com  

Or you can pay $20.00 for just the trophy to be mailed via priority mail. Does not included printed program.
Email Ella Curry at: edc_dg@yahoo.com to request the shipped awards.  After the event, Ella will not ship out awards for free because she will have paid for the awards and shipping twice.  If you have any questions, email Ella Curry at: elladcurry@edc-creations.com or call (301) 892-6573 and leave a message. 

 

Will there be vendors at the event? 
Yes, we are selling vending space for this event. There is only space for 10 vendors. We are accepting vendors  through June 30, 2017.  All vendors eat with the guests during the show too, so bring someone to watch your table.  No food items, no porn, no candles, no coffee/tea or electronics. Each vendor will be promoted via the EDC Creations online network for 10 days.

 

Do you need volunteers?
Yes! We are asking for people to volunteer to help the day before the event and the day of the actual event. The volunteers will have to purchase a dinner ticket for the event, but the price is discounted to $50.00 per person and they will have first choice to fill their own swag bags. All vendors and volunteers eat with the guests during the show too.  Email Ella Curry at: edc_dg@yahoo.com if you are interested in being a host/hostess.

 

Can bookclubs or large parties sit together? Where will the award winners sit?
We will seat all large groups at exactly 6:30. If you want to sit together as a club you will need to arrive at the event together at 6:30  or  purchase VIP Reserved seating which includes an assigned table in the front row and special gift bag with signed books. We will have 6 VIP tables and 4 tables for award winners.

 

How will the seating be arranged? 
We would like for every guest to meet at least 10 new people, so you can expect to be seated with people you might not know. The seats will be filled from the front of the room to the back. First come, first served. If you want to sit with your party, they will need to all be present at the time you enter the meeting room!  We can NOT save seats for any reason. Repeat, we will not save a seat for late or missing guests. There are options to purchase VIP tickets for your group.

Once seated, we ask that you do not move to another seat because there will be a salad plate and tea already at each place setting.  Arrive early to receive seats near the front. We do not recommend bringing children.


What are some of the perks of attending this event?
Our gift bags are epic! Each bag is filled with books and promotional material. Every guest receives a gift bag at exactly 10pm.  There will be a professional photographer at the event and opportunities to purchase photos from the event. The night before the Chocolate Social I always host a meet and greet in the presidential suite of the hotel for any guests or authors arriving in the city on Wednesday. It's free to the first 25 people!

 

If I cancel my ticket will I receive a refund? Can I give my ticket to someone else?
All of the funds are used for printing the magazines, paying for meeting room and the DJ. Once we make the deposits for all the service providers and the hotel, we can not offer refunds. While we cannot give your money back, we can give you a ticket for the following year. If you cannot attend the event, you can give the ticket to another person. Notify Ella Curry immediately of the name change on the ticket. Email Ella Curry at: edc_dg@yahoo.com.

 

If this event is canceled will I receive a refund? When will refunds be issued?

If Ella Curry cancels the event for any reasons, there will be refunds issued via PayPal. The refunds will go back to the person that paid for the tickets via PayPal. Ella has not canceled this event in 8 years, even though she has faced many challenges over the years.

Should something tragic happens and this event has to be canceled, Ella will start refunding money within 30 days to the guests as follows: 

1) Large groups and VIP guests paying more than $130.00 will receive payouts first.

2) The guests paying the 2016 early bird fee will be paid next.

3) All remaining guests will be paid in the order of purchase dates. Starting with Jan. 2017 forward.

4) All vendors, authors and advertisers have the choice of a refund or additional services by EDC Creations.

If you would prefer a money order or cashier's check, please let Ella Curry know. All refunds should be paid in full within 60 days of cancellation. If you have any questions, email Ella Curry at: elladcurry@edc-creations.com or call (301) 892-6573 and leave a message. 

 

 

 

 

 



We need all guests to arrive before 6:30 pm to be seated.  

The program will start at 7:00 pm and dinner is at 7:30 pm 


NO tickets will be sold at the door.  All tickets will be checked at the door!  Menu subject to change by the venue.  No meal substitutions by guests.  ALL media reps, awards presenters, keynote speakers, authors, book club winners, bloggers, attendees, helpers, assistants, friends, publicists or agents must purchase a ticket. If you enter the room, for any reason, you need a ticket!  No refunds after purchase. No press passes.

 

 

 

 


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