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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.  During 2017, the magazine will be published in print 6 times. 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.

Help us celebrate the 7th year of the Chocolate Social!  The first event was held in a Hyatt Regency hotel room on July 30, 2009 in Atlanta.  View all of the photos here.  We had an Intimate evening with bookclubs and authors at the very first Chocolate Social in Atlanta. Ella D. Curry, EDC Creations and her author friends gave away 200 gift bags filled with books for review over the 3 day weekend and hosted 2 events of live readings and poetry.

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

 
Important Message About
NBCC -
This event is not part of the National Bookclub Conference hosted by Mr. Curtis Bunn, but we encourage EVERY  CS guest to attend the actual NBCC event starting on July 28!  It is one of the best literary themed weekends of the year. Go here to obtain tickets to the NBCC: http://www.nationalbookclubconference.com 

 

 

 


 

Chocolate Social Event Details 

Join the party by  mingling with celebrated authors, publishers, literary icons and  40+  bookclub presidents. There will be music and dancing after dinner, so bring your partner!  We offer each guest a souvenir magazine, epic swag bags, door prizes and Black Pearls Meet & Greet on Wedneday night!  The swag bags are valued at $20.00 or more. 

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

Black Pearls Magazine Awards Show
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.  

Only 100 seats available due to the size of the meeting roomsPurchase your tickets early!  
Ticket sales will close when we reach 100 people, even if this is months away from July 27th! 

Menu:  Chicken and Steak combo plate with steamed veggies, potatoes, salad and chocolate fountain. 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. 



I did not reserve hotel rooms for this event.  If you are in need of a hotel room, I suggest looking into nearby hotels that have shuttle service. Use this address as reference: 125 10th Street NE,  Atlanta, Georgia, 30309 

 

 

 


 

Legends and Leaders Meet & Greet

Meet & Greet:  We welcome all Atlanta bookclubs to come hang out with Ella and her author clients on Wednesday Night, July 26, 2017 at 7-10pm in the Presidential Suite. Free to first 25 guests.  RSVP by emailing Ella that your group of friends and members are coming:  edc_dg@yahoo.com


AUTHORS WANTING TO SHARE BOOKS WITH THE READERS


Authors and publishers can donate 5 or more books to the swag bags. There is no maximum amount to be donated, but we cannot accept less than 5 books per author. No bookmarks, no flyers, but send up to 150 postcards to be added to the bags.  Ship all book donations and postcards directly to the hotel BEFORE Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  Do not send any boxes before July, 2017. Any packages delivered after  July 26, 2017 won’t make it in the gift bags!  Ship to the address below:

Ella D. Curry – Hotel Guest

Black Pearls Magazine Event

HYATT Atlanta Midtown Hotel

125 10th Street NE,  Atlanta, Georgia, 30309

 

 

 


 

Ticket Information and Payment Deadlines

 

Single Tickets

VIP Table for 5

VIP Table for 10

Dec 1May 30, 2017
$65.00

No reserved seating

Dec 1May 30, 2017
$350.00

Reserved front of the
 room
seats

Dec 1May 30, 2017
$700.00

Reserved front of the 
room
seats

 

Single Tickets

VIP Table for 5

VIP Table for 10

After May 30, 2017

$75.00

No reserved seating

After May 30, 2017

$400.00

Reserved 2nd row seats

After May 30, 2017

$800.00

Reserved 2nd row seats

 

Remember to include the name of the group/bookclub or contact person, a valid email address and your cellphone number when purchasing tickets!  

If you are purchasing more than ONE ticket, add up the cost of all of the tickets and type in ONE price at the payment center.  You can email Ella D. Curry with any questions and to provide the names of guests at:  edc_dg@yahoo.com


 

 

 



EDC Creations Payment Center
Official PayPal Seal

Submit payments here. Include your cell number!
  Fill the PayPal form out completely. Sorry no eChecks please. 
We look forward to working with you. No refunds. 

Enter Amount:



Payments Through Paypal

Note: A representative will email you at the PayPal address that you made the payment from with further instructions. If this PayPal address is not your main email address, make sure you check out that account for our message. Service will begin after the transaction are completed and all checks cleared. Thank you for contacting us to help you promote your book or business to new levels. If you would llike to speak with Ella Curry, via email, contact her at:  elladcurry@edc-creations.com  

 

 


 

FREE PERK FOR AUTHORS WANTING TO SHARE BOOKS WITH THE READERS

Authors and publishers can donate 5 or more books to the swag bags. There is no maximum amount to be donated, but we cannot accept less than 5 books per author. No bookmarks, no flyers, but send up to 150 postcards to be added to the bags.  Ship all book donations and postcards directly to the hotel BEFORE Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  Do not send any boxes before July, 2017. Any packages delivered after  July 26, 2017 won’t make it in the gift bags!  Ship to the address below:


Ella D. Curry – Hotel Guest

Black Pearls Magazine Event

HYATT Atlanta Midtown Hotel

125 10th Street NE,  Atlanta, Georgia, 30309

 

 

 



VENDING TABLES FOR ONE OR TWO GUESTS

A small table with 2 chairs and table covering will be included. Vendors will be promoted daily on EDC Creations social media pages for 10 days starting on July 1-10, 2017. This includes the option to provide up to 150 postcards to go in each gift bag. No bookmarks please. Offer expires on July 1, 2017. 

OPTION 1:  $200.00 - (1 Author) Vending Table and one meal tickket.
Business card size ad in Souvenir Book and 10 social media posts.


OPTION 2:
  $300.00 - (2 People) Vending Table and two meal tickets.
Business card size ad for two books in Souvenir Book and 10 social media posts.

 

VENDING TABLES INFORMATION

Small business owners welcomed too! Vendor table sharing is allowed. Only two people allowed at the table. First come-first served. Bring your printed receipt (email) to the door for admission. No refunds unless the event is cancelled by Ella D. Curry.

Please know that this event will have loud music playing and dancing!  Vendors please arrive at 5:30 pm to setup your tables.  Please DO NOT bring huge signs and banners. Only tabletop signs allowed. Your storage space is limited, so keep it simple!  Each vending slot comes with a covered table and two chairs only. Prepare to eat dinner away from your vending table. Vendors will be seated with a featured bookclub or social club for the dinner hour.

All helpers and assistants will have to purchase the full ticket BEFORE attending the event. Tickets will not be sold at the door. During the dinner hour, someone will need to man your table. All vendors, authors and volunteers will eat dinner with the award winners and book clubs.

Open flames, cooked foods, clothing racks, pornographic material and rolling carts are not allowed. Bring enough change to accommodate your customers. Bring bags for your guests, enough display stands and extension cords for credit cards machines. 

 

 

 

 



Sankofa Banner Sponsorship 


Step-and-Repeat Banner Sponsorship, see sample banner. There will be a large banner placed at the event entrance to be used as a photo backdrop and along side the front podium. This banner will make it back to the web in hundreds of photos and Periscope videos, increasing your exposure and it's a way for our guests to know that your book is out! 

The QR code on the banner leads back to our online bookstore so readers can order the books. This package includes the option to provide up to 150 postcards for the gift bags, product samples or donated books. Books or products will be promoted daily on EDC Creations social media pages for 10 days starting on July 1-10, 2017.  The eblast will go out after July 10, 2017.  No Substitutions, No Additions.  


OPTION 1:
  $125.00 - (1) Banner Image Ad and business card size ad in souvenir book and 10 days of social media posts starting on July 1-10, 2017. LOOK AT THE 2016 SAMPLE BANNER 

OPTION 2:  $150.00 - (1) Top Row Banner Image Ad and business card size ad in souvenir book and 10 days of social media posts starting on July 1-10, 2017. LOOK AT THE 2016 SAMPLE BANNER 


PLEASE REMEMBER

This offer expires on June 15, 2017. Information, images and all payments must be submitted by June 30, 2017 so that Ella Curry can have the banners and books printed in time for the event in late July. No refunds, no edits, no retractions will be granted after payments are made. All funds will be used for event promotion and supplies.

 

 

 



Souvenir Book Sponsorship


View the sample booklet here, click.
  Check out the size of the ads and book promotion.

Each magazine includes a QR code for readers to buy the book from the booklet. Links to purchase the books will be included in the booklet.  Books or products will be promoted daily on EDC Creations social media pages for 10 days starting on July 1-10, 2017. This includes the option to provide up to 150 postcards to go in each gift bag. No bookmarks please.  Offer expires on July 1, 2017. 

OPTION 1:  $260 for 2- Full page spread and 10 days social media promotion

OPTION 2:  $160 for 1- Full page ad and 10 days social media promotion

OPTION 3:  $85.00 for Business card size ad and 10 social media posts

 

 

 



EDC Creations Payment Center

Official PayPal Seal
Submit payments here. Include your cell number!

Fill the PayPal form out completely. Sorry no eChecks please. 
We look forward to working with you. No refunds after the promotion has started. 

Enter Amount:



Payments Through Paypal

Note: A representative will email you at the PayPal address that you made the payment from with further instructions. If this PayPal address is not your main email address, make sure you check out that account for our message. Service will begin after the transaction are completed and all checks cleared. Thank you for contacting us to help you promote your book or business to new levels. If you would llike to speak with Ella Curry, via email, contact her at:  elladcurry@edc-creations.com  


You do not need a PayPal account to make payments; the majority of our publishing clients do not have a PayPal  account. The steps below will take you to another option, so that you can make payments with a debit or credit card. Take a look at the instructions below and follow along.  I'm walking you through the payment with a debit card or credit card  and it does not require you to sign up or register for PayPal. 

1. Type in the amount you are paying in the payment box above. You will see ENTER AMOUNT.

2. You will be taken to a PayPal processing page. This is who we use to process online payments. You do not need an account at PayPal.  There is another option on that same page.

3. On the right side of this PP page, you will see a yellow or gold box that says LOG IN. Directly below that you will see these words underlined:  PAY WITH DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD OR BILL ME LATER.  It is very, tiny, blue writing.  Look close because the words are a link.  If you are on a cellphone or a tablet, it is really small, but it is there,  right below the question "Forgot email or password?"

4. Click on the words PAY WITH DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD OR BILL ME LATER  and it will open up another option to pay in a few seconds.  You will NOT need to create a PayPal account at all.  You will see a new drop down menu, with a payment form for credit cards.

5. It will open a new option to pay with Debit Cards, Visa, Mastercard or American Express. You will see their logos. Select your country and fill in your personal information.  When you finish, select REVIEW AND CONTINUE.  You can see your information again before selecting finish.

 

 

 


2017 Black Pearls Magazine Authors of the Year

JD Mason - Lifetime Achievement Award

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
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
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

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

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 
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

 

 

 



2016 Chocolate Social Souvenir Magazine


If you were not at the Atlanta event but would like to view the magazine, click the image shown above and download the pdf version to your computer.  IF you are interested in advertising in the 2017 magazine, here is a great sample of what to expect.



 


 

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.  Once the awards are in DC, the winners can pay $20.00 to have the trophy and the official program shipped to their homes.  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.

 

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.

 

Do you accept book donations for the gift bags?
Yes, authors and publishers can donate 5 or more books to the swag bags. There is no maximum amount to be donated, but we cannot accept less than 5 books per author. No bookmarks! Ship all book donations directly to the hotel BEFORE Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Any packages delivered after the 26th won’t make it in the gift bags! Ship to the address below:

Ella D. Curry – Hotel Guest

Black Pearls Magazine Event

HYATT Atlanta Midtown Hotel

125 10th Street NE,  Atlanta, Georgia, 30309

 

 

 



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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