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“Ghost Brothers”  a new series, premiering  on April 15th , at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Destination America’s,  depicts three friends, Dalen Spratt (@dalenspratt), Juwan Mass (@juwanmass), and Marcus Harvey (@themarcusharvey) as ghost investigators. This time the black guys win and make it to the end of the program. They are on their way to uncovering whether some of the Southeast’s legendary “haunted” houses have supernatural spirits.

Just for the record a good ghost story has always been one of those things that people love. The unexplained experiences of other people makes for good viewing when attached to the paranormal or para-psychological. If, “Ghost Brothers” does anything but add some interesting ‘flavor’ to the space of paranormal reality-TV, then that’s welcomed. There’s got to be some ghosts on the other side that are of African American descent and have a story to tell…right?

“Ghost Brothers” Dalen, Juwan, and Marcus’ raised in religious backgrounds, know better than ‘foolin’ with spirits.  Yet each is an enthusiast of the paranormal and blends some comedic relief, style, and swag into a space where fearful reactions rule; as they investigate spooky dark places.

To those who might think this show demolishes any “progress” in diversity, of which Destination America makes obvious by making this installment comedic in context, think again. To the target audience we (Black Folks) make it out the room; that’s funny and not stereotypical. More of an inside joke that we can appreciate. Why not make it funny. Bringing some levity to the situation is refreshing, rather than the regular use of the scientific unwatchable background typically seen on Destination America’s other paranormal reality –TV casts.

True friends off screen Dalen and Juwan are fashion designers with their own label called Loren Spratt (www.Lorenspratt.com ), and Marcus is a comedian and “Barber to the Stars” (www.THEBARBERSTAR.com).


Ghost Brothers is produced for Destination America by Pilgrim Media Group in association with Crybaby Media. Craig Pilgrim and Mike Nichols are executive producers for Pilgrim, with Danny Passman as executive producer for Crybaby.  For Destination America, Fay Yu is executive producer, Jane Latman is general manger, and Henry Schleiff is group President of investigation Discovery, destination America, and American Heroes Channel.

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WEEN100 BRUNCH PHOTO RECAP 

Photos By: Veronica Carter

Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) had its’ inaugural WEEN100 Brunch, at Catch in New City’s Meatpacking District, to celebrate the Network (WEEN) list of women leaders. These executives, celebrities and influencers have a proven commitment to the empowerment of women worldwide. Today’s brunch recognizes their achievements chosen with more than 1,500 WEEN members casting their votes. I was in the room among these powerhouse women who by vulture of their commitment to outstanding works continue in the fight for balance and equality among women.

The best way to characterize the feeling in the room would be “Black Girl Magic” on steroids. Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Executive Officer and Kristi Henderson, Founding Member, National Board of Directors were the hosts for the brunch.

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YANDY SMITH VALEISHA TAMIKA MALLORY




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For the love of this organization and that I have much. We call ourselves the “number1’s”that is what the girls and I call ourselves. The first graduates of the WEEN program. Since, then we’ve had successes and failures, but today…I witnessed one of the “number1’s” my sister Gia Peppers, stand before me and the accomplished audience, as an example of what it is to work towards a vision. My spirit was future bolstered when Valeshia and Kristi recognized the other WEEN graduates in the room, we holders of legacy, I the visionary artist.

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YANDY SMITH VALEISHA TAMIKA MALLORY


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Brunch


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The best way to characterize the remainder of the day, “Black Girl Magic” on steroids and that’s fitting because Demetria was there sharing her grace and elegant ‘slay.’ I first saw the hashtag used in her posts. The term fits that spirit within us that sass in our conversation, that sharpness in our intelligence, that talent and wit, that skill so effortlessly displayed, and of course the list is endless. How many of us are afraid to be who we are? Without fear or worry live and be prideful because we can and not be misunderstood. In this space the ladies we not constrained and began the process of nurturing the magical further. With the media stripping down our relationships and using dysfunction as a tool for an image, #ween represents a movement directed towards sisters. I like this feeling…freeing.

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Valeisha


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The takeaway for the afternoon, celebrate the list. Leave more resolute in the purpose and in the sisters’ purpose. In my journey, I am developing, nurturing, and protecting my magic. Yet when we come together in these spaces, we record a special kind of universal code together that we follow-up on. We collecting and safeguarding notes of information to pass on long to each other and more black girls on their journeys. Remember, I do not know if everyone acknowledges her #blackgirlmagic. I mean it’s not just a term used for a hash tag, but a transforming revocation that we must personally affirm. It’s our self-perceptions that are deceitful and become a stereotype, in these types of spaces; I can feed off of my sisters without distortions and get to business.

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TEKOA & MICAELLA DUNCAN


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GIA & YANDY


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DEMETRIA LUCAS & SYRETA


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De’ara Balenger


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#WEENONLINE #GIAPEPPERS #BET #BLACKGIRLSROCK #MULTIARTISTRYENT #Valeisha #ESSENCE #WOMENEMPOWERMENT #GOOGLE #BLACKLIVESMATTER #MENTORSHIP #YANDYSMITH #WEEN #TAMIKAMALLORY

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