Vanessa Bell Calloway & More at Black Women Film Network Holiday Party – Pics Here!

December 11, 2017

The Black Women Film Network held its annual holiday party at Atlanta’s latest hot-spot REVEL. Over 400 guests came out on a rainy Tuesday to celebrate a year of growth and success and to meet the party’s host — veteran actress Vanessa Bell Calloway. Calloway, who plays the lead character “Lady Ella” on Bounce’s original series “Saints & Sinners,” shared words of wisdom with the audience, including the mantra “Stay ready, so you can be ready!” The evening also included a special presentation of the new digital video platform, THEA, by ChooseATL executive director Kate Atwood. Chef Mark Brown prepared delicious appetizers for the event. DJ Bomshell Boogie kept the energy high while Red Carpet Express provided a fun, prop-filled photo booth.

Additional attendees included fellow “Saints & Sinners” actress Jasmine Burke, LeLee Lyons from SWV, stylist Gocha Hawkins, 11Alive reporter Francesca Amiker, Keenya Hill (“America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 4), model/TV personality Sincerely Ward, “Sister Circle Live” co-host Kiana Dancie, realtor and tv personality Genise Shelton, actor Dennis L.A. White, acting coach Jonna Johnson; BWFN Board Members Larry Cooper, Tomika DePriest, Natana Denzmore, Mercedez Springer; and BWFN Members Denise Armstrong, Naylon Mitchell, Judi Rodgers, Gwen Goodman, D. Jones and many more.

All photos by James Pray

11Alive reporter Francesca Amiker

actress Jonna Johnson

comedian Myra J

Dennis White – Zane

DJ Bomshell Boogie

Genise Shelton – Dennis White – LeLee Lyons

Genise Shelton – Dennis White

LaKenya Morris

LeLee Lyons (SWV) Gotc

LeLee Lyons and Gocha Hawkins

LeLee Lyons

models Keenya Hill and Sincerely Ward

Naylon Mitchell

photo booth by Red Carpet Express

Genise Shelton and LeLee Lyons

Gocha Hawkins

Gwen Boyd Moss and guest

Jasmine Burke and Vanessa Bell Calloway

Jasmine Burke

Saptosa Foster

Saptosa Foster – Vanessa Bell Calloway

Ryan Christopher

Kiana Dancie

Keenya Hill

Kate Atwood – exec director of ChooseATL

Sincerely Ward

Vanessa Bell Calloway – Kiana Dancie

Vanessa Bell Calloway remarks 2

Vanessa Bell Calloway remarks

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Zina Brown

To register for the upcoming BWFN Summit 2018 on March 9-10 in Atlanta, visit

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