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I love Fashion and I am in love with everything sports!

Off Season Atlanta Dream News: Round of Appaluse to Brittany Sykes and Bria Holmes👏

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2017 – Atlanta Dream guard Brittney Sykes leads the 2017 WNBA All-Rookie Team as one of three unanimous selections, the WNBA announced today.

The All-Rookie Team also features Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray, San Antonio Stars guard Kelsey Plum, Wings guard Kaela Davis and Washington Mystics guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

Another Big congratulations and good luck to Bria Holmes who will be playing in Poland for the CCC Polkowice team during the offseason!


WNBA Finals: Sparks vs Lynx⛹🏾‍♀️

About this weekend! On Sunday afternoon at The Hudson Grill Restaurant, downtown Atlanta. I got to hangout with the Atlanta Dream staff and fans for Game 1, WNBA viewing party!

Best said by Atlanta Dream’s team president Theresa Wenzel; “She would have preferred to see our team the Atlanta Dream in this year’s WNBA final, but that was okay we have next year.”  She then rallied and pepped up the crowd in positivity to show the Minnesota Lynx and LA Sparks support as they embarked on the One Dream, in the WNBA Final.

This was an amazing opportunity for Atlanta Dream and WNBA fans to bond and show support to the other team!

The Sparks clinched the W game 1!

Within one blink the Sparks beat the Lynx 85-84 with pg Chelsea Gray game-winning jumper.

On Tuesday night at Williams Arena the Sparks fell 70-68 to the Lynx.  The series is now tied 1-1.

Game 3, will be in Los Angeles on Friday September 29, 2017 at 9:00 PM est.

About this weekend….On Saturday

From time to time, the Self-Proclaimed Sportsnista, “Yakiri Thomas,” get to let her big hair down and take in the Lifestyle, and Taste of her city.

This Saturday I got a chance to checkout The Essence My City 4 Ways Atlanta event at Georgia Tech Garage, hosted by Essence Lifestyle & Relationships Editor Charreah Jackson and comedian Loni Love.

There was a Ford “Ride & Drive” experience.

The crowd was lined up and waiting to drive the latest lineup of Ford vehicles.

There was also an array of wine and food tasting to tantalize every ones tastebuds.

I’m sure some are asking  what  was the cost? Most of you are calculating in your head the event cost, plus parking let’s not forget how parking in the city for any event can be pricey.  When there are events in the city the golden rule is : You must have cash in hand sometimes between $20-$50.  I’m absolutely positively sure you are thinking this super fabulous event probably cost me an arm an a leg.

But ….Wait For it Sports Lovelies…This Luxury Lifestyle event was FREE! Yes ladies and gentlemen you read it correctly.

All of this Saturday fun was for free, not to mention you were able to rub shoulders with celebrities such as Grammy-nominated singer turned chef Kelis, Creative Director June Ambrose and Singer Algebra Blesset who blessed us with  a live performance!


*Photo Credit: Chris Mitchell/Essence

Other celebrities who was in attendance  included  Designer Charlene Dunbar, Melissa Mitchell,  and Chef Willie Wallace.

This is the second year that The Essence My City 4 Ways was hosted in Atlanta. This was an amazing  event that included  so many young African American influencers. I definitely look forward to next year!


Outpouring of fans came out to support Atlanta United!

A whooping, record breaking 70,425  fans packed the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday September 16, 2017 to watch Atlanta United battle it out against Orlando City Soccer Club.

The game ended in  a 3-3 draw vs Orlando City SC.

Falcons rise to 2-0!

Atlanta Falcons rise to 2-0 in their first official home game at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.


The Falcons defeated  the Green Bay Packers  34-23 on Sunday night!


The Falcons will face off against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 24, 1:00 pm  at Ford Field, in Detroit, Michigan


LA Sparks are headed back to the FINALS!

In a thrilling match the Sparks defeated  the Mercury’ 89-87.

Sparks, Candace Parker help the team win the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists.


The Sparks  will match-up against the Minnesota Lynx in the Finals for a second consecutive season!


This will be the second time in WNBA history that the same teams have met up back-to-back in Finals.

Previously, it was Houston and New York in 1999 and 2000, both won by the Comets.




Game 1, of the WNBA Final, will happen on Sunday, September 24, 3:30 pm EST. at the Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota




Atlanta Dream players heading to the 2017 USA 🇺🇸 Basketball Women National Team Traing Camp!

Layshia Clarendon and Tiffany  Hayes will participate in the 2017 USA  Basketball Women National Team Training Camp!

Other WNBA athletes expected to attend the camp include: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx); Sue Bird (Seattle Storm); Tina Charles (New York Liberty); Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics); Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings); Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky); Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx); Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles Sparks); Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury);  Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks); Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm); Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars); Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx); Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks); Kelsey Plum (San Antonio Stars); Odyssey Sims (Los Angeles Sparks); Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm); Kiah Stokes (New York Liberty); Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); Morgan Tuck (Connecticut Sun); Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx); Sydney Wiese (Los Angeles Sparks); and Courtney Williams (Connecticut Sun).

In January,  Dream star guard/forward Angel McCoughtry, did not play in the  2017 WNBA season because she decided to take time off to rest. McCoughtry was invited but declined the invitation.