It took an invitation from Martell to get me back into my Urban Reporting action.
The iconic cognac has been honoring emerging African-Americans across the country and Atlanta was the last stop on the tour.
Author Rob Hill Sr. served as the host at the event that honored visual artist turned celebrity photographer Derek Blanks.
If you haven’t heard of Blanks yet, you will. He’s a lifelong artist who is finally reaping the rewards of his dedication and hard work.
Blanks has photographed just about every major recording artist, and his work has been seen in numerous print magazines.
He’s more recently been directing music videos and has his eye on feature films.
If you’re a fan of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Blanks served as a photographer who shot Alter Ego photos of all the reality show’s stars.
Blanks is a down to earth brother who spent a few moments with My Urban Report before the event.
Host and emcee Rob Hill Sr. did an excellent job moderating a Q&A session with Blanks. Blanks said that he was humbled by the honor of being selected as one of Martell’s Emerging Icon’s.
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