It was a Saturday afternoon matinee movie for the Classy Living Society! CLS reserved an entire AMC movie theatre in Buckhead/Atlanta to view a classic matinee movie – with socially distanced seating, of course! CLS members showed up and showed out at this Brims & Red Blazers event. Decked out in stylish brims and chic red blazers, the ladies arrived at the theater just in time to pose for photos in front of a beautifully customized CLS movie poster, featuring two of the four Founding Sisters! It was classy and dope and just the photo backdrop you would expect to see at a CLS event!
After grabbing snacks and drinks in the lobby, the ladies proceeded to the theatre, and were met at the door with the gift of a red fleece throw blanket with the message “Thank you for your Warm Heart”. After being seated and hearing a few important announcements, the movie began. No one knew what movie was being shown, and then … surprise! – the 1972 classic movie “Lady Sings the Blues,” featuring Diana Ross in her acting debut as jazz singer Billie Holiday. For many of the ladies, this was the first time in a while since last seeing the movie, and seeing it again was truly a treat. Everyone was riveted to the screen to watch Diana Ross in one of her most famous roles and a handsome young Billy Dee Williams in the role of her Boo, Louis McKay. The movie was nominated for a number of awards, including Ms. Ross’ Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She did win a Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Newcomer-Female and the movie garnered three NAACP Image Awards – Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Billy Dee Williams), and Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Diana Ross).
Warm hearts …. each CLS sister donated $17 in advance of the event, and 100% of the proceeds were donated to The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation for their hearing aid program. The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation provides hearing aid assistance for approximately 1000 low-income Georgia residents every year. The Lighthouse partners with 150 hearing providers across the state, with top hearing aid manufacturers, and multiple other health organizations to provide these services. With CLS’s donation, the Lighthouse Foundation can provide 65 hearing aids to its program participants. Visit their website for more information: https://lionslighthouse.org/
To top the afternoon off after the movie, a few of the ladies got together at the Intercontinental Hotel for food, cocktails, laughter, and conversation. It was a great afternoon for amazing CLS sisters to come together and promote sisterhood and giving back. The brims! The red blazers! Photos, a CLS movie poster, gifts, hugs, love! And a celebration of Lady Day with a movie classic! Now that’s classy!