Friday, November 24, 2017


The Greenwood family (Glenn, Monique and Glynn) get ready for their Q&A in Brooklyn at the Akwaaba Mansion (left); Chef Shawn Osbey and Monique take a flick moments after their Atlanta press conference at the Wimbish House (right)

Download Photos: NYC lunch (credit: Bernard Smalls); ATL lunch (credit: Chris Mitchell)

(NEW YORK) - November 16, 2017 - In advance of the premiere of the new docu-series "Checked Inn" featuring entrepreneur Monique Greenwood and her family, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network hosted press events in New York and Atlanta.
In New York, Greenwood, along with her husband Glenn and daughter Glynn, welcomed press to their luxurious Akwaaba Mansion in Brooklyn, where attendees enjoyed an elegant lunch and lively conversation on the new show and diversity in the hospitality industry.
Down in Atlanta, reporters gathered for lunch at the historic Wimbish House, where co-star Chef Shawn Osbey joined Greenwood for more engaging dialogue on generational wealth and the unique qualities of her bed & breakfast empire.
"Checked Inn" premieres Tuesday, November 21 at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.

The stately Akwaaba Mansion in Brooklyn was a posh setting for the "Checked Inn" New York luncheon.

Press enjoyed a delightful meal prior to the Q&A.

There were plenty of laughs during the conversation. The Greenwoods are a lively bunch!
Just a preview of the cozy rooms that await you at the Akwaaba Mansion.


The Wimbish House, a stunning oasis in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, was the location for the "Checked Inn" Atlanta luncheon.

A scrumptious spread, catered by Chef Shawn Osbey, awaited guests upon arrival.

Attendees wasted no time in digging into the food.

Chef Shawn Osbey and Monique Greenwood shared a few behind-the-scenes anecdotes on how the Akwaaba properties are run.

Comedian/entrepreneur Torrei Hart, Chef Shawn Osbey, Monique Greenwood and "Sister Circle Live" co-host Kiana Dancie shared a cute photo.

One-on-one interviews with press rounded out the afternoon.

"Checked Inn" premieres Tuesday, November 21 at 10pm ET/PT on OWN. 

In 1995, Monique Greenwood pursued a newfound love for hospitality by opening her first B&B in Brooklyn, NY while also working as a magazine editor. Then, five very busy years later, she landed a dream job at Essence Magazine, the leading publication for African American women. Monique quickly rose to become Editor-in-Chief - even as she continued to run the B&B. Much to everyone's shock, Monique eventually decided to walk away from her high-profile job at Essence. After juggling two professions for years, she wanted to focus on building the B&B business with her husband, Glenn, with the goal of creating a legacy they could pass on to their daughter, Glynn.
Today, Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns is the most successful B&B business on the east coast and Monique remains the hands-on force behind it. She runs her now four inns the only way she knows how-as the heart and soul, the everything planner and the innkeeper. Ever-helpful, Monique even finds herself offering advice to her guests when they confide in her.
Set at Akwaaba's Mansion at Noble Lane in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, this former Woolworth estate is where couples go to push back the world, re-ignite passion and celebrate life's most exciting events. Things may not always go smoothly, but Monique-with Glynn under her wing-and the hard-working staff, make sure their guests have an experience they'll never forget. Celebrity guests include two-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Peabo Bryson, black hair care entrepreneur Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter and Pastor John Gray and his wife Aventer.
"Checked Inn" is executive produced by Dave Caplan ("Monica the Medium," "Holy Foley") from Trooper Entertainment in association with Lionsgate Television. The series is also executive produced by Rahel Tennione with Co-Executive Producer, Becca Guillon.

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