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Braves to honor Chipper Jones June 28 in Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Posted By: Richard Eldredge · 2/19/2013 7:54:00 AM

As the baby Braves continue swinging their bats in spring training for the 2013 season, the Atlanta Braves front office confirmed this morning that the ball club will honor recent retiree Chipper Jones in a ceremony to be held June 28 at Turner Field. Jones will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame and his No. 10 will be officially retired before that evening's game with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tickets for the certain sell out ceremony and game go on sale Monday, Feb. at braves.com, the Turner Field box office or through Ticketmaster. Jones will join teammates Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and former skipper Bobby Cox up there on the wall as Braves Hall of Famers.

"Chipper was a Brave from the beginning to the end of his career and his legacy will forever live in our record books," says Braves president John Schuerholtz via a statement. ...

Atlantans to join 203 countries in One Billion Rising call to action today

Posted By: Richard Eldredge · 2/14/2013 8:29:00 AM

On the 15th anniversary of VDay, "Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler is going global with One Billion Rising, planned as the largest day of action in the feminist's long-standing commitment to ending violence against women and girls. In addition to the city of Atlanta declaring Valentine's Day 2013 "A Rape and Violence Free Zone" today (well, the intentions are good even if the reality is unlikely), some of Atlanta's most notable women, men and children are gathering this morning at the state capitol downtown starting at 10 a.m. Locals join One Billion Rising global gatherings in 203 countries in the effort to end assaults against women. Ensler's longtime friend and former Atlantan Jane Fonda is heading up the left coast rising today.

Local speakers will include Evelyn Lowery, civil rights activist and wife of Dr. Joseph LoweryBernice King, the daughter of MLK, Spanx founder Sara Blakely and Captain Planet Foundation eco activist...

Regina King shares secrets from new seasons of Southland, The Boondocks

Posted By: Richard Eldredge · 2/13/2013 8:46:00 AM

 When season five of the critically acclaimed TNT drama "Southland" premieres tonight at 10, LAPD detective Lydia Adams is trying to balance being a new mother and solving the rape of a Latino male who is too humiliated to help the cops assigned to his case. And whether she's scaling a fire escape chasing a suspect or attempting to  feign cool detachment when her male partner points out she's lactating on the job, actress Regina King brings a world weary humanity to Adams beneath the brusqueness and wisecracks.

In an exclusive interview with Atlanta magazine, King discusses the new season, directing (!) her first episode of "Southland" this season and delivers some exciting, sure-to-be-controversial news for fans of the Adult Swim series "The Boondocks," eagerly awaiting news on a fourth season.

 Q: Last season, the writers put Lydia through the ringer with this unplanned pregnancy and the rigors of ...

Uncle Ruckus The Movie?

Posted By: Richard Eldredge · 2/8/2013 8:57:00 AM

 If the financing comes through on his next acting project, former Agatha's: A Taste of Mystery actor and writer Gary Anthony Williams might just be flexing his improv skills again later this year. For three seasons now, the former "Malcolm in the Middle" actor has given voice to comic strip creator Aaron McGruder's outrageous Uncle Ruckus character on "The Boondocks," the popular Cartoon Network Adult Swim animated series.

Now, McGruder wants the native Atlantan to play the "hard working, slur-spitting handyman" in a live-action R-rated comedy to be written and directed by McGruder. The film is to be financed through a Kickstarter fan campaign. As of Friday morning with 1,503 backers, the film has raised $59,598 of it's $200,000 goal with 21 days to go.

So why a live-action film revolving around the cartoon's most offensive, twisted and self-loathing character? McGruder explains: "There's always been interest in a live-action Boondocks ...

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