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Author Richard L. Eldredge

  • Richard L. Eldredge

    Editorial Contributor

    Rich Eldredge has been happily chronicling the scene in Atlanta since 1990. He began his writing career here with multiple bylines in Atlanta magazine. For sixteen years he contributed to the AJC's popular Peach Buzz column, serving as head writer from 1996 to 2009. In 2001, he edited Celestine Sibley, Reporter, a collection of his beloved AJC colleague's best reporting from her sixty-year career. Over the years, he's covered everything from the 1996 Summer Olympics to Coretta Scott King's seven-hour televised funeral attended by four presidents and the star-studded grand opening of director Tyler Perry's film and television studios in southwest Atlanta, where he offered to hold Oprah Winfrey's eyelashes. He is a graduate of Parkview High School in Lilburn. He resides in Midtown and is the proud owner of a lava floor lamp.


After a harrowing health scare, Doria Roberts of Urban Cannibals bakes up a benefit for The Giving Kitchen

"We didn't know I was in danger. We thought I was pregnant. We were devastated."

Heading into the holiday season last year, Urban Cannibals owners Doria Roberts and Calavino Donati were secretly thrilled. The singer and the chef, who had been trying to get pregnant, were attempting to hide Roberts’ growing belly from friends and customers. Their elation turned to shock, however, when a medical exam revealed not a baby, but an aggressive fibroid tumor that had morphed from baseball to grapefruit size in weeks. During surgery, doctors discovered that the tumor had begun fusing itself to Roberts’ nervous system and that she was weeks away from becoming incapacitated or worse. Read More

Q&A: Get on Up star Chadwick Boseman and director Tate Taylor on James Brown

Before filming the new Godfather of Soul biopic, the director and star hit the road together

Last summer, before an inch of film was ever shot on the set in Mississippi, the actor who played Jackie Robinson in 42 met up with the director of The Help in Atlanta; they rented a car and road tripped it together to Augusta. Getting the most minute details of James Brown’s life right was a top priority for Get on Up director Tate Taylor and actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays The Godfather of Soul in the new biopic, which opens in theaters August 1. With the tsunami of lawsuits and arguments that swirled after the soul pioneer’s 2006 Christmas Day death in Atlanta, it probably didn’t hurt to have the support of the Brown estate either. Read More

Q&A: Djimon Hounsou at the Atlanta screening of Guardians of the Galaxy

The Oscar nominee also discusses the ATL skyline and making Fast and Furious 7 here.

Arriving at Tuesday’s advance screening of Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest superhero summer popcorn movie from Marvel Studios, two-time Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou didn’t duck out for dinner with studio reps once the lights went down. Instead, Hounsou donned his 3D glasses, and settled into a seat with a large bottle of water and a bag of popcorn to watch the two-hour intergalactic comic book come to life. Hounsou is part of an ensemble cast that includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close. Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel lend their voices to the flick, portraying mutant, mouthy raccoon Rocket, and Groot, a walking, talking tree with a severely limited vocabulary. Read More

Caught Up: 40 years later, Millie Jackson recalls creating a classic

"The people in the projects understood me. I told you like it was."

The album cover consisted of a sticky spider web entangling two dazed women and their confused man. The salacious image told listeners everything they needed to know about Caught Up, R&B singer Millie Jackson’s epic 1974 “soul opera.” The only thing more shocking than dropping the needle on Side One to hear a collection of songs from the perspective of the "other woman": Flipping the 12-inch piece of vinyl to discover Side Two and songs from "the wife." Read More

Taking a spin at the Polaris

After a decade out of circulation, the iconic revolving restaurant re-opens next week.

The reimagined Polaris opens to the public June 10. The iconic revolving restaurant that first opened in 1967 now houses two living room spaces, a bar, and a small restaurant. There's a definite emphasis on cocktails and socializing over dining. Read More