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SmoQue Pit

Chef Seni Alabi-Isama raised the culinary bar in Statesboro. Now, he’s bringing sous-vide barbecue.

Of the approximately 100 restaurants in Statesboro, some 70 percent are fast food chains. Seni Alabi-Isama craved thoughtful food made from high-quality ingredients that reflected his wide-ranging cultural influences.
Little Women: Atlanta

On screen, Little Women: Atlanta is all drama all the time. Off camera? Not so much.

Little Women: Atlanta launched in January 2016, and now 1.3 million viewers tune in per episode. Is the drama provoked or organic? “The story is the story,” coexecutive producer Mark Scheibal says. “Obviously, we have to produce it, put them in situations that allow it to happen or amplify it.”
I was almost sort of famous

That time I almost became a reality TV star

I was 29 and struggling to make it as a freelance writer. MTV’s Jersey Shore was the hottest thing on TV. Those idiots are getting paid, I thought. Why not me and my old buddies?
Rodney Ho

The AJC’s Rodney Ho watches every reality TV show so you don’t have to

Ho has watched every episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta and written more than 136,000 words of weekly recaps. And he knows what his audience wants.
Atlanta United FC

Can Atlanta United do what the city’s other big league franchises haven’t?

Atlanta is a sports town, just not a unified one. I know passionate fans of the Braves and Bulldogs, but also Lakers lovers, Phillies fanatics, Alabama die-hards, and Chelsea hooligans. Atlantans come from all over and bring their exotic sporting allegiances with them.
Jim Stacy

Jim Stacy, 4.0: The Pallookaville founder contemplates his next move

In his 50 years on earth, Stacy has sung in a punk rock band called BigTop (he hit the stage dressed as a clown), run both the Star Bar in Little Five Points and the Starlight Drive-In Theatre on Moreland Avenue, and performed with a short-lived burlesque group called the Dong Squad. “Every seven years or so, I try something new,” he says.
Dwight Howard

Why the Atlanta Hawks are worth watching this season

It’s been 55 seasons since the Hawks (then in St. Louis) played for (and lost) an NBA championship. This season isn’t likely to break that streak, yet the Hawks are certainly worth watching.
Madina Institute Duluth

One Square Mile: Visit a Mosque Day at Duluth’s Madina Institute

Prompted by the attacks in Paris and California and the anti-Islam furor that followed, the Atlanta Muslim community organized the event with the support of 16 local mosques.
Smite World Championships

At the Smite World Championship, gamers have rock star status (and paychecks to match)

Walking into the theater for the best-of-five grand finals between Team Enemy and Team Epsilon, I felt I’d stumbled upon something like The Hunger Games: the palpable bloodlust of the crowd beating noisemakers, the cheery British announcer, the underwriting of the powerful, and the practiced brutality of the players.
Lee Haney

Eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney returns to the site of his iconic gym

“Man,” Lee Haney says, “I am puzzled! Golly. Oh my goodness. Mass confusion! I feel like Captain America when he fell in the ice and woke up years later.”

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