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The water boy’s hustle Atlanta

The water boy’s hustle

Atlanta city officials deemed water sales along highway exits a nuisance and a threat. But for one West End teenager, the hustle is a way to make money and to stay out of jail.
Donald Albright

How Donald Albright became Atlanta’s podcast kingmaker

Five years ago, Donald Albright was feeling burned out, struggling to find his place as an underappreciated player in Atlanta’s cutthroat hip-hop scene. As it turns out, the hustle he honed in the music business served him even better in the podcast one.
John Lewis

That time I ran into John Lewis: Atlantans share their favorite memories

Our Congressman had an uncanny ability to make total strangers and coworkers feel at ease, whether he was lingering at a three-year-old’s birthday party, signing books at the Barnes & Noble on Moreland Avenue, or shaking hands and giving hugs along the Pride Parade route.
Butter.ATL

News, memes, and activism: how Butter.ATL strives to tell authentic Atlanta stories

With over 60,000-plus followers on Instagram alone, Butter.ATL averages over 1.5 million monthly impressions online. More than half of their audience comes from the metro area. But in light of protests sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, there seemed to be less of a need for ATL-themed quarantine games and more of an opportunity to use the platform for community dialogue.

The rise of Southwest Atlanta’s food scene

Darius Williams's Greens & Gravy, D Cafe, Pink Cole's Slutty Vegan, Monday Night Brewing's Garage, and much more. Southwest Atlanta's food scene has become a resurgence of black-owned businesses built to cater to the community.
Walter's Clothing Atlanta

The legacy of Walter’s Clothing

Walter Strauss, the "Godfather of sneaker culture" in Atlanta, died in July at age 94. But his shop, Walter's Clothing, remains an institution for Atlantans, Georgia State students, and out-of-town visitors looking for exclusive sneakers.
Willie Watkins

Meet Willie Watkins: Atlanta’s mortuary mogul

Nearly 40 years since Watkins turned a former Confederate general’s Victorian house in the West End into a funeral home, he has built a multimillion dollar empire that lays to rest roughly 1,500 people each year. Watkins organized the funerals of Coretta Scott King, Lillian Miles Lewis (Congressman John Lewis’s wife of 50 years), and family members of Usher and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks.
Spinrilla

Mixtape mix-up: Why the RIAA is taking Spinrilla to court

The DIY nature of mixtapes is crucial to understanding the success of Spinrilla, a mixtape website and app founded in 2013 by Dylan Copeland after he left Georgia State University.
Mark Kendall

Atlanta comic Mark Kendall uses humor to address representation

Getting a cease and desist notice from Morgan Freeman may be one of the best things that’s happened to Mark Kendall.
Houston Super Bowl

The Atlanta baller’s guide to Super Bowl LI

It’s Super Bowl weekend. Your beloved Atlanta Falcons have made it the big game. You’re following them to Houston, and money is no object. Here's how to really live it up at Super Bowl LI.

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