The Mad Violinist

When Ashanti Floyd, twenty-six, was a fifth grader in Tallahassee, his classmates laughed at him for playing the violin. With Tupac Shakur cranking out multiplatinum records, there were few young African American violinists, let alone ones traveling to Europe for classical music competitions. But by high school, Floyd’s gym performances inspired such bedlam that the principal had to shut down student assemblies.

My drunken dinner with Kim Zolciak Biermann

At 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, my cellphone rings. It’s my driver Bashira. The black sedan is idling outside, waiting to take me to this evening’s assignment. I’m being whisked to Bravo reality TV star Kim Zolciak Biermann and Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann’s Alpharetta estate to consume breakfast foods at dinnertime. And to get drunk.

Regina King shares secrets from Southland, The Boondocks

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.

A Beatle, a Rock Lobster, and how John Lennon got his mojo back

Six months before his 1980 assassination, John Lennon took his four-year-old son Sean on vacation to Bermuda while wife Yoko Ono ran the family business back home in New York. For nearly five years, Lennon’s guitar had hung, unstrummed, on a wall above the couple’s bed. He canceled his subscription to Billboard, learned how to bake bread, and became a househusband and stay-at-home dad for Sean.

Q&A with Emily Giffin

In 2001 Emily Giffin ditched a fledgling law career in Manhattan and set out for London to write fiction. Five bestselling novels and a few million dollars later, that decision looks pretty good. At forty, Giffin and her husband, Buddy Blaha, are doting parents to twin eight-year-old sons Edward and George and daughter Harriet, who turned five in May. The family recently moved into a $5 million Buckhead manse, and Blaha left a top job at Newell Rubbermaid “to smell the roses before gearing up again,” Giffin says. “We recently went to St. Barts for our ten-year anniversary, and he wrote ‘coach’ as his occupation on his immigration document. I’ve never seen him so happy. It really makes me realize how lucky I am to love what I do.”

Club Rio’s 25th lures city’s reformed punks, yuppies

Atlanta mayor Andrew Young boogied there on his 55th birthday, RuPaul’s visage was painted on the walls, and after a visit to Club Rio at 195 Luckie Street in downtown Atlanta in 1988, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto proclaimed the hipster nightspot New York City’s best new nightclub, airfare not included.

Georgia Aquarium, Tybee Island co-star with Miley Cyrus in ‘The Last Song’

With "The Last Song" washing into theaters today, let's hope the Georgia Aquarium gift shop folks have plenty of their signature polo shirts in stock. The downtown Atlanta tourist attraction, also known as the world's largest aquarium, has a pair of cameos in the new Miley Cyrus flick, based on a story by "The Notebook" author Nicholas Sparks and released by Walt Disney Studios. The film, shot primarily on Tybee Island on coastal Ge

Q&A with Natasha Trethewey

With Emory professor Natasha Trethewey named poet laureate of the United States, discussions of Southern identity get a higher profile.

Nursery Rhymes: MattyB

 Eight-year-old Matthew Morris confesses to having a fear of coyotes and a loathing of spinach, and he answers questions with a focused, “Yes, sir.” But give him a beat and put him in shades and a leather jacket, and he becomes MattyB—a “chyeah”-saying emcee who agilely chirps that he’s hotter than gumbo.

With A Tony Evening, Stephanie Blank unites a pair of passions

Stephanie Blank has a secret. No, not that. Even TMZ has reported on the ridiculously civilized parting of the ways between the veteran Atlanta charitable fundraiser and her husband of 16 years, Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank. We’re talking about a real secret here.

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