Friday, March 22, 2019
Atlanta Legends

The Legends are Atlanta’s new pro football team. But will their league survive to see a second season?

It’s called the Alliance of American Football. It's billed as a spring developmental league for the NFL and an off-season football and gambling fix. But the history of American football is littered with pro leagues that failed. Will the AAF be different?
Cyclorama

Redeeming the Cyclorama: Why the century-old attraction is anything but a monument to the Confederacy

Conceived in Chicago, created in Milwaukee, and premiered in Minneapolis, the Cyclorama was meant to celebrate the Union’s great triumph in capturing Atlanta and hastening the end of the Civil War. But when the painting moved South, new audiences flipped its meaning, bastardizing the spectacle into a testament to white Southern pride. For decades, it was a masterpiece of misinterpretation. Now, it has a new life at the Atlanta History Center.
Georgia pecan farmers

Georgia pecan farmers have thrived for a century. After Hurricane Michael, they’re unsure if they’ll survive another generation.

After Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Hurricane Irma in 2017, and Hurricane Michael in 2018, Georgia's pecan farming industry is suffering. Georgia lost a sixth of its total pecan trees from Hurricane Michael and generations of farmers lost their crops—giving them a long road to recovery. Combined with increasing tariffs, many farmers are uncertain about their future.
Herman Russell: Joyce Alston

After Atlanta icon Herman Russell died, DNA proved Joycelyn Alston is a daughter he never knew. That’s when things got complicated.

Sixty years ago, as he was building the construction empire that would make him one of Atlanta’s richest and most influential men, Herman Russell fathered a daughter out of wedlock. Now, four years after his death, Joycelyn Alston is fighting her three half-siblings for a portion of their father’s vast estate.
Lassiter Marching Trojan Band

Lassiter High School Band teaches discipline, love for music, and—most important—belonging

Lassiter High School Band, a nationally recognized ensemble that will perform in this month’s Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, teaches discipline and love for music. But most important, for students on the brink of adulthood, it’s a place to belong.
Basil Eleby, I-85 fire

The I-85 fire could have destroyed Basil Eleby’s life. Instead, it may have saved it.

When he was suspected of starting the fire that collapsed a portion of I-85 in Atlanta, Basil Eleby—a homeless man who grew up without a family and struggled with addiction—was facing felony charges that would put him in jail until he was in his sixties. But one year after the fire, Eleby is on the path to recovery, thanks to the help of the Atlanta community.

The bittersweet stories of Atlanta’s DACA recipients

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy allows renewable two-year respite from deportation for undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before they turned 16. Roughly 21,000 of them are in Georgia. Here, six metro Atlanta DACA recipients discuss their dreams, setbacks, achievements, survival, and what it’s been like to skirt federal and state laws in pursuit of better lives in America.
Yacht Rock

Confessions of a Cover Band: Yacht Rock Revue croons the hits you love to hate

Yacht Rock Revue is hard to define—they're part fandom, part joke, part self-promotion, and each element is infused with irony. But when they take the stage at Old Fourth Ward's Venkman’s, the band is fully in character, complete with gaudy shirts and sunglasses, playing music people hate. And everyone loves it.
Creative Loafing

A long, strange trip: The oral history of Creative Loafing

Family feuds, hostile takeovers, sewage in the newsroom, sex workers in the lobby, fearless reporting, and a man named Mud—the very weird, very true history of Creative Loafing, the alt weekly the internet still hasn’t killed.
T.I.

The Evolution of T.I.

The Atlanta superstar rose to fame as a street-hardened rapper. For his next act, he wants to save Bankhead, the neighborhood that could've killed him.

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