David Cowan Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ASL Intrepreter

Meet the breakout star of Governor Kemp’s press conferences: sign language interpreter David Cowan

David Cowan’s expressive style of signing frequently captures the public’s attention—most recently when he was interpreting onstage at Governor Brian Kemp’s coronavirus press conferences.
Brother Philip Holy Spirit in Conyers

“A part of me had to die, to open up to newer life.” A monk shares his calling

"Every monk has a unique story, and it all begins with the call." Meet Brother Philip, one of 26 monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers.
Nicolaus Sherrill

The runner: Nicolaus Sherrill is tracing the boundaries of every Atlanta neighborhood—on foot

I have run on every single highway in this city. I’ve run every section of major railroad. I ran across a couple of lanes of the Connector in order to properly map Midtown.
Kameel Srouji Aviva by Kameel

The happiest chef in Atlanta—Aviva’s Kameel Srouji—explains his secrets. And why he loves you.

I love watching a customer’s face light up after taking a bite of my food. I’m friendly because it’s our tradition: to be generous, hospitable.

A disability advocate explains the joys—and challenges—of navigating Atlanta

"When I was nine, I was diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness. I’ve probably uploaded a few hundred pictures of inaccessible sidewalks to Atlanta’s 311 app. The city is typically good about responding. Still, we need to be more proactive than reactive."

For 17 years, Demetress Williams fostered children. Then she met four siblings she wanted to adopt.

"I’ve fostered maybe 10 kids. Most of the time, the main objective is reunification, so you don’t want to get too attached. But that wasn’t the case with these [four] siblings."

Who is that guy on the BeltLine with a TV on his head?

"Atlanta is such a broad city; the population is exploding, and with that growth, I know problems occur. The other side of that is, when you have all this mixture, all this diversity, that’s when culture comes out. I just hope this project makes Atlanta a little happier, funkier place to live."
Gus Kaufman

Gus Kaufman used to wish he wasn’t gay. Now he talks about the liberation of being your true self.

"I always wished, 'God, make me not a homosexual,' since I could imagine no life as that. And I told [my LGBTQ] workshop participants, once you accept and cherish who you are, you shine like [a] star."
Jackee White, five-star Lyft driver

After 20,000 passengers, this five-star Lyft driver has met more Atlantans than you know

"I broke my ankle, had a bad divorce, lost custody of my daughters, and ended up basically homeless. That's when I decided to try out Lyft. Now, I have a five-star rating and driven 20,000 passengers. My goal is to be the first female driver to make $100,000."

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