Cornelia Walker Bailey

Commentary: The legacy of Cornelia Walker Bailey, the griot of Sapelo Island

Cornelia Walker Bailey knew Sapelo Island’s history and was determined to get it straight. As the unofficial griot (a West African term for a historian or storyteller) of Hog Hammock, the last remaining of the original African American communities founded by the island’s population of freed slaves and their descendants, she taught it every chance she got.
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?

A Modest Proposal

We created this helpful guide for Georgia businesses with illustrator Tommy Siegel.

Commentary: The core problem with Cobb

It can’t have been easy to be a Cobb resident this week. Since Monday’s surprise announcement of the Braves’ impending relocation to a vacant lot near Cumberland Mall, the prevailing attitude from the rest of the metro area has been: Effing *Cobb*. Those highway-worshipin’, Applebees-eatin’ suburbanites spit in the face of progress [time][1] and [again][2], then steal our baseball team.
John Lewis

Commentary: The fact we need to defend Atlanta and John Lewis is sad indeed.

A week from being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States and days before the federal holiday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., Donald J. Trump took umbrage with criticism levied by Georgia congressman John Lewis, who questioned the legitimacy of Trump’s election, what with the steady drip of reports about Russian hacking and all.

Commentary: Can Atlanta save the World?

Our fair city’s romance with the wrecking ball and bulldozer is well documented. So it seemed like cause for huzzahs when the Atlanta Urban Design Commission denied a request to demolish the Auburn Avenue building that once was home to the Atlanta Daily World, the country’s first black-owned daily paper.The Integral Group — a developer with a track record of working on urban projects, including the redevelopment of Grady Homes — planned to preserve the World’s facade and replace its guts with new apartments, affordably priced and presumably appealing to Georgia State University students. Critics said saving the façade wasn’t enough, and more than 1,100 people signed a petition protesting Integral and GSU (never mind that the school wasn’t formally associated with the project).

Commentary: The brilliant strategy of Rev. Creflo Dollar’s request for a $60 million private plane

Dollar enabled an old-school sales compliance technique practiced by everyone who's worked a phone during an NPR membership drive. The good reverend can come back with a more modest request and cite the struggle of fundraising in a faithless world. His people will fall for it. And by laughing at Dollar, we're helping him.

Corona-Angst on two continents: Watching coronavirus panic unfold at home while abroad in Austria

Former Atlanta magazine editor Rebecca Burns, on vacation in Austria last week as COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, describes what it was like to watch the disaster response unfold in two countries at once.
Atlanta

Letter to the editor: Atlanta’s philanthropy must dig deeper for systemic change

Especially in the South, philanthropy has sometimes provided superficial atonement for anti-Black racism. Atlanta must do so much better. With leadership transitions at CFGA and other major nonprofit institutions upon us, I offer three goals as a call to action for addressing the mismatch between nonprofit institutional talk and walk.
MARTA

Commentary: Only transit investment—not tech hype—can solve Gwinnett’s transportation woes

"In communities like Gwinnett’s around the nation, we’ve also seen Uber, automated vehicles, hyperloop, and even flying cars offered as reasons not to commit to long-term transit planning. These expectations are wildly inflated." An automated vehicle specialist defends the need for conventional rail and bus service.

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