Saturday, January 19, 2019

Soul Food Cypher taps hip-hop’s competitive spirit to foster fellowship

Soul Food Cypher's One Hundred is one of 26 events the seven-year-old organization hosts each year that aim to turn hip-hop artists into community leaders by building camaraderie, encouraging collaboration, and providing a platform.
Trees Atlanta

How you can help Atlanta: A guide to volunteer opportunities

Throughout metro Atlanta, about 5,000 nonprofits strive to make their communities stronger. Helping out can be as simple as tutoring from your office computer or as deep as committing to a long-term mentorship. Whether your priority is the cause, the location, or the schedule, here are some worthwhile organizations that depend on volunteers.
Nathan Deal

Exit interview: Nathan Deal on the issue that brings him to tears, why he didn’t expand Medicaid, and more

On January 14, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal hands the keys to Brian Kemp and will settle in Habersham County, where he and his wife, Sandra, will retire. He looks back at criminal justice reform, the issue that brings him to tears, why he didn’t expand Medicaid, the religious liberty bill, and the importance of baby steps.
Circa: Lockheed bomber plant

Flashback: How World War II helped turn Cobb County into an economic powerhouse

With war on the horizon in the early 1940s, the country needed B-29 Superfortress bombers to fight Nazi Germany, and it needed them fast. A group of boosters from Cobb County pitched the perfect site: a cotton farm and field of trees in Marietta. The investment turned Cobb, until then a sleepy suburb, into an economic powerhouse.

Why are pedestrian and bicyclist deaths increasing in metro Atlanta?

Across the country, deaths of pedestrians are nearing historic highs, and Georgia and metro Atlanta are no different. According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the number of collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists in the 20-county metro region has risen sharply, from nearly 1,700 in 2006 to more than 2,500 in 2015—a 53 percent increase.
Churchill Grounds

Atlanta’s jazz scene is alive and well, even without Churchill Grounds

Instead of mourning after the demise of Churchill Grounds, many of Atlanta's jazz musicians began playing music throughout the city. There are now 10 weekly jam sessions at venues inside the perimeter, placing Atlanta on comparable footing with more jazz-forward cities like Seattle.

10 standout books with Georgia ties that you might have missed in 2018

At libraries around the metro area, shelves full of newly released books are held on reserve, waiting for impatient readers. Author visits at the Margaret Mitchell House, Wren’s Nest, or the Atlanta History Center are often packed; book clubs are springing up everywhere; and literary events like the AJC Decatur Book Festival and the Book Festival of the MJCCA bring national authors to our doorstep. Here are a few of our favorites from this year’s releases.

Atlanta’s Lace Larrabee is training a new generation of women comics

In the male-dominated stand-up comedy world, Lace Larrabee is making sure women are a force to be reckoned with by launching Laugh Lab, the only stand-up comedy class in Atlanta that’s exclusively for women. She also role in the new Catherine Zeta-Jones comedy Queen America, which debuts this month on Facebook Watch.

Meet Asshole Santa, the North Pole’s bad influence in East Atlanta

Asshole Santa is coming to Atlanta, and he’s drinking Scotch, chain-smoking fake cigars, and ignoring whether you’re naughty or nice. Tell him what you want for Christmas on November 17 at East Atlanta’s 529 Bar.
Atlanta’s housing authority stopped building rental units for nearly a decade. Can it make up for lost time?

Atlanta’s housing authority stopped building rental units for nearly a decade. Can it make up for lost time?

Atlanta used to be considered a national pioneer when it came to public housing. But for the past decade, affordable housing has become an afterthought as gentrification has crept into the city. How can the Atlanta Housing Authority make up for lost time?

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