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Leonard Freed's "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Baltimore" (1964) "I'm particularly fond of this picture for the same reason that Leonard Freed, the photographer, was delighted by it. It is one of Freed's most iconic images, in large part because it depicts a popular figure: Martin Luther King Jr. What might be surprising to people, however, is that Freed liked the picture not so much for King's inclusion as for the gestures of those anonymous figures who surround him on the right side of the composition. The genuine sense of enthusiasm and joy that emanates from their expressions as they reach to embrace King's hand makes this picture a riveting and emblematic document of our nation's history." Harry Callahan's "Eleanor, Chicago" (1947) "Harry Callahan was one of Atlanta's great photographers. In this picture, one of many fascinating portraits he made of his wife, Eleanor, he filled the entire frame with her head and upraised arms, allowing for the lines of her bare skin to articulate an elegant and stunning composition."

The BeltLine acquires key property

The Atlanta BeltLine punctuated another year of progress by acquiring the missing link between its popular Eastside Trail and its most visible landmark, Historic Fourth Ward Park. On the last day of 2012, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. purchased a 0.76-acre parcel adjacent to the Masquerade from the Trust for Public Land for a cool $1.3 million. (The Trust buys up strategic pieces of land along the BeltLine and holds them until ABI can come up with the funds. Unfortunately, they bought this one in 2005 at the top of the market.)

Thanks for the nostalgia trip, BuzzFeed

One of BuzzFeed's community contributor's put together a GIF'ed-up list called 35 Signs You Grew Up In Atlanta that went viral today. On a scale of LOL to OMG, it's pretty awesome. The 'Hooch, Spaghetti Junction, and even the Thashers get shout-outs.

A drone’s eye view of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium

With just over two years left to complete the Atlanta Falcons stadium, crews of 750 are working six days a week to meet the August 2015 deadline to build the core of the 1.9-million-square-foot, $1.4 billion stadium that will rise 30 stories over Northside and Martin Luther King Jr. drives.

A jazzy celebration of Ray Charles

When the houselights dim and stage lights go up at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on the evening of February 26, artists will stand in the wings ready to sing Ray Charles classics.
What's filming in Atlanta now?

What’s filming in Atlanta now? The Ballad of Richard Jewell, Lovecraft Country, Ozark, Hillbilly Elegy, and more

Clint Eastwood is back in Atlanta with his next directorial project, The Ballad of Richard Jewell. Also in town: Ron Howard's Hillbilly Elegy and Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams's HBO series Lovecraft Country.

What’s filming in Atlanta now? Pitch Perfect 3, Den of Thieves, Black Panther, Stranger Things, and Donald Glover’s latest role

Pitch Perfect 3, heist thriller Den of Thieves, Marvel's Black Panther, Stranger Things, and Netflix's Come Sunday are just a few of the movies and TV shows filming in town. Plus, Donald Glover just can't wait to be king.
Whitley Hotel Buckhead Atlanta

At the Whitley Hotel, the former Buckhead Ritz trades dark paneling for light and whimsy

The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead was once an epicenter of Atlanta's social scene, a mainstay for gossip and celebrity sightings, but on Wednesday, Marriott officially reintroduced the renovated and rebranded property, now named the Whitley Hotel Atlanta Buckhead, by hosting a lavish cocktail party for city dignitaries, media, and neighbors.

Exit interview with Vikki Locke: “I don’t want to do this anymore”

As B98.5-FM morning show host Vikki Locke clicks off the microphone for the last time this morning after a 28-year run on Atlanta’s airwaves, she’s leaving behind a radio industry much different than the one she entered as an Ohio State University journalism graduate back in 1985. During her nearly 20-year reign at Star 94 with partner Steve McCoy, you could invite a superstar listener like Elton John, who lived down the street from the station, on air for an extended chat and to spin his favorite songs. In 2013, morning show talent is advised to keep the chatter to under two minutes, edit your interviews in advance and spin Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” ad nauseam.

Want to spend Friday night playing with a shelter dog? You can have one delivered.

LifeLine Animal Project has teamed up with food delivery service Zifty for #LoveDelivered, an event where people are invited to book a one-hour playtime session with an adoptable dog from an Atlanta shelter.

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