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Black and Reporting: The Struggle Behind the Lens

A documentary explores the black pioneers of Atlanta’s broadcast past

On a summer morning in 1967, Lorenzo “Lo” Jelks walked into the WSB-TV studios for his first day of work. That wouldn’t have been noteworthy, except that Jelks, an American descendant of enslaved Africans, would be the first black on-air reporter at what was then (and now) one of the largest television stations in the Southeast.

Georgia is moving in Democrats’ direction. For Stacey Abrams, will it be fast enough?

Someday a Democrat will win a statewide office in Georgia. It’s a statistical inevitability as the state continues to diversify. That time could be as soon as November 6, as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams seems to be riding a national blue wave that could lift her above Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp.
Circa: Atlanta Sanitation

Flashback: The civil rights activist and agitator, Hosea Williams

Hosea Williams was standing below the Memphis motel balcony when he saw his friend and mentor, Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated. Williams, a pugnacious lieutenant in the civil rights movement, the bad cop to Andrew Young’s good cop, wondered “whether America lost its last chance.”
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

“There’s still an enormous amount of racial distrust in Atlanta.”

Just few weeks into her term, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks out about the election, her efforts to raise $1 billion for affordable housing, whether she’ll endorse in the governor’s race, and the sexism she encounters as a woman who, besides being a mother of four, is the mayor of Georgia’s largest city.
Emory Civil Rights Movement

Emory students tackle unsolved, unpunished killings from the Civil Rights Movement—and draw parallels to today

Hank Klibanoff’s students are talking about running. Specifically, why an innocent black teenager would run from white cops in Macon in 1962. Simone Senibaldi, a senior, says, “The thing about running—for me and people that I know who are black—is that whenever cops are around, you run, regardless of whether you’re innocent or guilty.”
Beyonce Lemonade MODA

MODA’s kicks off a year-long conversation centered on Beyoncé’s Lemonade

MODA launches the Lemonade Project tonight, a year-long series of discussions on race, gender, class, and identity, centered on Beyoncé's sixth solo album.
Annexation

How less than six square miles could determine Atlanta’s next mayor

Since Kasim Reed took office, more than 20,000 white transplants have moved inside the city limits. That influx, combined with the past decade’s foreclosure crisis that disproportionately affected black residents, means today the city’s black population is roughly 50 percent, compared with 67 percent in 1990.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on racism, Confederate monuments, the costs of being black in America

The Atlantic correspondent and MacArthur ‘Genius’ makes a stop at the Carter Center to promote his new book.
Roy Barnes

Roy Barnes on the Confederate flag and where the South needs to go from here

Barnes, a throwback to Georgia’s once mighty but now dismantled Democratic machine, was eager to talk about the South’s contradictions. And, as the governor who oversaw the revamp of Georgia’s state flag back in 2001—which removed the battle emblem and arguably cost him reelection in 2002—few are more uniquely qualified.

Unleash the hounds* at the Dog Jog race in Dunwoody

Is your husky looking a bit, er, husky? Send Rover right over to the Dog Jog, timed one-mile and 5K races at Dunwoody’s Brook Run Dog Park that are open to all breeds, plus their human companions (who can qualify for the Peachtree Road Race).

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