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Best of Atlanta 2019: Arts & Culture

The best of Atlanta's arts and culture in 2019, including best new album, best surprise superstar, best up-and-coming director, best Instagrammable exhibition, and more.
Alice Walker 75th birthday Georgia

Alice Walker turns 75: How she inspired Tayari Jones, WABE’s Rose Scott, and others

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing—one of Alice Walker’s more than 40 books—is perhaps the most apropos title to describe her 75th birthday celebration, held at the Georgia Writers Museum in her hometown of Eatonton, Georgia last weekend.

From a church basement to a prestigious HBCU: the founding of Spelman College

Sophia Packard and Harriet Giles, two missionaries, traveled south to educate newly freed people after the Civil War. With the financial help of John and Laura Rockefeller, Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary is now known as Spelman College, one of the country’s most prestigious historically black colleges.

Author Tayari Jones on moving home to Atlanta and getting a phone call from Oprah

Tayari Jones, a Spelman College graduate, is the author of four novels—her latest, An American Marriage, was handpicked for Oprah’s Book Club earlier this year. Amid months of book tour stops and after years immersed in New York’s publishing world, the prolific author is moving back to her hometown. Our Q&A with her.

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