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If Atlanta’s most famous hip-hop stars want to participate in activism, they’ll have to reckon with their own elite statuses
While it’s certainly possible to both empathize with protesters and feel pained to see the city in chaos, Atlanta's mainstream hip-hop artists also benefit financially from encouraging peace. As entrepreneurs and longtime ambassadors of a city that is a hub for black businesses, their economic success and the continued growth of Atlanta are indisputably linked. Even if they came from the black working class and genuinely wish to advocate for them, refusing to acknowledge this reality dilutes their messages.
"Go home," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms implored Atlanta protesters. "I cannot protect you out in those streets."
On Wednesday, Atlanta United players began their first individual practices since March and Killer Mike and T.I. helped pass out meals. Here’s your Thursday morning update:
Tyler Perry marked the opening of his new, 330-acre Tyler Perry Studios at Fort McPherson with a gala that brought a monumental number of stars, including everyone from Oprah to Hank Aaron to Beyoncé to Andrew Young.
Kendrick Lamar will headline the Tycoon Music Festival, while the Atlanta Design Festival offers a ton of events throughout the weekend.
Around 1 a.m. on Thursday night, Ludacris announced that he was “just getting started” with his EA Sports Bowl set inside State Farm Arena.
Who's on tour in Atlanta this summer? Among the highlights on this summer's concert calendar: Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Janelle Monáe, Taylor Swift, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Zac Brown Band, Journey, and more.
The second location to ever open, the Houston's on Lenox Road has been an Atlanta institution for 40 years. And while some might think of it as an overpriced chain, many Atlantans are completely devoted to the restaurant—and its spinach and artichoke dip.
What’s filming in Atlanta now? Fast 8, Felt, Donald Glover’s Atlanta, and The Walking Dead amps up security
The latest Fast and the Furious film and Donald Glover’s Atlanta series are just a few of the movies and TV shows filming in town. Plus, did a car crash reveal a Walking Dead spoiler?
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