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Apr 30, 2020. 2 comments

Janelle Monae to Perform in Verizon Live Series Benefitting Small Businesses

Janelle Monae to Perform in Verizon Live Series Benefitting Small Businesses

Across the board, celebrities are trying to do what they can with their platforms to help those who have been affected by the devastation brought on by COVID-19. Actress Octavia Spencer

donated respirators to hospitals in her home state of Alabama and the epicenter of the illness, New York, while Rihanna has donated over $5 million to support several organizations through her Clara Lionel...

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Apr 30, 2020.

More Than 80% of Patients Hospitalized for COVID-19 in Georgia Were Black, CDC Reports

More Than 80% of Patients Hospitalized for COVID-19 in Georgia Were Black, CDC Reports

As Georgia gets set to reopen more non-essential business this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study finding that more than 80 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were black.

Shared on Wednesday, the CDC study looked at 305 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in eight Georgia hospitals, seven of which were in the metro Atlanta area, reports CBS News.

The...

Apr 29, 2020.

Offset Schedules Facebook Live Concert to Benefit Atlanta Food Bank

Offset Schedules Facebook Live Concert to Benefit Atlanta Food Bank

One of the trends that has emerged over the course of the current pandemic is artists performing virtual concerts through Instagram, Facebook and *checks notes* Teddy Riley Live.com. Now, Cardi B’s husband Offset is getting into the mix.

AJC reports that on Wednesday, Offset will host a virtual concert on Facebook Live to raise money for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The concert is being...

Apr 28, 2020. 4 comments

Little Women Atlanta Star Ashley 'Minnie' Ross Dies After Hit-and-Run Accident

Little Women Atlanta Star Ashley 'Minnie' Ross Dies After Hit-and-Run Accident

Ashley Ross, better known to fans of the reality show Little Women: Atlanta as “Miss Minnie,” was killed early Tuesday morning during a hit-and-run accident. She was 34 years old.

According to People magazine, Ross sustained grave injuries after the car she was in collided with another near Old National Highway in Atlanta around 11 p.m. on Sunday (April 26). She succumbed to her injuries at...

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Apr 23, 2020. 18 comments

Georgia Still Set to Reopen Friday Despite Having Increase in Coronavirus Cases, Deaths

Georgia Still Set to Reopen Friday Despite Having Increase in Coronavirus Cases, Deaths

On Monday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced that the state would allow some non-essential businesses to re-open this Friday. Though, considering the updated number of coronavirus cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in the state, one has to wonder if that plan needs to change.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Georgia currently has 20,740 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 836...

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Apr 22, 2020. 6 comments

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Says Gov. Brian Kemp Blindsided Her With Announcement to Reopen Georgia

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Says Gov. Brian Kemp Blindsided Her With Announcement to Reopen Georgia

One would think that a governor who was planning to reopen his state during an ongoing pandemic would, at the very least, consult the mayor of the city with the state’s largest population. Apparently, this was not the case for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Bottoms says she was completely blindsided by Kemp’s Monday announcement that he would be opening some...

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Apr 11, 2020. 2 comments

After 16 Years Apart, Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon Provide the Perfect 'SexBeat'

After 16 Years Apart, Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon Provide the Perfect 'SexBeat'

Last weekend’s

epic producer battle between crunk overlords Lil Jon and T-Pain gave us much more than just nostalgia; it also presented the perfect opportunity to premiere new music in front of a global audience.

But when Lil Jon dug in the vaults and unleashed an unreleased track featuring himself, Usher and Ludacris—the holy trinity that dominated dance floors and airwaves alike with...

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Apr 09, 2020. 1 comments

Tyler Perry Continues 'Random Acts of Kindness,' Pays Shoppers' Grocery Bills at 73 Stores in Atlanta and Louisiana

Tyler Perry Continues 'Random Acts of Kindness,' Pays Shoppers' Grocery Bills at 73 Stores in Atlanta and Louisiana

Say what you will about Tyler Perry’s wig selection, but don’t you dare try to say the man isn’t a giver.

News station 11 Alive reports that the TV and movie mogul paid grocery bills for customers at 44 Krogers across metro Atlanta Wednesday as an act of kindness and goodwill during this time of crisis.

“Senior and higher-risk Kroger shoppers in metro Atlanta did receive a nice surprise at the...

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Apr 07, 2020.

Tyler Perry Presents a $21,000 Tip to Out-of-Work Restaurant Servers in Atlanta

Tyler Perry Presents a $21,000 Tip to Out-of-Work Restaurant Servers in Atlanta

Tyler Perry’s new BET+ show may be “

Ruthless ,” but his recent act of charity was the very opposite.

According to TMZ, the entertainment mogul continued his

Good Samaritan energy and left a $500 tip for each of the 42 out-of-work servers at a Houston’s restaurant in Atlanta on Sunday. Do the math—that’s $21,000 total!

Apparently Houston’s is one of Perry’s favorite restaurants in the city and...

Apr 07, 2020. 3 comments

9 Reasons The T-Pain Versus Lil Jon 'Verzuz' Battle Was the Saturday Night Show We Didn't Even Know We Needed

9 Reasons The T-Pain Versus Lil Jon 'Verzuz' Battle Was the Saturday Night Show We Didn't Even Know We Needed

For every melanated individual over the age of 35, Sunday night was slated to be the music version of boxing’s “Rumble In The Jungle,” the spectacular fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in Kinshasha, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), in October 1974—arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century. (Ali won by an eighth round knockout using his now-famous...

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Mar 29, 2020. 10 comments

Da Brat and Jesseca Dupart Confirm Relationship on Instagram With $200,000 Bentley Birthday Gift Video

Da Brat and Jesseca Dupart Confirm Relationship on Instagram With $200,000 Bentley Birthday Gift Video

The cat’s out the bag. And Da Brat is out the closet—apparently.

Page Six reports that the hip hop veteran—known for her collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, Missy “Misdemeanor Elliott,” Lil’ Kim, Tyrese and Mariah Carey—has opened up about her relationship with luxury gift-giving girlfriend Jesseca Dupart.

“I’ve always been a kind of private person until I met my heart’s...

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Mar 29, 2020. 4 comments

Civil Rights Icon, Prominent Preacher Joseph Lowery Passes Away at 98

Civil Rights Icon, Prominent Preacher Joseph Lowery Passes Away at 98

His is the epitome of a life well-lived.

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader and a co-founder of the influential Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died on Friday at 98.

His family issued a statement confirming the passing, saying he died peacefully at his Atlanta home Friday night, surrounded by his daughters.

Lowery, born in Huntsville, Ala., worked closely with...

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Mar 07, 2020. 7 comments

Trump Claims the U.S. Shouldn’t Be Worried About the Coronavirus, So Why Was He Scared to Visit the CDC?

Trump Claims the U.S. Shouldn’t Be Worried About the Coronavirus, So Why Was He Scared to Visit the CDC?

President Contaminated HawSpit—also known as the Human Racism Virus—keeps telling America that we’ve got nothing to fear when it comes to the coronavirus. In fact, he basically said that if blacks have their peppermints and ginger ale, they should be good. He also recommended that if white people use whatever they use to keep illness at bay handy (I believe it’s Milk of Magnesia or Febreeze),...

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Mar 02, 2020. 3 comments

Holy Shit: Beyoncé Mass at Spelman College Causes Ticket Frenzy

Holy Shit: Beyoncé Mass at Spelman College Causes Ticket Frenzy

There are no known plans for Queen Bey to show up to the religious service in her whole-y name but the tickets are the hottest ticket in town.

Beyoncé Mass will descend on Hotlanta to kick off Women’s Herstory Month at Spelman College tomorrow and demand has reached a fever pitch.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, tickets were reserved quickly for the female-centric event taking...

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Feb 16, 2020. 4 comments

Three People Wounded During Valentine's Day Shooting At Kandi Burruss' Old Lady Gang Restaurant Near Atlanta

Three People Wounded During Valentine's Day Shooting At Kandi Burruss' Old Lady Gang Restaurant Near Atlanta

On Valentine’s Day night, three people were shot and injured at Kandi Burruss’ Old Lady Gang restaurant in East Point, about 8 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

According to the Associated Press, a man entered the eatery and targeted another man, with two bystanders being caught in the aftermath.

East Point police Capt. Allyn Glover told the outlet that all three shooting victims suffered...

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Jan 24, 2020. 15 comments

DeKalb County School District Refuses to Cover Surgeries After Student Suffers 3rd Degree Burns in Fire Caused by Chemistry Teacher

DeKalb County School District Refuses to Cover Surgeries After Student Suffers 3rd Degree Burns in Fire Caused by Chemistry Teacher

School is supposed to be a sanctuary, but for the family of Malachi McFadden it’s become a source of frustration and anger after the DeKalb County School District has declined to cover medical expenses for injuries the 15-year-old suffered at the hands of his teacher.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on Aug. 6, his teacher—identified by CBS News as Bridgette Blowe—conducted a...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 14, 2020. 14 comments

'You've Got to Lead By Example': Yung Joc Reveals He's a Rideshare Driver, Refuses to Be Shamed for It

'You've Got to Lead By Example': Yung Joc Reveals He's a Rideshare Driver, Refuses to Be Shamed for It

If tabloids have taught us anything, it’s that life after fame isn’t always glamorous.

In 2018, The Cosby Show star Geoffery Owens became the target of relentless ridicule after it was discovered that instead of continuing his acting career, he was gainfully—and happily—employed at Trader Joe’s in order to provide for his family.

Geoffrey Owens Just Wants to Remind Y'all Basement-Dwellers...

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Jan 10, 2020. 5 comments

FX’s Atlanta, the Show You Thought Had Disappeared Like the City of Atlantis, Is Returning in 2021

FX’s Atlanta, the Show You Thought Had Disappeared Like the City of Atlantis, Is Returning in 2021

It’s a 2020 miracle! Or um, more like a 2021 miracle. But we received the news in 2020, so let’s go with that.

What news, you ask?

Well, FX Networks and FX Productions chairman John Landgraf confirmed at the network’s Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour on Thursday that Donald Glover’s Atlanta will be returning in 2021, per Variety. That’s right, after an extra-long wait, we finally...

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Jan 03, 2020. 6 comments

White Privilege Gone Good: Uber Driver Graduates College After Passenger Pays Debt

White Privilege Gone Good: Uber Driver Graduates College After Passenger Pays Debt

 
Latonya Young is a grateful graduate.

The Atlanta-based mother of three got a gift of a lifetime after a chance encounter chatting up a customer during her work shift.

Young’s day job is hairstylist; she drives an Uber at night to make ends meet.

She shared her life story with a passenger about how she dropped out of high school at age 16 and later college because of an unpaid balance of around...

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Dec 31, 2019. 3 comments

WTF You Mean Ain't No Peach Drop? Atlanta NYE Peach Drop Canceled for First Time in 30 Years

WTF You Mean Ain't No Peach Drop? Atlanta NYE Peach Drop Canceled for First Time in 30 Years

I’ve been a resident of the Atlanta area of Georgia—“The Peach State”—for 25 years, and for at least a quarter of that time, I’ve brought in the new year in Underground Atlanta, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of fellow transplants, ATLiens and out-of-town visitors as we await the city’s decades-long tradition, the Peach Drop.

My first time attending the festivities was in 1999,...

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