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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 24, 2020 at 04:00.

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...

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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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 10, 2020. 4 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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Zack Linly Zack Linly 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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Dec 28, 2019. 16 comments

New Schmoney: Cardi B and Offset Close Deal on Multimillion-Dollar Atlanta Mansion With Wine Cellar, Plans for Steel-Encased Gun Range

New Schmoney: Cardi B and Offset Close Deal on Multimillion-Dollar Atlanta Mansion With Wine Cellar, Plans for Steel-Encased Gun Range

It’s all about the money—or schmoney—for Cardi B and she doesn’t mind spending it.

As the year comes to a close, the hip-hop diva, who raps about her earnings often in her songs (mostly the one titled “Money”—where she chants that “there’s nothing in this world that I like more than checks”) announced that she and husband Offset closed a deal on a metro Atlanta mansion.

On Instagram, the...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Nov 16, 2019. 8 comments

Dammit Jacquees, You Had One Job! King of R&B Is Cool, but It Ain't a Kingmaker

Dammit Jacquees, You Had One Job! King of R&B Is Cool, but It Ain't a Kingmaker

When we last spoke (about Jacquees), it was in the midst of Mr. Rodriguez Jacquees Broadnax’s ill-advised decision to proclaim that he was the “King of R&B ,” a title that none of the contenders were really laying claim to, but that nearly all agreed was not Jacquees. And because of his claim, he became a punching bag, even though I’d wager that a significant number of people clowning him...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Nov 12, 2019. 10 comments

Roommate of Murdered Clark Atlanta Student Used to Spend Holidays With Victim’s Family. Now She’s a Suspect

Roommate of Murdered Clark Atlanta Student Used to Spend Holidays With Victim’s Family. Now She’s a Suspect

Alexis Crawford and Jordyn Jones were so close that a friend of the Crawford family described the pair as “two peas in a pod”—with Jones spending substantial amounts of time at Crawford’s home. Now, Jones stands accused of murdering her friend and roommate in a case that has left many baffled.

Rev. Markel Hutchins, speaking on behalf of Crawford’s family, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Nov 08, 2019. 13 comments

The Crown Morehouse College Is Trying to Reach

The Crown Morehouse College Is Trying to Reach

As both Morehouse College and Spelman College celebrated their annual homecoming in late October—usually more than reason enough for me to make the trip to Atlanta—I had a little extra pep in my homecoming step. The weekend also coincided with Morehouse College’s “Experience The House” open house for prospective students and parents, and one of my nephews decided to attend. He’s a high school...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Nov 06, 2019. 14 comments

Buckhead Bound: Trump and Pence Will Try to Kiss Up to Black Voters in Atlanta

Buckhead Bound: Trump and Pence Will Try to Kiss Up to Black Voters in Atlanta

Donald “I have a great relationship with the blacks” Trump will put that theory to the test this Friday when he heads down to downtown Atlanta to launch a new black voter initiative.

That’s right, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are headed to Buckhead. No, this apparently isn’t the premise for a white supremacist-endorsed buddy comedy.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Black...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Oct 29, 2019. 6 comments

8 Reflections on SpelHouse's Blessed and Highly Favored 2019 Homecoming

8 Reflections on SpelHouse's Blessed and Highly Favored 2019 Homecoming

This past weekend in the capital of African America—Atlanta—a gathering of Black Excellence took place on hallowed grounds in the city’s West End neighborhood. SpelHouse, the famed and noble portmanteau of two of Black America’s most illustrious and storied institutions—Morehouse College and Spelman College—celebrated its annual homecoming. For those of us who come every year to bask in a...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Oct 22, 2019. 5 comments

Dear God, It's Me, Panama (Again). I See Rain in the Forecast for Spelhouse Homecoming This Weekend (Again). Let's Talk (Again)

Dear God, It's Me, Panama (Again). I See Rain in the Forecast for Spelhouse Homecoming This Weekend (Again). Let's Talk (Again)

Dear God,

What’s up, Big Homie—is it okay if I refer to you as such? I have no idea if the pronouns conversation has made it into religion yet, though I’m pretty sure it’s coming. I think for simplicity’s sake, I’ll stick with convention and you can correct me in the comments.

Again, what up, Big Homie? SpelHouse Homecoming 2019—that beautiful, unificatious homecoming weekend for both Spelman...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Oct 08, 2019. 14 comments

8 Very Black Reasons to Check Out Raising Dion on Netflix

8 Very Black Reasons to Check Out Raising Dion on Netflix

Netflix’s original series, Raising Dion, dropped on Friday, October 4, and became my newest binge. I watched all nine episodes over the weekend and now I feel like talking about it. While watching, I made some observations that I’ve turned into very black reasons to check out the series. I wanted to share them with you.

Just so we’re on the same page: Raising Dion is a series about a young...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Oct 07, 2019. 8 comments

Black Police Officer Says He Was Forced to Resign, Told He Was a 'Disgrace' to Uniform After Wearing an Afro Wig

Black Police Officer Says He Was Forced to Resign, Told He Was a 'Disgrace' to Uniform After Wearing an Afro Wig

A Georgia police officer is calling out Dekalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann after being forced to resign just three days before his retirement. The offense? Wearing an Afro-wig while he was posted outside a courthouse, directing traffic.

Antonio Perryman told WSB-TV says he was “robbed” of completing 20 years of service with the force by his superiors, who reprimanded him within hours of...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 07, 2019. 8 comments

Take a Peek Inside Tyler Perry Studios, the First Ever Fully Black-Owned Studio Lot

Take a Peek Inside Tyler Perry Studios, the First Ever Fully Black-Owned Studio Lot

Do you hear that sound? That’s the sound of Madea exclaiming, “Hellur!” and welcoming you to black history in the making.

On Saturday, all of Black Hollywood’s elite descended upon Atlanta to celebrate the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios, the first ever fully black-owned film studio lot. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the studio has no proprietary partners or corporate backing....

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Sep 16, 2019. 17 comments

Candace Owens Defends MAGA in a Room Full of Black People and It Ends Exactly How You Expect It Would

Candace Owens Defends MAGA in a Room Full of Black People and It Ends Exactly How You Expect It Would

The slogan “Make America Great Again” infamously became popularized in 2016 as a rallying cry for conservatives, white supremacists, and other sycophants and deplorables before eventually propelling Donald John Trump—a woefully underqualified xenophobe accused of everything from collusion to fraud to multiple instances of sexual misconduct—into the White House. The phrase has been...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Sep 10, 2019. 1 comments

Already an Awesome HBCU, Spelman College Receives Funding for STEM Center; Becomes Awesomer

Already an Awesome HBCU, Spelman College Receives Funding for STEM Center; Becomes Awesomer

Spelman College, the all-women historically black college located in Atlanta, was recently ranked as the best historically black college or university (HBCU) by U.S. News & World Report. Well, it looks like that train of black excellence will not be slowing down any time soon. The college recently received a $2 million grant from the Department of Defense to support and grow its STEM...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Sep 08, 2019. 4 comments

Trina Fought Through Tears to Deliver an Unforgettable Performance at ONE Musicfest

Trina Fought Through Tears to Deliver an Unforgettable Performance at ONE Musicfest

My mother is my everything. Everything from my personality and smile to my resistance to oppression is all because of my mommy. Aside from my sister, she’s my biggest cheerleader. She’s been there through my highs and my lows and has always made sure I remembered how worthy I am to occupy any space that I enter. I cannot fathom a world without her.

Katrina Taylor, also known as the Baddest...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Sep 05, 2019.

ONE Musicfest Is a Musical Homecoming for the Culture

ONE Musicfest Is a Musical Homecoming for the Culture

The universal impact that black people have had on music is undeniable. One could go as far to say that we invented music in all of its forms. We have not only used music to entertain ourselves and the masses, but we’ve also used it to heal, educate and inspire people to do and be better. Music continues to be the gift that keeps on giving.

Given music’s rich contribution to our culture, it is...

Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Aug 29, 2019. 9 comments

A Story About Popeyes Chicken (That's Not About Their GOAT Chicken Sandwich) and Also About Nothing at the Same Damn Time

A Story About Popeyes Chicken (That's Not About Their GOAT Chicken Sandwich) and Also About Nothing at the Same Damn Time

There’s been a whole lot of chicken talk lately. Most of the chicken conversation has centered around the new Popeyes chicken sandwich that had folks, including me and my own family, waiting over an hour for an opportunity to jump into the conversation about its goodness—which is now a thing of the past since Popeyes is apparently, and oddly, now sold out of this sandwich.

Is this new...

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