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Cory Booker Proposes Getting a Day Off to Get Your Vote On

Photo: Getty Saying there is a need for a “new Voting Rights Act,” U.S. Sen. Cory Booker promised a number of voting reforms if he became president in 2020, including making Election Day a national holiday and restoring the voting rights of ex-felons. “During my presidency, we will fight to protect and expand every American’s […]

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Big Pimpin’: Ex University Employee and AKA Adviser Among 7 Indicted in Fort Valley State Prostitution Case

Alecia JohnsonScreenshot: WSB-TV A Fort Valley State University employee and adviser to the campus chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha who resigned after being accused of running an on-campus prostitution ring is among seven people who have been formally indicted on prostitution and pimping charges in the case. In addition to charges of prostitution, Alecia Johnson, […]

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The Ultimate Oxymoron? ‘Family-Friendly’ Freaknik Is Planned for Atlanta This Summer

Uncle Luke, seen here in 2018, is set to be among the performers at the reinvented, “family-friendly” Freaknik.Photo: Associated Press Sometimes a name change is in order. Remember Freaknik? If you’re old enough, you may recall the hedonistic Atlanta bacchanal that was the place to be during spring break if you were young, black and free […]

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Wild Ride: Suspect in 9-Year-Old’s Hit-and-Run Says He Was Fighting Off Carjacker When He Crashed

LaDerihanna HolmesPhoto: GoFundMe Police have arrested a suspect in the hit-and-run of a 9-year-old Georgia girl and her 11-year-old friend who were playing in her front yard when a car came barreling across the lawn and hit the 9-year-old head-on. But in a wild twist, the suspect says he was fighting off a carjacker at […]

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Grand Theft Airport: Republicans Are Trying to Snatch the Busiest Airport in America From Black Leadership

A Delta Air Lines Inc. plane takes off from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport April 15, 2008 in Atlanta.Photo: Barry Williams (Getty Images) I love a good heist movie—Now You See Me, Dead Presidents, all of those Oceans movies. I can even enjoy really terrible heist movies like Widows and Takers. The key to a good […]

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Are You Watching Boomerang on BET? Because You Should Be Watching Boomerang on BET

Photo: Frederick M. Brown (Getty Images) Admittedly, when BET dropped the news that a Boomerang reboot, of sorts, was in the works I was absolutely against it. Why go trying to reinvent a wheel that worked just fine in the era in which it was crafted? And on BET no less. No shade but all […]

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How Atlanta’s Clubs Fueled the City’s Budding Hip-Hop Scene in the ‘90s

Few other cities can match the imprint Atlanta has left on hip-hop. An ever changing group of local artists, such as Migos and Lil Baby, dominate streaming playlists. Goodie Mob, Lil Jon, and Jermaine Dupri are considered hip-hop sages. And just recently, Big Boi (of Outkast) performed during the Super Bowl in the city. But […]

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‘The Word Is Ours’: Today’s Television Is Brought to You by the N-Word, Thanks to Unapologetic Black Creators 

(L-R): Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji on Season 3 of InsecurePhoto: Merie W. Wallace (Courtesy of HBO) It’s a word loaded with pain, injustice, exuberance, exclamation and beyond, all at once. It’s a noun with such stunning versatility, it can be attributed to a person, place, and thing. It’s the impetus of the most intriguing […]

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Gunna’s ‘Drip or Drown 2’ Outsold Offset’s ‘Father of 4’ By Less Than 500 Copies

Getty Image There were some shake-ups on the Billboard 200 this week. Coasting on a post-Academy Award wave of momentum, A Star is Born swept into the top spot, bringing Ariana Grande and thank you, next‘s two-week reign to an end. There were also a few newcomers. Gunna’s slippery debut album Drip or Drown 2 […]

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Bad and Boujee: Atlanta Takes the Title of America’s Blackest City

Photo: iStock America’s Blackest CityFor Black History Month, we asked writers to explain why they think their hometown, current residence or notable place deserves the title of America’s Blackest City by defining a city’s history, music, cuisine, notable figures, and cultural touchstone/unique black fact.   The readers have spoken, and they’ve named Atlanta America’s blackest city! […]

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Where Is America’s Blackest City?

Illustration: GMG Art America’s Blackest CityFor Black History Month, we asked writers to explain why they think their hometown, current residence or notable place deserves the title of America’s Blackest City by defining a city’s history, music, cuisine, notable figures, and cultural touchstone/unique black fact.   How do you define the blackness of a city? For […]

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Atlanta Is the Real Wakanda

Photo: iStock America’s Blackest CityFor Black History Month, we asked writers to explain why they think their hometown, current residence or notable place deserves the title of America’s Blackest City by defining a city’s history, music, cuisine, notable figures, and cultural touchstone/unique black fact.   Everyone believes in heaven. The Norse called it Valhalla. Greeks called […]

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Court Upholds Ruling to Unseal Grand Jury Testimony in 1946 Moore’s Ford Lynching

More than 50 years after the death of two black couples who were mobbed, dragged, tied and shot 60 times by a group of white men nearly 60 miles from Atlanta, answers may finally be available. Monday, the 11th circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that ordered the […]

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Street Artist Awe2 Is Part Of A Movement That’s Changing The Art World

TikTok The thing about street art is that even though the artist starts with an initial vision and a certain aesthetic, the work is constantly changing after they walk away. It gets weathered by elements, tagged by other graffiti artists, and recontextualized by ever-shifting neighborhood dynamics. It’s never done. Every second it’s up, it has […]

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I Still Watch the Super Bowl, Even Though We’re All Going to Die

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images. Image by Elizabeth Renstrom When I was a kid, on the morning of the big game, my father used to open the front door of our house in his underwear and scream “SUPER BOWL” as loud as he could. I’m not sure what this accomplished other than alarming the neighbors, […]

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‘Atlanta’ Fans Will Be Waiting Longer Than Hoped For Season 3, FX Confirms

FX Deadpool 2 breakout Zazie Beetz recently broke the news to Atlanta fans that season 3 wasn’t shooting yet, despite this being the optimal time to do so. She chalked up the delay to the busy schedules of everyone, including Donald Glover, who’s still on his “This Is America Tour,” which makes scriptwriting difficult. Beetz […]

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Days Before the Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick Mural in Atlanta is Destroyed 

Screenshot: Atlanta Journal-Constitution As the shadow of Colin Kaepernick looms over the NFL, it comes as no surprise that in the days leading up to Super Bowl LIII, an iconic mural bearing his likeness is no more. The mural, which was painted on an abandoned building in Atlanta across from celebrated HBCU Morehouse College, was […]

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