Category: Atlanta

SCOTUS Blocks Execution in Georgia Over a Juror’s Racial Bias

Racial bias of a juror who questioned whether black people have souls led the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday morning to block the execution of a Georgia man.

The highest court issued a two-and-a-half page per curiam order Monday, returning the case of convicted killer Keith Tharpe to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

3,600 Store Closures Already Planned for 2018

Walgreens tops the list of retailers expected to shutter stores in 2018 with 600 slated to go out of business. The record-high rate of store closures that rocked the retail industry 2017 is expected to spill into 2018; there are more than 3,600 closures already on tap, according to an analysis by Business Insider.

Isaac Newton Farris Sr., a King Family Patriarch, dies at 83


Isaac Newton Farris, Sr., beloved husband of Christine King Farris and brother-in-law of Martin Luther King, Jr., transitioned peacefully at home on Saturday, December 30, 2017. He was 83 years old, announced the King Family. 

Women Leaders Launch TIME’S UP Campaign Promoting Equality

TIME’S UP, an unprecedented movement started by women in the entertainment industry, has launched the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. A central hub supporting a wide range of initiatives aimed at promoting equality and safety in the workplace, TIME’S UP initiatives cover legislation, corporate policy, hiring practices and aggregating important resources, and is comprised of many working groups that focus on tackling these issues from various angles.The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund is one of a series of TIME’S UP’s ongoing commitments to combat the systemic power imbalances that have prohibited many women, especially women of color, from being safe and reaching their full potential in the workplace.
“Earning a living should not come at the cost of anyone’s safety, dignity or morale,” said Shonda Rhimes, television producer, screenwriter, and author. “Every person should get to work in an environment free from abuse, assault and discrimination. It’s well past time to change the culture of the environment where most of us spend the majority of our day — the work place. Fifty-one percent of our population is female, [and] over 30 percent of our population is of color. Those are important, vital, economically powerful voices that need to be heard at every level. TIME’S UP is working to make sure the people walking the corridors of power within the workplace and in politics truly reflect the full mix of America – the real America that looks like and includes all of us.  Look, this isn’t going to be easy but it is right.  And fighting for what is right can seem hard.  But letting what is wrong become normal is not easier — it is just more shameful.”The Legal Defense Fund will help individuals who experience sexual misconduct including assault, abuse or harassment find legal representation; and will be housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center and participating attorneys will work with the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity to enable more individuals to come forward and secure legal assistance.

Prior to its formal launch, TIME’S UP raised more than $13 million from over 200 donors for The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, to help to defray costs for lawyers and communications professionals from across the country to provide assistance to those who experience sexual harassment. Founding donors include Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Jennifer Aniston, Shonda Rhimes, Meryl Streep, Reese WitherspoonKate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg’sWunderkinder Foundation, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), ICM Partners (ICM), Paradigm Talent Agency, United Talent Agency (UTA), and William Morris Endeavor (WME).

Fundraising Veteran Sam Burston to Create ‘Another Kind of Masterpiece’ as Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer of Clark Atlanta University

Sam D. Burston has been appointed vice president and chief advancement officer of Clark Atlanta University. In this new role, Burston will oversee the University’s fundraising, advancement services, public relations and marketing and media relations functions.

Keisha Lance Bottoms to be Inaugurated as Atlanta’s 60th Mayor Tuesday

The inauguration ceremony and swearing-in for Mayor-Elect Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta City Council President-Elect Felicia Moore and Atlanta City Councilmembers-Elect will be held on Tuesday, January 2 at 1 p.m. in the King International Chapel at Morehouse College.

Atlanta News Icon Amanda Davis Dies

Longtime Atlanta news anchor Amanda Davis died Monday following a massive spontaneous stroke while traveling through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Davis was on her way to her stepfather’s funeral.

Posts of prayers for her quickly turned to a flood of shocked condolences and tributes from fans and colleagues on social media when the news broke as Davis was for many “the face of the news since their childhood.”

Delta CEO to Seek Repayment for Lost Revenue During ATL Airport Power Outage

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian plans to seek compensation for the airline’s lost revenue due to a power outage that took nearly 12 hours to restore at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Sunday

Atlanta’s New iVillage a Transit-Oriented Development for Budding Entrepreneurs

Mayor Kasim Reed, Invest Atlanta and MARTA today officially announced The iVillage at MLK, a transit-oriented development made out of repurposed shipping containers, at H.E. Holmes MARTA Station.

DeKalb Solicitor-General Forms New Unit to Address Blight and Abatement

Quality of Life Unit dedicated to addressing community concerns and code enforcement

As part of DeKalb County’s Operation Clean Sweep, the DeKalb County Office of the Solicitor-General formed a new unit dedicated to addressing quality of life issues that impact DeKalb County citizens. The Quality of Life Unit will work closely with DeKalb County’s regulatory agencies dedicated to assessing and resolving residential and commercial quality of life problems.

When will “Atlanta” return?!?!

The cast of FX’s hit ‘Atlanta’ keep trolling us with announcements for when season 2 of the acclaimed series will pop off. Co-star Lakeith Stanfield originally posted a cast picture (below) with a caption that implied season 2 was coming next year, then in 2019, THEN in 2020 before taking down a potential date altogether.

What is the truth?! Quit playing with our hearts, Lakeith.