Category: Atlanta

Here Is How Black Girl Magic & Hip-Hop Helped Sway Atlanta’s Mayoral Race

What do Ludacris, Common, Gabrielle Union, Will Packer, 21 Savage, Migos, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker all have in common?

No, they were not part of a line-up of the latest awards show. They were just some of the national voices who weighed in on the Atlanta mayoral run-off race on behalf of candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Atlanta’s Complete General, Municipal and Special Election Results

The City of Atlanta Municipal Clerk has posted unofficial results from yesterday’s runoff here: https://www.atlantaga.gov/…/2017-city…/2017-election-results.

 

The certified results will also be posted to the same page once they are received in the coming days. Check back for updates.

Planned Evander Holyfield Statue A Part of Atlanta Public Art

A sculpture honoring champion boxer Evander Holyfield will be erected in front of the Flatiron Building in Downtown Atlanta. The nine-foot bronze sculpture, by master sculptor Brian Hanlon, will be installed on the site in early 2018 — a part of a public art initiative undertaken by Mayor Kasim Reed. 

Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms Face Off Today on GPB

Still trying to decide who you’ll vote for in the race for Atlanta mayor, tune in to Georgia Public Broadcasting today at 2 p.m. for a special a runoff debate between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. You can also catch it live on 88.5 FM or streaming at gpbnews.org.

Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Close of the Sale of the Civic Center to the Atlanta Housing Authority

Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the City of Atlanta has sold the Civic Center to the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) for $31 million. Mayor Reed was joined by AHA President and CEO Catherine Buell and Invest Atlanta General Counsel and Senior Vice President Rosalind Rubens Newell for the announcement. AHA will partner with Weingarten Realty Investors to develop plans for the site, which is expected to result in a $300 million total investment, and will commit to 30 percent affordable housing at a time when affordability and mobility are the most important issues facing our city.

National Action Network Board asks Rev. Al Sharpton to delay plans to step down for two years

The Board Chair of National Action Network (NAN), Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, has asked NAN Founder Rev. Al Sharpton to delay his plans to step down as President of NAN in 2019 upon his sixty-fifth birthday. Rev. Sharpton told board members last year that he wanted to focus on his radio and TV platforms, completing two documentaries and concentrate on his long standing dream of building a civil rights museum in Harlem where none currently exists.

Spelman’s Tamara Natalie Madden, Who Painted Ordinary People of African Ancestry Into Royalty, Passes Away Suddenly

Tamara Natalie Madden, an artist and professor of art and visual culture at Spelman College in Atlanta, has died. She was 42.

The Tom M. Wages Funeral Home outside Atlanta confirmed her death, saying she died as a result of ovarian cancer at her home in Snellville, Georgia, on Nov. 4.

Former Mayoral Candidate Kwanza Hall Endorses Keisha Lance Bottoms for Mayor

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Bottoms lands the endorsement of Councilman Kwanza Hall in the December runoff. The two joined for a joint press conference at John Wesley Dobbs Plaza. Mayor Kasim Reed, who endorsed Bottoms early on, applauded Hall’s decision to endorse Bottoms for Mayor. “We agree that Keisha Lance Bottoms is the best choice for the future of our city,” he tweeted. “This is a huge day for Keisha Bottoms’ campaign for Mayor. I look forward to seeing her and Kwanza Hall work together for Atlanta’s future.”

New Women’s Empowerment Book Reveals 10 Steps to Quitting Your Day Job

It may be shocking to some to discover that 43 percent of professional women with children want to leave corporate America. The problem: they stay because they struggle to see the value in themselves. It’s a vexing problem to which author, speaker, medical professional, and successful entrepreneur Naomi Sodomin offers real solutions. In her new self-help book, “Embrace the Mirror” she gives tips to self-discovery, awakening your spirit and learning from others’ stories of triumph and failure.

Bottoms, Norwood in Runoff to Become Atlanta Mayor

Atlanta’s next mayor will be a woman for second time in the city’s history.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting in the city of Atlanta, the mayor’s race will be heading into a runoff between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood — neither of whom cleared the 50 percent plus one mark that would have been needed to secure an outright win on Election Day.

What to Know Now: Election Day

Today is election day across the United States, and the city of Atlanta is holding a general election for mayor, city council president, three at-large council members, 12 by-district council members, and 10 city judges. Twelve candidates are in the running to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed, who served two terms in the city that has been helmed by African-American leadership in its top office for 40 years.