Category: Atlanta

Emergency need for blood donations as Red Cross experiences critical blood shortage

The American Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations on Wednesday as donations are being sent to hospitals faster than they are coming in. In fact, donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than what is needed.

City of Atlanta Recognized for Leadership in Solar Energy Growth by the U.S. Department of Energy

Atlanta is a national leader in advancing solar energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

And because of its actions to attract solar business and solar industry investment, as well as generate economic development and local jobs, The U.S. Department of Energy named the City of Atlanta as a SolSmart Gold designee.

MARTA rolls out reinvigorated arts initiative

With a reinvigorated push around the arts, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, this week, launched a new program aimed at aesthetically enhancing and integrating art throughout the rail system. The Authority officially kicked off the newly branded arts program with an inaugural launch event at Five Points MARTA Station on Monday with performances from Moving in the Spirit dance company and cellist Jenn Cornell accompanied by Emrah Kotan.

Michael Vick, Roddy White Retire as Falcons

The Falcons held a retirement ceremony for former quarterback Michael Vick and Roddy White to commemorate their time as Falcons.

“I’m here today as a retired Atlanta Falcon, and I can live with that forever and will forever be grateful. Thank you,” Vick said.

An Artful Welcome

Start making memories in ATL before even leaving the airport. Loupe, the innovative art-streaming platform that has taken the number one lifestyle app spot in the Apple Store in 35 countries, now has a presence in the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport arrivals terminal. This summer from June until August travelers will be able to experience a curated collection highlighting artwork from Atlanta natives.

New GPB Show to Bring Black Women’s Voices to the Forefront

This Sunday, Georgia Public Broadcasting will premiere “A Seat at the Table,” a new weekly television series featuring co-hosts Denene Millner, Monica Pearson and Christine White. On the exciting new show, the trio will discuss the diverse experiences, perspectives and challenges of African-American women giving them an unrivaled platform in local Atlanta television programming.

$32 Million in Invest Atlanta’s Housing Opportunity Bonds to fund City’s Housing Strategy


Invest Atlanta has closed on the new round of Housing Opportunity Bonds providing $32 million for critical affordable and workforce housing development initiatives, including homeowner renovations, multifamily loans, single family loans, nonprofit development loans, and land assemblage.

MARTA’s Rhonda Briggins Appointed to House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding

Georgia Assembly House Speaker David Ralston recently named Rhonda Briggins, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s senior director of External Affairs, to the House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding.

Wellness Matters

At the turn of the 20st century, the life expectancy for African Americans – notwithstanding socio-economic conditions and realities particular to the time — was dismal. Comparisons matter: Despite close proximity, African Americans were expected to expire, generally, 14 years earlier than their White counterparts. The fact that African Americans kept living and reproducing despite the realities and susceptibility to these conditions is a study in resilience and offers clues as to why, at least statistically, African Americans have been faring better as of late. The death rate for African Americans fell 25 percent from 1999 to 2015, according to a recent CDC report. Essentially, early health interventions can lead to longer, healthier lives. “In particular, diagnosing and treating the leading diseases that cause death at earlier stages is an important step for saving lives,” says Leandris Liburd, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., associate director, CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.

COVER STORY: Black America Still Needs Black-Owned Banks

Citizens Trust Bank has had something to celebrate in its 95th year: continued relevance. As a gift of sorts for its nearly century-long existence as an institution in the black community, the community gave back to the bank with nearly $1 million in deposits – in just five days last July. The major influx of account applicants was in response to rapper Killer Mike’s challenge to black consumers to move their money to black-owned financial institutions; 8,000 answered the call with CTB in Atlanta.

Morehouse College Interim President William “Bill” Taggart Has Died

According to the Fulton County, Georgia medical examiner, William “Bill” Taggart, interim president at Morehouse College and Atlanta Business League Board Chair, passed away on Wednesday night from an apparent aneurysm.

Attorney General Sessions Calls for Return to Mandatory Minimum Sentences Associated with Low-level Drug Crimes, Mass Incarceration

Mandatory minimum sentences, which have been vilified by some as a war against African-American men, just got a strong push from the U.S. attorney general after a short-lived hiatus during the Obama administration, sparking angry objections by some, though it remains to be seen if the black community feels the same way given their mixed feelings about the issue.