Category: Local

Local interest

Welcome To The Neighborhood

Detroit’s revitalization has been the subject of enthusiastic headlines around the country – and even around the world – for the past few years. Those of us who live in the city are happy for the optimistic press coverage surrounding multi-million dollar grants such as those seen in the northwest Detroit Fitzgerald neighborhood near Livernois and McNichols or the Inner Circle Greenway, a 26-mile recreational pathway running through a number of Detroit’s neighborhoods, but we also know there is much of the story going untold—the personal stories of the residents that give Detroit its spark and serves as the foundation for its resilience.

High Museum of Art Names Obama Portraitist Amy Sherald Recipient of David C. Driskell Prize

The High Museum of Art today announces artist Amy Sherald as the 2018 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize in recognition of her contributions to the field of African-American art. A Georgia native now based in Baltimore, Sherald is acclaimed for her profoundly creative and distinctive portraits of African-American subjects. In 2017, she received the commission to paint former first lady Michelle Obama’s official portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, which will be unveiled on Feb. 12, 2018.

51 New Affordable Housing Units Are Secured for Legacy Renters in Atlanta’s Historic Westside

 Announcement supports Mayor’s $1 billion public-private Atlanta Affordable Housing Initiative, Champions Westside Future Fund’s collective-impact model for resident retention 

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced  another step forward in mitigating the displacement of legacy renters in Atlanta’s Historic Westside, one of the City’s most vulnerable communities.

Do Gooders: Goodie Nation Partners with National Program That Will Train and Support Entrepreneurs

Goodie Nation is partnering with UBS, the world’s largest wealth manager, and Village Capital, an organization that finds, trains and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems, to launch the VC Pathways program in Atlanta.

NEW GIG: Yvonne Cowser Yancy Named The Fresh Market’s SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

The Fresh Market Inc., a leading specialty grocery retailer, has named Yvonne Cowser Yancy as the company’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

Fifty Years After Historic Sanitation Strike, Thousands of Cooks, Cashiers to Carry on Fight for Higher Pay, Union Rights with Strikes, Protests Nationwide


On Feb. 12, the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the historic Memphis sanitation strike, Atlanta fast-food workers will rally as part of a wave of protests in cities across the country, vowing to continue the fight for better wages and union rights that sanitation workers started half a decade ago. Here in Atlanta, fast food workers will rally outside a local McDonald’s and pledge to join forces with activists in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival this spring for a massive wave of civil disobedience.  

UniverSoul Circus Kicks Off 25th Year Tour in Atlanta

The evolution of Circus continues.

UniverSoul Circus will return to Atlanta Feb. 7, celebrating 25 high-flying years as America’s top-ranked venue for music, laughter and unrivaled performance artistry.  UniverSoul has transformed the world’s urban entertainment landscape with an unforgettable display of music, laughter and extreme thrills.

Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Newest Class Announced

The City of Atlanta Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) today announced its 2018-19 cohort of 15 entrepreneurs. As the nation’s only city-funded incubator for women business owners, WEI provides an ecosystem of educational resources, access to funding assistance and mentorship to women business owners.

Amazon HQ2 vs Detroit Part 2…

Detroit2This is part 2 of Amazon HQ2 vs Detroit. In short, my recap is centered around Detroit not making the cut, and the “real” reasons why. I’m not going to throw in some conspiracy theory as to why it didn’t make it, but rather, state the truth, and pull facts with supporting data when I can. This is not about blowing smoke up Detroit’s butt, I’m going to analyze all points taken in, and arrive with my own conclusions. I addressed the public transportation issue in the metro area of Detroit, and it roots in racism. But, before we continue, let’s look at Amazon’s criteria, and see how Detroit really stacks up.

Amazon H2 vs Detroit, Part 1…

DetroitAmazon just listed their short list for their location for their H2. Detroit didn’t make the cut. Detroit, The Motor City, the Arsenal of Democracy, The Big ‘D’, ground zero for the working middle class, ground zero for the UAW and teamsters, a city at one time was the 4th largest in the United States, did not make the cut for H2.