January 2017 Around Town 3

Jackson Eye Celebrates 
One Year!

Dr. Danielle Jackson celebrated the One-Year Anniversary of Jackson Eye at her posh and modern Fairburn practice.  The festivities included a Ribbon Cutting ceremony by the South Fulton Chamber, followed by a cocktail party and Tom Ford eyewear trunk show.  The Jackson Eye name is synonymous with professional care, personal attention and exceptional service; while specializing in comprehensive family eye care.  Whether it is an eye exam or luxury eyewear, that you are in need of, make sure you schedule your appointment today.


Pianos for Peace and Music from 
the Heart Grand Opening

Justin Clay of Music from the Heart Fine Arts school was selected to be the featured artist in the fine arts program for Pianos for Peace Closing Ceremonies.  In attendance was Music from the Heart Arts, Hartsfield’s Airport General Manager and Executive Staff, and Pianos for Peace founder Malek Jandali.  Also, the piano on exhibit at the World’s busiest airport was given to their school (Music from the Heart) in South Fulton!

Congratulations to Music from the Heart Fine Arts school for opening a new location in Tyrone, GA this January.  The Grand Opening celebration is January 15, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1550 Senoia Rd, Tyrone, GA 30290. Sign-up today MusicFTH.com


Atlanta Women of Vision Hosted Sip. Taste. Mingle. for Komen Atlanta

An intimate crowd gathered at Amelie’s French Bakery & Café to fundraise in celebration of Susan G. Komen’s 25 years of impact in metro Atlanta. The event, Sip. Taste. Mingle., was hosted by Atlanta Women of Vision, a community-based organization in an effort to help provide more funding for women breast care services.

“I think we’ve done a great job at generating breast cancer awareness. The next step is action. Get screened,” urged Cati Diamond Stone, Executive Director of Komen Atlanta. After tasting various red and white wines from California, the night culminated with the attendees bidding on several donated items from local Atlanta businesses and private donors. The group successfully raised enough money for 14 clinical breast exams. “It’s a great accomplishment for a worthy cause,” said Cynthia Harbor, President of Atlanta Women of Vision and member of Komen’s Sisters of Promise. “Cost is the number one barrier preventing women from having regular breast screenings, and we’re happy to do our part.”

Donations and in-kind services were provided by Cellar 13 Wine Merchant, L’Occitane en Provence of Buckhead, 3 Parks Wines, Sherlocks on Peachtree, Morgan Stanley Financial Services, Wicks and Wines, and Faith.Hope.Love. Mom Conference.

Komen’s Sisters of Promise’s mission is to engage African American women in Atlanta to help end breast cancer forever by fostering increased awareness, support, empowerment and action.

Atlanta Women of Vision, a social organization, uses their time, talent and resources in the service of others. Their mission is to be a catalyst for positive change in our communities and work to support local and statewide organizations through social events and fundraising.


Atlanta Hawks Purchase NBA Development League Team to 
Play in College Park

The NBA Development League and the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club today announced that the Hawks have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team that will play in College Park, Ga., beginning with the 2019-20 season. Additionally, the City of College Park has agreed to construct a 3500-seat arena in which the new franchise will serve as the primary tenant. With the purchase, the Hawks become the 16th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate, while the NBA D-League grows to 23 teams. Salute to the Hawks as they remain #TrueToAtlanta and enhance our #SouthFultonLifestyle.

ITC Professor’s New Book Hits #1 in New Releases on Amazon

Amazon has ranked a new release by Vanessa Lovelace, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Interdenominational Theological Center, #1 on its new releases list in the category for Feminist Literary Criticism. The book, Womanist Interpretations of the Bible: Expanding the Discourse, coedited with Gay L. Byron, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of New Testament at Howard University School of Divinity, was just released in November. It is a collection of essays that presents cross-generational and cross-cultural readings from the Bible and other sacred sources by scholars from the United States, Caribbean and India.

These writers address current issues including the Black Lives Matter Movement, domestic violence and human trafficking while exploring complex representations of children, women and others who are marginalized in biblical narratives. Using social-scientific methods, postcolonial and psychoanalytical theory, and hip hop culture, contributors critique these narratives. They peer through gender and feminist lenses to reveal the intersection of race, gender, and class operating in womanist thought and analysis of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, Hindu scripture and Ethiopic texts.

Dr. Lovelace teaches introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, exegetical, and Hebrew language courses at ITC. Her research and teaching interests include interpreting biblical texts in the context of critical race theory, gender studies, and womanist biblical criticism. She has published “Religious Leaders: Hebrew Bible” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Gender Studies. Her other published works include “This Woman’s Son Shall Not Inherit with My Son: Towards a Womanist Politics of Belonging in the Sarah-Hagar Narratives” in the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center. Dr. Lovelace is currently working on a monograph titled Outsider-Within: A Womanist Reading of Hebrew Bible Narratives as the Politics of Belonging. She earned a Ph.D. in Bible (Hebrew), Culture, and Hermeneutics from the Chicago Theological Seminary. Dr. Lovelace has a M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, and a B.A. in Radio & Television from San Francisco State University. She is an ordained pastor and teacher in the United Church of Christ. She is married to Wilfred Bentley. They have three children.

Rev. Dr. Lovelace says the following: “The essays in this volume move beyond the early womanist analysis of the tri-dimensional oppression of race, gender, and class to tackle such issues as child abuse, trafficking, exile, immigration and more in the interpretation of biblical and non-biblical texts. We hope that this volume will be used in colleges and universities, seminaries and divinity schools across the country that engage gender, sex, race, class as points of political disenfranchisement in church and society.”

Womanist Interpretations of the Bible is available on amazon.com. For more information, contact Erika D. Neal at 404.614.6394 or eneal@itc.edu.

Editor’s Note: The December issue wrongly listed the phone number for Christian City in the Business Directory. The correct number is 770.964.3301.