“Tender love. Love so tender. Holding me close to you. Baby, I surrender.” Every time they gaze into each other’s eyes, Jibri and Salvia think of the words from the classic love song by Force MDs. It all began at a college alumni party at Loew’s Hotel in downtown Atlanta. As the night came to an end and Salvia was about to head home, her best friend, Corey, said someone wanted to meet her.
Where does one begin when it comes to introducing Renee “Sunshine” Lewis? This woman has accomplished more in her life than many could even dream of achieving. A native Atlantan and daughter of the late John H. “Big Hat” and Thelma Lewis, Sunshine has unequivocally lived up to her moniker: She is known near and far as someone who spreads warmth to every person she meets. Whether working on a political campaign, helping families through difficult crises, organizing community events, or brightening the lives of children, Sunshine approaches every challenge with love and compassion. Indeed, she is a voice for the voiceless and offers hope for the hopeless.
Union City Mayor Vince Williams addressed an audience on how Union City is going to the next level at the 2017 State of the City address held at Benjamin Banneker High School. During the State of the City, Mayor Williams discussed accomplishments, future goals, and the status of important projects. “Play it small? Union City?” said Mayor Williams. “I don’t think so as greatness is for every city, including Union City, as long as you believe and put in the hard work.” Williams stated that the goal for the city is to stay focused on rebuilding, rebranding and revitalizing. “Yes, Union City is open for business!”
Orchestra Noir presented a black tie affair under the direction of CEO and Music Director Maestro Jason Ikeem Rodgers. The audience delighted in music from opera to pop hits.
It’s Spring! Springtime always signifies fresh starts. And if you love celebrations like we do, then you will definitely raise a glass for this issue. We recognize the graduates setting out on new life adventures with 10 high school seniors from around South Fulton ready to spread their wings. The festivities continue with our wedding and engagement feature where we honor the new beginnings of local couples by highlighting the newest trends in the wedding industry like paper blossom backdrops handcrafted right here in Atlanta. And while I LOVE a big affair, wedding planner Keosha Chandler will expound on the benefits of eloping. Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t salute the enduring love of the mothers among us. To help you make your Mother’s Day preparations special, there are tips to help you shower her as well. So with balloons, bubbly, and flowers in bloom, I say here’s to new adventures, fresh beginnings, and enduring love, with the unifying theme between all of these being love.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re frantically trying to find the perfect gift for one or several of the special ladies in your life. If you’re looking for a healthy gift that she will enjoy, I have listed several options below:
LaTonya Farracee Rainey Gillespie of College Park, Georgia, and Murvin Matthew Johnson, Jr., of Atlanta, married on the 24th day of September at Millennium Gates Museum in Atlantic Station. Rev. D’Vante Parks officiated the ceremony for this couple of 13 years. An elegant reception was held at Mason Murer Museum immediately after the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Gwendolyn Rainey (former South Fulton Mayor candidate) and Barry Gillespie, an Atlanta native. The groom is the son of Regina and Murvin Johnson, Sr., also Atlanta natives. Standing beside them at the altar in support of this long-awaited union were their siblings and close friends.
Are you recently engaged and fallen victim to those wedding blogs that make you believe you can afford the swankiest venue in town, complete with those plush centerpieces for 200 guests? It’s a harsh reality when you realize those things just don’t work for your budget. Does that mean you should water down your dream wedding? Not at all! Instead, maybe you should consider an elopement.
Bolanle Pace is the Owner/Designer of Pretty Paper Blossoms.
Pretty Paper Blossoms was born three years ago, when I was looking for a hobby after leaving the luxury retail industry to be a stay-at-home mom. After creating a set of paper flowers for my home and posting them on social media, orders began to follow. Four short months later, my company was up and running.
Taylor and Cornelius met online but not in the manner of many couples that connect using Match or eHarmony. As fate would have it, he happened across her photo on Tumblr.
“I was just browsing my dashboard until I saw a picture of her and I was floored. I had never seen a woman quite like her. I then proceeded to search her entire blog until I saw her face in full view and saw she had freckles. I felt like I had hit the jackpot.” Cornelius searched the page for information about a boyfriend.
I believe Mothers are very special to God. We are charged to be ever-present with our children (in mind when absent in body) just as He is ever-present with His children. Great is His faithfulness to equip us that we may endure and fulfill the roles in which He has placed us. May He continue to:
May is a very special month. As we have shared in this edition, it’s one of the most favored months for couples to pledge their love to one another through marriage. Clearly, this should remind us of those famous words: “I do.” Of course, the couple says, “I do” to each other. And then there are the “I do’s” to the dress, the ring, the ceremony—absolutely everything must be in order.
South Fulton’s talented and ambitious students include scholar-athletes, award-winning chess players, environmentalists and budding philanthropists. These young adults are well-rounded, well-traveled and engaged, and we acknowledge their impact on our community. South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine is proud to introduce 10 of South Fulton’s finest high school seniors. We celebrate these students, who excel academically, athletically and in service to the community, and offer our heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2017.