February 2018 Around Town

 Atlanta Native Tayari Jones Releases New Novel An American Marriage”  An American Marriage is a look at the personal toll of the criminal justice system from the author of Silver Sparrow (2011) and The Untelling (2005).  The Kirkus review follows. 

Share the Love!

 Hey Y’all,  February is the month of love. And it’s with love that we bring you the Makers issue! SFL writer Regan Toomer brings you a conversation with Miko Branch, one of the founders of Miss Jessie’s Natural Hair products. In addition, we give you 24 hours in the life of Lenna Turner, owner of TopHalf Boutique and a member of the Atlanta Opera chorus. There are some beautiful images from Kafia Haile, a local visual artist and filmmaker. Did you see the photo that accompanied my letter last month? Well, that was just a preview. Take a peek inside to find a full review of A Hush Affair presented by the Twenty Pearls Foundation! Make a special Valentine for the one you love with help from our DIY section this month. The issue ends with a spotlight on the S.U.R.E. Book Club. It’s my pleasure to share the love with each of you.   Sincerely,

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Sisters Unbound Reading Everything (S.U.R.E.) Book Club

The Ladies of Sisters Unbound Reading Everything, affectionately known as  (S.U.R.E.),  book club is a South Fulton gem. These ladies have been together for twelve years and counting. Their love for each other and passion for reading is pretty amazing. They have an undeniable bond of sisterhood and #BlackGirlJoy.  I fell in love with them even more I attended their book club meeting. When in their presence you feel a certain synergy which commands attention for their passion of reading.  S.U.R.E  indulges in every type of novel imaginable and respectfully have different perspectives.


If you have natural hair, chances are you’ve heard of or tried Miss Jessie’s hair care products. The products help treat and style hair with curly, kinky and wavy textures. One of the masterminds behind the coveted products, Miko Branch is still focused on improving the brand while helping people embrace their natural textures. 

The Benefit of Practicing Mindfulness

Greetings! Are you ready for a fresh start? As a mother, wife, business owner, social advocate and friend to many, I understand how life can get in the way of taking care of yourself, so I’m bringing the self-care to you! 

A Hush Affair Brings Stars, Fun, and Raises Scholarships

The Twenty Pearls Foundation’s signature fundraiser, A Hush Affair Silent Auction and Gala, took place  at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel. This year marked the chapter’s 25th anniversary and the gala reflected such in the evening’s theme, “A Platinum Evening with the Stars.” The formal event featured live entertainment and an impressive silent auction and was well-attended by local political and business elite. The proceeds of the event benefitted  2018 scholarships as well as the many service projects that The Twenty Pearls Foundation facilitates in the East Point, College Park and South Fulton communities. In addition to raising lots of money for various scholarships, the annual event is formal without even hinting at being boring and is in short a lot of fun! The event should be on your calendar to help kick off the holiday season each year. Jarrard J of V-103 radio served as the Master of Ceremonies and Hank Stewart, poet extraordinaire received an award for his service to the community. Music was provided by flautist John Conner, whose wide-ranging repertoire from Fabo of D4L to Earth, Wind and Fire was a hit with the crowd.

Kafia Haile

After 18 years, I never expected to return home to Atlanta. I spent my childhood enthralled by movies that made me excited to see the world and use stories to unite people across cultures. After graduating from Spelman College, I landed my dream job as a tribes and culture analyst at the Pentagon and deployed to Iraq in 2008. I loved helping the U.S. military understand Iraq’s tribes, but I wanted to share cross-cultural stories with a larger audience. 

Refresh and Reset Your Fitness Routine

Refresh and Reset Your Fitness Routine

 Happy New Year, Y’all!  New year, new beginnings! It’s my pleasure to unveil some changes from our corporate office that will ensure the South Fulton Lifestyle magazine you have come to love over the past two years has a fresh new look! I hope you enjoy the new layout and this month’s Active theme.  As much as it’s a cliche to declare a lifestyle change, a new diet plan and a brand-new workout regimen in January of a new year, I’d like to invite you to look at this custom through a new lens. Instead of resolving to lose 20 pounds, commit to something fun and interesting or try a new workout that has the bonus feature of being a way to spend time together as a family. Coaches Zed and Tanetta Carter of Precision Athletic Corps have some ideas to share. Sample a new healthy recipe, such as the deconstructed vegetable sushi bowl in this issue, each week rather than trying to starve yourself and then failing miserably. I’m talking about a total system reset rather than a resolution. This issue of SFL will help you along the way!

January 2018 Around Town

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Catina Wilson Cruises for a Cause And Raises Funds For Breast Cancer Research

January 2018 Good Times

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The winners of our surveys joined South Fulton Lifestyle staff at a Gala Event at Infiniti of South Atlanta. Attendees sampled #sofu fare and enjoyed treats produced by our nominees! 

Frocks & Rocks: A Fashion Show Fundraiser 
Benefitting Foster Children  

Frocks & Rocks: A Fashion Show Fundraiser 
Benefitting Foster Children  

Bloom hosted its fourth annual exclusive ladies-only fashion event connecting women with local stores while raising funds for The Bloom Closet, a cost-free clothing boutique for foster children in Georgia. The fashion show featured Fayette County local gems such as Lizard Thicket, Fab’rik, Darling Divas, and Tribal Chick.

Three True Confessions from A Trainer

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Hey you there—yes you! I’m going to tell you something that I’ve rarely admitted to anyone, but this stays between us, okay? I’m a personal trainer… I mean I train people for a living, which is probably no big secret if you didn’t skip the title of this article. The thing is, and I don’t believe I’m going to say this out loud so listen carefully: for years, I never really liked physical exercise! Yes, that’s right! 

BronzeLens Film Festival Celebrates 8 Years With A Bang!

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BronzeLens Film Festival was everything Atlanta needed for the upcoming film industry. Let’s face it: Atlanta is definitely a part of the film industry conversation and Mrs. Kathleen Bertrand’s wonderful vision from eight years ago has grown into something beautiful. BronzeLens Film Fest, as it is affectionately called, is simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Celebrating its eighth year, the BronzeLens Film Festival differs from other events on so many levels, offering a great touch, feel and interaction with celebrities, filmmakers and other film buffs that is not often experienced at other film festivals.

Ask Dr. Tosha

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Unless you have certain medical problems or a certain family history, hormones can be

Banneker Rising

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Just a few years ago, whispers permeated the South Fulton community suggesting College Park’s Benjamin Banneker High School might close its doors. During this time Banneker High School was the proverbial poster child for organizational dysfunction and academic failure—low test scores, a revolving door of school leaders and violent and disruptive student behavior had become the norm.

Four Fitness Trends to Reset Your Routine with Precision Athletic Corps

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 4 Trends from Zed and Tanetta of Precision Athletic Corps  Is your fitness routine starting to be a bore? Maybe you were going strong and hit a plateau. I talked to South Fulton’s Zedrick and Tanetta Carter to try to track some trends for 2018 that might help you refresh and restart your fitness goals.   Precision Athletic Corps was born when trainers Zed and Tanetta were holding boot camp in Trammell Crow Park near Cascade Road. As it started to grow, the Carters asked themselves, “How else can we impact the community along with visiting schools?” They found a space near Fulton Industrial to share with TMDC a base for competitive cheering under the direction of Tavena Mitchell. In this shared space, PAC began to thrive. They offer speed and agility training for adults and children, along with boot camp and baton and flag conditioning programs. 



I heard this term from one of my new publishers during a training I facilitated last year. He coined it (thanks, Kevin!), and used it to relate to how long our magazines are able to stay in the homes of our readers. I said to myself, “Self, what’s the stickiness factor of our resolutions? How long do we keep these around before we completely give up?”