Community Groups Host Historic Town Hall Forum

So Now What? Moving from Discussion to Action – The Power of the Black Woman’s Voice, Vote and the process of Community Change.

Moderated by Monica Pearson and featuring State Representatives’ William Boddie and Dar’shun Kendrick, East Point Mayor, Deana Holiday Ingraham, Cobb County Commissioner, Lisa Cupid, Fulton County Commissioner, Natalie Hall, Atlanta City Councilmember, Marci Overstreet and Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams, more than 200 members of the community converged at Impact Church to discuss ways to affect change through advocacy and volunteer work and to educate citizens. 

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Hosted by the Pi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and co-hosted by 9to5 Georgia, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), Impact Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Kappa Omega chapter and Rho Zeta Omega Chapter and  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., East Point/College Park chapter, attendees received information about the appointment process on their local City, County and State Boards and learned how they could become change agents. They discussed the next steps to affect change throughout communities above and beyond Election Day. The goal was to elevate the voices of minorities to shape and advance policies and politics directly impacting their lives. 

Taking the mission and purpose of the International AKA Connection Committee, the Pi Alpha Omega Chapter Connection committee focuses on “Being the Voice” through the Sorority’s comprehensive voter education plan educating the community on local issues through the Sorority’s A.C.T.I.O.N. (Advocate, Communicate, Train, Influence, Organize and Network) plan. Under the current leadership of President, Francine Greer, Pi Alpha Omega Chapter embraces the goals and objectives of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Airport Chapel Named to Honor Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King

The interfaith chapel in the Atrium at Atlanta’s airport is to be renamed to honor Bishop Dr. Barbara Lewis King. Sponsored by Atlanta Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet and signed by nine other members – Andrea Boone, Michael Julian Bond, Joyce Sheperd, Carla Smith, Dustin Hillis, Amir Farokhi, Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens and J.P. Matzigkeit, the proposal to name the chapel in Dr. King’s honor was adopted unanimously by the Atlanta City Council and the dedication ceremony is to be held in January 2019.

“Dr. Barbara,” as she is affectionately called, is a Civil Rights leader who marched with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and is recognized for her work with King’s Chicago movement.

She was 81 years young when she earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. The Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., 2450 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311, was founded by Dr. Barbara King in 1971. Hillside is a non-denominational center open to all for healing the whole person – spirit, mind/emotions, and body. 

2019 Progressive® Insurance Atlanta Boat Show returns Jan. 10-13

 For four days, more than 20,000 boating enthusiasts will find nearly 700 new boats, including houseboats, and interactive features and activities for families, boaters and anglers of all experience levels, at the Show’s 57th year.  Visitors to Hall A of the Georgia World Congress Center will find Red Hare Brewing will offer special brews to enjoy while “cruising” the Show. Thursday and Friday take advantage of $5 after 5 p.m. deals with $5 tickets, $5 valet parking and $5 drinks.

·        NEW Touch-a-Boat Tour! Junior skippers can tour the Show floor, climbing aboard a variety of boats along the way. Kids can talk to captains, snap a pic at the helm and learn the ropes of life on the water. Sailors and boaters will host seminars on a variety of topics for beginners to adept anglers.

 Many of the dealers will be offering their lowest prices of the year, so that just as temperatures start to rise, boats will be ready to launch. 

Make plans to stop by Georgia’s biggest boating display. For tickets, times and more information, visit

Westlake High Player Kendyle Alston Makes Historic Kicks

Kicker becomes first female to score in school’s varsity football game

When Kendyle Alston kicked an extra point against Alabama’s Lanier High School, she became the first Westlake High School female to score in a varsity football game. Alston topped her historic kick with a second score, when she kicked an extra point in Westlake High’s defeat of Marietta’s Wheeler High School.

Alston credits Westlake High’s football coach Kareem Reid for giving her a chance to play the sport.

“My parents and I are grateful to Coach Reid for allowing me this opportunity,” she said. “He and my teammates have welcomed me on the team and I appreciate that.”

Alston was inspired and motivated to play football after having spent time on the soccer field, where she learned to kick and punt.

For other young women who have desires to play football she has this advice. “If you believe in something, you should make it happen. You should be able to do anything.”

After graduating this year, Alston plans to go on to college and major in Sports Medicine. 

The Fox Theatre Institute announces 2018-2019 grants recipients

The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) proudly announces their 2018-19 recipients of the historic preservation, urgent/emergency fund, historic structure studies or planning grants have been awarded to 13 historic venues. With more than 20 applications received, 13 were selected to receive financial assistance with $479,465. A few are listed below. 

FTI Preservation Grant Recipients
The Preservation Grant, also known as the ‘brick-and-mortar’ grant, is an annual basis grant awarded to assist theaters in completing projects.

  • Academy Theatre (Hapeville, GA), Amount to receive: $25,000 – This grant to the Academy Theatre will help purchase a main theater drape, theater seats, LED lighting and important sound equipment. Located in downtown Hapeville, the Academy Theatre is an ongoing supporter of the city’s downtown and economic development.
  • Grove Theatre (Atlanta, GA), Amount to receive: $100,000 – The Grove Theater is part of the development project of the Grove Park Foundation in the City of Atlanta. This is the largest grant FTI has given to date for a rehabilitation project statewide and will support the theater’s necessary roof replacement and masonry repairs.