Matrixx Auto Group

Attention to detail and professionalism are just a couple of the qualities that set Lacretia Carroll and Matrixx Auto Group apart. For over six years, Lacretia has worked closely with clients to create an ideal vehicle purchasing experience. 

Lacretia’s experience as a vehicle broker and partnerships with professional mechanics, detailers and finance managers allow her to work with any client—small business, corporate or individual—to handle every aspect of a deal.

When visiting their office, you won’t see cars lined up with their hoods open and “sale” signs waving in the wind—this isn’t your traditional dealership—nor will you have to trek through a sea of cars or get attacked by sales representatives. You will find a professional office where you will receive personal attention to locate any vehicle from a Mazda to a Maserati. They can also assist with financing options and vehicle delivery. If you need a vehicle, there is no doubt that you need Matrixx Auto Group. Contact Lucretia and her team at 770.969.9449 or matrixxautogroup@gmail or visit

Joe Jennings at First Friday

 As First Friday at First comes to an end for 2019, one of Atlanta’s premier musicians, Joe Jennings, closes out the season on November 1. Jennings is well known throughout the city and beyond as a talented saxophonist and leader of the “Neighborhood Arts Ensemble Big Band.” 

Atlanta’s premier jazz ministry is a featured program sponsored and hosted by First Congregational Church under the supervision of The Reverend Dr. Dwight Andrews, pastor, who is a jazz master in his own right. As a musician, he has appeared on over 25 jazz and “new music” recordings and has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Rice Universities and Spelman College. The Jazz Journalists Association also named Andrews a 2018 Jazz Hero.

The public is invited for great music, dinner, fun, and fellowship. Come early to get a seat or purchase tickets in advance. Proceeds benefit church programs and outreach ministries. For tickets: or call 404.659.6255 for more information.

Atlanta Music Festival Features Fisk Jubilee Singers 

Atlanta Opera celebrities Calvin Griffin and Timothy Miller and the Meridian Chorale also entertain at the Atlanta Music Festival, an annual event that draws on the concert music and spirituals of African Americans. This year the festival returns to its historic roots with the Fisk Jubilee Singers who sang in the original festival in 1910. The 2019 festival on November 2 at 7:30 p.m. takes place in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church, UCC in downtown Atlanta, 105 Courtland Street, NE. Performers include Bass/Baritone Calvin Griffin, Tenor Timothy Miller, the Meridian Chorale and soloists. Led by Dr. Steven Darsey, Meridian Herald engages musical, literary and spiritual traditions to affirm shared humanity, advance enduring truth, enrich the present and transform the future for individuals and communities. Meridian Herald is a proud recipient of the Governor’s Award in the Arts and Humanities.

Tenor Timothy Miller is beloved throughout Georgia for his singing at civic and religious events, Bass/Baritone Calvin Griffin debuted with the Atlanta Opera in “The Seven Deadly Sins.” Tickets are $25 at 

Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech Exhibit Opens at the High

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, this exhibition focuses on Abloh’s creative process, collaborative work, and pioneering discipline, which ranges across media and connects visual artists, musicians, graphic designers, fashion designers and architects. The works on view offer an in-depth look at the defining highlights of Abloh’s career, including his recent designs for Louis Vuitton menswear collection, video documentation of his most iconic fashion shows, and his distinctive furniture and graphic design work. The exhibit runs through March. 

Zion Hill Celebrates 24th Annual Rites of Passage Closing Program


African Music, dance, drumming, praise and rituals will saturate the sanctuary at Zion Hill Baptist Church at “Oukumo,” the closing ceremony of the church’s 2019 Rites of Passage Program, designed for youth ages 13-18 and is based on African rites of passage traditions which usher boys and girls into young adulthood. 

More than 50 young adults are anticipated to be welcomed back to the community with extraordinary African pageantry by the congregation, family and friends.  The sanctuary is transformed with an African motif and accentuated with guests dressed in traditional African attire.  The evening culminates with the “Karamu,” or “feast” which features cuisine from the African diaspora.  

 The Rites of Passage Program is the vision of Dr. Aaron L. Parker, pastor of Zion Hill, and his wife, Mrs. Shelia Parker, who is the administrator of the program.  Nearly 1000 young people have successfully completed the program.

 “Oukumo” will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 5 p.m. at Zion Hill, 6175 Campbellton Road.  The event is free and open to the public.  For additional information, call 404.691.8025 or visit

Pearls of Purpose Foundation Awards $35,000 to Students

The Pearls of Purpose Foundation (POPF), Inc., in collaboration with Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., presented seventeen scholarships to attend HBCUs or other colleges of their choice.  The Scholarship Awards Reception was held on August 2 at Fulton Assembly Hall in the Government Center Complex.   

This joint effort of the POPF, and the Education, #CAP-College Admissions Process, and Think HBCU Committees of Nu Lambda Omega chapter, the youth each received baskets of college-themed paraphernalia, a $50 Walmart gift card and their scholarship checks.