South Fulton Alpha Phi Alpha Members Institute Reading Program

For Principal Maureen Lilly, who has worked tirelessly to create young readers at Asa G. Hilliard Elementary School in East Point, it was a no-brainer.

The Twenty Pearls Foundation Presents $35, 000 in Scholarships

On Saturday, June 1, The Twenty Pearls Foundation, the nonprofit affiliate of Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, awarded $35,000 in scholarships to 16 local students at its annual Pearls of Excellence Scholarship Recognition Program. The program was held at the historic Auburn Avenue Research Library.

Not Your Average Joe

“I wanted to be a criminal justice attorney,” recounts Joe Handy.  “My friends would get into arguments, and I had to step in and settle things.  I had the ability to convince people, well, kids at the time, to see things from the other person’s perspective.”

Kayla Willis’s Good News Goes Viral!

Unless you have been living under a rock, you might have heard or read about Kayla Willis, the South Fulton teen who was accepted to 31 colleges and received nearly $1 million in scholarships.

August 2019 Around Town

Westlake Lady Lions Receive Back-to-Back Championship Rings Westlake High School’s Lady Lions received their back-to-back state basketball championship rings in a recent ceremony. “We’ve had some great athletes and some great students who’ve come through our program,” Coach Hilda Hankerson said. “You don’t repeat state championships without having a strong core, a nucleus you can … Continued

School’s (Not Soup) On!

Hey #SoFu! I can’t believe it’s time for back to school AGAIN. It’s as though we go through this every year. Well I guess we do, but it doesn’t make it any more tolerable. The summer seems to fly by, like a car on the racetrack, merciless. Just running over whatever is in its way. … Continued

AngelsNTech Present STEAM Workshop with RoboChick Madison Kenney

The Angels and Me Foundation, AngelsNTech, a nonprofit mentoring organization established to Ignite interest, Innovate solutions, and Inspire young girls and support parents within STEAM fields, partnered with the Robochick Madison Kenney in South Fulton to provide an innovative STEAM workshop exploring the foundation of Robotics and integration with Mobile Apps.

ICABA Atlanta’s Leading Influencers Photography by Delante Armani

SFL Publisher Michelle Taylor Willis was among those honored at the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA) Atlanta's Leading Influencers reception. Other honorees included Juliet Hall and Joe Handy. 

MUSIC GREEKΣ Awards Gala honors Avery*Sunshine Photography by Delante Armani

Founded in 2013, MUSIC GREEKΣ is an organization that serves and unite the seven national music Greek letter organizations by building networking tools committed to creating professional, community service, and social opportunities, advocating for unity and musical advancement. They are committed to raising funds to provide scholarships for youth who desire to advance in music on the collegiate … Continued

Kennedy Rouse

Kennedy Rose Rouse is the 18 year old daughter of Carlton and Kymberly Rouse. She is an only child and grew up in South Fulton, where she attended A. Philip Randolph Elementary and Sandtown Middle School. During her early years, Kennedy was a cheerleader at Welcome All Park, where she was crowned Miss Welcome All Park 6 and Under Blue…

Give Your Princess Hair Pizzazz!

Princess Hair Pizzazz salon is an exciting addition to the South Fulton area! As a wife and husband team, Juanda and Leighton Roberts were looking for a place to take their special little one to get her hair done. Their child’s former salon was just not working anymore, but they did not want their little girl to lose that awesome…

Healthy Back to School Tips From Dr. Michelle Allen

Don’t let the scramble for new book bags distract you. Back-to-school planning should also include your child’s health and hygiene. 

B’Fly Girls Butterfly Ball

B’Fly Girls, Inc. celebrated outstanding women and girls at their second annual Butterfly Ball at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel. Returning emcee FOX5 Atlanta Anchor and Reporter Marissa Mitchell opened the night with the mentees ushered in by their mentors. Founder Lisa T. French said she previously had no idea how to start a nonprofit but B’Fly has flourished since…

A True Lady

Joining Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority just might have led to one of the best decisions Drema Lee Woldman has ever made. Woldman recalled being invited to another member’s son’s party and the child was part of Top Teens of America, sponsored by Top Ladies of Distinction.  

Be Your Best at the Beach or Poolside

This season, Tommy Bahama makes packing simple with beach chair backpacks, easy to carry coolers along with printed and solid swimwear. Cover ups that play in the sun or shade along with men’s hybrid shorts that go from beach to brunch. Accessories like straw hats and caps keep you cool and covered and don’t forget Maui Jim sunglasses that use innovative technology that…

Delante Armani

Delante Armani is a professional celebrity event photographer based in Atlanta and born in Oakland, California. Delante is dedicated to bringing exciting and effective visual content to your brand. His specialty is capturing amazing still photography as well as cinematography while highlighting life’s special moments.

Ice Cream Festival!

The Ninth Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival will feature an assortment of local and national ice cream vendors. This exciting festival which encourages attendees to indulge in a variety of ice cream delights while maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle will take place Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Atlanta’s historic Piedmont Park. 

#SoFu Guide to Summertime!

Summertime is a magical season. The kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending and there’s no shortage of adventures that await. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood—camps, family vacations and swimming until your fingers are shriveled like prunes. We also celebrate our nation’s independence this month!   In this issue of … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Phylicia Rashad to Receive Award For 16 seasons, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company has created masterful works of theatre art that honor the African American experience, lift up diverse voices, and create cultural understanding. To honor those who have championed the company’s mission of celebrating the tradition of Black storytelling while giving voice to bold artists of all cultures, True Colors hosted the second … Continued

Pink Pearl Mother Daughter Luncheon Sustains the Legacy of HBCUs

The Pearls of Purpose Foundation, Inc., an affiliate of Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), will honor four women in the Atlanta community and award college scholarships during its 32nd Annual Pink Pearl Mother Daughter Luncheon.   POPF awarded $31,000 in scholarships, and awarded 60 percent of the scholarships to students … Continued

Jason Carter Realizes His Dream with ONE Music Fest

Jason Carter is the proud founder of ONE Music Fest.  While it is not brand new, it has had a recent spike in popularity as people recognize that it is the only of its kind.  “The concept of the festival started back in 2008 exploring various festivals around the nation and not being able to find a progressive urban outdoor…

Olympic Day 2019: A Local Gym Salutes its Stars!

“I’m so emotional right now,” begins Kathy Cochrane, grandmother of Super Mites performer 5-year-old Isla, who poses before a camera in her American flag leotard. “Looking at her reminds me so much of Kelsey,” said Cochrane. Kelsey is Isla’s mom, a former Tumbleweed gymnast who practiced and performed at this very same gym. “We’ve been with KiDsGyM USA® and College…

Harold’s Chicken and Ice Bar on Old National

The Harold's Chicken and Ice Bar location right in the heart of #SoFu offers so much. Yes, the food is good. They have perfected the fried wing and diners raved about the grits and veggies while I was there. But Harold's provides a fun, upscale but relaxed atmosphere right here in South Fulton. Owner Tarryn Rutherford wanted to stress the…

The Boss Businessmen

 Bill Edwards  Mayor of the City of South Fulton  As the first Mayor elected to serve the new City of South Fulton, Mayor William “Bill” Edwards has worked closely with his outstanding Council to make the City of South Fulton the place “Where You Want to Be!” 

Power Surges for Dads

 2019 Genesis G70  For the past few years, Genesis has truly claimed its place in the industry as a prestigious luxury brand at highly competitive pricing. The smooth, attractive G70—coming in two different turbocharged engines—provides amazing value, with the Prestige 2.0T starting at $34,900 for all its pampering amenities, including Nappa leather interior, a Surround View monitor, responsive handling, and…

Awaken Your Inner Renaissance Man with Sophisticated Style This Spring

 Mugsy Jeans  Who says style and comfort can‘t coexist? The design team at Mugsy Jeans boast that their collection of various washes and styles will be the most comfortable jeans you will ever own.   Brickell

7 Reasons to Experience Eden Roc Miami Beach

Upon arrival, Eden Roc’s lobby will thrust you into an oasis of history. The hotel’s gently restored golden handrails lead to sweeping views of the circular bar with signature spirits designed to bring your soul to an immediate rest. The eclectic libations and unique art curation will have you feeling the iconic vibes of legends like Nat King Cole, Sammy…

It’s the “Dudes Issue!”

Ok, gentlemen! You have waited patiently for your turn. Last month, we brought you our Ladies issue– it is ladies first, after all– and this month, we present our “Dudes Issue,” celebrating all things masculine.  Of course, there’s Father’s Day on June 16 (check out our Favorite Guy Things in the Parting Thoughts section) but … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

“Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” to Open June 8  Experience the first-ever museum exhibit based on Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning television series “Doc McStuffins” as it opens at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit debuts Saturday, June 8, 2019 and will run through Sunday, September 8, 2019. The highly interactive English and Spanish bilingual experience will transport kids and families from … Continued

The Political Powerhouses

 Cassius F. Butts  CEO Capital Fortitude Business Advisors  Chairman, Fort McPherson Local Redevelopment Authority

The Producer

Effervescent and authentic, Ozzie Areu learned from Perry along the way. “I could have made the wrong deal (in purchasing the studio). I had to stick to my guns and believe in myself, people around me and God, and not make a bad deal out of desperation,” he said. “Tyler was a boss at making deals that made sense for…

NCBW 100 Fashion Show MECCA Chapter

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. MECCA Chapter presented the Little Ladies of MECCA fashion show, "Racing Towards the Future with Leadership and Style" at the Porsche Experience headquarters.  The fundraiser was the perfect venue to honor women in the community and recognize girls in the chapter's education and mentoring program that focuses on shaping … Continued

Dr. Barbara King

At the golden age of 89, Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King has seen a lot in her lifetime. The founder, minister and spiritual leader of Atlanta’s Hillside International Truth Center has received numerous awards and honors for her ministry throughout the decades, including being named as the first female chief of the Ashante tribe in Ghana, West Africa. She has…

AHHH-mazing Mother’s Day Gifts

Don’t give in to buying a generic gift card this Mother’s Day. Go for gifts that will make any mom feel special. We found six unique gifts anyone would love. Try something new this year!

Cocktails & Calories

If ingredients were the only standard used to determine caloric values in alcoholic beverages, gin would win hands down. Created with botanicals, spices and citrus rind, these flavors come to life and add complexity to your cocktail.

South Fulton Community Forum

Economic development and a focus on South Fulton’s image as a quality, safe place to live were among the topics political leaders, including Mayor Bill Edwards, addressed at Community Forum at Westlake High School.

$100 Rebate Helps GreyStone Power Members Be Smart 

People served by GreyStone Power can enjoy rebates on energy-efficient products to help them manage costs. That’s because as a not-for-profit cooperative, GreyStone works with members to save energy and money. 

May 2019 Around Town

New App Launches! The Styled by Love E application allows users to hire a personal stylist to shop for them, style them and deliver fashionable wardrobe selections to their door.  “We want to make getting dressed fun and easy, giving our clients the confidence to boldly present their best selves to the world,” said Evonya … Continued

The Future is Female!

Hey Y’all, Every year when May makes its welcomed return to our calendars, we can’t help but sing the line from The Temptations’ “My Girl” that goes, “When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.”  This month brings with it an abundance of joy—bright blue skies, a rainbow of flowers and, of course, … Continued

Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim

Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim is a nonprofit innovator bringing change to the same East Point community she grew up in. While at University of California, Berkeley, she felt underprepared for college coursework. After graduation, she returned home to work at the Future Foundation for youth started by her brother Shareef Abdur-Rahim, notable NBA All-Star and NBA G League President. Nineteen years ago,…

NAASC Atlanta Chapter Annual Scholarship Brunch

This year's theme was Fashioned with Purpose and featured a stunning catwalk. The honorees included Pamela Cooper and Dr. Na'Taki Osborne Jelks along with Bovanti Cosmetics Founder Anita Bohannon. Dr. Tanisha McGlothen and Dr. Andrea Lewis served as Brunch Committee Chairs and Dr. Venetta Coleman is the President of the Atlanta Chapter. Proceeds went towards scholarships … Continued

Gwen Freeman and Chelsea Freeman Dease

 Chelsea Freeman Dease   Southwest Atlanta Native, a neighborhood she fondly refers to as the “SWATs.”   Education:  Woodward Academy and Henry W. Grady High School,  University of South Carolina as a Spanish and Dance Major and law school at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. 

Avery*Sunshine is Standing in the Light!

Avery*Sunshine started on the road to stardom at a young age simply by doing what she loved. She began playing piano at 8 years old and played for different denominations at church as a teenager, as well as directing choir and singing. When it came time to choose a major in college, the decision was obvious: piano. A self-described introvert/extrovert,…

Using a Smart Thermometer

People served by GreyStone Power can enjoy rebates on energy-efficient products to help them manage costs. That’s because as a not-for-profit cooperative, GreyStone works with members to save energy and money. 

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

The Steeple Awards

Now in its fourth year, the Southeast’s largest Gospel awards show with a national presence is set for Saturday, April 27, in Atlanta. The Steeple Awards bring together some of the biggest names in gospel music and ministry from around America to celebrate their work on the frontline in the battle for souls. The all-star lineup of performers and nominees includes an…

Local Green Atlanta Goes From Popular Food Truck to Brick and Mortar Restaurant

Vegan and pescatarian restaurant Local Green Atlanta is now officially open to the public! Local Green Atlanta hosted a grand opening event in January at their Vine City/West End neighborhood location. The atmosphere was lively and festive as 250+ attendees took photos in front of Local Green’s instafamous “Insta-Wall,” listened to music played by V103, enjoyed smoothies and treats from…

There’s Still Time!

You’ve procrastinated and now it’s April and you haven’t prepared your 2018 tax returns. You haven’t contacted your CPA or tax preparer and made an appointment. Don’t worry! Stop and breathe.

PUSH

This is the story of a budding business. But in reality, the business is born of a love story. Joseph and Tauheedah met in high school at Tri-Cities High School; he graduated in 2000 and she in 2001. An East Point native, Joseph went on to develop a love for both athletics and graphic design. The couple reconnected in 2007 and got…

One South Fulton Community is Building for the Future ‘Family Style’ 

    The Stonewall Manor subdivision in South Fulton is laying a foundation for the future, creating a tradition around culture, cuisine and creativity with its annual progressive dinner. The night brings neighbors together to host and enjoy different courses of dinner in a series of homes. According to the residents, the event can get quite competitive but all in the…