In the Director’s Chair with Nicky Buggs

Local superstar Nicky San Gusto Cruz, better known as Nicky Buggs, is an actor, dancer, director, acting coach and has worn just about every hat in the industry. One of the unique ways she stands out is through her work with the youth in helping them to discover their talents.  

An Audience with the Queen

“Everyone wants to fall in love, and this is the quintessential love story… with a twist,” said Terry Burrell, who chatted with SFL about the production of “Ever After,” a musical adapted from the film starring Drew Barrymore as Cinderella. 

From CPA to Certified Creator: Wycliffe Bennett Returns to Craft Council Show

In its 30th consecutive year in Atlanta, the American Craft Council will present more than 230 artisans from across the United States at the largest juried fine craft show in the Southeast. The 2019 show is at the Cobb Galleria Centre March 15-17.

The BlackOut Experience

BlackOut Experience offers more than the average silent party/ disco. The state-of-the-art headphones are designed with fun in mind. Lightweight and noise cancelling, event goers will enjoy crisp sound quality up to 1,500 feet away from the music source so go ahead and get your groove on!

February 2019 Around Town

College Park Mayor’s Ball Hosted by the Honorable Jack P. Longino, Mayor of the City of College Park, the ball was held at the Georgia International Convention Center.  A sellout crowd of over 400 raised over $60,000 to support the Mayor’s Second Hope Scholarship Fund providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors in College Park.  The … Continued

ESAC Chapter of J&J Presents Tutus & Tuxedos Childrens’ Ball

The signature event of the East Suburban Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was a fun night for the whole family and especially children within the metro-Atlanta community. Children and pre-teens wore their favorite tutus and cool tuxedos. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefitted the Jack and Jill Foundation and selected … Continued

Curating Creativity

 Hey Y’all! February—it’s the shortest month of the year, but there’s definitely no shortage of exciting things happening here in beautiful #SoFu. When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s local theater performances, the Atlanta arts … Continued

South Fulton Lifestyle Holiday Party

SFL magazine along with the South Fulton Chamber and the Bailey Foundation presented a Holiday Party that benefitted the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Special guests included former Denver Bronco UGA's Champ Bailey and American Idol contestant Victoria McQueen. Entertainment was provided by BlackOut Experience and Infiniti of South Atlanta provided cars. Photography by Nailah … Continued

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Artist Okeeba Jubalo Rejuvenates Black Art Scene in Atlanta

Community leader, artist and CEO Okeeba Jubalo is a visionary pioneer for the advancement of African American art and business in Atlanta. Jubalo has helped push the culture forward and create opportunities for others through his marketing and branding agency, NobleSol Art Group. His agency’s client list includes The Morehouse College National Alumni Association, The Atlanta Dream to the National…

Bleu De Nuit: Spelman Reception at Art Basel in Miami

On December 6, 2018, Spelman College and its alumnae hosted Bleu De Nuit at the Miami Convention Center in conjunction with Art Basel. The reception celebrated the College’s contribution to the arts and Spelman artists participating in Art Basel, including Myra Greene, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Visual Culture and Director of the Photography Program at Spelman,…

Michelle’s Picks: Back by Popular Demand!

 The Joistick   I’ll be the first to admit, I am no social media maven; it takes me 40 minutes to do an IG post. That makes The Joistick even more amazing. It allows you to livestream on multiple devices. You can place your phone in one place on the stick and stream, place your iPad on another section of the stick and livestream…

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Start the New Year “En Pointe”

When you combine nature trails with art, business, restaurants and wellness, you are talking about Serenbe. This health-minded community is intertwined with nature at the edge of Atlanta and is proud to have opened a new dance theater called Terminus. Those who want to kick their heels up and put their ballet slippers on may want to glimpse inside the…

Stress Less and Feel Better This Year with Mindfulness

    Mindfulness is simply focusing one’s attention on the present moment without judgment. Not only will you stress less with regular practice, you will also reap benefits like improved general health, mental clarity, better sleep, and a greater sense of connectedness.    

Bring on the New Year!

Hey Y’all! January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer at the local animal shelter. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and tips and tricks … Continued

Tips From Dr. Tosha Rogers: A Pap Smear Could Save Your Life

       Pap smears. Ughh!!! Everybody hates it, right? It’s weird and uncomfortable, and it may tell me something that I don’t want to know. I wish I could make the idea fun, but I can’t. I hate them myself, but I recognize that it could save my life.

The Ultimate Sugar Show!

Bakers, confection makers and people with a sweet tooth recently gathered at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria for Georgia’s largest baking and sweets show—the Ultimate Sugar Show. The event attracted throngs of people and included competitions, classes and numerous activities. All ticket sales from the event benefited the AFLAC Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Attendees visited various booths and stations within the…

Grady Health Care System Announces the Opening of Camp Creek Comprehensive Care Center

Grady Health Care System announces the recent opening of their new Camp Creek Comprehensive Care Center. A state-of-the-art facility for various types of patients, the center will be equipped to handle multiple forms of healthcare in one location. 

January 2019 Around Town

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 … Continued

Chandon Carter Presents 8th Annual RICE Awards

Given to individuals who demonstrate keen awareness about community needs and step into the fray, lending a hand and making things better, nominees were selected by a panel of industry professionals, community leaders and everyday citizens. Each category is about a community leader who has used their position to develop or implement programs that have changed our … Continued

A Hush Affair

A Hush Affair is always a delight and this year was no exception. The Twenty Pearls Foundation presented the 26th Annual gala.  Gritz & Jelly Butter, a favorite bands rocked the place. The Doris J. Harris Humanitarian Award Recipient was Brannon Jones. He is the Executive Director of Next step Education Foundation and the author of College Rediness 101: A College Workbook…

Snack Well This Season

Think strawberry cheesecake is just for dessert? Think again! This calcium-rich smoothie satisfies the sweet tooth while also still helping you maintain your New Year’s resolution to eat healthy. Greek yogurt lends extra-creamy richness and a powerful punch of protein. Whole strawberries add a boost of fiber and vitamin C. Don’t skimp on the graham cracker crumbs—they give it the…

Holiday Gifts You’ll Actually Want to Receive

What's on your holiday list this year? These are not the gifts you plan to give away to friends and family, but rather the ones you actually want to receive! Tech gifts for the home? Luxury items to make you feel pampered? Delicious ones to fill your belly? Gifts to inspire creativity? We've got you covered! 

Become a Member of the Mayor’s Royal Court in Support of A Great Cause

UNCF believes every young person has a right to a high-quality education. In an era when many colleges enroll 30,000, 40,000 and even 50,000 people, students at UNCF-member historically black colleges and universities choose to get an education and prepare for the future on close-knit campuses with several hundred or a few thousand students—and pay tuitions that average 26 percent…

Leadership from the Inside Out

    Making clear decisions is something many leaders struggle to do. Even on the best day, making a confident decision can be difficult. You may have all the data but still struggle due to a lack of time, money, sleep, confidence, and most importantly, clarity.  Lack of Time

December 2018 Around Town

Why Your Business Need Social Media Marketing Did you know that 90% of all marketers say social media marketing has increased their business exposure? Or that 66% of marketers that spend at least six hours on social per week see more leads?  No matter what you sell and who you sell it to, using social … Continued

Eating and Enjoying Everything in Moderation for the Holidays

Ahh Springtime. Oh wait, it’s December. Right. Ahhh, Christmas. ‘Tis the season. Outside of my birthday, December is my favorite month. The lights, the music, people seem nicer…Doesn’t that make for a great time?  As a child, I used to think about all the things I could get on Christmas. As an adult, I think … Continued

Bold Lips + Bow Ties III Hosted by Atlanta Chapter

BLBT III supports efforts to ensure that all children have the opportunity and skills they need to be successful. Charity partners included Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, C.H.O.I.C.E.S., Solomon's Temple Foundation, and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a longitudinal charitable partnership benefitting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Hughes … Continued

Meet the Black Porsche Club of Atlanta, Inc.

Undoubtedly, automobiles are among the most appreciated sources of transportation worldwide due to their style, power, accessories, and overall rich history of how they eventually hit the road. When looking more intently at the admiration for cars, one finds there are actual clubs and societies dedicated to everything from specific types to actual automakers; addressing the latter, meet William “Bird”…

The Atlanta Airport Chamber

The ATL Airport Chamber hosted its annual meeting and political leaders, icons, and members gathered at the Georgia International Convention Center College Park to promote, support and get inspired about the economic success and expansion of the airport’s business community. This event brought leaders together from around the world to make Aerotropolis Atlanta the number one area for business prosperity in…

Serving and Protecting with Pride

 Keith Meadows  Chief of Police   City of South Fulton Police Department

WHAT ON EARTH IS THE HOA?

       What is a community association? A community association is a non-governmental group organized for a joint purpose, typically, cooperatives, neighborhoods, or groups of owners in proximity, organized to ensure real estate owned by the group is maintained.  Community associations are legal entities and have a board of directors that is responsible for guiding the association.  If you own…

Inside Your Homeowners Insurance

If you had a total loss of your home today, do you know if you have enough insurance to rebuild your home and replace its contents?

Mayor Vince Williams: A Dedicated Public Servant

As the 20th mayor of Union City, Mayor Vince R. Williams is currently serving out his second term in office. During his time as mayor, this Tennessee native has been able to turn Union City’s economy around, rescuing it from financial troubles and a declining economy. He’s been credited with helping to provide an 81% increase in the city’s financials…

Howard University Alumni Club of Atlanta Presents Crystal Peach Awards

Striving to uphold the motto: veritas et utilitas -truth and service, alumni engagement, recruitment and community service, honorees included Brenda L.Gardner, Esq.; the Honorable Tadia Whitner Jackson; Charles D. Moody, Jr.; Sylvia F. Taylor; Cecelia Townes, Esq.; and Paul Yurfest, DDS. The Atlanta Club has awarded over $100k in scholarships over the last 3 years. Photos by Alumni … Continued

Thank You For Your Service!

Hey South Fulton! Happy Autumn! This is the season of gratitude! I think most of you know that I was married to a Marine, God rest his soul. (I love a man in uniform!) But I’m not sure if I have shared with y’all, my close personal friends, how deeply the military has affected my … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Stonewall Tell’s Natalie Rachel Named Presidential Award State Finalist  Natalie S. Rachel, a highly motivated teacher at Stonewall Tell Elementary School, was recently named a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The Nationally Board-Certified Early Childhood educator earned her Educational Specialist and T-6 certification and is currently enrolled in a K-5 … Continued

5 Easy Ways You Can Give Back in South Fulton

There are lots of ways to get involved in the South Fulton Community. The smallest commitment can have a huge impact on someone's life. Here's a short list to get you started: 

National Black Arts Festival Celebrates 30 Years of Arts and Educational Excellence

The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) celebrates 30 years of excellence at the elegant  Flourish Atlanta by Legendary Arts venue. The 30th "NBAF: What Makes A Legend" gala focuses on artists of African descent who create and push forth the innovative essence of African and African-American culture. 

Confessions of a Foodie World Traveler

If I could get paid to travel around the world and taste the best food the earth has to offer, I’m pretty sure I would take that opportunity today—like right now! My signature activity when I travel is to find out what the area is best known for and eat that dish as many times … Continued

Why an HOA Alliance?

Our personal experience and that of other leaders in our communities, such as Mason White, helped surface the fact that there is a significant amount of ignorance in management and operations of communities and apathy in volunteering, board service, and membership responsibility. More importantly, many residents do not grasp the value of an effectively run community and its impact on…

Building a Culinary Empire From Baltimore Crab and Seafood to Bella

The South Atlanta culinary scene is bursting at the seams. Fabulous food and amazing chefs are giving fine dining a new look in the South. Shema Fulton opened her first establishment, Baltimore Crab & Seafood, in Philadelphia in 1995. Her mother and Head Chef Myra Fulton crafted the menu now being served at the Atlanta-based restaurant.

OWN and V103 Host Greenleaf Premiere at SCADShow

 A watch party for "Greenleaf" Season 3 featured cast members Merle Dandridge, Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Lamman Rucker and Deborah Joy Winans. Fans were on hand to participate in a Q&A moderated by V103 radio personality Ramona Debreaux. Attendees got a chance to take photos with the cast during a post-event Meet & Greet. Photos Chris Mitchell for OWN

October 2018 Around Town

Christian City Showcases Patio Homes for Active Seniors Active seniors considering moving to a retirement community toured available patio homes during an open house event at Christian City. “We have a number of one and two-bedroom patio homes that are move-in-ready and available for lease now,” said Jane Finch, Executive Director of Active Senior Living at Christian City. There … Continued

The One Percenters: The Boy Scouts of America 

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the most prominent and largest youth development organizations in the nation. Organized to build character among young people, it is uniquely designed to offer participants activities that promote character development, survival skills, physical fitness and essential life skills. 

Cancer Diagnosis: It’s Up to You What’s Next

Cancer is an unfair disease that no one deserves. I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer three years ago and I was truly horrified. My diagnosis threw me into an emotional turmoil and I didn’t know what to do or where to begin. I felt overwhelmed and worried about my future, coupled with information overload. 

Jay Paranada is Flying High as Iago as Broadway in Atlanta Presents Disney’s “Aladdin”

 Article and Photography  “It’s pure magic!” Paranada shares when asked about the show. It’s his Disney debut and although he has had other roles, including Baker in “Into the Woods” and Nicely in “Guys and Dolls,” you can tell he’s excited. In the show, Iago along with some of the other characters are transformed into humans. There are so many…

First Look at Disney’s Toy Story Land 

 Article and Photography  Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now open! Toy Story Land, the newest addition to Disney World, is inspired by Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films.  Here’s five secrets about the newest addition to the Disney Parks! 

NAASC- Atlanta Hosts Second Annual Spelman Blue on the Greens

The charity golf and tennis event was held at White Columns Country Club in Milton to benefit students. Alumnae came together once again in support of this signature annual event to raise money, and awareness for Spelman College. Adrienne Lance Lucas served as chairwoman.  Learn more by visiting SpelmanBlueOnTheGreens.com.  Planning is underway for 2019. Sponsor, play or volunteer.