UNCF Atlanta 36th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atrium Ballroom will be the place to be on December 21 at 6 p.m. as the 36th Annual UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball takes center stage. R & B recording artist Charlie Wilson, known to rock the house, will be the entertainment as luminaries look to raise more than $1 million for historically black colleges and…

Secure a Degree While Staying Debt Free

Here a few tips that are very beneficial to high school students applying for scholarships: 

Four Subscription Boxes That Make Great Gifts

 Graze – For the On-the-Go Snacker  Graze is a perfect subscription box for anyone on the go with its high-quality, healthy snacks. The premise is pretty simple. For the first box, you take a survey to note any special diets (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-avoiding) and preferences (no nuts, spicy foods, raisins). Graze uses this profile to select an initial assortment of…

Festive Tips: #SOFU Style

As we prepare for this festive season with family and friends, let’s not overlook the obvious. The holidays are exciting times filled with office parties, visiting family and friends, shopping for the perfect gifts, eating favorite foods, and taking some much-needed time off from work. Conversely, the holidays can also bring fatigue, loneliness and overspending, leaving many feeling not so…

Damācia Howard

Local teen from the city of South Fulton will be the first teen to represent the city in the Miss Georgia Teen USA pageant. The city’s title holder is 16-year old Damācia Howard.  After the review of Howard’s application and an interview, she was selected to compete as Miss South Fulton Teen USA. 

Total Dance/Dancical Productions, Inc. presents 23rd Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

Total Dance/Dancical Productions, Inc. proudly announces its 23rd Annual Kwanzaa Celebration  featuring “Girl Why You Dance Like That” Fusion - From Africa to Hip Hop on Saturday, December 28 at the Southwest Arts Center at 8:00pm. The Kwanzaa Village, a marketplace of unique gifts and entertainment begins at 2:00.  The Kwanzaa Ceremony begins at 6:00. Both the village and ceremony are…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

So, you know this is my favorite time of year. Not JUST because if the gifts (mainly because of the gifts), but because people are generally nicer, more giving, even a pleasure to be around.  The holidays scream “Let’s be nice to each other for at least a month!” I don’t know about you, but … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

Robert Franklin at First Congregational Dr. Robert Franklin spoke in November at First Congregational Church. Dr. Robert M. Franklin was the inaugural James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership at the Candler School of Theology, where he challenges students to explore the concept of moral leadership in the 21st century in different cultures … Continued

Barre Luxe Ribbon Cutting

Barre Luxe Grand Opening

The Pink Frog Foundation Celebrates Survivorship and Honors Pioneering Surgeon

Nearly 1,500 supporters came out to support 8th Annual Evening of Poetry, Music and Dance. Proceeds will provide maid service, nutrition support and transportation assistance to individuals while they are undergoing breast cancer treatment in metro Atlanta.  The Pink Frog Foundation was founded in 2012 by breast cancer survivor Tammy L. Bolton and her husband Robert H. Bolton. … Continued

Martina Edwards

Martina Edwards is an accomplished business professional, who has  whose turned her private equity career into public capital gains. Currently, as the Chief of Strategic Partnerships for Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), she’s tasked with fundraising for the nonprofit organization that lends to small businesses in Georgia. 

No Place I’d Rather Be:

There are so many different types of life events that lead to someone having to address their real estate needs: marriage, divorce, death, birth, empty nesting or college kids moving back in. The emotions involved in many of these transactions can be overwhelming. This is something I’ve  seen over the past 17 years of selling homes in metro Atlanta and…

Moms All In® Conference Presented by Michelle Taylor Willis

A woman who truly juggles it all and handles it well, from being an amazing mother and wife, to holding a career as a successful entrepreneur, while also dedicated to self-love is just the type of women found at the Moms All In® Conference.

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer.  … Continued

Maroon Tiger Kickoff Awards Gala

 The Morehouse Football Alumni Association consists of Morehouse alums who are former Maroon Tiger football players. The membership includes doctors, lawyers, teachers, principals, judges, pastors, business executives and successful entrepreneurs.

Breathe Easy 5K Run Walk

Dr. Ngozika Orjioke was born in 1968 in Southeast Nigeria in Igboduring the Nigerian Civil War. She was born behind a mud hut due to limited accommodations from the war. Her mother was a nurse and her father finished his training to become a diplomat and moved the family to India. She traveled the world for a couple of years…

“The Best Day Of My Life”

A giant in life and a giant in public service, Edward Menifee founded and worked with several community-based organizations designed to provide uplift for individuals in need. Edward Menifee has held management and leadership positions in Metropolitan, Urban and Rural Economic Development Programs with emphasis on motivation, education, and business. His professional and civic involvement included: President and Senior Consultant…

Find Peace of Mind in Pensacola

Ever heard of the Foo Foo Festival? I must admit I hadn't until my visit to Pensacola, Florida. Seeking offbeat paths of travel? Well, my journeys are proven to be for your benefit. The best fall ever awaits in this Sunshine State haven. Never in a million years would I have associated fall festivals with Florida! 

Giving: The Secret to Living

The importance of giving to others should never be understated, and many say that the secret to living is giving. It’s not about what you do for yourself. It’s about how you’re able to better the lives of the people around you—your loved ones, the people in your community or the lives of people somewhere else in the world.

Happy Turkey Day! 

As November rolls around, we’re anxiously awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

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 … Continued

A Labor of Love

Caregiving is one of the most rewarding yet challenging and sometimes thankless undertakings ever. Unfortunately, not everyone has been gifted with the level of patience, compassion and that special kind of love the demands of caregiving can dictate. 

Mayors’ Park Reopening in Union City

Mayor Vince Williams and the City Council were joined by residents and staff where the ribbon-cutting took place. City residents, friends and visitors are encouraged to stop by Mayors’ Park. Located on Watson Street and adjacent to City Hall, the park has outdoor fitness stations, an improved walking track, a new water fountain and beautiful landscape.

C. J. Matthews Gives Back!

When Chris Matthews II—better known to friends and family as C.J. —was 5 years old, his family experienced a pregnancy loss. To help him cope with the loss, the Matthews’ family created a charitable program called Blankies 4 My Buddies that would help their young son honor his baby sister while providing an extra dose of comfort to sick and…

Is Your Heart Ready for Winter?

With temperatures falling and the colder days ahead, it may be a good idea to add a check-up for your heart to your list of winter preparations. Your body works harder when it’s cold, so winter can present challenges for people over 65, people who have had a heart attack, or those who been diagnosed with heart disease. And not…

East Point Selected to Pilot City Agriculture Plan

After a thorough exploration process with seven metro cities earlier this year, Atlanta nonprofit Food Well Alliance announced it has selected the City of East Point to pilot metro Atlanta’s first City Agriculture Plan. The plan could be a game changer for urban agriculture as it brings growers, community leaders, and city officials together – guided by planning experts at the…

With Added Pizzazz

Shelia Mants has designed hundreds of events in Atlanta through her company Added Pizzazz,and with every event, she knows to expect the unexpected. No matter how prepared she is for every job, she realizes the likelihood of a challenge will inevitably happen. She recalled one local event where she had to hustle and recreate an indoor event space three hours…

Let’s Do Brunch at Garden Parc!

There’s a new brunch buffet on Cascade Road that’s perfect for any celebrating special occasion or just a great meal after church. Garden Parc, A Baltimore Crab & Seafood company is not your ordinary breakfast. The Southern seafood buffet features warm, gourmet selections. The muffins are my favorite. A chef prepares your eggs and waffles to order. And the mimosa bar…

Dr. C. T. Vivian’s 95th Birthday Celebration

A tribute to the life and legacy of one of Atlanta’s most acclaimed citizens is being plan for Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta.   The Reverend Dr. Cordy Tindell Vivian, is being honored for his 95th birthday by his community for his what he has done, what he continues to do, and…

Redefining Real

Jordan Carter was busy this summer, but not with vacation plans or hanging out in the city. Instead, he was busy preparing to shoot a video with Atlanta rapper Bone Crusher, working on a rollout plan for his next album after finishing a promotional tour in Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

Venus Visits South Fulton Tennis Center 

Tennis legend Venus Williams surprised over 100 campers at South Fulton Tennis Center. Williams, who was in town for the BB&T Atlanta Open, went straight to the courts upon arrival at the center to hit with the campers. 

Food, Glorious Food!

 Are you hungry, South Fulton? We’re sure you will be when you read—or should we say devour—this issue, the most drool-worthy one of the year: the Foodie issue! We spent the last few months scouring the streets in search of the most delicious bites South Fulton has to offer, and we found more than enough … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

First Friday at First – at First Congregational Church  Atlanta jazz enthusiasts know that “First Friday at First” is always the place to be on the first Friday of each month. Great jazz is good for the soul; and good food and drink is an added perk of First Friday. The line-up for the remainder … Continued

Imagine AfroFuturism: Annual NBAF Gala

The National Black Arts Festival Gala celebrated art and technology in all its fabulous manifestations — décor, music, performances and entertainment. Photos by Kimberly Evans

“Goodie Mob Day” in East Point

In front of nearly 15,000 people, Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham and Council presented the iconic hip hop group with a proclamation and keys to the City for their contributions to the music industry and the community. Special guests included Sleepy Brown and Rico Wade, founder of the Dungeon Family. Also performances by Dana Dane, Kilo Ali, … Continued

Desi Date Night!

Desiree Boyd, the 30 year old mother of two awesome children (Joseph and Victoria) developed a passion for cooking at the early age of 10. “I remember watching The Food Network. 'Iron Chef' was one of my favorites!” she tells SFL.  She has always loved to cook and be creative and as she matured her Dad and Stepmom would share recipes with her. “In…

Take a Trip to a Tropical Island!

Fall is underway but sometimes you want to close your eyes and imagine that you are on vacation. Anytime the beach mood hits you, just whip up one of these cool, refreshing drinks. It's a quick, easy recipe that anyone can make and it's sure to please! Here's the recipe from Neiva of On The Rocxs. She is available for…

VOLTA, the Newest Big Top Production, Comes To Atlanta!

The name VOLTA refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea often used in poetry. It also speaks to the jolt of energy delivered through the show.

Fall into Fashion!

Faux fur accents are a hit this fall. Texture and bold colors are ruling the runway along with every must-attend event. This shoot features Hope, Liz and Andre shot on location at Parlor in Castleberry Hill. The models were shot by celebrity photographer Delante Armani, with makeup by Mercedes Starr and styling by Fancy at Strictly Editorial. 

College Career Academy in South Fulton

 Fulton Schools College Career Academy readies students in South Fulton to be dynamic successes in the workforce. Located in Union City, the curriculum covers many trades for 9th through 12th graders, including Culinary Arts, AV/Film, Construction and Aviation. Teaching as a Profession, Animation and dual enrollment at Atlanta Technical College mark new additions, sparked by growth. Youth from neighboring high…

For the Culture Music Festival

A new music festival debuts here in Atlanta in October, featuring several of Atlanta’s favorite artists Lalah Hathaway, Avery Sunshine and Rahsaan Patterson.  An immersive arts and entertainment experience, For the Culture Musicfest (FTCM) looks to bring a fresh twist to the Atlanta Music Scene. The festival is a uniquely curated community event designed to represent the wide range of…

Fall Fashion From Head to Toe

1. Headwear is usually not the easiest accessory to pull off, but from knit beanies, wide brim hats, turbans & baseball caps conceals the bad hair day we all encounter!

Sylvia Carter Releases Third Book “Rescue Me”

International speaker and author Sylvia D. Carter experienced firsthand the psychological and emotional impact of extreme poverty and gender inequalities in developing countries during a mission trip to Kenya last summer. Her time in Kenya became a catalyst for her latest, highly anticipated release, Rescue Me and its companion study guide.

Fourth Anniversary Party at Areu Bros. Studios

SFL Publisher Michelle Taylor WIllis celebrated the fourth anniversary of the magazine with a host of community leaders, readers and supporters. Ozzie Areu provided a unique venue for the South Fulton event, a movie set and sound stage. Willis was interviewed on FOX 5 Atlanta on the ongoing success of the print magazine and her other business ventures.

Happy Fall and Happy Birthday to me! 

Hey Guys! September is by far my fave month of the year, second only to December.  I get gifts in both months, so you can see the trend here.  🙂  But seriously, I’m stoked because it’s my 45th birthday, and I’m celebrating by having a bomb Fashion issue this month.  First, don’t you love this … Continued

Taste of SoFu

The Taste of SoFu took place at the Southwest Arts Center. The highlight was a chili cookoff. The event featured vendors, food trucks and fun for all ages! Photography by Art by Benetez. 

September 2019 Around Town

“Overcomer” Movie Features Veteran Actor Cameron Arnett  The makers of “Facing the Giants,”  “Fireproof,” “Courageous,” and the #1 box-office hit “War Room” are back with their newest film “Overcomer.” This film is filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart.When asked about his role, Cameron Arnett who … Continued

Vibrate at Your Higher Frequency

Hello fall! We will definitely miss summer, however, there is something magical about the oncoming of layers, textures and the brisk welcome of an autumn breeze. From a healthy morning stretch at a phenomenal winery to a well-coiffed beard, we have got you covered. While the kids may be returning to school, who says they are the only individuals gathering a…

Dr. Chantrise Sims Holliman

Allow me to introduce to you a woman who needs no introduction.