33rd Annual Hunger Walk/Run Benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank

More than 13,000 participants united for the 33rd annual Hunger Walk/Run benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank on Sunday, March 5. The location formerly known as Turner Field hosted the huge event that raised almost $1 million for the Food Bank and five additional hunger-relief organizations.

June 2017 Around Town

Captain Dave Bushy is a former Senior Vice President of Flight Operations at Delta Air Lines. Since leaving Delta, he has become an Executive Coach who is respected globally for his knowledge and expertise in the field of aviation. At a time when a ticketed passenger was forcibly removed from a well-known commercial carrier, it was opportune for attendees to…

2017 Atlanta International Auto Show

The 2017 Atlanta International Auto Show (AIAS) recently rolled into the Georgia World Congress Center showcasing the latest models for auto lovers. The AIAS is THE best place to start a search for a new car or learn about the newest automotive technology. Here is the SFL recap on the 2017/2018 models direct from the dealers.

South Fulton Lifestyle Celebrates Two Years

SFL would like to thank the community for for its ongoing support and specifically the following partners for their support of the celebration: United Way, Venice Brinkley of Keller Williams, Niskey Lake Falls, Kidada of Simply the Best Events, Collaborative Firm and Legend Roofing, among others. Photography by James H. Moore.

June 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Bold. Brilliant. Brave. Beautiful. Could I possibly go on? Of course, I could! Even so, there still would not be enough words in any dictionary (traditional or urban) to express my whole heart when it comes to the important role of men in our communities. They’re our husbands, our guys or simply our “boo thangs.” They’re our fathers, our sons…

Just a Touch… A Touch of Inspiration, That Is

Words have power. This statement is often underestimated by many, but the truth of the matter is words really do have power. I am a firm believer that you will have whatever you say you will, whether it be good, bad, ugly or indifferent. This is why I choose my words very carefully. The more I think about it, the…

Young, Black & Male at the Top of Their Class

In today’s world where young African American men are stereotyped and portrayed as uneducated, criminals or thugs, believers of this typecast would find the following information unbelievable. Believe there is something special happening with a group of African American young men at Westlake High School in South Fulton.

A Spirit of Greatness: Kenya Barris

If you have never watched ABC’s hit sitcom, “black-ish,” then you are missing out. The hilarious comedy airs Wednesday nights and stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne. The critically acclaimed show is the brainchild of creator, producer and writer, Kenya Barris.

Social Media: Small Business Game Changer

The use of social media is an integral part of any business success strategy. Especially today, when potential customers are engaged and distracted by their mobile device, social media can be a game changer for small businesses.

Fatherhood

From the first time you learn about your child your life will never the same

Citizen of the Month: Cameron “Camy” Arnett

Cameron “Camy” Arnett is a television, film and theater actor, as well as a television and radio talk show host. Born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, the South Fulton resident has lived in Atlanta since 1998. He is married to the love of his life, B.J. Arnett. Together, they are the parents of a blended family of five wonderful children.

5 Key Screenings for Men’s Health

It is common knowledge that men are not rushing to the doctor’s office for their annual checkups. Sadly, not scheduling regular checkups can lead to undiagnosed illness, and in some cases, premature death. Annual checkups are vitally important to maintaining optimal health. While married men often depend on their spouses to schedule annual checkups for them, single men oftentimes don’t…

ROD DIXON

“Everything is driven by a desire to help make others’ lives better, honestly at a lot of personal sacrifice.” If anyone knows about sacrifice, it would be Rod Dixon. He is the co-founder of Dixon Davis, LLC. Upon graduating from the University of Florida with honors, Dixon went on to attend the University of Tennessee to obtain his Juris Doctor…

Tender Love

“Tender love. Love so tender. Holding me close to you. Baby, I surrender.” Every time they gaze into each other’s eyes, Jibri and Salvia think of the words from the classic love song by Force MDs. It all began at a college alumni party at Loew's Hotel in downtown Atlanta. As the night came to an end and Salvia was…

May 2017 Around Town

Union City Mayor Vince Williams addressed an audience on how Union City is going to the next level at the 2017 State of the City address held at Benjamin Banneker High School. During the State of the City, Mayor Williams discussed accomplishments, future goals, and the status of important projects. “Play it small? Union City?" said Mayor Williams. “I don’t…

Citizen of the Month:  Renee “Sunshine” Lewis

Where does one begin when it comes to introducing Renee “Sunshine” Lewis? This woman has accomplished more in her life than many could even dream of achieving. A native Atlantan and daughter of the late John H. “Big Hat” and Thelma Lewis, Sunshine has unequivocally lived up to her moniker: She is known near and far as someone who spreads…

Orchestra Noir Presents Royal Winter Ball

Orchestra Noir presented a black tie affair under the direction of CEO and Music Director Maestro Jason Ikeem Rodgers. The audience delighted in music from opera to pop hits.

Celebrate Good Times!

It's Spring! Springtime always signifies fresh starts. And if you love celebrations like we do, then you will definitely raise a glass for this issue. We recognize the graduates setting out on new life adventures with 10 high school seniors from around South Fulton ready to spread their wings. The festivities continue with our wedding and engagement feature where we…

The Coachmans

Taylor and Cornelius met online but not in the manner of many couples that connect using Match or eHarmony. As fate would have it, he happened across her photo on Tumblr. “I was just browsing my dashboard until I saw a picture of her and I was floored. I had never seen a woman quite like her. I then proceeded…

Elopements are the New Black 

Are you recently engaged and fallen victim to those wedding blogs that make you believe you can afford the swankiest venue in town, complete with those plush centerpieces for 200 guests? It’s a harsh reality when you realize those things just don’t work for your budget. Does that mean you should water down your dream wedding? Not at all! Instead,…

A South Fulton Love Story

LaTonya Farracee Rainey Gillespie of College Park, Georgia, and Murvin Matthew Johnson, Jr., of Atlanta, married on the 24th day of September at Millennium Gates Museum in Atlantic Station. Rev. D’Vante Parks officiated the ceremony for this couple of 13 years. An elegant reception was held at Mason Murer Museum immediately after the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of…

Healthy Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re frantically trying to find the perfect gift for one or several of the special ladies in your life. If you’re looking for a healthy gift that she will enjoy, I have listed several options below:

Pretty Paper Blossoms

Bolanle Pace is the Owner/Designer of Pretty Paper Blossoms. Pretty Paper Blossoms was born three years ago, when I was looking for a hobby after leaving the luxury retail industry to be a stay-at-home mom. After creating a set of paper flowers for my home and posting them on social media, orders began to follow. Four short months later, my…

A Mother’s Poem

I believe Mothers are very special to God. We are charged to be ever-present with our children (in mind when absent in body) just as He is ever-present with His children. Great is His faithfulness to equip us that we may endure and fulfill the roles in which He has placed us. May He continue to:

Just a Touch of Inspiration

May is a very special month. As we have shared in this edition, it’s one of the most favored months for couples to pledge their love to one another through marriage. Clearly, this should remind us of those famous words: “I do.” Of course, the couple says, "I do" to each other. And then there are the “I do’s” to…

South Fulton Lifestyle Presents the Exceptional Seniors of the Class of 2017

South Fulton’s talented and ambitious students include scholar-athletes, award-winning chess players, environmentalists and budding philanthropists. These young adults are well-rounded, well-traveled and engaged, and we acknowledge their impact on our community. South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine is proud to introduce 10 of South Fulton's finest high school seniors. We celebrate these students, who excel academically, athletically and in service to the…

15th Annual Bert’s Big Adventure Trip Provides Fun at Walt Disney World for Kids from Atlanta, Macon, Charleston and Nashville

Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit that provides all-expenses-paid, five-day journeys for children with chronic and terminal illnesses, hosted the trip of a lifetime for 13 children and their families who were VIPs at Disney parks and enjoyed front-row access to fireworks. The cast: Bert Weiss, Kristin Klingshirn, and Brian Moote.

Where I Belong

Well, hello there! You have no idea how excited I am to share these felicitations with you! It’s been a long time coming, but I do believe I am right where I belong. And the feeling is almost unexplainable. If you had the opportunity to read “Sisters in the Entrepreneurial Spirit,” last month’s cover story featuring me and Michelle Taylor…

April 2017 Around Town

Soccer? Tried it. Basketball? Check. Baseball? Done that. If your kids have tried a range of sports and still haven’t found one that piques their interest, perhaps you need to get them on track! “On track” in this case means on a bicycle racing track, or a velodrome. East Point, south of Atlanta, is home to Dick Lane Velodome, where…

Chamber of Commerce Presents South Fulton Day at the Capitol

SFL joined community leaders at South Fulton Day at the Capitol. Publisher Alonia Jones and Sales Managers Stephanie Johnson and Danielle Hunter were among the participants. Photography by Art by Benetez

Hope Is Not a Business Strategy

As a consultant, I have had in-depth conversations with hundreds of business owners about their businesses. During these talks, I always ask, "What is the one thing that you need to get your business to the next level?" The most common answer is “more customers to increase sales,” which is a good answer. My next question is, “What is your…

South Metro Development Outlook Spotlights 15 Years of Success

In 15 years, South Metro has seen the opening of the second-largest convention center in the Georgia International Convention Center, the opening and expansion of the Google Data Center in Douglas County, a boom in the movie industry on the south side and the move of the headquarters of Porsche Cars North America to the Hapeville area. Those are just…

Spring (Fashion) Forward 

Spring in the South is that delightfully short period of time when the Dogwoods are blooming and color abounds everywhere. Before the heat and humidity of summer sets in, spring is the time to get outdoors and show off the newest fashion trends.

Take a Road Trip to Visit the Biltmore Blooms and “Designed for Drama”

George Vanderbilt’s home – Biltmore House – currently serves as the setting for Biltmore Estate’s latest costume exhibition, “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics.” Award-winning costumes worn by actors Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Robert Downey Jr., Nicole Kidman, Dustin Hoffman and more are from recent films based on favorite books in Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume collection. The exhibition runs through July…

Top Docs Series: Meet South Fulton’s Celebrity OB/GYN Dr. Tosha Rogers, MD

Confused and grief stricken after losing her infant brother to Down syndrome, 13-year-old Tosha Rogers made a vow. “I decided I didn’t ever want to feel this way again, not knowing, not understanding,” recalls Rogers. “I didn’t want anyone else to feel this way either.”

#SoFu Citizen of the Month

There’s a lot to be said about George G. Andrews. Many people know him as the visionary leader of Capitol City Bank & Trust Company. As its founder, he also served as president and CEO for 22 years and as chair of Capitol City Bancshares, Inc.’s Capital Formation and Strategic Initiatives Committee. In these roles, Andrews fulfilled his life’s dream…

Top Doc Tobi Todd Wants You to Treat Your Feet

Physician and surgeon Tobi Todd, M.D., recently shared a wealth of knowledge about foot care, a subject he knows a lot about. Specializing in the field of Podiatric Medicine since 2003, Todd is a seasoned podiatrist following in the footsteps of his father, Frazier B. Todd Sr., M.D. As early as age 14, Tobi knew he wanted to be like…

Just a Touch—a Touch of Inspiration, That Is

Have you ever wondered why you’ve had to face certain life experiences? Unless you have lived a life free from pain, disappointment, frustration or mistakes, I’m sure you’ve experienced situations that left much to be desired. And if you had to do it all over again, you might like to rewrite some chapters of your story…or exclude them entirely! In…

Implementing Healthy Eating Into a Busy Lifestyle

As women, we know all too well about the race against the clock. It just seems like there are never enough hours in a day. Due to our overwhelming and demanding schedules, many of us are not getting the nutrition that our bodies need to maintain optimal health. Many women feel that eating healthy is just too difficult and time…

Polo in the Pines Benefits CURE Childhood Cancer

Sponsored by the St. Regis Atlanta and hosted at the Atlanta Polo Club with food by Murphy’s, Sun in My Belly and others, the event featured a polo match and live auction. Kelsey Hollis, Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen, was in attendance.

I’m So Glad We Had 
This Time Together…

Wow! Time really does fly, whether you’re having fun or not. Well, as much as I have fun in just about everything I do, it’s not that much fun to hand over one of my most prized possessions: South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine. Yep, I said it. My time here has come to an end. This is where you start crying…

March 2017 Around Town

This is an exciting time in our neighborhood. Please get involved with the creation of the new city and don’t forget to vote on or before March 21. SFL will continue to cover the entire South Fulton area, including but not limited to the new city, along with South Atlanta, Hapeville, East Point, College Park, Union City and Chattahoochee Hills…

MOSAIC Moon

MOSAIC Moon is a family owned and operated business built and run with heart and soul, as is evident in every aspect of the organization, including its name. “MOSAIC” is an acronym for Maintaining the Onus of Synergy, Authenticity and Independence in our Community, and “Moon” was the nickname of Owner Sabrina Player’s late husband who lost his battle with…

Tasha.René

Tasha.René is an artist with a deep commitment to lyrical honesty and musical integrity. Creativity flows from her pen and her lips as she transports you from genre to genre, singing about the most intimate, defining and critical moments of her life. Captivating audiences with real-life and love scenarios and proving that being a Christian isn’t boring, Tasha.René started singing…

Pearls of Purpose Foundation, Inc. 
Presents Enchanted Pink Pearls Under the Sea

The philanthropic arm of the Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. presented the annual 
Pink Pizzazz gala "Enchanted Pink Pearls Under the Sea" at the Oceans Ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium. The foundation’s signature fundraising event's proceeds supported the chapter’s academic scholarships and community initiatives.

Atlanta Music Project Helps Kids Make Beautiful Music

The Atlanta Music Project is a nonprofit providing intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. The organization was inspired by the El Sistema movement that has its origins in Venezuela. In 1975, Jose Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema (“the system”) in Venezuela to teach Venezuela’s impoverished to play instruments and participate in youth orchestras around the…

Sisters in the Entrepreneurial Spirit

When you turn the pages of South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine, you experience class, distinction and sophistication. This “exclusive, upscale” brand is not by accident. The woman behind the scenes, Publisher Michelle Willis, is strategic about what you experience when you encounter the front cover and what is portrayed on each page.

A Conversation with John Stephens

Q: How did you think of the TOYT dispenser and its catchy name? Give a history of the product and your business.

March 2017 Inspired By

Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball Jacket2Jacket Reading Program is an initiative created with the partnership of the WNBA Atlanta Dream. The longstanding program was refreshed last year, thanks to a program sponsorship from Georgia United Credit Union! This competitive reading program for elementary and middle school students in the Atlanta area is designed to encourage children to learn through reading. The…

8 Tips to Better Health for Entrepreneurs

Eat Healthy & Regularly: Time management is extremely important to any successful entrepreneur, so you have to pre-plan if you want to eat healthy and regularly. Prep meals for the week on Sunday, make green smoothies for breakfast on the go, ALWAYS pack healthy snacks and don’t forget your daily vitamin!