Atlanta Falcons Invite TAPS Kids and Families for a VIP Experience at Military Appreciation Day at Training Camp in Flowery Branch


Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is a national charity that offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Participants were greeted by Coach Dan Quinn. Falcons players presented them with the camo practice jerseys they had worn that day and a Falcons book bag!

NBAF Celebrates 20 Years with All-White Gala

The premier event of the summer social season spotlighted world music and honored trailblazers, luminaries, and emerging stars. Including lively music, great performances, and a silent auction of unique items, supporters and patrons came together to celebrate and to sustain NBAF’s rich cultural legacy in the Atlanta community.

Obstacles into Opportunity

Edwin Jackson, also known as “Pound Cake,” is the starting linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts heading into the 2017 season. A native Atlantan, Edwin began playing football in the eighth grade. Originally interested in playing basketball and baseball in the Sandtown and Benhill Park recreation leagues, Edwin had no idea that he’d end up where he is today. He gave…

Let’s Hear it for the Home Team!

Whoever said that ATL is not a sports town needs to come join us in this century and get with the times. In the span of a few weeks, the Hawks published their schedule along with plans for a complete renovation of Philips Arena. I visited the impressive new SunTrust Park, I experienced the electricity that is being a fan…

October 2017 Around Town

Mayor Bill Edwards welcomed Consul General of Japan Takashi (Thomas) Shinozuka to City Hall on August 21 for a discussion about potential economic partnerships in the City of South Fulton. “There are more than 600 Japanese companies in Georgia,” said Consul General Shinozuka. “Due to the City of South Fulton’s proximity to major interstates as well as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport…

Making the Transition

To achieve success, there must first be a vision. Also essential is the belief that, against all odds, success is possible. When Keith Strickland, founder and CEO of Making The Transition Inc., was a child, not only did he lack vision, he had no hope, no expectation, and no one to show him a better way. At the very young…

Donald Young 

Donald Young may have been born in Chicago, but Atlanta can now claim this professional tennis player as its own. Young began playing tennis at age 3, so it’s no wonder Donald has achieved significant success: Both his parents taught tennis professionally and even owned South Fulton Tennis Center for a time.

Lessons from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett

One of my most profound learning experiences occurred on a day trip to Omaha, Nebraska, to meet Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised after spending a little time with the third richest man in the world ($75.2 billion in assets), who has donated more than $37 billion to…

The Coach, the Mentor, the Man

The odds were stacked against him because of his environment. Growing up in Dixie Hills off Simpson Road in the late 70s with five other siblings made life even harder. Nevertheless, Coach Darron L. Rogers Sr. beat the odds one day at a time.

Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Athletes

With the transition from summer to fall comes an upswing of sports in our neighborhood. This means both parents and kids are juggling many tasks and activities, which usually equates to frequent fast food stops. Most of us know that our children need to consume a healthy, well-balanced diet, and the need for nutrition is even more prevalent for our…

CELEBRITIES HIT THE 
LINKS AT EAST LAKE FOR 
A WORTHY CAUSE

This summer, celebrities headed to South Fulton’s East Lake Golf Club to support the Warrick Dunn Charities’ 7th Annual Atlanta Celebrity Golf Classic. This tournament is the exclusive signature fundraiser of Warrick Dunn Charities and a premiere social event to kick off the summer.

Five Reasons To Feel Good About 
The Falcons

From Buckhead to Carrollton and everywhere in between, even the slight mention of the number 25 is met with a cringe. The city of Atlanta and surrounding areas still hurts from losing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots. In today’s social media climate, historic moments are relived daily and sometimes hourly.

Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park Hits a Home Run with our Stomachs!

Having a ticket stub to prove you attended the first full season at the all-new Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park certainly provides invaluable sports memorabilia, but leaving with a content stomach could be just as unforgettable. To complement the experience of witnessing home runs, singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in the seventh inning, hoping to catch a fly ball,…

The Rustic Club by Titus Allen Makes Your Patio or Tailgate Cool

The smell of fresh wood, the sight of your favorite team’s logo, and the satisfaction of an ice-cold drink. These are the sensations inspired by having your very own custom cooler. The Rustic Club furniture company specializes in making custom cedar coolers right here in metro Atlanta. The story of how this local business got started goes back to the…

Women: Beyond Phenomenal!

I am of the persuasion that the infallible God I serve was really on His A-game when He created woman! No, I’m not a feminist, womanist or any of the other labels that may surface with this statement. I’m simply a proud woman who just happens to believe that there is something truly special about what I call “us girls.”

The Alma G. Davis Foundation Presents 8th Annual Dinner for Divas Hosted by Sterling K. Brown and Benefitting Survivors of Domestic Violence

The nonprofit organization, dedicated to the eradication of domestic violence, hosted its gala to empower 150 female survivors. Honorees received complimentary makeovers, including formal attire that they wore to the red-carpet event and took home. Each survivor participated in free self-defense classes before the gala. Photography Lauren Lamutt

45 Westlake Students, Parents, 
& Teachers Explore China

A group from Westlake High School visited the historic Beijing to expose students to another culture, language, and educational system. 
 Visiting the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden Palace, they were able to make real connections with their AP social studies courses and historic sites.

A Self-Care Guide

As a woman, I know all too well about the demands that life places on us. We are often responsible for managing our lives, in addition to obligations like kids and/or aging parents. We do all this while balancing our home, job and/or business. We women wear many hats, which sometimes means we get lost in the shuffle. Many of…

September 2017 Around Town

Relocating their practice of four years, Dr. Patrice and Bryson Thompson decided that it was time that South Fulton had a place of their own where everyone could come to rally around the principles of holistic healthcare. Focusing on the function of the body and helping individuals improve the quality of their lives, Touch of Life Family Chiropractic moves to…

From Fresh Market to Table in Minutes

Summer signaled the opening of many local farmers markets in South Fulton—I get excited when I see those market stands! From bountiful fresh produce grown on nearby farms and homemade desserts to locally produced arts and crafts, these markets offer up a sensory experience that you just cannot find in the grocery stores. Visit one of the area’s local markets…

A Conversation with South Fulton Author Dr. Andrea Lewis

Local education author and South Fulton resident Dr. Andrea Lewis, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Spelman College, shares insight about her work and recent publications.

Just a Touch…A Touch of Inspiration, That is

Decisions, decisions, decisions. My experience with them is that I’ve faced the task of making difficult decisions far more frequently than decisions that may be considered simple or no-brainers. Many decisions have the potential to be life-altering. I’ll never forget the words to the R&B group Heatwave’s 1978 hit, “Mind Blowing Decisions.” The song was basically about a man and…

Stacey Abrams

“Go to school, go to church and take care of each other.” 
These are the tenets Robert and Carolyn Abrams instilled in their six children. Perhaps the most notable of the Abrams’ children is Stacey, also known as the Honorable Stacey Abrams, who has diligently served as House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the…

Vacation: A Woman’s Anthem

I am going on a Vacation one day, aint taking NOBODY, no matter who they are, no matter what color. They can be Blue Black, Black, Brown, Chestnut, Pecan, Light Tan, Yella, Vanilla, White nobody! They can have good hair, bad hair, nappy hair, thick hair, thin hair, be bald headed where wigs weaves and extensions— Have no teeth, two…

Fresh Corn, Tomato & Basil Saute

Gather in-season corn, tomatoes, and fresh basil at your local farmers market to make this simply delicious side dish.

NAASC-Atlanta Chapter Raised Over $50,000 at Spelman Blue on the Greens

The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) – Atlanta Chapter hosted its inaugural charity golf and tennis event. Organized by a dedicated group of alumnae, the signature event was held at White Columns Country Club in Milton, Ga. The event supports the Every Senior, Every Year campaign.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

It was May 21, 2017. Ruchelle Thomas watched her youngest daughter, Ariel, receive an Associates of Arts in Mass Communications degree from a University of Georgia institute. Unlike her university classmates, Ariel is 17 and still a student at Westlake High School. Ariel is currently enrolled at Georgia State University and will earn her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in…

The Bloom Closet: A Free Clothing Boutique for Foster Children

When children enter the foster care system, they typically do not bring anything with them other than the clothes on their backs. As victims of circumstance, they are usually scared and traumatized and often feel displaced. Although foster parents are given a stipend for clothing, it isn’t enough to cover the actual costs of a child’s clothing and supplies.

Healthy 
Lunch 
Packing Tips for School

Believe it or not, it’s already time for the kids to head back to school. If you have young children in school and you’re anything like me, you’re excited, anxious and struggling to get back into the school year routine, all at the same time! It seems like the summer flies right by. I’m sure many of you go back…

Ready or Not!

Y’all, School bells? Already? It seems like we just celebrated graduations and last day of school parties together. There are not enough lazy summer days anymore. Look outside! It’s blazing and the mercury is not dropping anytime soon. The water temperature at the beach is probably perfect. What happened to my plans to find a porch swing, a glass of…

OUR CONTRIBUTORS

GABRIELLE is a rising sophomore at Spelman College from Atlanta, Georgia. She is an English major planning to have a career in the media and entertainment industry. Her career interests include video production and screenwriting. She enjoys writing, graphic design, video editing, and traveling in her spare time. She has launched a YouTube Channel with her best friend with hopes…

August 2017 Around Town

Across WellStar Health System, nurses are at the center of the not-for-profit’s mission to deliver world-class healthcare to patients. WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South’s nurses and physicians who work to elevate the field of nursing were recently recognized at WellStar’s annual Excellence in Nursing award ceremony.

Chef David Rose

“I’ve always been around food,” says this cheery New Jersey transplant. “Both of my parents were cooks; I would go where they were working and watch them.” By the time he was a teenager, David Rose says he was allowed to be sous chef on occasion, the title making him second in authority to the head chef. Adolescence, in fact,…

ARCHIE 
BOUIE

“I am a man of faith. Everything I have done has been guided by my faith,” were the first words that Archie Bouie II spoke when asked the question, “Who are you?” Bouie owes his successes to a few key principles, and faith is one that stands strong at the forefront of his daily journey. It’s not often that a…

First Day Fresh Fashions from Fab’rik

How can it be time to head back to school already? The weather outside continues to scream summer, summer summertime, but busy schedules, rapidly filling calendars and conversations about teachers, books, and homework say otherwise. It’s time to start thinking about what you will wear to head back to school. The first day of school is always an opportunity to…

Dr. Booker Poe

For nearly five decades, Dr. Booker Poe has provided quality pediatric services to many who were raised in what is now known as South Fulton. Hailing from Eustis, Florida, Dr. Poe settled in Atlanta in 1969 to fulfill a lifelong dream of helping children live healthy lives. He has done so in a manner that is unprecedented. In fact, it…

Enjoy the Ride!

The beginning of the school year is upon us. We look forward to the new experiences our children will have during the school year. So, here are a list of do's and don'ts when preparing for the first day of school.

Inspired By Kemery’s Kreations

At 8 years old, Kemery Oparah is already a community-minded trailblazer who enjoys church and thinking of how she can give back to her community. The self-proclaimed president of the Nature Club she started at school, Kemery has a natural interest in gardening, animals and outdoor exploration. She occasionally volunteers by sorting vegetables for neighbors through a co-op program.

FUSION: Presented by Arlington Christian School and Operation YES

FUSION was a multimedia explosion of talent and entertainment at the beautiful Southwest Arts Center, a perfect backdrop. From the ATLFunk Lords breakdancing crew to a small but mighty drumline, the event was nothing short of a celebration! There was acting, dancing, live painting, an art auction, instrumental selections and vocal selections, all illustrating the freedom of creative expression afforded…

Justin Clay

Born in Daytona Beach and raised in Atlanta, Justin Clay discovered his musical talents early on in church and school. As a six-year-old, Justin started playing music in church with his father. Later, an elementary school teacher, Janice Love, asked him to write and compose the fifth grade promotion song. Justin composed his first original composition and performed it solo…

Just a Touch….A Touch of Inspiration, That Is

As I open my eyes and realize I am in the eighth month of the year (with eight being the number that symbolizes new beginnings), what a beginning I am about to embark upon! What I am alluding to is that this month is also the month of my milestone 50th birthday. Yes, I know….they say a real lady never…

August 2017 Hometown Hero

Paw Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” is taking the stage for the first-ever live tour with four performances at the Fox Theatre on Sat., July 8 at 10 a.m., Sat., July 8 at 2 p.m., Sun., July 9 at 10 a.m. and Sun., July 9 at 2 p.m. SFL had the opportunity to chat with Olivia Sarafina Washington, who…

Now Boarding!

Hello South Fulton, Y’all know how I love to travel. And to kick off the summer every year, I meet my sorority sisters in different locations, sans husbands and kids, allowing for just sisterhood and relaxation. Last year we went to Puerto Rico. This year we journeyed to California wine country: Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa. We drank lots of…

Forever Pink Foundation, Incorporated 
Hosted 32nd Debutante Cotillion

Lambda Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s foundation organization recently hosted its signature 2016-2017 Debutante Cotillion at Atlanta Marriott Marquis. "A Prevue of Celestial Pearls" featured 16 high school seniors from schools in DeKalb County, Fulton County and Gwinnett County, and provided scholarships funds.

The Surprising Effects of Sun on Dark Skin

For too long, Blacks have believed skin cancer is unlikely due to melanin. Brown skin alone does not totally protect you. Although the incidence of skin cancer is less in Blacks than Whites, the mortality is greater due to its usual late diagnosis. Sun exposure is the most common etiology in all three of the most common types of skin…

To the Country or Through the Country

Oсеаn сruіѕіng іѕ аn incredible experience, providing amazing соаѕtаl views, a greater reach to thе wоrld, a bіggеr ѕрасе for mоrе fun аnd lots of onboard аmеnіtіеѕ and activities. It is the rеаl deal fоr families and anyone looking to just simply get away.

Now Open: Pain 2 Wellness

For over 13 years Chiropractors Winston and Chantaye Carhee have been living, working and playing in the South Fulton Community (#SoFu). Dr. Winston Carhee’s purpose is to help as many people as possible. He was raised in the South Fulton metro area, where the community has the highest rates of preventable diseases and injuries. Therefore, he made it his mission…

EXTRAORDINARY 
STYLE & HISTORY 
AWAIT YOU IN 
ALEXANDRIA

Whether a day trip, weekend getaway or full vacation, Alexandria offers colonial charm like no other destination. A short flight from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington, D.C. will deliver you in the midst of ole world elegance and something extraordinary. The streets of Alexandria, Virginia are paved in gold, so it’s no wonder they call the main drag “King Street.” Beyond…

July 2017 Around Town

The 16th annual Bridge Builder Awards was held at the Delta Flight Museum. Cascade residents Mrs. Carolyn Young and Mrs. Billye Aaron, and their husbands Andrew and Hank, were co-chairs of the 2017 awards. Presented by the Atlanta Technical College Foundation, the program honored persons who have built bridges to make Atlanta a better place. This annual fundraiser benefits Atlanta…

Yummy Summer Fun: Blueberry Picking Tips

If you’re looking for something fun, healthy and inexpensive to do with your family this month, I have the perfect suggestion for you! Consider taking a trip to a local blueberry patch. Believe it or not, you can actually find a lot of farms that offer blueberry picking in Georgia. To find the location closest to you, visit PickYourOwn.org.