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…

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…

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.

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Citizen of the Month:  Dr. Gloria Clarke

Dr. Gloria Clarke is one of the most respected and admired dentists in Atlanta. Recently inducted into the prestigious Hinman Dental Society, the International College of Dentists and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry since 1985, Dr. Clarke continues to deliver outstanding dental services to her patients at Greenbriar Dental Care. The practice originally opened in 1983, and…

Just a Touch… A Touch of Inspiration, That is

The gift of motherhood should never be taken for granted. It gets even sweeter when you find yourself blessed enough to watch your children grow up and become productive contributors to society. I have found that in all of my children, whether by birth, marriage or familial circumstances.

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.

#BMGATL: 
THE ATLANTA BLACK MARRIAGE GALA
PRESENTED BY THE GA CHAPTERS OF MOCHA MOMS, INC.

An amazing event it was, full of some of the most beautiful and powerful African American married couples in Metro Atlanta. They walked in ZuCot Art Gallery, setting the atmosphere on fire. The ambiance of the evening was amazing, and guests could definitely feel the love in the air. The spoken word artist, Kalecia Wright, set the tone of sweet…

The 2017 Summer FUN List

Summer vacation is finally here! Whether you have a family of thrill seekers wanting to try the new 4D Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride at Six Flags Over Georgia or a family full of kids that can’t wait to visit the Splash Pad at Duncan Park, our city has a lot to offer your family this summer. While this…

Hot Travel Destination

Morocco is a land of cities and villages, old and new, traditional and contemporary, where Mercedes and donkeys are side by side in the streets. You’ll see business districts with high rises ringed by shanty towns, ancient walled cities, painted blue cities and beautiful deserts, and medinas with back alleys to get lost in, public squares with snake charmers, musicians,…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…