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…

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.

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…

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

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…

“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

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.

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…

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. 

South Fulton Alpha Phi Alpha Members Institute Reading Program

For Principal Maureen Lilly, who has worked tirelessly to create young readers at Asa G. Hilliard Elementary School in East Point, it was a no-brainer.

The Twenty Pearls Foundation Presents $35, 000 in Scholarships

On Saturday, June 1, The Twenty Pearls Foundation, the nonprofit affiliate of Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, awarded $35,000 in scholarships to 16 local students at its annual Pearls of Excellence Scholarship Recognition Program. The program was held at the historic Auburn Avenue Research Library.

Not Your Average Joe

“I wanted to be a criminal justice attorney,” recounts Joe Handy.  “My friends would get into arguments, and I had to step in and settle things.  I had the ability to convince people, well, kids at the time, to see things from the other person’s perspective.”

Kayla Willis’s Good News Goes Viral!

Unless you have been living under a rock, you might have heard or read about Kayla Willis, the South Fulton teen who was accepted to 31 colleges and received nearly $1 million in scholarships.

August 2019 Around Town

Westlake Lady Lions Receive Back-to-Back Championship Rings Westlake High School’s Lady Lions received their back-to-back state basketball championship rings in a recent ceremony. “We’ve had some great athletes and some great students who’ve come through our program,” Coach Hilda Hankerson said. “You don’t repeat state championships without having a strong core, a nucleus you can … Continued

School’s (Not Soup) On!

Hey #SoFu! I can’t believe it’s time for back to school AGAIN. It’s as though we go through this every year. Well I guess we do, but it doesn’t make it any more tolerable. The summer seems to fly by, like a car on the racetrack, merciless. Just running over whatever is in its way. … Continued

AngelsNTech Present STEAM Workshop with RoboChick Madison Kenney

The Angels and Me Foundation, AngelsNTech, a nonprofit mentoring organization established to Ignite interest, Innovate solutions, and Inspire young girls and support parents within STEAM fields, partnered with the Robochick Madison Kenney in South Fulton to provide an innovative STEAM workshop exploring the foundation of Robotics and integration with Mobile Apps.

ICABA Atlanta’s Leading Influencers Photography by Delante Armani

SFL Publisher Michelle Taylor Willis was among those honored at the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA) Atlanta's Leading Influencers reception. Other honorees included Juliet Hall and Joe Handy. 

MUSIC GREEKΣ Awards Gala honors Avery*Sunshine Photography by Delante Armani

Founded in 2013, MUSIC GREEKΣ is an organization that serves and unite the seven national music Greek letter organizations by building networking tools committed to creating professional, community service, and social opportunities, advocating for unity and musical advancement. They are committed to raising funds to provide scholarships for youth who desire to advance in music on the collegiate … Continued

Kennedy Rouse

Kennedy Rose Rouse is the 18 year old daughter of Carlton and Kymberly Rouse. She is an only child and grew up in South Fulton, where she attended A. Philip Randolph Elementary and Sandtown Middle School. During her early years, Kennedy was a cheerleader at Welcome All Park, where she was crowned Miss Welcome All Park 6 and Under Blue…

Give Your Princess Hair Pizzazz!

Princess Hair Pizzazz salon is an exciting addition to the South Fulton area! As a wife and husband team, Juanda and Leighton Roberts were looking for a place to take their special little one to get her hair done. Their child’s former salon was just not working anymore, but they did not want their little girl to lose that awesome…

Healthy Back to School Tips From Dr. Michelle Allen

Don’t let the scramble for new book bags distract you. Back-to-school planning should also include your child’s health and hygiene. 

B’Fly Girls Butterfly Ball

B’Fly Girls, Inc. celebrated outstanding women and girls at their second annual Butterfly Ball at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel. Returning emcee FOX5 Atlanta Anchor and Reporter Marissa Mitchell opened the night with the mentees ushered in by their mentors. Founder Lisa T. French said she previously had no idea how to start a nonprofit but B’Fly has flourished since…

Delante Armani

Delante Armani is a professional celebrity event photographer based in Atlanta and born in Oakland, California. Delante is dedicated to bringing exciting and effective visual content to your brand. His specialty is capturing amazing still photography as well as cinematography while highlighting life’s special moments.

A True Lady

Joining Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority just might have led to one of the best decisions Drema Lee Woldman has ever made. Woldman recalled being invited to another member’s son’s party and the child was part of Top Teens of America, sponsored by Top Ladies of Distinction.  

Be Your Best at the Beach or Poolside

This season, Tommy Bahama makes packing simple with beach chair backpacks, easy to carry coolers along with printed and solid swimwear. Cover ups that play in the sun or shade along with men’s hybrid shorts that go from beach to brunch. Accessories like straw hats and caps keep you cool and covered and don’t forget Maui Jim sunglasses that use innovative technology that…

Ice Cream Festival!

The Ninth Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival will feature an assortment of local and national ice cream vendors. This exciting festival which encourages attendees to indulge in a variety of ice cream delights while maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle will take place Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Atlanta’s historic Piedmont Park. 

#SoFu Guide to Summertime!

Summertime is a magical season. The kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending and there’s no shortage of adventures that await. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood—camps, family vacations and swimming until your fingers are shriveled like prunes. We also celebrate our nation’s independence this month!   In this issue of … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Phylicia Rashad to Receive Award For 16 seasons, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company has created masterful works of theatre art that honor the African American experience, lift up diverse voices, and create cultural understanding. To honor those who have championed the company’s mission of celebrating the tradition of Black storytelling while giving voice to bold artists of all cultures, True Colors hosted the second … Continued

Pink Pearl Mother Daughter Luncheon Sustains the Legacy of HBCUs

The Pearls of Purpose Foundation, Inc., an affiliate of Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), will honor four women in the Atlanta community and award college scholarships during its 32nd Annual Pink Pearl Mother Daughter Luncheon.   POPF awarded $31,000 in scholarships, and awarded 60 percent of the scholarships to students … Continued

Jason Carter Realizes His Dream with ONE Music Fest

Jason Carter is the proud founder of ONE Music Fest.  While it is not brand new, it has had a recent spike in popularity as people recognize that it is the only of its kind.  “The concept of the festival started back in 2008 exploring various festivals around the nation and not being able to find a progressive urban outdoor…

Olympic Day 2019: A Local Gym Salutes its Stars!

“I’m so emotional right now,” begins Kathy Cochrane, grandmother of Super Mites performer 5-year-old Isla, who poses before a camera in her American flag leotard. “Looking at her reminds me so much of Kelsey,” said Cochrane. Kelsey is Isla’s mom, a former Tumbleweed gymnast who practiced and performed at this very same gym. “We’ve been with KiDsGyM USA® and College…

The Boss Businessmen

 Bill Edwards  Mayor of the City of South Fulton  As the first Mayor elected to serve the new City of South Fulton, Mayor William “Bill” Edwards has worked closely with his outstanding Council to make the City of South Fulton the place “Where You Want to Be!” 

Power Surges for Dads

 2019 Genesis G70  For the past few years, Genesis has truly claimed its place in the industry as a prestigious luxury brand at highly competitive pricing. The smooth, attractive G70—coming in two different turbocharged engines—provides amazing value, with the Prestige 2.0T starting at $34,900 for all its pampering amenities, including Nappa leather interior, a Surround View monitor, responsive handling, and…

Harold’s Chicken and Ice Bar on Old National

The Harold's Chicken and Ice Bar location right in the heart of #SoFu offers so much. Yes, the food is good. They have perfected the fried wing and diners raved about the grits and veggies while I was there. But Harold's provides a fun, upscale but relaxed atmosphere right here in South Fulton. Owner Tarryn Rutherford wanted to stress the…

7 Reasons to Experience Eden Roc Miami Beach

Upon arrival, Eden Roc’s lobby will thrust you into an oasis of history. The hotel’s gently restored golden handrails lead to sweeping views of the circular bar with signature spirits designed to bring your soul to an immediate rest. The eclectic libations and unique art curation will have you feeling the iconic vibes of legends like Nat King Cole, Sammy…