Become a Member of the Mayor’s Royal Court in Support of A Great Cause

UNCF believes every young person has a right to a high-quality education. In an era when many colleges enroll 30,000, 40,000 and even 50,000 people, students at UNCF-member historically black colleges and universities choose to get an education and prepare for the future on close-knit campuses with several hundred or a few thousand students—and pay tuitions that average 26 percent…

Holiday Gifts You’ll Actually Want to Receive

What's on your holiday list this year? These are not the gifts you plan to give away to friends and family, but rather the ones you actually want to receive! Tech gifts for the home? Luxury items to make you feel pampered? Delicious ones to fill your belly? Gifts to inspire creativity? We've got you covered! 

Leadership from the Inside Out

    Making clear decisions is something many leaders struggle to do. Even on the best day, making a confident decision can be difficult. You may have all the data but still struggle due to a lack of time, money, sleep, confidence, and most importantly, clarity.  Lack of Time

Eating and Enjoying Everything in Moderation for the Holidays

Ahh Springtime. Oh wait, it’s December. Right. Ahhh, Christmas. ‘Tis the season. Outside of my birthday, December is my favorite month. The lights, the music, people seem nicer…Doesn’t that make for a great time?  As a child, I used to think about all the things I could get on Christmas. As an adult, I think … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Why Your Business Need Social Media Marketing Did you know that 90% of all marketers say social media marketing has increased their business exposure? Or that 66% of marketers that spend at least six hours on social per week see more leads?  No matter what you sell and who you sell it to, using social … Continued

Bold Lips + Bow Ties III Hosted by Atlanta Chapter

BLBT III supports efforts to ensure that all children have the opportunity and skills they need to be successful. Charity partners included Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, C.H.O.I.C.E.S., Solomon's Temple Foundation, and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a longitudinal charitable partnership benefitting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Hughes … Continued

Meet the Black Porsche Club of Atlanta, Inc.

Undoubtedly, automobiles are among the most appreciated sources of transportation worldwide due to their style, power, accessories, and overall rich history of how they eventually hit the road. When looking more intently at the admiration for cars, one finds there are actual clubs and societies dedicated to everything from specific types to actual automakers; addressing the latter, meet William “Bird”…

The Atlanta Airport Chamber

The ATL Airport Chamber hosted its annual meeting and political leaders, icons, and members gathered at the Georgia International Convention Center College Park to promote, support and get inspired about the economic success and expansion of the airport’s business community. This event brought leaders together from around the world to make Aerotropolis Atlanta the number one area for business prosperity in…

WHAT ON EARTH IS THE HOA?

       What is a community association? A community association is a non-governmental group organized for a joint purpose, typically, cooperatives, neighborhoods, or groups of owners in proximity, organized to ensure real estate owned by the group is maintained.  Community associations are legal entities and have a board of directors that is responsible for guiding the association.  If you own…

Inside Your Homeowners Insurance

If you had a total loss of your home today, do you know if you have enough insurance to rebuild your home and replace its contents?

Serving and Protecting with Pride

 Keith Meadows  Chief of Police   City of South Fulton Police Department

Thank You For Your Service!

Hey South Fulton! Happy Autumn! This is the season of gratitude! I think most of you know that I was married to a Marine, God rest his soul. (I love a man in uniform!) But I’m not sure if I have shared with y’all, my close personal friends, how deeply the military has affected my … Continued

Howard University Alumni Club of Atlanta Presents Crystal Peach Awards

Striving to uphold the motto: veritas et utilitas -truth and service, alumni engagement, recruitment and community service, honorees included Brenda L.Gardner, Esq.; the Honorable Tadia Whitner Jackson; Charles D. Moody, Jr.; Sylvia F. Taylor; Cecelia Townes, Esq.; and Paul Yurfest, DDS. The Atlanta Club has awarded over $100k in scholarships over the last 3 years. Photos by Alumni … Continued

Mayor Vince Williams: A Dedicated Public Servant

As the 20th mayor of Union City, Mayor Vince R. Williams is currently serving out his second term in office. During his time as mayor, this Tennessee native has been able to turn Union City’s economy around, rescuing it from financial troubles and a declining economy. He’s been credited with helping to provide an 81% increase in the city’s financials…

November 2018 Around Town

Stonewall Tell’s Natalie Rachel Named Presidential Award State Finalist  Natalie S. Rachel, a highly motivated teacher at Stonewall Tell Elementary School, was recently named a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The Nationally Board-Certified Early Childhood educator earned her Educational Specialist and T-6 certification and is currently enrolled in a K-5 … Continued

5 Easy Ways You Can Give Back in South Fulton

There are lots of ways to get involved in the South Fulton Community. The smallest commitment can have a huge impact on someone's life. Here's a short list to get you started: 

National Black Arts Festival Celebrates 30 Years of Arts and Educational Excellence

The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) celebrates 30 years of excellence at the elegant  Flourish Atlanta by Legendary Arts venue. The 30th "NBAF: What Makes A Legend" gala focuses on artists of African descent who create and push forth the innovative essence of African and African-American culture. 

Confessions of a Foodie World Traveler

If I could get paid to travel around the world and taste the best food the earth has to offer, I’m pretty sure I would take that opportunity today—like right now! My signature activity when I travel is to find out what the area is best known for and eat that dish as many times … Continued

Building a Culinary Empire From Baltimore Crab and Seafood to Bella

The South Atlanta culinary scene is bursting at the seams. Fabulous food and amazing chefs are giving fine dining a new look in the South. Shema Fulton opened her first establishment, Baltimore Crab & Seafood, in Philadelphia in 1995. Her mother and Head Chef Myra Fulton crafted the menu now being served at the Atlanta-based restaurant.

Why an HOA Alliance?

Our personal experience and that of other leaders in our communities, such as Mason White, helped surface the fact that there is a significant amount of ignorance in management and operations of communities and apathy in volunteering, board service, and membership responsibility. More importantly, many residents do not grasp the value of an effectively run community and its impact on…

OWN and V103 Host Greenleaf Premiere at SCADShow

 A watch party for "Greenleaf" Season 3 featured cast members Merle Dandridge, Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Lamman Rucker and Deborah Joy Winans. Fans were on hand to participate in a Q&A moderated by V103 radio personality Ramona Debreaux. Attendees got a chance to take photos with the cast during a post-event Meet & Greet. Photos Chris Mitchell for OWN

The One Percenters: The Boy Scouts of America 

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the most prominent and largest youth development organizations in the nation. Organized to build character among young people, it is uniquely designed to offer participants activities that promote character development, survival skills, physical fitness and essential life skills. 

October 2018 Around Town

Christian City Showcases Patio Homes for Active Seniors Active seniors considering moving to a retirement community toured available patio homes during an open house event at Christian City. “We have a number of one and two-bedroom patio homes that are move-in-ready and available for lease now,” said Jane Finch, Executive Director of Active Senior Living at Christian City. There … Continued

Cancer Diagnosis: It’s Up to You What’s Next

Cancer is an unfair disease that no one deserves. I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer three years ago and I was truly horrified. My diagnosis threw me into an emotional turmoil and I didn’t know what to do or where to begin. I felt overwhelmed and worried about my future, coupled with information overload. 

Jay Paranada is Flying High as Iago as Broadway in Atlanta Presents Disney’s “Aladdin”

 Article and Photography  “It’s pure magic!” Paranada shares when asked about the show. It’s his Disney debut and although he has had other roles, including Baker in “Into the Woods” and Nicely in “Guys and Dolls,” you can tell he’s excited. In the show, Iago along with some of the other characters are transformed into humans. There are so many…

First Look at Disney’s Toy Story Land 

 Article and Photography  Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now open! Toy Story Land, the newest addition to Disney World, is inspired by Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films.  Here’s five secrets about the newest addition to the Disney Parks! 

Go Michelle! It’s Your Birthday!

I love that song, and I love it even more when it’s my birthday month: September. September to me is the best month of the year, for a couple of reasons: 1. The birthday thing. 2. It marks the beginning of fall, which often falls on my birthday. So it’s kind of a win-win for … Continued

NAASC- Atlanta Hosts Second Annual Spelman Blue on the Greens

The charity golf and tennis event was held at White Columns Country Club in Milton to benefit students. Alumnae came together once again in support of this signature annual event to raise money, and awareness for Spelman College. Adrienne Lance Lucas served as chairwoman.  Learn more by visiting SpelmanBlueOnTheGreens.com.  Planning is underway for 2019. Sponsor, play or volunteer.

SoFu Chic: P. Sherrod and Fabulina Accessories

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell | Photography Pitter Productions Photography and Provided  SoFu Chic  Both Fabulina and P. Sherrod are produced by designers with South Fulton roots, both ladies starting their businesses when they lived in the Camp Creek area. As I chat with the ladies in Donna’s studio, I can’t help but want to hang out with them more, seriously…

September 2018 Around Town

UNCF Names Robert Bolton New National Director of Special Events    Robert H. Bolton will lead the execution of more than 70 signature fundraisers across the country, including the annual UNCF National Alumni Conference. Bolton will lead the charge in developing high-quality events with the goal of getting students to and through college and beyond.  “We … Continued

SPARK Award Spotlight

 Article and Photography  Through the SPARK Prize competition, United Way funds small grants to provide incentives for cooperation and social advancements for nonprofits, community and business groups. Each regional event allows out-of-the-box thinkers to present their innovative ideas to address the needs of children and families in their own communities. It’s a pleasure to present the winners for the South Fulton…

Let Me Hear You Howl

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell | Photography Doug Smith and Provided  They call her “Sweet Sixteen” for a reason. The folks at GWL took notes from their guests at the other 15 resorts and improved on them. According to Curtis Brown, Jr., a local entrepreneur and general manager of Build the Crowd, Inc., LaGrange is the perfect spot for the resort. …

Pets in the City

 Article Tosha Key McDade | Photography Tiffany Powell Photography and Provided  Looking for a place to enjoy your summer while spending time with your dog? Atlanta, including South Fulton, has become a very pet-friendly city. Whether it's taking Fido out for a bite, to the dog park or just out and about for a joy ride around the streets of…

 5 Tips Zan Maxie Loves to Make Your Social Media Pop 

 Article Edeszann​​​​​​​ Maxie | Photography Tiffany Powell Photography  1- Use the Power of Suggestion  Giving your audience big, flashing signs that say: “Hey, can you do this for me? It’s free!” Make it easy to tweet quotes from your article with Click to Tweet, or appeal to your readers.

Victoria McQueen

 Article and Photography  South Fulton’s “Idol Baby,” Victoria Ariel McQueen, was born to be a star. Born on the date the very first “American Idol” episode aired on television, she just barely made the cut for her audition this past season. Victoria wowed celebrity judges Luke Bryan, Katie Perry and Lionel Richie with her "pitch perfect" a capella singing of…

Shark Week Has Got Nothin’ on This!

Hello South Fulton, I had the most amazing, breathtaking experience. As a gift from the Home Depot Foundation and the Travis Mainon Foundation to surviving military families, my son, sister and I were able to spend the night at the Georgia Aquarium. We were blessed to roll out our sleeping bags in front of the … Continued

Kent Bazemore Gives Back!

 Photography Greg Miller & Zach Wolfe  What made you launch the ARMS Foundation?  Why is philanthropy important to you?

Create Your Own City Backyard Oasis in a Small Space

 Article and Photography  Pergola   South Fulton homeowner Richard McClendon, Jr., and his father, Richard Sr., hand built this beautiful cedar wood pergola for the son’s home in Atlanta. The space is highlighted by an outdoor fireplace. It is the perfect little hideaway in the tree-lined city backyard.

Creekside High School Honors Academic Scholars | Photography FPJ Photography

The Annual Order of the Arrow Honors Program took place at the Atlanta Commerce Club, honoring 36 students at the top 10% of the senior class and an influential faculty member. The speaker, Mekia Troy, former Order of the Arrow member, is the Athletic Director at the school. Principal Ronald Maxwell concluded the event with encouraging words for honorees. … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Fulton Names New Principal for Creekside High School   Creekside High School Assistant Principal Frankie Pollock, Jr. has been named principal of the South Fulton school, effective July 1. Pollock replaces Ron Maxwell, who was named area executive director in the South Learning Community.  A veteran educator, Pollock has served as Creekside High’s assistant principal for … Continued

B’Fly Girls Inc. Honors Woman of Excellence Mayor Keisha Bottoms

The B’Fly Girls Butterfly Ball, at the Loudermilk Center, featured keynote speaker, Jasmine Stewart, the winner of Master Chef Jr., and MC Marissa Mitchell, anchor at of Fox5 Atlanta. Currently in search of mentors, the ladies of B'Fly are changing the lives of young girls by providing holistic experiences that enrich and empower their lives. Please visit BFlyGirls.org for information. 

Kessia’s Georgia Summer

 Article and Photography   This drink is a refreshing, easy-to-make drink to beat the summer heat. I decided to share a  basil peach lemon drop martini or what I like to call a “Georgia Summer.”  Fun Facts I'm from Ghana, West Africa. Culturally, we use ginger for many things. The spritz of ginger beer at the end is a tribute to my heritage,…

SoFu’s Great Summer Escape

 Article Katrina Morrison of MyMommyFlies.com  Enjoy the best of what South Fulton has to offer with this feature of great summer escapes.  Whether you choose to seek comfort in a cooler indoor climate, star-gaze at a luxury hotel, hydrate with fresh juices or take in art at a local gallery,  we've got you covered. Bring your family and friends along…

Mayor Elizabeth Carr-Hurst and City Administrator Donna Gayden’s Dream Team

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell | Photography Benjamin Grace Photography  When my service is complete, I want to hear both God and the City of Fairburn say, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, you can now step back & relax." - Mayor Elizabeth Carr-Hurst  Fairburn is situated to succeed, to borrow a few words from the city motto. Meeting Mayor…

Top 5 Ice Cream Shops to Beat the ATL Heat!

 Article and Photography Kim Bryant  Summer has already officially begun but the heat wave has already our city.  A favorite way to cool off in this weather is with some delicious ice cream.  We live in a city full of amazing cool treat shops and we’ve been on a search for some favorites to visit this summer.  Kilwin's- Atlantic Station

Happy Summer, South Fulton!

Happy Summer, South Fulton! We all know how hot it is out there, so I’m happy to share some “beat the heat” tips! Despite the heat, summer is the time to get outside or get away. Some of my line sisters and I recently returned from our annual trip, and it was exceptional! We had … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Westlake’s Kennedy Simon Leaves Track and Field Legacy Kennedy Simon recently graduated leaving a lasting track and field legacy in Georgia high school sports. She bested the status she achieved last year as the 2016-2017 Gatorade Georgia State Girls Track and Field Player of the Year, by helping her Westlake team become overall state runners-up … Continued

Drive and Dine Benefitting Christian City

Four hundred guests gathered on April 28 for the inaugural Drive & Dine event at Porsche Experience Center Atlanta to raise $243,000 in support of Christian City Children’s Village and the Safe Place program.

National Black Arts Festival Presents Fine Art + Fashion Benefit

The annual event held at Neiman Marcus Phipps Plaza benefitted students studying fashion design. NBAF Gala: What Makes a Legend honoring Ingrid Saunders Jones  will be held on July 14 at 7 p.m. at Flourish. Contact Judy at jhanenkrat@nbaf.org for Gala reservations. Rosalind and John Brewer will serve as honorary chairs and Radcliffe Bailey will receive … Continued

Anthony Detamore of Essential Heating and Air

 Article and Photography     "Why not trust your neighbor with a job as big and important as the comfort of your family or customers?" Anthony Detamore asks. He has a point. His customers are very happy with the service provided by Essential Heating & Air Conditioning—so happy that Anthony can barely shop in Publix at peak times because he gets…