Rep. Roger Bruce:

Roger Bruce grew up without a close father figure, until one day as a Morehouse College student, he heard a black man talking inspirationally about the things that could be achieved if the community worked together. After the meeting, Bruce introduced himself to a young Maynard H. Jackson, Jr., soon to become one of the most prolific Atlanta black mayors…

Solomon Brannan, Jr. Reflects on an Amazing Football Career

January 15, 1967: Solomon Brannan, Jr. made sports history when he played in the first Super Bowl game ever. Times were different back then.

Nick Nelson

 YOUR PERSONAL BRAND AT SCALE  The concept of becoming a brand is nothing new, but more recently with the popularity of social media, it has taken on new heights because we now have the ability to communicate with individuals on a scale like never before.  Today our phones are no longer devices used solely for voice communications but are like…

A Brand New You for the New Year!

A new year is a blessing. The very word “new” implies that there is an “old”—a past which we can break away from and bury, along with every unfruitful memory attached to it. What a blessing it is to reset the clock, write a new narrative, and breathe fresh air into our lives again.

Bold Lips + Bow Ties Raises $80,000 for Charity

Jack and Jill of America, Inc,. Atlanta Chapter served as the host of the sold out event. The organization is focused on nurturing future leaders and since 1951, the chapter has been committed to community service and making life better for all children through philanthropic giving, leadership training, legislative advocacy and social activities. 

UNCF Atlanta 36th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atrium Ballroom will be the place to be on December 21 at 6 p.m. as the 36th Annual UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball takes center stage. R & B recording artist Charlie Wilson, known to rock the house, will be the entertainment as luminaries look to raise more than $1 million for historically black colleges and…

Four Subscription Boxes That Make Great Gifts

 Graze – For the On-the-Go Snacker  Graze is a perfect subscription box for anyone on the go with its high-quality, healthy snacks. The premise is pretty simple. For the first box, you take a survey to note any special diets (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-avoiding) and preferences (no nuts, spicy foods, raisins). Graze uses this profile to select an initial assortment of…

Martina Edwards

Martina Edwards is an accomplished business professional, who has  whose turned her private equity career into public capital gains. Currently, as the Chief of Strategic Partnerships for Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), she’s tasked with fundraising for the nonprofit organization that lends to small businesses in Georgia. 

Moms All In® Conference Presented by Michelle Taylor Willis

A woman who truly juggles it all and handles it well, from being an amazing mother and wife, to holding a career as a successful entrepreneur, while also dedicated to self-love is just the type of women found at the Moms All In® Conference.

No Place I’d Rather Be:

There are so many different types of life events that lead to someone having to address their real estate needs: marriage, divorce, death, birth, empty nesting or college kids moving back in. The emotions involved in many of these transactions can be overwhelming. This is something I’ve  seen over the past 17 years of selling homes in metro Atlanta and…

Breathe Easy 5K Run Walk

Dr. Ngozika Orjioke was born in 1968 in Southeast Nigeria in Igboduring the Nigerian Civil War. She was born behind a mud hut due to limited accommodations from the war. Her mother was a nurse and her father finished his training to become a diplomat and moved the family to India. She traveled the world for a couple of years…

“The Best Day Of My Life”

A giant in life and a giant in public service, Edward Menifee founded and worked with several community-based organizations designed to provide uplift for individuals in need. Edward Menifee has held management and leadership positions in Metropolitan, Urban and Rural Economic Development Programs with emphasis on motivation, education, and business. His professional and civic involvement included: President and Senior Consultant…

C. J. Matthews Gives Back!

When Chris Matthews II—better known to friends and family as C.J. —was 5 years old, his family experienced a pregnancy loss. To help him cope with the loss, the Matthews’ family created a charitable program called Blankies 4 My Buddies that would help their young son honor his baby sister while providing an extra dose of comfort to sick and…

Is Your Heart Ready for Winter?

With temperatures falling and the colder days ahead, it may be a good idea to add a check-up for your heart to your list of winter preparations. Your body works harder when it’s cold, so winter can present challenges for people over 65, people who have had a heart attack, or those who been diagnosed with heart disease. And not…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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. 

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. 

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.”

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. 

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. 

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!” 

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…

The Producer

Effervescent and authentic, Ozzie Areu learned from Perry along the way. “I could have made the wrong deal (in purchasing the studio). I had to stick to my guns and believe in myself, people around me and God, and not make a bad deal out of desperation,” he said. “Tyler was a boss at making deals that made sense for…

Dr. Barbara King

At the golden age of 89, Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King has seen a lot in her lifetime. The founder, minister and spiritual leader of Atlanta’s Hillside International Truth Center has received numerous awards and honors for her ministry throughout the decades, including being named as the first female chief of the Ashante tribe in Ghana, West Africa. She has…

Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim

Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim is a nonprofit innovator bringing change to the same East Point community she grew up in. While at University of California, Berkeley, she felt underprepared for college coursework. After graduation, she returned home to work at the Future Foundation for youth started by her brother Shareef Abdur-Rahim, notable NBA All-Star and NBA G League President. Nineteen years ago,…

Gwen Freeman and Chelsea Freeman Dease

 Chelsea Freeman Dease   Southwest Atlanta Native, a neighborhood she fondly refers to as the “SWATs.”   Education:  Woodward Academy and Henry W. Grady High School,  University of South Carolina as a Spanish and Dance Major and law school at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. 

Avery*Sunshine is Standing in the Light!

Avery*Sunshine started on the road to stardom at a young age simply by doing what she loved. She began playing piano at 8 years old and played for different denominations at church as a teenager, as well as directing choir and singing. When it came time to choose a major in college, the decision was obvious: piano. A self-described introvert/extrovert,…

PUSH

This is the story of a budding business. But in reality, the business is born of a love story. Joseph and Tauheedah met in high school at Tri-Cities High School; he graduated in 2000 and she in 2001. An East Point native, Joseph went on to develop a love for both athletics and graphic design. The couple reconnected in 2007 and got…

One South Fulton Community is Building for the Future ‘Family Style’ 

    The Stonewall Manor subdivision in South Fulton is laying a foundation for the future, creating a tradition around culture, cuisine and creativity with its annual progressive dinner. The night brings neighbors together to host and enjoy different courses of dinner in a series of homes. According to the residents, the event can get quite competitive but all in the…

 The Less Fuel, The Better!

Going green is in! These two automobiles will excite prospective buyers looking for performance, good looks, and value, while getting at least 30 miles per gallon on the highway. 

The Cotton Club… An Evening of Pink Pearlfection

The Pearls of Purpose Foundation, Incorporated, a 501(c)(3) entity established by Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, hosted their annual Pink Pizzazz - “The Cotton Club…An Evening of Pink Pearlfection” at the Oceans Ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium last November.

It’s Springtime, South Fulton!

 Home Features:  1.Serenbe-  Home boasts large porches, cedar storage, and solar panels to power the home and decrease it's carbon footprint.  2. Lakewood- Home has a Large basement perfect for expansion, and a gourmet kitchen with a large bonus room off of it. 

Warm Up Your Home with Color This Spring

BRRR! It’s been cold outside. When spending so much time in the house, one starts thinking about easy updates that can be done in the home.  

Legacies of Grandeur: 2018 Leadership Program and Debutante Cotillion

The Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter (GMAC) of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, led by President Shondria Covington, hosted its third biennial debutante cotillion on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The theme “Legacies of Grandeur: Cultivating the Refinement of Womanhood" was interwoven throughout the year-long leadership program that provided 21 debutantes with social, service and critical life…

In the Director’s Chair with Nicky Buggs

Local superstar Nicky San Gusto Cruz, better known as Nicky Buggs, is an actor, dancer, director, acting coach and has worn just about every hat in the industry. One of the unique ways she stands out is through her work with the youth in helping them to discover their talents.  

An Audience with the Queen

“Everyone wants to fall in love, and this is the quintessential love story… with a twist,” said Terry Burrell, who chatted with SFL about the production of “Ever After,” a musical adapted from the film starring Drew Barrymore as Cinderella. 

Artist Okeeba Jubalo Rejuvenates Black Art Scene in Atlanta

Community leader, artist and CEO Okeeba Jubalo is a visionary pioneer for the advancement of African American art and business in Atlanta. Jubalo has helped push the culture forward and create opportunities for others through his marketing and branding agency, NobleSol Art Group. His agency’s client list includes The Morehouse College National Alumni Association, The Atlanta Dream to the National…

Bleu De Nuit: Spelman Reception at Art Basel in Miami

On December 6, 2018, Spelman College and its alumnae hosted Bleu De Nuit at the Miami Convention Center in conjunction with Art Basel. The reception celebrated the College’s contribution to the arts and Spelman artists participating in Art Basel, including Myra Greene, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Visual Culture and Director of the Photography Program at Spelman,…

Michelle’s Picks: Back by Popular Demand!

 The Joistick   I’ll be the first to admit, I am no social media maven; it takes me 40 minutes to do an IG post. That makes The Joistick even more amazing. It allows you to livestream on multiple devices. You can place your phone in one place on the stick and stream, place your iPad on another section of the stick and livestream…

Start the New Year “En Pointe”

When you combine nature trails with art, business, restaurants and wellness, you are talking about Serenbe. This health-minded community is intertwined with nature at the edge of Atlanta and is proud to have opened a new dance theater called Terminus. Those who want to kick their heels up and put their ballet slippers on may want to glimpse inside the…

A Hush Affair

A Hush Affair is always a delight and this year was no exception. The Twenty Pearls Foundation presented the 26th Annual gala.  Gritz & Jelly Butter, a favorite bands rocked the place. The Doris J. Harris Humanitarian Award Recipient was Brannon Jones. He is the Executive Director of Next step Education Foundation and the author of College Rediness 101: A College Workbook…