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 Political Powerhouses

 Cassius F. Butts  CEO Capital Fortitude Business Advisors  Chairman, Fort McPherson Local Redevelopment Authority

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…

Snack Well This Season

Think strawberry cheesecake is just for dessert? Think again! This calcium-rich smoothie satisfies the sweet tooth while also still helping you maintain your New Year’s resolution to eat healthy. Greek yogurt lends extra-creamy richness and a powerful punch of protein. Whole strawberries add a boost of fiber and vitamin C. Don’t skimp on the graham cracker crumbs—they give it the…

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! 

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…

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…

Serving and Protecting with Pride

 Keith Meadows  Chief of Police   City of South Fulton Police Department

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…

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. 

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.

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. 

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…

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…

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…

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…

 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.

Kent Bazemore Gives Back!

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

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…

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…

Take a Splash at Duncan Park Splash Pad in Fairburn

 Photography Benjamin Grace Photography  Provides access for the 2018 season (May 26, 2018- September 3, 2018). This pass is available for City of Fairburn residents ONLY!    Resident Splash Pass                Price

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”: An Interview with James Taylor Odom

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell  James Taylor Odom is a Georgia boy, a native of Lawrenceville and a proud Berkmar High School alum. He comes from a musical family. With a grandfather that had success as a country music songwriter, the family’s passion for music is no surprise. His love of the theater stems from watching classic movies with his dad. …

Solís Two Porsche Drive

 Article and Photography  Don't miss the rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Porsche Handling Course and airport runways!   

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper, to taste Boneless, skinless chicken breasts Vegetable … Continued

Dinner with Friends at Davio’s

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell | Photography Courtesy of Davio's  Davio’s is a perfect special occasion venue or spot to pop into for Happy Hour. I met my friends there as a preparty for my milestone birthday. It was the perfect setting for our group of eight. We were seated in the semi-private room, ideal for a celebration and conversation. The…

Movers + Shakers (The Dude Edition)

 Article Curtis Bunn | Photography Shannon McCollum  Shannon James VP, Commercial Banking BB&T Middle Markets Chairman, Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance Secretary, Aerotropolis Atlanta CID  By linking South Fulton with various corporations, I have established relationships during my lengthy career in business development. And with a leadership role in Aerotropolis, I can move strategically and accelerate the pace of results.