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This Life with Gracie: I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. message to empower girls goes national
 On Saturday, the nonprofit I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Inc. hosted its annual Pink Pajama Jam, by all measures the biggest slumber party eyes have ever seen. Try and imagine mothers and daughters dressed in their best pink jammies, talking into the night about the things that matter most to them, things that have changed and will change...

Posted: a day ago

On Saturday, the nonprofit I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Inc. hosted its annual Pink Pajama Jam, by all measures the biggest slumber party eyes have ever seen. Try and imagine mothers and daughters dressed in their best pink jammies, talking into the night about the things that matter most to them, things that have changed and will change...
This Life with Gracie: Out of the president’s heart, the mouth speaks
 Here we go again. President Donald Trump makes incendiary remarks, and the rest of us, well a good majority, are outraged. What did he do this time? What he always does. Open his mouth and let his tongue, ever void of compassion, spew evil, evil, evil, deepening the racial divide. Sadly, there is an undeniable history here, dating back at...

Posted: 6 days ago

Here we go again. President Donald Trump makes incendiary remarks, and the rest of us, well a good majority, are outraged. What did he do this time? What he always does. Open his mouth and let his tongue, ever void of compassion, spew evil, evil, evil, deepening the racial divide. Sadly, there is an undeniable history here, dating back at...
Can you really die of a broken heart?
 One day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher in December 2016, Debbie Reynolds, the beloved star of “Singin’ in the Rain,” suffered a medical emergency and died. Then just hours after her son’s funeral in late October 2017, Sheryl Stiles, the mother of a Las Vegas police officer killed during the mass shooting...

Posted: 7 days ago

One day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher in December 2016, Debbie Reynolds, the beloved star of “Singin’ in the Rain,” suffered a medical emergency and died. Then just hours after her son’s funeral in late October 2017, Sheryl Stiles, the mother of a Las Vegas police officer killed during the mass shooting...
This Life with Gracie: ‘Meet a Black Person’ advocate won’t be deterred
 At 59, Cheryle Moses has spent much of her life in search of answers to some of life’s hard questions about race in America and, when possible, formulating solutions. And so it was back in November when the Atlanta native was preparing to create an email invitation for the upcoming anniversary of Urban Mediamakers, a non-profit organization...

Posted: 7 days ago

At 59, Cheryle Moses has spent much of her life in search of answers to some of life’s hard questions about race in America and, when possible, formulating solutions. And so it was back in November when the Atlanta native was preparing to create an email invitation for the upcoming anniversary of Urban Mediamakers, a non-profit organization...
Life with Gracie: How a sandwich-board hiring campaign helped turn a life around
 Any day now, Mark Moore will start work at a local software company doing business-to-business sales, a position that he considers compatible with his work experience and skill set. It might not have happened had he not been spotted last year foraging for food in a dumpster outside Love Beyond Walls,the nonprofit founded by Terence...

Posted: 10 days ago

Any day now, Mark Moore will start work at a local software company doing business-to-business sales, a position that he considers compatible with his work experience and skill set. It might not have happened had he not been spotted last year foraging for food in a dumpster outside Love Beyond Walls,the nonprofit founded by Terence...
Tips to prevent getting colds and flu, remedies
 Now  is the right time for parents to take steps to protect young children from cold and flu viruses. According to Dr. Hansa Bhargava, one of the nation’s top pediatricians, most colds and coughs go away by themselves because they are caused by viruses. >> Read more trending stories   Still, a healthy child may...

Posted: 14 days ago

Now is the right time for parents to take steps to protect young children from cold and flu viruses. According to Dr. Hansa Bhargava, one of the nation’s top pediatricians, most colds and coughs go away by themselves because they are caused by viruses. >> Read more trending stories   Still, a healthy child may...
This Life with Gracie: Let not the tax changes keep you from giving
 This year, according to charity executives and experts, donations from moderate-income people to charities like the United Way will drop dramatically. They’re blaming the new Republican tax overhaul voted into law recently. The changes — particularly doubling the standard deduction we’re allowed — will make it less...

Posted: 15 days ago

This year, according to charity executives and experts, donations from moderate-income people to charities like the United Way will drop dramatically. They’re blaming the new Republican tax overhaul voted into law recently. The changes — particularly doubling the standard deduction we’re allowed — will make it less...
This Life: Amanda Davis’ faith, humanity are part of what made her special
 Amanda Davis was remembered Wednesday as the caring, giving person she was. If you had the privilege of meeting her or even if you didn’t, friends and family said, love was the hallmark of her life. That life was celebrated during an hourlong service at Cascade United Methodist Church, where the television news anchor was a member....

Posted: 15 days ago

Amanda Davis was remembered Wednesday as the caring, giving person she was. If you had the privilege of meeting her or even if you didn’t, friends and family said, love was the hallmark of her life. That life was celebrated during an hourlong service at Cascade United Methodist Church, where the television news anchor was a member....
This Life: When your faith is bigger than your fear, miracles happen
 For three years, Becky Davis made plans to leave her corporate job at an optical retailer, but each time her exit date arrived, she struggled to take the leap. Next year, she’d tell herself. Then as 2011 faded into the new year, Davis found herself flat on her back in a hospital. Days after undergoing surgery to remove fibroid tumors...

Posted: 22 days ago

For three years, Becky Davis made plans to leave her corporate job at an optical retailer, but each time her exit date arrived, she struggled to take the leap. Next year, she’d tell herself. Then as 2011 faded into the new year, Davis found herself flat on her back in a hospital. Days after undergoing surgery to remove fibroid tumors...
This Life: ‘Married to Medicine’ mom waging fight against sex trafficking
 Like many of us, Genise Shelton was shocked to learn 10 young black girls were missing from their homes in our nation’s capital late last year and with the exception of a handful of local and black news outlets, their stories had been virtually ignored. We now know that much in a viral Instagram post reporting those claims wasn&rsquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

Like many of us, Genise Shelton was shocked to learn 10 young black girls were missing from their homes in our nation’s capital late last year and with the exception of a handful of local and black news outlets, their stories had been virtually ignored. We now know that much in a viral Instagram post reporting those claims wasn&rsquo...
This Life: Is your business chasing dollars or a noble purpose?
 Three years ago, Lisa Earle McLeod was in a huddle with the CEO of a global educational software firm when he asked if she could create a three-day strategy intensive with his team. When they gathered days later, they started naming and claiming their “noble purpose” — being clear about how their products make life better...

Posted: 29 days ago

Three years ago, Lisa Earle McLeod was in a huddle with the CEO of a global educational software firm when he asked if she could create a three-day strategy intensive with his team. When they gathered days later, they started naming and claiming their “noble purpose” — being clear about how their products make life better...
This Life: Why Gideon’s Promise is about protecting the rights of all of us
 When I left off last week telling you about Jonathan Rapping’s efforts to reform our court system, his wife, Ilham Askia, had just left her job as a first-grade teacher in the Fulton County Public School system to join him in that work. It was an easy choice. While Rapping had extensive experience working in the system, Askia entered...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

When I left off last week telling you about Jonathan Rapping’s efforts to reform our court system, his wife, Ilham Askia, had just left her job as a first-grade teacher in the Fulton County Public School system to join him in that work. It was an easy choice. While Rapping had extensive experience working in the system, Askia entered...
5 tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates
 Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us – and is especially handy during the holidays – but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps. So beware the so-called porch pirate. They count on our being lax but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave...

7:08 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us – and is especially handy during the holidays – but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps. So beware the so-called porch pirate. They count on our being lax but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave...
This Life with Gracie: Meet the keepers of Gideon’s Promise
 Back in September, Sean Ramsey stood at the intersection of Central Avenue and Memorial Drive just outside Atlanta Municipal Court holding a sign that read “homeless please help.” For all practical purposes, the 48-year-old may as well have been standing at the corner of Callousness and Indifference. Both were apparently at play...

5:00 AM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Back in September, Sean Ramsey stood at the intersection of Central Avenue and Memorial Drive just outside Atlanta Municipal Court holding a sign that read “homeless please help.” For all practical purposes, the 48-year-old may as well have been standing at the corner of Callousness and Indifference. Both were apparently at play...
Five tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates
 Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us and is especially handy during the holidays, but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps. So beware the so-called porch pirates. They count on our being lax, but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them...

4:55 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us and is especially handy during the holidays, but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps. So beware the so-called porch pirates. They count on our being lax, but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them...
This Life: Single dads still increasing. What’s up with that?
 Becoming a single father never figured into Corey McDaniel’s plans. It is not what he would’ve chosen for himself or his sons. But if there’s anything the 48-year-old Stone Mountain dad has learned over the past year and a half, it is that sometimes we don’t get to choose. On May 18, 2016, without warning, McDaniel...

10:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Becoming a single father never figured into Corey McDaniel’s plans. It is not what he would’ve chosen for himself or his sons. But if there’s anything the 48-year-old Stone Mountain dad has learned over the past year and a half, it is that sometimes we don’t get to choose. On May 18, 2016, without warning, McDaniel...
Nonprofit provides low-cost toys, but the dignity will cost parents nothing
 A week or so ago, this place had all the trappings of a little library, dark bookcases filled with all manner of books, tables and chairs sandwiched between a coffee shop and a neighborhood market. But since my visit to the Carver Neighborhood Market, it has been transformed into a winter wonderland, and right about now, I imagine it bustling...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

A week or so ago, this place had all the trappings of a little library, dark bookcases filled with all manner of books, tables and chairs sandwiched between a coffee shop and a neighborhood market. But since my visit to the Carver Neighborhood Market, it has been transformed into a winter wonderland, and right about now, I imagine it bustling...
This Life: Is sexual harassment only about men behaving badly?
 Every time you think the last man has fallen, there’s one more to add to the ever-growing list of sexual harassment claims. Let’s see. Last week’s tally yielded journalist Matt Lauer, creator and former host of “A Prairie Home Companion” Garrison Keillor, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and Reps. Ruben Kihuen...

10:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

Every time you think the last man has fallen, there’s one more to add to the ever-growing list of sexual harassment claims. Let’s see. Last week’s tally yielded journalist Matt Lauer, creator and former host of “A Prairie Home Companion” Garrison Keillor, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and Reps. Ruben Kihuen...
Justice for the Rev. Otis Byrd Sr.; a new beginning for his namesake
 On a recent Wednesday evening, a half-dozen members of the gospel group Adoration gathered at the home of its founder Otis Byrd Jr. For nearly two hours, they oohhed and aahhed through vocal exercises before launching into “Hosanna,” “I Need You” and “Glory and Honor” and then spilling out into the night...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

On a recent Wednesday evening, a half-dozen members of the gospel group Adoration gathered at the home of its founder Otis Byrd Jr. For nearly two hours, they oohhed and aahhed through vocal exercises before launching into “Hosanna,” “I Need You” and “Glory and Honor” and then spilling out into the night...
Which metro Atlanta non-profits received HIV impact funds?
 On Friday, Gilead Sciences, Ford Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, ViiV Healthcare, and Johnson & Johnson – leading funders of the domestic HIV response – launched a first-of-its-kind collaborative, The Southern HIV Impact Fund to stop the persistent and worsening impact of the epidemic on the region. The Fund is making...

1:32 PM Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

On Friday, Gilead Sciences, Ford Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, ViiV Healthcare, and Johnson & Johnson – leading funders of the domestic HIV response – launched a first-of-its-kind collaborative, The Southern HIV Impact Fund to stop the persistent and worsening impact of the epidemic on the region. The Fund is making...
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