Shelia Poole

Shelia Poole has a beat that's a bit of a mixed bag and includes nonprofits, religion and general assignment. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than two decades.

Latest from Shelia Poole

The four best places to watch leaves change at Piedmont Park
 You don’t have to drive an hour - or more - outside of Atlanta to catch a glimpse of beautiful fall foliage. You can go to Piedmont Park. Piedmont Park Conservancy suggests a few prime viewing spots. Related: The 14th Street gate near the Piedmont Driving Club is a popular location to watch the leaves change, according to Mark Nelson...

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You don’t have to drive an hour - or more - outside of Atlanta to catch a glimpse of beautiful fall foliage. You can go to Piedmont Park. Piedmont Park Conservancy suggests a few prime viewing spots. Related: The 14th Street gate near the Piedmont Driving Club is a popular location to watch the leaves change, according to Mark Nelson...
Councilman Michael Bond shows off dance skills at Atlanta Pride parade
 Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond  busted a move recently during the annual Pride parade. Could a stint on  ABC’s popular show, “Dancing with the Stars” be next? Thousands of people attended Atlanta’s 47th Annual Pride Parade in Midtown. Bond has been attending the parade and other festivities...

Posted: 4 days ago

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond  busted a move recently during the annual Pride parade. Could a stint on  ABC’s popular show, “Dancing with the Stars” be next? Thousands of people attended Atlanta’s 47th Annual Pride Parade in Midtown. Bond has been attending the parade and other festivities...
Harvey Weinstein scandal: “No way all these people could have been victims and men didn’t know... ”
 A few years back, the Rev. Edward Landrum was on a bus with about 30 other men. They were leaving Jackson, Ga., where they had protested the execution of Troy Davis, who was convicted in the 1989 murder of  a Savannah police officer. Along the way, the senior pastor of Moore’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Carrollton, overheard...

Posted: 5 days ago

A few years back, the Rev. Edward Landrum was on a bus with about 30 other men. They were leaving Jackson, Ga., where they had protested the execution of Troy Davis, who was convicted in the 1989 murder of  a Savannah police officer. Along the way, the senior pastor of Moore’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Carrollton, overheard...
Lil Jon opens school in Ghana in honor of his mother
 Atlanta  artist Lil Jon often talks about the value of education. Now, the award-winning rapper and producer has put his influence behind helping children go to school in rural eastern Ghana. He recently partnered with the  nonprofit Pencils of Promise to open a  school in Abomayaw  in memory and honor of his mother, Carrie M. Smith...

Posted: 6 days ago

Atlanta  artist Lil Jon often talks about the value of education. Now, the award-winning rapper and producer has put his influence behind helping children go to school in rural eastern Ghana. He recently partnered with the nonprofit Pencils of Promise to open a school in Abomayaw  in memory and honor of his mother, Carrie M. Smith...
Twitter goes crazy with the release of  newest “Black Panther” trailer
 Social media is blowing up after the release of Marvel’s “Black Panther” trailer . The film, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the ruler of Wakanda, was shot in Atlanta. It also features a star-studded cast including  Lupita Nyong'o , Forest Whitaker. Michael B. Jordan and Angela Bassett. It was directed by Ryan...

Posted: 7 days ago

Social media is blowing up after the release of Marvel’s “Black Panther” trailer . The film, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the ruler of Wakanda, was shot in Atlanta. It also features a star-studded cast including  Lupita Nyong'o , Forest Whitaker. Michael B. Jordan and Angela Bassett. It was directed by Ryan...
Georgia-born artist to paint Michelle Obama’s portrait for Smithsonian gallery
 Columbus-born artist  Amy Sherald has been tapped to paint former first lady Michelle Obama’s portrait, which will hang in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Sherald, who lives in Baltimore, and  fellow artist Kehinde Wiley of New York, were selected to do the portraits of former President Barack and...

Posted: 9 days ago

Columbus-born artist  Amy Sherald has been tapped to paint former first lady Michelle Obama’s portrait, which will hang in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Sherald, who lives in Baltimore, and fellow artist Kehinde Wiley of New York, were selected to do the portraits of former President Barack and...
North Point is named nation’s second-largest church in U.S.
 North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, led by Pastor Andy Stanley, was recently named the second-largest mega church in the nation. According to “ 24/7 Wall St.” many of the 25 largest churches are located in Florida or Texas, but North Point is among the exceptions. In fact,  North Point is the only Georgia-based church...

Posted: 9 days ago

North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, led by Pastor Andy Stanley, was recently named the second-largest mega church in the nation. According to “ 24/7 Wall St.” many of the 25 largest churches are located in Florida or Texas, but North Point is among the exceptions. In fact, North Point is the only Georgia-based church...
Jordan Peele surprises UCLA class inspired by hit film ‘Get Out’
 No one paid much attention to the man sitting in the back of the class, dressed in a hoodie and baseball cap. He was sitting in on a class called “The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival and the Black Horror Aesthetic,” taught by Tananarive Due, educator, screenwriter and author of “My Soul to Take,” and other books. Due ...

Posted: 10 days ago

No one paid much attention to the man sitting in the back of the class, dressed in a hoodie and baseball cap. He was sitting in on a class called “The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival and the Black Horror Aesthetic,” taught by Tananarive Due, educator, screenwriter and author of “My Soul to Take,” and other books. Due ...
Annual Gobble Job brings street party atmosphere to Marietta
 Before you stuff yourself with turkey on Thanksgiving Day, consider participating in the annual Marietta Daily Journal Gobble Jog to benefit MUST Ministries. The event, which began in 2002, is expected to bring more than 9,000 people to Marietta. The run begins at the Marietta Square. Initially, the run had about 1,400 people. It’s...

Posted: 10 days ago

Before you stuff yourself with turkey on Thanksgiving Day, consider participating in the annual Marietta Daily Journal Gobble Jog to benefit MUST Ministries. The event, which began in 2002, is expected to bring more than 9,000 people to Marietta. The run begins at the Marietta Square. Initially, the run had about 1,400 people. It’s...
Arthur Blank, Sally Yates to receive Islamic Speakers Bureau awards
 Arthur Blank, an Atlanta businessman and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, will receive the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta during the organization’s annual Change Makers Awards Gala on Nov. 4 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Also being honored is  Mokhtar Bazaraa, a business executive and former...

Posted: 12 days ago

Arthur Blank, an Atlanta businessman and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, will receive the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta during the organization’s annual Change Makers Awards Gala on Nov. 4 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Also being honored is Mokhtar Bazaraa, a business executive and former...
13 songs to add to your Halloween playlist
 As Halloween draws near, there are several  “spooktacular” songs that  set the earthly mood . Any respectable playlist will include Michael Jackson’s 1982 iconic  “Thriller,” which has sold more than 105 million copies worldwide. We’ve put together a list of music for Halloween.  Some songs...

Posted: 13 days ago

As Halloween draws near, there are several  “spooktacular” songs that set the earthly mood . Any respectable playlist will include Michael Jackson’s 1982 iconic  “Thriller,” which has sold more than 105 million copies worldwide. We’ve put together a list of music for Halloween.  Some songs...