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Willoughby Mariano

Willoughby Mariano is on the AJC's watchdog team and an expert on housing and criminal justice issues. Contact her at wmariano@ajc.com.

Latest from Willoughby Mariano

Court rules feds can’t stop massive charges for many prison phone calls
 A federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to block phone companies from charging as much as $14 for a one-minute phone call on in-state prison phone calls, according to a recent report. Advocates for inmates have complained for more than a decade that a handful of private phone companies...

Posted: 6 days ago

A federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to block phone companies from charging as much as $14 for a one-minute phone call on in-state prison phone calls, according to a recent report. Advocates for inmates have complained for more than a decade that a handful of private phone companies...
Report: Billionaire Trump confidant a “modern-day slumlord” in Atlanta
 A new investigation from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that one of President Donald Trump’s closest friends used the housing crisis to become a major Atlanta “slumlord.” The report, “Profiting off pain,” focuses on Thomas J. Barrack, founder of Colony Starwood Homes. According to The New York Times...

Posted: 13 days ago

A new investigation from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that one of President Donald Trump’s closest friends used the housing crisis to become a major Atlanta “slumlord.” The report, “Profiting off pain,” focuses on Thomas J. Barrack, founder of Colony Starwood Homes. According to The New York Times...
In a diverse, sensitive culture, microaggressions are everyday indignities
 To many people, the concept of “microaggressions” was made up by a culture obsessed with political correctness and victimhood.  » Tell us a story about your experience of race  But not to mainstream psychologists. The experts say microaggressions aren’t just real but harmful. Microaggressions are the...

Posted: 22 days ago

To many people, the concept of “microaggressions” was made up by a culture obsessed with political correctness and victimhood.  » Tell us a story about your experience of race  But not to mainstream psychologists. The experts say microaggressions aren’t just real but harmful. Microaggressions are the...
‘Where are you from?’ isn’t just a question; it’s a racial minefield
 Marisol Arguelles was not born on the planet Vulcan. Her family hails from Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. But if you ask her, “Where are you from?” she might claim extraterrestrial roots. » Examples of microaggressions, the daily indignities Like a lot of people whose ethnicity isn’t immediately apparent...

Posted: 23 days ago

Marisol Arguelles was not born on the planet Vulcan. Her family hails from Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. But if you ask her, “Where are you from?” she might claim extraterrestrial roots. » Examples of microaggressions, the daily indignities Like a lot of people whose ethnicity isn’t immediately apparent...
Microaggression: The indignities of daily life
 The word “microaggression” took off in the last decade like a match to a haystack. College students of color quickly embraced this way of describing day-to-day, often unintentional ethnic and racial slights to demand campus change. Critics called it political correctness run amok, while some said these slights are all in proponents&rsquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

The word “microaggression” took off in the last decade like a match to a haystack. College students of color quickly embraced this way of describing day-to-day, often unintentional ethnic and racial slights to demand campus change. Critics called it political correctness run amok, while some said these slights are all in proponents&rsquo...
Bailed out of jail: An extraordinary Mother’s Day present
 Lashana Smith blinked through tears as she walked from Fulton County jail’s holding area into the arms of a dozen women she had never met. “Happy Mother’s Day!” the strangers said. “Thank you so much,” Smith, 38, replied, appearing dazed and even smaller than her five-foot-three frame. The mother of five...

7:47 PM Saturday, May. 13, 2017

Lashana Smith blinked through tears as she walked from Fulton County jail’s holding area into the arms of a dozen women she had never met. “Happy Mother’s Day!” the strangers said. “Thank you so much,” Smith, 38, replied, appearing dazed and even smaller than her five-foot-three frame. The mother of five...
So, where are you from?

6:39 PM Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017

So, where are you from? No. Where are you really from? Get this a lot? Even from complete strangers? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wants to talk to you. And if you have a habit of asking these questions, we’d like to talk to you, too. We’re writing about these questions and what they mean for Re: Race project, a new body of...
Atlanta Housing Authority closes deal with developer, then chastises him
The Atlanta Housing Authority headquarters. Atlanta Housing Authority board members voted Monday evening to build apartments with a developer who made inflammatory comments about the agency and public housing residents, but not without chastising him in an open meeting.

11:41 PM Monday, Mar. 27, 2017

The Atlanta Housing Authority headquarters. Atlanta Housing Authority board members voted Monday evening to build apartments with a developer who made inflammatory comments about the agency and public housing residents, but not without chastising him in an open meeting.
This is how Atlanta’s housing agency for the poor might help the rich instead
Atlanta Housing Authority headquarters Six years ago, Atlanta’s housing agency for the poor struck a deal that could now lead it to subsidize homes and shopping for the well-off, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found.

5:42 PM Monday, Mar. 13, 2017

Atlanta Housing Authority headquarters Six years ago, Atlanta’s housing agency for the poor struck a deal that could now lead it to subsidize homes and shopping for the well-off, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found.
How Atlanta’s housing agency for the poor might help the well-off instead
 Six years ago, as the Atlanta Housing Authority CEO was locked in a bitter political feud that would lead to her ouster, Renee Glover struck a deal with the developer who helped her transform the city’s crumbling public housing projects. AHA gave partnerships led by Integral Group, co-founded by prominent developer Egbert Perry, seven...

8:30 PM Friday, Mar. 10, 2017

Six years ago, as the Atlanta Housing Authority CEO was locked in a bitter political feud that would lead to her ouster, Renee Glover struck a deal with the developer who helped her transform the city’s crumbling public housing projects. AHA gave partnerships led by Integral Group, co-founded by prominent developer Egbert Perry, seven...
Gladys Knight severs ties to son’s chicken and waffles eatery
 Soul music legend Gladys Knight has won her bid to sever all ties to her son’s troubled chicken and waffle business, according to a recent settlement filed in Clayton County court. Shanga Hankerson must phase out all uses of Knight’s name, likeness and memorabilia from the downtown Atlanta restaurant formerly known as Gladys Knight&rsquo...

8:02 PM Friday, Mar. 03, 2017

Soul music legend Gladys Knight has won her bid to sever all ties to her son’s troubled chicken and waffle business, according to a recent settlement filed in Clayton County court. Shanga Hankerson must phase out all uses of Knight’s name, likeness and memorabilia from the downtown Atlanta restaurant formerly known as Gladys Knight&rsquo...