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AJC top teacher Maureen Wales of Fulton goes above beyond for students, past and present

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers share a key trait: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...


Atlanta Concerts this week: Blackberry Smoke, Kristian Bush, Lady Gaga

Atlanta Concerts this week: Blackberry Smoke, Kristian Bush, Lady Gaga

FRIDAY Blackberry Smoke The Atlanta swamp-rockers return for the fifth edition of their annual benefit show, which, over the years, has generated more than $150,000 for children’s cancer research. The band is supporting its latest album, “Like an Arrow.” With Jason & the Scorchers. 8 p.m. Nov. 24. $39.50-$59.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000...
Where Marvel’s “Avengers” is filming in Atlanta today

Where Marvel’s “Avengers” is filming in Atlanta today

Marvel’s latest “Avengers” movie, headquartered at the Pinewood Studios facility in Fayette County, is filming on location here on Thanksgiving Eve. Chris Evans, who plays Steve Rogers/Captain America, is on set. MORE: Here’s Chris Hemsworth and his Thor wig filming in Midtown Look at Scarlett Johansson&rsquo...
Preview of ‘The Rap Game’ season 4 debuting November 24

Preview of ‘The Rap Game’ season 4 debuting November 24

Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog If the first episode of season 4 of Lifetime’s “The Rap Game” is any indication, host and producer Jermaine Dupri has his work cut out for him. Unlike previous seasons, none of the five rappers showed obvious star potential in the debut episode airing Friday at 10 p.m. ...
Spike Lee explains why he revived ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ (Netflix, Thanksgiving)

Spike Lee explains why he revived ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ (Netflix, Thanksgiving)

She’s Gotta Have It with DeWanda Wise as Nola Darling Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his MyAJC Radio & TV Talk blog Spike Lee never envisioned revisiting his 1986 indie film “She’s Gotta Have it,” which was groundbreaking by focusing on a single black woman who was unapologetically dating three dudes at once....
Georgia agency plays keep away with Medicaid records

Georgia agency plays keep away with Medicaid records

A diabetic woman with an amputated leg fell from a wheelchair in this van in 2012. Her injuries caused her to lose her left arm. SPECIAL Should Georgians have the right to see how state government contractors plan to rectify contract violations? Not if the contractor in question says no. That’s how the Georgia Department of Community Health sees it, anyway. In light of ...
Kasim Reed and Ludacris hand out Thanksgiving turkeys

Kasim Reed and Ludacris hand out Thanksgiving turkeys

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, rapper, actor and entrepreneur Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and their families handed out more 300 turkeys and trimmings to residents at the  Rosel Fann Recreation Center in south Atlanta on Tuesday. “We need to be the change we so often talk about,” Ludacris said. “We need to reflect more, share more, and...
Former Morehouse professor’s serve America tours win AARP grant

Former Morehouse professor’s serve America tours win AARP grant

Mike Weaver was teaching environmental health at the University of South Florida back in 2011 when he posed a question to his students that would change the trajectory of life: How would you like to go serve New Orleans? Of the 44 students who decided to take him up on his offer, only two had previously visited the city. Twenty-five of them had never ventured outside the state of Florida. Twenty-five...
AJC top teacher Jim Reason of Gwinnett buoys students in pool and classroom

AJC top teacher Jim Reason of Gwinnett buoys students in pool and classroom

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers have a trait in common: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
The time I spoke with David Cassidy (1950-2017) in 2003

The time I spoke with David Cassidy (1950-2017) in 2003

David Cassidy in 2001. CREDIT: Getty Images Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog  1970s “Partridge Family ” star David Cassidy died today at age 67 after organ failure . Earlier this year, he announced he had early stages of dementia, the same disease his mother and grandmother had...

T.I. will distribute turkeys to needy seniors for Thanksgiving

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene For the 12 th consecutive year, Atlanta rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris will host a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway for seniors in need. At noon on Wednesday, T.I. – along with family members, friends and other Atlanta representatives – will visit the Adamsville Recreation Center in Atlanta to hand out hundreds of turkeys and...
Fish 104.7 switches to Christmas November 21 at 5 p.m.

Fish 104.7 switches to Christmas November 21 at 5 p.m.

Marietta’s Nicole Lassiter and Gloria Lassister were rewarded gifts to help them get through Christmas this year, courtesy of Fish 104.7. Afternoon host Beth Bacall was able to make the announcement. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Santa Claus came to the Fish today as of 5 p.m. when it...
Outkast’s Big Boi – the Renaissance man of rap

Outkast’s Big Boi – the Renaissance man of rap

The walls of Stankonia Studios reek of Atlanta music history. The newspaper and magazine covers. The now-vintage photos of Andre “3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, rap royals who made “ATLiens” a proud moniker around the world. The awards that recognized Outkast for their pioneering meshing of funk, techno and hip-hop, shellacked...
AJC top teacher Kari Parlier of Gwinnett roots for students in and out of classroom

AJC top teacher Kari Parlier of Gwinnett roots for students in and out of classroom

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers have a trait in common: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
Phaedra Parks signs on as a Wilhelmina model

Phaedra Parks signs on as a Wilhelmina model

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 23: Television personality Phaedra Parks attends “Everything, Everything” Screening and Brunch at W Hotel Atlanta Midtown on April 23, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Warner Bros.) Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Phaedra Parks, the former...
‘The Walking Dead’ ratings keep on falling

‘The Walking Dead’ ratings keep on falling

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog The audience for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is, well, dying off. Overnight ratings are down more than 20 percent year...
Atlanta’s Eva Marcille pregnant with second child

Atlanta’s Eva Marcille pregnant with second child

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 25: Eva Marcille (L) at the 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Square on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images) Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Eva Marcille, a former “America’s Next Top Model” winner, actress and future &ldquo...
World traveler collects life lessons on the way home

World traveler collects life lessons on the way home

Forget what those beer commercials say. Robert Gentzke might be the most interesting man in the world. He’s president and CEO of a specialty shipping firm called Final Mile Logistics, which contracts with U.S. military government agencies that need to move equipment into regions of the world where travel can be tricky and deliveries can...
Opinion: This is a lawless administration

Opinion: This is a lawless administration

(AP) Six weeks ago, the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security completed its investigation into the agency’s disastrous handling of the first travel ban announced by the Trump administration. However, in an extraordinary and unprecedented step, the Trump administration won’t let that report become public. In a letter to members of Congress this...
Kempner: Confessions on the laziest, most-popular Christmas gift idea

Kempner: Confessions on the laziest, most-popular Christmas gift idea

Year after year, we return to the holiday season and ponder what special gifts would bring joy to friends and loved ones. And, once again, most Americans somehow arrive at the same answer: a plastic card. Or, increasingly, a digital equivalent of one. Gift cards are pretty much the easiest, fastest gift to give on the face of the Earth. (I know: unless you count a smile.) They refuse to give way to...
Stephen Colbert opens with Georgia Dome/MARTA video jokes

Stephen Colbert opens with Georgia Dome/MARTA video jokes

Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Stephen Colbert on his late night show on CBS Monday night opened with some light-hearted jabs at the poor Weather Channel camera man who was shooting the Georgia Dome implosion. A MARTA bus drove by just as the building imploded blocking his shot. The camera guy could be heard...
FROM THE AJC ARCHIVES: The Ritz-Carlton’s silver belle

FROM THE AJC ARCHIVES: The Ritz-Carlton’s silver belle

Originally published Dec. 14, 2008 Barbara Jackson has spent every night for the past 18 years at the Buckhead Ritz-Carlton. Her head has never hit the pillow. She arrives by MARTA after dark, about the time the bar crowd settles into the cozy lobby lounge for cocktails. Before most of the overnight guests awake and slide their feet into the hotel’s crested slippers, she is napping...
FROM THE AJC ARCHIVES: The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead welcomes new chef

FROM THE AJC ARCHIVES: The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead welcomes new chef

Originally published June 1, 2012 The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead introduced its new executive chef to local patrons likely to be supping frequently on his creations at a pair of private dinner parties this week. General Manager Erwin Schinnerl announced the appointment of Franck Steigerwald as executive chef this week, and the hotel sent invitations in the...

Kevin Hart announces the birth of his son Kenzo

Kevin Hart is a dad again. He and his wife, Eniko, welcomed baby Kenzo this morning. The couple married last year after getting engaged in Atlanta. Hart popped the question at a Phipps Plaza restaurant while filming “Ride Along 2.” More recently he and frequent collaborator Will Packer filmed “Night School” in Atlanta. That project called...
AJC top teacher Tiffany Bunch inspires fellow DeKalb educators

AJC top teacher Tiffany Bunch inspires fellow DeKalb educators

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers share a critical trait: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
DOJ sues AT&T bid to buy Time Warner (including CNN)

DOJ sues AT&T bid to buy Time Warner (including CNN)

Donald Trump is not a fan of CNN. CREDIT: Getty Images Posted Monday, November 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog The Department of Justice Monday filed a lawsuit to block AT&T’s efforts to merge with Time Warner, which owns DirecTV, HBO and Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting. This is considered one of the biggest U.S. anti-trust...
Catching up with Johns Creek’s Angelica Hale (‘America’s Got Talent’ runner up)

Catching up with Johns Creek’s Angelica Hale (‘America’s Got Talent’ runner up)

Angelica Hale poses with two fans Marvin (rightr) and Martin (left) in the J.W. Marriott lobby by Lenox November 20, 2017. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com Posted Monday, November 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk Angelica Hale is a tiny bundle of energy, nibbling on a Chick Fil A chicken biscuit and pointing agog at a video on the TV of the...
AJC top teacher Farhat Ahmad gives Fulton students voice and hope

AJC top teacher Farhat Ahmad gives Fulton students voice and hope

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers have a trait in common: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
Cheers, maybe some tears as Buckhead Ritz-Carlton becomes The Whitley

Cheers, maybe some tears as Buckhead Ritz-Carlton becomes The Whitley

Depending on who you talk to, what’s happening at the the southwest corner of Lenox and Peachtree roads is cause for celebration or mourning. After more than three decades as the both literal and figurative nexus of Buckhead’s society set and the scene of numerous celebrity encounters, the hotel occupying this rarefied patch of dirt will cease to be a Ritz-Carlton...

Barack Obama posted a Joe Biden meme and Twitter can’t handle it

So ardent was the bromance between former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden that the “barackandjoe” Twitter account is a thing. If you have time to kill and need a chuckle by way of photos of Biden pointing at stuff or smiling cheekily complete with clever captions, check it out – or just search the hashtag #JoeBidenMemes. And...

FROM THE AJC ARCHIVES: The Ritz-Carlton Dining Room closes

In the Buckhead Ritz-Carlton’s lobby lounge, a guy in shorts and tennis shoes perches at the bar like a praying mantis, a Bluetooth earpiece stuck to his head. A call comes in and he talks and paces, like a pickup basketball player walking off a leg cramp. One floor above, Richard Flint sits in a silk and wooden cave, waiting for a quarter-century of elegance to end....

Hulk Hogan: I coulda brought down the Georgia Dome (again)

Dynamite? Pfffttt.. we should have called Hulk Hogan. The colorful pro wrestler belatedly offered his explosive charms following the Georgia Dome’s demolition Monday morning. More than 300 pounds of explosives collapsed the steel in the upper ring and about 4,500 pounds of dynamite crumbled the Dome’s concrete columns this morning, AJC sports writer...
What is up with Constance Jones, formerly of ‘Good Day Atlanta’?

What is up with Constance Jones, formerly of ‘Good Day Atlanta’?

Posted Monday, November 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Constance Jones was on Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta” for just a hot second before leaving to move back to Miami earlier this year with no explanation given. Jones has since landed a new gig as a correspondent for a new TLC features/lifestyle talk show...
Opinion: These ghosts will haunt us

Opinion: These ghosts will haunt us

(AP) As head of Rhino Resources, David Zatezalo oversaw a coal-mining company with one of the worst safety records in the industry. Conditions in Rhino mines were so bad that the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration twice cited the company for broad “pattern of violations,” a rare designation “reserved for mines that pose the greatest risk to the health...
‘Floribama Shore’ features Atlantan Kirk Medas Nov. 27

‘Floribama Shore’ features Atlantan Kirk Medas Nov. 27

Atlanta’s Kirk Medas, part of MTV’s new show “Floribama Shore.” Posted Monday, November 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog MTV’s “Jersey Shore” became one of the biggest reality show phenomenons of all time when it debuted in 2009. The concept was nothing special: seven Italian-American-ish young men and women...

Falcons QB Matt Ryan, pro golfer Rickie Fowler in epic battle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

What Georgia Dome? With the dust clearing, literally, at the site of the Atlanta Falcons’ former home, quarterback Matt Ryan went toe-to-toe with pro golfer Rickie Fowler for dominance of team’s new digs, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. And by dominance we mean, who will prevail in a series of ridiculous “sports” such as extreme golf cart racing, hit-the-button-to-open-the-roof...

Al Franken cancels Atlanta appearance and is cut from a PBS special

Al Franken was to make two appearances tonight, including one in Atlanta, and both are canceled. The comic turned senator scrapped his planned visit to the Book Festival of the MJCCA to promote his book “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,”after broadcaster  Leeann  Tweeden shared allegations of lewd behavior...
Torpy at Large: Too bad Atlanta’s immigration hypocrisy isn’t illegal

Torpy at Large: Too bad Atlanta’s immigration hypocrisy isn’t illegal

Earlier this month, Mayor Kasim Reed boasted on his very active Twitter account that his town is immigrant friendly. “Atlanta is proud to be a welcoming city,” he wrote. “Pleased to be a part of the Safe Cities Network offering legal representation for those individuals facing deportation.” Fighting for the rights of immigrants is now an important battleground for Dems and...
‘The Walking Dead’ recap (‘The Big Scary U’): season 8 episode 5

‘The Walking Dead’ recap (‘The Big Scary U’): season 8 episode 5

Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, Austin Amelio as Dwigh – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC Posted Sunday, November 19, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog “I like killing people. I say it’s about killing the right people. You kill the right people at the right time. And...
‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap: season 10, episode 3 – Nothing Burger City

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap: season 10, episode 3 – Nothing Burger City

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog This episode was a relative nothing burger. So I will make this brief. The most compelling event was NeNe Leakes’ husband Gregg suffering heart issues and going to the hospital. We see NeNe driving to the hospital before Gregg has a procedure and Gregg...
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