Nedra Rhone

Nedra Rhone, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, has been a features writer for the AJC since 2006 covering people, places, pop culture and news, in and beyond metro Atlanta. She writes and manages the Talk of the Town blog.

Latest from Nedra Rhone

Atlanta woman writes about her escape from Scientology
 Michelle LeClair was just a teenager when she was first introduced to the Church of Scientology. She had moved from Norman, Oklahoma to Los Angeles where she felt adrift and alone, the perfect conditions, she said, for being recruited into what she now identifies as a cult with diminished power. “Nobody cares what the Church of Scientology...

Posted: 4 hours ago

Michelle LeClair was just a teenager when she was first introduced to the Church of Scientology. She had moved from Norman, Oklahoma to Los Angeles where she felt adrift and alone, the perfect conditions, she said, for being recruited into what she now identifies as a cult with diminished power. “Nobody cares what the Church of Scientology...
Diner en Blanc returns to Atlanta Oct. 20
 Diner en Blanc, the exclusive outdoor dining experience that originated 30 years ago in Paris, returns to Atlanta on Sat., October 20.  This is the fifth annual celebration in Atlanta,  offering music, dinner and dancing under the stars with guests dressed in all white attire.  “Our team is very excited to bring this...

Posted: 5 days ago

Diner en Blanc, the exclusive outdoor dining experience that originated 30 years ago in Paris, returns to Atlanta on Sat., October 20.  This is the fifth annual celebration in Atlanta,  offering music, dinner and dancing under the stars with guests dressed in all white attire.  “Our team is very excited to bring this...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Sept. 19
 HIP HOP YOGA WITH JAIMEE RATLIFF Deepak meets Tupac in this 75-minute class led by certified yoga teacher Jaimee Ratliff. The vinyasa flow class is suited to all levels with poses designed to lengthen, strengthen and tone muscles. This is the first Hip Hop Wednesday Yoga class of the fall season. The session will feature the top hits from...

Posted: 5 days ago

HIP HOP YOGA WITH JAIMEE RATLIFF Deepak meets Tupac in this 75-minute class led by certified yoga teacher Jaimee Ratliff. The vinyasa flow class is suited to all levels with poses designed to lengthen, strengthen and tone muscles. This is the first Hip Hop Wednesday Yoga class of the fall season. The session will feature the top hits from...
Black women exposed to toxic chemicals in hair products, study shows
 Black women are potentially exposed to dozens of hazardous chemicals through the products they use on their hair, according to a recent study from Silent Spring Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and breaking the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health. The study, which measured a range of hormone-disrupting...

Posted: 6 days ago

Black women are potentially exposed to dozens of hazardous chemicals through the products they use on their hair, according to a recent study from Silent Spring Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and breaking the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health. The study, which measured a range of hormone-disrupting...
Farewell to Henri Bendel at Lenox Square
 After nearly a decade in metro Atlanta, Henri Bendel will be closing its doors at Lenox Square. On Thursday, parent company L Brands, LLC, announced the January 2019 closing of all 23 Henri Bendel stores and the Henri Bendel e-commerce website. That includes the Fifth Avenue Flagship in New York as well as the smaller mall-based stores across...

Posted: 9 days ago

After nearly a decade in metro Atlanta, Henri Bendel will be closing its doors at Lenox Square. On Thursday, parent company L Brands, LLC, announced the January 2019 closing of all 23 Henri Bendel stores and the Henri Bendel e-commerce website. That includes the Fifth Avenue Flagship in New York as well as the smaller mall-based stores across...
Seinfeld shtick inspires Atlanta-based startup
 The idea for Gillian Harper’s business began with a joke. When the serial entrepreneur was looking for a new enterprise, she mapped out her priorities and personal values on tables and spreadsheets but it was comedian Jerry Seinfeld that ultimately provided the inspiration.  Seinfeld’s routine about the confusion men experience...

Posted: 10 days ago

The idea for Gillian Harper’s business began with a joke. When the serial entrepreneur was looking for a new enterprise, she mapped out her priorities and personal values on tables and spreadsheets but it was comedian Jerry Seinfeld that ultimately provided the inspiration.  Seinfeld’s routine about the confusion men experience...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Sept. 12
 This Wednesday, take in Paul Simon’s historic farewell tour, get your sew on or catch opening night of the Broadway Musical, Disney’s Aladdin. PAUL SIMON HOMEWARD BOUND FAREWELL TOUR Paul Simon makes his final tour through Atlanta with a show at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood. Simon’s last performance in Atlanta was...

Posted: 12 days ago

This Wednesday, take in Paul Simon’s historic farewell tour, get your sew on or catch opening night of the Broadway Musical, Disney’s Aladdin. PAUL SIMON HOMEWARD BOUND FAREWELL TOUR Paul Simon makes his final tour through Atlanta with a show at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood. Simon’s last performance in Atlanta was...
Fall fashion events raise funds for local charities
 New York Fashion Week ends Sept. 14, but in metro Atlanta the fall fashion events are heating up. This month, fashion fans have the chance to catch a range of runway shows and shopping events around town including several events that double as fundraisers for local charities. Here are some of the fashion events that are taking place in September...

Posted: 12 days ago

New York Fashion Week ends Sept. 14, but in metro Atlanta the fall fashion events are heating up. This month, fashion fans have the chance to catch a range of runway shows and shopping events around town including several events that double as fundraisers for local charities. Here are some of the fashion events that are taking place in September...
Study reveals black women exposed to toxic chemicals in hair products
 Black women are potentially exposed to dozens of hazardous chemicals through the products they use on their hair, according to a recent study from Silent Spring Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and breaking the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health. The study, which measured a range of hormone-disrupting...

Posted: 16 days ago

Black women are potentially exposed to dozens of hazardous chemicals through the products they use on their hair, according to a recent study from Silent Spring Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and breaking the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health. The study, which measured a range of hormone-disrupting...
Study reveals black women exposed to toxic chemicals in hair products
 Black women are potentially exposed to dozens of hazardous chemicals through the products they use on their hair, according to a recent study from Silent Spring Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and breaking the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health. The study, which measured a range of hormone-disrupting...

Posted: 16 days ago

Black women are potentially exposed to dozens of hazardous chemicals through the products they use on their hair, according to a recent study from Silent Spring Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and breaking the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health. The study, which measured a range of hormone-disrupting...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Sept. 5
 If hump day has got you down, head to a class that will teach you how to bring your soul to work. You can also learn how to crochet or attend an author lecture at the Atlanta History Center at events this week. CONSCIOUS BUSINESS: BRING YOUR SOUL TO WORK For anyone who has ever felt a divide between who they are and how they present themselves...

Posted: 19 days ago

If hump day has got you down, head to a class that will teach you how to bring your soul to work. You can also learn how to crochet or attend an author lecture at the Atlanta History Center at events this week. CONSCIOUS BUSINESS: BRING YOUR SOUL TO WORK For anyone who has ever felt a divide between who they are and how they present themselves...