Gracie Bonds Staples

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Gracie Bonds Staples is a lifestyle writer for AJC. She joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in July 2000, after stints at the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, Sacramento Bee, Raleigh Times and two Mississippi dailies . Gracie graduated in 1979 from the University of Southern Mississippi. She and her husband Jimmy Staples have two daughters, Jamila and Asha.

Latest from Gracie Bonds Staples

100 Black Men of Atlanta increasing its reach
 The Rev. Kevin Murriel is remembering long summer days swimming because they were some of the best days of life. But they might not have happened had it not been, he said, for 100 Black Men of Jackson, Miss. The memory nearly startles him. A lot of years have passed since the 32-year-old preacher was a boy. Indeed, two weeks ago today, ...

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The Rev. Kevin Murriel is remembering long summer days swimming because they were some of the best days of life. But they might not have happened had it not been, he said, for 100 Black Men of Jackson, Miss. The memory nearly startles him. A lot of years have passed since the 32-year-old preacher was a boy. Indeed, two weeks ago today, ...
An early Christmas for children with autism and their families
 It’s no secret that people with autism are often left out socially. They are less likely to receive phone calls or invites from friends than even those with other types of developmental disabilities. Well, throw in the Christmas season, and you’ve got the makings of soot in your eyes. If there is a Santa Claus, and I still believe...

Posted: 2 days ago

It’s no secret that people with autism are often left out socially. They are less likely to receive phone calls or invites from friends than even those with other types of developmental disabilities. Well, throw in the Christmas season, and you’ve got the makings of soot in your eyes. If there is a Santa Claus, and I still believe...
Haven’t heard this harp ensemble? You don’t know what you’re missing
 A day before their much-anticipated winter concert, one of two performances held each year, a dozen or so of the more than 60 members of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble gather for rehearsal at Drew Charter School. For an entire hour, they make runs through “Havana,” the Latin-inspired pop song by Camila Cabello. It was adapted...

Posted: 4 days ago

A day before their much-anticipated winter concert, one of two performances held each year, a dozen or so of the more than 60 members of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble gather for rehearsal at Drew Charter School. For an entire hour, they make runs through “Havana,” the Latin-inspired pop song by Camila Cabello. It was adapted...
Pushing America to face its racist past
 After another long day at his office in late November, Bryan Stevenson packed up some reading material and headed home. He was hungry, so he pulled into a Panera Bread, ordered soup and salad, and was about to take a seat at a table when an elderly woman, seated with friends, beckoned for him. Stevenson put his plate down and went to their...

Posted: 4 days ago

After another long day at his office in late November, Bryan Stevenson packed up some reading material and headed home. He was hungry, so he pulled into a Panera Bread, ordered soup and salad, and was about to take a seat at a table when an elderly woman, seated with friends, beckoned for him. Stevenson put his plate down and went to their...
As with President Bush’s dog, our canines mourn losses, too
 More than half a century has passed since my oldest brother drowned trying to save our cousin. I was just 9 years old, but I remember that time like it was yesterday — not just my mother’s gut-wrenching wails when she heard the news but the pitiful whimpering of his dog Tippie as he lay at the side of my brother’s casket...

Posted: 10 days ago

More than half a century has passed since my oldest brother drowned trying to save our cousin. I was just 9 years old, but I remember that time like it was yesterday — not just my mother’s gut-wrenching wails when she heard the news but the pitiful whimpering of his dog Tippie as he lay at the side of my brother’s casket...
World Changers’ Taffi Dollar gets a new attitude about submissive women
 In the fall of 2015, Taffi Dollar was in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she’d gone to speak at a women’s conference. It was there over lunch that she found herself in a deep conversation with community leaders about the specter of sexism and the patriarchal role men hold in the home and society in general. For Dollar, known...

Posted: 11 days ago

In the fall of 2015, Taffi Dollar was in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she’d gone to speak at a women’s conference. It was there over lunch that she found herself in a deep conversation with community leaders about the specter of sexism and the patriarchal role men hold in the home and society in general. For Dollar, known...
Want to help prevent teen suicide? Get rid of the gun in your house
 According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest home for a kid is one without guns. That won’t sit well with a lot of folks, especially those who maintain that guns don’t kill people—people do—but here’s what all of us need to keep in mind. Every day in this country, 78 children, teens and young adults...

Posted: 15 days ago

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest home for a kid is one without guns. That won’t sit well with a lot of folks, especially those who maintain that guns don’t kill people—people do—but here’s what all of us need to keep in mind. Every day in this country, 78 children, teens and young adults...
Open arms, full house
 Lexie is relaxing in her mama’s lap when a nurse arrives and leads them to the second floor of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and eventually to Room 16. It is just 7:30 a.m., one hour since Amy Delaney made the nearly two-hour drive from her home in Calhoun to Children’s, a place so familiar she could navigate its corridors...

Posted: 15 days ago

Lexie is relaxing in her mama’s lap when a nurse arrives and leads them to the second floor of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and eventually to Room 16. It is just 7:30 a.m., one hour since Amy Delaney made the nearly two-hour drive from her home in Calhoun to Children’s, a place so familiar she could navigate its corridors...
Ladies, this is serious. Are you dense?
 The moment Margie Singleton hit the recommended age to get a mammogram, she signed up and made the trip to her doctor. She would repeat this annual ritual like clockwork, and each time, the news was good. Her breasts were normal. There was no cancer except, well, there was. Singleton might not have known that except one day while exercising...

Posted: 16 days ago

The moment Margie Singleton hit the recommended age to get a mammogram, she signed up and made the trip to her doctor. She would repeat this annual ritual like clockwork, and each time, the news was good. Her breasts were normal. There was no cancer except, well, there was. Singleton might not have known that except one day while exercising...
Business execs sleep out so homeless youths won’t have to
 A week before Thanksgiving, 164 Atlanta business executives were issued a cardboard box and a sleeping bag, then settled down for the night on the cold, wet pavement outside Covenant House. The exercise was part of a national movement to end youth homelessness here and across the country, while raising money that goes directly to getting...

Posted: 18 days ago

A week before Thanksgiving, 164 Atlanta business executives were issued a cardboard box and a sleeping bag, then settled down for the night on the cold, wet pavement outside Covenant House. The exercise was part of a national movement to end youth homelessness here and across the country, while raising money that goes directly to getting...
Morehouse College betting on PrEP to prevent HIV
 Even without a vaccine, experts have been saying for years that HIV transmission could soon end in this country, and it could happen not just in a generation but in the span of just a few years. As someone who has been reporting on HIV rates since I arrived in Atlanta 18 years ago, I hadn’t put much stock in their predictions. For one...

Posted: 22 days ago

Even without a vaccine, experts have been saying for years that HIV transmission could soon end in this country, and it could happen not just in a generation but in the span of just a few years. As someone who has been reporting on HIV rates since I arrived in Atlanta 18 years ago, I hadn’t put much stock in their predictions. For one...