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

5 things to know about Veterans Day 2018
 Veterans Day is always a special day of remembrance but this year it has the added distinction of marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Here are five things you should know about Veterans Day this year: Before Nov. 11 became Veterans Day it was observed as Armistice Day, which marked the day World War I ended in a ceasefire...

Posted: 2 days ago

Veterans Day is always a special day of remembrance but this year it has the added distinction of marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Here are five things you should know about Veterans Day this year: Before Nov. 11 became Veterans Day it was observed as Armistice Day, which marked the day World War I ended in a ceasefire...
‘Invisible’: the black woman who took down notorious mobster Lucky Luciano
 The story had been floating around in author Stephen Carter’s head for a long time.  A black woman born in Atlanta at the turn of the century who went off to Smith College and Fordham University law school. She was later appointed the first black woman assistant district attorney in New York for a team that would take down Charles...

Posted: 3 days ago

The story had been floating around in author Stephen Carter’s head for a long time.  A black woman born in Atlanta at the turn of the century who went off to Smith College and Fordham University law school. She was later appointed the first black woman assistant district attorney in New York for a team that would take down Charles...
Latest AJC podcast takes you behind the scenes at Project Chimps sanctuary
 Listen now or open in iTunes or Google Play:  Hercules and Leo are former research chimpanzees. Earlier this year, they went outside for the first time in their lives. The duo made headlines in 2013 when they were named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit demanding they be recognized as persons and released from a laboratory in New York. It would...

Posted: 4 days ago

Listen now or open in iTunes or Google Play: Hercules and Leo are former research chimpanzees. Earlier this year, they went outside for the first time in their lives. The duo made headlines in 2013 when they were named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit demanding they be recognized as persons and released from a laboratory in New York. It would...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Nov. 7
 It’s the day after election day. Get out and celebrate or enjoy a pick-me-up with events happening this week. Shop current and discontinued styles of travel bags, handbags, totes, cosmetic bags, and accessories by Cinda B at up to 70 percent off retail. Each day of the sale features special events including on site monogramming Wednesday...

Posted: 6 days ago

It’s the day after election day. Get out and celebrate or enjoy a pick-me-up with events happening this week. Shop current and discontinued styles of travel bags, handbags, totes, cosmetic bags, and accessories by Cinda B at up to 70 percent off retail. Each day of the sale features special events including on site monogramming Wednesday...
FDA bans use of lead in certain hair dyes
 The U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration has issued a ban on lead acetate in hair coloring products.  Lead acetate is the active ingredient primarily used in  hair dyes for men that gradually change the color of hair such as Grecian Formula. >> Related: Study: This is why your hair turns gray “In the nearly 40 years...

Posted: 11 days ago

The U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration has issued a ban on lead acetate in hair coloring products.  Lead acetate is the active ingredient primarily used in hair dyes for men that gradually change the color of hair such as Grecian Formula. >> Related: Study: This is why your hair turns gray “In the nearly 40 years...
Thing to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Oct. 31
 Wednesday is Halloween! Here are some events to help you celebrate. Join the fun at City Winery with a performance by tribute bands Gypsies, Doves and Dreams (Fleetwood Mac) followed by Elton Dan (Elton John). There will be an Elton John Costume Contest before the performances begin. The winner will receive a free pair of tickets and dinner...

Posted: 13 days ago

Wednesday is Halloween! Here are some events to help you celebrate. Join the fun at City Winery with a performance by tribute bands Gypsies, Doves and Dreams (Fleetwood Mac) followed by Elton Dan (Elton John). There will be an Elton John Costume Contest before the performances begin. The winner will receive a free pair of tickets and dinner...
Historic landmark, Zero Mile Post, relocated to Atlanta History Center
 After more than 150 years, one of Atlanta’s most important artifacts used to mark the city’s early boundaries will no longer call downtown home. Zero Mile Post — an 800 pound piece of marble that measures 7 feet 5 inches — was installed in the 1850s to mark the southern terminus of the Western & Atlantic Railroad....

Posted: 13 days ago

After more than 150 years, one of Atlanta’s most important artifacts used to mark the city’s early boundaries will no longer call downtown home. Zero Mile Post — an 800 pound piece of marble that measures 7 feet 5 inches — was installed in the 1850s to mark the southern terminus of the Western & Atlantic Railroad....
Citizens help fill gaps in local water quality monitoring
 A decade ago, the nine-mile Procter Creek, which runs through some of the city’s most historically impoverished communities, was one of the most polluted waterways in metro Atlanta. It flooded, was filled with trash and was an eyesore to residents in neighborhoods such as English Avenue and Vine City. Across town, Tanyard Creek &mdash...

Posted: 15 days ago

A decade ago, the nine-mile Procter Creek, which runs through some of the city’s most historically impoverished communities, was one of the most polluted waterways in metro Atlanta. It flooded, was filled with trash and was an eyesore to residents in neighborhoods such as English Avenue and Vine City. Across town, Tanyard Creek &mdash...
The biggest show and tell on earth coming to Atlanta
 When you create something for the very first time, you are likely to make a mistake. That’s how Irm Diorio ended up at Home Depot on a Tuesday afternoon in search of better materials to turn a child’s wheelchair into a Lincoln Town Car for a Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk” halloween costume. “We are working with a non-profit...

Posted: 19 days ago

When you create something for the very first time, you are likely to make a mistake. That’s how Irm Diorio ended up at Home Depot on a Tuesday afternoon in search of better materials to turn a child’s wheelchair into a Lincoln Town Car for a Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk” halloween costume. “We are working with a non-profit...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Oct. 24
 This week, enjoy a movie in the park, meet the author of a new political thriller or practice pitching your startup. Catch the final screening of this movie series showing “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The event will also celebrate “Biketober,” the Atlanta Bike Challenge, with cycling-centric activities and prizes...

Posted: 20 days ago

This week, enjoy a movie in the park, meet the author of a new political thriller or practice pitching your startup. Catch the final screening of this movie series showing “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The event will also celebrate “Biketober,” the Atlanta Bike Challenge, with cycling-centric activities and prizes...
Nigerian scammers the topic of a new film executive produced by Spike Lee
 In the mid-90s, the Nigerian prince scam eased its way into American culture. The ubiquitous advance-fee scams originating in Nigeria and sent to unsuspecting U.S. citizens via email have been the subject of books, documentaries and television shows. Now the 419 scams as they are known in Nigeria are getting time on the big screen in a new...

Posted: 24 days ago

In the mid-90s, the Nigerian prince scam eased its way into American culture. The ubiquitous advance-fee scams originating in Nigeria and sent to unsuspecting U.S. citizens via email have been the subject of books, documentaries and television shows. Now the 419 scams as they are known in Nigeria are getting time on the big screen in a new...