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Mausiki Scales, Atlanta Drum Academy Lead Red Oak Festival Lineup
Arts, Community, Entertainment, Events, Red Oak

Mausiki Scales, Atlanta Drum Academy Lead Red Oak Festival Lineup

The Annual Red Oak Art Festival returns to the City of South Fulton on Saturday, Oct. 15. Now in its second year, the festival promises an expanded lineup of artists, artisans and performers from across the metro Atlanta area. This year’s musical lineup includes performances by Mausiki Scales and Common Ground Collective, Planet Alstarz, local cellist Jenn Cornell, and classical guitarist Gladius.  A performance by the Atlanta Drum Academy is also planned. Members of the academy have been featured in film and television, including NBC’s Little Big Shots. Youth attending the festival will have an opportunity to participate in a free drum clinic with the nationally renowned group.  “This year’s festival is an interactive experience for the entire family,” said Caitl...
‘Athlete of the Mic’ Winner to Perform at Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash
Entertainment, Metro Atlanta

‘Athlete of the Mic’ Winner to Perform at Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash

"The Athlete of the Mic" contest is back. And this year's winner will get the chance to perform at "Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash" in Atlanta.  The contest, hosted by The Athlete's Foot (TAF) and adidas, gives new artists the opportunity to shine onstage alongside popular hip-hop artists like 2 Chainz, Kodak Black, Nardo Wick, Kali, BeatKing and Omeretta The Great. More than 30,000 music fans are expected to attend this year's show.  "The Athlete of the Mic contest is one of our favorite annual events we host as it provides a way for our brand to be integrated into the community with a known presence and a way to  bring us closer to our loyal customers," said Senior Director of Product and Marketing for The Athlete's Foot, Darius Billings. "This contest is unique for The Athlete's Fo...
Amanda Warren to Star in CBS Police Drama ‘East New York’
Entertainment, National News

Amanda Warren to Star in CBS Police Drama ‘East New York’

CBS has unveiled its 2022-2023 primetime lineup. The network is debuting four new series for fall, including "East New York," led by actress Amanda Warren. "East New York" (From executive producers of "NYPD Blue") stars Amanda Warren as Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood, the newly promoted boss of the 74th Precinct, in East New York – a working-class neighborhood on the edge of Brooklyn in the midst of social upheaval and the early seeds of gentrification. Photo Credit: CBS With family ties to the area, Haywood is determined to deploy creative methods to protect her beloved community with the help of her officers and detectives. But first, she has the daunting task of getting them on board, as some are skeptical of her promotion, and others...
‘Road to the Bee’ Premieres May 26 ahead of Scripps National Spelling Bee
Entertainment, National News

‘Road to the Bee’ Premieres May 26 ahead of Scripps National Spelling Bee

"Road to the Bee" – a new, exclusive, one-hour original special documenting what it is like to prepare for and compete in the iconic Scripps National Spelling Bee – will premiere at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, May 26 on ION and Bounce. It comes just days before the 2022 Bee begins. Accomplished actor, director, educator and lifelong children's literacy advocate LeVar Burton, host of the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee, narrates "Road to the Bee." For the first time in Bee history, the competition will air on ION and Bounce, which are part of Scripps' portfolio of free, over-the-air national networks. The semifinals will air, live-to-tape, on ION and Bounce from 8-10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 1. (The semifinals are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.) The finals will air live on ION and Boun...
South Fulton Mourns the Loss of Bohannon, Disco Legend and Resident
Entertainment, Profiles

South Fulton Mourns the Loss of Bohannon, Disco Legend and Resident

South Fulton joins the world in mourning the loss of disco legend and Motown star Hamilton Bohannon. The 78-year old resident died on Friday. In 2018, the City of South Fulton presented Bohannon with a proclamation in honor of his music career and work in the community. Councilmember Helen Willis said that upon the death of Aretha Franklin, she realized the importance of paying tribute to the city’s music legends while they were still alive. Bohannon was born to Willie and Sarah Bohannon in Newnan, Ga. He attended Clark College, now Clark Atlanta University and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. After graduating with a degree in music and secondary education, he was offered a music scholarship in percussion to attend Indiana University. Instead, he taught public school....
Commissioner Arrington Hosts Annual Black History Film Festival This Weekend
Arts, Entertainment

Commissioner Arrington Hosts Annual Black History Film Festival This Weekend

Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington Jr. will host his annual Black History Film Festival this weekend. Films will highlight the unsung heroes and stories African-Americans in the struggle for civil rights and progress in America. The festival begins with an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Wolf Creek Library. Screenings are planned for Wolf Creek Library (3100 Enon Road), Southeast Atlanta Library (1463 Pryor Rd SW) and ArtsXchange (2148 Newnan St.) on Saturday, Feb. 22 starting at noon. Actor Lamman Rucker will emcee the opening reception, which will include a screening of "Building Atlanta: The Story of Herman J. Russell." Additionally, awards will be presented to the student winners of the Unsung Black Heroes Film Competition. The rem...
Ellen DeGeneres Surprises Westlake Alum with New Car
Community, Entertainment

Ellen DeGeneres Surprises Westlake Alum with New Car

Ellen DeGeneres recently surprised a Westlake High School alumnus with a brand new car. Army Sergeant Shakir Aquill appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show along with his mom, Lashandria Williamson. The two went viral last month when Aquill surprised Williamson, a resource officer at Therrell High School, after having been deployed overseas since 2016. The video of their reunion touched viewers from all over the world and sparked an outpouring of love and support. Williamson had been vocal about the void she'd felt while her son was deployed. She'd relied heavily on her school community to lift her spirits while he was away. Aquill's surprise visit took place during a Therrell High pep rally, involving students and staff in the special occasion. DeGeneres praised Aquill for his sweet ...
South Fulton to be Represented for the First Time in Miss Georgia Teen Pageant
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South Fulton to be Represented for the First Time in Miss Georgia Teen Pageant

The city of South Fulton will be represented for the first time this fall in the Miss Georgia Teen USA pageant. The coveted sash will be worn by 16-year old Damacia Howard. According to pageant organizers at Greenwood Productions, hundreds of young women apply to compete. After reviewing Howard's application and interviewing her, they selected her to compete as Miss South Fulton Teen USA. Howard will take the stage and compete with approximately 50 others from the state of Georgia for the title.  Miss Georgia Teen USA is the preliminary for the Miss Teen USA pageant which is owned and produced by the Miss Universe organization. Howard has already won several pageant titles, as well as state and national awards for her academics and community service. Notably, she was the first...
Another Bad Creation to Reunite at Funk Fest at Wolf Creek Amphitheater
Entertainment, Events

Another Bad Creation to Reunite at Funk Fest at Wolf Creek Amphitheater

Funk Fest marks the close of the summer outdoor concert season at Wolf Creek Amphitheater. The two-day music event kicking off tonight brings out a number of old school hip hop and R&B favorites. The Friday night lineup will include YoungBloodz, 112, Field Mob, Ghetto Mafia, Raheem the Dream, Crime Mob, Young Dro, Lil Scrappy, Dem Franchize Boyz and more. Fans will also get to witness the reunion of Another Bad Creation (ABC). The group rose to fame in the 1990s with his like “Iesha” and “Playground.” The Saturday lineup will include Guy featuring Teddy Riley, Blackstreet featuring Dave Hollister, Mystikal, Scarface, SWV and more. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. tonight ahead of the 7:00 p.m. show. Gates open on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., with the concert beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tickets...
‘The Voice’ Finalist to Headline GreyStone’s Annual Meeting
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‘The Voice’ Finalist to Headline GreyStone’s Annual Meeting

GreyStone Power’s Annual Meeting of Members will have a little more star power this year. Kirk Jay, a 2018 finalist on NBC's “The Voice” will be headlining this year's event. A self-proclaimed “plain old country boy,” Jay was raised in the rural city of Bay Minette, Ala. He grew up listening to country music on the radio because that was the only station their old radio could play. He says listening to country music taught him about life, love and broken hearts. His style, musical tastes and sound is all country, which he developed from listening and singing along with various country western artists. In 2018, Jay made the finale and finished in the top three of Season 15 of "The Voice". His songs “I Swear” and “I’m Already There” placed number four and number 10 respectively on th...

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