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True Colors’ 17th Season to Showcase Women Playwrights, Stories
Arts, Entertainment, Events

True Colors’ 17th Season to Showcase Women Playwrights, Stories

A study conducted by the Dramatist’s Guild and the Lilly Awards found that only 3.4 percent of plays on American stages are written by women of color. True Colors Theatre Company's new artistic director, Jamil Jude, aims to help change that. The theatre company's 17th season themed "She Griots" will open in September. Two of the plays, Paradise Blue and School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play are written by black women. The third tells the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a music legend who influenced industry giants, and her protégée Marie Knight. First up on September 24 is Paradise Blue written by Dominique Morisseau, and directed by Jude. It will be True Colors’ third installment of Morisseau’s Detroit Project trilogy. True Colors is just one of tw...
Lalah Hathaway, Avery Sunshine Headed to Wolf Creek Amphitheater
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Lalah Hathaway, Avery Sunshine Headed to Wolf Creek Amphitheater

Lalah Hathaway, Avery Sunshine and Rahsaan Patterson are headed to Wolf Creek Amphitheater on October 5. They'll appear as part of the For the Culture Musicfest presented by Atlanta-based Next Level Events. The goal of the music festival is to connect attendees with music, art, fashion, community and health and wellness resources. The event has partnered with the American Cancer Society to offer health screenings onsite on the day of the performances. Tickets are on sale at www.fortheculturemusicfest.com. Lawn seats start at $39, reserved fixed seats are $59 and table seats start at $89. Wolf Creek Amphitheater is located at 3025 Merk Road in South Fulton. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., one hour ahead of show time. Artwork Credit: For the Culture Musicfest
East Texas Hot Links Opens July 19 at Southwest Arts Center
Arts, Entertainment

East Texas Hot Links Opens July 19 at Southwest Arts Center

True Colors Theatre Company ends its 2018-2019 season with East Texas Hot Links, written and directed by Eugene Lee. The shows open officially July 19 at the Southwest Arts Center (915 New Hope Road). For a sneak peek, previews will begin on July 16. The play tackles issues of race, greed and corruption. It's described as both a riveting mystery and a compelling character study reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. In 1955, Charlesetta’s Top O’ the Hill Cafe is one of the only public places where Black locals can gather for comfort, conversation, and companionship. One hot summer night begins as an evening of storytelling and fellowship, but quickly becomes an unforgettable night where community must come together to save itself from outside evils as...
South Fulton Singer Hopes to Claim Victory in JOY FM Competition
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South Fulton Singer Hopes to Claim Victory in JOY FM Competition

The stage is set and votes are pouring in for singers selected to compete in JOY FM’s Local Artist Spotlight competition, now in its ninth season. Among the 12 contemporary Christian recording artists vying for a win is South Fulton’s Stacy Zant. Her song “Fearless” is currently featured on the radio station’s website. If she collects enough fan votes to take the top spot, she’ll receive a fully produced, mixed and mastered single from Jason Hoard Productions. Hoard has worked with platinum-selling artist Josh Groban and several top selling Christian artists including Casting Crowns and Natalie Grant. While the chance to work with Hoard would be a dream for any artist, Zant also hopes the competition helps her to inspire others to pursue their own dreams – despite fear and fail...
South Fulton Attorney Wins ‘Best Documentary’ at ABFF
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South Fulton Attorney Wins ‘Best Documentary’ at ABFF

"One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal" took the top prize in the documentary category at this year's American Black Film Festival (ABFF). South Fulton attorney LaDawn Jones is one of the film's executive producers, along with Anthony McLemore, Marsha Hallager and Jodi Gomes, the project's writer and director. Jones and her colleagues were recognized during the Best of ABFF Awards in Miami, Fla. on June 15. They were presented with the 2019 Jury Award for Best Documentary by television personality and actress La La Anthony. "One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal"  takes an in-depth look at the series of events that led to the longest criminal trial in Georgia history and the conviction of 11 Atlanta Public Schools educators in 2015. It feat...
Tom Joyner 25th Anniversary Celebration Tour to Stop at Wolf Creek Amphitheater
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Tom Joyner 25th Anniversary Celebration Tour to Stop at Wolf Creek Amphitheater

Wolf Creek Amphitheater has begun announcing shows on the 2019 calendar. Among the lineup is Tom Joyner’s “One More Time Experience Tour,” a celebration of his 25 years in radio syndication. The longtime radio personality is set to retire from broadcasting in December. "What better way to say thank you to the people I owe my career to,” he said in his tour announcement. “I hope everyone will be as excited as I am to celebrate with good music, good fun and good hugs. We have 25 years worth of partying to achieve, so let's do it together, with the ultimate One More Time Experience.” Joyner first gained popularity after earning his nickname "The Fly Jock" while flying roundtrip between Dallas and Chicago for seven years and eight million mil...
4th Annual Steeple Awards to be Held in South Fulton
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4th Annual Steeple Awards to be Held in South Fulton

The 4th Annual Steeple Awards will held in South Fulton on April 27 at Siloam Church International (3695 Roosevelt Highway). Billed as the southeast's largest gospel awards show, the event celebrates music artists and ministry leaders and puts America "in the spirit." “The Steeple Awards identifies and celebrates ministry leaders and gospel music artists who have earned widespread acclaim as well as those whose contributions have previously gone largely unacknowledged,” said C. Chandon Carter, the show’s creator. “Prepare for a night of powerful testimonies and powerhouse performances. We’re excited to showcase the work that God is doing through these faithful servants.” The Steeple Awards will be hosted by comedian Rodney Perry and feature live performances from Charles Jenkins and The F...
South Fulton’s Russell Thomas Stars in LA Opera’s ‘The Clemency of Titus’
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South Fulton’s Russell Thomas Stars in LA Opera’s ‘The Clemency of Titus’

Tenor Russell Thomas took to the stage earlier this month in the lead role of the LA Opera’s premiere of Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus. The critics all agree, he absolutely shines. The Los Angeles Times called his performance “compassionate and thoughtful,” while the Daily News praised his “commanding presence.” The legendary Plácido Domingo, who serves as Eli and Edythe Broad General Director of the LA Opera, has called Thomas one of the premier tenors of our time. The Clemency of Titus is a story of love and friendship, and forgiveness triumphing over jealousy and violence. It’s one of Mozart’s last masterpieces, and Thomas revealed it’s one of his favorites. He said one of the challenges of the role of Emperor Titus was finding ways to convey to the audience the “darker side of an oth...
South Fulton Celebrates Black History Month
Community, Entertainment, Events

South Fulton Celebrates Black History Month

February 1 marks the start of Black History Month, which is observed annually not only in the U.S. but also in Canada and parts of Europe. There will be lots of celebrations throughout the entire metro Atlanta area. Admission to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is free for the entire month of February, made possible by the Coca-Cola Foundation. There is six-ticket limit per guest. If you’re looking for something closer to home, we’ve got you covered. There’s a lot to do in South Fulton to celebrate the recent and historic contributions of African-Americans in theatre, science, visual arts, cinema and more. Here are a few of our must-see and must-do picks for this weekend: True Colors Theatre Company will hold a free reading of Josh Wilder’s “Wrong River” on Friday, Februa...
Reality TV Series to Follow Women of South Fulton’s Municipal Court
Courts, Entertainment, Government

Reality TV Series to Follow Women of South Fulton’s Municipal Court

Last June, the Atlanta Voice first shared the story of South Fulton’s municipal court, the first to be run exclusively by African-American women. The story and accompanying photo became a viral sensation and now a reality television series is in the making. Good Caper Content, the true crime programming division of ITV America, has inked an exclusive development deal with Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers, solicitor LaDawn Jones and public defender Viveca Famber Powell. The series, tentatively titled “Women in Black,” will be executive produced by Kathryn Vaughan, Good Caper Content’s president. It will follow court cases and provide a glimpse into the women’s lives. “Being the first court run by all women, and the first court run by all African-Americans, gives us the unique opportunity...

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