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Saturday, July 23rd, Southern Women Matter! Engagement for Action Townhall Event

Saturday, July 23rd, Southern Women Matter! Engagement for Action Townhall Event

The Decatur/DeKalb Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), in partnership with the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, will host a community dialogue focused on advancing HIV Policy and Prevention for women in observance of National Clinicians HIV AIDS Testing Day on Saturday July 23, 2011 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Emory University School of Medicine (Faculty Office Building; 49 Jessie Hill Jr.

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

ATLANTA – Derived from popular genres of music like jazz, blues and gospel, rhythm and blues was born. Rhythm and Blues music, which is widely referred to as R&B, is unique in that it has the ability to take on many musical identities, at once. Some say the genre was first identified in Harlem, during the Harlem Renaissance, which is known as one of the most prominent cultural movements for African Americans during the 1930’s. However, others think the genre originated in the 1940’s when African Americans began moving to northern cities, creating cultural fusion.  

The music evolved from “race music”, which was an offensive term that referred to the music of African Americans, into jump blues which was known for having a swing boogie, big band sound.

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

ATLANTA – It’s the summer time, ‘tis the season for chic fits, light fabrics, mandals, murses and clean faces and we know you want to let it all hang out. However it’s more important for today’s modern fashionmister to have clean and healthy skin. From cleansers to exfoliants, shavers to straight ravors, shaving creams to soaps, moisturizers and sunscreen men have a wide range of product selections to maintain their signature smirk.

Of course, every guy has their own routine; some skip a day to stay smooth others use a hot towel and facial scrub, either way; they all work to achieve the same goal which is smooth skin.

LAA Cine Latinoamericano Film Series to present Sergio

LAA Cine Latinoamericano Film Series to present Sergio

The Latin American Association (LAA) will present the documentary film Sergio Thursday, June 23rd  at 6 p.m. as part of its Cine Latinoamericano Film Series

Sergio is based on Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power’s biography of Sergio Vieira de Mello, a charismatic Brazilian U.N. diplomat who ventures into Baghdad in 2003 during the U.S. occupation of Iraq under President Bush’s administration. While there he is captured and held hostage by terrorists and later killed during an attack of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad.

Critics condemn Boortz rant on violent crime

Critics condemn Boortz rant on violent crime

ATLANTA -- Atlanta radio talk show host Neal Boortz is getting negative national attentional for his recent comments on violent crime in Atlanta.

In reaction to news of two violent carjackings, he said:

"This town is starting to look like a garbage heap. And we got too damn many urban thugs, yo, ruining the quality of life for everybody. And I'll tell you what it's gonna take. You people, you are - you need to have a gun. You need to have training. You need to know how to use that gun. You need to get a permit to carry that gun. And you do in fact need to carry that gun, and we need to see some dead thugs littering the landscape in Atlanta. We need to see the next guy that tries to carjack you shot dead right where he stands. We need more dead thugs in this city."

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.