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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.

Social media training classes scheduled in Atlanta

Social media training classes scheduled in Atlanta

Are you looking to learn the basics of social media and online marketing?  The Social Media Learning Series, created by mom blogger Desiree Peeples, is launching a series of one-day workshops teaching social media and how to use it to promote and market your product, service, or business.  The classes will cover four distinct areas of social media:

  • Blogging 101 - will teach students how to set up and launch their own custom WordPress blog.
  • The Smart User's Guide to Facebook and Twitter - will teach students how to use these sites to build relationships with their customers and clients.
  • Undertanding YouTube: The Basics - will focus on learning how to use online video to market and promote a business, product, or service.
  • Learning LinkedIn - will cover setting up a LinkedIn profile and how to navigat

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

ATLANTA -- Good news is coming for many Georgians who are struggling to find jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced that Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $5,724,222 to help people with barriers to employment, namely ex-offenders and low-income non-custodial parents, obtain the skills they need to find work.

The funds will go toward an Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration program, which offers temporary paid work experiences to more than 3,500 people nationwide. The program improves participants' employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement, not to mention their self-sufficiency and long-term success in the workforce.

"This grant provides needed support to individuals who face significant obstacles to employment," Solis said.

A town transformed: Hollywood comes to Cedartown

A town transformed: Hollywood comes to Cedartown

CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- There's a big change taking place in Cedartown. But for many long-time residents, the "new" face of downtown will look very familiar.

For the next few days, Cedartown will become a movie set for the cast and crew of "Jayne Mansfield's Car," a new film starring Billy Bob Thornton.

To fit the movie, Main Street has been transformed into a scene straight from the 1960s, and filmmakers used the town's own history to complete the look. Instead of imaginary places, they recreated the storefronts and shops in Cedartown 40 years ago.

The excitement is bringing people from all parts of Georgia, each hoping to catch a glimpse of a movie star. Their tourist dollars, combined with at least 40 crew members, are creating quite an economic boom.

"They're patronizing the stores. You go into a lunch establishment and they're going to be eating there," said city manager Robbie Rokovitz.

Coupon Class in Atlanta

Coupon Class in Atlanta

As the Atlanta Economy struggles to get back to its former economic greatness. People across Atlanta are struggling to put food on the table with the price of food rising 6% in the last month alone what use to be afforable is no longer affordable. The Coupon Diva is now holding coupon classes. In these classes you will learn rules for the following stores. Kroger, Publix, Walmart, Target, Rite aid, Walgreens, and CVS. You wil havea fun and informative class where you learn hot to keep not only food, cleaning supplies, and health and beauty products.

LOCAL PROFILE: Peachtrees of Atlanta, debunked

LOCAL PROFILE: Peachtrees of Atlanta, debunked

ATLANTA – In Georgia, the name Peachtree is pretty common, considering the state’s nickname, “The Peach State”. And, perhaps the most confusing thing, for out-of-towners, to learn is how to distinguish between the different ones.

Seemingly, everywhere one looks there is a Peachtree something. From schools, to streets, to stores the Peachtree is one of the most visible hallmarks in the metro area.

Even Native Atlantans get lost or confused about which Peachtree is which because a new Peachtree pops up every couple of years. So to help debunk their differences the “Where U Live” team has compiled a list of a couple.

Perhaps the most popular Peachtree of them all, Peachtree Street, is one of the most notable street names in the southern portion of the United States.  The street runs the entire span of Downtown Atlanta into the Buckhead neighborhood, where it turns into Peachtree Road.

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.