What’s the one thing you always wanted to do but, for whatever reason, just never got around to doing? Was it learn to play an instrument? Climb Stone Mountain? Learn a foreign language? However, as we get older, we recognize that at some point, it is now or never.
Well, for retiree Jean El Guindi, that thing was stand-up comedy.
Through the Cobb County Senior Center, she signed up for an acting class, and the rest is now a fun part of her storied history, as we hear in this Atlanta Sounds piece when she braved the stage for the very first time.
If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 108 years to this date in 1907, we'd witness Gov. Hoke Smith signing into law a statewide prohibition of alcoholic beverages.
The movement to ban liquor had been gaining momentum in various parts of the country since the 1880s, and, as Georgia State University associate professor of history Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, by the early 20th century many Progressives had adopted prohibition as part of their reform agenda, including the South.
Bohemian Guitars claims an expansive, yet modest industrial loft in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward as its worldwide headquarters. While small compared to most corporate main offices, it's a far cry from Stephen Lee’s basement. That’s where, about four years ago, his sons Shaun and Adam first started turning old oil cans into distinctive-sounding guitars.
"It became a warehouse,” Lee said. “I was only too happy to have them there because it was where they started to grow.”
A sidewalk and parking lot are shown at one of the GNETS programs in Fayette County. The Department of Justice said some programs are in "poor-quality" buildings, and the programs are illegally segregating children from their peers.
As Georgia State University associate professor of history Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, AHEPA, as it came to be known, was founded in reaction to the widespread xenophobia sweeping the South and the nation following World War I.
It's been nearly 40 years since a band out of Athens, Georgia, called The B52s laid the foundation for a genre of popular music that came to be labeled, "New Wave."
The original members of the group ─ Ricky and Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland and Fred Schneider ─ combined a campy, off-the-wall stage presence with infectious dance melodies. Cindy Wilson, Pierson and Schneider are still touring together; although each are involved in their own side projects.
The Budgetel Inn on Fulton Industrial Boulevard in southwest Atlanta is home to many who are one step away from living on the streets. Georgia's new $5 a night hotel tax has an exemption for stays longer than 30 days, but both hotel operators and guests remain confused.
Large local corporations, like AT&T and Coca-Cola, are looking to invest in startups and absorb the companies into their accelerator programs. Entrepreneurs and investors mingle after a Corporate Shark Attack event at the Atlanta Financial Center in Buckhead.
As of Wednesday, Georgia will start to regulate ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. The new law also gives the state the power to oversee taxi cabs. That’s a big change because inspections and permitting used to be handled by local governments like the city of Atlanta.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, taxis are lined up near the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. Otis Sales is in the third cab back. He’s been driving a taxi part time for over 40 years. But in the past year or so, he’s noticed a drop in business.
He's celebrated for his colorful costumes, but Friday night, Bob Jamerson, better known as "Baton Bob," was all dressed in white.
Jamerson and his husband Gary Bender were married in a private ceremony, but invited all of Atlanta to their reception at Park Tavern. The event, called “The Conscience Coupling Coronation and Costume Ball,” included a silent auction, live entertainment from 3D the Bomb, and, as the invitation said, "Twirling and gowns galore!"
In this installment of "Valerie Jackson In Conversation," Valerie talks with Jan Smith – one of the most sought after vocal producers in the music industry.
"Mama Jan," as she is more affectionately known, is the Grammy nominated producer and Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee. Jan Smith Studios is widely credited for voice producing such high profile clients as The Band Perry, India Arie, Drake, Justin Bieber, Sugarland and Usher.
Matthew Vines, author of the book “God and the Gay Christian,” talks to WABE’s Jim Burress for Thursday’s “A Closer Look.” Vines is behind a conference at the Sheraton Atlanta geared toward fostering LGBT inclusiveness in the church.
Even as Atlanta struggles with one of the nation’s highest HIV infection rates, the agency tasked with curtailing the epidemic here is failing to spend millions of dollars set aside for HIV prevention.
In some years, the Fulton County Health Department has given back to the federal government as much — or more — than it spent.
Change in national HIV policy
The HIV/AIDS rates in certain areas of the U.S. are so bad, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012 decided to change the way it tackled the epidemic.
In a disaster, the same conditions that destroy homes and buildings can take out vital cellular communications. The nation's largest mobile phone service providers say they're already making plans to work around storm damage.
And when disaster hits — be it a hurricane or something else — few things become more critical than our wireless phones. They keep us connected to loved ones, often serve as lifelines and can provide access to essential information.
But even as far inland as Atlanta, sustained, tropical-force winds and rain can cause flooding and knock out cell towers.
In a situation like that, how confident can we be that our smartphones will connect?
Mike House is almost certain the call will go through.
If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 61 years to this date in 1954, we'd witness a rather extreme reaction by University of Georgia students to the placement of a horse on their campus.
As Georgia State University associate professor of history, Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, the horse was a sculpture and part of a well-intentioned effort to expose the university community to some "culture."
A monastery nestled along a winding road in Snellville is home to a group of nuns who spend the majority of their days in prayer and meditation.
The Monastery of the Visitation was founded in 1954 and, in the decades since, has watched its numbers dwindle as fewer women – and men too – are called to the religious life.
The nuns in this order rarely leave the monastery. So Rose Scott, Denis O’Hayer and Mary Claire Kelly traveled to them to talk about their lives of prayer, an average day at the monastery and just how important their work is in this modern age.
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis sits down with Jim Burress to talk about the relationship between Atlanta and the Central American country. Pres. Solis says strengthening partnerships with high-tech centers, like those found in Atlanta, is key to the country's future success.
Metro Atlanta has a history of demolishing and renaming streets and sometimes wiping out entire neighborhoods. In the city of Decatur, there used to be an African-American neighborhood called “the Bottom” or later Beacon.
The city of Decatur is dedicating its new $38 million Beacon Municipal Center to that community.
The center pays tribute to the historically African-American neighborhood that once stood in its place.
Former Decatur mayor Elizabeth Wilson says she remembers when she first moved into the Beacon neighborhood in 1949.